Two budding young London reporters took centre stage at the Channel 5 News studio this week, when they interviewed Dan Walker about how to spot real and fake news.
Harrison, 7 and Alice, 11 met the presenter as part of a special edition of Espresso News – an award-winning news service for primary schools. Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, Espresso News brings the world’s biggest stories to thousands of classrooms every day via Discovery Education’s dynamic digital learning platform, Espresso.
The special bulletin – ‘What’s the Real Story?’ – takes young viewers on a tour backstage at ITN HQ, home to 5 News, to reveal how news is made and why fact-checking is so important. Featuring interviews with 5 News Editor Debbie Ramsay and presenter Dan Walker, the film gives an exciting insight into the world of news production, and offers tips to help children build a critical eye for the stories they consume.
Interviewing Dan Walker inside the famous 5 News studio, Harrison and Alice asked the presenter how young people can tell if news is reliable. Dan Walker explained how journalists fact-check and why it’s important for children to question where stories come from. “Today more than ever, it’s important that you trust the news you hear”, said Dan. “That’s why we spend a lot of time making sure that what we tell you is true, fair and accurate.”
Speaking after the interview, young reporter Alice said, “I really enjoyed presenting Espresso News with Harrison, it was an amazing experience! I loved seeing the Channel 5 studios!”
Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s UK and International Managing Director said: “Espresso News brings current affairs and world events to pupils of all ages, in classrooms around the world. We’re delighted to create this new bulletin in partnership with ITN’s News, as it will empower teachers to help their pupils to become critical 21st century news consumers. ”
The ‘What’s the Real Story?’ bulletin is available now to Espresso subscribers across the UK and around the world and can be viewed here. In addition to this special, Espresso also offers a host of curriculum-matched resources to help primary school children spot fake news and build digital literacy skills which can be found here.
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