Two of Bauer Media’s Yorkshire stations are teaming up to support postgraduate journalism training courses at Leeds Trinity University College.
Radio Aire and Viking FM, together with their associated Magic radio services on AM, will promote the course online and through social media to encourage applications from bright graduates in the region; people who may have the skills, personality, enthusiasm and aptitude to be creative radio journalists but are currently stuck in a job that doesn’t let them use that potential. They’re especially keen to attract articulate, inquisitive and highly motivated graduates who may have inside knowledge of Yorkshire’s many diverse communities, but who may never have considered a career in radio news.
Many of the group’s existing journalists started their careers at Leeds Trinity, including Radio Aire’s news editor Claire Warren and Viking FM’s Corinne Wheatley.
Journalists from Bauer will provide advice and contribute sessions through the year-long postgraduate course, which starts in January 2013. For those who make the grade there will be guaranteed, high quality placements in Bauer’s regional newsrooms in October and November; the essential first step towards employment in the highly competitive radio industry.
Jim Foulger from Bauer News in Yorkshire said: “Identifying the next generation of broadcasting talent is essential for us. We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of local news and information for listeners across Yorkshire and a significant part of staying at the forefront is fostering and encouraging new reporters and newsreaders. The course at Leeds Trinity provides a great springboard for people who want to join a great industry and we’re very pleased to have a role in that training.”
Photo – Richard Horsman and Claire Warren, Radio Aire News Editor and former Leeds Trinity Postgraduate