IMG_1077-2-largePLANNING AN ENRICHMENT DAY?

Newsroom Bootcamp

IMG_1077-2-largeNEWSROOM BOOTCAMP

Targets: exam skills – pressure & deadlines – speaking and listening – teamwork.

The all rounder! We discuss what news actually is — we have a quick stand up/sit down quiz — pupils debate story values in groups — and then make some fast decisions. Headlines are written under pressure and read out to the class, news clips are shared and discussed. At the end of the session one group emerges the winner — and my phone will have rung a few times with some breaking news to keep everyone on their toes …
is the all rounder, using the adrenaline of breaking news to mix no-nonsense deadlines with accurate writing, quick decision-making, confident speaking — and a lot of fun!

Add Autocue Extra

what-I-offer-3AUTOCUE EXTRA

Targets: all pupils, but particularly those interested in the Presentation side of the news process.

For an extra fee, I can provide a professional autocue hood and monitor at the end of any workshop. The pupils’ headlines are downloaded to this, with pupils taking it in turns to read their own work. They watch themselves back. Copies of their performance may be provided on request (for school use only).
for even more hands-on interactivity and a sense of performance.

Follow it up with Employability Express

what-I-offer-3EMPLOYABILITY EXPRESS

Targets: employability skills — breaching the Comfort Zone — confidence for Work Experience

Using my video camera and TV News autocue, pupils discover they can step out of their comfort zone and succeed at new things. We debate aspiration — pupils list their own qualities — and see the process of applying for work experience or a job through the eyes of the employer. Using role play and my video camera, we tackle interviews, body language, eye contact and confident speech. Finally, we weigh up lighthearted “dos and don’ts” videos ahead of work experience … and hear encouraging video messages from real employers and young employees. It’s a unique chance to hard wire the soft skills.
using the tv kit to focus pupils’ minds on confident speech and eye-contact, body language, preparing for an interview – and putting their phone down!

IMG_1077-2-largeFOCUSSING ON CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY?

Employability Express

what-I-offer-3 EMPLOYABILITY EXPRESS

Targets: employability skills — breaching the Comfort Zone — confidence for Work Experience

Using my video camera and TV News autocue, pupils discover they can step out of their comfort zone and succeed at new things. We debate aspiration — pupils list their own qualities — and see the process of applying for work experience or a job through the eyes of the employer. Using role play and my video camera, we tackle interviews, body language, eye contact and confident speech. Finally, we weigh up lighthearted “dos and don’ts” videos ahead of work experience … and hear encouraging video messages from real employers and young employees. It’s a unique chance to hard wire the soft skills.
uses my tv kit to get down to the basics: stepping out of the comfort zone, discovering an aspiration and working out a practical, no-nonsense way to achieve it by impressing at an interview or at work experience. Newscast

NEWSCAST

Targets: pupils looking for inspiration about careers, and media careers in particular.

I introduce you to the cast that goes into making a news bulletin. Breaking down a video bulletin into chunks, I reveal the photos and CVs of the team behind the scenes. Decide whether the presenter is really as important as they may seem! Hear clips from the camera operator, producer, graphic designer and many others, offering straight-talking advice on how they got their jobs.
shows your pupils the actual CVs of young professionals, with video clip messages offering advice and encouragement — whether they’re interested in the media or not.

Follow it up with Newsroom Bootcamp

IMG_1077-2-largeNEWSROOM BOOTCAMP

Targets: exam skills – pressure & deadlines – speaking and listening – teamwork.

The all rounder! We discuss what news actually is — we have a quick stand up/sit down quiz — pupils debate story values in groups — and then make some fast decisions. Headlines are written under pressure and read out to the class, news clips are shared and discussed. At the end of the session one group emerges the winner — and my phone will have rung a few times with some breaking news to keep everyone on their toes …
to hard wire the soft skills of teamwork, decision making and time-keeping that they’ll need to get any job.

IMG_1077-2-largeTEACHING MEDIA STUDIES OR ENGLISH?

Newsday

what-I-offer-1NEWSDAY

Targets: older pupils, but particularly those who have already shown an interest in Media Studies or Journalism as a career.

We go under the bonnet of a real news day. Using a real time example, a news story unfolds with pupils needing to make quick decisions and justify their answers to each other. This leads to debate about news values and logistics. I touch upon legal and ethical issues (eg: court reporting), and pupils see how the day in question resolves itself. An extended version tests the more advanced pupils by presenting them with raw interviews that need to be edited to tell a story in a balanced way, on a tight deadline.
takes your pupils hour by hour through a reporter’s day, juggling breaking news and conflicting priorities.

Charlie’s Dilemma

CHARLIE’S DILEMMA

Targets: Media Studies or PSHE pupils who have already experienced the fun of Newsroom Bootcamp, and now need to know more about the serious side of Newsgathering in today’s society.

