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Recording Engineers

Our recording engineers operate the digital recording equipment and create the masters from which copies are made to send to the listeners. They also control the quality of both the recording in the technical sense and the quality of the reading. New recording engineers are trained by us, and we find that on average three or four sessions each of about an hour enable a new recordist to be able to “go live” in tandem with a seasoned practitioner until she/he is confident to go it alone. There are two recording sessions each Friday to enable all the editions to be recorded – one from 10.30am to 1pm (on a 4 weekly rota) and one from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm (on a 6 weekly rota).

Volunteer readers

Readers take the scripts prepared by the editors and read them under the guidance of the recording engineer.
We have two reader sessions each Friday. The first is from 10.30am until 12.30pm and the second is either 2.00pm until 4.00pm or 7.00pm until 9.00 pm.
All prospective readers are given a reading test before being accepted. We often have a waiting list for readers but prospective readers can take a place on our reserves list to back up readers already on the rota. Readers are encouraged to take part in our biennial readers workshops to help us maintain our high standard.
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Volunteer editors

The editors select from the local papers those items which are relevant to the edition of the news sticks for that week and from those selected items, prepare the scripts for reading.
They normally work in a team of four, with guidance from the editing supervisor.
Editing is done between 8.30am and 10.00am on each Friday. There is a rota which means that each volunteer is on duty one week in four.
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Volunteer copiers

This is the last step in the journey of the news to the listener. Our copiers receive the masterstick and then make the appropriate number of copies onto memory sticks - using a duplicator.
The sticks, having been tested to ensure that they have copied correctly are then put into wallets for mailing. The sacks of sticks are taken across the road to the post office and are expected to arrive at the listeners' home by the following Monday morning.
Copying takes places between 8.30am and 10.00am on Saturday mornings and there is normally a team of two copiers (on a 4 weekly rota).

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Header image: 'Silver Birch at Dusk' - photograpy by John Meakin (husband of listener Leila Meakin)

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