Benefits To The Students

Speaking & Listening
Well, the speaking part is pretty obvious on radio but there are far too many presenters who rely just on this. The best radio presenters however, are great listeners!

Whether it's in an interview, chatting to a listener or general banter with co-presenters, good presenters feed off of what is being said before speaking.

Radio is an incredible way to develop language, communication, formal and informal speaking and of course, presentation.
Working to a time frame and within the clock format is an integral part of broadcasting. Quick thinking is required to work out how long you' need to speak for whilst hitting the 13:00 news, with a 20 second jingle to introduce the news leading up to the hour, a 3 minute,28 second track to squeeze in and 49 seconds left on the current track with the time currently being 12:54:33.

Unlike an essay or print newspaper with a required number of words, radio is measured in time. All scripts should not only be rehearsed ahead of their broadcast, but also timed where possible.
Research Skills
Broadcasting can encourage students to think deeper about their programming material and to strengthen their research skills for their selected projects.
Microphone Techniques
As 'off the cuff' as many professional broadcasters may seems, there's a huge amount of work that goes into scripting information, news stories, features and links that happens behind the scenes.

The larger the station, generally the more support staff behind the presenter.
Communication Skills
Enhance the students' ability to communicate in writing (i.e. scripts and programmes for broadcasting); confidence in speaking over the air-ways and their ability to communicate with the broadcasting team.
Creative Thinking & Writing
Script writing, programme development and effective communication all require a creative mind.
Time Management
Broadcasting & Digital Radio Skills
Reading & Literacy
Presenters always reading from sources of information and relaying this on to the listeners. Quite often, the DJ has to read out stories or copy 'cold', (not having the chance to proof read it, but instead reading it out for the first time, live on air).

Most links, interview questions, radio dramas etc are read from scripts helping pupils to stay focused.

Unlike a school play, you can take your "lines" into a radio studio!
Confidence Building
Give students the opportunity to be in the public eye (or ear). Let them give vent to self expression and on-air debate.
What a thrill to be a member of a broadcasting team. Students can learn the benefits of working together in a busy and exciting environment and can plan operation of the studios.
Presentation Skills
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