Samantha Friend

Week 1:

This week was more of a refresher for me as we went over phrases and words related to Radio News and features for Radio news, such as packages and two-ways.


Week 2:

We were told to listen to Radio five live and TalkSport to give ourselves an idea into what Talk Radio is about. Listening to both of them i found i did enjoy Five Live more than TalkSport as i felt i could relate to the topics on that station where as TalkSport was very football heavy which didn’t interest me at all. However i did find it interesting how the presenters switched from in studio chat to pre recorded and live guests on the phone and as outside broadcaster.


Week 3:

This week we were put into our groups for the Talk Radio show we are to produce for our assignment. Once put in groups we had a task to create a news story using the different types of way to create a news bulletin. So as a group we came together and chose what story we would each report on and in what way. This was a good way to begin to mingle as a team and get to know what each other prefers. We briefly discussed roles for the assessment but nothing has been decided as of yet as we will see who prefers to do what and share the roles fairly.

Thursday 10th march:

First Production Day – Unfortunately this week I was not well, therefore didn’t attend the lecture. However I was on the group chat. We decided roles and began organising the group and ideas for what we would cover in our talk radio show. Ellie is our Executive Producer and to make things easier she has created a Google drive document for us all to post our work on for the show. My role at the moment is ‘runner/breaking news’. I am to be by the side of everyone and get anything they need on the day and also keep an eye on the breaking news, if anything occurs while we are on air or in the run up to our show I must be on top of it and create some copy to give to the producer and presenters.

I am looking forward to the pilot to see how it goes, I’m not too sure what to expect but the idea of my role sounds exciting.

Monday 13th March:

Today I caught up with listening’s that David set us. Doing these listening’s each week helps me to recognise the different styles of Talk Radio that there are and allows me to gain a knowledge on this side as I am more into Music radio. Listening to the structure and techniques used on these shows has helped me to understand the structure our talk radio will follow when the time comes to begi producing the show.

Thursday 16th March:

Today we met as a group and discussed our 8 final topics that we needed to pitch to Matthew and the way in which we would treat them. It began as a slight struggle but once we began finding ideas they just kept coming. We managed to get a range of ideas, we got some soft news some heavy news and even managed to decide on a few ideas for possible packages and our OB!

The pitch to Matthew went great, he liked all our ideas and helped us to expand on ideas and gave us different way to go about our ideas, which helped us to make the treatments more interesting.

After this we distributed each idea among ourselves to being researching and creating. Ellie and myself are going to be working on create a package for ‘Stress Awareness”.


Saturday 18th March:

Today I did some research into the idea for our stress awareness package. We are going to focus on Ruby Wax and her ‘Frazzled Café’s’ – it is a programme she is running alongside M&S providing space and a place to breathe for people the are feeling lonely stressed or confused. She wants to create a non-judgemental approachable environment for people that want to talk. We are waiting for an announcement for the date of the first event and hoping it will be in time for our show. We want to attend a meeting, talk to the people running it and find out what it involves and how much it helps, we will also include actuality in the package. We also want to get in touch with mindfulness coach to provide some professional information behind stress. Our next group meeting is Tuesday to catch up and see how far we have got with research into the topics we have bee distributed.


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