BUDDING journalists produced news reports on important topics surrounding climate change, mental health and loneliness.

A total of 10 students from Ranelagh School in Bracknell took part in the BBC Young Reporter Project over the course of six weeks.

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The project allows thousands of pupils across the UK to tell their own stories and get involved in skills workshops.

Ranelagh pupils learnt what it takes to become a journalist through news gathering, creating, writing and editing a news report.

Lucy Yates and Nancy Harris were just two of the students who took part in the BBC Young Reporter Project.

The Year 8 pupils said: "We covered many things, such as targeting news to a specific audience and how to write a clear and concise report.

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"After working hard editing and putting together our reports, it was great to see all our heard work had paid off. A great day was had by all."

Students produced inspiring reports from how food waste affects supermarkets, the growing popularity of netball in the UK, the recent phenomenon of seagull migration and the current hot topic on climate change.

By the end of the six weeks, students entered their news reporters into the BBC Young Reporter-News Festival which showcases all of their hard work.

Samantha Harris, teacher at Ranelagh School, said: "It is more important than ever that young people develop news literacy skills in order to help them understand and navigate their way around media, especially online.

"This culminated in a News Day on Tuesday 10th which saw students work together to get their written and video reports online. It was a valuable and exciting opportunity for all."