I’ve just come back from mentoring students at Strode College in a workshop designed to test their newly developing skills of teamwork, content structuring and script writing.
It’s been quite a day; the first year broadcast media class is 17 strong and a nice bunch. I worked with them before Christmas when Mendip Media gave time to tutor the class in another video workshop at the Shepton Mallet Digital Arts Festival.
We got through some basic news package skills today; interviewing, pieces to camera, vox pops and GVs.
With the students exhibiting good enthusiasm, the problem for Strode, which is I guess the same for many colleges, is lack of credible equipment.
So instead of bemoaning tight budgets, Mendip Media has given an undertaking to work with Strode College’s Broadcast Media department to fund the purchase of at least two new cameras with sound input.
This should give the students a chance to shine and hone their skills before heading out into the world of work.