We focus on one developing news story to explore the ethics and nuance of hard news journalism. Should reporters interview grieving relatives? When is it right to use pictures of road crash victims lifted from Facebook? How does the law protect young people involved in a distressing news story? Do reports about death and sorrow ever do any good?
explores the ethics of reporting distressing news, balancing sensitivity with law and logistics.

Kick it off with Newsroom Bootcamp

IMG_1077-2-largeNEWSROOM BOOTCAMP

Targets: exam skills – pressure & deadlines – speaking and listening – teamwork.

The all rounder! We discuss what news actually is — we have a quick stand up/sit down quiz — pupils debate story values in groups — and then make some fast decisions. Headlines are written under pressure and read out to the class, news clips are shared and discussed. At the end of the session one group emerges the winner — and my phone will have rung a few times with some breaking news to keep everyone on their toes …
and round it off with Autocue Extra

what-I-offer-3AUTOCUE EXTRA

Targets: all pupils, but particularly those interested in the Presentation side of the news process.

For an extra fee, I can provide a professional autocue hood and monitor at the end of any workshop. The pupils’ headlines are downloaded to this, with pupils taking it in turns to read their own work. They watch themselves back. Copies of their performance may be provided on request (for school use only).
to give them a Media Day they will not soon forget.

IMG_1077-2-largePREPARING THEM FOR THE EXAM HALL?

Headline Deadline

what-I-offer-4HEADLINE DEADLINE

Targets: exam skills — writing to a strict deadline — pupils with less than 45 minutes of class time.

Pupils are given a list of news stories with a range of detail, and must write a headline for each. Examples of headline sequences are provided, but their task is to think about tone, appeal, brevity and use of pictures — and write them against the clock. They then compare their work with what news journalists broadcast on the day.
uses news writing skills to drum into them that when time’s up, time’s up.

Newsroom Bootcamp

IMG_1077-2-largeNEWSROOM BOOTCAMP

Targets: exam skills – pressure & deadlines – speaking and listening – teamwork.

The all rounder! We discuss what news actually is — we have a quick stand up/sit down quiz — pupils debate story values in groups — and then make some fast decisions. Headlines are written under pressure and read out to the class, news clips are shared and discussed. At the end of the session one group emerges the winner — and my phone will have rung a few times with some breaking news to keep everyone on their toes …
forces them to deal with the problem in front of them, not the one they’d have preferred. Thirty Second Showdown

what-I-offer-3THIRTY SECOND SHOWDOWN



Targets: all pupils, but particularly those interested in the Presentation side of the news process.

Thirty Second Showdown will take your pupils’ breath away — by showing them that they really CAN write like a journalist, right here, right now. We watch examples of thirty second news bulletins — I give them information about two news stories and a weather forecast, and tell them they have three minutes to turn the information into a bulletin that will take thirty seconds to read. There simply isn’t time to panic — before they know it, they’ve done it!
gives your pupils the chance to write a real news bulletin that lasts just thirty seconds. I’ll be armed with my stopwatch to see just who made it …

IMG_1077-2-large… AND FOR OLDER PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS?

Let me use a mixture of the workshops above — pitched as Pop Up Newsroom

what-I-offer-2POP UP NEWSROOM

Targets: Years 5/6 — a lighter version of Newsroom Bootcamp, with similar objectives but pitched at a younger audience.

We watch some amusing examples of tv news stories — we have a stand up/move around news quiz (space permitting) — using a real news example, the children play detective to practice open/closed questioning — they break into groups to “interview” each other about news stories in their own lives — in groups, they “edit” their own programme choosing between different stories — they write their headlines on a deadline, and with video inserted breaking news interruptions — finally, they act as newsreaders to read headlines to the class.
for a younger mind — to help develop your pupils’ literacy, teamwork, speed, confidence and social skills as they approach the transition to Secondary School.


I provide …


The core stuff: accuracy – deadline skills – sifting information fast – swift decision making

The softer stuff: speaking & listening to each other – employability skills – presentation.

The fun stuff: will the news change? will the phone ring? will our team win?

Prizes and Praise: Certificates of Achievement and Prize Notebooks for selected pupils who excel or step outside their comfort zones in front of their peers.

The pre-chat: preliminary consultation, at your school or by phone, to brief me on your group, their needs and any specific learning objectives.

The follow-up: each booking includes my One Page Debrief Report, providing statistics and quotations to help Senior Management, Governors and Ofsted judge value for money.

The necessary credentials: I am CRB/DBS checked, and have full public liability insurance.



You provide …


group of students, min/max approx 10-90, keen to experience something unique.

1 to 2 hours of classroom time/workshop — but I’ll slot into your school timetable.

video and audio whiteboard or equivalent — I simply plug in my laptop, and we’re away!

separate flipchart or equivalent, to record learning points and team scores.