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9th July 2012, 9:13am
The Journalism Foundation launches free community radio teaching course at the University of Lincoln
Broadcast journalism training A chance for people to learn the basics of how to set up and run a community radio station is being offered by The Journalism Foundation, the charity that aims to encourage free journalism in a free world.

Fifteen people will be chosen to attend six days of free workshops run by lecturers at the School of Journalism, University of Lincoln, starting in October. 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.

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 13 October 2012.

Simon Kelner, the chief executive of The Journalism Foundation said: "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 can't 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 6 weeks the course runs."

Professor John Tulloch, Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: “This course in community radio will be unique. It’s 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.  We’re honoured that the Journalism Foundation has chosen the Lincoln School of Journalism and Siren FM for this most important task.”

Application forms available at  

Phone or email enquiries to: Tony Smith, Lincoln School of Journalism, at 01522  882000. Email:

Closing date for applications August 31 2012.

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