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Want to be a radio reporter, news reader?

Want to be a radio reporter, news reader?

Riverside Radio needs more volunteers to join our news team. We provide localised news bulletins for the south west London boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth every half an hour from 7am to 10pm.

We also create and produce an hour long weekly news magazine show ‘Riverside Reports’ every Friday night at 6pm and have begun creating more social media and video content.

We need people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in local news, views, politics and sport who want to talk to local people and discover the best and most valuable stories to tell to our listeners in south west London.

You get to be part of a fantastically exciting team and the flagship programme on our community radio station.

No experience is necessary, we’ll teach you everything you need to know, however if you have any radio or journalistic experience this is a huge bonus!

Many of our volunteers have gone on to work as Broadcast Journalists at the BBC, Wireless, Global and Bauer stations across London and the rest of the UK.

As part of the news team you’ll be taking on a variety of roles. Here’s some of the tasks you could be taking on….

Guests being interviewed in the Riverside Radio studio in Battersea

NEWSREADER

You’ll be coming into the studio as part of a morning, day or night shift to write, produce and read news bulletins for three minutes at the top of the hour and at half past. You’ll be choosing what stories should feature in the bulletin, editing audio and including clips into the bulletin, using news wires to create your script and decide what local stories are best to feature.

REPORTER

You’ll be coming into the studio as part of an exciting daily reporter shift to find the greatest stories to tell our local audience. Once you’ve found the story, you’ll be discovering who is best person or people to interview and persuading them to come into the studio for an interview on our weekly news show ‘Riverside Reports’. You will be ‘out and about’ interviewing local people and politicians yourself and then editing your audio into a reporter package which will feature on ‘Riverside Reports’ and in our news bulletins.

Riverside Radio Reporter Lucy Kenningham interviewing Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

PRODUCER

As a producer on Riverside Reports you are the fundamental link to making sure what is going out on air is ready, on time and correct. You’ll be writing and checking scripts, editing audio and interviews, working out the running order of the show and making sure the presenters have everything they need and the invited guests are happy and are in place in the studio when they should be.

Riverside Radio’s team of reporters at 2020 General Election counts in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth

PRESENTER

As a presenter of ‘Riverside Reports’ on a Friday night you’ll make sure you are ready, calm and prepared to carry the hour long show and make it interesting and relevant for our local audience. You will need to know about all the stories we are covering and be passionate about them. You’ll be writing scripts and preparing questions to ask local politicians and service providers or local people who are doing amazing things.

George and Mesgana presenting Riverside Reports

WHAT TO DO NEXT!

Let us know you want to be part of our news team by sending an email to volunteer@riversideradio.com and you’ll be invited to our next new volunteers open day which is Saturday 15th February, Midday at our studios near Battersea Park. We look forward to seeing you there and making news with you!

February 2nd, 2020

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