Radio is important, so don’t ignore it!

Review by Sara Torres

‘BBC Ears to the Ground’ was an eye-opening experience not only for me as a Journalism student, but for all those who were present on the evening.

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The talk on Tuesday was led by Kate Chapman, Drama lecturer here at DMU, and she started by introducing Justine Potter who is a Development Producer for BBC Writers Room North and Midlands.

Potter was an interesting and attention-grabbing woman. She started by telling us what the Writers Room was all about and how we should submit scripts into it.

“We get a good sense if a script is good by page 10. So, start with the moment where everything changes for your character instead of starting with introductions,” said Justine.

She also took us through events and festivals for writers and some important members of the Writers Room. Plus, we learnt about the great series they produce – some of them we watch on our telly every week!

It was fascinating to find out that shows like ‘Boy Meets Girl’ started with a simple submission to their website.

In the second part of the session, we were introduced to Amanda Whittington, award winning playwright who is currently writing drama for BBC Radio 4.

She took us through her work and gave us some insight on what it is like adapting plays to radio.

She explained why radio is important and how we can make the most of our scripts.

“On radio, you can get inside your character’s head. It has a sort of intimacy about it,” explained Amanda.

The overall feeling of the talk was the importance of radio for our careers, despite what we might think.

As Justine said: “Radio is the most exciting to write for. It’s just a joy.”

So was this evening.

DMU Men’s football 3rd XI edged out in close semi-final

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By Ross Barnett and Luke Smith, reporting from Northampton Spencer FC

DMU 3rds were unable to join their rugby counterparts in the final of their respective trophies next week.

DMU were defeated in the semi-finals of the BUCS Midlands Conference Plate to rivals Northampton 3rds 2-0 on Wednesday.

After a tense first half which produced very little opportunity for either team, Northampton broke the deadlock on the hour mark from a scrappy scramble off a dubious free kick.

The same cannot be said for Northampton’s second goal, a 30-yard sweep into the top left corner catching the inside of the post for good measure leaving the De Montfort goalkeeper, Ben Challis, rooted.

On a demanding pitch, the DMU players looked physically drained as they chased those two all important goals to keep their cup dream alive.

The 200 strong crowd who gathered at Northampton Spencer Football Club, which made for a boisterous atmosphere, were treated to a number of robust challenges that made for an entertaining game of football.

Tensions often boiled over towards the end with members of each side being kept apart from each other.

For all of DMU’s efforts, none could find their way past a relatively untroubled Northampton goalkeeper with the attacking prowess of the team absent today in what otherwise has been an extraordinary season.

The 3rd XI are top of their league with one match to play at home to Birmingham City Men’s 3rd XI, and one point will all but seal the title.