Chris Sykes, BBC Newcastle – How Will Buckley Started My Radio Career

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Chris Sykes, now Broadcast Assistant with BBC Newcastle, found his way into the radio station via work experience.  Here’s why he impressed the BBC, and why they wanted to keep him around:

(Here’s Tim John’s original post on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

“Well the speculation in the papers this morning link Sunderland with the Brighton pair of Liam Bridcutt and….erm…who’s the other player?”

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Chris Sykes, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Newcastle & SportsBeat Reporter

It’s about 6:15pm on Monday January 6th, 2014; the first day of my work experience placement with the Total Sport team at BBC Newcastle.

 

I’m sat in the broom cupboard-sized phone-in booth, alongside Vicki, the show’s producer.  There’s four computer screens crammed on to one work bench, which barely has room for two people.

As any football fan knows, January means the mid-season transfer window is open.  That makes it the perfect time to go on work experience with a sportsdesk, particularly one that covers two high profile, well-supported clubs in Newcastle and Sunderland.

In January, rumours are always swirling around about which clubs might sign whom and inevitably on a daily football phone-in, those rumours, truthful or not, will be discussed.

The show’s presenter, Simon Pryde, is talking about just that; speculation in the local papers that Sunderland are after two Brighton players.  One problem, only Liam Bridcutt’s name springs to his mind.

Straightaway, I press the red switch on the talkback mic into the studio and excitedly shout “Will Buckley” into Prydey’s headphones.

“Will Buckley, of course,” he exclaims.  And the show carries on as normal.

Now I must confess, the title of this post is slightly misleading.  That one small incident didn’t really get me my first job in radio.  Knowing Will Buckley’s name isn’t something listed on the BBC Careers Hub competencies for a broadcast assistant’s job.

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ArtyParti – Putting Southwick on the Map, Thinking Digital Arts & Free Pinhole Photography

Hello, Creatives!  One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti.  We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.

Here’s the latest, episode 39;

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Supercharge Your Social Media

Hello, Creatives!  Jay here.  Earlier this month, I held my first ever free social media class in the City of Sunderland; “Social Media 101”.

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If you live near Sunderland, UK, feel free to join – “Social Media 101” is every 2nd Wednesday of the month, held in Holmeside Coffee.  It’s informal, and a change to learn from each other over good coffee & good food.

I’ve been teaching “Introduction to Social Media” at the University of Sunderland since January this year (given the opportunity to branch out from radio production), and it’s been a really rewarding experience.   I’ve both learned [and taught] a great deal about the theories behind how to increase engagement across your social media platforms.

A very quick Google will help you pick up dozens of skills for getting the most out of services; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.  Here’s my first contribution to that online conversation.

1)  “Reply All”

If you haven’t heard of internet heavyweight Gary Vaynerchuck, now’s the time.

This talk by Gary Vaynerchuck may be from 2011, but it’s probably one of the most important speeches you can ever watch about social media engagement:

 

If people are talking about you, your creative projects, or your products, social media exists for you to take advantage of that.  We’re at a unique point in history where you can interact with people like never before.  Take advantage of that.  And if they’re not, join in those online conversations.

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Jay’s Say – A Ramble, and a Reveal

Hello, Creatives!  It’s not often I post about me on here, but today I feel compelled to.  I’m honestly thankful for pretty much everything in life right now.

170D2383I’ll keep it brief.

So my name’s Jay, for those who don’t know me.  I’m the guy who runs 99% Perspiration – the podcasts (both editing and hosting), the Facebook network, the Twitter, and this very blog.  It’s a lot of work, and I love it.  But it’s a third “job”, and it seldom gets the attention it deserves.

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Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees – Day 1

13120751_10154782571584746_1905606792_o.jpgHello, Creatives!  On her commute home from her first day with ITV Tyne Tees, emerging journalist Gemma Hirst sent us this photo…

Who wouldn’t be excited with a pass to ITV’s building, right?

Let’s back up a bit.  Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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