Bay High Students, Bay FM Joint Project
BYRON Bay High School has collaborated with Bay FM to produce a podcast that will be entered in a Radio National Competition.
The students worked with BAYFM production manager William Martin and radio journalist Prue Clark to produce ‘What’s Next’ a podcast that focuses on what will come after the students leave school.
The theme of the 10 minute podcast is My Firsts.
“We brainstormed and came up with the idea of career firsts and taking careers and looking at where we were going with our lives,” said student Kara Angel.
“We did multiple interviews starting with students around our own school.
“Then we went to places such as aged care homes and talked to people there and who shared their stories with us.
“They talked about career choices they had made and that really informed us as to what sort of choices we needed to make and how we needed to make them.”
“Basically, we are at the point of our lives where we have to make our first career decision,” said Jack deGail-Johnson.
“The most important thing I learned from this is that working in a team we all had separate jobs and had to delegate what we were doing and it was good to see everyone just dived in and got everything done.”
Deputy Principal Janine Marcus said the project emerged from a call out from Bay FM to Byron High for students who wanted to explore radio as a potential career path.
“Our initial sessions included a tour of the station, an overview of radio and some basic story craft on what makes a compelling narrative,” said Ms Marcus.
“From these small beginnings, the students were inspired to take their first step towards audio journalism
“This was a project of many firsts.
“For the students, it was the first time they put together audio, the first time they had heard their voice- both metaphorically and literally speaking.
“It was also the first time they actually took a serious look at their future… a future involving media and creative storytelling.
“For the small BayFM team involved, it was the first time they’d worked with a group of teenagers who weren’t addicted to their mobile phones, and
who inspired us, as much as we hope, we inspired them.”
As for ‘What’s Next’ for Kara, “My ambition is to go to university and do a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Journalism and work in the media in Japan.”
“I hope to go to University and do a Bachelor of Law and go into being attorney,” said Jack.
‘My Firsts’ will be broadcast between 11am-noon this Friday July 10 on BayFM and is available from the stations web page.