BBC Young Reporter 2019

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BBC Young reporter 2019

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:13

Momo by Brooke Durkin

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Momo has been a big threat on social media at the moment and has threatened many kids and teens the apps it is on is WhatsApp, YouTube  and Instagram you have to be careful who is texting you make shure you know these people before you text them back. Momo has been known to live in japan and he/she texts kids and teen if they will do the challenge if they say yes they will do dangerous tasks that will end in serious consequences. But if they say no they will be text that he is coming to their house to find them but what I don’t understand how he knows where you live if he lives in a different country. This can be a serious threat to young kids as they will be more scared and worried about this. There are rumours that people have died but it has not been the news at all so it might     not be true. There is a momo app so you can text momo but who wants to commit suicide  so tell parent or a trusted adult.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:11

BBC Radio Humberside Interview by Oliver Smith

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After asking about what careers can be found in radio journalism, she said that there are “loads and loads of things you can do” in radio. She described how there are jobs in interviewing, tech, presenting and much more. We then asked how someone could get into journalism and into radio. Caroline said that there are numerous routes into radio journalism. She said that she studied journalism at university and got a degree but, there are many different ways. She said that you could start with an apprenticeship and work your way up, “you could apply for a short contract, then get a long contract, and then get a permanent job.” She said that there were, “Some people at my work who had to go through an X-Factor style audition…with four judges with big buzzers!” She said that this style of audition helps under privileged people get into journalism. She referred to when they did an audition like this for “the voice for Bradford” and how they needed someone that lives and breathes Bradford.

We then asked her where radio journalism has taken her. She said that you are sometimes reporting serious news stories, sometimes even for national news sources “5 live, for example”. She then said “but, on the flip side, it can be absolutely ridiculous!” She then went on to talk about when she once had to try and find some women’s underwear in Pocklington and how everyone came out to help her! She said that you could have a day where you think you are doing a certain story but, it changes completely. She said how you need to be good under pressure in order to have that kind of job.

We asked her about the BBC’s crossing divides project. She replied by saying that she does not have much to do with that but, every story that she does must be fair. He told us that she once did a debate on Brexit and had 3 different people with opposing views. She said how she always has to provide a balanced argument in everything she reports.

For our final question, we asked how Brexit would affect journalism. She said that no one knows what will happen after Brexit, but how the media will continue to report it. Thank you to Caroline Brocklebank for answering our questions.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:10

Olympics by Kory Denham and Bradley Phillips

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The Olympics is a continuous event which is thought to have originated in ancient Greece. The sports in the Olympics include: gymnastics, artistic swimming, triathlon and shooting sports. These are just a few of the many Olympic sports. Some British Olympians are Bradley Wiggins (track and cycling), Steve Redgrave (Rowing) and many more.

There is also the Paralympics. Some Sports in the Paralympics include: archery, athletics and badminton although there are more. The Paralympics are the Olympics for people who are in wheel chairs or have any disability.   

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:07

Careers by Katie Gates

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There are many different careers such as a “Genetic Counselor” and “Nuclear Medicine Technologist”.

Career week is an event that happens once a year where volunteers go to different schools and colleges. National Careers Week runs from the 4th to the 9th of March 2019 and aims to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges.

The event is founded by a number of volunteers with a combined wealth and experience from the Education, Business and Careers Guidance sectors and is run as a not for profit organisation.

National Careers Week is targeted at improving the level of careers education in schools and colleges, with evidence showing at government level that this is an area that needs improvement in order to ensure that future generations will benefit from quality, meaningful interactions that will help them to understand the links between courses, skills and the pathways they open up.

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. 

National Careers Week is the perfect platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work. The week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.

During National Careers Week it is up to every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students with support from NCW in providing free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and exercises to run.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:06

Fashion Trends by Millie Hall

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New Look

“New Look is a British global fashion retailer with a chain of high street shops. It was founded in 1969 and has been owned since May 2015 by investment company brait SA, controlled by Christo Wiese. The chain sells womenswear, menswear, and clothing for teens”

Womans wear

All women’s wear are stylish in their own way most of the women’s wear there would mostly be: crop tops, dresses, denim jackets, denim tops, jeans.

