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Want to get involved in Radio?
Radio Worldwide run a brilliant two-week intensive course from 6-19th July which includes live broadcasting on 12th-18th.
Whether you want to write scripts, research news, produce features or play music and chat with your listeners, it’s all covered in their course. For more details and to apply, click here
Never Again – A Lament For The Titanic
MediaNet member Philip Glassborow has written and directed a radio ballad which blends music and words to chronicle the story of the ship’s loss on the city of Southampton. With the actual voices of survivors, and relations of those lost at sea, music of the period and newly-composed songs, accounts from newspapers of 1912 and extracts from the Public Inquiry into the causes of the wreck. It will be broadcast this Sunday 22nd April at 3pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
For adaptation of published book. Actor, writer and MediaNet member Christopher Lee Power is seeking to collaborate with a talented writer to adapt his commercially published autobiography, Breaking Free (John Hunt: 2009), into a screenplay. The book chronicles how the author came through difficult teenage years in Liverpool to redeem his life through a career in acting and becoming a Christian. This project would best suit a film-school screenwriting student or ‘writer with a day job’ seeking a breakthrough into film. Christopher will seek sponsorship for the completed screenplay, to make the film and to provide a retrospective fee for the successful writer. Please contact Christopher via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Launch Party for Bible based children's DVD
are releasing their latest Bible based children's DVD, Henry Hand Puppet on 8th May. Jon will be at the Sandown Christian Resources Exhibition between 8-11th May (stand GV23) to talk about the DVD and answer any questions.
On Saturday May 12th Taylormation are putting on a big launch party at the Colchester Visual Arts Facility and all are welcome to attend. Please email email@example.com to book tickets and check out their facebook group
To find out more about Jon Taylor, check out his interview on the MediaNet website here and again, why not be brave and introduce yourself?!
Whistling Frog Productions (WFP), UK commercial radio arm of media and healthcare mission HCJB Global, gives thanks for answered prayer to a request regarding three Easter productions included in the 21st March mailing. Most dramatic: they’d requested prayer for a station manager or managers willing to play a feature about the band that played on the Titanic to mark the centenary. The Programme Director of the media company UKRD liked the feature, and it was played across the entire network of 16 commercial radio stations on Easter Sunday, reaching an estimated 80,000 listeners. It’s not often straightforward getting Christian material played on commercial radio, so the team are very thankful for this breakthrough, potentially an open door for future productions. The feature’s based round an interview with Steve Turner, author of ‘The Band that Played on’, and the band leader was a man of Christian faith.
UKRD’s press release described this programme as ‘a 21st century Thought For The Day’ and thought they had ‘done a cracking job even though I (UKRD’s chief exec) am not personally religious’ to read more click here
Listen to the broadcast here
Other productions WFP had asked for prayer for included an ad for the ‘Real Easter Egg’ - a fair trade chocolate egg with the Easter story enclosed, which played on Midlands commercial station Free Radio until Easter; and ‘The Pulse Passion’: 5 short thoughts - personal stories around Easter themes - for commercial station the Pulse of West Yorkshire. In addition, another set of thoughts ‘Jesus Meek and Mild?’ will play on Asian station ‘Sunrise’ in West Yorkshire.
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Got a good story to tell?
Media Trust wants to hear your inspiring stories from across the UK of how community media, citizen journalism and community reporting have contributed to positive change in local communities. The top five stories will be awarded £500 each to further their work through digital media. To find out more and apply check out their website
Got a story to tell but no money for marketing? Send your press release to PR Log, a free press release distribution service. Check it out here
Just starting out?
Or know someone who is? Here is some great practical advice from ITN executive producer Derek Dyson about how to secure your first job in media production. Read the article here
This Tuesday (24th April) at Bristol University, top radio presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine will be talking about his life, work and his love of radio – click here for more details and to register
As always, please do let me know what you’re up to and if there’s anything you’d like to me to share with the network. Please connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and of course, let me know how we can be supporting and praying for you. Hope you all have a cracking week
theMediaNet Development Worker