On Wednesday 15 January, our BBC School Report news travelled to the BBC headquarters in Portland place in London.
During our visit we interviewed a few journalists and people who worked in production behind the scenes. It was a real eye-opening experience since we actually got to view a recording studio, control rooms and witness the news room in action. We were amazed by how much is involved in the production of the different news broadcasts.
To add to our experience we were able to interview journalists and producers that have been in the industry collectively for decades and who were kind enough to answer all the questions we put to them on a range of issues from the ethics of journalism and the changes that have occurred in the industry including the role of women to the impact that the news has on society.
The effect of this opportunity on us has been immense. Ikram feels more confident in the pursuit of her future career. We all feel encouraged as we work on our current school report projects, having gained insight into the ways in which journalists go about their daily jobs. Maddie says she feels she has a greater understanding of the professionalism that is needed to maintain high standards of production in order to ensure the best results possible. Patrycja came away feeling inspired by the depth of technical knowledge of the behind the scenes team and is even more determined to continue with her passion for film making. For Maria, her ambition to become a foreign correspondent has blossomed. Alam concluded 'this experience has persuaded me to pay more attention to the news as a form of respect for the amount of work that goes into bringing the other side of the world to us'.