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BBC World Service and BBC Academy seeking female academics and researchers for media training and opps

The BBC Academy, in conjunction with BBC World Service English, is holding a free media familiarisation day for women with particular expertise who are interested in appearing on video, radio and online as contributors.

The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster and its English language service broadcasts 24 hours a day, with news and programmes on current affairs, business, sports, science, culture and human interest. You can listen to BBC World Service programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio.

If you have expertise in any of the areas listed below, and you can also be at BBC New Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA on Thursday 22 November 2018, then we want to hear from you:

Global business
Global development
Global economy and trade
Global health
Global migration and demographics
Global science, technology and innovation
Global sport
Global security
Global youth – trends and issues
International relations and diplomacy

As part of the application process you will need to make a short film.

Full details here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/en/articles/art20180709120049465

Note: The University of Manchester News and Media Relations team are happy to check any applications if people want to send them across or discuss them in advance. Contact: Jamie Brown, News and Media Relations Manager (jamie.brown@manchester.ac.uk)

The closing date for applications is 23:59, Sunday 14 October.

Terrific Scientists – Closing date for submissions 30 Nov 2016

This is an amazing opportunity to engage with school children through BBC Learning.

Our FMBH digital media team can help with making the videos – if you are intending on being part of this – please contact Dr Sheena Cruickshank (University Academic Lead for Public Engagement with Research) to discuss further, in the first instance.

BBC Learning is launching a bold, ambitious science campaign aimed at inspiring primary-age teachers and their pupils through exciting, innovative and accessible mass-participation investigations that every school can take part in.

We’ll also host exciting content on our website and social media channels which launch in November.

As part of this content, we’re curating a series of “Terrific Scientists” in which real life scientists like you have the chance to nominate their most inspirational scientific hero.

Children will have the chance to vote on which they think is the most “Terrific Scientist” of them all, with more in depth web content appearing around the winning scientist.

We’re keen to get a mix of male and female nominations from across disciplines and nationalities. They can be world famous or lesser known, dead or alive but the key is inspiration!

We’d like you to record a short film in the following format:

  • 30s – 45s maximum
  • Say who you are and what you do.
  • Introduce your terrific scientist. (please use the word “terrific” or phrase “terrific scientist” somewhere if you can)
  • When did they live?
  • What they did/discovered/were known for?
  • Why they inspire/d you?

Technical Stuff:

  • We’re happy with self-shot footage on a smartphone or camcorder
  • Please make sure sound/speech is legible (avoid lots of wind noise etc, use an external mic if you can)
  • Please film in LANDSCAPE mode
  • Please film down the lens (Look straight into the camera)
  • Remember, you are talking to primary age students around 10 years old
  • Please submit clips and forms to matt.gallop@bbc.co.uk using a file-sharing service of your choice

Legal Stuff:

  • We’ll use as many submissions as we can on our website as part of our campaign but might not be able to include them all
  • Please sign and return (scan and email is fine) our consent form below or we won’t be able to use your clip
  • Please avoid any corporate or other branding

Download the contribution consent form (doc).

BBC Media training for BAME scientists in North of England

The BBC Academy is organising a free media training/introduction to the world of broadcasting day in Salford on Thursday, the 26 February to encourage more BAME experts in the North of England to put themselves forward as experts for the media – and help increase the number of BAME experts on TV.

The BAME Talent Day will offer a range of practical media experiences including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and the opportunity to meet and network with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.

Watch the video of the BAME day in London here:

Applications are open for the BAME Talent Day in Salford, which is looking for BAME experts with recognised expertise/qualifications/experience in the following subject areas:

  • Science – all areas
  • Health
  • History
  • Performing Arts: theatre, film, music
  • Visual Arts: painting, ceramics, sculpture, design, print, photography, filmmaking
  • Literature
  • Sport – ie coaches, players, commentators
  • Children’s Broadcasting – specialists in science, coding, history, zoology, agriculture, medicine or technology who can communicate these subjects to a young audience
  • Business, Economics and Consumer Finance – experts who can demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups; consumer finance specialists who can talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders, etc

The closing date for Salford applications is 23:59 on Thursday 29 January 2015.

For more information – and details of where to send the application – see:

Claire Richmond
Managing Director: http://www.findatvexpert.com/
On the Hunt for New TV Talent – claire@findaTVexpert.com / 020 8742 2541
My TV CV: http://www.findatvexpert.com/CV/CV-8690.htm
findaTVexpert on Twitter: http://twitter.com/findaTVexpert

BBC seeks experts from minority groups

The BBC is extending its search for experts from ethnic minorities working in fields that are generally underrepresented in the media.

