Latest Radio/Audio Jobs

Here is my selection of the latest vacancies across radio in the UK and abroad.

Let me know if you would like to apply as I can help improve your CV and application. Check the mentoring section here for some amazing feedback from clients.

Sky News Radio looking to hire a Radio Journalist: http://bit.ly/2Vkq5vb

Managing Editor for Classic (Global Radio): http://bit.ly/2DPtOcO

Breakfast Show Producer for Capital in London: http://bit.ly/2WvT1Aw

Global looking for an experienced Broadcast Journalist for Glasgow/regional news bulletins on Heart, Smooth and Capital: http://bit.ly/2T4xEJv

Senior Content Editor for the website at LBC: http://bit.ly/2JirReS

Bloomberg Radio is looking for a Radio Anchor: http://bit.ly/2I7ndih

Wall Street Journal in London – Digital Audio Producer: http://bit.ly/2Ch7wAx

Director for Audible Studios based in London: http://bit.ly/2DfQLq3

Assistant Editor, BBC Essex: http://bit.ly/2DdNrM2 CD: 23/04

Journalist (Producer) opportunity – BBC Radio Leeds: http://bit.ly/2HOIuwS CD: 23/04

Journalist (Newsreader) BBC Radio Solent: http://bit.ly/2VVUzUN CD: 23/04

Journalists, BBC Radio Newsroom: http://bit.ly/2VIxwwi CD: 28/04

Journalist (Radio Car Reporter), BBC WM: http://bit.ly/2IozfUq CD: 29/04

Broadcast Journalists for Global’s newsrooms across Liverpool and Manchester : http://bit.ly/2VKEQYe CD: 30/04

Broadcast Journalist in Global’s Newsrooms Midlands: http://bit.ly/2IixZ5k CD: 30/04

Music Scheduler for Scala Radio (Bauer): http://bit.ly/2VQYv8W CD: 30/04

Assistant Podcast Producer with The National Trust: http://bit.ly/2VNelRX CD: 01/05

Freelance Digital/Web Journalist with talkRADIO: http://bit.ly/2Dc7tGx CD: 02/05

Broadcast Journalist – Sputnik News UK in Edinburgh: http://bit.ly/2D1M6I3 CD: 03/05

News Broadcaster/Presenter – Asian Sound Radio in Manchester : http://bit.ly/2VPjucf CD: 13/05

Volunteer roles:

Presenter for Love The Beat Radio in London: http://bit.ly/2VOnkCJ

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Latest TV/Video Jobs

Here is my selection of the best vacancies across TV in production and journalism, plus video opportunities too.

Let me know if you would like to apply as I can help improve your CV and application. Check the mentoring section above for some amazing feedback from clients:

Senior Producer – Online, Al Jazeera English: http://bit.ly/2ENLUvU

Producer – Programs – for Al Jazeera Media Network in London: http://bit.ly/2To1zwe

Editor – Online, Al Jazeera English in London: http://bit.ly/2Tn9U3j

Freelance Filmmakers for Monocle: http://bit.ly/2x0Yg0Z

Number of roles advertised at London Real – including PR Manager and Video Producer: http://bit.ly/2Dvf2Ko

Various roles across production at Perform: http://bit.ly/2wbQMrj

Journalist / Presenter for Islam Channel: http://bit.ly/2xygHJw

Programme Editor – ITV News in London: http://bit.ly/2Omjs99 CD: 07/04

Senior Production Coordinator, Milkshake! – Channel 5: http://bit.ly/2HM3sN3 CD: 07/04

Assistant Producer for Rugby Union on Sky Sports: http://bit.ly/2UYl8b8 CD: 08/04

Digital Video Output Producer – Sky News: http://bit.ly/2I1Hcig CD: 10/04

Strand Producer – Sky Sports News: http://bit.ly/2WKQLWi CD: 12/04

Sub-editor and Content Writer for Euronews: http://bit.ly/2HrFo1F CD: 12/04

Assistant Editor, Nine O’clock News Programme at BBC Scotland: http://bit.ly/2VeeXjq  CD: 14/04

