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27 July, 2005

Young writer wins tour of BBC

Fourteen year-old Amika Chaudhry was given a tour of BBC Television Centre yesterday by producers of the Newsround programme, as her prize for coming first in a legal reporting competition.

Winner of the Magistrates' Court Mock Trial Competition 'Court Reporter Competition' 2005.
Amika Chaudhry outside BBC Television Centre

Danny Shaw, home affairs correspondent, BBC News, who judged the 10 finalists’ entries, said that Amika’s entry consisted of, “A brilliant, incisive and gripping opening paragraph followed by a well-written summary of the story. Her headline was great as well!”

Amika commented on her win, "I was thrilled when I found out I’d won- I wasn’t expecting to at all. It has made me realise how much I enjoy reporting! The BBC tour was both informative and exciting – the icing on the cake."

The legal reporter competition is part of the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition, organised by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with the Magistrates’ Association and local magistrates and court staff.

It aims to introduce young people to the legal system in an innovative and exciting way.

Within the main competition - in which teams of 12-14 year-olds assume the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff in a mock court case - the court reporter in each team has 14 days to write a newspaper article.

As well as being an interesting and engaging way of exploring specific legal issues using active learning, the competition enables teachers to deliver key elements of the citizenship curriculum, whilst developing pupils’ skills of analysis, communication and team work. The deadline for entry into next year’s competition is 7 October 2005.

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