The BBC at Eggbuckland this week
When the BBC asked us if we would like to be involved in the BBC Share Your Story tour, the obvious answer was ‘yes!’. As part of their 100 years of BBC celebrations, the Share Your Story team have been visiting schools across the country telling students about the importance of telling stories, finding your voice and making your experiences heard.
We were joined by Radio One Extra’s Nick Bright as our host and guest journalists Lucy Bolt and Luq Toefy from BBC Devon. Together, they told our students their own personal and powerful stories: Luq growing up in South Africa in the late 70s and Lucy moving from Sweden at 15 years old. They also shared their experiences of journalism as a career and how telling stories is an important aspect of many jobs in journalism.
We kicked off the morning with an interview on BBC Radio Devon and then Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 got to experience the amazing talks and fun story building exercises. I think the highlight of the day for many was asking questions of our guests using the microphone ball!
Finishing the sessions, students were told about the Young Reporter competition where they are encouraged to share their own stories. More information can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter but look out for some direction on this from the English staff after half term.
We feel very fortunate to have been able to offer our students this opportunity and hope it has inspired some budding journalists and/or writers!