Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes English Language & Communication student takes to the airwaves

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Third year English Language and Communication student Freya Lee is currently participating in the Eagle Radio ‘Radio News Academy’, and using her experiences to gain credit towards her degree through the ‘Work and Community Related Learning’ module. We asked Freya to give us some more information: Initially, I was offered a two week work experience placement in July with UKRD media and was placed at Eagle Radio in Guildford, Surrey - which is a local station which covers the Surrey and Hampshire districts. This was to be a broadcast news journalism placement and I was to be working alongside the journalists at the news desk. Once there I worked extremely hard and I was quickly assigned tasks with lots of responsibility such as writing stories under strict deadlines. My placement also involved sourcing and writing news stories, interviewing individuals (such as local council leaders) for the audio to be then be used on air, editing audio and working on my bulletin reading abilities. I also attended the 'Tour of Britain' (large cycling race across the county) press conference representing Eagle. Following this two week placement at Eagle Radio, I was invited to participate in their Radio News Academy on account of my performance during my placement. In short - this broadcast journalism academy spot with UKRD involves me returning to the station every Thursday for six months. I am the only person from a non-journalism degree they've ever selected to participate. I've been attending the academy for a month so far and it's involved me doing work for the news desk that needs doing like writing copy for the weekend. Two of my pre-recorded bulletins have also been broadcast on air, which was very exciting to hear! I've also learning more about radio news journalism (for example: researching, interviewing, writing, audio editing and reading). I've also recently attended a murder hearing at Guildford Magistrates Court. Ultimately, my training will lead to a 'final project' in which I'll create a 4 minute story regarding a story of interest which will be broadcast on the station. If you are interested in the Work and Community Related Learning module or would like some more information then please speak to your Academic Advisor.