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Seven Deakin School News Network schools are hoping to take part as Australia’s representatives in the 2014 BBC School Report project on March 27th.  BBC School Report involves more than 1000 schools and more than 33,000 students across the UK and internationally who will do online reports for a global ‘News Day’ (Thursday 27th March).  The reports will all be linked together through the BBC website:

Through its contacts with BBC School Report, the Deakin School News Network schools are invited to take part again in 2014. This follows the successful work in 2013 when three schools became the first Australian schools to be involved in School Report: ( )

Good luck to the schools who are taking part - their links are ready to go on our interactive map and they will ‘go live’ linking through to their reporting work on 27th March.


Congratulations to all the schools who've compiled reports for 2013's Deakin School News Network News Day read more

Congratulations to all the schools who've compiled reports for this year's Deakin School News Network News Day!! You can watch each other's reports by clicking on the map below. There's still time for all schools to upload their reports so do contact the DSNN team if you need any help or advice with this.

We're now looking forward to welcoming students who've taken part in the project to our Media Day at Deakin's Burwood campus. The Media Day will be on Tuesday 26th November and we've already had such a big response we're also planning to hold a second Media Day for DSNN students on December 3rd so do contact DSNN team if you'd like to come and we can work out the arrangements. All transport and catering costs will be paid for by the DSNN project.

We've also been asked by the BBC's School Report team ( to encourage the schools taking part in The Deakin School News Network to contribute reports to their 'News Day' on March 27th 2014. We'll give you more information about this at the Media Days. DSNN schools joined over 1000 UK schools in this project in 2013 (see: - the first Australian schools to take part. We hope even more DSNN schools will take part in 2014.

This year's News Day deadline will be Friday 1 November. We hope as many schools as possible will be able to upload a report and we will link these together through our interactive map so that we can all see each other's stories.

Here's a quick checklist of things to do before News Day:
  • Decide your story ideas and work out what you'll film and who you'll interview
  • Work out who is going to do what. You may need presenters, story producers, reporters, writers, camera operators, video editors and IT producers.
  • Get the participation agreements signed and returned to Deakin - download now.
  • If you haven't received a visit from a DSNN mentor contact the DSNN team to arrange this.
  • Work out how to use your DSNN posters, stickers, microphone cube and other materials. If you haven't received your DSNN materials yet, contact the DSNN team. We've made this video to give you some ideas about these.
  • Start filming!! Keep in mind our tips on filming
  • For schools that use iPads, we've also just made this video with some tips.

We're hoping to finalise dates very soon for students who take part in the project to come to our Burwood campus for a special Media Day, some time in November. Watch this space for an update very soon.

Good luck with your reports!!

BBC News School Report - Reports from DSNN schools will be included in the BBC News Day on 21 March 2013.
BBC News School Report - School Report goes Down Under

Deakin School News Network in 2013 - Send us your news whenever you have something fresh to report! We’re expanding the project in 2013 to encourage participating schools to post their news whenever they have something fresh to report on. If your school is part of the Deakin University Engagement and Access program, then contact us about getting involved.

Deakin Media Day - 60 students and staff from four DSNN schools took part in the first Deakin Media Day on Nov 23rd 2012. Many thanks to everyone who came from Brauer College, Keysborough Secondary College, North Geelong Secondary College and Newcomb Secondary College. Activities included a ‘hands-on’ work presenting a live news bulletin in Deakin’s TV studio, Journalism video and interviewing exercises and a tour of the Deakin campus. Many thanks to Subway for providing lunch, too! We will be running more Deakin Media Days in June and November, 2013, so watch out for more news about these.

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