The Bauer Academy Experience

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The latest Bauer Journalism Programme is in its final stages. Based at Rock FM in Preston, the course has been a tremendous learning experience for all the students.

It’s been a journey for everyone involved, especially considering the amount of travelling. As reporters they’ve gone out on the streets to gather audio, chase stories and conduct interviews across Lancashire.

Our students have interviewed the likes of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and Preston North End manager Simon Grayson.

The course has also included some time at other Bauer radio stations. The trainees spent a week at Radio City in Liverpool leading up to Christmas and a week at Key 103 in Manchester to bring in the new year.

They also took advantage of Manchester’s position as one of the UK’s major media hubs. This included a trip to Inrix, the headquarters for all major traffic and travel news throughout Britain. The trainee journalists were also given a special tour of BBC 5 Live from Commissioning Editor Richard Maddock. As the course comes to a close, the students are looking forward to their work placements at one of Bauer’s radio newsrooms.

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