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Liam Fogarty’s course review

Curiosity. Creativity. Persistence. NBS cannot teach you any of these things. But if you already have these qualities, NBS will give you the training and advice you need to embark on a career as Broadcast Journalist.

NBS offers real learning in a real radio station. Working 400 feet up in the Radio City Tower in Liverpool, alongside journalists from one the UK’s most-successful stations, is as far removed from a lecture hall as you can get. The views are fantastic – you can see Blackpool or Snowdon on a clear day – but you’ll barely have time to enjoy them.

Students and staff work to replicate a “newsroom” environment: there are editorial meetings, reporter assignments, story deadlines and regular radio bulletins (broadcast online at NBS Live.)

Our tutors bring with them more than 60 years’ worth of radio experience. We’ll give you the practical skills potential employers demand when you  apply for jobs in the industry.

You’ll learn how to record and edit audio. You’ll learn how to write clear, concise scripts. You’ll be given effective voice training and learn how to present on-air.

Journalism is also about judgement.  Through lectures and group discussions you’ll come to learn about news values ( “What makes a good story? Why is this news when that isn’t? ) and about the ethical issues every journalist has to deal with.

NBS insists on giving all its students a solid grounding in media law. Law lectures feature prominently on the timetable, and visits to local courts allow you to see the law in action. You can also expect to visit other local broadcasters, commercial and BBC, during your course.

But what makes the National Broadcasting School unique is its next-door-neighbour, the Radio City newsroom. Its reporters, presenters and producers are on hand to share their insights and experience. And they welcome students as a valuable newsgathering resource, too. If your course work is good enough to be broadcast, it will be. Previous students have found themselves interviewing Cabinet ministers, supermodels and Premier League managers. They also get hands-on experience helping to put programmes on the air.

Thirteen weeks isn’t a long time. But spend them on the NBS course and the benefits will last you a lifetime.

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