March saw twenty eight students from The Skipton Academy, supported by Creative Media students and tutors, go to Craven College’s TV studio to take part in the BBC School News Report.
Divided into four groups, each member took on their chosen broadcast reporter’s role - photographer, sound recorder, interviewer, camera operator and editor, to become a real-life journalists making their own reports for a real audience to share with the BBC. They tackled local and national news stories including junior doctors strike action, should Skipton have a Starbucks, how many hours of sleep a night a teenager requires and Pie Week, and kept everyone up-to date on the day’s news, events and weather. The students simultaneously created video, audio and text-based news reports, and published them on the college website, to which the BBC linked.
The Skipton Academy student Kameran Alam said:
“It’s been a great experience. I have really enjoyed my day taking part in BBC School News Report. It’s given me a lot of confidence and helped me gain skills such as team working and time management. I loved being in the College’s TV studio and using editing software on the Apple Mac computer and having Craven College students help me how to use the cameras.”
Creative Media tutor Jemma Crozier said:
“I wanted the day to be a lot of fun for these young people and it certainly has been. From deciding which stories to cover, writing, recording interviews, filming and editing everything has come together and made a memorable experience. I hope it inspired some to look at journalism as a potential career choice.”
Bernadette Butterfield, Head of English at The Skipton Academy said:
“All the Year 9 students involved were really keen to get stuck into being journalists, camera crew and weather reporters for the day. A really exciting day was had by all, something really interactive for them – hopefully inspiring them for their plans in the future.”
BBC News presenter and former teacher, Huw Edwards, is working on School Report.
He said: "Over the years I've run many journalism workshops in schools. So I've seen how much fun it can be and how much can be learnt when there are real deadlines, real audiences and real standards to meet. I'm involved because I want to give young people the chance to make the news themselves, and I want to share the principles of good journalism.