Bauer Journalism Programme

The Bauer Journalism Programme in partnership with the National Broadcasting School and accredited by BJTC.

The best journalists start here.

The BJP is an elite radio journalism course embedded in Bauer Media’s market leading radio stations. This highly acclaimed post graduate level course is delivered by NBS tutors with over 100 years’ radio experience between them. The BJP promise is to get you a job as a broadcast journalist and it is more successful than any other course in delivering that promise. It also does it faster than anyone else. Apply now, if you think you are ready for the challenge.

Background: Bauer Media is one of the country’s biggest media groups whose portfolio includes market leading radio stations across the UK. In 2014 Bauer partnered with the successful NBS Diploma in Radio Journalism to create the Bauer Journalism Programme. The first NBS course was in early 2003. The NBS is a not for profit organisation, and invests all its resources into the training of future Journalists. There is one programme each year, the course duration is 13 weeks, with a further three weeks’ work placement at a Bauer radio station. The maximum size of each course cohort is 10, due to the fact that the course is based in a live radio station environment. The course attracts post-graduates with a range of degrees. Students who don’t possess a degree usually have media experience and some kind of journalistic background. The course is described as “practical, intensive, and demanding.” Its aim is to produce consistently the best radio news talent in the UK. The course provides a unique opportunity for Bauer to attract the best journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and to introduce them into the Bauer talent pipeline. When not attending lectures, the rest of the time is dedicated to ‘real-time’ newsroom operations: students start broadcasting on the first day of the course. During the 2015 programme students actually got paid work during the course, and 60% went on to get jobs within a month of the course finishing. Successful students will receive a Bauer Diploma in Radio Journalism as well as a BJTC Professional Radio Skills certificate. We encourage students to enter Industry awards during the course and we had a winner at the 2014 BJTC awards and two of the three nominations in the student journalist of the year category in the 2016 IRN awards were students from the BJP!

Teaching Resources: 1 x course director, 1 x broadcast and voice skills trainer; 1 x part-time careers advisor, 1 x Bauer mentor. All lectures are done by the BJP course director; practical newsroom work (the rest of the time) is supervised by the broadcast and voice skills trainer. Staff include:

Tom Hunter is the former two times Managing Director of Radio City who moved the station to its current iconic location in St. John’s Beacon, overlooking Liverpool city centre.
He started his career in advertising agencies before joining Capital radio in 1980. During his 28-year radio career Tom has either launched or managed some of the most successful stations in the UK including Fox FM, Rock FM, Key103 and The Hits digital service. Tom also spent some time managing emap radios online portfolio during the dot com boom and was a member of the emap radio board. Tom’s stations have won a number of awards including winning the prestigious Sony Station of the year accolade twice at Fox fm in 1994 and Radio City in 2005. In 2006 Tom was responsible for one of the most successful launches in recent years at Palm 105.5 in Torbay and was also Managing Director of the successful Exeter licence bid. Tom was also part of the UK expansion team at Canadian media giant CanWest. In 2009 Tom became Managing Partner of the National Broadcasting School.

Liam Fogarty is Course Director. After Oxford University Liam Fogarty spent more than 20 years as a BBC journalist. He’s a former Local Government Correspondent for BBC Radio, reporting for Today, the World at One, PM and other flagship news and current affairs programmes. He has edited regional programmes BBC North West Tonight and the Politics Show, and masterminded coverage of local, National and European elections. Liam was Managing Editor of BBC Radio Merseyside before leaving the corporation in 2006.His independent production company – Intense Media – provides media training to clients including Cheshire East Council, Cheshire Police and Merseyside Police. He continues to broadcast on a freelance basis, contributing to BBC Radios Three, Four and Five Live. He also teaches Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Liam originally joined the National Broadcasting School as Course Director for their Liverpool BJTC Radio Journalism Course.