Sky News Correspondent opportunity:http://bit.ly/2D34Vut CD: 14/04

News Presenter for TV TOKYO in London: http://bit.ly/2UCALFf CD: 14/04

Editor Live, Discovery, BBC Children’s: http://bit.ly/2I11Dff CD: 14/04

BBC Countryfile – Investigations Researcher in Bristol: http://bit.ly/2CTss0T CD: 14/04

ITV News Meridian – Onscreen Journalist in Maidstone: http://bit.ly/2HYB1f7  CD: 16/04

Production Specialist for ITV News Anglia in Norwich: http://bit.ly/2VnPPXv CD: 16/04

Political Correspondents, ITV News Tyne Tees & Border and ITV News Granada: http://bit.ly/2WQuqGC CD: 18/04

Reporter / Presenter for Sky Sports News: http://bit.ly/2WRSFEq CD: 19/04

Junior Picture Editor, ITV News in London: http://bit.ly/2D07Zrf CD: 21/04

Senior Journalist Reporter – BBC Wales Today (Cardiff): http://bit.ly/2WNwL5b  CD: 22/04

News Editor – Digital Current Affairs – with the BBC: http://bit.ly/2WOP4XW CD: 24/04

Anglophone Video Producer with AP in Paris: http://bit.ly/2WT5bUt CD: 02/05

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New Year – New Job?

Apparently this past week (around the 15th of January) is when those promises you’ve made of a new fitness regime and eating more healthily flounder under the weight of the daily grind. That’s two weeks into 2019 and most New Year resolutions are forgotten or broken. For me that’s quite a long time! But what about those broader resolutions like looking for a new job and broadening your freelance portfolio? These promises won’t be broken yet but have you taken the first steps to achieve them?

It’s completely logical that the start of a new year means we evaluate things and pledge to do something differently or make changes in our life. As humans we behave in relation to the calendar and the feel of each season. Nothing is different from the 31st December to 1st January but it’s a punctuation and a chance to reboot. We often return to work after a week or more and because of Christmas that break can seem much longer. So why not use this as a time to give things a review. But as the experts advise do not start 2019 by setting unrealistic goals.

Alok Trivedi, who studies human behaviour and psychological performance, thinks deferring any resolution to one point of the year is dangerous. “Thinking you’re going to make a magical change come the New Year is delusional thinking, gives you more time to indulge in the bad behavior and digs a deeper hole. If you’re really serious about making a change, start right now, this very second.”

Trivedi is talking about diet and fitness regimes of course, so using the new year as a natural point of review is OK. Just set some realistic targets – rather than big changes too soon. It’s much better to set smaller objectives and do things step by step. Get your CV right by the end of February; make sure you know the types of jobs you want to apply for by Easter; apply for half a dozen roles before your summer holiday; get an interview before autumn; have a new job by Christmas 2019.

If you’re a student or just graduated you might also need to think about the types of role you go for. A recent Twitter survey I did showed 27 percent of participants were most worried about what sort of job they are suitable for. Sometimes that’s down to industry lingo; some companies give Producers the title News Editor for example. Speaking to people in the industry helps you get a firm grasp of the jobs available and what you can target, but also make sure you read the job specification in detail.

My survey also found 41 percent of people were most worried about the cover letter or statement when applying. This is the key part of the process as it’s often that cover letter or statement that gets the employer to look at your CV. Ensuring you get this right needs time and thought. Remember my mantra of demonstrating skills rather than just listing them. Use examples of work to show where you have deployed those skills. Don’t make that statement or cover letter just about you either. Talk about the employer too, some of the work they have done, or articles/content that has impressed you.

Before January is over, make the first steps towards those career goals you talked about at the start of the year. It could lead to very different resolutions next January.

