Please read our report of the day below by Kshama and Muqaddas, students from this years BBC school report team for Whalley Range 11-18 High School:
News Day: Our Experience
Our school have been creating and editing videos for BBC School Report and the hard work paid off as we were one of the seven schools who were invited to Media City as part of News Day. Our main topics for our videos were Mental Health Issues and stereotyping.
When we arrived at Media City, we had the chance to explore the eye-catching architecture and take lots of photos. We then met our friendly mentor Greg Maguire-Collier, who took us on a tour around the building. We were surprised how many people work there and how each person has an individual job to help create what we know as the BBC.
We were given the fantastic opportunity to interview Five Live Daily host Peter Allen, who has been broadcasting for over 40 years! We researched and prepared a range of questions to ask Peter in his radio studio. The interview was a great success and Peter was easy to talk to and a very humorous man.
Peter was a very inspiring person and told us that it’s not the famous people that inspire him but the real people who are brave. We were fascinated by how many prime ministers he had met and interviewed.
Listen to the whole interview on Mixcloud.
Miss Shakeshaft, English Teacher at Whalley Range, praised the experience:
We had a brilliant day at Media City UK and the students experienced real-life journalism. They were a true credit to the school and were very professional throughout the day. Sitting on BBC Breakfast’s red sofas was the definite highlight!
We would like to thank Peter for his co-operation and in the end, the inspiration he has given us. We would also like to thank our mentor Greg who made our visit even more delightful. Most of all, we would like to thank the BBC for this once in a lifetime opportunity.