Students out to make the news

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YOUNG reporters will be helping to spread the news to a wider audience.

A total of 15 Year 7 and 8 pupils at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth will be joining up with around 800 other schools throughout the country in making the news today (Thursday).

They are taking part in BBC News School Report, a BBC project to engage 11 to 14-year-olds in the news.

Over the past few months the budding reporters have been working hard, training to be top journalists and carrying out interviews.

Sue Barnard, curriculum leader for media studies at the school, said: “On the day they are covering news stories from the opening of the new Tyne Tunnel to global warming, so it will be an interesting day.”

The students will be broadcasting their news at 2pm over the school website, which is linked to the BBC’s.

Year 7 pupil Sam Richards said: “My favourite bit has been using the cameras to film our interviews as we felt really professional.”