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Aims and Objectives

> To provide and encourage quality and affordable training in radio skills.

> To promote skills sharing across the independent production sector

> To encourage new entrants to the independent production sector.

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

> To promote dIversity in programme making, and production.

> To be accessible to indie staff, freelance, and BBC and commercial radio staff.

Introduction

This course is designed to give you a broad overview of the health & safety issues to be considered when making a radio production. After the course you will be able to identify hazards that might be encountered in a production. You will also know what organisational procedures rules and guidance are in place to deal with them in a safe manner.

While we can't guarantee indies a "pass" from BBC Radio on the H&S questionnaire, we have discussed this course with them, and agreed that attendance will demonstrate a level of understanding of the issues that should be sufficient for most straightforward radio programme making

Who is it for?

Those working in production from producers through to sound engineers will benefit. Essentially any one who could be responsible for, or is tasked with, the completion of a Risk Assessment Form.

Training provider

1st Option Safety Group, who RIG has long recommended as the radio indies' source of health and safety instruction and advice.  It claims, with justification, to be "the leading provider of  safety advice, support, training and equipment to the media and entertainment sector"

Date, time and duration

The course is a half day presentation, on Wednesday 14th September, from 1pm to 5pm (no lunch provided, so please eat beforehand!)

Cost

Flat rate of £78 per attendee (please see footnote re cancellations, and VAT).  Book your place(s) at v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain

Venue

1st Option Safety Group, 16 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JL
*Nearest underground stations are Goodge Street and Oxford Circus   

Aims & Objectives
  • To provide delegates with an overview of health & safety legislation with a view to demonstrate what are the responsibilities of the employers & employees
  • Demonstrate what procedures are in place to implement the above requirements
  • Help delegates develop the required skills in hazard recognition, use of guidance via the intranet and the completion of risk assessment forms
  • The recognition of hazards or situations which require additional information or specific competence and where to obtain it
Course Content

The course concentrates on the practical aspects of safely managing a radio production and this is conveyed by:

  • Syndicate exercise of actual production scenarios accompanied by discussion of specific safety issues and how they could be managed 
  • Safety rules and how they relate to criminal and civil law - a simple introduction including the concepts of risk assessment and the duty of care
  • Accident reporting procedure and the specific legislative requirements
  • The selection and control of contractors
  • Brief introduction to health and safety legislation to give an overview of the requirements placed on employers and employees
  •  How to complete a risk assessment, when it should be completed and who keeps records.
Footnote

Fee refunded less £10 administration charge if cancelled with at least 7 days' notice.  With less than 7 days's notice, refund only if replacement booking is found.  The fee equates to £65 + 20% VAT, however we cannot show that amount on invoices until RIG Events Ltd is registered for VAT (currently underway).  If you need a VAT invoice, RIG Events Ltd will issue it retrospectively following registration.

(archived - course delivered)

How to develop an idea, to negotiate the radio drama commissioning process, and bring your script to fruition.

Date & Time: Weds 9th March 2016, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: Equiano Room, Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1

Places & prices: 12 learners, £40 non-member. £25 for RIG member/ associate

To book a place please go to the Bookwhen at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain but please check your eligibility here first.  Note also that this course is NOT suitable for people who attended the recent 'Writing for Radio Drama' course.

How to develop, pitch and script ideas for radio drama ...

  • How does radio drama work?Robin Brooks head-shot
  • How can your own creativity best match what the BBC  (or other platforms) are looking for?
  • And how can your ideas take shape on the page?

Course outline:

  • Introduction – the nature of radio drama and how we experience it.
  • The essentials of the medium.
  • Nuts and bolts of radio-scripts, do’s and don’t’s of audio-drama.
  • Create and pitch an idea and develop a treatment.
  • Rough out a sample scene with individual tuition.
  • Review what works.    

Training Provider:

Allegra Productions is an independent production company based in Suffolk. We provide high quality scripts and radio drama productions, audio drama and voice overs - www.allegraproductions.com

Trainers:

Robin Brooks is a playwright and dramatist with twenty years experience of writing original plays and adaptations for BBC Radio. Notable works for Radio 4 include a six hour dramatisation of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Robert Graves’ I Claudius  and Claudius the God,   and last year The Sea, The Sea (starring Jeremy Irons). And for Radio 3, Boccacio’s Decameron Remixed  and Solzhenitzyn’s August 1914 . He has also written many original dramas and series. He has worked with many producers, both in-house and independent,  as well as running his own production company, Allegra Productions with Fiona McAlpine. He recently adapted Carmilla for Audible Originals, starring David Tennant, Phoebe Fox and Rose Leslie and is currently writing a new drama about Coleridge for Drama on 3.

Fiona McAlpine is a radio drama producer and director and will be facilitating the course with Robin. Last year for Allegra Productions, she produced nearly eight hours of drama for Radio 4 and Audible.  She also freelances as a producer/co-ordinator.

 

 

A day course on journalistic principles as applied to general radio programme making. Principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it.

Date & time: 23rd March, 0930-1700 

Venue:  Penthouse B, Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green, 18 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP

Places and prices: 12 learners, £40 full price, £25 RIG members /associates

* To book and pay for a place please go to the Bookwhen site at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain, but please check your eligibility on this page before booking

headshot HusainiCourse synopsis:

Radio Journalism isn't all about hard news and breaking the story first. In this one day workshop Husain Husaini of Wire Free and David Prest of Whistledown will convince you that sound journalistic principles should be a part of every programme maker's approach to radio production. Telling the story straight, getting it right, being fair to all parties and still trying to push the boundaries isn't always easy and, occasionally, things can go badly wrong. We'll cover principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. We'll also cover new and recent case studies, talk about the current journalistic environment and entertain with tales of daring do.

headshot PrestWho's it aimed at? - feature makers, producers, reporters, researchers (freelance or staff). The course will be designed as a good refresher for those already in the industry, but will also be inspirational for those wanting to break into it, or make a career change.

