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BBC producer and BIBA Broadcast Journalist visits CGS

On Friday 6th February BBC producer and BIBA Broadcast Journalist of the year 2014 Bob Howard visited Caistor Grammar School to run a journalism workshop with a group of students.  30 pupils from Y7 to Y11 worked on their editorial skills and prepared stories for this year’s BBC School Report, a national project to encourage young journalists.  In March, schools across the country will take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and sharing them through the BBC.

A report on the visit by Pippa Bradley X

On Friday 6th February BBC producer and BIBA Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2014 Bob Howard visited Caistor Grammar School to run a journalism workshop with a group of students. 30 pupils from Y7 to Y11 worked on their editorial skills and prepared stories for this year’s BBC School Report, a national project to encourage young journalists. In March, schools across the country 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 to reporters. The effect of headlines was a key topic area, in which Bob enthusiastically discussed how to achieve such eye-catching stories to follow. From this knowledge and understanding taught by Bob, students were then able to give their views and interpretations on which current reports from the BBC they would edit or disregard. The account of Grace, aged 14, is as follows; ‘I found the day very fun and fulfilling enjoying the second activity where we were able to relate to our own views on the current news, and discuss why we deemed them to be important. 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’. Not only did this help students understanding of journalism, but similar techniques could then be introduced into their own reports to communicate to larger scaled audience’s and interest those enough to be willing to read the article. Bob talked to each group on their topic of journalism, including issues such as politics, terrorism and sexism through sport. He gave feedback to the group on how they can progress with their topic and what areas, as a journalist, he would recommend taking forward. Each group, from Bobs Howard’s visit, has developed their project in preparation for BBC School Report Day and thank him for his advice, tips and experiences he was able to share.

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