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Thursday, 11 March 2010
Bolton School Boys' Division joined thousands of schoolchildren
across the UK in reporting the news for the annual BBC School
Report News Day.
Boys from years 7 to 9 spent the day creating video, audio and
text-based news reports to publish on a website by the 4pm
deadline. They covered a mixture of topics - some of national
interest and some school-based, with headlines including Schoolboy
Grills Big Fish, ISFA Cup Success, 3D TVs and Mr Britton MBE.
Simultaneously, 25,000 pupils from 700 schools across the UK were
busy creating their own news reports which the BBC then linked up
to when the deadline was up! On the day, the Bolton boys were
also part of the Guinness World record attempt at the largest
interactive weather report.
During the morning the boys were taken through the process of
generating news from creating story ideas, carrying out interviews
and taking photographs, the editing and layout of their stories,
and uploading them to the web. Although the day is aimed at 11-14
year olds, older pupils acted as mentors for the boys. The Bolton
School Report can be seen at www.boltonschool.me.uk
The main aim of BBC News School Report is to interest young
people in news of all sorts, and the world around them, by giving
them the chance to make their own news. It is also an
opportunity for students to inform a real audience, via BBC
programmes and web pages, about the stories which are important to
Taking part in the day develops the ability to work in teams,
manage time, communicate effectively and think critically. It is
also a chance for students to discuss the responsibilities involved
in broadcasting their work to a world wide audience.
Ex-teacher and BBC News presenter, Huw Edwards, lent his support
to the project and said: "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."
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