Everyone Has A Story To Tell

(NB: This post was originally written for the Student Radio Association)

This is probably an odd blog post. Initially, the SRA wanted people to write about their jobs in radio and the sort of things they get up to. I’ll do that a little bit of course, but really I want to write about people, because people are awesome. Listening to people is incredible.

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Extra, EXTRA… read all about it!

I wonder if you’ve ever stopped to consider the news?

That’s an odd question to ask but in recent years the format of what news is, against what it potentially should be, has changed a lot. A quick Google search for the definition of news tells us that it’s:

“Newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events”

or…

“A person or thing considered interesting enough to be reported in the news.”

News is something that surrounds our lives. It’s what allows us to stay connected to the world around us; whether that’s within our families and circles of friends, or something that’s happened internationally. It’s also taken on lots of different forms; local news, regional news, national news, international new, showbiz news, music news, business news… the list goes on and on, and that’s no bad thing. People that want a specific subject can get it at the touch of a button or on a 24 hour rolling news channel on TV.

The thing I’d like to get to the bottom of though, is what exactly is news in 2016?

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The Radio Production Series – Preparing A Radio Programme

Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

That’s a phrase radio and every single task we do as beings on this planet lives and dies by.

  • Forget to buy milk. You don’t get breakfast.
  • Don’t plant seeds. Harvests won’t grow.
  • Didn’t read the map. You’ll probably get lost.

You get the idea.

Everyday I have to prepare a radio programme and everyday I have to assume that it won’t go to plan. It sounds a bit cynical to think like that, but assuming that what you’ve prepared will get you through an entire show without a hitch is not the smartest move to make.

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The Radio Production Series – What A Producer Actually Does

I get asked a lot about what it is I actually do for a living as a radio producer, especially by family members who believe that I sit around drinking tea and deciding which records to play on the radio… (To be fair, I do get to do that sometimes), so I thought it’s about time I wrote about some of the aspects of my job and what exactly it is I get up to (while of course drinking tea).

The best description I can give anyone is that I am a gatekeeper of the airwaves, standing proudly in front of a giant door.

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Exams, Stresses And Life

With results days soon on the way, life as a student about what to do next is quite stressful. So here’s two blogs that might be of some use.

The first comes from my fabulous friend and Instagramer Disasters Of A 30 Something – who not only finds herself daily in ridiculous and hilarious situations – but is right on point when it comes to talking about life:

BLOG: How lunch dictated my career

And then there’s my story of being useless at exams, joining uni, quitting uni, and chasing my dreams:

BLOG: This weeks blog is brought to you by the letter A*….

Whatever you get in your exams, there are options available out there for everyone to get to the next place down the road of life. For some that looks like continuing in education, for others it could be an apprenticeship or a gap year.

There’s no right or wrong about where you should be going in life; just take your time to think about your future and find that thing that makes you happy.

8 Things Everyone at Your Station Should Know (Reblogged)

This articles focus is spot on, and applies not just in media, but any occupation. Have a read and see if you agree –

8 Things Everyone at Your Station Should Know – Tracy Johnson Media Group.

(Thanks to @JamesCridland for highlighting this one)

Copy right, so not to get it wrong

Ever been confused by copyright, and whether you can or can’t use something?

Well, the BBC has brilliantly come up with a brand new site explaining just what you can and can’t use when creating content.

Read more about it here.