Broadcasting bootcamp creates real newsroom experience for young journalists

Broadcasting bootcamp creates real newsroom experience for young journalists

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Forty students gathered to try their hand at making films on a smartphone, pitching a documentary idea and making a radio news programme. 

It was the latest edition of the “Breaking into Broadcasting Bootcamp”; this time held at Norwich University of the Arts, and hosted by Fran Acheson of the BBC Academy alongside RTS East and BBC East in late November.

The students – all from creative and media courses at Norwich universities – were warned that the training session was going to be like a real newsroom experience, with long hours and lunch on the go.

The day began with sessions given by BBC smart phone and video journalism trainers Marc Settle and Deirdre Mulcahy. Then the students went off to make their own films, before splitting into two groups for the afternoon. 

One half made radio programmes in a specially constructed radio studio, the others learned about what makes a good TV news and current affairs feature, and then brainstormed ideas before pitching to the experts.

RTS East would like to say a huge thank you to Acheson and the BBC Academy trainers, Norwich University of the Arts for hosting the event so seamlessly and to BBC East for its help throughout the day.

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Forty students gathered to try their hand at making films on a smartphone, pitching a documentary idea and making a radio news programme.