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GCSEs and A Levels: An unfair examination of ambition

As media outlets donated more time to school achievers in the annual reporting of GCSE and A Level results, I thought I would reassure those teenagers that feel forgotten at this time of year. Away from the cheering blondes on the front pages and thousands of 18 year olds battling to get to their favoured university, there are many more teenagers thinking that their future doesn’t look very bright. Maybe because right now, they themselves do not feel very bright.

But passing exams is only one way to judge intelligence. Common sense, initiative and emotional intelligence are not easily tested by schools and universities. Furthermore, as humans we develop at different speeds and it just might be that at 16 to 18 – you were not ready for the intensity of those studies and exams. I did not do A Levels until I was 22. I had left school at 17 with 3 O Levels and a cluster of CSEs (which meant very little then and means absolutely nothing now). I went to an awful comprehensive in Reading, which was so poor, it shutdown when I was there and we were the last ever 16 year olds to attend.

I could have easily been written off at 16 – and in many ways I actually was. I talked about a dream to work in radio and the media but teachers dismissed that with virtual contempt. I left school and took the first and only job I applied for, working in a factory doing a role that was incredibly mundane. Through increased confidence and surrounded by people who had perhaps been similarly dismissed after school I pushed for promotion and ended up working in more senior roles. By the time I studied A Levels I felt far more able to tackle them. I had grown up (a bit anyway) and could articulate thoughts and analyse texts in a way that was beyond me at 15 and 16. I got great grades and was able to study journalism as a result.

That experience led to me to believe the system of school to university is too fixed. I have written about this a few times. But if more 18 year olds were encouraged to wait before going to university I think they would get more value from it when they eventually attend.

Too often the media focuses on the black and white of success and failure with regards exams. Of course, it is not that simple. Most teenagers achieve moderate success and need to be encouraged to have ambition and aspiration, which isn’t just about going to a ‘top’ university. Thinking that poor academic results at 16 or 18 is the end is clearly wrong. As Mark Kermode, the film reviewer tweeted, his grades were not great all those years ago but it doesn’t mean that’s it for the rest of your life. His career did not turn out so bad after all. If you struggle with exams or university work now, perhaps you need to live a little first and return to your learning in a few years. The key to remember is that nothing is final at 16 or 18.

 

 

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Creating a CV – avoiding cliches

There was a recent study of CVs that highlighted the most used words by candidates. It underlined a key thing I emphasise to clients; as a journalist you are encouraged to avoid cliche, so why not do the same in your applications and in your CV?

This study picked out the following words/phrases as the most common:

Motivated, initiative, social, organised, friendly, leader, experienced, hard working, outgoing, driven.

Let’s take ‘leader’ as the first example. If you are indeed a leader your CV and ‘experience’ will demonstrate that. So you don’t have to say it. And this is a recurring theme for my mentoring. When working on a CV I encourage the client to pick out examples of work (at any stage, university, school and in the work place) to show that you can do something. Media is all about demonstrable skills, so it is not enough just to say you are a leader. Demonstrate it.

The key thing to also bear in mind, is that no one ever says the opposite to things like ‘team player’ or those examples above like driven, friendly and motivated. Therefore including them is pointless. If you are a team player, then once again, demonstrate it.

Outgoing is a strange inclusion in this list. What people are trying to achieve by saying this baffles me. I don’t really know what it means or what it adds. If someone is very outgoing there maybe some value for certain jobs but generally it’s not a particular strength I look for.

The word on that list which should be avoided by recent graduates in particular is experienced. You are not experienced in very much at all in your early twenties and you certainly won’t be an experienced journalist of any description. I suggest a minimum of ten years in the work place before you start using that word in applications.

‘Social’ came third in the list above with the researchers arguing that people are keen to highlight that they can get on with others but I don’t think that’s the case at all. I imagine it’s more to do with social media. And if you are applying for a job in the media then talking about social media is crucial. But you don’t have to say the term social media, just highlight what platforms you use. Once again, demonstrate that you can use and understand social media. If you’ve published stories on Instagram or created content on Snapchat, it will have some value to the application.

