In 2019 our student reporters interviewed Boris Johnson twice in two months. They became the first in the world – including adult journalists – to interview the new Prime Minister in Downing Street to a watching audience of millions.
Mr Johnson met our Jill Dando reporters and read the Good News Post during the three and a half hour visit to Number 10.
It was his second meeting with our reporters, following his visit to the Jill Dando News Centre in Somerset the previous month.
The 10, 12 and 12 year old reporters quizzed him on the NHS, his cycling on Boris Bikes and even how to rid the seagull problem.
Their reporting work was covered by the BBC, Sky News, ITV, and Channel 4 and news outlets across the world.
Boris Johnson visits the Jill Dando News Centre
I am bowled over by the professionalism of the Jill Dando News CentreBoris Johnson, Prime Minister
The previous month, Boris met and was interviewed by our Jill Dando good news reporters at The King Alfred School Academy in Somerset.
He loved it so much, he invited our reporters back to Downing Street the following month.
He took a copy of the Good News Post and said: “I am bowled over by the professionalism of the Jill Dando News Centre.”
The Good News Post exists to flood the world with good news, written by young people. It aims to inspire hope and to cheer people up. Real life professional journalists such as Nigel Dando help to train up the children and young people.
Our young reporters aim to tell everyone from the Prime Minister‘s to Presidents, to the millions of ordinary people around Britain and the world about the inspirational good news going on.
Our inspiration is Jill Dando, one of the world’s best journalists, who was also kind, generous and passionate for good news.
Jill Dando was a brilliant TV journalist and the ‘face of Britain’ before she was tragically murdered in 1999.
Now children and young people aged 4 to 25 are being trained to be reporters ‘the Jill Dando way’ in the Jill Dando Network.
Jill grew up in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset England and went to nearby Worle Community School Academy in 1973 where she started her news reporting.