Mens wear

New look men’s wear includes: shirts, jeans, shorts and more fashionable items of clothing.

Kids wear

There are many different fashion trends going on in the world for kids and teens especially: crop tops, ripped jeans, short SHORT skirts and shorts


Primark is an Irish fast fashion retailer headquartered in Dublin the first Primark to be made was built in 1973 and now are 182 in the UK. Primark owns over 350 Primark’s in the world. The largest Primark store is located on market street, Manchester, England. Primark has already invaded Europe, and now, it has its sights set on the United States. ... Primark is making a slow and steady expansion in the US.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:04

Careers by Lydia Arundel

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Is deciding your career at a school age too much pressure for teens? It is safe to assume that the majority of teenagers lack vital life experience, and are in general fairly naïve to the way life is outside of a school environment. Children are constantly bombarded with questions like: what do you want to do when you’re older? Who do you want to be when you grow up? These examples are innocent in nature but occasionally create a lot of stress for the person at the receiving end of the question. The majority of kids struggle with deciding what they want to eat, so why have we as a society decided they have to decide the rest of their lives at a young age as well? Deciding a career is a particularly stressful event for anyone, especially when you really don’t have a clue about what you want to do tomorrow, never mind the rest of your life. Common advice given to kids who are choosing a career is to go off of your strengths and interests however, what you like when you’re 15 won’t exactly be what you’ll like when you’re 30.

This article is very relevant in today’s news as last week was national mental health week. The increased awareness of mental health is good, but is it good enough? Have we broken the stigma yet?

Did you know that taking care of your physical health is just as important as taking care of your mental health?

Perinatal Mental Health problems are those which occur in pregnancy and in the following year of having a child. At a time everyone expects you to be happy; you may be feeling at your lowest, which is why so many women feel shame surrounding symptoms. Did you know suicide is the biggest cause of death for women during pregnancy and for the first year after birth?

A lot of people experience postnatal depression, which is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.  It's a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth, (it can also affect partners and fathers).  Many women don’t even realise they have it as it can develop gradually. It is often referred to as ‘baby blues’ as it is so common for women to feel tearful and anxious in the first two weeks of having a baby. However, if your symptoms last longer or start later, you could have postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can start any time in the first year after giving birth, leaving many women feeling confused, frightened and doubting their abilities of parenting.  An estimated 35,000 mothers in England and Wales suffer postnatal depression in silence and 49% of sufferers do not seek professional treatment!

I asked somebody I know, as they have been through postnatal depression following giving birth, how she felt at the time and how she overcame it. “At the time when I became a mum, I felt this expectation on me that giving birth was such a joyous event and that we did plan our son. Nobody had ever warned me or ever told me that it might not feel like that, I felt no instant bond with my son. I felt like I was in a black tunnel, I couldn’t see an end to it. My life was never going to be the same again or feel normal again. My family and support network at the children’s centre helped me to realise I was not myself. I didn’t think at the time I was unwell, however my husband and my mum and dad knew I wasn’t right. The support from the children centre reassured me that it was normal to feel like this, especially because it was coming from a professional person. Being a teacher I was so used to being in control, the first time ever I wasn’t in control was after having a baby. Coming back to work helped me, getting a little bit of my old life back, helped me to overcome it. And sleep – lots and lots of sleep. The more I spoke about it, the more people opened up to me and therefore I felt it was ok to feel like I did. I beat myself up with a lot of guilt; I punished myself for feeling like I didn’t want him. I probably didn’t enjoy him; I wished his first six months away. But I realised there was light at the end of the tunnel and the joy he has brought to our lives has outweighed what I felt like and I wouldn’t swap him for the world.

 I am writing this article to help raise awareness and make people feel that it is perfectly normal and common to feel this way during/after pregnancy. If you think you could be suffering with postnatal depression you should speak to your GP/health visitor immediately, most women make a full recovery with the right help. A range of treatments are available such as cognitive behavioural therapy, self-help and antidepressants.