The flippant thing I say to clients is “if you can’t make yourself interesting on paper then what does that say for your writing skills generally”. But people find it hard to write about themselves. Therefore asking others for help and guidance makes sense. Always get someone else to look over your CV, to check for mistakes and to see if you are under valuing yourself and your skills.

Most of all though, avoid the cliches and demonstrate those skills! Good luck with your applications.

 

 

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Quality Not Quantity, It’s Not Always Best For Radio

When considering awards for radio programmes, judges are often looking for great content; something dynamic, engaging, different, magical. But also they are looking for how that content was recorded. One of the key things looked at in a news or magazine programme is whether guests have been recorded ‘in quality’. To normal people (the patronising way radio professionals refer to the audience) what does that mean? It means getting someone in a studio or interviewing them face to face. It means ensuring the audio is of the clearest and best sound quality.

This is a fair benchmark for the effort put into the production. Many News Editors I have worked with have also been fixated with these quality interviews. But does the audience notice? Or more importantly, does the audience even care? The truism often used in radio is that once you have worked in the industry you can never be a true listener again. Your judgement becomes based on things that matter to a broadcaster but not always to the listener. The classic example being the old DJ style of speaking up to a song’s vocal. That was something only the DJ themselves ever thought mattered.

In news we pride ourselves on good writing and getting great clips of audio. This does make a difference to the listening experience of course, but whether someone is on the phone or ‘in quality’ really does not. Some research has indicated that listeners would actually trust phone audio more on some occasions, such as when a person is in a far flung part of the world. After all, we all speak to people over the phone and know what it sounds like. If the phone line is clear and the interview is not too long, it is always good enough for me. The fixation of quality is misguided.

New technology brings different issues. Skype is increasingly used for interviews on TV and radio. For television I think this is fine, as you can see the person sat in front of a laptop for example. You have a context for the sound. But on radio Skype can sound awful and without the visual you may have to explain that the person is speaking on Skype. You don’t want the listener thinking why is that audio weird. They then stop listening to the content and the point of the clip or interview is lost.

Getting guests into the studio does obviously have benefits for better content. Such as eye contact with the presenter and better dialogue between different guests. But ensuring you get a variety of opinion and voices on a story is more important to me as a News Editor than whether someone is ‘in quality’. So quality over quantity isn’t always a must.

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Why Journalism Should Reclaim ‘Fake News’ From Donald Trump

This month saw the very origins of fake news; April Fools’ Day. Newspapers, radio and some TV love a good April fool. Making up a story that is so ridiculous some believe it, before a face palm moment after a check of the date. Obviously this is not where fake news started but the meaning of those two words has changed dramatically since it’s become part of the everyday journalism lexicon.

I recently attended an interesting discussion at Sky News about fake news and more pertinently, Donald Trump’s influence on the term. Since he became US President he has used fake news as a way to dismiss reporting he disagrees with. It’s been a clever strategy (or am I being too kind to Trump?). So vehement has he been with the use of the phrase, most people now use it for exactly the same reason.

Other prominent figures have followed. Jeremy Corbyn even used it to dismiss claims of disquiet in his shadow cabinet. That’s not fake news; that’s just political rumour and mischief. Very different to how fake news started in my eyes, with those ludicrous ‘Hillary Clinton is an alien’ type articles that appeared on social media. Mocked up articles made to look real that were initially funny then just another reason to turn off my Facebook feeds. That WAS fake news.

As Donald Trump has settled into the White House he’s manipulated the usage of the term so that people can easily dismiss journalism as fake news and deflect attention and focus. Like so much of the rhetoric from Washington lately, it’s a crude weapon against perfectly fair questioning.

But like many others I do not believe that Trump is or has been bad for journalism and the media. Quite the opposite. Sky News even created a Donald Trump tab on its website to collect all the content. He creates material almost daily and we in the media feed on it. Sometimes he even seems to create his own fake news without realising!

