First-hand reporting for young journalists

Bob Howard with a group of students at Caistor Grammar School EMN-150216-120524001
Bob Howard with a group of students at Caistor Grammar School EMN-150216-120524001

Students at Caistor Grammar School got the chance to brush up their editorial skills with a journalism workshop run by BBC producer and BIBA Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2014 Bob Howard.

A group of 30 students, from years seven to eleven, prepared stories for this year’s BBC School Report, a national project to encourage young journalists.

In March schools will take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports and sharing them through the BBC.

The workshop consisted of numerous activities, challenging students’ outlook on reports produced by the BBC, making them aware of the pressures of journalism and the tasks credible.

“The effect of the headlines was a key topic area, in which Bob enthusiastically discussed how to achieve such eye-catching stories to follow,” said student Pippa Bradley.

“I found the day fun and fulfilling, enjoying the second activity where we were able to relate our own views on the current news and discuss why we deemed them to be important,” added fellow student Grace. “We were then able to debate and discuss these ideas with other friends, allowing us to put into practice our use of reporting to evaluate the stories we feel were deserving headlines”

Each group, from Bob Howard’s visit, has developed their project in preparation for BBC School Report Day and thanked him for his advice, tips and experiences.