Fact: News Reporting

FACT: News Reporting offers a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for teachers and students aged 8-16. It’s a unique and innovative way to bring the curriculum to life, as students work together with talented professional studio staff in a bespoke TV studio to create their own news report.

How does FACT:
News Reporting

You can choose from ten inspiring topics that fire young people’s imaginations and help them explore and express their voice on a range of relevant issues. With the help of our expert team at Sky, students will learn about how to structure a news report and communicate their ideas to the audience.

This Experience supports the curriculum, helping students to understand the elements of a great news report. The topics are cross-curricular, linking to: PSHE/Health and wellbeing; Science/Sciences; Design & Technology/Technologies; Citizenship/Social Studies. It also develops students’: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Media Literacy, Writing (non-fiction), Decision-making.


1. Choose your location

England - Osterley, West London

Scotland - Livingston, West Lothian

Find more details on the Find Us Page

2. Choose your topic

Do Animals Matter


Do Animals Matter? – explores attitudes to animal rights, the threat of extinction, and what people can do to help. For example, few would argue that deliberate acts of cruelty towards animals are wrong, but there’s more debate around using animals for medical research or killing animals for meat. In addition, far more species are endangered than previously thought, prompting questions about the role of humans in their protection.

Celebrity Culture


Celebrity Culture and its Influence – explores the positive and negative sides of today’s celebrity culture, asking whether certain celebrities encourage young people to value fame and money over success based on skill, talent or effort.

Healthy Lifestyle


Healthy Lifestyle: How Can We Make Britain Healthier? – explores the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how our nation’s health affects us physically, mentally and financially. For example, scientific reports show regular participation in sport and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle can help prevent several chronic diseases. Yet despite continued campaigns promoting healthy living, one in four British adults is obese.

Space Travel


Space Travel explores Humans efforts to explore the vast quantities of space from debating the merits of missions to mar and the moon to discussing life on the International Space Station. Is it worth the money and risk to human life, would the money be better spent elsewhere or is the scientific knowledge gained worth more

Disaster Strikes - Natural Disasters


Disaster Strikes: Natural Disasters – explores the science, causes and impact of natural disasters around the world. Could human activities and climate change be influencing specific natural disasters, and what can be done to predict them or reduce their impact?

Your Voice


Your Voice: Stand Up and Be Counted – explores young people’s attitudes and behaviours around voting and politics, and what can be done to encourage more young people to register to vote.

Sky Zero

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Sky Zero – explores how we can #GoZero and empower young people to take action for our planet Life on earth exists because of a perfect balance. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. But human actions - the way we travel, the food we eat, the energy we consume - have tipped the scales. To tackle global warming, we need to help restore our planet’s balance. And the first vital step on that journey is achieving net zero carbon. Fast! That means that for each bit of carbon we add to the atmosphere, one needs to be taken away. A simple equation. Release less and absorb more.

The Future of Tech


The Future of Tech – explores the challenges and opportunities future technological advances will bring to the world. For example, technological innovations such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, and 3-D printing will disrupt current ways of doing things, but preparing for a more technologically advanced world will require a ‘skills set’ that we can’t yet understand, and which may leave some groups of people behind.

Money and Me


Money and Me: What Money Means for Young People – explores young people’s attitudes and behaviours around money, and whether better financial education could lead to fewer young people living with debt.

Social Networking


Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – explores the benefits and disadvantages of social media. For example, news and information is available instantly and we can connect with people all over the world… but there has also been a rise in cyberbullying.

3. Prepare for your day

Your visit to Sky

During your visit we will give students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting-edge technology, working with talented professional studio staff in a bespoke TV studio. All the technology is intuitive, easy-to-use and suitable for ages 8 and up. After working in four studio teams to create their news report, the class will gather for a final screening of their work. Sky Academy Studios is designed to be a springboard for opening students’ minds and unlocking creativity.

Download the FACT: News Reporting Teacher Guide for all the information you need about your visit and how to prepare for it, as well as information about the preparatory lesson plan and other supporting resources.

Download Teacher guide: Fact - News and reporting (PDF)


4. Divide your group into four teams

Each team will be responsible for creating a different part of the news story, they will write, film and edit their part, all four parts will them be linked together creating a complete story ready for broadcast


This team will be responsible for setting the scene for the report. They'll introduce the topic from a studio environment. Studio 1 then hands over to Studio 2.

On location report

This team is on location. Students can choose from a range of video clips and video backgrounds to bring the story to life. Studio 2 hands over to Studio 3.

Eye witness report

This team carry out on location interviews with people linked to the story so they begin to see a wider perspective. Studio 3 hands over to Studio 4.

Expert interview

This team carry out a studio interview with experts on the topic, this brings a different opinion to the story. Studio 4 ends the report.

5. Choose your roles

Each member of the team will have an important role to play in creating their section of the news story, 

Download the Fact Studio Roles to help you organise this

Click each title to learn more about each role below



The Producer oversees the whole experience and is the final decision-maker and time keeper.

Key skills - communication & self-management



The Director manages the filming in the studio, giving direction and advice to the Presenter(s) in front of the camera.

Key skills - communication & self-management



The Scriptwriter creates the words to fit around the pictures to tell the most interesting story.

Key skills – teamwork & creativity

Camera Operator


The Camera Operator controls the shot composition and recording of the camera to create the best takes.

Key skills - self-management & problem solving



The Editor reviews and selects green screen backdrops and voiceover videos on the touch screen edit table before recording and then edits all the recorded takes after filming.

Key skills -  creativity & problem solving.

Presenter / Reporter


The Presenter will collaborate with the Scriptwriter to tell the most natural story in front of the camera.

Key skills - communication & self-management

Eye witness / Expert


These roles are required to get into character to answer the reporter / presenter’s questions in front of camera.

Key skills - communication & creativity

6. Work with Sky staff

Each group will be supported by a member of our team who’ll train them on the studio equipment and make sure they deliver their section of the report in time for transmission. 

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7. Use the latest in technology

We’re giving students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting edge technology. All of our studios are kitted out with broadcast quality microphones and cameras that have been specially modified for use in Sky Academy Studios. We’ve also developed touch screen editing software that can be used to select the green screen backdrops and then edit your clip.  All of the technology we’ve designed is intuitive, easy to use and suitable for ages 8 and up. 

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8. Watch your programme

Once each team has finished creating their part and sent it for transmission then your group will see their finished report, we’ll provide a copy for the teacher to share with parents or back at school. 

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9. Behind the Scenes Tour

Our behind the scenes tour will take students into the world of work where they will see first-hand how our staff deliver incredible service to all our customers

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