Workshops and Training
Members Training September 2013
Presenting & Demo Workshop
Elyse has made her notes for the session available here. Plenty of presenting tips!
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- Good menu link (what’s coming up in the show)
- Plugging things coming later on
- Music edited out
- Good branding (correct station name, awareness of the brand)
- #goodchat / presenter chemistry
- Appropriate use of bed music
- Gives out contact details with a purpose
- Example of a feature typical of the show
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- Obvious lack of technical knowledge
- Presenters talking all over each other
- Kept in chat about fixing levels
- Levels are all wrong
- Awkward gaps in chat
- Lack of brand awareness
- Lack of show plan
- Hangover chat
- Don’t know what music they’re playing
- Left the mic up
- Left way too much music in the demo
- Abrupt end of track
- Doesn’t use right contact details/no social media awareness
- Bad editing
- Phone not on silent
- Bad chat/no presenter rapport
- Shout out to friends with no context
BBC ‘Get In’ January 2014
This was an information day designed for people looking to get into one of the BBC’s training schemes this year. Below is information about each scheme and some of the top tips we picked up on the day.
Journalism Trainee Scheme
- “The BBC Academy’s gold standard 12-month journalism traineeship, comprising paid training and work placements in the BBC’s UK newsrooms, working in online, radio and TV, with mentoring from a senior BBC journalist”
- Open now, closes 7th February
Production Trainee Scheme
- “The BBC Academy’s gold standard 12-month fast-track production traineeship, comprising paid training and work placements across the UK in TV and radio, along with mentoring from a BBC Senior Manager. It has a fantastic record of retention in the industry”
Production Talent Pool
- “The BBC Academy’s 12-month entry-level talent pool for aspiring production talent. If chosen, you are eligible for short term contracts supporting a wide range of BBC programmes and teams across the UK as production needs arise. Everyone accepted into the pool is considered for the Production Trainee Scheme which recruits later in the year
- Applications open 3rd-14th March
- To apply, use the BBC Academy website - you need to make a profile on the BBC Careers Hub, which is a good idea anyway, even if you’re not applying this year.
- Talk about what you’re proud of rather than who you are - an easy way to do this is to think ‘less adjectives, more verbs’ when writing an application.
- Think about transferable skills - it doesn’t necessarily matter if you don’t have a lot of media experience, as long as you can illustrate what the experience you do have has taught you and how it can be transferred to a media role.
- When talking about projects/achievements, use the STAR method (you can google this for more information) - Situation > Task > Action > Result
- One question will ask you to review a BBC show - don’t be afraid to be critical! And make sure you look at the BBC Editorial Policy, available online
- You will need to do situational judgement, in which you are faced with scenarios and have to pick an action - mostly they’re looking for people who are team players and easy to get along with
- You will also be asked to pitch a show idea in some applications - be succinct, clear and make sure the show is easily visualised when you read back over the pitch. Talk about why it is important/relevant. Mention who your audience will be and think about the implications of this (i.e. easy just to pick ‘students’ because that’s what you know, but are you cutting off too big a chunk of potential audience with that? Justify why not)
- Entertainment or factual shows are generally easier to pitch because of their format - the structure of comedy etc can be difficult to visualise and sell
- When asked about a creative project that you’re proud of, focus on your role - don’t be too modest! Get around a fear of sounding arrogant by being very factual in your description - again, verbs not adjectives. And remember, the project doesn’t have to be in media as long as you justify it and show transferrable skills!
- Sounds obvious but be yourself - don’t go into the application thinking that the BBC are looking for a certain type of person because they’re not. Fakers are easy to spot!
- If you get through the initial applications process you will be asked to do a verbal reasoning test based on some very complex pieces of writing - practice for this by reading news outside of your comfort zone, Financial Times etc which are complex and heavy. When you sit the test, don’t worry that it seems very fast or that you run out of time - this happens to everybody, don’t panic!
- Keep an eye on the BBC College of Production and College of Journalism websites for more tips and opportunities as they arise, and make sure you follow @BBCTrainees on Twitter and feel free to tweet them questions!
- Re: social media, be mindful of what you are putting into a public forum. Everyone who wants a media career needs to have twitter, but always remember it is public! If you want to go into political journalism especially, be careful about outspoken political opinions as you don’t want a programme to be accused of bias.
- In the age of the internet, there’s no excuse not to be putting yourself out there with writing, podcasts, short films etc. If you don’t have this on your CV, potential employers will wonder why when it doesn’t take anything these days to just start producing content.