Last week students were lucky enough to attend a workshop at the BBC Television Centre in White City. The focus of the workshop was about all things media, with students gaining a valuable insight into the industry of Journalism and what it would be like to work in the News department of the BBC.
The students were privileged to have the afternoon hosted by BBC World News presenter and supporter of the Wings of Hope Babita Sharma. They were able to hear directly from Babita and a few of her colleagues about the various career roles available in the BBC. This included meeting a Director of the News, Editor of the News Website, News Presenter and Script Writer. It was interesting to hear about their daily tasks and activities but to also hear about their career paths and how they got to where they are today. Students were then given the unique opportunity to see the BBC World News studio and surrounding office in action whilst they were live on air.
The day finished off with a tour around the BBC Television Centre where students got to see props including the TARDIS and a Dalek from Dr Who, the studios provided for the filming of Miranda, Match of the Day, 10 O’clock Live…, the dressing rooms used by Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Wanted… and much more. Students also got the chance to become weather forecast presenters, news readers and participants in a ‘Weakest Link’ style competition.
Feedback from the workshop was extremely positive, all in all the students found the experience enjoyable and beneficial:
Did the workshop live up to your expectations?
‘Absolutely! It was a great day with really lovely people, helpful tour guides and speakers and a lot of things to think about…It really was brilliant.’ Jess from Harlington Upper School.
‘Yes, the workshop did live up to my expectations however I was really glad about the BBC tour around the building as I am a more practical individual and find it easier to learn on my feet. I learnt a lot’ Bianca from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College.