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News Training/Workshops

Channel 4 News Careers Day

Channel 4 News is looking for motivated, and engaged young people aged 16 – 21 to take part in a big diversity careers day on Thursday 16 October.

All the main news broadcasters in the UK are holding an “Open Newsroom” event to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in television news. The event is being organised by the Creative Diversity Network, which seeks to address the under-representation of BAME and other minorities within the television industry.

This is an all-day, interactive, event starting at 09:00 – 16 00. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at a TV newsroom, get practical tips and advice on how to get into journalism, take part in workshops and mini-screen tests. Lunch and refreshments provided.

09.00am-09.15am: Arrive and bring to the newsroom, overview of the day

09.30am-10.00am: Sit in the C4 news daily editorial meeting

10.00am-11.00am: “What we do” watch a shot film about what we do at C4 news, and hear from Jon Snow and Shaminder Nahal. Tour of the newsroom

11.00am-12.00pm: Workshop, 4 in total. Productions skills, editing, eng camera, studio

12.00pm-13.00pm: Workshop, 4 in total. Productions skills, editing, eng camera, studio

13.00pm-14.00pm: Networking lunch

14.00pm-14.30pm: Either continue with the networking lunch, or sit in the afternoon daily editorial meeting

14.30pm-15.30pm: Workshop, 4 in total. Productions skills, editing, eng camera, studio

15.30pm-16.30pm: Workshop, 4 in total. Productions skills, editing, eng camera, studio

16.30pm: Wrap up the day

If you want to attend, then please email info@inspirationalyou.co.uk by Tuesday 7th October 2014

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Opportunities/Jobs Training/Workshops

Apply for Expert Voices: BAME Talent Days

Do you want to share your expertise and knowledge by appearing on television and radio? Are you from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background?

The BBC Academy is holding a series of free introductions to the world of broadcasting to help BAME men and women feel comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

These events will help boost the diversity of experts in the media and follow the acclaimed Expert Women campaign which ran in 2013.

We are running five days across the country. The first will take place in London on 9 October and details of how to apply are below.

The days will offer a range of practical media experiences, including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and networking with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.

 

Event: Expert Voices: BAME Talent Day London

Location:  BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Date: Thursday 9 October 2014

 

What we are looking for: specialist areas
If you have recognised expertise in one of the key subject areas listed below and are interested in appearing in the media and live or work close to London, we want to hear from you. If you don’t live nearby or have expertise in a different area, take a look at our future sessions which are taking place around the UK.

Cultural Commentary – is your expertise in popular entertainment, the arts, literature or areas like social policy or national identity? 

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which period are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?  

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Finance and statistics – can you communicate about numbers, from personal finance to big business?

Food and nutrition – are you a chef, cook or expert on farming and food production?

 

How to apply
You will need to send us your CV and a short film of no more than two minutes duration. The film should be very straightforward – and can be as simple as a friend recording you on a smartphone.

The film should consist of you talking to camera:

a)     Give your name and job title at the start, explain your job in layman’s terms and talk briefly about what you do.

b)     Relate a story, within your area of expertise, that you want to tell and think the general public would find interesting.

The film should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo or similar so that we can view it.

 

Making your short film


1. We are looking for people who can really bring their subject to life in a way that would appeal to a broad audience.

2. Keep a mainstream audience in mind and avoid complicated terminology.

3. Convey your enthusiasm and passion for your subject.

4. Don’t worry about producing a super slick film; smartphone quality is ideal. Just keep it simple – we aren’t evaluating your camera skills. The most important thing is that we can see and hear you clearly.

 

Closing date 
The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 31 August 2014.

Please only apply if you are able to be in BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA on Thursday 9 October 2014. 

Please note that the BBC is unable to refund any expenses incurred in applying for, or attending, the training day.

 

So we can see your film
A straightforward way to get your clip to us is to set up a YouTube account, and upload your short film there. You will need a Gmail email account in order to set up a YouTube account. (Please note that YouTube and Gmail are separate third parties that are not affiliated to the BBC.  You will therefore be subject to their third party terms and conditions.)

