BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility


  • BBC trainee Kick Off sports reporter

    I’m Adam Whitty, I’m 22 and from Bristol. If you had visited me before becoming a ‘Kick Off’ reporter, you would have found someone looking directly into a career related abyss. I was doing a Master’s in social research that I did not enjoy and did not want to pursue. At that stage I had never considered sports journalism to be part of the plan. Now, there is a real possibility that I could work in sports broadcasting for the rest of my life.

    At the very least, I have experienced one of the most memorable and exciting periods of my life.

    I spotted the ‘Kick Off’ scheme whilst searching the BBC work experience portal, although many others spotted it on social media. When I was filling out the online application form I tried to highlight my future potential by discussing both my knowledge of sport, as well as the effect that it has on the local community.

    I have always had a real passion for sport; I love watching live games, and will always jump to the back pages of the papers before the front. But after realising that I probably wouldn’t open the batting for England, I didn’t think the sporting world had anything to offer me if I wasn’t a sportsman.

    However, that passion is all you...

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  • Web developer, BBC Children

    I’m Emma, and I work as a web developer in the BBC Children’s Future Media team, although I studied animation at college.

    In Children’s we are encouraged to get out and meet our audience, so I was excited when the opportunity came up to help Calico Creative to make an animated information video with children from local primary schools.

    The animation encourages people to help reduce congestion immediately around schools. It is intended to demonstrate why congestion is a problem and suggests walking buses or drop-offs a little further away.

    Calico Creative is a Burnley-based social enterprise, owned by Calico Enterprise Limited, who aim to provide community services which can have a long lasting effect on people’s lives.

    The animation is being created with a collage technique, layering characters and props over a collage background. The children will also help create the music and soundtrack for the animation.

    Calico have run a number of different sessions as part of the project, which helps fit around the availability and skills of myself and other volunteers. To date, I have helped with two sessions.

    The first was a thoroughly enjoyable brainstorming session with a group of children...

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  • Assistant Producer BBC Sport interactive

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    “I am an Assistant Producer for BBC Sport’s interactive team – basically that means I make live and on-demand video content for the BBC Sport website and Red Button.

    I love my job – it involves watching sport all day, so who wouldn’t?! – but I rarely get the opportunity to go out and about on shoots and I wanted to keep my filming skills up to date.

    So volunteering to make a film for the Seashell Trust had two main benefits for me – the chance to develop my shooting, producing and editing skills, and also an opportunity to help out a local charity.

    The Cheshire-based Seashell Trust is dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities which include little or no language abilities.

    My brief was to create a short film showcasing how work placements for the Trust’s students can be beneficial to all – building the students’ self-confidence and sociability, while simultaneously helping the businesses develop their commitments to corporate and social responsibility.

    After meeting with Wendy Bray, the Trust’s Corporate & Events Fundraiser, to clarify the brief, I planned to create an uplifting and...

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  • Producer and Director, BBC Children

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    “I grew up with the Charlie Says public information films on TV in the 70s and 80s warning against everything from playing with matches to talking to strangers.

    So when I saw this volunteering project advertised internally I thought it would be a fun experience making a more modern version.

    The film was based on a piece that Dramatic Action was touring around Bolton schools to highlight stranger danger.

    They couldn’t keep up with demand so came to the BBC with the idea of making a film we have called Billy Bolton.

    Dramatic Action is an adult community group from the local housing estate and...

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  • Broadcast Journalist

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    I’m based at General News Service programmes at London’s New Broadcasting House. We act as a bit of bridge between network BBC and local BBC TV and radio. Over the years I have worked on several outreach projects. In the early days it was partly to help develop my film-making skills while working on a project called Video Nation.

    Now Video Nation has disbanded, it’s a great way of working on similar types of film which have the same ethos and intention behind them as the old Video Nation days. And of course it’s always been a good way of working with different communities and people outside...

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  • Technology Demonstrator

    I'm Garry Green. I work in the BBC Blue Room at Salford Quays – and being part of the Lowry Festival at the start of November was a great joy.

    The Blue Room monitors new and emerging technology: devices, gadgets, and set-top boxes etc – the sorts of things that we might have at home…although, there are so many different devices to buy. Unless you've got a particular piece of equipment yourself, it can be hard to know how it works, and what it does – and that's one of the reasons the Blue Room is here.

    Demonstrating the wonders of the Blue Room to visitors.

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  • Participant in Programme Maker for a Day

    I am a 21 year old aspiring music producer and blogger/writer studying Music Culture: Theory & Production at the University of East London. I first heard about BBC Outreach's Programme when I applied to work on a radio project with the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse got back in touch with me and invited me along to the “Programme Maker for A Day” experience the BBC was offering – and of course - I jumped at the chance!

    I was one of a small group of young people who had arrived at the BBC studios for the programme. We were greeted by staff at the BBC and introduced to Radio 1 & 1Xtra...

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  • 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 TVs to virtual reality

    A member of the public using new gaming equipment.

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  • 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 guide and group

    This year was a huge success. It’s great to have the opportunity to show visitors around the...

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  • 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.

    Two students dressed as soldiers.

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