Linda Gage Memorial Award
This is the fourth year the competition has run and has attracted a record number of entries from colleges and universities around the United Kingdom. The brief was to produce a short radio feature that makes creative use of the medium of sound and demonstrates the entrants production skills.
The judges are looking for pieces that are well produced. Technically this takes into account editing, mixing, levels and the overall quality of recorded sound. Creative production is important and the use of music and sound effects should add to the piece. Presentation is vital it should be lively, authoritative and tell the story.
The judges also look for strong editorial content. The
story should have a strong cue that grabs the listeners
attention and puts the piece in context, and the actual piece should
have a hook at the beginning, a middle and a conclusion. Interviewees
should be relevant to the subject.
This Years Competition
This year a record number of entries were received covering a wide range of topics. Whilst a few were imaginatively and creatively produced, many were quite conventional. Some either tried to pack too much information within the time or lacked a focus or firm conclusion.
The judges echo previous judges comments with
regard to presentation. It cannot be stressed too much how important
presentation is. Radio is about communication and the presentation
should involve the listener. It is not just about clear diction, pace
or correct pronunciation, but making the listener feel that the piece
is being spoken specifically to him or her.
The judges have chosen as the winner of the Linda Gage Memorial Award this year Jenny Simmonds. Her entry Student Radio Training Ground or Play Ground was well put together, argued and delivered. There was excellent use of music and strong variety of interviewees. Actuality was well recorded and mixed in. The presentation was very good.
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