Live News Day nº3 – The 1 o’clock News

Definitely better than a dentist. Still quite a pain.

Gathering the news and getting a piece of audio was the most difficult part for me. Selecting the five most relevant stories is not an easy task as many things happen on a day. Having an specific audience would have helped but when I have to choose the audience my self I always finish by addressing the “general public”, if there is even such a thing.

Once I had my selection, going into the studio and reading it wasn’t so difficult. I was not as nervous as I’ve been in previous times and that helped me to read the words more clearly. Still, I probably read it too fast and I did trip over a few words. At the end of the day, English is not my first language and pronunciation is still one of my weaknesses.

To improve for next Live News Day, I need to dedicate some time to read out loud and also to listen to the radio to get use to the tone of voice that the news require.

Live News Day nº2 – Jammie Dodgers

Mid afternoon, parents picking up their children from school  and listening to the radio together in their way home. That is the audience we were targetting. Abby and Jasmine presenting, Shannon reading the news and Amy and me in the producing table (I was actually just looking and learning). No scrips, no pressure.

The show started with Shannon reading the news she had gathered  that morning. From her onto the presenters, the show started with lots of energy. As the show went on, we played a mixture of packages orientated for very young children , others for older children and  even some for the parents. I think it would have been fine if we had introduce them saying something like “and now, for the parents listening” or “Little ones, pay attention, this is specially for you”. However, the way we just played different packages for different audience, expecting the public to know who was it for, seemed a bit messy.

Something I really liked about the show is the natural conversation between the presenters and their cheering actitud.

Production didn’t do bad either, the packages played when they were mean to, although they were not at the exact same volume level than the presenters. This is because when the presenters finish talking, we mute the mics, the packages play and we relax and take the headphones off. That is very bad habit that we have to get ride off.

As a group; for next time, we should make sure we set an specific audience so the show sounds like a whole and also whoever is producing should keep the headphones on all the time to make sure everything sounds nice and equal.

Individually, I fail at balancing my package. As I interviewed a little girl about Valentine’s Day I should have also interviewed a little boy about it, to see the contrast between them. This apply for everything, so next time I will try to get some quotes from both sides of the story.




Live News Day nº 1 – Men’s hour

A show for men, from women. We had Shannon as the producer, Hannah as a guest  and Abby and me presenting the show.

We would say that the bulletin went fine, music faded out and after a little silence each one of us said our sentence. During the show, though, quite a few little mistakes and an obvious lack of practice ruined its professional appearance. We started with Abby’s topic and we both commented through the men’s opinions she had gathered. The first problem came when she got lost as she turned the page in the wrong order. Neither of us knew what to say or how to save the situation. After a few seconds she closed the conversation and I started presenting the next package, too confused to say the words right. Next, we heart something that is not the package we had presented, but Shannon managed to arrange it. Once Hanna’s package had ended and I was ready to crack on with the next intro, some music played by mistake, we hadn’t realized the automatic play was on. I apologized about the mistake and got on with the next story. From this point to the end, the show sounded much smoother and there were no more major mistakes. We finished with a great song and Abby and Shannon joined the singer for a bit of fun.

In my opinion, we could have done much better if we had had some practice before going live, especially reading through the printed scripts, being able to put them in order as well as playing the packages in the radio studio to check the volume levels and so on. Also, personally, I need to get used to put the scripts on the side and be able to express my self improvising. That would be quite helpful in a situation such as that one with Abby. Although, I think that for the amount of time we had to prepare the show  it didn’t really go so bad. To improve, next Live News Day we won’t prepare any scripts to read from. We will just write a few notes to know the order so we will have to improvise the rest of the show. This way the conversation will sound more natural and there will be no sudden gaps in the speech when someone gets lost in the scripts.