Monday morning, 10:30 AM, University of Lincoln School of Journalism Newsroom 2: “I have the first day of school jitters right now!” tweeted Alyssa. For the time being, touring is on hold. In the coming days, creating, producing, and learning about radio will be front and center for MSCM 398.
Our hosts provided a full day of thought-provoking activities, beginning with a brilliant introduction to the U.K.’s electronic media from Debbie. Following our first meal at The Atrium, Andrew got everyone connected to the campus network, and thinking about stories for the radio programs the class will produce over the next two weeks.
There was a lot to take in on this day, including an introduction to U.K. geography, a brief history of the BBC, an explanation of valve technology, some insights into British home efforts during World War II, and a short explication of Lady Thatcher’s loathing for the BBC. The day also included plenty of practical matters – computer logins, passwords, swipe cards, telephone numbers, file conventions, and staff introductions.
But making radio was the afternoon’s primary topic, as MSCM 398 looks forward to creating a two hour program of news, information, commentary, entertainment and music coming to Siren FM this Saturday at 10:00 AM GMT. Those in the USA will be able to hear the program live on Siren’s audio stream, though the 2:00 AM PST start may cause American listener’s to catch up with the program later on Siren’s podcast service.
While some of the students have done radio on Linfield’s KSLC FM, for others this will be their first experience with creating broadcast content. No worries: The students were eager to share their ideas about topics, sources, and settings for the show, and within an hour the first draft of the show was taking shape nicely. This is going to be fun!
Video highlight: Our day began with a short lesson in proper English pronunciation, including handy techniques for swallowing vowels.