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A significant part of our job as a registered training organisation is monitoring and evaluating the long term impact of our training. One way we do this is through the Graduate Destinations Survey, but sometimes we are lucky enough to hear directly from former students.

One example of this is Frank Hodgkinson, a volunteer at Wildhorse FM in Yaraman, Queensland. Frank completed our Community Journalism Training Project at the beginning of this year. Here are some of his insights from his experience with the course:

“I thought the CJTP course was well designed with interesting content and expert speakers. It was comprehensive and very ‘user-friendly’, with supportive trainers and webinars.

Although the focus was on news production and delivery, I found sufficient engagement and challenge in the recording and editing exercises. The feedback from the trainers helped me better understand some technical and logistical aspects.

Most valuable lessons for me were;

  • Pick up the recorder and have a go. I felt encouraged to contact a local and sit down for a chat.
  • The realisation that there are wonderful local news items right here within my own community.”

After completing the CJTP, Frank went on to further invest in his audio making craft and has launched a new show with Wildhorse FM: 

“As a result of doing the CJTP exercises, I have purchased a small but quality recorder and started contacting local people to ask if they would be happy to participate in a pre-recorded, conversational style “interview”. The intent is to be chatty, light and positive. The guest is asked to request some of their favourite songs.

Together with Wildhorse FM station manager, Amanda Gordon, we have found a couple of spots on the schedule for a one-hour weekly show and a repeat. We have called the show ‘Shoot the Breeze’.

Getting the show started has been a big learning curve for me. From negotiating appropriate settings with guests (for example, away from lounge rooms or front offices, under the air conditioner fan), to juggling other work commitments to ensure I have the episode edited and scheduled in time for broadcast.”

Click here to have a listen to some snippets of "Shoot The Breeze".

CMTO training bolstered Frank’s confidence and provided him with the skills he needed to take on the challenge of bringing this brand new weekly show to his local station. 

We are aiming to deliver another round of CJTP this year. If you are interested in this or any of our other training programs, sign up to our bulletin to keep up to date.

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