Podcasting Success for Supported Intern Alanis

Posted on the 30th June 2020

These are exciting times for Supported Intern Alanis. She recently had her first feature broadcast on Reform Radio and made into a podcast. Now she’s crowned that success with a second show including her spoken word poem on the Black Lives Matter movement – and this too is now a podcast.

Reform Radio Rocks

Alanis is on our Supported Internship based at MediaCityUK. Pure Senior Employment Officer Kate Duffy had been looking for engaging ways to support the interns during the Covid-19 crisis. When she heard about a week-long online course run by Reform Radio she knew it would be perfect for Alanis.

The course, “Get Started With Podcasting”, was run in partnership with the Prince’s Trust. Throughout the week Alanis learned how to:

  • develop her own podcast ideas with the support of industry professionals,
  • record, edit and produce the content
  • engage effectively with her audience

She was one of a group of young people learning online together. She quickly developed new skills and increased her confidence.

The Beatles: She Loves Them Yeah Yeah Yeah

Alanis proved to be a radio natural. Through her love for The Beatles she developed a podcast called ‘Liverpool Legends’.  She then recorded it with the support of staff at Reform Radio. It was  broadcast, along with the features of the other course participants, as a radio show on 12th June.

Listen to the show podcast here.

The whole show is a great listen. Alanis’ Liverpool Legends section starts approximately two-thirds of the way in. She did the Fab Four – and herself  – proud.  In her Liverpool Legends section you can also discover how our very own Kate Duffy  fared in the The Beatles Quiz Challenge! Listen on the link above.

Screenshot of webpage about podcast bySupported Intern Alanis

Spoken Word From The Heart

Last week, building on her success, Alanis was back at Reform Radio on a second course: Get Started On Radio. The excellent Prince’s Trust had contacted her and Kate to ask if she was interested in a place. Needless to say she was!

On this course, Alanis created and performed her own spoken word poem for a show titled A World United. She tackled the subject of Black Lives Matter head on. Here’s an excerpt

“We are people and we are equal.

… At the end of the day, it’s not about race

Let’s make the world a nicer place”

Click here for the podcast of the whole show.

Gloved hands hold the earth signifying A World United: Reform radio show

Alanis has really impressed me with the way she conducted herself on the courses. She was working in a team with groups of people she had never met before, inputting some great ideas and feedback for the rest of group. She had to adapt to a new way of working online to a tight deadline.

Alanis demonstrated what the Supported Internship programme is all about: learning new skills and transferring them into a new environment. She had really taken on board a lot of the things that we had worked on since September.

As a result of completing the course Alanis has now gained an Accredited Bronze Art’s Award Qualification which is a fantastic achievement and something she can add to her CV.

This has also opened doors for Alanis to access even more opportunities with Reform Radio through The Prince's Trust.

Kate Duffy - Senior Employment Officer, Pure Innovations.

Our congratulations, Alanis, on your very entertaining and informative radio work with two great organisations, Reform Radio and the Prince’s Trust.

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