The start of 2017 brought about an exciting opportunity for Orpheus student Awa and alumni student Eloise. They were selected to attend First Steps at the BBC – a three session production programme from January through to March.
The programme offers an insight into what it’s like to work at the BBC for those with a passion for the industry. During their first session they were taken on a tour of The One Show and of Radio 1 – passing through famous spots such as the Live Lounge. They also met their mentors and other influential people at the BBC. Session 2 involved shadowing producers on different programmes. Eloise was shown how a radio show is created from scratch. Awa looked at how a news story package works – from being edited to making its way to radio, online and social media. She then joined the news team for their post bulletin meeting. The last session focused on helping the participants with employability skills, such as how to construct their CVs.
The programme was extremely beneficial and both Eloise and Awa thoroughly enjoyed their time at the BBC. Awa said “Seeing all the different elements behind the shows was very helpful and everyone I talked to was very helpful and nice too. I have loved writing stories from childhood and I now want to become a journalist to share real life stories.”