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
work?

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 English 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Ocean Rescue

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Sky Ocean Rescue – explores how plastics are seriously damaging to the world’s oceans, and the plants and animals that live there. Plastic is thought to make up around 80% of the rubbish in our oceans, and much of this is single-use, such as plastic water bottles, bags, containers and straws. This topic explores the extent of the damage of single-use plastics, as well as how initiatives such as Sky Ocean Rescue are encouraging people to take active steps to protect them.

The Future of Tech

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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

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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

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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, students will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky. We also 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)

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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 ready for broadcast

Introduction

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

Producer

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

Key skills - communication & self-management

Director

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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

Scriptwriter

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

Key skills – teamwork & creativity

Camera Operator

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

Key skills - self-management & problem solving

Editor

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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

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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

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

Key skills - communication & creativity


6. 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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7. 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 programme in time for transmission. 

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8. 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 flick through the green screen backdrops available for your topic, drag and drop clips on to the timeline and crop them to size.  All of the technology we’ve designed is intuitive, easy to use and suitable for ages 8 and up. 

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9. Watch your programme

Once each team has finished creating their pitch and sent it for transmission then your group will see their finished piece in the transmission area and we’ll send a copy for each student to share with parents or back at school. 

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