Getting started: creating future broadcasters
Drawing from our extensive experience of working with more than 100 centers of learning in higher education, we’re pleased to share our expertise and insights, courtesy of our latest briefing: how universities help students prepare for careers in broadcasting.
In a recent report, we explored the benefits to universities and undergraduates of setting up and running a student radio station. We showed how students who participate in university radio stations emerge with higher levels of appreciation for what it takes to begin a career in sound production or broadcasting. It’s become a central component of the learning curve giving undergraduates the chance to immerse themselves in real broadcasting work on a daily basis.
Now we’d like to look further at how students seeking a future career in broadcasting and radio can be given a huge boost in that direction. While it’s true that some fortunate people may “get there” independently, there’s no detracting from the fact that universities can help students get on the first rung of the ladder by giving them the opportunity to begin building a professional portfolio.
Getting behind the scenes
Universities can help undergraduates find placements where they can directly observe industry professionals managing the action at local or national radio stations. Studio work and behind-the-scenes editing and production is an invaluable eye – and ear – opener. They get to witness first-hand how cutting-edge technology and equipment is used in the real world by broadcasting professionals, and they begin to appreciate how they themselves can use it to produce audio effects of a professional quality.
For example, industry practitioners use powerful post-production editing applications such as Adobe Audition. Only by observing its role in a live broadcasting environment will students truly appreciate what can be accomplished. They will also have great fun if given the opportunity to create their own jingles, show indents and promos with this.
Students can also build confidence in how to produce flawless recordings, irrespective of background noise pollution. Such equipment has to be used to be understood and students can quickly build a more polished radio portfolio, unblemished by passing traffic noise and other unfortunate interruptions. Future broadcasters will learn how to use this equipment to record with pristine clarity and zero waste.
Practice makes perfect
In other words, by opening the door to placements such as these, universities can enable their students to enjoy unrivalled, practical experience of how broadcasts are actually made. And of course, practice makes perfect – by putting students in at the deep end they can quickly learn what works, what to avoid and what checks to make when using professional recording equipment. The skills learned on placement can then be implemented over and over again on student radio. It’s how students truly discover their strengths and weaknesses, and build up the motivation and enthusiasm needed for their future careers.
When the day arrives for searching for real broadcasting jobs, whether choosing a career path in radio or in a more multi-media direction, they’ll stand head and shoulders above other new graduates.
With invaluable support from connect2
Powerful equipment reservation software, connect2, helps students with ambitions in broadcasting build confidence and familiarity when working with media equipment - for a professional outlook and competence.
To find out more, contact Danny Thomas at Lorensbergs on 646 583 2215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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