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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

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Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest, of award winning audio producers, Whistledown, will dissect what makes a successful podcast, how to plan it and put it together, and explain some of the simple marketing tools that can ensure you reach an audience.

Over the course of the day you will:

•             listen to some great podcasts and work out what makes them successful
•             script an introduction to your own podcast
•             learn how to plan your podcast, work out a format and running order
•             get advice on selecting the right presenter(s) and guests
•             experiment with microphone use and how to capture good quality sound
•             understand rights issues and funding models
•             learn how to reach your audience
•             and make your own 5-minute podcast to take home.

About the trainers:

David Prest and Deborah Dudgeon of Whistledown Productions will teach the course. Whistledown is the largest provider of speech programmes to BBC Radio, providing landmark series such as Radio 4’s The Reunion, and Feedback, as well as podcast creators for Economist Radio, BBC Sounds, Spotify and Audible.

Cost: £125 + VAT - (students, 4 places @ £100 + VAT) - book your place at the dedicated Bookwhen website

When: Friday 2nd November 2018, 9.30 am - 5 pm

Where: Artworks, 60a Weston St, London SE1 3QJ


 

Ensure your programme material is the right side of the line with the latest guidance on Editorial Standards and share queries with OFCOM and the BBC

How do you ensure balance, taste and decency, and avoid libel in your output?  Whether a researcher or executive, arm yourself with the skills that will help you take risks and create cutting edge content, whilst ensuring you are fully compliant with current regulation.

Speakers include Roger Mahoney, BBC Editor, Editorial Standards, Adam Baxter, Head of Policy at OFCOM, and Alice Lloyd, Senior Producer from Wise Buddhah. For delegates this is a unique opportunity to refresh your knowledge, and discover the boundaries of what is editorially possible, through skilled training and direct contact with industry decision makers.

Rosie Bartlett headshotParticipants will by the end of the day have knowledge and understanding of the importance of - Accuracy, Privacy, Consent, Conflicts of Interest, Harm and offence, working with Children and reporting crime. There will be various case studies plus advice and guidance from legal experts.

Date & time: 27th April 2018, 10:00 - 15:00
Venue: The Orr Room, The Lyric Hammersmith, King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0QL
Numbers & costs: 20 places available, at £100 each plus VAT (£120 gross).  Book now at our usual Bookwhen site.

Training Provider: Quattrain – experts in leadership and media training.

Trainer: Rosie Bartlett (left) - Rosie is a journalist, trainer and communications consultant with over 18 years of international media training and production experience for the BBC and global NGOs.

 


 

Caroline RaphaelThis course is for anyone who wants to make audio drama, non audience scripted comedy or use elements of drama in factual programmes, or for would be dramatists who are interested in the whole process of making audio drama. There will be listening (a 45’ radio play) and watching homework prior to the day that will inform the discussions.  

It is through this shared watching and listening the group will work to build a deeper understanding of the role of the producer at each stage of the production process,  both creative and administrative; find out more about how to work with a writer and explore the many ways of telling a story in sound.    At the end of the day there will be an opportunity to meet the producer and sound engineer of the  radio play and to discuss the work with them. 

Date: Saturday 3rd February

Time: 9.30 am – 5pm

Venue: Note change of venue, now at Spotlight, 7 Leicester Place off Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7RJ 

No of places: 14

Fee: £125.00 + VAT - booking now open at bookwhen.com/rigtrain

Course outline:

Morning:  

So what does a Drama producer actually do.  And when? How to be as prepared as possible pre and post recording.  
Group discussion on audio drama sent ahead of the day particularly looking at use of sound, transition of scenes, acting styles.

Afternoon:

Using two scenes from a piece of television comedy drama sent in advance we’ll consider how they would work on radio.   What’s really important for the listener to know and what’s not?  How to create soundscapes.  

Q&A with Drama producer and their sound engineer.  

Training provider:

The course is taught by Caroline Raphael who has worked as both a theatre and a radio director, was a former Head of Radio Drama and commissioned drama for BBC Radio 4 for many years.  Now back in production with her own company Dora Productions she also works with other indies including Pier Productions.  Caroline lectures on radio drama at various universities with BA and MA students.  She has also run an intensive Radio Drama course over 13 sessions for Creative Skillset/Grand Scheme Media.  www.doraproductions.co.uk

 

This half-day workshop is designed for people interested in editing audio with a view to making reports, features and programmes, or creating podcasts. It will take in both the editorial considerations of editing, and the principles of good practice, as well as the technical skills involved. The system you’ll be using is SADiE version 6, and the course will include basic operation, a software overview, speech editing, levels and fades, feature mixing basics, mastering levels for web and radio, bouncing and transfer, file management.

You will be using a PC based SADiE at Whistledown. However, you may prefer to bring your own laptop loaded with SADiE.

Trainers: David Prest and Kate Holland of Whistledown.

David Prest is the founder of Whistledown Productions, the independent production company which makes programmes for BBC Radio (including The Reunion and Feedback for Radio 4) and podcasts for clients such as The Economist, Glyndebourne Opera and Mint Velvet.
Kate Holland is a producer with Whistledown. She has produced programmes for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Radio 1 Stories. She currently produces regular podcast brands for the BBC such as Comedy of the Week and Seriously… and is also part of the team of producers working on podcasts for The Economist.

Where: Whistledown Studios, 8A Ayres Street, London SE1 1ES
When: Saturday 14th October 09.30-1pm 
Cost: £75 + VAT
Places: 8.  Book your place now at the new Bookwhen site.


 

Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest’s popular and inspiring one-day course gets you started with some of the key techniques of understanding good documentary making for radio. They’ll cover editorial essentials such as spotting an idea, building a narrative structure, finding the right contributors, using sound creatively, creating a big opening, avoiding the pitfalls. David deconstructs a doc scene by scene and there’ll also be top tips on pitching. There’ll be inspiring audio, analysis of good technique, and exploration of the form. As one of their 2016 delegates put it “Hands down, one of the best course I’ve ever been on”.

Course tutors: Deborah Dudgeon and David Prest of Whistledown.
Where: The Artworks Classrooms 60a Weston St, London Bridge SE1 3QJ
When: Friday 1st December 09.30-17.00
Cost: £125 + VAT
Places: 18

* Booking is now open on the new Bookwhen site