Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Introduction To Broadcast Journalism, Radio and presenting course week 10

This week you'll be glad to know that I'm up to date with my weekly course update and week 10 of 12 is finally done and dusted.
With only two weeks left I'm still in shock at how fast everything has gone and how it's really opened my eyes.
 This week we were back in the broadcast centre which is out by Ardkeen in Waterford. We're mainly based in the broadcast centre but we've spent some weeks in the college, Waterford Institute of Technology. Being split between the two was great because, well for me anyway I got to see what it was like to attend a college based course but also being in the studio and getting the real hands on approach to radio.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love being out in the studio. Easily my most favourite thing.

For our final assignment we're required to write, produce and present a 45 minute radio show in groups of 3/4. My group are producing a magazine show on festivals, we're calling it 'strictly come camping' I'm working with geniuses so it'll be good I'm sure. I'll be a contributor to the show talking about festivals in the south east. We'll be recording next week and then the following week we'll be listening to the shows and then.... FINITO!!!
With each show being 45 minutes we'll each have two 45 minutes in the studio, I'm hoping we can get done as early as possible though as I'm starting the leaving cert the next day. Torture, but hey look that's another tale for another day.

Anyway, opposed to our assignments some of our radio features from the previous assignments were played for the head of BEAT and WLR. Mine was criticised quite badly but you need to take everything with a pinch of salt, obviously it's not nice seeing something you worked hard on being judged but I'm delighted to have the criticism from people who know best.
I've learned loads from getting the feedback, and one thing in particular is the alcohol topic. In one of my features I joked about having a pint, only briefly mentioned it but it completely slipped my mind.
Just things you'll learn as you get more experience, and of course my software was cat.
All things you'll learn as you go on :)

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