This year, Ballymena Academy School
Reporters have been investigating the role of technology in industry. The team, comprising of eleven
Year 11 pupils, attended the BBC NI 'Make it Digital' event on Thursday 26th
February, where they interviewed leading figures from digital industries to
find out how technology is revolutionising jobs and opening up new career
opportunities. Click here to watch their report.
Having discovered that almost 20% of new companies established
in NI in recent years have been digital, Academy reporters quizzed inventors
and educators about the skills and qualifications they need to get one of these
facing the camera, the team put their new found interview techniques to use and
pressed industry insiders for tips on 'making it digital'!
Here's an account of the day from
Ballymena Academy School Reporter Rosanna.
February the Ballymena Academy BBC school report team took a valuable
opportunity to attend the BBC NI ‘Make it Digital’ event which was held at
the Blackstaff studios in Belfast. The event was held to show how technology is
changing traditional jobs and to showcase some of Northern Ireland’s latest and greatest
Our year 11 report team comprised of eleven
enthusiastic journalists with a clear mission to investigate how technology is
impacting the jobs we will have in the future and to discover the key skills we
need to get one of those jobs.
The morning began with a lively brainstorming
session in which we finalised questions to put to leading figures in the
digital industry in Northern Ireland. We also got a quick-fire lesson on interview
strategies from BBC insider John McAliskey, (Assistant producer for media
literacy at BBC NI) Excited and prepared with questions, we set off to begin
A highlight for me was getting the
opportunity to interview digital artist Robin Price, the creator of a
futuristic version of the classic game of Ping-Pong. His interactive table uses
over 4,000 LED sensors, special effects, a music machine and multi-coloured
lights created using code, to enhance a player’s experience. The opportunity
to interview Robin was incredible and I gained some valuable experience in
front of the camera at the same time.
After filming a number of interviews with
budding digital artists and inventors, we headed for lunch in the BBC canteen
where Donna Traynor captivated us with tales of her experiences in broadcast
journalism. She gave us valuable careers advice about how to get a job in the
industry and her warmth and enthusiasm was genuinely inspiring. After returning
to the Blackstaff studios we participated in a ‘Raspberry Pi’ workshop. This is
a computer the size of a credit card and we used coding to create a mini lights
show. This was a challenging yet fun experience through which I discovered that
maybe I should leave coding to the experts!
I learned a lot throughout the day and
discovered how technology is revolutionising traditional industries and
creating new digital jobs in the UK and beyond. I discovered just how valuable
skills involving technology are and I have been inspired to pursue a creative
job. To watch our report log on to www.ballymenaacademy.org.uk or www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport on the 19th March.
By Ballymena Academy School Reporter, Rosanna
This week, former pupil Danny Ross was in school to give Ballymena Academy Reporters a tech lesson using Apple software.
'Green Screen' Technology lesson
Danny Ross teaching 'Green Screen' tech
Editing in the Green Room
Learning interview techniques
News teams out and about
Watching their interview with Mr Kerr about the school squirrels
Report and photographs thanks to Miss Simpson.
Ballymena Academy’s School Report team 2014-15
Hello! Welcome to our webpage! This year’s Ballymena Academy School report team consists of 11 aspiring reporters. We are a group of year 11 pupils keen to report news as and when it happens.
Our first project this year is to create a promotional trailer for the Ballymena Academy’s School Players’ Production of West Side Story, but we will be involved in several other projects throughout the year, culminating in our very own BBC School Report. We are very excited about this year and we hope that you will click on our webpage and see what we’ve been up to!
This year’s BA Report team: Zak, Cameron, Jordan, Katie, Claire, Thomas, Rosanna, Adam, Erin, Rachel and Matthew.
Ballymena Academy School Reporters are directed and coordinated by Miss Simpson.
Click here to see Behind the Scenes at Rehearsal
to read Rosanna's and Claire's interview with Julie who plays Maria.
to read Katie's interview with Ethan who plays Tony.
to read Rachel's and Erin's interview with Jessica who plays Clarice.
Click here to read Rosanna's and Katie's interview with Bryony who plays Anita
Erin and Rachel interviewing Jessica
Matthew and Zak filming
Zak, Erin, Rachel and Matthew interviewing Ethan.
Edward and Jonathan (both Year 14) who are initially
mentoring the Year 11 Ballymena Academy School Reporters’ team this
BA Reporters enjoy-dounghnuts on a break-from filming!