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The Radio 4 University tour reaches Bedfordshire

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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 16:51, Monday, 2 November 2009

Nick Mohammed and the moon

As I wrote last week, I've been travelling with a small group of Radio 4 people (and an outside broadcast truck) on the network's University Tour. We've visited two of the three planned universities so far: Derby and Bedfordshire (Cardiff next week). The tour is a trial. If it's a hit it'll be repeated in later years.

Students and faculty are treated to a selection of Radio 4 stuff right there on campus. In Bedford there were recordings of With Great Pleasure (with Robert Webb), The News Quiz, Thinking Allowed and Nick Mohammed's Apollo 21. There were classes from Radio 4 experts: Rory Morrison's newsreading workshop, sessions on digital journalism from the College of Journalism, writing for radio from BBC writersroom and a social media presentation... given by me. There was also a BBC careers exhibit.

A highlight was an hour-long workshop from Jon "The Men Who Stare at Goats" Ronson about making radio features. I covered his workshop live, here on the blog, typing away from a corner of the auditorium while we heard insights and clips from Jon and his producer Laura Parfitt. Fascinating and inspiring.

Other coverage of the event included Twitter - on the @radio4blog account and using the hash tag #R4UniTour and lots of photos, mostly from Radio 4 producer Stan Was, on Flickr. Stan shot the video of Nick Mohammed above and I shot a lot of short vox pops with Bedfordshire students - asking them to tell me 'four things I know about Radio 4' (I'll publish the vox pops later, probably after the Cardiff trip). More from the tour when we get to Cardiff on 12 November.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog

  • Nick Mohammed was photographed by Stan Was after a special recording of his Apollo 21 sketch show to be broadcast on Radio 4 at 1830 on 11 November.
  • The events at Cardiff University on 12 and 13 November are open to University students, faculty and staff and all are free of charge. There's a special page on your intranet where you can get tickets and learn more.


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