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Lecture Theatre VI

Said Business School

Park End Street

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This taster workshop provides an exciting opportunity to get practical hands-on media training from two experienced BBC producers and journalists, Claire Bolderson and Caroline Finnegan.

The workshop guides you through the process of finding the ‘story’ in your work, how to connect with different audiences and share your story with them, and the steps you can take to prepare for and perform well in a media interview. Participants will be guided through relevant real-life examples and given clear practical guidance.

This short introductory session can be attended as a standalone session. It can also be paired with an intensive one-to-one coaching session (see below) or attended as preparation for the full-day Engaging media communications workshop (next session 3 December).

Tea/coffee will be provided for this morning session. Please BYOD (bring your own device - laptop or tablet)

In the afternoon, there will be opportunities for 40-min one-to-one sessions with Claire and Caroline, for academics who want to practice and refine their interview skills. The sessions will be designed to be as close to real life as possible and you will:

  • be interviewed on camera on your chosen subject

  • watch a playback of the interview

  • get detailed feedback from the trainers

  • repeat some of the questions and answers using what you have learned from the feedback.

Joining requirements

In order to join a one-on-one coaching session, participants must have either attended a day-long Engaging media communications training on a previous occasion, or the 9.30 introductory workshop on the same day (see above).

The interview one-on-one coaching sessions must be booked by e-mailing impact@socsci.ox.ac.uk as soon as possible, and no later than 7th November to allow for the trainers to adequately prepare.

Places on this workshop are limited and are fully subsidised by the University of Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, making it free for participants. If you are unable to attend please cancel your place as soon as possible so that we can reallocate it to others on the waiting list.

The trainers:

Claire Bolderson is a news journalist and documentary maker with more than 25 years’ experience at the BBC. She was presenter of Newshour on the World Service and The World Tonight on Radio 4. Claire began her broadcasting career in Indonesia as correspondent for the BBC and Financial Times. She went on to be BBC correspondent in Washington in the mid-1990s. Since then she has returned repeatedly to the US to report while also broadcasting from Africa, Europe and Asia. Claire continues to make documentaries for the BBC. She is a regular guest commentator on the Weekend programme on BBC World Service while also writing and blogging, mostly on UK politics and social affairs.

Caroline Finnegan is media training consultant with over 20 years’ experience as a programme maker and producer at the BBC, formerly working in BBC World Newsgathering where she covered breaking global news, developed story ideas into features and documentaries and worked on a number of radio series for BBC World Service Radio. She specialized in conflict zones such as Pakistan and Afghanistan but also travelled widely in the Middle East, America, Africa, Europe, China, India and other parts of Asia.

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Lecture Theatre VI

Said Business School

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Oxford

OX1 1HP

United Kingdom

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