Media Studies: Bede’s Pupils Attend BFI Schools Conference


30 Bede's GCSE Media students travelled to the BFI (British Film Institute) last week to attend a Schools Conference on TV news.

After journeying up from Bede's to London Blackfriars, the BFI School Conference started with a warm welcome care of Eileen Lewis, Chief Examiner for GCSE Media who was the main speaker for the day.


The cast of Good Morning Britain.

Mrs Lewis spoke about different Forms and Conventions in news and introduced us to ideas around audiences, institutions and some of the new technology used within TV news.

Short clips of morning news shows like Good Morning Britain and BBC Breakfast were shown so we could compare the two, and after a short break we were then treated to a Q&A with one of the main news anchors on Channel 4 News, Krishnan Guru-Murthy.


Mr Guru-Murthy gave us all an insight to the 'behind the scenes' life of TV news and we asked him lots of questions, some of which took him a little by surprise!

We then went off to the Thames Southbank to get some lunch and admired the views of St Paul's Cathedral and The Shard which, unsurprisingly, made many people get their phones out and take photos.

When we returned to the theatre, we were told to design a TV news series for Channel 4 aimed at teenagers. Each school then had to present their ideas, which Alina and Izzy did for Bede's.


Izzy and Alina presenting the Bede's pitch.

After their presentation, Alina and Izzy decided to showcase the jingle they had created, which impressed the crowd and earned them a round of applause!

I would to thank Mr Williams, Mr Hallford and Ms McKenna for such a great trip and Mr Guru-Murthy and Mrs Lewis for their time on the day.


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