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Soaps and Society: course on making broadcast drama

The Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) is offering a 12 week course on producing serial dramas for broadcast. The course is aimed at mid-career writers and program-makers, and will increase their capacity to write and produce broadcast serial dramas which help raise awareness and change attitudes on key development issues which affect their societies.

“Soaps,” or long-running serial dramas, can educate and engage an audience, and help change attitudes. Some of the problems facing societies around the world today require this change of attitude and behaviour − health and environmental issues are good examples. 

The course will cover radio and television broadcast; participants will “learn by doing.” They will be taught how to develop story lines. Participants will meet program-makers and scriptwriters who have used drama to explore key issues and promote attitude change.

Applicants need:

-at least three years work experience in the media;

-an employer who supports participation;

– secondary education and professional education or training in media;

-experience in working with computers; and

-sufficient speaking and writing skills in English (the course language).

A number of fellowships are available to help cover costs. You can apply for fellowships online until 1st February 2011. Applications must reach RNTC by 1st January 2011.For more details and the full application procedure, visit: http://www.rntc.nl/node/13.

3 Responses to “Soaps and Society: course on making broadcast drama”

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  2. Mwape Martin Says:

    I work for radio Breeze in Chipata, Zambia. Am a producer, presenter and technician. I like producing agriculture and envirolmental programmes. I would like to change my approach to my production and I think using soaps would be a good approach. I think the course can help me much. May I be connected to the fellowships.

  3. Victor Asumani Says:

    Iwork with Nkhotakota community radio station in Nkhotakota district in Malawi. Iwork as aproducer,repoter as well as presenter.

    i always like to produce Agricultural programmes, environmental and childrights programmaes.
    this time iwould like to use another way programming so ithink turning to soap woul up lift my carier.

    would you please connect me to the fellow ships?

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