Free community radio station teaching course launched

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The Journalism Foundation is offering a chance for people to learn the basics of setting up and running a community radio station.

The charity, which aims to encourage free journalism in a free world, is working with the University of Lincoln to provide fifteen people of any age, gender or level of experience with an insight into community radio.

Editor of The Journalism Foundation, Arion McNicoll, said: “We are not looking for recent journalism graduates, but people who are interested in telling stories about their local community. This could mean anyone from home workers, the unemployed or people in a range of different professions.”

The course, which runs for six Saturdays starting from October 13th, 2012, is based at Siren 107.3 FM – the first community radio station to be established in an English university.

Workshops will teach participants the basics of interview techniques, editing, scripting, broadcast technology and the production of a speech and music-based radio programme. A selection of the workshops’ output will be podcasted and played out on the radio station.

McNicoll said: “The idea came about from conversations between Charlie Burgess, The Journalism Foundation’s managing editor, Simon Kelner, The Journalism Foundation’s CEO, and John Tulloch from the University of Lincoln.”

He continued: “The course was then devised in consultation with Andrew David who runs Siren FM, and aims to provide free journalism training to people who might otherwise not have access to it.”

The closing date for applications is August 31st, 2012. For more information or to apply, visit the Siren 107.3 FM website.