Portadown College takes part in BBC News School Report’s News Day 2016

Thursday 10th March was News Day for BBC School Report which saw 11- 16 years old pupils from across the UK turning their classrooms into newsrooms to report on all the news and sport that’s important to them in 2016.

There was coverage throughout the day on local, regional and national BBC news programmes and services plus twelve hours of continuous live coverage entirely dedicated to School Reporters on www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport. The project, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, has seen more than 400,000 schools reporters involved since its inception in 2006.

As part of BBC School Report’s News Day Portadown College participated in developing a half hour news programme which was streamed live on the Red Button from the EA studio at Antrim Board Centre. Year 11 Journalism student Dale Mulligan was a dynamic sports presenter, with sports news including the College’s own news package in which students interviewed Ireland rugby captain Rory Best.  Nathan Capper, also a Year 11 Journalism student presented latest news from around the province throughout the programme, creating homely links with the anchors. The full programme is now available to view on bbc.co.uk/schoolreport.

Throughout the past few weeks School Reporters across Northern Ireland have been making their news reports on issues that matter to them. Portadown College interviewed Ireland rugby captain Rory Best just as the issue of contact and tackling hit the news.  As news aware students, they asked Rory his opinion on banning tackling in rugby, and their video clip was picked up not only by BBC News Northern Ireland on their homepage, but by BBC Sport on their homepage, viewed by millions of sports fans.

Portadown College Year 11 Journalism class made their own news package about the role of religion in NI schools, focusing on the diversity now offered in the teaching of Religious Studies in schools.  Other print pieces include our relationships with social media and Portadown College’s NI football heroes, NI player Luke McCullough and NI under 18 player Nathaniel Ferris.  All are available to view on the College website www.portadowncollege.com.

James Harding, Director of BBC News says: “Every year, School Report’s News Day brings thousands of new young reporters to the BBC.  We hope these young newshounds will discover a little about the nature of the BBC and its place in the wider world; in return we benefit from the wonderful range and energy of their interests.  They learn what we do; we learn what we must do to capture the imagination of a young and vibrant audience.  The message to our school reporters is clear: Your BBC Needs You.”

Huw Edwards says: “I look forward to this day every year. I’ve seen first-hand how much can be learnt from work-shops in schools when we give students real journalistic deadlines and standards to adhere to. I’m 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 with them.”

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