Course outline:

Intros and welcome. 
How to be a safe pair of hands - HH
Exercise – making the right judgement - all
Fairness and balance - DP
Guest: Ceri Thomas: "The Journalist's Mindset"
Exercise – tbc - all
Guest: Case Study - tbc

Training Provider:

Wire Free Productions and Whistledown Productions

Trainers:

Husain Husaini is the founder of Wire Free Productions, and a former BBC Executive. David Prest is a journalist and programmer maker, who is Managing Director of Whistledown Productions.

 

We’re delighted to announce that Robin Lustig, former presenter of Radio 4’s The World Tonight and author of “Is Anything Happening?”, and Linda Pressley, BBC journalist and documentary-maker, will be guest speakers on this course!

Headshot Robin LustigA day course on journalistic principles as applied to general radio programme making. Principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. Date & time: 28th April 2017, 0930-1700 
Venue:  Central London, ARTWORKS ELEPHANT, Elephant Road, London, SE17 1AY. 
Places and prices: 18 learners, £130+VAT
linda pressley headshot* To book and pay for a place please go to the Bookwhen site at https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain, but please check your eligibility on this page before booking

Course synopsis:
Radio Journalism isn't all about hard news and breaking the story first. In this one day workshop, Husain Husaini of Wire Free, and David Prest of Whistledown will convince you that sound journalistic principles should be a part of every programme maker's approach to radio production.  Telling the story straight, getting it right, being fair to all parties and still trying to push the boundaries isn't always easy and, occasionally, things can go badly wrong. We'll cover principles of good practice, de-construct BBC Editorial Guidelines, give a user's guide to impartiality, libel and fair dealing, and advice on how to get out of a hole once you've fallen in it. We'll also cover new and recent case studies, talk about the current journalistic environment and entertain with tales of daring do.

headshot Husainiheadshot PrestWho's it aimed at? - feature makers, producers, reporters, researchers (freelance or staff). The course will be designed as a good refresher for those already in the industry, but will also be inspirational for those wanting to break into it, or make a career change.

 for more information about this course, please click here


 

Meet the industry leaders of the independent radio making community - this workshop is open to newcomers AND students, including those in full-time further or higher education.  And it's open to anyone in the country, not just the North-West!

Date & time: 16/03/2016 - registration 1.45pm, for 2pm start

Venue: University of Salford, Media City, Salford  - room 3.07 on the third floor.

Places: 40, all free.  To book a place please go to https://v1.bookwhen.com/rigtrain

"Headshot Andy BrooksMeet the Indies @ Salford"  brings together the movers and shakers of the independent radio making community – large companies like Whistledown, comedy star-makers like Woolyback, drama producers like Sparklab and music programme specialists Smooth Operations. All of them in the same room at the same time, talking about what they do and giving tips on how to get into the industry and on. 

The World’s greatest beatboxer Andy Brooks, known as Testament, will launch the event talking about the power of sound and demonstrating his skills. Then it’s over to the industry specialists to talk about what they’re most proud of making.  

This afternoon event is aimed at anyone interested in radio and audio, broadcast or digital. Whether you are  experienced or an industry new comer it’s your chance to meet your favourite programme makers face to face to pitch an idea or to find out how to make your way in the industry. 

Outline programme:

From 2.00pm onwards Andy Brooks  will give his demonstration on the power of sound and the indies will each give a 15-minute presentation about what they make and what they’re proud of. At the same time, one-to-one pre-bookable 'speed dating' sessions will be held to give attendees the chance for a chat – to learn more about the industry, how to get in or pitch an idea for broadcast. AND there will be great networking opportunities at the end of the afternoon.

Training Provider

Janet Graves is the training provider organising this event. She recently put together the Sport Masterclass at Salford and ran the Research for Radio Course in London 2015.  She is a partner in Pennine Productions, making documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4, and soundscapes for poetry for BBC Bitesize.

Speakers will include. 

David Prest, Whistledown, one of the largest providers of factual documentaries. Makers of ‘The Reunion’, ‘Feedback', ‘A history of Britain in numbers,’ for BBC Radio 4  also makers of podcasts and audio slideshows. 

Kellie While, Smooth Operations/Unique - Smooth Operations are music specialists, making ‘Radcliffe and Maconie’ for 6 Music, and they produced ‘War Horse, ‘’The Radio Ballad’ And ‘The People’s Song’ for BBC Radio 3

Janet Graves, Pennine Productions make documentaries and features for BBC Radio 4, including ‘The Doctor’s Dementia', ’Three Legged Football,’ and ‘Lucy Mangan’ s Literary Guide to the Economy.’ 

Melanie Harris, Sparklab make ‘5 Bump Club’ for 5Live as well as documentaries like ‘Burlesque Legends‘ for BBC Radio 4 and dramas like 'Blood, Sex and Money' by Emile Zola.

Plus Ashley Byrne of Made in Manchester, who made ‘James Dean, the Last Ten Weeks,’for BBC Radio2, and ‘Lloyd George’s War’ with Dan Snow for BBC Radio Wales. 

Sally Harrison, producer for Johnny Vegas’s production company, Woolyback, making comedy and drama for radio.

Nishil Solanki, TBI Media, which is the RPA Indie of the Year. They produce Diplo on Radio 1 and Radio 1 Extra, Pause for Thought for BBC Radio 2 as well as television programmes for BBC 4, and online radio. 

Plus more to be announced soon!