I HAVE PROVIDED radio production training for the BBC for 15 years. I regularly provide courses for the BBC’s College of Radio Production, teaching trainees how to structure documentary narratives, conduct compelling and revealing interviews and capture background sound that gives the listener a sense of place and atmosphere.
- Advanced Training Features Course
- Creative Interactive Feature making course
- Skillset funded introductory course for new freelancers
I found all the tips about recording different types of sound (so we could “show” rather than “tell”) particularly helpful – especially stereo mic recording (and how to handle these mics with minimal handling noise!) Being thrown in to make a five-minute piece was one of those scary-but-great production experiences that allowed me to work through and see how to put Day One’s advice into practice. And it was all thoroughly enjoyable, which always helps.
I would like to thank you for the wonderful course. I really think I have learnt a lot of new tricks that I can use to improve my work as a reporter.
My feedback couldn’t be more positive: the course covered the most important points about feature making; the practical exercises were not only great fun, but also allowed us to test the things we’ve learnt; I came away feeling reenergised and keen to try out my new tricks of the trade.