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My name’s Issy –I’ve just finished my third year at De Montfort University in Leicester where I graduated in July with a BSc in Media Production. Studying advanced radio production on the course gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for audio and music, along side researching and comparing streaming services next to vinyl for my dissertation, my final year work has given me the determination to begin a career doing what I love most.Locked Pro Plan feature
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Demon FM is De Montfort University leading student radio station, which broadcasts in Leicester 24 hours a day, 365 days of the week at 107.5 FM. In my second year I produced an intermission show for the pivotal 12pm-1pm lunchtime slot, and following this in my third year an outermission show from 1-2pm. Working at such a fast pace, and under high pressure, taught me how to edit competently and quickly, in an agile manner. Key roles such I took the lead on; technical producer, producer and presenter at the radio station. Demon FM was a key part of my student experience, helping to build my confidence and pushing me out of my comfort zone. The experience helped me realise the direction I wanted to take my career in, as I felt comfortable working under pressure and sticking to tight deadlines as I pride myself in being organised.
BBC's engineering training centre linked up with BSc Media Production students in their second year, this gave myself and my fellow piers a chance to spend a week at the BBC in the live television studios. In this week in teams we produced our own quiz panel shows, putting together the interview questions, lighting, sound, music and graphics. Whilst each team took on roles including: director, sound engineer, vision mixer, camera operator and PA. This week trained us and showed us what a live studio would operate like, therefore we worked under the pressure exampling what the real thing would be like. At the end of the course we received a certificate proving our training.
My years spent at De Montfort University gave myself the chance to gain a various amount of skills, with this course I was able to be creative with ideas. Having a passion for audio and music lead to choosing radio production and audio production in my second year. I gained confidence as you needed to go out into the public for vox pops, radio also taught me how to manage quick turn around time in editing.The enjoyment I had from being able to present and broadcast songs myself made me continue taking radio production in third year at an advanced level. With wanting to express my passion for music the flexibility of my dissertation let me prove this, by comparing the sound quality and compression of lossy and lossless formats in music streaming services next to vinyl, researching into consumer expectations and preferences, I thoroughly enjoyed this as I was allowed the freedom to work on most of my subjects doing what I loved and respected.