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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to email@example.com
Closing date: Wednesday 21 December 2011
Interview date: Week beginning 9 January 2012
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
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.
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!
4 TOP TIPS FOR INTERVIEWS
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.
Where we are at:
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….
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)
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.
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.