Week 5 (9/3): Health & Safety at work

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Writing and making radio or TV doesn’t sound dangerous. I mean, has anyone ever died from a paper cut? And studios are cosy, quiet caves with air-conditioning. What could possibly go wrong?

Class discussion: what are the pitfalls of media work?





Safety of journalists is the ability for journalists and media professionals to receive, produce and share information without facing physical or moral threats. Journalists can face violence and intimidation for exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression.



Let’s look at WHS is Awesome, together.

  • Read and digest the above resources, then prepare a 200-300-word report on WHS considerations when working in media. You may be asked to work within large crowds, commit to shift work, experience loud noises and bright lights (covering a festival), drive long distances, report from a war zone, etc.
  • Upload your document to your personal folder in the Google Drive.
  • Read through WHS is Awesome and then start work on the WHS workbook 
  • Submission instructions: upload your completed Assessment 1 – WHS Workbook to your assessment folder by Week 6.
  • WHS
  • Recap of interviewing basics 

Interviewing techniques are really important because they help you get the best out of the subject you are talking to. And they give the audience something interesting to listen to!!

Here is American Broadcast veteran, Katie Couric, talking about what makes a good interview:

From the desk of the Executive Producer

This is “no names, no pack drills”content. I’ve asked Australia’s foremost Executive Producer for some hot tips. Unfortunately this person can’t be identified, but let it be said, if we told you their name we’d have to pay them! Let’s just call them the EP Insider (think #1 radio show nationally in multiple surveys over the last 10 years). Here are the EP Insider’s top 3 tips when it comes to interviews:

  1. Know your subject. Now this means a couple of things, not just the person you are interviewing. You need to know more than just their Wikipedia page. And be prepared to take the conversation down a route that may be a long way from where you wanted to go. Why? Well, the more you know about them, the more you can manage them, and the more comfortable they feel, the more they share!
  2. Be yourself. Honesty is the best policy, and if you are going on air to try and be something you are not, you will crash and burn HARD. In other words, if you were a music aficionado, then you’d be writing for Rolling Stone. Having preparation and knowledge is better than trying to be the know-all. After all, you want the subject to share some of their knowledge.
  3. Ask: does the listener care? There’s nothing worse than asking a question that is jus the same old question asked by the other radio station. What’s your inspiration? Who do you admire? What made you write this song? Find out what your listener is actually interested in, and craft your interview around their needs, not yours!

TASK: Talk to each other / class mate for 5 minutes. Once you both have enough information, spend 5 minutes crafting your questions and interview technique. Then, go into the studio or use your iphones and record your interview together.

Maximum 3 minutes each.


Yes, we are talking studio safety, and preparation for a safe work environment.


But safety and legal responsibility aren’t the only benefits associated with well-executed WHS processes. They can enhance brand value, improve employee loyalty, decrease business disruptions and promote corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Here’s a great article written by the TAFE team!


Also we know workplace safety is important because we don’t want to end up in a compilation video:

Next: week 7: WHS assessment due

Workflow – from idea stage to research and planning, through recording to production, editing and posting/broadcast

Scripting: narration, intros and outros

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