How to Make a Radio Documentary Cert of Attendance - sc18

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Course Title: How to Make a Radio Documentary

College: Adult Continuing Education

How to Make a Radio Documentary

Duration: 8 weeks

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Illustrated lectures and hands-on practicals in UCC radio studio

Qualifications: Cert of Attendance

NFQ Level: N/A

Costs: NA

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be over 18 years of age by course commencement

Course Code: sc18

Closing Date: NA


From the role of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to producing a radio documentary and sourcing funding this 8 week course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge to produce you own radio documentary. Each week the course will be broken down into 2 parts with a short lecture and an interactive demonstration using industry standard equipment with the class gaining hands on experience in the second part of the evening.

Course Details

1. History of Irish Radio and the role of the BAI regarding the Broadcasting Act of 2009. Examining the difference between defamation and libel and how to protect yourself/Introduction to different portable recorders and proper use. Transferring material and how to review and adjust levels.
2. How to write a running order, writing for the ear, producing script, inverted pyramid style of writing, sourcing press releases, how to find breaking news, the contacts book, interview skills, what is a Voxpop/how to record a Voxpop, microphone technique, recording in difficult environments, digital editing, what software to use.
3. Light entertainment research to documentary research , overview of the house styles of different radio stations, Interview checklist, how to organise an interview and what to do during your interview/creative and technical production skills, how to add texture to your recording.
4. Editorial content for programme genres, from culture and arts, sports to current affairs, how to conduct a panel discussion programme/multi track recording and editing, producing adverts and stations ID’s.
5. Documentary making , examples of funded work conducted in Cork Prison, the use of copyrighted material, what is a podcast/how to podcast, promoting your work on social networking sites.
6. What is a podcast/how to podcast, promoting your work on social networking sites. / studio session, how to present a panel show.
7. How to source funding for your idea , examples of successful funding applications/Studio session, recording individual reads.
8. How to write a proposal/treatment for funding, studio session, informal studio time.


Course Practicalities

Tuesday nights from 7-9 with a short break before the practical part of the lecture.


Short courses are non-assessed

Who Teaches This Course

Mr Kieran Hurley M.Sc. Interactive Multimedia.

Kieran is the station manager of UCC98.3FM and has produced over 20 documentaries, many of which were awarded funding through the Broadcasting Funding Scheme which was established to provide funding in support of high quality Radio/TV programmes.

Further Contact Information

Regina Sexton, Short Course Co-ordinator
T: 00353 21 4904700

Karen Hennessy
T: 00353 21 4904737

Contact us

E: Regina Sexton

P: +35321 4904700
W: Website

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