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Sheffield Live! TV first screening

Television programmes in production for Sheffield Live! TV were enthusiastically applauded by a public audience including shareholders and supporters at a Showroom Cinema screening last week.

The first Sheffield Live! TV showreel has now been published online to view and comment. Sheffield Live! TV, the digital local TV channel for Sheffield, will launch in autumn on Freeview, Virgin cable and the internet. The showreel provides a taster of the range of content planned for the new channel including music, film, outdoors, sport, comedy and experimental work.

 

Sheffield Live! TV is locally owned and run for community benefit. Sheffielders have been invited to invest in the project to help get it off to a flying start and to join a growing band of community shareholders. The Sheffield Community Media Ltd Pioneer and Community Share Offer is open until 14 August, with full details available online at: www.sheffieldlive.org/shares

Recruiting now: journalism, production, technical and admin

Sheffield Live! is recruiting now for our news and production teams. Do you have journalism experience and/or qualifications or are you interested in a media apprenticeship position?

Sheffield Live TV (SLTV) is the new local television channel for Sheffield co-located with Sheffield Live community radio and part of a new cross platform media offer for the local community. News programming will be at the heart of the new cross platform approach with regular bulletins on both radio and TV, a flagship early evening local TV news programme and a news feed to web and mobile.

With a planned launch date for Sheffield Live! TV of autumn 2014 on Freeview, and a web-based news operation underway, we now need to recruit some talented, passionate reporters and production staff committed to help make our vision become reality. Closing dates for applications is 24 July 2014.

Head of News / Chief Reporter (SLTV)

The Head of News / Chief Reporter will be responsible for leading a team of radio, TV and online news reporters including news journalism apprentices, student reporters and community correspondents. They will build a network of sources including hyperlocal news partners and will build relations across the city with public, private sector and third sector organisations.

Download the job description including person specification here:

JD-SLTV-Head of News (microsoft word)

JD-SLTV-Head of News (pdf)

News journalists

We are also looking to recruit additional journalism staff. Please send your CV, a covering letter outlining your motivation and some examples of previous journalism work to jobs@sheffieldlive.org

We are also recruiting for the following apprenticeships: Production Assistants, Apprentice Journalists, Technical Assistants, Administration. Further information on apprenticeships is available by writing to: apprentices@sheffieldlive.org

Join our news team

Employment, volunteering and work placement opportunities

With a planned launch date for Sheffield Live! TV of autumn 2014 on Freeview, and a news operation starting from July via our new website and through Sheffield Live 93.2FM, we are seeking to recruit talented, passionate staff and volunteers committed to help make our vision become reality.

Head of News

Full time. Salary, according to experience

Please note the closing date for this role has been extended to 6 June 2014.

Sheffield Live TV (SLTV) is the new local television channel for Sheffield co-located with Sheffield Live community radio and part of a new cross platform media offer for the local community. News programming will be at the heart of the new cross platform approach with regular bulletins on both radio and TV, a flagship early evening local TV news programme and a news feed to web and mobile.

The Head of News will be responsible for leading a team of radio, TV and online news reporters including news journalism apprentices, student reporters and community correspondents. They will build a network of sources including hyperlocal news partners and will build relations across the city with the public and private sector and with neighbourhood-based and specialist organisations.

Download the job description including person specification here:

JD-SLTV-Head-of-News (microsoft word)

JD-SLTV-Head-of-News (pdf)

Community Reporters

Interested in broadcast and online news reporting?

We are building a team of community reporters to seek out and produce local news items for radio, TV, web and mobile. Community reporters are volunteers who contribute to our news workflow on a regular or occasional basis. We are offering opportunities to join our news room team at our broadcast centre or to act as a ‘neighbourhood stringer’, seeking out hyperlocal stories and sending them through. You may have experience in news blogging or student journalism, or just want to get involved in making news on Sheffield Live. We will be offering training in reporting, editing, production and presentation, together with access to our studio facilities and news gathering kits. We are also looking for volunteers in the short term to assist with reporting (interviewing, camerawork, sound, editing) from Sheffield’s summer festivals including Sheffield Food Festival, Peace in the Park, Orgreave anniversary and other events.

To find out more write to: sangita@sheffieldlive.org

Media apprenticeships

Learning and work experience opportunities

In partnership with The Sheffield College, Sheffield Live is also recruiting for the following apprenticeships: Production Assistants, Apprentice Journalists, Technical Assistants.

Further information on apprenticeships is available by writing to: apprentices@sheffieldlive.org

We may, in the future, have other roles available – please get in contact via jobs@sheffieldlive.org if you have skills and experience you can offer.

Job opportunity – Local TV Launch Manager

Sheffield Community Media, a new social enterprise, is seeking to recruit a Launch Manager to drive the creation of Sheffield Live TV, the new local digital TV channel for Sheffield.

Sheffield Community Media is working in partnership with Sheffield Live community radio to develop the Sheffield Live brand as a cross platform community media service – radio, TV, web and mobile – providing new opportunities for local media producers and offering local news, information and creative content.

The SLTV Launch Manager will be responsible for taking to launch the local digital TV channel including project management, fundraising, programme schedule, staff recruitment and launch promotion.

The deadline for applications is 20 December 2013.

