Current Affairs and Talk Radio

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'In the last 30 years we've seen an absolute explosion of radio channels and stations. Within the 44 countries in the UN definition of Europe...there are roughly 15,000 broadcast radio outlets, about one for every 50,000 people. Ten years ago there were half as many.'

- The Guardian

Have you ever dreamed of working in talk radio? Do you long for the adrenalin burst of live and breaking news, and the thrill of chasing down great talent? Then AFTRS Current Affairs and Talk Radio Course could offer you the entry point into this exciting career.

In this intensive weekend course industry expert Melanie Withnall (2SER) will show you what makes a great story and how to deliver it in a compelling and creative way.

Create content for the current affairs and talk show formats across the commercial, public and community sectors. Discover the secrets to writing copy with language that connects to the listener.

Use the AFTRS’ state of the art studios to make program simulations which will have you industry ready to apply for jobs in Australia’s best talk stations.

A strong interest in news and current affairs, knowledge of current events, familiarity with talk radio formats and a desire to enter the industry are important prerequisites for this course - as well as a good level of proficiency in written English.

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