A Level Media Studies and BTEC Creative Digital Media students at Huddersfield New College recently produced their own radio show as part of an interactive broadcast production workshop hosted by the University of Salford at the College.
This visit was arranged to give students the chance to gain industry experience to prepare them for life beyond HNC and help them to get career ready. The students worked with work with Radio Production Lecturer Jimmy Ewing and undergraduate students from the University of Salford to produce a show for National College Radio, a programme aimed at exploring issues affecting young people.
The radio show, which will be broadcast later this year, focused on the themes of positives we can take from the Pandemic and the best things about HNC, and was hosted on-campus in the dining Area and featured students from across the College.
During the workshop, students were able to assume a range of exciting roles which gave them a vivid insight into the duties involved in working in radio, including presenting, producing vox pops and filming a supporting video, as well as the technical aspects of radio broadcast.
Through the course of the workshop, students developed key employability skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and creativity. In addition, the hands-on nature of the session equipped our students with confidence in operating industry standard equipment and in adopting a range of roles within the media sector.
Reflecting on the workshop, Ben Broder, Year 12 Creative Digital Media student said: "I very much enjoyed the day, it was very interactive, allowed me to be creative and learn some useful new skills which will support me in the future."
Jack Collett, Year 13 Creative Digital Media student added: "The visit from the University of Salford was great, I learned so much about the radio industry and the equipment needed to produce and broadcast a radio show.”
Discussing the workshop, Ellie Simpson, Teacher of Creative Digital Media said: “The visit from the University of Salford was an amazing experience for our Media students. After the disruption caused throughout the Pandemic, it was great for them to focus on positivity whilst gaining experience using industry-standard equipment. Our students were visibly beaming with pride in their work, I am so proud of how they threw themselves into the experience.
“Also, having Charlie Rumney – an ex HNC student – supporting the event, gave our current students the chance to ask about life as an undergraduate student. The chance to converse with someone who was recently in the same position as them was a great experience for the students.”