Eat the damn chocolate cake, get your hair wet, love someone, dance in those muddy puddles, tell someone off, draw a picture with crayons like you’re still 6 years old and then give it to someone who is very important to you. Take a nap, go on vacation, do a cartwheel, make your own recipe, dance like no one sees you, paint each nail a different color, take a bubble bath, laugh at a corny joke. Get on that table and dance, pick strawberries, take a jog, plant a garden, make an ugly shirt and wear it all day. Learn a new language, write a song, date someone you wouldn’t usually go for, make a scrap book, go on a picnic, relax in the sun, make your own home video, kiss the un-kissed, hug the un-hugged, love the unloved, and live your life to the fullest. So at the end of the day, you’ll have no regrets, no sorrows, no disappointments.
Over the past 10 sessions, i feel that as a person i have grown. not only in my ability but in my confidence as well. I feel a totally different person from last year in how i perceive myself and what i am capable of. Last year i mainly stuck to covering sport and i found it quite difficult to cover ‘normal’ news stories. That was until this year and the first session we had. I think being thrown into the deep end covering the Lincolnshire Echo going weekly, boosted my confidence and made me realise i could actually cover news.
I’ve also been given more options of where my future could lie. They have grown from me thinking reporting is for me to now knowing i could enjoy things like the production side or presenting. Of course this would require hard work but i won’t be as quick to write myself off any more.
Radio workshop 10: On Air 23rd March
On the final week, i chose to be Entertainment reporter. Throughout the 9 previous shows, i had chosen the roles of News reader, Sport reader and Presenter so Entertainment seemed the logical choice. It also meant i could focus on less serious issues and allowed me to have a bit of fun with the reporting.
For the show, i covered stories such as The Kinema having a special showing of the Cabin in the Woods and the Fete on the Strait returning in Lincoln. Previous to the workshop, i enquired about who i could speak to and made sure to get interviews sorted. This paid off and i already had one interview by 9:20.
I enjoyed this week because i got a range of stories to cover and i also had fun with the cues and copy i produced. It gave me opportunity to switch around my style of presenting when covering topics such as the Titanic to the opening of the Hunger Games. At first i wanted to cover the Hunger Games as a main story and perhaps interview some of the fans but looking back i realise the choice was right to leave it as copy because it’s not as well known to many people here as it is in the USA.
I did make one mistake this week though, when writing my copy for the Kinema story, i made it sound as though i actually did go. If i had time i definitely would have gone to interview the manager face to face but as he told me when i requested the interview, he would be very busy. I only realised how big a mistake it was when reading my cue, but obviously by then it was too late. This is something i will learn from in the future and make sure not to repeat this mistake again.
As well as being on City Vibe this week, i also featured on BBC Lincolnshire’s Sports Special which is broadcast every Friday night through the football season. I was part of the programme focusing on the demonstration taking place at Sincil Bank on the Saturday. Out of the contributions to the show, i was the only girl which does slightly add to the pressure when being interviewed but it’s something i enjoy and i am passionate about.
Radio workshop 9: On Air 9th March
This week i had the role of reporter. There was some slight confusion at the beginning of the lesson because i had put down to be Assistant Editor in the previous weeks but it had been changed. I wasn’t bothered by this though as it was essentially a very similar task.
For this week i decided to cover something called ‘National Panic Day’. Although it’s not a recognised day in the UK, i thought it would be something fun to cover which i could do a different angle on. Rather than just focusing on the panic side of the story, i also decided to investigate other ‘silly’ days we celebrate for no reason at all.
This led me to doing vox pops in the high street and asking people if they knew about panic day and what they thought about all the silly days we celebrate. From this i got a range of opinions with one man commenting on how he had a panic attack and how he should probably celebrate the day, to another man commenting on how he loves to celebrate ‘National Talk Like a Pirate Day’. Running on this theme, i then interviewed the rest of the Siren team and asked them what day they would choose to celebrate and why. This made for a lighthearted piece to what is a serious issue which was then addressed when i interviewed the chairwoman of the No Panic UK organisation. Not only was she really helpful in telling me why people panic, but she also gave me tips on how to deal with it.
