FGM Special on LBC

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I almost thought this would never be finished. I started researching what FGM was in early 2015. For those who don’t know FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. It’s a horrific practice where girls, sometimes even babies, have their outer genitalia cut off and sewn up under the guise of a ‘cultural practice’.

There’s no way I want to pretend I’ve played a big role in getting this subject out of the shadows and talked about more so it can be stopped, but during my 19 months of work so many people hadn’t heard of it so it’s definitely something we need to talk about more.
My final report that went to air on LBC was three minutes long and led into interviews with politicians about what’s being done to get the UK’s first conviction.

But to pretend there was only enough material for a three minute package would be a lie. I’ve made a ten minute documentary which still only scratches the surface on such an important human rights and equality issue.

So here it is.


Here’s how it sounded at 7:50am during Nick Ferrari’s LBC breakfast show on Thursday 15th September.

This is how it was broadcast during Shelagh Fogarty’s show at 2:30pm later that day.

I couldn’t say I’m finished, because girls are still being cut and still no one’s been brought to justice for mutilating girls in the UK, but I am glad I’ve finally been able to share the work I’ve been rattling on about.

Thank you to:

Hibo Wardere – FGM Campaigner. Hoda Ali – FGM Campaigner. Layla Ismail – Forward UK. Lisa Zimmerman, Muna Hassan and everyone at Integrate Bristol. DCI Leanne Pook – Avon and Somerset Police. Baroness Northover – Spokesperson for International Development. MP Jane Ellison – FGM Campaigner. Dr Lynne Brydon – University of Birmingham.. Dr Dina Bisson – North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Katrina Darke – The Rose Clinic. Professor Deborough Salmon – UWE. Sadya Ali – Forward UK. Mohammed El Sharif – Bristol Public Health. Claire Banks, and the school girls from St Werburghs Primary School. NSPCC. Dr Sohier Elneil and Dr Lata Gamble – UCL. Felicity Gerry QC. Zimran Samuel QC. Dr Rosa Freedman – Birmingham Law School.

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So you want to be a radio reporter?

 

Chances are you’ve found this blog because you’re somebody who wants to go into journalism or radio or something in between.

So in that case hopefully this video will be useful for you. On the other hand you’re someone who knows me and wants to have a nosy you might think jeez what an ego trip sharing this interview.

Caroline Scott at Journalism.co.uk approached me to do an interview about what it takes to be a radio reporter. I wouldn’t take every word I say as gospel but hopefully you’ll get an insight into my every day workings.

Full video:

 

Videos For Radio

“Would you mind if I also film a couple bits with you?”

“Oh… I thought you did interviews for radio…?”

A typical response from people who find it odd that the reporter from Heart says she not only wants to interview you but also get you to say a few words for people on Twitter to watch and click on.

Video’s now being expected in all radio newsrooms and just taking a couple pics for the website or news twitter account isn’t enough. Luckily for me I’ve had a good training in how to use a camera and edit a decent package, so going out to film as well as do all the usual radio bits isn’t too much of shock to the system.

But, something new I’m having to get used to is filming almost everything from a device that I can fit in my backpacker instead of lugging around a hefty camera and tripod.  

Shaun the Sheep Bristol Trail Challenge

What’s Giving Blood Like?

Twitter Video 

Also couple of examples of more instant video stuff that goes straight to Twitter.

London reporting for LBC and Global Radio national brands.

View from Global Radio HQ

View from Global Radio HQ

Last week I took on the scary role of afternoon reporter for London’s newsroom.

All I could think of while packing for the three days in the big smoke was how I likely was it that I could mess up reporting for our national brands, or live on LBC while trying to make a good impression with the big bosses

I’d pestered a few journos around the group to try prepare what was waiting for me at Leicester Square – which was just as useful for practical advice like getting in the building as other newsy tips. Here in Bristol’s newsroom, and I expect the other regionals, you’re obviously reporting on things as they happen but because Wiltshire for instance doesn’t always have an exciting story every single day I’m forward planning as much as I am reacting to what’s going on in the South West. And that was the big difference between the two newsrooms. My hours for the three days all started at ten but on both Tuesday and Wednesday it took until 2pm before anything interesting started happening – and up until then I felt a bit useless. I’m not used to just sitting still at a desk for that long so it was a relief when things did start to kick it up a gear. I may have regretted thinking that when Wednesday – my last day – didn’t have me leaving London until 11pm because of this fire in Holborn.

I’ve pulled out two clips from the work I did to basically show what were my two main reporting roles.

Lives into programmes…

And ‘almost’ lives into bulletins…

Hopefully I’ll be invited back to do it again at some point but for now… finishing shifts nearer to dinner time suits me pretty nicely.

My first (published) LBC report

This isn’t the first time I reported for LBC. No, the first time I reported there was some technical difficulties which led to Nick Ferrari making a comment about a flag pole falling on my head.

I’ve been waiting to find something I would want people to associate with my work so why not the time I was invited inside one of Britian’s most secretive spy agencies –  GCHQ.

Sadly it’s not a story about phone tapping but one about a giant poppy inside the Cheltenham donut building.

Here’s the package
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And here’s what it looked like:

New job. A ‘real’ one.

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Wow. I am about to start an actual real* job.

As of the beginning of June I will be a broadcast journalist for Heart’s Bristol newsroom hub! This means I’ll be mostly driving around Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall –  only now I’ll be in a company car which means pulling into a fuel station would not teeter me into a spiral of depression with the price of fuel.