Further information including how to apply is available here:

SLTV Launch Manager [PDF]
SLTV Launch Manager [Word]

This post is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the 2007-2013 Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

European Regional Development FundKey Fund and South Yorkshire Community Foundation

Local TV call for programme proposals

Sheffield Live – SLTV,  the local digital television channel for Sheffield, is now opening a first call for the submission of programme proposals for inclusion in our launch programme schedule.

Individuals and organisations interested in pitching programme ideas to SLTV are invited to participate in a Programme Proposers Workshop. Our next workshop will be held at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield from 6.30pm to 8pm on 21 February 2013. To register for the workshop please go to:

SLTV – Programme Proposers Workshop 

Please note the deadline for submission of programme proposals in this first call is 15 March 2013.

Proposal forms are available online by clicking on the link below.

SLTV – Programme Proposal Form [doc]

SLTV – Programme Proposal Form [text]

Programme proposers should be prepared to contribute their own voluntary time or other resources. Selected programme proposals will benefit from development support, access to production facilities to produce a pilot programme, and potential for inclusion in the SLTV launch programme schedule.

[post updated 06/02/13 with new workshop date details]

Sheffield Live! celebrates five years on air and looks forward to next five

Sheffield Live! 5 years celebration

Local community radio station, Sheffield Live! 93.2fm, is celebrating five years of FM broadcasting since its launch in October 2007. The group also confirmed approval of a five year licence extension to 2017 by communications regulator Ofcom.

Sangita Basudev, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted not only to be celebrating this milestone but to be able to confirm approval of our licence extension to 2017. It is a testimony to the tremendous work of all our volunteers and the support of our listeners that we have come this far. We are looking forward to the next five years.”

Sheffield’s first licensed community radio station started as a two day broadcast project for Sharrow Festival. The team involved gained experience broadcasting to other local festivals and on the internet before the full time service started in 2007.

Now, with five years of FM broadcasting and over 100 volunteers involved, Sheffield Live is looking to new media opportunities. The not-for-profit group is also part of a local consortium awarded the licence for Sheffield’s first digital local TV channel.

Graham Marshall, presenter of rock show Spirit of the Wapentake, said: “I have been a volunteer now for 8 years with Sheffield Live. It has been a fantastic experience. I have learnt new skills, had broadcast training and made a lot of new friends.”

Sheffield Live broadcasts on FM to Sheffield and Rotherham, while its internet service has enthusiasts worldwide including listeners in Australia, Brazil and Russia.

International Women’s Day exclusive: Interview with Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol KarmanTawakkol Karman is a journalist in the Yemen. She came to international prominence during the Yemen uprisings in 2011 and was one of three women to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.

Tawakkol visited Sheffield recently and gave an exclusive interview to Sheffield Live! We are broadcasting the interview today to mark International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012

Listen to Tawakkol Karmen interview

– Interview by Paul Gregory, produced by Sangita Basudev –

Pakistan Floods Appeal

Over 1,000 people are reported to have died in recent floods in Pakistan. Many millions have been directly affected. In the aftermath of the floods there is a serious risk to survivors from potentially deadly diseases which will spread as a result of contaminated surface and drinking water.

Sheffield Live! is supporting the UK Disasters and Emergency Committee (DEC) Pakistan Floods Appeal with broadcast announcements in English and Urdu running throughout this month. The money raised will help support the efforts in Pakistan of the DEC’s members which are leading UK aid agencies.

You can donate now online or call 0370 60 60 900.

Minister pledges to find new funds for community radio

Support Community Radio! Sign the Petition! Click Here!The Government is to seek additional funds to support community radio, according to Siôn Simon MP, Minister for Creative Industries. The Minister’s comments come in response to a joint letter to the Prime Minister signed by community broadcasters in Sheffield and across the country, calling for a sizeable increase in public funding for community radio.

In the Government reply to the joint open letter, Siôn Simon writes: “the Government recognises the importance of community radio and its contribution to the communities which they serve”. In addition to current Government support, he says: “DCMS will continue to work with other Government Departments and Agencies to identify other sources of funding, specifically where there are community cohesion and social gain objectives, for community radio.”

Steve Buckley, Director of community radio station, Sheffield Live!, said: “We welcome Government recognition that additional funding should be found for community radio but we need more than a vague expression of intent.  We are not asking for the sector to be fully, or even majority, publicly funded. All we want is for Government support to be reflected in a funding settlement that reflects the benefits community radio brings to the communities we serve. Government should implement now the recommendations of the Everitt Report.”

Professor Anthony Everitt, author of the 2003 report, New Voices, whose recommendations formed the basis for government legislation, says the sector is “hobbled by its poverty”, and has called on government to implement the recommendations of his report to provide (matched) grant aid of £30,000 per year per station towards core operating costs. Everitt says “this is a modest expenditure when the benefits community radio can confer are taken into account”.

The community radio campaign has gained the support of members of Parliament from all political parties. Lord David Puttnam assured the community radio sector:  “…the weight of public support and technological history are with you.” A petition, at http://allthevoices.org, calling on the Government to support the sustainability and growth of community radio by substantially increasing the resources of the Community Radio Fund, has gathered nearly 3000 signatures.

For further information including a copy of the letter from the Minister follow this link

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