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  1. Glimpsing the future

    Wednesday 26 November 2014, 18:23

    Ahmed Razek Ahmed Razek Technology Demonstrator

    I’m Ahmed and I work in the BBC Blue Room, which is a production and consumer technology lab.

    A few weeks ago, I was tasked with informing the general public of the latest BBC innovations and giving them a glimpse of the potential future of broadcasting, as part of an open day organised by BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility. We spoke around a huge variety of topics from connected TV’s to virtual reality

    Using equipment A member of the public using new gaming equipment.

    Personally, the most impressive element of the day was finding out how tech savvy our audience has become. Working with technology all day, I understand how our connected world could become ‘connected confusion’ but it seemed that everything I was saying resonated and was understood by our guests.

    TV development Guests are shown the latest developments in TV.

    It was also a very informative experience.  The way some people connect to our programmes is vastly different to how other people experience them, which highlighted to me the importance for the BBC to make sure we are prominent on all platforms and that connecting to our content needs to be a seamless experience for all users on all devices.

    Demonstration New technology demonstration...

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  2. Behind the magic

    Monday 24 November 2014, 13:50

    Jenny Morgan Jenny Morgan BBC Tour Guide

    I work for BBC tours. For past few years, I have run a tour as part of a BBC open day. This year, I created a quiz for visitors - this is always great as people know so much about the BBC. I led the tour around Quay House in Salford, visiting studios and then ran an interactive session at the end. 

    Tour group Tour guide and group

    This year was a huge success. It’s great to have the opportunity to show visitors around the BBC. We showed them round the BBC Breakfast studio and the Radio Manchester studios, where staff members were able give an insight into how production works. Then they were able to put into practice what they had learnt by presenting their own news and weather bulletin in our interactive session.

    Tour Group Tour members using the interactive studio

    It’s always a good opportunity to meet with the public and find out their impressions of the BBC and answer any questions they may have. We also had a few younger visitors who are interested in working at the BBC and it was good to show them what we have to offer in the north.

    Tour members Two members of the public try TV presenting as part of a BBC tour.  

    *BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility delivered the BBC open day as part of the...

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  3. Remembering the past

    Thursday 13 November 2014, 17:34

    Jonathan Mcdaid Jonathan Mcdaid Head of History, Dyke House Sports and Technology College

    My name is Jonathan McDaid and I teach History at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool.

    At the moment, I am working in collaboration with BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility and writer Kate Fox on a unique project. The project is focused on the Bombardment of Hartlepool, an event that brought the damage and destruction of the First World War to the streets of Hartlepool. The Bombardment of Hartlepool came unexpectedly on the morning of 16 December 1914 and led to over 100 civilian casualties as the town was shelled for around three quarters of an hour.

    Hartlepool Bombardment project Two students dressed as soldiers.

    2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War that will be commemorated in many ways through the media and across Britain. However, the Bombardment of Hartlepool is of great historical significance and deserves to be commemorated in its own right. This was an event that affected ordinary people at home and not the soldiers who had gone off to fight. Ordinary men, women and children all fell victim to the German attack as they went about their everyday lives.

    History can be defined as a story and that story is usually told by historians (and indeed History...

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  4. Creative Careers

    Thursday 6 November 2014, 16:34

    Pete Herbert Pete Herbert Media Lecturer

    I endured the tube journey from East to West London with 15 lively students on the promise of taking part in interactive workshops and talks at the BBC White City. From the off we were made to feel welcome and looked after by the friendly gathering of BBC staff.

    After we were organised into groups, which was nicely done as my students had to mix with their counterparts from another college we made our way to our first session. We were entertained by two guys who are responsible for coming up with entertainment shows, their most recent success being Tumble; that demanded celebrities jump around risking...

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  5. BBC Kick Off Reporters - Inside the scheme

    Thursday 30 October 2014, 15:56

    Rachael Smith, Training Scheme Manager Rachael Smith, Training Scheme Manager

    The BBC Kick Off Reporter scheme is an eight-week work placement with BBC Sport teams across the UK, both in radio and online.

    I have helped re-build BBC Kick Off from its original form as the BBC Blast Reporter scheme and I have worked to make sure that the schemes run and are successful.

    For me, the most important part of the scheme is to find someone who has a passion for sport that can inspire or provide something different for our audiences.

    A lot of the work for BBC Kick Off takes place alongside my day job and so I have is to use my time effectively. One task I do is to build on a portfolio...

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  6. BBC Careers Day

    Monday 27 October 2014, 11:03

     Tom Tom Student participant at media careers day

    Last week, a few selected people were chosen from media and graphic design to visit the BBC offices in White City.

    At the beginning of the day we were given our visitors passes along with a few other schools.We were then led up to a presentation room where a BBC representative did a short introductory speech about what kind of fun exciting activities we'd be getting up to throughout the day.

    We were put in different groups,mixing all the colleges and schools together.This benefited us because we met new people and continued to network with others our age.

    I was in group 2,along with a few graphic...

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  7. Stepping through the doorway

    Thursday 2 October 2014, 16:54

    James Marsh James Marsh The Booth Centre

    Back in January the Booth Centre homeless charity applied to the BBC’s Community Doorway programme for a team of volunteers to come and run a session with people who attend the centre to produce a short film demonstrating the work we do and showcasing our new centre, which was due to open in March. We were successful with our application and in April 2014 a team of volunteers came for the day and filmed an excellent little film which is now shown on the front page of our website.

    Two of the stars of the video Margaret and Steve were invited to go to the BBC offices to record the narration for...

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  8. Reporting talent

    Friday 19 September 2014, 12:04

     Michael Michael 2014 Kick Off trainee

    I was one of around thirty to be selected for the BBC Kick Off Sports Reporter scheme, with my placement based in Essex.

    Prior to the scheme taking place, the trainees all met in Bristol for a couple of days of training with BBC professionals. We were given training in various areas, such as the BBC’s values, how to conduct interviews and writing for radio and the BBC Sport website.

    The training was vital as the selected reporters had varying levels of experience. This ranged from some having previously written articles for newspapers or worked on student radio to others with little to no experience...

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  9. Experiencing the BBC

    Tuesday 26 August 2014, 16:01

    Maggie & Lucy Maggie & Lucy Students who took part in the Summer Work Experience 2014

    Maggie Maggie


    Hi, my name is Maggie. I first heard about the BBC work experience scheme from my Principle. I applied for the scheme using a link on our school portal. My application was successful and I was invited to the assessment centre.

    During my time with the BBC I worked with Internal Communications, some of main tasks were:

    • To work on features for the intranet portal of the BBC

    • Create and edit HR web pages

    • Make a list of programmes that could be featured on the intranet

    • Create a short film about the summer work experience scheme

    Every task I was given was challenging and...

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  10. A dramatic experience

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 11:21

     Paris Paris Work Experience Trainee

    I'm 17 years old and this summer I got the amazing opportunity to do work experience at the BBC's Television HQ. I enjoyed every moment and had such an incredible time during the 5 days I spent at the New Broadcasting House.

    On the first day I was extremely nervous but soon settled in as everyone made me feel so welcome. The first day was mainly induction based and was filled with fire safety and the ins and outs of where we'd be working for the next 5 days. This helped me feel right at home and familiarise myself with the vast building that was to be my work place for the next 5 days!

    On the second...

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