Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:11

BBC Radio Humberside Interview by Oliver Smith

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After asking about what careers can be found in radio journalism, she said that there are “loads and loads of things you can do” in radio. She described how there are jobs in interviewing, tech, presenting and much more. We then asked how someone could get into journalism and into radio. Caroline said that there are numerous routes into radio journalism. She said that she studied journalism at university and got a degree but, there are many different ways. She said that you could start with an apprenticeship and work your way up, “you could apply for a short contract, then get a long contract, and then get a permanent job.” She said that there were, “Some people at my work who had to go through an X-Factor style audition…with four judges with big buzzers!” She said that this style of audition helps under privileged people get into journalism. She referred to when they did an audition like this for “the voice for Bradford” and how they needed someone that lives and breathes Bradford.

We then asked her where radio journalism has taken her. She said that you are sometimes reporting serious news stories, sometimes even for national news sources “5 live, for example”. She then said “but, on the flip side, it can be absolutely ridiculous!” She then went on to talk about when she once had to try and find some women’s underwear in Pocklington and how everyone came out to help her! She said that you could have a day where you think you are doing a certain story but, it changes completely. She said how you need to be good under pressure in order to have that kind of job.

We asked her about the BBC’s crossing divides project. She replied by saying that she does not have much to do with that but, every story that she does must be fair. He told us that she once did a debate on Brexit and had 3 different people with opposing views. She said how she always has to provide a balanced argument in everything she reports.

For our final question, we asked how Brexit would affect journalism. She said that no one knows what will happen after Brexit, but how the media will continue to report it. Thank you to Caroline Brocklebank for answering our questions.

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