URN’s Best Journalistic Programming entry 2010.

Aug 01

The Student Radio Awards aim to showcase and reward the best in student radio and over the years, have helped to launch the careers of Scott Mills, Greg James and Zane Lowe. The entries for this year’s awards had to be in by the 21st July and after being pored over by various industry professionals during the summer months, winners will be announced in November. There’s 12 categories including best entertainment, best technical innovation and the big one – student station of the year. Last year URN won lots of awards, including best male for Fergus Dufton and best specialist music for Radio Clubfoot - who, as part of their prize, are doing tonight’s BBC 6Music’s 6mix from 8-10pm.

As news editor at the station, myself and our head of speech put together an entry for the best journalistic programming category. Last year we compiled a montage of all the different types of news we had covered throughout the year. For the 2010 entry we put forward something we had piloted this year on our daily news and discussion show, The Pulse. We put together a one-off longer broadcast which took a more investigative look into a fairly recent, but surprisingly prevalent issue – the use of performance enhancing drugs at university.

For the entry we had 4 aims:

1. Get student voices and opinions heard.

2. Use our position as part of URN to speak to those in positions of authority, where our student listeners may not be able to and ask the questions they want answered.

3. Investigate a student-specific issue, which may have been overlooked by other student media platforms.

4. Make our coverage of the issue as comprehensive as possible, finding out the facts so that each of our listeners were able to come to an informed decision of their own.

Here’s what we came up with:

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Fingers crossed!

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