Week 4: Radio script and broadcast questions.

Toady, we put together our own radio news bulletin which we would be using as part of our radio report on our chosen topic. In my case, the refugee crisis.

Radio script

Radio script: the refugee crisis.

(45 seconds worth of script and 15 seconds worth of Vox-pops)

The current refugee crisis has escalated to a whole new level each and every day; millions of Syrians have no choice but to flee their home country in search of shelter, food and a safer life. Hundreds of thousands have already been granted access to other countries like Germany and France, who would be taking in 24,000 refugees over the next two years, for example. However, England’s Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, have revealed his intentions of allowing 20,000 refugees into the UK over the next 5 years. Whilst Mr Cameron’s intentions to ‘do much more’ to help the suffering Syrians, Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, requested that Britain must support other existing refugees as well as the current Syrian refugees. “Well if you’ve got the let them in, you’ve got to let them in haven’t ya? There’s nothing you can do. We’re going to the Eurotunnel tomorrow and I’m frightened in case they go on to the tunnel. I mean I feel sorry for them”, answered a 60-year-old lady, not willing to give her name “. “I feel sorry for the people but I don’t necessarily want them coming to this country because we only have a finite amount of space.” Replied semi-retired 5y-year-old Richard Wells. Mr Cameron has recently replied to Ms Cooper’s request and to MPs that the efforts of the UK to help support suffering refugees will be increased in order to reach the intended deadline.

As well as the different styles, there are also many different styles, methods and technological ways of conducting radio interviews. For example, There are newsbeats which are known to be very fast paced and often a very quick summary of the news story. These can also feature interviews from people who have an involvement with the event and other features like environmental sound effects and even the tone of the reporters/presenters too. We realised this when we listened to a radio newsbeat on the 9/11 attack. The report featured: A panicked and rushed tone from the reporters- which fitted the tine because it was a crisis and horrific event. There was also no pauses from the reporters showing that there was possibly not time for them, due to the horrors of the event. Sound effects from the environment were also present to make the report sound more realistic along with vox pop interviews from  the people near the event who were expressing their feelings.

I used these features we spotted in the 9/11 report to help me conduct my own radio bulletin. I used many of the features and the style of the 9/11 report because the refugee crisis is an occurring event that is getting worse and worse and affecting many people due to the Syrian war. It is an actual crisis, like the 9/11 attack was.

Another way to present a radio report is in the style of a Radio 4 report. This one is very different to the newsbeat because Radio 4 is very serious about their topics, in which many of them are mainly political. They can also contain interviews from people who have involvement with the story, particularly MPs and government. Many of their stories tend to be clear, almost in one tone of voice throughout and only focus on the main parts of the news story. However, although they focus mainly on current news stories, they do also provide us with programmes to do with history, science-related topics and even dramas too.

There are also many different types of methods and technologies involved with conducting radio interviews and reports. For example, popular radio stations use the traditional radio studios because it provides the best quality of audio but also because it features all the equipment and technology to transfer the reporters’ voices to our radios, phones, tablets and computers. But also, other methods and technologies of conducting radio interviews can include: traditional radio stations; Skype, FaceTime, Webcam etc and even phone conversations.

Some of these methods are actually create more convenience and ease than radio stations. For example, if you are interviewing someone from abroad/another part of the world, then Skype or a Webcam conversation of any sort will be most easiest.

Week 4: Radio script and broadcast questions.

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