Pupils turn screen stars at BBC news day

Dene Community School students who worked on the journalism project.
Dene Community School students who worked on the journalism project.

HAVE they got news for you?

Students at Dene Community School in Peterlee turned newshounds as part of a project giving them insight into the world of journalism.

They joined in the BBC School Report event, turning out their own video and written reports during the last few weeks.

Their subject matters included an interview with Horden residents’ leader John Barnett about the housing situation in the village, sharpening their camera skills and teammwork in the process.

English teacher Andrew Cowey, who is also the school’s key stage manager for transition, said: “It is an annual project which I run at Dene and it is aimed at helping students transfer the skills from the classroom into the real world and help them get hands-on experience.

“They have been a pleasure to work with.

“The students worked tirelessly throughout the day working on their reports, both typed and video, for a 2pm deadline -– which they achieved.

“The essential ingredient is that it is news that matters to them.

“The students have decided on what they would like to cover and made plans for this.”

The written reports can be viewed via www.dene.durham.sch.uk, with the video they produced available to view via www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and YouTube.