Talk Radio

Module code: 5RDPR003W
Faculty: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module explores the genre of speech output in live radio broadcasting and teaches the various ingredients and techniques needed to produce high-quality broadcasts incorporating elements of news and magazine production. The course begins with introductory lectures and workshops on researching topical news items and producing items from them, before moving on to look at programme production (including ‘two-ways’, live interviewing, programme structure, and the use of beds and ‘stings’ in news programmes). You will explore studio-production and presenting, and desk-op studio management, presentation, research and the production roles involved, during studio workshop sessions.

You will also have the opportunity to work on assignment – including fieldwork, editing and preparation of material, supervised editorial meetings, programme-pilots and assessed transmission – and plan and complete simulated exercises in outside broadcast. There will also be lectures and workshops on developing ‘live’ programme formats, on appropriate use of social media and listener interaction, and on legal and ethical issues.

Teaching and learning methods include whole class sessions, seminar-style small group exercises, group and individual assignments, and studio workshop sessions. Assessment will focus on key pieces of coursework, including the transmission of a series of live speech shows, and a 1,500-word essay.