I’m fortunate enough to have a few friends knocking about in Bristol, and now with my home and family included in the patch, it should be a much more steady place to bed down and actually get to properly get to know the area I am reporting on properly.

It’s looking like I will be mainly be doing the reporter role, getting me out and about a lot, but also room for shift switching doing some bulletin reading, plus something I am particularly excited about… Heart Cornwall’s new evening news programme. I will hopefully explain more of this in due course.

This all said I am going to miss living in Bournemouth, the friends who will still be here, and some of the places I have worked. The last four years have been spent living on the gorgeous south coast but I’m not down for settling just yet so this time was always going to come.

For now I am doing my last freelance shifts, and saying my goodbyes – but don’t worry I’m going to be back for BU’s  Summer Ball!

 

*Full time. I say real because the amount of times people would look at me like I was living on the dole when I told them I was a freelancer was getting tiring.

Freelancing: feast versus famine.

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It’s coming up to roughly a year since I started freelancing as a radio person* and I have truly discovered what people mean when they describe it as feast or famine. Fortunately when I started I was still studying so money wasn’t so much an issue, but soon after moving into a new flat and for once being truly self-sustaining I did have a panic that I wasn’t going to earn enough and started working some part-time jobs in waiting and bar work just to top up the rent money. Summer suddenly became quite manic, it slowed down a lot again around Christmas, but throughout February I have been working double shifts.

I wanted to write a quick post about how I both love and hate freelancing at the same time. On the one hand it’s great, I get to work with a variety of stations, and do so many different things each day and I can never complain of getting bored or finding myself typecast to one role when I am still working out what I am best at. However, I would love to be able to feel a lot more secure in what work I am doing, when I am next getting paid and when my car decides to breakdown at 5am on a dual carriageway on my way to work I know that I’m not going to look unreliable.

What really spurred this blog post though is the fact that today I got my first pass to Radio Solent, and I am starting to work on a lot more of their programmes – so I feel like I am making progress. Unfortunately now I just have to be able to control my habit of saying yes to everything to make sure, like my car, I don’t conk out at 5am on the roadside.

*Mainly as a broadcast journalist, but now as a voice coach, broadcast assistant, and social media manager.

Freelance roster

Who I am working with LEFT TO RIGHT: Bournemouth University, voice coach; Wessex FM, broadcast journalist; Jack FM, broadcast journalist; Hot Radio, presenter and broadcast journalist; Approved Family Friendly, social media manager, BBC Radio Solent, broadcast assistant; Fire Radio, broadcast journalist; Spire FM, broadcast journalist; and The Breeze, broadcast journalist.

WALKING ON-AIR: How to be a radio presenter

I’d like to first start and say no, I am not starting to dish out advice on how to be a radio presenter, but I have found some people who are.

I’ve been a presenter now for five years and I am nowhere near done learning. So it’s books like this which can be really helpful to keep around to guide your style as you learn.

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Ideal for:

  • Hospital Radio Presenters
  • Budding Radio management
  • Community Radio Broadcasters
  • Mobile, Bar or Club DJs
  • Actors or musicians, or acts
  • Voices or voice overs
  • Nosey people
  • People from an entertainment background
  • People with an interest in becoming a radio DJ
  • Anoraks

…and I think I count for at least 8 out of ten of these.
To get your mitts on this useful page turner visit their site radio-presenter.com  and send them a tweet @Radio_Talent_UK

2013 Roundup

Radio 2013, graduation, Nerve, Greg James

Clockwise starting from the left. Graduation, 2013 Nerve Awards, My Family, Meeting Greg James (again) at SRAcon13, Presenting on Nerve Radio.

Ah 2013, you’ve been quite an intense and end of an era type year.

Without repeating my Post University Roundup blog post, I’m now re-adjusting to non-academic years and the reality of adult life. Since graduating I’m working as a freelance broadcast journalist, but I am finding myself torn between my heart and my head with what to do next.

I’ve grown up adoring BBC Radio One, and as you can see meeting Greg James was one of the highlights of my year, but being a journalist and a presenter at the same time is something people in this industry are finding a little difficult to get their heads around. I’ve applied, got to interview and been dubbed as ‘also suitable’ for two BBC radio jobs now, it’s frustratingly close and yet not quite there because jobs in the beeb or this industry aren’t exactly easy to come by.

However my time as a journalist has meant my efforts into presenting have been put on the back-burner aside from my weekly Hot Radio show, I’ve not been making the podcast and need to start really channeling all the great feedback since being nominated for SRA Best Female back into my on air work.

I don’t usually blog, mainly because my radio show is often my way of audio blogging but I’m really writing this to try to push myself into working harder to get where I want the be in the radio industry.

The problem is picking my direction.

Anyway, for anyone who reads this at the time of posting, Merry Christmas and may 2014 be a successful year for you and I.

The Breeze Sample Bulletin

Over September and October I have freelanced with Celador, working on their Breeze bulletins for Southampton, Portsmouth, East Hampshire and Winchester, and Jack FM. I was generally fulfilling a reporter role until a permanent member of staff was appointed, but did get the chance to do a couple of bulletins.
Below is a sample bulletin from The Breeze Southampton‘s news.

The Breeze News Southampton

The Breeze News Bulletin by Charlotte Gay on Mixcloud