READING'S TALKING NEWS (RTN)

The local talking newspaper for Reading Berkshire UK

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A sight-impaired person listening to the local news on a USB player

Becoming A Volunteer

Thanks for visiting our volunteers page.

There are a variety of interesting jobs to be done and our volunteers bring a wide range of skills to the organisation and do this on a rota system, being required approximately once every four to six weeks. Some volunteers are in full time employment, others are retired and the mix is useful to cover evening and afternoons 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.

Note: all volunteers must be able to reach our studio in Reading Berkshire

Below is a summary of the main jobs

Producer

producer organises the recordings
The producer organising the recording
producer recording on laptop
Producer recording the newsreader on the laptop

Producers work Monday evenings or afternoons on a rota system. The Producer:


Note: We use an app which has been specially developed by one of the talking newspaper's suppliers, this makes the task of setting the recording levels, the timing and saving each article very easy, it is just a case of using the mouse. So as long as you are comfortable with using a computer we can train you to use this app.
If you are interested please send your details using this contact form

Editor

A reader takes her turn in reading the news articleThe editor selects the news stories to last at least 45 minutes from the week's local newspapers. It is important that the news stories selected are a true representation of the week's local news coverage.


Note: Full training is given by an existing editor
You can down load a full description as a PDF document here
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Studio Manager


The studio manager is responsible for ensuring that the...
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Newsreader

a reading team.A reading team taking their turn in reading the latest week's news

Articles which have been selected by the editor are read by a team of three readers plus 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 and a half or so on Monday evenings or afternoons on a rota system.


You can down load a PDF document here describing the best practise for readers. If you need to know more or are interested please send your details using this contact form so we can get back to you.

Copier

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Copying team erasing the returned usb drives.
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Copying the latest news recording to the clean usb drives.

Around 150-200 USB flash memory drives are sent out each week in special plastic wallets and are returned by the listeners for reuse. Postage is free to and from sight impaired persons. The Copying team of 4 persons does this on a Wednesday evening or afternoons on a rota bases.

One or more members of the team should be able to operate the USB duplicators, this is straight forward and training will be given where necessary.

Other tasks that have to be done are

emtying wallets
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Publicity Officer

Publicity is needed to ensure people in the Reading area know about our service.

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Treasurer



You can down load a full description as a PDF document here

Secretary


The secretary is responsible for:

Note: There are 4 committee meetings a year usually lasting no longer than a hour and a half in January, April, July and October. The AGM is on the last Tuesday in June.

Chairman



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