PUPILS from Markethill High School have been putting their storytelling skills to the test by taking part in the BBC News School Report project.
The project, which is hosted by the BBC UK wide, gives 11-16-year-olds the opportunity to make their own news for a real audience.
The collaborative programme, run by BBC News and BBC Learning, helps students develop their journalistic skills.
Principal James Maxwell, said, “This is a fantastic project and we are delighted to have played a big part in news gathering. Our participating pupils produced their own news story for TV which highlighted road safety and it was filmed outside the school, recorded and then edited by the pupils.
“We were delighted to welcome the BBC bus to the school. The workshops were run all day with 11 of our pupils who got a fantastic insight into how to gather news and how to identify a good news story. Everyone worked in groups, discussed events and were able to come up with four news stories from within the school’s community.”
Mr Maxwell said the pupils identified the Taylor Cup hockey semi final, reading initiatives, the school’s new 4G hockey pitch and the importance of music as four stories of interest. The pupils were able to write their scripts and carry out interviews and vox pops before beginning the editing process on board the BBC Bus.
Markethill High School is one of 1,000 schools to have taken part.
BBC News presenter Huw Edwards said, “Over the years I have run many journalism workshops in schools. So I’ve seen how much fun it can be and how much can be learned when there are real deadlines, real audiences and real standards to meet.
“I am 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.”