On Monday 16th October 2017, a group of students from The Prescot School were fortunate enough to work with the BBC as part of a media workshop. The BBC Children in Need media workshop was granted as a prize after the school won a journalism competition ‘Journalists for the Day’. The event also served to raise awareness for Children in Need in our school, where thanks to generous donations from students, parents and staff, we were able to raise £1000 for the charity.
The workshop proved to be an educational and fun-filled day for our students who were mentored by BBC North West Political Editor, Nina Warhurst and producer and cameraman, Michael Wray. Over the course of the day they learnt interview techniques, presenting skills and how to create and edit news videos. Both Nina and Michael were blown away by the talent and enthusiasm shown by The Prescot School’s students.
The students enjoyed the day so much and showed such flair that we have decided to run a journalism club to foster and develop their enthusiasm and skills. Each week the journalism club meet to review school news and discuss possible stories. Here is their first article, an account of the BBC workshop day (written by Ben and Annie):
On Monday 16th October 2017, the BBC came to The Prescot School as we won a competition: Journalists for the day with the BBC. Only 10 schools in the country got this opportunity and we were really excited. Leading up to the day, the BBC kept sending us lots of different gift parcels, including:
- A giant Pudsey Bear teddy;
- Pudsey Bear Pens;
- Pudsey ears;
- A clapper board;
- Microphone covers;
- Cue cards.
On the day, we were accompanied by Nina Warhurst (North West correspondent) and Michael Wray (Producer and Cameraman) who took us through how to create a news programme and by the end of the day – we had! It’s still a little rough around the edges as the day was about developing the skills rather than creating a polished report, but they said we did a great job even taking the time to email Mrs Traverse:
“The young people were amazing! What a great school you have. Full of talent and energy. It is great to see a school maximise everyone’s potential.” – Nina.
“Thanks for picking such a great group of kids. Nina and I thought they worked really hard and had some really impressive results, they should be proud. Looking forward to seeing more of their work.” – Michael.
Overall, we had an amazing day and will carry on running our own journalism club to continue developing our skills – watch this space!