Once you have set your YouTube account up, please check your settings. You must change your YouTube default setting from private to ‘unlisted’.

The privacy settings on your entry videos must be set as ‘unlisted’ in order for us to view your films.

Please could you name your clip in the following format:

Firstname surname expertise 

If you choose not to upload your film to YouTube you will need to burn it onto a CD or DVD and post it to Expert Voices, BBC Academy, College of Production, BC2C1, Broadcast Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TS. Your parcel will need to arrive at the BBC by Monday 25 August.  We will not be able to return any CDs or other materials to you.

 

Application Checklist
Please send an email containing the following:

1. Personal details

a)     Name

b)     Category (Cultural Commentary, History, Science, Health and Medicine, Finance and Statistics or Food and Nutrition)

c)     Mobile phone number

d)     Email address

e)     Job title – in layman’s terms, clarify what your job involves

f)      Details of your ethnic group (please identify yourself against the Office for National Statistics categories listed on the ONS website).

 

2.  A link to a film of you talking to camera about you, your area of expertise and a story/issue that you feel needs to be told.

 

3.  One written paragraph explaining the story/issue you have chosen to talk about. Why does this story need airtime? Why you are passionate about it? (250 words max.)

 

4.  Your CV as an attachment. Please name your CV file in the following format: First name surname CV

 

5.  The following paragraph, deleted as applicable (see Privacy Policy, below)

do  / don’t give my permission to be informed if the BBC Academy holds further masterclasses.

do  / don’t give the BBC Academy my permission to share my details with other producers or broadcasters.

do  / don’t give my permission to the BBC Academy to include my video in an Expert Voices YouTube channel and playlist.

 

6.  The name and contact details for someone from whom we can take a reference for you.

 

All to be emailed to: expertvoices.london@bbc.co.uk

 

How we will choose the delegates for this event
A panel of experts from the BBC Academy and the wider BBC will view all the material submitted and will select up to 30 delegates, plus up-to five for a waiting-list, based on the following criteria:

  • Passion for your chosen subject
  • Communication skills
  • USP as an expert in your field
  • Your potential as on screen/on mic talent
  • Relevance and audience awareness

The judges’ decision will be final and we will not be able to give you individual feedback or enter into any correspondence. We will take up references before confirming the final delegates and the people on the waiting list.

 

Privacy Policy (see application checklist)

  • We would like to add you to our mailing list so that we could contact you about future BBC events. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We will also make your contact details and your clip available to producers across the industry who may contact you. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.
  • We plan to include clips on a BBC Expert Voices YouTube Channel. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree to this in your application.

We will store your information for 12 months, after which it will be securely deleted from our systems.

PLEASE SEE THE BBC’S FULL PRIVACY POLICY FOR REFERENCE.

 

Further events

We are also holding Expert Voices events in Birmingham, Salford, Glasgow and Bristol. If you live and work near these locations and have expertise in the subject areas required, we’d love to hear from you.

 

BIRMINGHAM: Thursday 27 November 2014

The subject areas will be:

Health and medicine – are you medically qualified?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming and food production?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Business and economics – can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Community matters – is your expertise in social policy, local education or family and religious affairs?

We will open for applications on 1 September 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event before then, please email expertvoices.birmingham@bbc.co.uk and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.

 

BRISTOL:  Thursday 29 January 2015

The subject areas will be:

Antiques / fine art – do you know your Ming from your Meissen? Do you collect, buy or sell desirable decorative items or advise other collectors?

Gardening and horticulture – are you a garden designer, a landscaper or a botanist? Are you passionate about shaping and beautifying the natural world?

Rural affairs – do you have specialist knowledge of farming, food production or rural issues?

Conservation and environment – are you an expert on alternative forms of power or preserving the natural world?

Natural history – are you a zoologist, anthropologist, geologist or biologist? Can you communicate about animal or human behaviours or the physical forces which formed the world?

Food – are you a chef or cook? Can you prepare delicious food or talk about what we eat?

Applications will open on 26 October 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this event please email expertvoices.bristol@bbc.co.uk and we will remind you when you’re able to apply.

 

SALFORDThursday 26 February 2015

The subject areas will be:

History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which periods are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?

