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The
Rainforest Reporter
competition offers
one lucky winner a
once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to go
to the rainforest and
report back.

To be a great Rainforest Reporter you need to be able to spot and tell a good story, be comfortable on and behind the camera, and be good with your hands. On 20 April we invited our 25 budding Rainforest Reporters to take part in our regional heats, where we put their skills to the test.

The Challenges

The candidates had one hour to complete three challenges: an interview with an RSPB staff member, a two-minute piece to camera and a tent building exercise.

  1. Complete a two-minute interview with a member of RSPB staff

    As the Rainforest Reporter, the winner will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with lots of people including those from local communities. This challenge was all about seeing how our candidates would put together an engaging and interesting interview piece, with insightful questions and a good flow.

    1. The finalists have a go at interviewing
  2. Complete a two-minute piece
    to camera

    The Rainforest Reporter will need to complete a number of video blogs while in the rainforest, which will be put up on the Together For Trees website. This challenge gave our candidates the opportunity to demonstrate how comfortable they were in front of the camera and to prove whether they could relay an interesting story and inspire their audience.

    2. Trying their hand at presenting
  3. Erect a tent in 10 minutes or less.

    To see how practical and adaptable our candidates were, this challenge saw them pitch a tent, while explaining what they were doing to camera. The Rainforest Reporter not only needs to be a good storyteller and have a passion for conservation, they also need to be able to get stuck in and be hands on.

    3. Explaining how to pitch a tent

Our Rainforest Reporter finalists

After an intense day of challenges, we are delighted to announce our finalists, who will now go through to the final stage of the competition to be grilled by our Rainforest Reporter judging panel and adventurer Ed Stafford.

Sebastian Dunnett
Sebastian Dunnett
From:
Edinburgh
Age:
23
"I am genuinely over the moon about getting this far. It is fantastic to be part of the competition.”
Kathy James
Kathy James
From:
Holyhead
Age:
26
"Talking about conservation to people is what I do, and I love doing it.
I would love the opportunity to do it on a larger scale."
Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones
From:
Alderley Edge
Age:
28
"I am so excited about being a Rainforest Reporter semi-finalist!"
Megan Horner
Megan Horner
From:
Oakham
Age:
27
"I am really excited!
I just hope I can get through to the nationals and make
a difference, somehow."
David Duggleby
David Duggleby
From:
Salisbury
Age:
27
"Thank you for the opportunity, I thoroughly enjoyed the tasks set."

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