The Beacon Young Reporters!

23 May 2024

On Thursday 25 May, our Year 8 boys indulged in a thrilling journalist experience. They stepped into the role of on-the-ground news reporters as part of The Beacon Young Reporter initiative, aimed at helping our boys to develop content creation skills and an understanding of current affairs as well as the media industry.

The day began with an editorial meeting, after which the boys enthusiastically sifted through newspapers and online news sources. They carefully planned, researched and wrote news stories on topics they found compelling, all linked to current global events with their own unique twist on the story.

Their selected stories spanned a variety of local, national and international issues, including the pros and cons of artificial intelligence, the newly announced general election, dangerous pets, Mount Everest, the pitfalls of VAR in sports, classic car extinction and an exploration into the tragic plane turbulence.

Some of the boys worked in pairs, whilst others worked solus. After choosing their topics, the boys arranged interviews to support their stories, they wrote engaging questions to prompt inspiring discussion and conducted interviews over the phone, on Teams or in person with teachers, peers or staff at The Beacon. Some of our boys were fortunate to speak with some very successful people in the performing arts, sporting, and movie industry! Through these activities, they acquired valuable skills in media creation and comprehension, all while working to tight deadlines to finalise their articles.

Click on the button below to view the remarkable stories and any supporting interviews.