That debate at Sky News asked whether trust in journalism had fallen – with research indicating that it remains constant; constantly low. We are not a profession held in high regard by much of the public and that will probably never change. Journalism rates about the same as politicians, not something to be proud of.

What I’m thinking is that journalism should reclaim fake news and its meaning. Instead of letting people get away with dismissing rumour and accusation as fake news we throw it back and don’t let them use this flippant escape. Source stories properly; challenge politicians and officials and hit back at this lazy ‘fake news’ repost. I’d also really love to hear fake news said a lot less in the media, it has to be one of the most annoying terms since, err, Brexit. Better not get me started on that though.

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Video Killed The Football Star

I have a feeling that football is about to enter one of the most critical points of its history. The game’s lawmakers have approved the international use of Video Assistant Referees – VAR – and the technology will now likely be seen at the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. I have long thought it strange that the world’s most watched sport has not used technology to help officials get the decisions right and the introduction of goal line technology has proved how effective it can be.

However, I have real concerns the game could be about to take a path that causes irreversible damage to its reputation and permanently dent its huge popularity. The death knell for the football bubble has been forecast many times before but VAR could be the pin that pops that bubble. After this week’s FA Cup tie at Wembley, Tottenham’s Danny Rose described the system as shambolic and a disgrace. Half of players in Germany seem to agree with him and don’t want it continued there.

Managers have also expressed a dislike for VAR, as they queue up to suggest it ruins the flow of the game. This is partly true, but when you think the ball is out of play for at least a third of most matches this argument seems weak. There is also a strong case to say the system needs to be tested properly before we make a judgement. Other sports experienced problems early on but now use video widely for reviews. But other sports are other sports; the lessons might not translate to football.

The reason I say this is that technology cuts to the heart of football, or at least the reason why I fell in love with the game. The atmosphere. That moment of absolute joy when your team scores or an opposition penalty is saved. Of course you cast a quick eye to the linesman and check his flag but the celebration is uninhibited and utterly joyous. It’s an escape. I have climbed over people, run down steps, and hugged strangers when Reading have scored critical goals (and yes, before you say it, there have been a few!).

How will those moments be in this dystopian world I foresee though? A goal is scored and instead of a quick check to the referee or assistant, you are wondering whether 15 seconds later it will be ruled out. Right now every goal is checked and that means every time someone scores there will be doubt in my mind. The air is sucked out of the moment; that instant joy is lost. Because it’s the fans that are being ignored with this technology. We don’t even get to hear what’s being reviewed and why. There is no big screen replay and many grounds do not have that facility anyway.

In cricket, umpires now always review a run out it seems. They know the technology is there and therefore play safe. But bad decisions are still made. Human error still occurs. The stats suggest ‘correct’ decisions went up from 93 percent to 98 percent in football with VAR but is it really worth that 5 percent? I might be over reacting and foreseeing doom and gloom when there’s no need but for me fans are the game; we are the ones that make football special. Players score and run to us; they sing songs in winning dressing rooms that the fans have sung at them; TV games with excited crowds and great atmosphere are always much better to watch. Kill that and you kill the game. Video technology may bring fewer errors but it might bring with it greater problems. The fans may be forgotten. Do that and the game dies.

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Knowing your sport – it’s not just a hobby for a newsreader

TMS window at Lord’s

Reading a very insightful blog about radio news recently there was a reference to sport coverage and that the writer would treat this separately. It’s not unusual to have different rules or advice for covering sport and what we deem ‘normal’ news. However, over the years I have noticed a propensity for news journalists to rather easily dismiss the world of sport. I have often been told ‘I don’t really understand sport’ with the inference they won’t have to worry about it. It’s not with pride they say it but nevertheless they are not shy to admit it.