The day-long events are looking for black, Asian or other ethnic minorities (BAME) who are experts in a field of their choosing. The events are open to men and women and will be held in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Salford between this October and March 2015.

Each city has a list of subject areas that have been identified as priorities. The events will aim to train 20 to 30 people in an introduction to broadcasting to help academics feel more comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

For more information please visit the website: www.bbc.co.uk/academy

BBC Expert Contributor training opportunity

The BBC Academy is holding a series of free introductions to the world of broadcasting to help men and women from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background feel comfortable appearing on television, radio and online as expert contributors or presenters.

These events will help boost the diversity of experts in the media and follow the acclaimed Expert Women campaign which ran in 2013.

For details please click here: www.bbc.co.uk/academy/work-in-broadcast/events/expert-voices/article/art20140716164003212#events

The training day in Salford is 26 February 2015.

The day will offer a range of practical media experiences, including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as masterclasses and networking with experienced programme makers and industry leaders.

The subject areas will be:

  • History – the Tudors, the First World War, the ancient world or modern Britain, which periods are you passionate about? Are you an academic, custodian, auctioneer or museum curator?
  • Science / health – are you medically qualified?
  • Sport – do you coach, play or comment on football, athletics or other sport?
  • Business and economics – can you demystify the world of business, from global finance to kitchen table start-ups?
  • Consumer finance – can you talk knowledgeably about everything from mortgages to pay day lenders?
  • Art – is your expertise in the visual arts, popular entertainment or literature?

Applications will open on 1 December 2014. If you would like to express your interest in this date please email expertvoices.salford@bbc.co.uk and we will remind you once applications can be accepted.

Science Media Communication with the Head of Science at the BBC

Andrew Cohen returns for a second instalment of Science Media communication training due to popular demand.

A short lecture and workshop from the Head of Science at the BBC which explores:

  • Inside knowledge of how the media works
  • Approach to making a documentary and programmes to engage the public with science
  • How and where to start with engaging with the media

All are welcome to attend, on Friday 3 May 2013, 12-1pm in Stopford lecture theatre 1.

Places are strictly limited, so please register now here.

Find out more about Andrew Cohen.

Posted on behalf of Davina Whitnall, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester

Free BBC Media Training Day in Manchester (Application close 7 April 2013)

Are you a female expert and do you want to take part in television and radio programmes that that are made in the North of England?

The BBC Academy in conjunction with BBC North is holding a free training day for women with particular expertise who are interested in appearing on television, on radio and online as contributors or presenters.

The training day is taking place on Wednesday, 1 May 2013 at MediaCityUK, Salford and the deadline for applications is 31 March.

They are looking for female experts in the following categories:

  • Science: pure science, medical science & space science
  • Sports
  • Politics, Economics & Business
  • Islam
  • Gadgets & Consumer Technology

This is an great opportunity for female experts in the North of England who are interested in appearing on television, on radio and online as contributors or presenters.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit the BBC Academy website.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm 7 April 2013 and participants will be notified by Wednesday 17 April 2013.

Only apply if you are able to be in MediaCityUK, Salford, on Wednesday 1 May 2013.

BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre hosts the Easter Special BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time to be broadcast on Sunday, 31 March at 2pm.

An invited audience of over 100 local gardeners, beekeepers, florists, farmers and neighbours joined us for an evening of horticultural quizzing with the expert panel of Pippa Greenwood, Anne Swithinbank and Chris Beardshaw. The chairman (also TV weatherman) Peter Gibbs kept the panel on course with a selection of questions from keen horticulturists, including some of our own staff from Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Dr. Teresa Anderson, Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre set the scene for the programme by recording a brief history of the site including Sir Bernard Lovell’s love of trees which led to the planting of the arboretum here.

Chris Beardshaw revisited the Galaxy Garden which he designed in 2011 to record a short feature for the show. He spoke with Becky Burns, Head of Gardens and Interpretation, to discuss how he worked with JB Radio astronomer Dr Tim O’ Brien to design a garden that would tell the story of the development of our Universe through the use of plants.

The recording is due to go out on the most popular broadcast date for BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time with over 2 million listeners expected to tune in.

It will also be available on BBC iPlayer and to download as a podcast:

BBC Radio 4: Gardeners’ Question Time

Article Source: The University of Manchester StaffNet Update (27 March 2013)