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Aims and Objectives

> To provide affordable quality training in a range of audio skills

> To promote skills sharing across the sector, including radio, podcasting, audiobooks and all forms of audio production

> To encourage new entrants and offer opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnership

> To encourage networking, collaboration and partnership across the sector.

> To promote dIversity in audio production

> To be accessible to all those working in the UK Audio sector

Being a researcher on radio or podcast output can be hugely exciting and rewarding. In one working day, you may speak to an 18-year-old girl campaigning against period poverty, the Somali-born Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Parisian shoe designer Christian Louboutin – as our own researcher can confirm from experience! 

For many, the researcher role is also a stepping stone towards becoming a fully-fledged producer. 
But what distinguishes the best researchers from the rest? What do production teams most want out of their researchers? 

This workshop gives budding radio and podcast researchers the skills they need to make their mark across a range of programming.
It is aimed at people who are keen to work as a researcher in radio or audio output, or who are already working in such a role and want to hone their skills in pre-interviewing, brief writing and pitching ideas. 

researcher stock photoKey elements of the course include: 

• Preparing and conducting a pre-interview with a ‘real’ studio guest
• Writing a research brief
• Online research and social media: benefits and pitfalls
• Opportunity to pitch your own idea to CTVC’s CEO or another senior staff member

By the end of the course, participants will:

• Be able to demonstrate that they can research any subject quickly and reliably
• Have shown that they can identify, pre-interview and accurately evaluate potential guests 
• Have written an accurate, well-distilled research brief – and be able to explain what such a brief needs
• Be confident to use a variety of research resources, including social media, while knowing the pitfalls
• Show that they are able to generate and pitch strong ideas

Booking information:

Date & time: 31 May 2019, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Venue: CTVC, 310 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7LW
Our office and studio spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any access needs. 

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Schedule for the day*:

Introductions and course objectives:
What makes a strong researcher?

Types of guests:
Stakeholders, eyewitnesses, pundits – what do we want out of each?

Pre-interviews: why do we need them, and what do we need out of them?
Including time to prepare your own pre-interview

Coffee break 

Pre-interviews – in small groups

Comfort break 

Write your research brief


Exercise feedback and learning points

Taking your research forward: online research, social media and some of the pitfalls of relying on them too much!

Coffee break

Prepare to pitch your own idea: the elevator pitch - including time to polish your own pitch
With opportunity to pitch to the CEO or another senior CTVC staff member, and feedback in the group


Final questions, course review and wrap

*subject to slight variations

Training provider:

CTVC is a multi-award-winning independent production company specializing in content that raises important ethical and moral issues.   Broadcasting across all networks, both in the UK and internationally, our television, radio, education and online platforms aim is to get people thinking and talking. We make regular radio programmes for BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service, and also run our own podcast, Things Unseen. CTVC is a registered charity. 


Kristine Pommert is CTVC’s Head of Radio and a highly experienced training professional: as part of her 20-year BBC Radio career, she spent two years in BBC World Service Training, where she helped launch hundreds of radio careers, including those of many researchers. She studied for a Certificate in Training Practice (CIPD) in her own time and has designed and run regular training courses for academics since 2012. Kristine is also a qualified career coach.