Imagine though if I said the same thing about politics. Would it be acceptable for me to dismiss every story from Westminster just because I don’t understand or care about it? Of course not. What if I said that about crime stories? My role as a journalist – and particularly one that works in radio – is to embrace all news. That includes everything. So not just current affairs but sport as well. Entertainment often gets treated in the same way. Easily dismissed as gossip rather than news. But big showbiz stories need the same respect as ‘hard news’. Likewise big sport stories.

If you are working in a newsroom where sport will be significant, you need to make even more of an effort to embrace it. When I worked at Fox FM in the 1990s, Formula One was of huge importance because Silverstone was in the area, as were a number of the teams’ headquarters. Often a journalist would join the radio station and know nothing about F1. But it was their job to research it, perhaps watch it and try to understand it. I have always been interested in lots of sport and therefore have had to work harder at getting a grip on some other aspects of news. I would expect the same from journalists who feel more comfortable in the world of politics but have to also include sport in their bulletins.

Radio news can feel very transient as we read a few words and move on. But you still have to understand what you are saying and writing. You can be sure sports fans are more likely to notice (and then tell you via social media) if you say a team name or a player name wrong than people will pick up on someone saying Istanbul’s the capital of Turkey. In the 2018 multi platform newsroom environment it is not just different skills that we need to learn but also a broader subject area. One day you can be leading the news with a prime minister resigning but the next day with a football manager being sacked. News is news – and that includes sport.

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Classy radio that is continually underrated

In radio training a key acronym that I was taught and is still as pertinent two decades later is KISS; keep it simple stupid (or similar versions). The premise is obvious but often the best and most magical moments of radio are when things are kept to their simplest.

Back in October I attended the Arias, where the industry recognises some of that great radio from the past twelve months. Often the winners have just done the simple things well. Often though that is easier said than done. But a show that seems to always miss out on this kind of recognition is talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs afternoon programme.

Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs have been presenting on talkSPORT for almost 20 years, with a show that is always funny and engaging. But over the years, the quality of this programme has been disgracefully ignored by radio’s awards ceremonies. To keep making you laugh after all this time deserves great credit to Paul and Andy obviously, but also the various teams that have worked with them. Sometimes a little freshen up has been needed but the fundamentals have stayed the same.

And what does that mean? Well radio works best when you connect and to do that you have to be yourself. Paul and Andy have great chemistry. Like many successful duos in entertainment, their personalities dovetail perfectly. Paul is the quick witted one, while Andy plays the curmudgeon brilliantly (we know he’s not playing). The opening ten minutes of each show are always a giggle.

There is also the right amount of piss taking, bringing me to the much loved ‘clips of the week’ they do every Friday. I’ve written before about how commercial radio can often do things the BBC can’t. And this is a perfect example. Clips of the Week is a selection of newsreader gaffs, sport reporter mistakes and largely Alan Brazil or Mike Parry mispronunciations (Fishermen’s Blues is also a regular nominee). It’s always hilarious. Taking yourself too seriously is sadly an art form at the BBC and many presenters and shows would be better off for having the ability to laugh at yourself.

At the BBC can you imagine a programme collecting on air mess ups by the star names? There’d be a BBC policy paper detailing the outrage and unions would demand respect for the ‘talent’. At talkSPORT it’s received as it should; with the ability to laugh at yourself. It’s a favourite feature of my wife who falls well outside the target audience for the station. In fact she enjoys the whole show. As she put it herself, they don’t always talk about football but when they do it doesn’t have that familiar footy banter feel that can exclude people. The guests are often interestingly different and embrace the show’s style and humour.

And this brings me back to that acronym, KISS. Keeping things simple in radio is imperative, but that doesn’t mean taking no risks or being bland. And simple does not mean avoiding being clever or creative. Just remember not to over complicate and understand the audience and your talents’ best skills. Hawksbee and Jacobs have delivered quality radio based on this for two decades and deserve wider recognition for that. The categories at awards like the Arias (the Sonys as was) does not help but had this been a BBC show you can be sure the plaudits would be queuing up and the awards mounting up!

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