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The Beginner's Guide To Making Radio Documentaries by [Cowan, Ashley]
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Length: 97 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Beginner's Guide To Making Radio Documentaries will teach you how to make radio packages and micro-documentaries at a community level. You'll learn how to find an idea, interpret the idea, and how to record and create a story.

Radio Storytelling
We focus a lot on storytelling in this book. Beginners often overlook the storytelling process. As a result of this, their radio packages and documentaries tend to end up quite bland. Therefore, it's important to understand what makes a good story. This part of the book will also be of benefit to student video documentary makers.

Finding Documentary Ideas
I’ll get you questioning your interests, and I'll show you how to use social media and forums to source documentary ideas.

Avoiding Predictable Documentaries
You'll learn to question your idea from different angles and different character viewpoints.

Researching Your Documentary
There are numerous suggestions on where to research your radio documentary idea.

What Makes An Interesting Story
Here we'll look at why a story is interesting. We'll consider themes, The Hero’s Journey, pressure points, character and character development.

Documentary Breakdown
We’ll break down an excellent radio documentary and look at its construction. For example, how did the author drip-feed past information to keep suspense in the present day? What techniques did she use to mix the backstory with the present day narrative? Why was this story moving? How did she avoid making the story predictable etc.?

The Roadmap
You’ve got your story idea, and you’ve done your research. Now we'll start planning and structuring the idea. We'll look at outlining the overall journey, the style of the documentary, and its chronological order.

Writing For Radio
We'll also look at writing for radio and creating paper edits.

Recording Audio
There's a chapter on how to record good quality audio.

We end with safety. We’ll look at risk assessments and safety issues when recording your documentary.

“Great book, packed with useful tips and suggestions.”
Dr. Matthew Linfoot
Course Leader in Radio Production
University of Westminster
Radio and Digital Production BA Honours

“A great book for beginners.”
Pete Shevlin
Radio Producer

About The Author
Ashley Cowan loves radio, Japan, and Lavazza coffee. He has eighteen years radio training experience. From 2002 to 2011, he was a BBC studio manager. During that time, he had official BBC broadcast journalism training. He also assisted the BBC African English radio documentary department for six years. From 1997 to 2002, he managed a community radio station in south London. He's been training in radio since 1999. He has a master’s degree in documentary making and an H.N.C in Radio. He's also presented on two FM radio stations, and numerous community stations. In 2014, he lived in Japan. Daily, he pretends he's learning Japanese.

With The Online Radio School, students can now learn how to interview for TV, radio, and the web, or learn how to be a radio DJ. Currently, The Online Radio School has over 480 students enrolled in both courses.

When he's not drinking coffee, then he still trains volunteers for free. Ashley loves training in radio and helping volunteers succeed.

You can learn more about Ashley and The Online Radio School at

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  • Print Length: 97 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HOVI66W
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