The last couple of weeks have been non-stop radio fun, from editing my entries for the Student Radio Awards, to getting a tour round Broadcasting House.
In case you haven’t guessed by now, radio has sort of taken over my life – but in the best way possible! I really don’t know how I’m going to cope without Leeds Student Radio next year, but I only applied to universities that had radio stations for study abroad, so I’ll just have to immerse myself on ‘the other side of the pond’… Let’s hope the Canadians like my accent.
Last weekend I did a three day radio course with the Bauer Academy – I had already done a couple of courses up at Radio Aire, but this one was tailored to Journalism and took place at Absolute Radio, in the centre of London, and it was AMAZING.
We worked as a news team to report on different events around London and put together a news show with the packages we created (to strict deadlines). A few months ago I had clicked attending to an anti-austerity march in central London, so I was excited to go and report from the action after thinking it would clash with the course! The demonstration had an electric atmosphere and was the largest that the city has seen in recent decades, yet still remained peaceful. After we got back in the building we only had about an hour to edit together a package that set the scene, delivered the necessary facts and figures and included clips from the interviews we did with the passionate organisers and protestors. This was a great learning experience for me – I’m a perfectionist and often spend hours editing material until it is just right, but that simply isn’t possible in a fast-paced news environment!
On the last day, we were each assigned a role that enabled us to plan, script and record an entire news show, using our pre-recorded content as well as the latest headlines, sport and travel. I was also very lucky to nab 5 minutes of voice coaching with Sandy Warr, a presenting guru! I met some wonderful individuals and the whole team were fantastically hard-working – the weekend was mainly lead by Andrew Bailey, the Head of News for the group, which was extremely inspiring.
We managed to fit so much into just three days, and the lovely feedback I received on my own presenting, reporting and scripting has made me more determined than ever to make it as a journalist. Now all I need to do is finish editing my demos, win an SRA and get offered a job to perfectly coincide with graduating in a couple of years… Well, never say never!