CBC Vancouver's News Day in B.C. returns on November 18


RTNDA Award winning high school student media project now includes print journalism

September 15, 2010 - Registration is underway for the 3rd News Day in B.C. journalism initiative developed by CBC Vancouver. The Vancouver Sun is partnering with CBC this year, which will allow students the opportunity to write for the major daily newspaper.

"Partnering with the Vancouver Sun is a great fit for News Day in B.C.," says Johnny Michel, Managing Director of CBC British Columbia. "Students have successfully taken over CBC's radio, television and online platforms to share stories that are important to their generation, and adding print will give them an additional voice in their community."

The project is open to high school students in grade 10-12 in Metro Vancouver and begins with workshops at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre September 25 and 26. During the workshops, CBC reporters and hosts as well at journalists from The Vancouver Sun will teach students the principals of researching, writing and producing news stories.

Following the workshops, students will audition for one of 30 coveted student reporter spots. Students who secure a spot will then work with their CBC and Vancouver Sun mentors to develop, write and produce their stories for broadcast on November 18.

This hands-on program allows students the unique opportunity to shape the news and highlight important issues through mainstream media. Past stories featured on News Day in B.C. include the rise of "sexting" using cell phones to send explicit pictures and messages, the rise of plastic surgery among teens and a new grading system implemented by the provincial government.

On November 18, stories will be heard on CBC Radio's The Early Edition and On The Coast, seen on CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6, appear on cbc.ca/bc throughout the day and in The Vancouver Sun. On radio and tv, students will co-host segments, as well as report on sports and weather.

For more information on News Day in B.C., register and see footage from last year, visit the website at www.cbc.ca/bc/newsday, follow the hashtag #cbcnewsday on Twitter and join us on Facebook at CBC Vancouver.

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