Ilkeston students become reporters for the day

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Students at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy became roving reporters for the day as part of the BBC News Report.

Year nine students scoured local and national newspapers for story ideas before choosing a topic that they could relate to young people.

They carried out internet research and interviewed fellow students and staff to create a film report and a written article by the end of the day.

Stories covered included underage smoking, knife crime, Donald Trump, social media, obesity and the Maria Sharapova drugs scandal.

Their final film reports were uploaded on to the BBC School Report website and can be viewed at

Student Deborah Banks, 14, decided to explore the recent story about tennis star Maria Sharapova failing a drugs test.

She said: “I wanted to find out more about the story and about sports people who have taken drugs to help them win. I thought it would be interesting to look into what affect it could have on young people who might idolise her.

“I really enjoyed taking part in the BBC School Report as it was good to find out more about events happening in the world and dig deeper into the stories. It was very interesting.”

English teacher Chloe Pearce said: “They’ve really enjoyed it and loved the idea of being on TV. It’s been great to see them so interested in the news.”