University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Radio For Children - where the pictures are better

By: Frances Ainley


Radio stimulates and develops imagination while visual media (TV and film) at best feed or satisfy it, at worst limit or overcrowd it. Radio is affordable, portable and can be consumed almost anywhere, indoors or out.

Children and adults are equally catered for in TV output, both public service and commercial, yet as an alternative to TV, children are not offered the plethora of radio that adults receive.

Inspired by this lack of radio provision, Radio For Children answers a need expressed by children, parents and teachers.

It provides three distinct examples of speech radio: a drama serial, a documentary and an audio 'short', thus transmitting entertainment, education and general interest. These sample programmes have been thoughtfully researched, written, directed, recorded and produced with children's particular interests in mind.

Programmes like these have the potential to play a crucial role in helping children develop a habit of listening and concentrating on the spoken word. Radio For Children is the missing piece of the jigsaw that is UK media provision.

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The show will open with a bang on Thursday 15th May; this will be the first opportunity to see the culmination of three years hard work from the Media Practice and Theory finalists. There will be a drinks reception to kick start the evening, with a chance to view the fantastic photography and interactive projects on display throughout the building. Following this, screenings of this year's documentaries will take place at 5pm and 8pm. This will be the first chance to see the 2008 MPT films, and food and drink will continue to be served throughout the evening. This night promises to be an extraordinary showcase of talent from one of the most innovative courses on offer at the University of Sussex - definitely not one to be missed!

Due to limitations of space, we regret that the opening night is attendable by invitation only. However we welcome requests for invitations from anybody currently working in the media. If you are employed in a relevant field and would like to attend, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an invitation.


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