On Wednesday 10th February, the Echo team met BBC sports reporter Marc Higginson (who is an ex Tottington High School pupil!) to discuss and plan for BBC school news report day on March 10th, where schools across the country spend the day reporting and presenting stories which are then uploaded on to the BBC website.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the team to speak to a professional in the reporting industry and get some advice about how to organise themselves as a team on the day.

They also managed to sneak in an interview with Marc himself!

 Interview by Amy Laws and Georgia Platt.

Q. What is your job?

A. “I am a sport journalist for the BBC. I research football, cricket and boxing.”

Q. What sort of things do you do at work?

A. “I write about goals and any happenings in football for Match of the Day. I also meet sport presenters like Gary Lineker to ask them what they’ll be talking about when they are commentating on the sport. I also look at statistics for the sports I do.”

Q. Why did you want to be a journalist?

A. “Well, I used to go to Tottington High School and in year 9, my friend liked football. I wasn’t any good, so I wanted to be a journalist. I also did the school newsletter. It motivated me.”

Q. If you didn’t have this job, what would you be?

A. “I’d like to teach or work in a zoo because I like animals.”

Q. How are the studios laid out?

A. “The designer laid it all out so that we can all sit together. This prevents everyone from wandering around just to call or email somebody. The actual studio, where the presenters present the news, is in the middle of the ground floor.”

Q. Is it busy?

A. “It is when there is breaking news because everybody is ringing people and rushing around. It takes one minute from finding the story out to presenting it. There are BBC people stationed in every country with research stations there.”

Q. How many staff are there?

A. In the week, for the BBC website, there are about 40-50 people. At the weekend, there are obviously less people.”

Q. At what time do you start work?

A. “At 6:00 am. The latest people start at is 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm. There is always somebody in at 6:00 am – 12:00 midnight.”



Thank you to Marc for visiting school and telling us some tips and tricks about the BBC and reporting!