I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this semester’s studio ‘Room With A View’. At first I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, I thought perhaps it was just a radio-style, podcast making studio. I was happily surprised when I got to class on the first day and found out we’d be in actual groups and going live to air at Triple R radio station as part of our assessments. My first interview that I did with my friend Jac who runs Newport Film Festival definitely highlighted for me how hard conducting an engaging interview discussion actually is. I realised how much you actually have to think about the questions you ask and where they will lead. On top of this, trying to keep the interview casual and non-robotic is also a difficult thing to balance. However, I think it went well for a first go.
Going live to air for the first time was an interesting experience. We had an interviewee drop out the morning of, which meant that we had to make changes to the run sheet an hour before going live and this made us appear quite unorganised. We managed to get through the show ok but there were definite things we could’ve done better. But overall, my panelling was good, our presenters had a nice chatty tone and good content and the interviewee who came in from WIRE was amazing and interesting to listen and talk to. Now that I know how everything works within a love show context, I’m excited to go back in and do a better job next time.
Our feature was focused around memes and how they affect news/journalism in current society. I enjoyed working on that task as we got to have a bit of fun with it but also deliver content that was interesting and informative.
I love that this subject is able to be continued after the semester is over. Radio is definitely something I want to do more of in future and I feel like I’ve gained a greater perspective over these last few months on what it’s all about.