BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Head of Outreach & Corporate Responsibility
Diane Reid, Head of BBC Outreach & Corporate Responsibility, sums up a year of of innovative and diverse outreach projects and says a big ‘thank you‘ to BBC volunteers
Audiences are at the heart of everything we do
“There is nothing like face to face interaction with the audience.” These are the words of Radio 1Xtra Producer Hermeet Chadha who worked with young people from Hackney on the design of a radio debate about what it means to be Black and British.
Hermeet was one of hundreds of BBC staff who volunteered to work on Outreach projects in 2016. The projects they worked on were exciting and varied - and all designed to enrich and inspire the content the BBC makes for its audiences. And here are some of the highlights.
David MacNicol, Assistant Producer in Newsround, worked with The Proud Trust in Manchester to help a group of young people, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender to make a short film exploring identity. For David, the volunteering experience helped him to learn to challenge his assumptions about areas he assumed he knew well – which is key to making programmes with integrity.
In BBC Scotland, Jane Fowler and her colleagues found a new...
Digital Content & Partnerships, BBC Make it Digital
Olivia Lockyer volunteered with BBC Outreach to help Big Issue North produce an induction film for vendors.
'It was fantastic to be able to experience and learn new skills'
I felt lucky to work with the BBC Outreach team on a project with Big Issue North. We were helping the magazine by making a film for new vendors and office staff to illustrate what it takes to be a vendor and how to operate on the pitch.
This included planning the storyboard for the film, directing the shoot and then editing the film. We also ran a workshop about making content for online and social media to help the Big Issue North outreach team to make their own videos on their phones.
Olivia during filming with one of the Big Issue North vendors
I work for a team called BBC Make it Digital doing a number of different things but mainly producing digital content and working with external partners to help audiences to get creative with digital.
I have always thought the work of Big Issue was brilliant and although Big Issue & Big Issue North are separate entities, their...
Production Co-ordinator, BBC Factual
Elaina Boateng shared her own career journey as she co-hosted an evening to inspire young people from Hackney looking for their big breaks in the world of work.
‘This BBC outreach project taught me the importance of diverse recruitment’
BBC Outreach’s event is one of the most rewarding and entertaining I have been a part of since I began my career at the BBC, three years ago.
I have always been passionate about helping young people reach their full potential. As a graduate of Mama Youth Project, a charity that helps BAME 18s-25s get into the media industry, I have seen the impact the charity has had on my career, by installing self-belief in me, so this is something I am determined to pass onto my generation of BAME professionals.
The project gave young volunteers from Hackney CVS the opportunity to plan their own employability event to be held in New Broadcasting House, and with the help of BBC staff volunteers as facilitators.
We met up with the young people to plan what elements they wanted to include in the event, who the key speakers for them would be, and how to best meet their expectations.
Monthly meetings made for a great event which involved food, performances,...
Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC School Report
Josie Verghese works in secondary schools with young people and teachers - preparing them BBC News School Report, for The Pitch and the project's annual News Day. She is encouraging more BBC staff from across divisions to volunteer their skills.
'We all have transferable skills to bring to School Report volunteering, and that's an important message for the young people, too'
The best bit of my job is going in to schools and working with young people - they never fail to surprise me and I really value stepping out of the BBC bubble and meeting our audiences.
My visits are to find out what...
Broadcast Journalist, BBC Hereford & Worcester
Kalpana Boodhoo always knew she wanted to be a radio journalist. Now she's helping to inspire teenagers into a career in broadcasting.
'I want to inspire the younger generation, and make them realise that a career in journalism is very much achievable'
I have been a Broadcast Journalist for the last 13 years and 2017 will be my fourth year as a BBC School Report Mentor. As part of my day-to-day job at BBC Hereford and Worcester, I read the news, produce programmes and report on the biggest stories in our region.
When I was at school, I knew I wanted to work in radio, but I had absolutely no...
Station Manager, BBC Radio Scotland Music Extra
BBC Radio Scotland Music Extra was a pop-up digital station showcasing the diversity of Scottish music and artists leading up to St Andrew’s Day 2016. Station manager Sharon Mair ensured audiences were at the heart of its plans.
‘This relationship with the audience is really honest and a privilege to have – I hope it will shape whatever we do in the future’
Nine weeks before the pop-up station launched, we invited in about 40 audience members from different generations and backgrounds with one thing in common – they all loved music.
Through BBC Outreach, we...
Production Management Assistant, BBC Comedy
Anthony Williams drew on his determination and dream of working in the media to coach and inspire young adults from Hackney to realise their own ambitions. He helped plan and run an event with young adults to take a fresh look at their employability.
‘They could relate to my perseverance not to give up on my dreams to work in the media’
I have a passion to reach out to our younger diverse audiences within my role. The BBC Outreach event with Hackney CVS - called ‘BBC Link Up’ - was designed for young adults to understand the different job roles within the BBC and for them to...
Volunteering Manager, BBC Outreach
Marvin McKenzie and dozens of BBC STEM Ambassadors bring school subjects alive for hundreds of school pupils each year by showing them science, technology, engineering and maths at work in the BBC. Marvin reflects on the latest STEM Challenge season.
'I felt inspired by all our staff who’d be able to gain valuable insights working with young people'
“Well, this isn’t gonna be an easy one, Marv,” were my first thoughts when I sat down to consider what I was setting out to achieve with BBC volunteers across the UK.
But 595 miles and 32 schools later I’m at the other side of what has been one...
Producer, Radio 1 & 1Xtra Production
Hermeet Chadha took part in a BBC Outreach workshop with young adults in preparation for radio debates on BBC Radio 1Xtra exploring the Black British experience.
‘There is nothing like face to face interaction with the audience’
I'm a producer at BBC Radio 1Xtra. I currently work on the MistaJam Show which is the gateway specialist show for new music. My job mostly involves listening to music and suggesting tracks to be played on the show. I also have to book guests and organise the whole programme and come up with ideas for features, mixes and specials.
1Xtra is an urban music station...
Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC Scotland News
Duncan Kirkhope’s enthusiasm for journalism was sparked by the visit of a reporter to his school nearly 40 years ago. Nowadays he tries to repay that debt by being a School Report mentor.
'School Report students question the First Minister with the skill and confidence of political correspondents'
I was about 13 or 14 years old when a journalist from the Dundee Courier daily paper came to a careers event at my school. This chief reporter was enthusiastic about his work as a journalist and said it was a career which could open doors to many varied, interesting and exciting...