BBC Young Reporter is an excellent way for your students to get involved in the whole topic of information literacy and fake news, whilst also having the chance to enter a competition for their voices to be heard on the radio. Josie Verghese who is Head of Young Reporter told me:
“BBC Young Reporter works in partnership with schools, colleges and youth organisations to provide young people with the skills they need to create and understand the media. It is an opportunity for 11-18 year olds to develop media skills, news literacy and share their own stories with the BBC. Educational establishments and youth organisations taking part will benefit from access to exclusive events, training and resources, as well as mentoring and career talks from BBC staff and journalists.
The BBC Young Reporter Competition is a chance for anyone aged 11-18 to suggest a story idea that they think the BBC should be telling – original untold stories that reflect young people’s personal experiences, insights or their community or about a subject that really matters to them. There are two categories, “My Life” and “Our World” and young people can upload their ideas online – as a text or a video or audio clip. It isn’t about creating a finished piece; at this stage we just need an outline of their idea.
The closing date is Sunday 26 October and all the details and the link to upload a story idea is www.bbc.co.uk/youngreportercompetition
In addition, we have some specific news literacy online resources (including video masterclasses and some suggested lesson / activity plans) which you can view via www.bbc.co.uk/realnews
There is also an interactive learning BBC iReporter game which puts the player in the role of a journalist working at the heart of the newsroom during a breaking news story: www.bbc.co.uk/ireporter (usable on any computer, tablet or smartphone).”
I know that some of you will already be using this, but it is new to me – as are the news literacy resources, which are excellent. If your school gains a place and you would like to share this story with Heart, please get in touch. #GreatSchoolLibraries