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By 12th March 2020July 27th, 2023No Comments

Please note this event has been postponed for public health reasons and will be rearranged at a later date.

Perplexed by podcasts? Desperate for digital content?

Fear not, as a member of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists you are at the front of the queue for tickets to a fantastic day of professional training on 27 March.

Click here to book now.

Following a hugely successful Digital Day last year, your Guild has organised a new event to help develop your skills and understanding to take back to your jobs and businesses.

The full day of training will kick off with an exploration of how podcasts are evolving before giving you the technical skills you need to take your first steps into producing your own audio content.

An action-packed afternoon session will then teach you how to construct a compelling video news package with tips on great camera work, reliable interview techniques, solid sound sharp editing.

Tutor Tim Dawson will lead the day. He has worked for The Sunday Times for 20 years as a reporter, feature writer and commissioning editor and produced video packages for clients such as the NHS, Prostate Scotland and the National Union of Journalists.

The two sessions sandwich the Guild’s 2020 Annual General Meeting which will take place at lunchtime.

Tickets for the day are limited to just 40 places and are expected to sell out rapidly.

A limited number of early bird tickets are just £45 with the remaining tickets to be sold at £50. Early bird sales are first come, first served but will expire on 29 February if not sold out before.

Members and friends who wish to attend the AGM only can do so for free but cannot take part in the training.

Booking and payment should be made on EventBrite. Click here to book now.

Please note you need to book a free ticket even if you are attending the AGM only.

After you have booked, please email with your car registration. This is required by NFU Mutual security.

The event will be hosted at the FISSC Building, accessed via Knights Lane located behind NFU Mutual’s headquarters at Tiddington near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Training programme

Morning session – 9.30 to 12.00
Podcasting your news, stories and ideas

Find out what podcasts are all about and how the medium evolving, why listening is vital, the potential formats – news package, first person and round table, and what hardware and software is required. There will be an opportunity to make your first recordings, edit using Audible, host your package, and learn about discovery/driving readers.

The session will combine examples of audio material, ‘chalk and talk’ and practical instruction on making and editing recordings using your own equipment. By the end of the session you should be able to understand what podcasts are, how they can be utilised to share material, and have sufficient technical understanding to take your first steps to making and broadcasting audio material.

Afternoon session – 1.30 to 3.30pm
Creating video news packages using a smartphone

An action-packed session to learn about deconstructing an example news package, apps and hardware for great results, selfie-stick magic, and why compelling journalism depends on great questions, why sound is the key to great pictures, and how to edit video in packages such as iMovie.

By close of the afternoon, you should be able to understand how video news packages are structured, and have sufficient technical understanding to take your first steps creating video news packages.

Tutor: Tim Dawson

Tim has worked for The Sunday Times for 20 years as a reporter, feature writer and commissioning editor. He has produced video packages for the NHS, Prostate Scotland and the NUJ, among others. He has podcasted for Byline Times, and Prostate Scotland. With more than a decade’s experience as a trainer; he manages professional skills training on behalf of the NUJ; and is also a member of the NCTJ accreditation board. Tim is currently developing an online training portal on safety and security for journalists on behalf of Google.