New training centre opened for journalists

Stags fan Craig Priest who has lost his job at Peak FM.
Stags fan Craig Priest who has lost his job at Peak FM.

Budding broadcasters and roving reporters can now get the best start to a career in the media with a brand new training centre which has opened in Mansfield.

The new purpose-built facility located at the Dallas Street Resource Centre has been set up by the community interest company, Broadcast and Achieve.

Its aims are to give youngsters aged between 10 and 25 a chance to experience working in the media sector, and can broadcast live on the company’s online radio station Educate FM.

The facility includes a purpose built radio broadcasting studio and a dedicated space for filming professional videos , plus a media desk where participants can learn about video production, design and print journalism/creative writing.

The projects are led by people with specific industry experience a team, headed up by 24-year-old Craig Priest who devised the original concept whilst studying for an apprenticeship in 2013.

The organisation which formed in January 2015 has already worked with 10 participants from the Sutton area.

The move to the new premises enables the company to welcome many more participants to their programmes and activities.

Craig, who has experience in both print and radio journalism, said: “It’s been a fun journey so far and we’re looking to get more people involved.

“We want to tell people we are here and give them the creative opportunities.

“We could see that there’s a need for this kind of project.”

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