In February, RTS Midlands held the first two of the three networking seminars planned for the early part of the year, as well as a joint event with the BBC Academy.
At the University of Stafford on 2 February, the RTS Committee was joined by industry professionals from Film Birmingham, the Writers Guild and local TV channel Made in Birmingham. The event was attended by students, as well as industry professionals.
A week later, the roadshow moved on to Wolverhampton University with a team from ITV Central adding to the professional expertise on offer. The final seminar takes place at the University of Worcester on 23 March.
In mid-February, RTS Midlands and the BBC Academy hosted the “Bouncing into broadcasting bootcamp” for 80 media, writing and journalism students from the University of Wolverhampton as part of the university’s career enhancement week.
BBC Academy mobile phone guru Marc Settle and trainer Deidre Mulcahy took the students through the skills required to make short films with phone cameras.
The student radio journalists made a programme with the help of the university’s radio studio and presenter Jo Hayward from BBC Radio Leicester.
The TV production group heard from Doctor Who writer Phil Ford and producer Carol Harding (Holby City and Doctors), who advised on how to develop and pitch a drama.
Michelle Young from the BBC Academy’s Production Apprentice Scheme talked about opportunities with the Corporation.