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Welcome to the new look BBC Outreach newsletter - our first of 2013!

We've got loads of activities planned for the year ahead and here we have just a taster of what has kept us busy recently or what we've got coming up. Read on to find out more about School Report News Day, which is fast approaching. You can also learn more about our outreach projects around the UK and some BBC Media Action activity in other parts of the world.

  A boy at a Stargazing LIVE event playing with a Mars Rover toy.  

Space Crazy
Stargazing LIVE is the BBC Two programme that encourages would-be astronomers to learn more about the night sky. The third series, hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain, ran for three consecutive nights earlier this month. To accompany the broadcast programmes and interactive online offering, BBC Learning worked with partner organisations all across the UK to develop activities, events and resources to help audiences get even more involved.
More than 4000 people turned up to take part in Glasgow, where our audience could create their own Saturn, learn about the Big Bang and even feel a real life moon rock – one attendee said of the event, “I can’t believe I got to hold a rock from over 1 million years ago, it blew my mind!”
In Taunton, a family with three young girls turned up after having seen the live report on Points West. At the time of the broadcast all the children were in their pyjamas ready for bed but they quickly threw on their clothes and raced down to take part!
Find out more here.


More about BBC Outreach
Last month, BBC Outreach launched its refreshed website, where you can find out about how the BBC’s outreach activity helps us to meets our six public purposes.
We also launched a brand new blog, where we’ve been publishing information about what the BBC Outreach team does on a day-to-day basis. Projects we’ve featured so far have included Programme Maker for a Day, the 100 faces film and our staff volunteering programme.
We’re asking people who work with us to write some of our blogs for us as we think this will really give our readers an understanding of what we do. Check it out here and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

  Screenshot of the BBC Outreach homepage  
  A student looking at the School Report logo on her smartphone.  

The News Day cometh....
The countdown has begun to BBC News School Report’s annual News Day on Thurs 21 March. School Report is an award-winning project giving 11-16 year-old students from across the UK the opportunity to make their own news reports for a real audience, where possible with help from BBC staff mentors.
In 2012 more than 1,000 schools made the news, involving over 90,000 students. As part of the annual News Day their stories featured on every part of BBC News - from reporting on youth unemployment on Radio 4’s Today and explaining wheelchair football on CBBC Newsround. School Reporters also made a real impact reporting on all aspects of the truly historic year - from the build-up to the Olympics to the Diamond Jubilee; the torch relay to the Paralympic Games.
Evaluations by the University of Strathclyde (2011) found that: “taking part in School Report encouraged pupils to be more interested in the news and what was happening in the world”.
To see full reports and the news being produced by schools in your area in 2013 go to the School Report website.


BBC Schooltime
As part of its Talent Ticket scheme, BBC Outreach in Bristol has recently visited five of the ten schools on the scheme to give the students in Year 9 a taster of broadcasting and media careers. Students could choose from a selection of workshops including News Presenting, Sports Reporting, Dance or Animation, before meeting the professionals working in these career areas.
The aim of the visits was to encourage the students to apply for BBC work experience placements when they move into Year 10, as one student from each of the schools involved is guaranteed a week long placement.
So far, more than 800 students have taken part and plans are being developed to visit the remaining schools and create a similar series of activity elsewhere. The Talent Ticket scheme is a collaboration with the University of West England, and you can read more about the week here.


Insights to BBC Cymru Wales
Staff from Wales Probation recently visited BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff for a tour of the newsroom and studios. They found out how Wales Today, the flagship BBC One evening news programme, is made and learned more about Radio Wales and Radio Cymru services.
The visit was part of an ongoing initiative to give organisations who work closely with BBC Cymru Wales, as well as community and voluntary groups throughout Wales, an insight into the broadcaster and advice on the best ways to get in contact with programmes and services.
A Wales Probation visitor said “I thoroughly enjoyed the day. As well as the mechanics of the BBC, I learned lots about how we can be better storytellers. I certainly now watch Wales Today from a new perspective.”
Visit the BBC Cymru Wales website to find out more about their partnership work.


A face in time
2012 saw several big national events like the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations but in the North East & Cumbria, the BBC wanted to find out what had made it a memorable year for people living in the region. One hundred people born in the years between 1912 and 2012 were chosen to feature in a musical film called 100 Faces, each with a story to tell about the previous 12 months. Composer Benjamin Till created a special piece of music as a sound-track which has received a hugely positive response since it was first broadcast on BBC Look North just before Christmas. You can watch the film and read Benjamin's blog on his work here.

  A singer in the 100 Faces film.  

End of an era at TVC, new beginnings at BH
More than 600,000 people have taken a tour of Television Centre since they were first offered in 2001. During that time, our visitors have enjoyed visiting the Blue Peter set and garden, heard behind-the-scenes stories and taken part in a specially designed quiz show! Although we’re sad to see the tours end in February, we’re excited to continue the story at our new headquarters on Regents Street. Tours of New Broadcasting house will be available from April 2013. Tours are currently available at a number of sites across the UK. Visit the website for more info and to book.


Global debate
BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, has launched debate series' in both Kenya and Afghanistan to bring people together with their authorities and leaders, often for the first time. The first episode of Afghanistan’s Open Jirga (jirga means ‘assembly’ in Afghan languages) saw the audience putting tough questions on security to a panel that included the Minister for Defence, and calling for the discussion to continue when the presenter began to wrap up.
Sema Kenya (‘Kenya speaks’ in Kiswahili) gives audiences a chance to drive the debate from wherever they are using social media. The TV, radio and online debate series will continue up to national elections on the 4th of March. Both the Afghan and Kenyan debates, along with similar shows in Bangladesh and Nepal, are produced and broadcast in partnership with BBC language services.

  Women taking part in the sema Kenya debate programme.  
  BBC Performing Arts Fund logo  

PAF - the year ahead
This year is all about 'Theatre' for the BBC Performing Arts Fund. The charity is currently working on refining its ideas and talking to industry professionals from the theatre performance world around the UK to make sure its schemes and opportunities are the best and most relevant to apply for. The BBC Performing Arts Fund supports developing talent in the performing arts using funds raised by BBC television voting shows such as The Voice. Find out more about the charity and its plans for the year ahead here.

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