Media representatives from across the globe descended on the Cathedral on Thursday 21st March to report on the enthronement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
Thanks to the wonders of the communication age, images and various accounts of the Service went viral almost instantaneously. The Service was broadcast live on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 4 LW.
The Cathedral Enthronement Office spent many days in intense discussion with the BBC in the months leading up to the Service and planning the broadcast and logisitics of such an operation.
The BBC’s Production team moved into the Cathedral Precincts a week or so before the big day as rigging and preparations were made for the broadcast. The local and national news team attended the Cathedral for several site visits beforehand. Alongside the news team were several junior correspondents reporting for the BBC News School Report.
The budding journalists, from local secondary schools The Chaucer Technology School and St Anselm’s Catholic School, had been approached by the BBC News School Report team and asked if they would like to report for the annual News Day.
The BBC School Report is an initiative from BBC News, designed to help 11-16 year old students develop their journalistic skills and produce their own reports for a real audience.
Now in its seventh year, School Report has worked with thousands of pupils and schools to tell the stories that matter to young people. One of the most important days in the School Report calendar is their annual News Day, which incidently, was held on 21st March this year.
On that day, more than 1,000 schools up and down the country took part in the annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website. The finished result is a stunning array of content. From reporting at the new Archbishop’s Enthronement, to finding out about a new atheist church and the differences between the Jewish faith and Islam, School Reporters considered many different aspects of religion and faith in the UK.
The pupils from The Chaucer Technology School were only too happy to relive the day and share their experience with us…
I found the whole thing really interesting. I have learnt so much more about the Archbishop, the Cathedral and the history behind the enthronement. Our first visit to look behind the scenes was brilliant. I never knew so much happened there.
I was amazed at the whole event and how multicultural it was. I met and interviewed so many people from around the world and here in Kent. They were all really nice and friendly. The best part was the Enthronement. There were so many different religions, colour and interesting people there. Working on the news was a once in a life time chance. It was the best day of my life seeing so many people from all around who had come to see this historic event. It was fascinating, and as a school reporter you get to places others don’t, but you feel nervous, rather happy and excited all at once.
The best parts were when Prince Charles and Camilla arrived then the Archbishop. When he knocked on the door it was so loud it sent shivers down me. Seeing all the processions with different religions and organisations was great and really colourful. I know so much more about the Cathedral, Archbishop, the Enthronement and how the news is put together. It was a long day but a brilliant one from start to end.
The young journalists who joined the team at the Cathedral, worked to a high professional standard and the finished result are some very impressive reports.
Take a look for yourselves here.