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For the past couple of months I have been working on The Archers and BBC WM. During my time I have learned an awful lot about the BBC, how it works, how to communicate with people and the technical aspects of the job.
On The Archers I have been working as a spot effect assistant/assistant studio manager. This means helping out in the studio and working with the actors to create background sound effects. I'm also responsible for keeping the studio safe, taking care of health and safety.
During my day to day activities I read through scripts, make notes on the setting and how the sounds will play out within scenes. Here's an example:
"The scene is a village shop and some characters are stacking shelves, others are shopping and people are having a general good chat.”
For this scene I would ask the director and studio manager about mic position. (It's always helpful to have good communication between you and the directors.) Then I'd place the scene around the microphone. The shelves...
Faders and switches, presenters and countless cups of coffee (often decaf because I cannot handle the buzz). What a ride this has been so far, and a very enjoyable one. I’ve gone from marching to the beat of left right, left right in the military to working at the biggest broadcasting corporation in the world.
If you are reading this, and you are thinking of joining us, then do not hesitate for one minute. I can promise it will be the best thing that you ever decided to do, and worth every moment that you contribute.
I started working for the BBC on 26 September 2016. I'd styled my hair to the best of my ability (yet I can guarantee a llama would pull off a better hair style than me). I put on my best suit, polished my shoes and headed for the Mailbox in Birmingham.
It was a fantastic day meeting my new colleagues, learning stuff about the corporation and what would be happening on my scheme, about BBC values and various other things. I also got to experience the great foods of...
Gabby Logan interviews Olympic heroes, including Sir Chris Hoy
When I first started in this position, even when I got the interview, I was petrified and still am. I am not quite sure how I got here. When you get an opportunity like this one you don’t want to let it go to waste. This apprenticeship programme is all about me learning on the job and getting to know the company. I want to keep everyone updated on this journey I've had the opportunity to tag along on.
A little bit of background knowledge about me first: I’m newly turned 19, finished college last year, have no media experience and needed a change in perspective. Not everyone’s the same and uni just wasn’t for me.
Having done three weeks training in Birmingham and London, it was nice to be home and back into a routine. I can tell you now that I have made lifelong friendships. We’re working for a production company that has millions of people around the world tuning into its programmes every day. It’s astounding. The amazing thing about these training weeks was that the skills and...
It’s been just over a year since I joined the BBC through the Extend scheme. For my initial six-month placement, I worked on The One Show as a researcher, and while I had previous experience as a production runner, I knew I had a lot to learn as I started my first day.
Thankfully, my new colleagues made me feel very welcome and I quickly settled into the Cardiff-based unit that makes films...
Atif Rashid, Patrice Salazar
Digital Journalism Apprentices
One of the perks of being an apprentice is that we get to travel around the country and take part in different things. Only two months into our apprenticeship and we had the amazing opportunity to help cover the US Elections as part of the BBC team.
Firstly we had no idea where we were going. Have you ever heard of Elstree and Borehamwood? Well you might have if you’re a fan of any of the...
Former Extendee Ben Mustill-Rose has had a jam packed year at the BBC working in software development and he shares with us his highlights.
It's hard to believe that at the time of writing I've been at the BBC for just over a year. I've dealt with many varied and unexpected challenges, but looking back on my experiences so far, I can genuinely say that I've enjoyed every one of them and...
The eighth floor in BBC New Broadcasting House is home to the popular stations BBC Radio 1/1Xtra and Asian Network. The whole floor has an amazing buzz about it, and you can tell everyone is extremely keen to work there and create great content.
As a broadcast engineering apprentice working within the Popular Music Radio Operations Team, I have been tasked with completing a range of...
For the past 11 months I've been on the BBC's Journalism Trainee Scheme, working on news online in Leeds, 5 Live and Breakfast TV.
The JTS is obviously an incredibly demanding course - we're constantly circulating between placements, getting to know new people and learning the ropes of each platform. I was really keen from the offset though to try and keep up with chasing original stories...
Local digital journalism apprentice
At our induction we were given a fright when we were told "you don’t work for the BBC... you are the BBC". Ordinary people like us make up the BBC. In some ways, we’re simply public servants who work for the benefit of the diverse audience the BBC caters for.
Diversity was not lacking in our group of around 70 new apprentices, which ranged from former military and ex-footballers to bloggers,...
Extend trainees class of 2016
I joined the BBC Extend scheme on a six month placement with the iPlayer editorial team.
Before starting my placement we had a week long training course with all the other BBC trainees at the Academy in Birmingham. During the course we got to meet different people from across the BBC and even had a go at producing our own radio drama. Most importantly, it was an invaluable networking...