London College of Communication. Accredited by the bjtc

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Laura Foster
Email: M: 07870507947 Twitter: @misslfoster

A graduate of the Postgraduate Broadcast Journalism Course at the London College of Communication. Accredited by the BJTC. The course covered media law, news writing for TV and radio, online journalism, digital editing, radio studio operation, programme production, shorthand, politics, voice coaching and interviewing skills.
I am fully trained in Final Cut Pro, Quick Edit Pro, Radioman, Burli, CMS and iPrompt. I also have my own Marantz recorder kit.
Work History
Time 107.5 FM Breakfast Bulletin Reader

May 2011 – Present

  • Only member of news’ team – responsible for ALL editorial content.

  • Writing short, sharp copy and sourcing supporting audio for bulletins and headlines throughout the morning.

  • Scripting for longer lunchtime news programme.

  • Finding guests/interviewees in support of news’ stories.

BBC Radio Nottingham Freelance Broadcast Journalist

Apr 2011 – Present

  • Creating and editing radio packages for broadcast during ‘Breakfast’ and ‘DriveTime’ shows.

  • Writing copy and sourcing audio clips for news’ bulletins.
  • Finding, researching and developing news’ stories/features.

  • Finding live guests/contributors for emerging news’ stories & on-air debates.

  • Using social media to involve audience and promote BBC Radio Nottingham stories.

  • Full knowledge of BBC Editorial Guidelines.

ABC News – Royal Wedding Coverage Presenter/Researcher

Apr 2011 – May 2011

  • Writing the script and cue cards for Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer ahead of Royal Wedding coverage.

  • Rehearsing script using the autocue.

  • Researching details of Royal Family history, the Middleton family history and British traditions.

  • Setting up lighting and cameras ahead of live and outdoor broadcasts.

  • Using social media including Twitter to liaise with audience regarding the event.

  • Additional work for Royal Wedding build-up for ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’.

BBC London Trainee Broadcast Journalist (Part Time)

May 2010 – Feb 2011

  • Creating radio packages and online material as part of London Olympic 2012 project.

  • Assisting with the running of the Vanessa Feltz show and the ‘Breakfast Show with Gabby Roslin and Paul Ross’.

  • Filming training with Z1 cameras and A1 cameras

  • Conducting research relevant to forthcoming features.
  • Answering calls, preparing contributors for going on air and archiving caller details.

  • Sorting through texts, email, tweets, Facebook messages etc.

BBC News and Current Affairs Runner (Part Time)

Oct 2010 – Nov 2010

  • Working on the production of ‘Young, Jobless and Living at Home’.

  • Assisting with filming and setting up and taking down of filming equipment.

  • Programme related research and general administrative work.

Back-Door Productions Researcher

Sept – Oct 2010

  • Conducting research on subjects to be covered by forthcoming factual entertainment show starring Stephen Fry, Bill Wyman, Russell Brand and many more.

  • Providing accurate briefings to producers, editors and directors.

  • Drafting scripts.

  • Finding appropriate footage to complement show.

Nottingham University Students’ Union Publicity & Communications Officer (Volunteer)

Dec 2006 – Apr 2008

  • Report and publicise the achievements of over 32,000 students on a daily basis.

  • Constant editorial judgement in order to condense, summarise and present news stories via print, online, TV and radio.

  • Worked as a reporter for University radio station ‘URN’.

  • Volunteer position- presented with Millennium Volunteer Award in recognition.


London College of Communication PgDp Broadcast Journalism Oct 10 – June 11
University of Nottingham BSc (Hons) Psychology (2:1) Sept 05 – Dec 08

Other Experience/ Interests

I volunteer at my local hospital radio station ‘Whipps Cross Hospital Radio’; visiting listeners in the wards, talking to staff and helping with the running of various radio programmes and news items. I’m also captain of my local netball team.

References Available on Request

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