My module Recording History (H1S2063) students is delivered in partnership with the BBC. Students receive training in recording technology and interviewing technique from BBC producers before heading out to record and transcribe interviews. Students then receive training in how to 'pitch' a programming idea to the BBC.
As one of the assessments on the module, students then work in small groups to create broadcast ideas based on the oral history interviews the group has collected. They then pitch those ideas to a panel of BBC producers.
The potential reward for the most impressive ideas is that the BBC commission the students to convert their idea into a radio documentary. the module has operated for three years and a number of ideas have been considered seriously by the BBC producers. At this point, one student pitch has made it all the way to broadcast. Three students worked to produce 'Diamond from the rough', which was broadcast on Radio Ulster and Radio 5 Live in April 2015.