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Arts in criminal justice media training – with the Prison Radio Association

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Arts in criminal justice media training – with the Prison Radio Association

Wednesday 27th November 2019
From £75

A one-day training course on how to positively navigate conversations with the media about work in arts and the criminal justice system.

This course aims to support and prepare our network so that they can appropriately deal with media enquiries and promote their work with confidence and expertise, across media and social media platforms.

The Prison Radio Association is a prison-based charity that produces and delivers National Prison Radio (which airs in more than 100 prisons). It also runs PRA Productions – an independent production company whose profits support the charity.

PRA Productions has produced dozens of programmes for the BBC. Some focus on criminal justice, others stretch way beyond this niche. The success of PRA Productions was recognised by the industry when it was named Independent Production Company of the Year at the 2017 Audio Production Awards. Government departments and charities including the National Literacy Trust, Booker Prize Foundation, Samaritans, National Careers Service and Prison Reform Trust, are some of its clients.

The training includes information, exercises and discussions on:

  • How the media works
  • What journalists want
  • Making media contacts
  • Interviews types – good and bad practice
  • Preparation for interviews
  • Having a social media presence
  • Mock media interviews with feedback.

This course will be delivered by three members of the Prison Radio Association (PRA): Phil Maguire OBE – the founding Chief Executive of the PRA, Andrew Wilkie – the PRA’s Director of Radio and Jo Meek who is the PRA’s Digital Director.

Tea and coffee, and lunch will be provided.  Spaces are very limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Non-arts professionals are also welcome to attend.


Image: NCJAA conference 2019, credit Elijah Thompson