iWoman Academy is a 12-week empowerment course set up by women to empower and upskill participants using radio production techniques as a wellbeing tool to better enable women to gain employment, return to education and/or set up their own businesses.

iWoman Academy Course Modules

Day 1 – Getting To Know You

The first day of the course will involve introductions and icebreakers activities with the Course Facilitators and outlining the aims and objectives of the course along with how participants will be assessed. Participants will be assessed on their ICT skills as well as understand the importance of English and Maths.

Day 2 – Getting To Know Us

Introduction to iWoman Academy through the promotional summary video along with examples of previous music and health shows and how previous participants were assessed. Introduction to the iWoman website and student portal, where to find resources relevant to each day’s work and how to use the comments section to ask for help and discuss ideas….

Day 3 – Tuning In

Discussing and analysing the impact of women’s radio stations and shows around the world, exploring the different types of shows and production values. Talk about different presentation styles and the likes and dislikes for each of them.

Day 4 – Building Blocks

Encourage participants to begin to think about and discuss how to structure their radio shows. What do they want their audience to take away from the shows, how will they be listening, what content should they include and who should they interview?

Day 5 – Finding The Story

Encourage participants to think critically about the top line of news stories associated with an image and develop a 10 second elevator pitch to explain the story in a concise, accurate and intriguing manner.

Day 6 – Sharing Good Music

Pair discussion around the type of music show participants would like to produce and create a running order of chosen songs. Extension activity: Research a female DJ, analysing the type of show, audience and ratings.

Day 7 – The Show Must Go On

Participants finalise decisions on health topics to cover in radio shows and discuss potential interviewees relevant to topics. Completion of music set list and show script.

Day 8 – Roll Up! Roll Up!

Participants will practice their radio show scripts in pairs using the Jukebox software and select dates for recording their shows.

Day 9 – The Art Of Noise

Introduction to equipment and software to be used, including Tascam audio recorders and Audacity editing software.

Day 10 – I Am What I Am…

Participants will discuss the importance of good communication not only in the radio industry but also in everyday life and develop ideas for building confidence outside of the studio.

Day 11 – Introduction To Interview Techniques

Participants will discuss what makes a good interview, focusing on prior research, pre-interview preparation and asking targeted questions. Groups of two will practice interview each other using the Tascam recorders.

Day 12 – Hear My Voice

Introduction to alternative accessible radio platforms: community, internet, hospital radio. Participants to look at the three platforms and build on previous knowledge to explain what is required to produce shows for these. Participants will learn how to set up an internet radio station and discuss the importance of allowing their voices to be heard.

Day 13 – Vlog The Blog

Introduction to written online blogs and video blogs (vlogs), comparing and contrasting their uses in the industry. Participants will learn how to create a vlog to practice voice projection, tone and overall presence.

Day 14 – Happy Talk

Review potential health topics for participants to cover in their personal radio shows and begin research, gathering information on topics, relevant interviewees and begin gathering questions to pose during interviews.

Day 15 – Health Piece

Participants will learn how to put together a “vox pop”, establishing questions for the interviewee centering around the 5Ws and How. They will continue with background research and interview preparation for their health piece.

Day 16 – Jingles

Discussion around the importance of researching the radio market, different stations, programming styles and audience demographics. Participants will develop signature styles through jingles to create a unique identity for their stations.

Day 17 – How to Edit

Explanation of different editing tools, including advantages and disadvantages of each. Focus on using Audacity for the radio production project due to its wide availability and accessibility.

Day 18 – First Draft

Participants will upload their music shows onto their computers and listen through to them, making notes of timelines to cut and learning how to control the outputted volume.

Day 19 – Chop the slop

Focus on starting editing process under facilitator supervision and guidance

Day 20 – Time To Shine

Participants will split into two groups, with one focusing on continuing to edit their radio shows whilst the other undertakes the music assessment.

Day 21 – Time to shine: Part 2

Groups will swap activities from previous day with one focusing on continuing to edit their radio shows whilst the other undertakes the music assessment.

Day 22 – Continue Editing

Focus on final assessment criteria of radio show, participants continue editing with guidance of facilitators after recapping processes.

Day 23 – Continue Editing: Part 2

Participants continue work editing their radio shows under supervision and guidance from course facilitators.

Day 24 – Show Us What You’ve Got

Participants complete work for final Health Assessment with tutors and fellow participants.

“iWoman Academy made me feel like I belong to something big and useful”

Daphne Binta

“I enjoyed the people, the iWoman team and putting a music show together”

Janet Baker

“I loved Ngunan's personality and self-belief, the jovial atmosphere and all the elements involved putting our shows together”

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