Science / health – are you medically qualified?

Sport – do you coach, play or comment on football, athletics or other sport?

Business and economics– can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?

Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?

Art – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

We will open for applications on 1 December 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email expertvoices.salford@bbc.co.uk and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.

 

GLASGOW: Thursday 12 March 2015

The subject areas will be:

Arts – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

Medicine – are you medically qualified?

Science – do you have expertise in a subject – from forensics to biology – recognised in the academic, research or commercial world?

Community affairs – can you talk knowledgeably about local government, education or social policy?

Law and justice – do you have a legal qualification and can you communicate clearly about legal affairs?

Children’s broadcasting – are you a specialist in history, science, coding, zoology, agriculture or medicine and can you communicate these subjects to a young audience?

Applications open on 5 January 2015. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email expertvoices.glasgow@bbc.co.uk and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/work-in-broadcast/events/expert-voices/article/art20140716164003212

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Radio Television Training/Workshops

BBC launches BAME Expert Presenter Days

Following the significant success of its Expert Women training days, the BBC it is to launch two ‘BAME Expert Presenter Talent Days’ – one in London and one in Salford.

The training days will be aimed at members of the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnicity) communities who are highly regarded experts in fields that match broadcast editorial areas where there is a need for expert presenters and experts.

The training will cover television, radio and news, and as with Expert Women, will include taster training sessions in studio and interview situations, delivering a piece to camera, master classes with key industry figures, advice on how best to navigate the business, and a networking lunch where the successful applicants meet senior editors and producers from across the industry.

The application process will be open to all from the BAME communities who can demonstrate expertise in their chosen area, which needs to match an editorial need identified by BBC programme and content areas. They will need to submit a short self-shot film, story idea and their CV, and each event will train between 20 and 30 people.

Details of how to apply will be posted at a later date here on the Academy website. To register your interest, email bame.expert.presenters@bbc.co.uk.

Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, says: “The BBC is passionate about reflecting the diversity of our audiences. We are committed to putting BAME experts at the heart of the media and to better reflect BAME issues and voices across our programming.”

Mary Hockaday, head of BBC Newsroom, says: “BAME Expert Presenter day will undoubtedly help to enrich our news content for audiences in the UK and around the world, and it will also help to demystify the process of appearing on radio and TV for the successful applicants.”

Anne Morrison, director of the BBC Academy, says: “Many of the women who took part in the Expert Women training days have gone on to considerable success as broadcast presenters and contributors. I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer the same type of training to BAME experts to give them greater opportunities both on and offscreen.”

The BBC Academy created and produced the Expert Women’s Day events, held in London, Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. More than 2,500 women applied overall and the Academy trained 164 women (16.5 per cent BAME) in the quest to help address the poor representation of women as experts on air.

To date, there have been 249 media appearances by 67 of the Expert Women, including news bulletins for the BBC (radio and TV), CNN, Channel 4 and other outlets. In addition, a number of the women have secured agents and are in active discussion with programme makers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/article/art20140407100846300

 

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Training/Workshops

BBC Writersroom Seminar

 

Based in Leeds? Book your tickets and gain invaluable top tips on screenwriting at the BBC Writersroom (@bbcwritersroom) free seminar on Weds 28th May 2014, 5-8pm at The University of Leeds (@UniversityLeeds)

Ever wondered how to send your script to the BBC and what happens when you do? How do they assess your work? What grabs them and what puts them off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell.

Join Henry Swindell, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom (which focuses on championing writers from across the UK) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about screenwriting.

This seminar utilizes loads of film and TV clips to clearly demonstrate the building blocks of great story telling. It’s a very broad talk that is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers designed to get people excited and invigorated about writing as well as covering most of the basics.

Henry R Swindell is Development Producer, BBC Writersroom, where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC. Henry’s background is as a TV, Film and Theatre Producer. His 2011 award winning film ‘All That Way For Love’ has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As a TV producer he’s worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four on shows including Casualty, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

When: Weds 28th May

Where: stage@leeds, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane LS2 9JT

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Book your ticket via the box office on tel: 0113 343 8730

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