PC Journalism Club took part in BBC School Report this year, working on a number of different projects.
In Year 13, Emily Monroe was responsible for filming and editing a piece directed by Joanna Kerr and Nye Crozier on the importance of remembering the Holocaust, while Matthew Walsh worked with Year 12 student Phillip Shirley on a piece promoting drugs awareness using the Student Voice Question Time event earlier this year and Year 12 girl Hollie Teggart filmed and edited a Journalism class piece on Equality for Females. Matthew and Phillip also took part in the BBC NI Festival of News Day workshops and interactive news events.
Jay Davey and Ben Gibbons from Year 11 took part in a BBC Digital Cities event, learning how to film and edit digital news, and used this to inspire their successful pitch for a news feature concerning the possible implications surrounding the newly introduced VAR technology in football. BBC Sport Reporter Stuart Portis brought his camera equipment to PC where they were accompanied by classmate Bobby Farquhar to make the BBC News School Report which you can watch on the College website.
The Year 11 Journalism Class made their own BBC News School Report in response to criticism by the Children’s Commissioner regarding young people’s use of Snapchat. You can view it on the school website. As a class they took part in the BBC Festival of News on Live News Day, trying out sports commentating, weather reporting in front of the green screen and being kitted up with bullet proof jackets in readiness for reporting from the field.
For School Report live news day the BBC screen tested a number of students in order to select broadcasters for BBC NI Festival of News held at BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast. Matthew Walsh, Jay Davey, Amy Hanna, Lucy Quin, Alex Reid and Lucy Williamson were selected and you can see the recording of their live broadcasts of the 1pm, 2pm and 3pm news bulletins on the school website. Not only this, but Lucy Quin enjoyed an impromptu chat with weatherman Barra Best live on air.
In recognition of their contribution to BBC School Report and by way of celebrating their achievements, they all received certificates.