BBC project gives children first experience in journalism

More than 30,000 schoolchildren have experienced what it is like to be a journalist by taking part in a major newsgathering exercise led by the BBC.

The BBC School Report project saw about 800 schools set up makeshift newsrooms yesterday, where 11- to 14-year-olds compiled their own reports.

Each team worked to a 2pm deadline and were helped by teachers and BBC journalists. The bulletins were then broadcast online and via the BBC red button interactive channel.

BBC School Report is now in its fifth year and aims to encourage young people to become more aware of the news and how it is reported.

Teachers across the country prepared the young reporters for the day with a series of exercises over recent months to develop their journalistic skills.

This year the project claimed a first by becoming the first live television programme to be broadcast from the BBC’s new studio complex at MediaCity UK in Salford.

About 100 schoolchildren from the north-west and Yorkshire worked for the day from the new studios to produce a live bulletin.

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