Introduction to broadcast journalism – Manchester – weekend course

Saturday June 14 & Sunday June 15

This practical and fast-paced two day course is led by Andrew Fletcher, a highly experienced BBC news journalist who regularly reports for BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 live and BBC Breakfast TV. Co-tutor: BBC TV director, cameraman and producer Steve Blears.

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The course covers:

- Writing news reports for radio and TV

Assembling a news package using clips and links

- Presenting skills and news reading (students practice presenting a live news report to camera)

- Investigative broadcast journalism (we analyse how successful investigations are carried out and how investigative programmes are constructed)

- Editing skills

- Interview techniques for radio and TV (students prepare questions, record and edit a short interview)

The course is ideal for anyone who wants to take their first step towards a career in broadcast journalism, or for print or online journalists looking to extend their skills.

Time: 10am – 5pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Venue: MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN

Equipment needed: Laptop or tablet plus iphone or digital voice recorder

Class size: 16 maximum

Course fee: £199

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Andrew Fletcher more recent - croppedAndrew Fletcher is one of the UK’s most experienced BBC news reporters and presenters. Specialising in breaking major stories from the field and investigative journalism, Andrew presents BBC Radio 5 live news programmes and provides live news reports and packages across the BBC network including Radio 4′s Today, World at One and PM. He also reports for BBC One’s TV Breakfast news and the BBC News Channel. Original investigations undertaken by Andrew include probing the lack of regulation of adventure travel abroad, and uncovering an attempt by two London councils to manipulate the figures for rough sleepers. 

steve-blears-tv-220x220Steve Blears is a BBC TV director, cameraman and producer. A former BBC news reporter, including with regional BBC TV, Steve has recently been working in factual TV as a cameraman/director, and is currently shooting and directing on the BBC Helicopter Heroes series.

Steve is also a trainer with the BBC College of Journalism and has taught journalism at Salford University.

Full course programme:

What is news? How do TV and radio stations decided what to put in their news bulletins and programmes.? Includes insights into story selection by local and network broadcasters. How do you pitch a story to broadcast news editors?

Writing for TV and radio. How to put your story across in an effective way for broadcast media. How broadcast writing differs from writing for print media.

Recording a voice-piece. Write and record your own news report and receive feedback on content and presentation from course tutor.

Interviewing for radio and TV. How to get the best out of your guest. Which questions will prompt the must revealing answers? You will record an interview and receive feedback from course tutor.

Audio editing. Make a simple radio package using clips, links and wild-track. How to plan and record audio and interviews for a radio package.

Newsreading. How to use your voice to be an engaging and authoritative broadcaster. You will read a short bulletin and receive feedback on presentation.

Looking good on TV. You will record a short TV report and receive feedback on delivery and appearance.

Investigative journalism. Where can you find original stories? Anatomy of an investigation.

Citizen journalism. How to use your smartphone to record radio and TV reports.

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