Surprise BBC slot for Zara and Yasmin

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Aspiring journalists may have to wait years to get on air on the BBC. Yasmin Banner and Zara Flynn got their chance in only the second week of their Journalism course at Coventry.

And they’d only gone down to the studios for a look round.

BBC Yasmin, host Jusna and Zara in the newsroom 640Their guide, Jusna Begum, showed them round the newsroom, but only after they’d posed for pictures with the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire elephant in the lobby.

(One of the symbols of Coventry is an elephant).

BBC Yasmin and Zara with the BBC elephant

When they were shown into the live production area they were warned they would probably only be able to stay for a few minutes.

BBC Yasmin and Zara in the production area 640

But presenter Annie Oaten was about to discuss a news story and she didn’t have a guest.

Then the producer saw Yasmin and Zara, and asked them if they’d like to take part in the show.

BBC Annie briefs Yasmin and Zara 640

Within a couple of minutes, they were in the studio, being briefed by Annie – who has lectured on the BA Journalism and Media course at Coventry in the past.

It turned out they were able to talk with some authority about the topic of students and alcohol, for some reason.

And there was a bonus for the two students when the tour ended. A local song-writer had dropped in, and they used a smartphone to interview him for their portfolio.

BBC Yasmin and Zara interview songwriter 640

Simon Pipe is a former print and BBC journalist, now a member of the Journalism teaching team at Coventry University. He also runs an experimental website, St Helena Online, about one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, at On Twitter, when he has something to say, he is @simonpipe

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