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School reporters take centre stage at Antrim for BBC School Report programme

School reporters take centre stage at Antrim for BBC School Report programme

It was lights, cameras, action, for three schools who reported live for the BBC ‘School Report’ event at Antrim Board Centre Television Studio on Thursday 10th March.

Celebrating its tenth year, the ‘School Report’ programme was streamed live on the BBC’s website and on the BBC Red Button service to audiences across the UK and featured reports from schools across all of the UK, which saw around 30,000 viewers tuning in to watch the live broadcasts.

Six enthusiastic reporters from schools in Northern Ireland, aged between 11 and 16 underwent three days’ training in journalism and broadcast, with help and guidance from the experts at BBC and EA TV, before stepping in front of the cameras to report live on issues affecting schools across the Province.                        

The Northern Ireland ‘School Report’ was broadcast live across the UK by EA TV from their television studios in Antrim, in conjunction with the BBC and proved to be a huge success.  Almost 60 schools across Northern Ireland also took part in this year’s event with hundreds of students turning their classrooms into newsrooms, with each report being researched, written and recorded by the students.

An Education Authority spokesperson said:

"This is the fourth year in which we have worked alongside the BBC to produce this programme and we would like to thank the BBC for working in conjunction with the Education Authority’s EA TV team to make today’s event possible.  Previously we have worked with the BBC to broadcast a range of educational events worldwide including the Milk Cup, BBC Science Week and school music programmes.

This is a fantastic initiative and a unique opportunity for our young people to learn from the best in the field of broadcast and journalism.  The experiences and knowledge gained by these young people over the past three days will stay with them for the rest of their lives, helping to build their future careers."

The programme can be viewed below or find out more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport.

BBC School Report 2016 behind the scenes video

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