Headphones on? Mic open? Now it’s over to you….
That was the message given to the VERY FIRST students who recently completed a Certificate in Radio Broadcast Journalism and Presenting run by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in collaboration with award winning regional and local radio stations Beat 102 103 and WLR FM.
The first of its kind at WIT, the course spanned 12 weeks and resulted in a 10 credit, Level 6 Special Purpose Award for the 16 students who participated in this inaugural course.
Designed and developed as a collaborative initiative by both stations with the third level Institute, students got to receive invaluable experience regarding the medium that is radio broadcasting. The course aims to give participants a full and in-depth understanding of the critical areas such as the history of the radio industry in Ireland, music and speech presentation, digital editing techniques, radio journalism, programming and music policy.
Course coordinator is broadcaster Orla Rapple who emphasises “both Beat 102-103 and WLR FM pride themselves on employing local people and these courses are perfect starting blocks for interested people to get some hands-on radio experience.
Course Leader is WIT Lecturer and broadcaster Rob O’Connor who has praised the calibre of participants this year. “We have seen a talented group of individuals with huge potential. It can be tough to get into the broadcasting industry in Ireland and it’s great to see talent coming out in people who, if it wasn’t for this course, might never have gotten the opportunity to explore the different areas of the business,” said Mr O’Connor adding that “we’re looking forward to further tweaking this new course for Spring 2016”.
The first students to complete the course have been hugely positive in their feedback with some now firmly focused on pursuing a career in radio. Waterford native Joe Byrne enthused "I loved every minute of the course and I believe it will drive me to try and break into the industry".
The level 6 course is delivered by both practicing broadcasters and academic staff across both the purpose-built Broadcast Centre in Ardkeen and the WIT Cork Road campus in Waterford City. The next cycle of the course will run from January 2016 – for more information please see www.wit.ie/radio.