This stream is designed to prepare the new
generation composite radio professional who combines
the roles of news gatherer, scriptwriter, interviewer,
anchor, and producer.
Students cross the technology threshold early in the
stream and are soon adept at field recording with mini
disc or flash card recorders, use of microphones, post
production including sound perspective, layering
and mixing, and non-linear editing with Adobe
Specialized and intensive modules take students
through the essentials of writing for radio, exercises in
voice culture, structuring radio features and evoking
They gain a quick understanding of the immediacy and
influence of radio as a medium and develop a working
knowledge of the types of radio journalism
Hands-on, deadline-driven exercises are matched by
lectures and workshops aimed at a deeper appreciation
of the history and evolution of the medium, the transition
from analogue to digital technology and its impact
in terms of reach and accessibility, commercial and
public interest models, and the impact of corporate
consolidation on radio journalism and ethics.
Students learn to develop an ear for sound and, in
particular, for sound-bytes that become meaningful
information. They alternate between studio and field
work, producing daily features that are web-cast for
peer and expert evaluation.
The Radio facility consists of a recording studio and
postproduction pit with multi-track digital recording and
mixing consoles; and six digital audio edit systems.