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Your blogs – some help


Remember your blogs are an important part of your individual Coursework submission and should evidence your critical thinking about radio and TV formats.
Here are some guidelines to help you;
1. Don’t write a diary.  Your blog should be reflective and evaluative not a simple record of what you did each session. So each post should consider your own development and your team development identifying areas that are going well and those that need further work.
2. Do research.  Your blog should evidence your further reading and research into TV and radio formats.  For example regularly read Media Guardian, Broadcast, DigitalSpy,  BARB and RAJAR websites to improve your understanding of current broadcasting. Remember Harvard style referencing for any quotes or sources you use.
3. Do offer your critical opinion.  Why are TV and radio formats so dominant in our schedules?  What do you think audiences like about formats? What do you think the future is for formats and how will can they develop to ensure they remain successful?  Your opinion must evidence the relevants stats, facts and quotes to support your claims.
4.  Context  and Distribution – Show your understanding of your media practice.  Take your TV and radio formats and analyse their place in the current broadcasting world. What is the hook that will keep audiences coming back to them? What “stable” or  category of existing similar and successful formats does your format fit and why? Consider the scope of your formats – where (terristial, digital, web channels) could they realistically play? What adaptations/suggestions do you have for their longetivity? And what is the future local radio?
5.  DON”T FORGET TO Write a conclusion!- You haven’t finished your blog until you’ve offered a thought-through conclusion that sums up your research, analysis and reflections.
Recommended Reading;
RAJAR – radio audience research. Good for stat, facts and trends
BARB – tv audience research. Good for stats, facts and trends
Broadcast –  Industry revered paper with all the latest news and opinions.  Web format is subscription only but a Paper copy  (and backcopies) is available to read in the  CU library.
Digital Spy – more gossipy opinion on current broadcasting
Media Guardian – broadsheet views on UK Media

Mid-term reflection

Where we are at:

There are

3 weeks to the recording sessions for your TV and Radio formats

4 weeks to Hand-in

To do this week

– Work on your set design. Rehearse your format.  Finalize the content ideas and research. Book any contributors.

– Make a final decision on the format for your Radio piece.  Research the content and book your contributors. Practice in your radio roles.

– Write running orders and scripts for both artefacts

And remember this is TEAM work. You need to work together (whatever your role) to get all this done in the time.

AND DON”T FORGET your BLOGS. Your blogs need to evidence your research, analysis and evaluations of TV and radio formats. Also include evidence of how you have developed in your role and been a good team member. Remember to keep reflecting on the week so that you get a clearer picture of what work you still need to do and to ponder on what you have learnt so far….

BBC radio tours – Thursday 27th October and Thursday 3rd November

Ok folks the next two Thursdays are going to run slightly differently to normal to allow for the
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio tours that we have organised for you.  Remember to bring your cameras with you – there will be plenty of opportunity to take some pictures of your visit.  Duncan Jones will also be around to answer any questions you have about the station or your Undiscovered Coventry ideas.
So the timetable for this week (Thursday 27th October)is;
0930-1030 Lecture ETB10 – ALL to attend
1030-1200 – TV team 1 – BBC Coventry and Warwickshire tour
1030-1200 – Radio Workshops 1-4 with Paul ETG20
1200-1330 – TV team 2 studio practice
1330-1500 – Seminar TV team 2/ Radio workshops 5-8
1500-1700 – TV team 1 studio practice (including Format ideas workshop for first hour in the TV studio)
And the timetable for next week (Thursday 3rd November)
0930-1030 Lecture ETB10 – ALL to attend
1030-1200 – TV team 2 – BBC Coventry and Warwickshire tour
1030-1200 – Radio Workshops 5-8 with Paul ETG20
1200-1330 – TV team 1 studio practice
1330-1500 – Seminar TV team 1/ Radio workshops 1-4
1500-1700 – TV team 2 studio practice (including Format ideas workshop for first hour in the TV studio)

The radio brief – “Undiscovered Coventry”

        On Thursday 13th October BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Editor, Duncan Jones came to visit to talk about  the radio brief “Undiscovered Coventry”.

He told us about the BBC local radio remit;  Local radio is for people interested in the local  area – local news, sports, events and issues. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s output is 60%    speech, 40% music.  It has a set  music playlist that is different to Radio One, Touch FM and    Mercia FM and is aimed at an audience aged 40+.

Next year is a big year for Coventry.  As an Olympic city it will get a lot of  international attention!  Also the World Shakespeare Festival  in April – putting entertainment at the front of the station’s agenda.

Radio’s strength is it’s immediacy, reactivity and easy production.  Telly is much more complicated and takes ages to make!

Duncan’s top tips for making your artefact;

1. Find something to say that people will be surprised about.

2. Be clear on the point of your story.  What do you want the listener to get out of it. What is your aim?

3. Make it interesting – keeping a balance between the story and your creative ideas.

4. Paint pictures with words.  There is no limit to the pictures you can create on radio.

5. The intro should tease the listener.  The outro should point to further information (eg website, blog etc)

Duncan will be back to feedback on your work in December.