Social Media(what you need to know)

Hello. Today we are going to talk about Social media. Social media is a big thing at the moment and has changed society for the better and the worst. Some apps are Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube; there many more but these are the main ones. We are going to tell you the positives and the negatives about them.

Social media is important to students and teachers in their life. It helps them communicate to friends and family when they need to.

There could be dangers but there are also good things in these apps. 


Instagram can also be good of course. There are plenty of kids on it frequently which makes it highly popular. People post pictures and videos but there are things called “stories”, where if you don’t want to post things on forever you can put it on your story for the next 24 hours (unless you want to delete it). On this app, another positive is that you can message friends and family on there so you can keep in touch with them without paying to text them. On Snapchat you can use “filters” in pictures on your face and text others. You can let others see those photos or not whenever you want. On YouTube you can let people take interest in your videos and let people like, share and comment on them.


Instagram can also be a danger because a lot of under-aged children use it especially if they don’t know what they are doing. A lot of older men and women do message and rarely call young children. People can catfish or make an account for another person withought their permission and act like them. Parents/Guardians should at least check their children’s phone or laptop at least once or twice a week. YouTube can be very dangerous app as a result of them having no restrictions so children can watch anything. On YouTube this person/thing is hacking Peppa Pig and Fortnight videos could be closely leading hacking into anything you like watching, this is called MoMo it’s where kids and teens get random text messages from this “MoMo” telling them to do harmful things or something stupid ending in serious consequences. But just be careful and don’t worry about it.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:48

Oliver by Katie Gates

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Oliver was an incredible performance. I enjoyed the play. All of the characters were played very well. Dylan Cundall was Oliver in the performance. My all-time favourite characters were Nancy, Fagin, Dodger, Oliver and Mr and Mrs Sowerberry.

I interviewed Brooke Durkin who was one of the work-house boys and she said “I think the play went very well, although in one scene Fagin's gang went wrong since they were supposed to be asleep but they were stood in the wrong positions but they made it work and changed the performance slightly to make it better. But even though I am only in the first scene, I loved the music and songs and I could tell the audience enjoyed them too.” The director (Mr Colley) wrote in the programme: “I’m extremely excited and proud to be leading on my 6th school production at Driffield School.”

I asked two audience members and they have both asked to stay anonymous but one of them said "I really enjoyed the whole performance.” The other person said “I loved the acting my favourite scene was when Mr Bumble pretended to throw Oliver on the floor.”   

I would definitely recommend this school play because it is funny has a good amount of people to be in the cast. It is enjoyable for all ages although younger children might not understand some of the scenes. But most scenes are suitable for all and are easy to understand. If I had to rate this play out of 10 I would give it a 9/10

With rapidly growing pressure on students we need to ask whether or not a qualification is worth the stress.

You wake up at 7:30 after falling asleep at 4 - you were up all night doing multiple essays. You walk into school, indifferent; watching the lessons pass you by. You get back home and have even more essays to write. How on earth are you going to do that when you’re tired, hungry and anxious?

These are dilemmas nearly all students in the UK have to ask themselves every day; trying to complete homework as well as revision, to balance school with their social life, to minimize stress while worrying about universities, grades, job prospects. The impact this academic anxiety is having on these students wellbeing is disastrous: a poll recently found that 45 % of American high school students ‘feel stressed all the time’.

If academia and anxiety are mutually inclusive one has to ask whether a qualification is worth the stress – is it worth sacrificing one’s mental health for three a’s, only to get into a harder university with even more pressure. A lot of students seem to think not; in 2017, 3 % less students said they wanted to progress to further education - as well as there being a 7% fall, from 2013 to 2017, in the amount of students who plan to go to university.

Therefore, if universities and sixth forms plan on having full classrooms, our higher education system needs drastic change to counteract the epidemic of academic anxiety plaguing our country’s schools.

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