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08/02/2007

BBC Goes Back To School With News Report Scheme

On 22 March, 100 schools around the country will make the news and take part in a special all-day webcast showcasing their work.
Budding news reporters will write, research and record their own news reports for broadcast as part of BBC News School Report – a new pilot BBC initiative helping to support citizenship in schools by teaching school students about journalism.
The online webcast, coming live from four schools in Manchester, will show reports from schools around the UK throughout the day.
The School Report website will also link to news content displayed on the a 100 schools' own websites - allowing pupils from other schools to watch and compare the reports they've made.
There will be coverage of the schools' reports throughout the day on national and regional TV, on BBC Radio Five Live and on all the BBC's Local Radio stations.
Peter Horrocks, Head of BBC TV News, commented: "BBC News School Report is a great example of the BBC combining the strengths of its different news outlets - TV, online and radio.
"Students get a practical, fun insight into journalism and connect directly with the BBC, and our audiences get an insight into the issues that matter most to teenagers."
Pete Clifton, Head of BBC News Interactive, said: "This will be a really exciting day for everyone involved.
"There is an army of would-be reporters out there who also have a real grasp of new technology and how to use it.
"I'm looking forward to a fantastic range of multi-media content right in the heart of the News site."
Newsround and BBC News 24's Ellie Crisell will host the online webcast – which will run for the length of a normal school day - providing hourly live updates.
Pupils and teachers from schools up and down the UK will be taking part in practical exercises - including writing news stories, reading the headlines and recording interviews.
BBC News will have fly-on-the-wall coverage as pupils in different schools around the UK go though all stages of the news production process – from the morning planning meeting, the newsgathering process, researching, recording and finally broadcasting a special schools news bulletin.
In September 2006 the BBC announced its pilot initiative BBC News School Report, which gives 12 and 13-year-olds around the UK the chance to make their own news at school and to broadcast it via the internet.
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