Example training programme

Programme Rationale

The programme is roughly divided into 4 parts.

The first day will develop the skills needed to stream a live broadcast on the second morning of the programme.

Following the live programme there will be an opportunity to debrief and evaluate the content of the programme and also the production process underpinning it.

The second afternoon will include some additional technical workshops on post production editing and creating pre recorded content.

The final session will focus on mechanisms for engaging young people and mapping out the specific project activities for the next 3 – 6 months.


All timings are approximate as the individual sessions will be fitted around the actual work in progress and will respond to the particular needs of the individuals creating and delivering programme content.

For this reason, it may be that individuals will not have the opportunity to do every practical session – especially as some will, of necessity, run in parallel. However, the aim is that by the end of the programme the team will collectively have the skills to train young people to produce internet radio.

Outline programme.


9.30    Coffee, welcome, introduction: (Andrew)

9.45   What is internet radio? (Jen)

  • Why radio?
  • How audiences use radio (consuming vs producing)
  • Broadcast vs streamed radio
  • How internet radio works – the basics
  • Uses of internet radio
  • Opportunities for young people to develop social and pre-employment skills

10.15   First editorial meeting:  Making decisions about –

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Agreeing length and format of the programme
  • Brainstorming and agreeing themes, indicative content /topics and ‘ingredients’
  • Allocating tasks, schedule, work plan

11.00    Coffee

11.15      Technical workshop 1: – Setting up the equipment (Dirk)

(Parallel groups)


Creating talk content (Jen )

  • Story boarding
  • Interview techniques
  • Vox pops

Publicity (Ange)

  • Using social media
  • Print media – creating logos and posters
  • Website
  • Podcast
  • Trailers / puffs

Technical (Dirk)

  • Hardware
  • software
  • operating the deck
  • techniques
  • problems and pitfalls

1.00    Lunch

1.45     Second editorial board meeting: Making decisions about –

  • Branding / identity
  • Openers / Jingles
  • Running order /storyboarding
  • Music
  • News and announcements – research
  • Feeding ‘finished’ content to technical team

(Parallel sessions)

2.30     Creating content

Presenting / anchoring (Jen)

  • developing a ‘media personality’
  • Intros, links
  • reading scripts
  • using your voice
  • improvisation

 Creating jingles (Ange)

  • software
  • composition
  • combining music and voice

Selecting music, soundscapes (Dirk)

  • copyright
  • matching music to content
  • self produced music
  • selecting and cutting tracks
  • recording the soundscape

3.45      Tea

4.00      Third editorial board meeting: Making decisions about :

  • Detailed timings
  • Links – presenter – what and how long
  • Live / pre-recorded items ready
  • Adverts, news items, announcements  – report back

4.30        Finish


9.30       Coffee

9.45        Fourth editorial meeting: Making decisions about –

  • Communication
  • ‘studio’ set up
  • Floor management
  • Signs
  • Trailers / puffs (Ange / Dirk)
  • Chat line

10.15        Coffee and final preparation including voice checks and trailers, pre-recorded items to tech people

11.15         Live transmission

12.00        Coffee and debrief on content and process

Debriefing model

(publish > process > generalise> apply)

1.00          Lunch

1.45           Technical workshop 3: Post-production editing (Dirk)

  • importance of good pre-recording
  • ‘cleaning up’ the recording
  • creating a podcast
  • uploading to website
  • archiving / storing material (Dirk / Ange)

2.30          Catch up session – repeating key workshops to allow second chance for those not involved on day one. (TBD)

  • interviewing / presenting (Jen)
  • technical set up (Dirk)
  • marketing / publicity / Jingles (Ange)

3.15         Coffee

3.30        Governance

4.00           Evaluation – further training needs

4.30         Where next? (Ergal)

  • Action points – ‘things-to-do’ list
  • Engaging young people

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