Want to be a reporter for BBC Introducing?
It's looking like a busy summer for local BBC Introducing teams around the UK, as once again they'll be opening their doors for the BBC Blast Reporter scheme in 2010.
The work experience scheme is a partnership between BBC Local, BBC Blast and BBC Introducing (that's us!) which, simply put, makes reporters out of local music lovers. Here's Rachael Smith from BBC Blast to tell you more...
For many, it seems too good to be true. In fact I have had some calls from people asking, "Will I get to write for the website?" to which I reply, "Yes". I've also been asked, "Do I need to be a trained journalist?" to which the answer is a resounding, "No."
That's the beauty of this scheme: it's successful because it gives people who love music a chance to share their passion, thoughts, experiences and music knowledge with our audiences.
Successful applicants get an 8 week window to create things for BBC Introducing shows around the UK with full training and the support of a mentor. There's no upper age limit but applicants do need to be over 18.
Reporters in last year's scheme managed to think up some pretty unique ways of showing off the music in their area. Linda Mutunga produced a music sketchbook for bands to doodle in after their gig. Matt Nicholas and Sophie Louise Cox had a chat with the Kooks at Eden. And Will Gilgrass gave us a gig review of Oxford's battle of the bands.
This is just a few examples of the many reports logged over the summer, but there are also Blast Reporters working in news and sport. To get a fuller idea of what the reporters got up to last year, click here.
Here's what previous Blast Reporter, Will, had to say about the scheme:
"It was a great experience and I got my foot in the door in broadcasting. It taught me a lot about the BBC and gave me confidence with interviewing which was something I'd never done before. It was nice to give something back to the community, it felt really nice to represent music within my area."
Will Bond, previous Blast Reporter at BBC Oxford Introducing
"It was great having our Blast Reporter Stephan on board, over the summer he wrote reviews for the website, helped produce BBC Jersey Introducing and covered the Jersey Live music festival."
Ryan Morrison, presenter of BBC Jersey Introducing
"Our reporter, Kate Prothero, was a joy to work with. Energetic, brimming with ideas and able to bring those ideas to fruition. She is now employed part-time with our BBC Radio colleagues working on our show for new and unsigned bands under the Introducing banner."
James Addyman, BBC Radio Leeds.
If you fancy this opportunity and are itching for the BBC to hear what you have to say about your local music scene, check out the information on how to apply. You have until April 30th 2010 to get your application in.