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Brilliant BBC work PLACEMENT opportunity

Please read the detail of this BBC placement below.

If you would like some help applying Karen is happy to help – please come and see me with your CV and covering letter. 

Closing Date – 21st DECEMBER 2011


West Midlands 2012 BBC Work Experience Placement (unpaid) Opportunity

Based within the BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham

3 x 3 Month Work Experience placements

There has never been a more exciting time to work on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the West Midlands. As the official broadcast partner for the 2012 Games, the BBC will play a pivotal role in telling the story of the London 2012 Games, not only during the Games itself but in the run up to it.

As part of your university course this West Midlands 2012 BBC Work Experience placement will be central to telling the 2012 story for the West Midlands, driving awareness and engagement with BBC programming across the West Midlands up to and including Games-time. In particular your role will be integral to identifying and telling the story of London 2012 hopefuls from across the West Midlands which are a key mechanism for how the BBC aims to engage and excite audiences from across the West Midlands in the build up to the Games.

You will have the opportunity develop skills and be responsible for researching and building a comprehensive picture of all London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls either based in or from the West Midlands and then developing editorial ideas and suggestions as to how feature them as part of the wider BBC coverage in the region. This opportunity will not only enable you to work on and support programming for this once in a lifetime event, but will also provide you with links and experience of working with a range of thematic and geographic areas, applying your energy, passion and drive for the London 2012 Games to identify and engage as many hopefuls as possible from across the West Midlands.

Your placement will provide you with the skills and development to play a role in supporting additional BBC London 2012 engagement programmes, including around key publicity milestones, Torch Relay planning, volunteering, Pre-Games Training Camps, Live Sites etc.

The placement will be based within the BBC and will provide you with contacts and experience across the BBC media platforms, but will also enable you to work and liaise with Sport bodies and partners, as well as Local Government and geographic 2012 leads.

As competition will be high for these placements we will be looking for students with exceptional creative and research ability demonstrated through previous research experience either within an academic or work setting and also have experience of working with a range of partners. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also essential.

This is a work placement opportunity for 3 months, on a 1 day a week basis (flexible on times and dates). The 3 placement opportunities will be over the following periods:


  • January – March 2012
  • March – June 2012
  • June – September 2012

For an informal chat please contact Jenny Wilkes on 0121 567 6040 or email

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to

Closing date: Wednesday 21 December 2011

Interview date: Week beginning 9 January 2012


It’s not over yet…..

There are still 3 weeks of term left…So here is the plan;

Thursday 1st December – No classes.  Lecturers available. CW1 Hand-in via MOODLE before 11.30pm. Please look at Moodle for further instructions on how to submit a pdf of your blog via Moodle.

Assessment Week (5th-9th December).   No classes.  All students to find an audience for your broadcast work.  Look to distribute your work and get a following.  Use the internet and your contacts to get feedback. Design webpages and promotional material to put on your showreels. Prizes for the biggest audience/ highest ratings!


Thursday 15th December – SCREENING with Duncan Jones 0930 – ETB10

+ CWFeedback in Seminar Sessions

Lecture 7 – Working in TV and Radio

GOT THE BUG?  Want to work in TV or Radio……. Be prepared to be interviewed, and interviewed and interviewed (every few months for your whole career)

Start here. Skillset offers lots of useful information on getting into TV and freelancing.

Make sure you look at this website frequently for one-off one day opportunities.  A great way to make some contacts.

Apply for a BBC placement – for experience of completing the application form if nothing else!

Don’t forget the Indies – There are some big UK Independent TV companies who are constantly looking for people. Worth applying through the links and chasing up with a phone call.

 Endemol Talent

Birmingham based Indie, Maverick TV (Embarrassing Bodies).

Check out the listings of your favourite shows on the Radio Times website.  Here you will find the names of Producers/ Directors and Production Managers. Contact these people directly for a quicker response to work placement questions.  Start building your contact list before you leave Uni – this will really help you when you leave (I promise!)

Radio- Hospital Radio/ Uni Radio – get experience now.  MOST radio people start in community based radio stations. They are a great place to learn the trade and get relevant experience on your CVs.

Work experience is a lot easier to get than a job.   Go grab your chance!


1. Research – know the programme or company, it’s target audience and it’s history

2.  Ideas – have an idea for the programme. Big or small it doesn’t matter but you will be asked for ideas.

3.  They want to know you as a professsional – you will be asked about your communication skills, organisation skills, time-management, resilience, and team working. You need to have an example/story of these areas up your sleeve that you can talk about when asked. The idea here is they use your past experience as indicative of your future performance.

4.  Smile!  Telly is a people business.  However tough the interview, keep smiling and demonstrate your people skills.

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.

Hello and Welcome 262MC students!

Welcome to 262MC Formats Production.

This module has been designed to give you a feel for what it’s like to produce TV and Radio productions for broadcast.

Be ready to be busy. You will be learning new radio skills, developing your tv skills and creating original programming formats.


Immerse yourself in radio and tv – watch and listen to everything you can.

Break down the programmes you hear and see

– really listen carefully to them and spend time working out  their essential ingredients

– how do they make you feel,

– what it is that makes them work, (the presenter, the music, the set, the contestants, the subject matter etc)

– what devices are being used to move the programme along,

and CRUCIALLY what is about the programme that makes them appreciated by audiences.

Module Aims

•to build upon the knowledge of the procedures and techniques involved in studio production introduced in the first year.
•to develop editorial, creative and technical skills related to modern broadcasting.
•the examination of popular formats (such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Strictly Come Dancing) that are a staple of mainstream tv and radio schedules today.