Boys Make the Headlines for BBC!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Students from Bolton School Boys' Division have made history by being part of a 100-strong team of schoolchildren who presented the first live TV broadcast from the BBC's new base in the North on the annual BBC School Report News Day! The boys can be seen towards the end of this clip (approximately 10 minutes in).
Along with other students from across the North West and Yorkshire, the boys worked for the day from The Studios at MediaCityUK in Salford to produce a live bulletin to a national deadline of 2pm. They produced news bulletins, hourly sports headlines, and ran the School Report survey desk. The national TV channel for BBC School Report was directed from the studio gallery in Salford and was the first live TV broadcast from the site. The television service was also on red button and web services and shown as inserts into other BBC programmes.
Back at school boys from years 7 to 10 also got involved by spending the day creating video, audio and text-based news reports to publish on the website by the 4pm deadline. They covered a mixture of topics - some of national interest and some school-based, with headlines including University fee rises and the closure of Butterfly World at local Moss Bank Park. Simultaneously, 30,000 pupils from 800 schools across the UK were busy creating their own news reports which the BBC then linked up to when the deadline was up! 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
Year 9 pupil Matthew said: "We really enjoyed putting ourselves in 'grannies shoes' to explore a story angle" and fellow Year 9 pupil Jack added: "Doing a survey around school was really interesting." Year 10 pupil Aidan said: "Our teacher's stress levels were entertaining around 2pm!"
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 them. 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.
In preparation for the day, some boys had already been out in the local area filming reports. BBC School Reporters Miles, Rohit and Joe went to find out how one organisation in the area is coping with cuts in budgets and funding for drama and arts projects.