After an amazing first day at Radio 1’s Academy, I was back in Norwich for another bunch of workshops and Q&A’s and I couldn’t have been more excited!
Tuesday 12th May:
12pm – 2pm: My first workshop of the day was the one I was most looking forward to whilst at the academy. It was a Journalism Workshop: How To Be A Music Journalist. As this is what I aspire to be in the future, this session was right up my street. The workshop was run by Lizz Page, Editor of Outline Magazine, a monthly entertainment magazine distributed around Norwich. There were various tasks that we could pick to do over the two hours, such as writing a 500-700 word feature on how to survive Radio 1’s Big Weekend, review various unreleased songs, learn to take professional photos at concerts and interviewing some surprise guests.
I was interested in this because I had never done an interview before so I thought it would be a great experience for me. As you can imagine, being told you are going to interview a famous band or artist made me slightly excited to say the least. This excitement only grew when we were told that our group would be interviewing number one selling, X Factor winner Leona Lewis. (The other group got to interview Nothing But Thieves, so I’m glad I was with Leona!) We had to research her and find out what she had been up to recently, alongside writing questions to ask her. When we got in the room to talk to her, she was really lovely and very understanding and patient due to it being our first ever interview. We then wrote up our our questions and her answers and it got published on the Outline website – have a read of it here.
2pm – 3pm: After a quick dash from the music journalism workshop, I arrived in the main hall to a packed full audience for the Radio Q&A: How To Be A Radio 1 DJ with Fearne Cotton, Nick Grimshaw and Greg James. Clara Amfo, who will be taking over from Fearne Cotton, led the Q&A, asking many questions about their way into radio and the hurdles they had to overcome on their way to fame. It was really interesting hearing about how they got to where they are now, but what I loved the most was seeing the camaraderie between the DJ’s. You could tell that they are genuinely good friends and they had such a laugh on stage, bouncing off each others banter. It was a really fun and relaxed hour, one in which I thoroughly enjoyed.
3.30pm – 4.30pm: To end the day, I did a careers workshop: Get Your Dream Job With The Perfect Online Profile. This gave me practical advise on how my online reputation could help and hinder my prospects of getting a job. We got useful tips on what we should and shouldn’t allow people to see online and how different social medias can help us to promote the skills that we have. It was a very useful hour and I definitely learnt a lot from it.
So there concludes what can only be described as an amazing couple of days. I feel so privileged to have been able to attend these workshops and Q&A’s organised by Radio 1. Radio 1’s Academy is a great opportunity for young people like myself to get advice and a push in the right direction with their dream careers. These past two days have confirmed to me that all I want to do is be a music journalist – there is nothing else that I would love to do more. All that is left to say is thank you Radio 1 for this opportunity.