If you’ve been successful in your application to become a Reviewer in Residence for Durham Book Festival 2018, you’ll be coming to this Bootcamp to help you prepare! Have a gander at the low-down for the day. It’s a corker. 

Read | Listen | Watch Bootcamp
A crash-course in multi-media journalism.


09:55 – 10:15

  • Introduction
    with Holly Sinkinson (Programme Officer, New Writing North)

10:15 – 12:00

  • ‘Read’
    with Claire Dupree, Editor for NARC.

Join NARC. magazine editor Claire Dupree to learn the ins and outs of print journalism, including what makes a good review, how to make interviews easy and fun (not to mention readable!), and how to write engaging articles about music, theatre, comedy, art – and much more.

12:00 – 12:30

  • LUNCH

12:30 – 14:15

  • ‘Listen’
    with Jay Sykes Media: Audio Producer for ‘Drawing in the Dark’.

If you have a smartphone, access to the internet, and even the simplest of audio editing software… you already have all the tools you need to be an audio producer. In ‘Listen’, we will arm you with the basics of audio production: from how to record and edit to how to craft a compelling narrative! We’ll also be considering storytelling structure. Together, we’ll assemble a compelling audio documentary-style podcast, so that you feel confident creating your own audio projects.

14:15 – 16:00

  • ‘Watch’
    with Jenny Wotherspoon (Twitter @VJ_Jen): Video Journalist, Video and Social Media Lecturer, Digital Video Producer.
This workshop will help you create engaging video content using your smartphone. You will learn the best approaches to recording video interviews, capturing footage at events and bringing your stories to life with moving images. You’ll also experiment with the latest free apps available to enhance your mobile filming.
What you need: Fully charged mobile phone, phone charger, storage space for a couple of apps