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Radio Presenting and Producing (RAD244)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 6
Description Welcome to the world of live radio! This semester you will be given a unique opportunity - to experience life in the real world of radio as any professional might experience it. Rotating in the roles of producer, presenter and journalist you will be responsible for producing and presenting a one hour live drive-time radio show, South Street, on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM, which will go to air each weekday afternoon catering for the local youth market.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Understand the impact of media policy, media regulation and audience demographics on the development of a program brief and reflect that knowledge in the development of your own programs.
2. Demonstrate through your practice the legal and ethical principles that govern the conduct of broadcast journalists.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the elements of successful programming and be able to articulate your knowledge in effective critiques.
4. Understand and demonstrate through practice the different roles of producer, journalist and presenter in the live radio context.
5. Demonstrate efficient time management and effective team work in your program production practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1.5 hours per week, cover media law and ethics and the practice of live radio presenting and production; tutorials: 1 hour per week, cover time management, team-working, promo production, program design and program debriefing; technical workshops: cover audio editing, audio mixing, studio file management protocols and multi-studio operation.
Unit Learning Experiences You will be perfecting your knowledge of broadcasting, recording, mixing and editing techniques, as well as gaining practice in story research, scriptwriting, interviewing, and presentation. You will experience the highs and lows of producing creative product in a sometimes stressful and always demanding environment. Though much will be expected of you, we hope you will find the adventure of being part of a lively, creative and dynamic team challenging and rewarding!
Assessment This unit is unique in requiring students to engage in a professional broadcasting activity for a six-week broadcast season. As a result the bulk of the assessment is ongoing, involving the monitoring of content and program production over those six weeks. During the broadcast season you will receive weekly feedback from your tutor on your individual performance in whatever role you have undertaken that week. There are also two proficiency tests, one involving studio production (Radio Driver's Licence) and the other covering broadcast regulation and ethics which are conducted before the season starts.
Prerequisites MCC105 Introduction to Radio and Sound Production or RAD105 Introduction to Radio
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC244 Radio Presenting and Producing cannot enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Simon Order
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7838
e: s.order@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.068 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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