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Alexander South

Broadcast Journalist

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Work history


Social Media Assistant & Head Barista

Treasure and Relish Treasure and Relish Books Decor

Apr 2016
  • After leaving the BBC on my own accord to look for journalistic work in a bigger city; I have helped in the opening of Ripon's first vegetarian cafe and specialist bookshop. Using my expert training and my own initiative, Treasure and Relish has opened as a thriving new cafe in Ripon. Since working for this company I have been responsible for the following: • Devising an achievable marketing plan for the business before and after its launch. • Creating a strong presence on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. • Promoting the business to relevant organisations and media groups e.g. DiscoverRipon and The Vegetarian Society • Working in the shop as a barista, which also included managing co-workers, taking stock counts, dealing with customers and managing finances.


Broadcast Journalist


Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
  • After completing my apprenticeship and receiving an NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism Practice I was offered a staff position at the station as a broadcast journalist. I was responsible for the following: •Helping produce content for The Afternoon Show and Mid-mornings on BBC Radio York. This has involved putting forward ideas for the programs whilst researching existing information further. •Liaising with individuals and organisations outside of the BBC for example the City of York Council, University of York etc. whilst simultaneously creating a strong and positive rapport for future engagement •Writing cues, questions and scripts, whilst also fact checking and adding tailored treatments to individual stories. •Working with tighter deadlines and managing a larger worker load more efficiently and effectively. •Learning how drive studio desks, manage cartwalls/playlists and vet calls from the listeners. •Editing pre-recorded interviews for presenters making sure they meet the high standards for broadcast on BBC Radio York. •Helping more in the managing of BBC Radio York's online presence, using editorial judgement deciding what makes a good post and how to make future posts more desirable.


Apprentice Broadcast Assistant


Jul 2014 - Dec 2015
  • One of only 45 apprentices selected from 4,400+ applicants nationwide for the BBC’s Local Radio Apprenticeship Scheme. I was responsible for representing BBC Radio York on a national level whilst learning the trade of a journalist and using these skills to better BBC Radio York. Over the 15 month period working as an apprentice broadcast assistant I have carried out the following responsibilities: •Answering telephones during on-air programmes and in the BBC York newsroom. Identifying strong callers and putting them through to presenters live on-air, whilst also creating a rapport with all callers. •Researching items for specific programmes including finding suitable guests, booking guests and setting up interviews. •Writing well researched cues and scripts for a variety of programmes, whilst also cross referencing existing information to eliminate potential errors for presenters. •Finding original local stories and turning them into packages suitable for broadcast on programmes such as Breakfast, Drive and Mid-mornings. •Providing content suitable for online including photos and videos for social media and online articles for the BBC Radio York website. •Working with different teams such as the news team covering programmes such as Drive and Mid-mornings but also working with feature based programmes such as BBC Introducing and The Afternoon Show.



NCTJ Level 3

City of Wolverhampton College

Jul 2014 - Dec 2015
  • Journalism Practice: Teeline Shorthand, News Reporting, Essential Media Law for Journalists, Media Law Court Reporting, Essential Public Affairs