A chance for people to learn the basics of how to set up and run a community radio station is being offered by The Journalism Foundation, the charity that aims to encourage free journalism in a free world.
Fifteen people will be chosen to attend six days of free workshops run by lecturers at the School of Journalism, University of Lincoln, starting in October. Selection will be based on a demonstrable commitment to community radio and creative ideas about how to use the medium.
The course will be based at Siren 107.3 FM, the first community radio station to be established in an English university. And, in a ground-breaking move, both the Journalism Foundation and the University will podcast a selection of the workshops so that they can reach as wide an audience as possible.
Participants will be taught the basics of interview techniques, editing, scripting, broadcast technology and the production of a speech and music-based radio programme, as well as receiving pointers about how to set up and run a community station. The course will run for six Saturdays from October 13 2012.
Simon Kelner, the chief executive of The Journalism Foundation said: “We believe that community radio will play an increasingly important part in maintaining good quality journalism at a time when some of the traditional media are in decline. We are delighted to fund these workshops at the University of Lincoln, where there is a strong dedicated tradition of teaching journalism and community radio. By broadcasting much of the courses on our website we hope that those who can’t make it to Lincoln can learn and be enthused. And, who knows, we may unearth the next John Humphrys! The material will also be broadcast on Siren FM during the 6 weeks the course runs.”
Professor John Tulloch, Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, said:
“This course in community radio will be unique. It’s designed to meet the aspirations of ordinary people who want to acquire the skills to set up and operate community radio stations and practice high quality citizen journalism. We’re honoured that the Journalism Foundation has chosen the Lincoln School of Journalism and Siren FM for this most important task.”
Application forms available at:
Phone or email enquiries to: Tony Smith, Lincoln School of Journalism, at 01522 882000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications September 7 2012.
For further information please contact:
2. Andrew David, Manager, Siren FM at ADavid@post01.lincoln.ac.uk
3. Professor John Tulloch, Head, Lincoln School of Journalism at email@example.com
Notes to editors:
The Journalism Foundation is an independent charitable organisation that promotes, develops and sustains free and independent journalism throughout the world. We believe that a free press is an essential instrument of democracy, and the aim of The Journalism Foundation is to demonstrate how journalism can be a force for good by supporting projects which have a direct and positive effect on people’s lives.
Since Siren 107.3 FM was launched in 2007, radio journalism students at Lincoln have been given the opportunity to broadcast live on an Ofcom licensed station. Siren FM is Lincoln’s first community radio station and was the first community station in the country to be based at a university. Siren broadcasts a wide range of programmes and produces 60 hours of material a week. Siren FM has won a total of 4 RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association). International Edward R Murrow awards in the last 2 years for news and features reporting. Siren FM’s Managing Editor Andrew David was this year elected Chair of the Community Media Association.
The Lincoln School of Journalism was formally opened by the celebrated investigative journalist John Pilger in November 2004 to develop the study of journalism. Lincoln’s BA Journalism programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Periodical Training Council. Radio is a core aspect of its journalism course. The BJTC awarded its prize for Innovation in Broadcast Journalism Teaching to the LSJ radio teaching team for the growing emphasis on community journalism and the live contribution to output on Siren FM. Students who have worked with Siren FM have gone on to win national radio prizes – for example Simon Green, who picked up a Silver Sony award in 2004. Two more Lincoln graduates who worked on Siren were also nominated for Sonys in the same year. See http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/journalism/