Becoming A Volunteer
There are a variety of interesting jobs to be done, and our volunteers bring a wide range of skills to the organisation. Some volunteers are in full time employment, others are retired and the mix is useful to cover daytime and evening production sessions. It is important to us to have the right person in the right job, either in front of the microphone or behind the scenes. Reliability and commitment are essential amongst all the volunteers.
Below is a list of the main jobs. If you are interested to find out more about them, why not visit the studios and meet the volunteers and see if you would like to be part of the team. We can give you training if you need it. Contact the Swindon Talking Newspaper Association on email@example.com or telephone 01793-522511 and leave a message on our answerphone.
Whatever the job, all volunteers:
The producer is responsible for the content of each edition as well as its recording quality. Producers work Wednesday evenings on a rota system.
The editor selects the news stories for the section of the recording from the week’s Swindon Advertisers. It is important that the news stories selected are a true representation of the week’s local news coverage.
The job of the engineer is to ensure good sound quality on the master digital recording.
The technical manager is responsible for ensuring that the recording equipment is in the best possible condition, to help us maintain consistently good recorded sound quality. He/she also looks after the computers.
On section 1 of the recording, four readers read the articles selected by the editor. Variety in the reader’s voices adds to the interest of the listener so it is essential that the four readers are different in sound but work as a team. Newsreaders are needed for an hour or so on Wednesday evenings on a rota basis.
Contributors provide magazine style features on section 2 of the recording. They provide their own features which may be of local interest, or relate to visits, holidays, or any other topic, which may interest our listeners. Volunteers also contribute to regular features such as sport, What’s On, thought for the week, and many others. The producer schedules contributions and may edit them to fit into the weekly recordings. Some regular features in section 2 such as what’s on are recorded on Wednesday evenings.
The tape administrator is responsible for keeping records of listeners and keeping track of memory sticks sent out and returned. The tape administrator needs to be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Copiers copy, check and put memory sticks into wallets ready for posting suffient copies of the talking newspaper each week. Memory stick copies are made using a master memory stick with a USB memory stick multiple copy machine. One of the copiers is responsible for checking out, via the computer, memory sticks sent to listeners (as with books in a library). Copiers work in teams.
Publicity is needed to ensure people in the Swindon area know about our service.
We depend on donations to maintain our service to listeners.
Volunteers with specialist skills develop systems to support the current work of the organisation organisations and prepare for the introduction of new services in the future. Volunteers should be competent users of Microsoft Office, and have expertise in one or more of the following:
Special Projects People
Volunteers that work on special projects, such as extending our service to listeners with non-visual disabilities. Volunteers for this type of work operate under the guidance of the Committee. They must be:
The secretary is responsible for correspondence and meetings of the organisation.
If you are interesting in any of the jobs described above, please contact the Swindon Talking Newspaper Association on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01793-522511 and leave a message and contact number on our answerphone.
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