I really enjoyed doing this piece. At first it looked as though it would fall flat as i struggled to get a range of vox pops but thinking fast, i realised that we could play about with the story slightly and make it appeal to everyone. I think this was one of my stronger pieces produced from the news days and I’m really glad i got to do it.
Radio workshop 8: On Air 24th February
This week i was BA. I was nervous about this because i was worried i was going to mess up. I tend to panic if something goes wrong which then means everything else goes wrong. Because i was BA i didn’t have much to physically do so i had the second job of reporter as well.
I was given the task to do a story about Lent and decided to approach it by asking people what they had given up for lent and also whether it had lost its meaning. I went out into Lincoln and did a few voxes. This was a hard task in itself because a lot of people hadn’t given up anything for Lent or gave the impression they weren’t really bothered. Although this was the case, i did get a couple of good answers which could be used. I also interviewed the industrial Chaplin for Lincoln, Andrew Vaughn. I spoke to him about what Lent is (as it seemed a lot of the people i tried to vox, didn’t really understand the real meaning) I also asked him whether he thought it had lost it’s meaning. This, i thought was rather interesting and as the revered said, he thought it had lost its real meaning.
Although i got some quite good material for this week, i wouldnt say it was one of my best ones in terms of producing work. For my links i sounded dull and i wish i had time to do them over again. I think i was perhaps nervous about doing my BA job and that was playing on my mind slightly.
I do think my role as BA went well though, there was a slight hiccup when i panicked and hit the GO button too hard. This resulted in everything playing at once but i luckily had a good editor and presenters to back me up and apologise for the technical difficulties. Once i relaxed i began to enjoy it and with Andrew and Sam’s help i found by the end it came quite naturally to me. If i had the opportunity to be BA again, i would definitely take it. It actually gave me something else to think about in terms of career choices as well.
Radio workshop 7: On Air 10th February
I was absent this week due to being ill.
Radio workshop 6: On Air 27th January
This week i had the role of reporter. Along with Rebecca i was given the story about the RBS boss getting a bonus. (Due to being ill i went home at dinner, i have a sicknote to explain my absence as it was illness i’d had since Christmas).
We went out to vox people on the streets of Lincoln and asked them what they thought about the boss getting his bonus. Out of the many people we tried to ask, over 50% of them were unaware about the bonus and didn’t actually know anything about the subject. Many asked who?
Because of this we changed the angle of the story.
Because i was only there half the day, its hard to comment on how i think the story went. I think we coped well with having to change the angle of the story though. Its a challenge that in the future we may be faced with when covering a story.
Radio Workshop 5: On Air 9th December
My role this week was that of Presenter with Laura. Although it is a ‘scary’ job and you have to think on your feet if anything goes wrong, i really enjoyed it. It was also our last show before Christmas so it gave us an excuse to spread some Christmas cheer and play all the cheesy songs we could.
Me and Laura worked together to produce a package for the show as we were set a ‘presenter challenge’ to go and find the best gifts for under £10 in the Steep Hill area of Lincoln. We wanted to focus on the smaller independent shops rather than the bigger retailers in the city.
We managed to get quite a lot of audio from the retailers, ranging from food shops to clothes and jewellery.
As for presenting, i think this went really well. We didn’t run over time and everything ran smoothly which made our job easier, this meant we didn’t have to panic about ad libbing which could have gone so very wrong. I think Laura and myself worked well together as a team because we had a good script we rehearsed through before going on air and if anything did go wrong or one of us missed our cue, we would then step in and help.
If i had the chance to present again then i would. I would also use it as a chance to have a more conversational tone with the other presenter rather than just sticking to what was on the script. I think in the case of myself and Laura, we did this because it was our first time at presenting and we didn’t want to go wrong. But if i had the chance to present again i think it would be more relaxed because we know what to expect.
Presenting the City Vibe show has definitely made me think it’s something i would like to do in the future if i ever got the chance.