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23rd August 2012, 1:31pm
Learn how to run a radio station
Learn how to run a radio station The University of Lincolnís Siren FM is the base for a free workshop aimed at teaching people the basics of how to set up and run a community radio station, starting in October.

The free, six day course is being offered by The Journalism Foundation, the charity that aims to encourage free journalism in a free world.

Only fifteen lucky people will be chosen to attend the workshops run by lecturers at the University of Lincolnís School of Journalism. Selection will be based on a demonstrable commitment to community radio and creative ideas about how to use the medium.

The course will be based at Siren 107.3 FM, the first community radio station to be established in an English university. And, in a ground-breaking move, both the Journalism Foundation and the University will podcast a selection of the workshops so that they can reach as wide an audience as possible.

Andrew David, Siren FMís manager editor, said: "This is a hands-on opportunity for people to experience top class training and we will be delivering a radio programme live on air every week. It doesnít get much fresher than that."

Participants will be taught the basics of interview techniques, editing, scripting, broadcast technology and the production of a speech and music-based radio programme, as well as receiving pointers about how to set up and run a community station. The course will run for six Saturdays from October 13, 2012.

Professor John Tulloch, Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "This course in community radio will be unique. Itís designed to meet the aspirations of ordinary people who want to acquire the skills to set up and operate community radio stations and practice high quality citizen journalism. Weíre honoured that the Journalism Foundation has chosen the Lincoln School of Journalism and Siren FM for this most important task."

Simon Kelner, the chief executive of The Journalism Foundation, added: "We believe that community radio will play an increasingly important part in maintaining good quality journalism at a time when some of the traditional media are in decline. We are delighted to fund these workshops at the University of Lincoln, where there is a strong dedicated tradition of teaching journalism and community radio. By broadcasting much of the courses on our website we hope that those who canít make it to Lincoln can learn and be enthused. And, who knows, we may unearth the next John Humphrys! The material will also be broadcast on Siren FM during the six weeks the course runs."

Application forms can be downloaded from or to find out more e-mail Tony Smith at or call 01522 882000.

Closing date for applications is September 7th, 2012.

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