Here are five audio clips I’ve made as part of my course, along with accompanying script to make a short news bulletin. If I get time, I’m going to read the script and have the whole lot as a single piece of audio.
The headlines will not be graded, fortunately, or I’d be losing points for bad puns. I’m just practising in case I end up writing for a tabloid.
STORY 1: Local Council Steamrolled by Government
Test Valley Borough Council is being forced to build more houses than its water works can cope with.
Despite the council’s protests that the local water works can only cope with 5000 more houses, the central government planning arm is forcing the council to commit to over six thousand over the next fifteen years, leaving unanswered questions about the future.
Council Planning Manager Graham Smith explains:
STORY 2: Council Locks Horns with Housing Charity
And Test Valley Borough Council’s housing woes continue with a damning report from the charity ‘Shelter’.
The housing and homeless charity has released a league table which tracks councils’ performance on delivering affordable housing. But in response to Shelter’s claims of poor performance, the council have hit back by questioning the accuracy of the reported figures and branding Shelter “irresponsible”. Test Valley’s Head of Housing, Brian Cowcher, offers his thoughts:
STORY 3: Hampshire Researcher Banks Blood Bonus
Winchester’s BioPharma research group has won a share of a cash grant to carry develop a new method of preserving donated blood. Currently, around forty percent of blood held by the NHS goes off before it is used, making blood storage both costly and wasteful. But BioPharma’s Chairman, Andrew Cowen, believes they are on their way to a solution.
STORY 4: Winchester Planetarium Wins Star Prize
From blood-bottling to planet-watching now; Intech Planetarium has scooped the title of Business of the Year at the Winchester Business Excellence Awards. The top trophy came as one of a pair of gongs for the charity, which also picked up the Excellence Through Technology award. Intech’s Marketing Manager, Andy Lane, describes how the win has been a boost for the planetarium.
STORY 5: Food Bank Hunts for Easter Eggs
And finally, a charity in Andover is appealing to members of the public for donations of Easter eggs.
The Andover Food Bank is gathering the chocolate eggs in preparation for Easter Sunday, when they will be handed out to children who might otherwise get nothing.
To make a donation, or for more information, visit andoverfoodbank.org.uk