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David Spencer speaks about radio news bulletins at Next Radio conference

Journalism and Digital Media 26 September 2018

David Spencer

On Monday 17 September, David Spencer, Lecturer at the Westminster School of Media and Communication and News Editor for talkSPORT, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio, gave a presentation at the conference on whether news bulletins should change after remaining the same for over fifty years.

David’s presentation was centred on how to add value to news stories, how to take original content and maximise it. The way people listen to radio has changed and is continuing to evolve. He also presented some pointers on how to adapt the way radio news are delivered, as it is no longer the first place people hear their news from.

Talking about his work as News Editor, he mentioned the importance of extra detail and sound bites, as well as the need to write differently in order to take and use the best audio. He finished his presentation adding: “What we have to think about in terms of news in 2018 is: why are we there? What are we adding to the show?”

When teaching the Radio and Digital Production BA and Journalism BA students at the University, David not only teaches them how to produce good radio but also how to consume it. His approach to teaching is based on how the students of today are the broadcasters and writers of the future and can have great ideas on how to change the way radio works.

Next Radio is the UK’s biggest radio conference for forward thinking people who want to make better creative audio. This year’s edition saw speakers from around the world, bringing fresh ideas and inspiration.

Watch David’s presentation on Next Radio.

Picture credits: “Next Radio 2018” by Adam Stoner for Next Radio, used under CC BY / Resized from original


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