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School Report: Interviewing reporter Jake Humphrey

Pupils in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Open Centre
Pupils from a Coventry school in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Open Centre

By pupils of Whitley Abbey School
Pupils from a Coventry school interview BBC Formula 1 reporter Jake Humphrey

1340 hrs

We were picked up by the school bus and arrived at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire early. You wouldn't imagine how excited we had been from the time Mrs Nguyen (our teacher) told us we would interview Jake Humphrey, the BBC Formula 1 reporter! It was as if we were walking on cloud nine!

On arriving outside the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire headquarters, we laughed a lot because of this funny story: Mrs Nguyen wanted to get off the bus, but didn't know how to open the door. She turned to Mr Sheriff - our driver- and asked, "How do I get out?". Mr Sheriff replied, "You just need to open the door and get off!". Mrs Nguyen started laughing wildly and we followed her and went on laughing as everyone thought it was hilarious!

1400 hrs

The BBC receptionist asked us to wait. Pavani wanted some fun by having her photo taken with a model elephant.

Listening through headphones
Listening to Jake Humphrey's interview through the headphones

1415 hrs

We went into the Red Studio. Andrew, Kyle and Pavani were lucky enough to be chosen to do the interview. Lee and I were in charge of taking notes for the team's diary. We were given ermission to be out of two lessons to do some research on Jake Humphrey's life and we came up with a list of questions to ask. As two of us, Andrew and me - another Andrew already had six BBC School Report lessons - we knew exactly what type of questions we should come up with. We took the lead and advised the other new Student Voice members (Pavani, Kyle and Lee) how to come up with open questions.

1420 hrs

Mark Powlett in BBC Coventry & Warwickshire started talking to Andrew, Kyle and Pavani and introduced them to Jake Humphrey who was sitting in a studio in London. Jake was so good at talking and making interviewers (my team members) feel comfortable to go on with the flow of the conversation. Lee and myself were so hooked with the interview that we nearly forgot to keep on taking notes. Luckily Mrs Nguyen signalled that she would help us with the note-taking so that we could follow Jake's stories over the microphone!

The pupils with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Mark Powlett
The pupils with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Mark Powlett

The 10-minute interview went by so fast that I could see the interviewers reluctant to take off their headphones! We wished we could see Jake in person. He was, as we normally say to our mates, wicked!

After the interview, I remembered very vividly Pavani's question - if Jake wanted to do a different job like a plumber. Jake admitted he got the job in the BBC by accident after his A-level exams!

1435 hrs

We were given a tour around the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire office. This was mine and Andrew's second time to be in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's headquarters, but we still learnt something new. For example, we discovered the photo the Prime Minister, taken with the staff in February this year.

One important thing I learned at the end of the day was that you have to be a journalist to be a reporter and able to report on important events - like a formula 1 race. We will surely watch BBC programme Sports Personality of the Year on the 13 December 2009.




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