Tim Brady is Senior Skills Tutor at The National Broadcasting School. Tim is a freelance bulletin editor for Bauer Radio News and can be regularly heard reading bulletins across Bauer’s ‘Big City’ stations. He is also a regular presenter of sports programmes on Radio City Talk. As such, he is well-placed to advise students on Bauer’s current editorial thinking and technical systems. Over the last 17 years he has presented and produced programmes for stations including City Talk 105.9, Rock FM, Magic 999, Magic 1548 and the Magic Network of eight stations across the north of England. For more than 10 years Tim was course co-ordinator at educational charity Ariel Trust, responsible for the design and delivery of radio training courses. Many of his former students are now employed as presenters, journalists, producers, broadcast assistants and technical operators by BBC and commercial radio stations throughout the UK. Tim has a Degree in Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire.

Mick Ord left the BBC in March 2015 after a 30-year career, starting as a news reporter in 1985 and ending up as an editor with BBC Learning at Media City in Salford. Mick was manager of BBC Radio Merseyside for 17 years, becoming the longest-serving manager in the station’s history. During this time the radio station was the best-performing in the BBC local chain outside of London achieving consistently high reach and share and winning numerous awards for programmes. He has directed a number of high-profile pan-BBC projects including the largest ever survey into UK accents and dialects in 2005, “BBC Voices”.

Facilities: The course is mainly based at the professional studios of Key 103 in Manchester, one of the UK’s most successful commercial radio stations and the nerve centre of Bauer Radio News. The BJP has its own “Newsroom” and access to the main broadcast studios. Each student has access to professional portable recording kits and work stations, a network news provider, the internet, news software, Dalet programming software, Adobe Audition, and phone out interview facilities. Students will also broadcast on NBS Live most weeks during the course. They will also be asked by the Regional newsroom and sports team to contribute to live output when sufficiently experienced. Students on this course will also spend a week at Radio City in Liverpool. Visits are also arranged to the BBC at Media City and leading media organisations.

Hours: School hours are 9.30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Daily lectures are from 9.30am – 11am. Students face a normal radio news schedule until 5pm, including bulletins, a weekly 15-minute news magazine programme, features and ‘phone-ins. Students are expected to do deliver assignments, including law exams and audio projects, to professional standards.

Assignments: Students are required to complete some assignments in their own time. These include revising for a weekly law test (pass-mark 70%) which is assessed and marked by the Course Director. They are also required to produce features ranging from 1’00” to 10’00” duration, and a documentary on a subject of their choosing.

Feed-back: Each student has a thirty-minute consultation with the Course Director on three occasions to review progress and to provide feed-back. Students will also be mentored by a senior Bauer journalist throughout the course to help them reach the highest possible professional standards. Students are also invited to complete a course feed-back form at the end of each course. Feedback has been extraordinarily positive. BJTC also reviews the Programme.

Quotes from the 2015/2016 Bauer Journalism Programme

“Much better than any University journalism degree. The practical element is a huge contributor to enjoying the course as much as I did. The studio and recording experience gave me the confidence to pursue a career in broadcast journalism” John Fogarty

“I really enjoyed my time on the BJP. It has given me the chance to build my journalism skills and grow in confidence. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and have many happy memories” Emily Reader, nominated for IRN Student Journalist of the year 2016

“I had fun, met amazing people and gained a professional understanding of radio journalism” Sam Danson

“It’s been a life changing and affirmative experience. I now have the skills, connections and experience I need to successfully start a career in broadcast journalism. I enjoyed every minute of the course and I’ve made friends for life” Emmey Little

“I took a massive risk leaving London to become a student again, but this course has been an absolute pleasure to be on. I’ve developed my journalism skills in a very practical way. I’ve learnt so much and the support and care I’ve received has been second to none” Rukiyah Khatun, IRN Student Journalist of the year 2016

“It’s been an incredible experience here. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount but I had so much fun doing it! Everyone with the course was so nice that it made my transition to the UK so much easier” Rohtas Wadera NYC

“It has been amazing, especially the voice training and access to the professional studios at Rock FM. A fantastic experience and I’m grateful for the opportunity” Rosalina Lobo

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