Taste of journalism for Sheffield primary school pupils

Pupil journalists at Totley Primary School

Ten- and eleven-year-olds from a Sheffield school have produced their very own TV news show and newspaper, with help from staff and students at the Department of Journalism Studies.

The children, who will be leaving Totley Primary School in a few days' time, took on the roles of producers, reporters, presenters and camera people to produce a television bulletin based on the stories of their time at Totley. They scurried around the school carrying out interviews, presenting pieces to camera, and preparing for the bulletin.

The school's headteacher, Chris Stewart, was delighted with the taster.

"The children worked incredibly hard," said Chris, "and the final programme is amazing – our very own news report on the class’ highlights of their seven years at Totley Primary. The children behaved really well throughout the days and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A big thank you to the staff and students from Sheffield University for making the days so enjoyable."

 

Enthusiasm

The University guests took industry-standard filming and editing equipment to the school and trained the children in the basics of operating cameras, writing scripts, interview technique and presenting on screen.

Broadcast journalism lecturer and former ITV reporter/presenter Katie Stewart was impressed by the pupils' enthusiasm: "The kids had loads of ideas and seemed to love every minute of this activity. I saw signs of budding journalists amongst some of them! Hopefully this is just the kind of incentive they need to start thinking about the possibilities of what University might have to offer."

Journalism Studies BA students Rachael Pearson, Rachel Gerrish-Jones and Pippa Moyle worked intensively with the children, and thoroughly enjoyed passing on their knowledge and helping them create a news bulletin and newspaper pages to be proud of.