Evaluation for sound assessment

I chose to base my radio story on a topic that has led to much debate. Whether or not free school dinners should be replaced by breakfasts in primary schools. I had planned on getting in touch with the headmistress at my local primary school for an interview. I prepared some questions that I would ask but did not want the interview to be too rigid. I wanted to keep it fairly informal.

However, I got the chance to interview Caron, a teaching assistant from Hull, who seemed to be a more relevant candidate; she also helps with the breakfast club at her school. The interview was more spur of the moment but I had an idea of what I wanted to ask. In some ways it comes across as more natural, although greater structure would have helped to improve the focus of the interview.

I found that I had to manipulate the piece of audio considerably to get three different cuts. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the creative process of the work. I know that it is not advisable to change the order of a recording but in this case I tried to use it to illustrate how it can be edited to suit a purpose. (Is that even ethical!!?)

I am quite satisfied with the quality of the sound. I had concerns about my inexpensive Chinese phone but it proved to be okay. The interview was in a room with little background noise and I did a test recording before starting the interview.  My interviewee gave some clear replies considering she had no idea what I would ask her.

Overall I enjoyed the assignment and it helped me to gain valuable experience. Next time I will have a more professional approach and be better prepared.



Evaluation of news story

To find a newsworthy story in a small town like Hornsea is not always easy but the simplest way to go about it is by talking to people. I used to work at the local Tesco which is a great place to find out about what’s happening. There was an advert posted there about the proposed beach clean-ups so I decided to look into it. An ex-colleague directed me to the Facebook page and told me about Tesco’s participation in the project.

The story may not be breaking news headlines but it coincided well with Mark Zuckerberg’s latest announcements of a new mission for Facebook. I think that it highlights the need for positive community support and action. It is a story of local relevance which touches on a global issue.

The story would be published by an East Coast newspaper such as the ‘Bridlington Free Press’ but could also be part of a story on similar events throughout the UK or as an example of the importance of Facebook communities.


Evaluation of council story

In order to find material for my council story I visited the Hornsea Town Council web page. As well as providing information on local events and attractions it is an invaluable source to discover future plans and proposals.

The redevelopment of the seafront in Hornsea has been a long, on-going, contentious issue so when I saw that this was on the agenda for the April council meeting I was eager to attend. The meeting was somewhat tedious but I got chance to speak to Hornsea Councillor, Barbara Jefferson, about the proposed plans for South Promenade.

I did further research on-line to enable me to write the article. It would be suited for a publication such as the ‘Hull Daily Mail’ or any of the East Coast newspaper publications. Although it is particularly relevant to the residents of Hornsea the story includes reference to a nationwide government incentive which could appeal to a wider audience.

£3.77 million funding secured for Hornsea seafront regeneration.

Artist_s impression of redevelopment plans for Hornsea South Promenade

Artist’s impression of the redevelopment plans for Hornsea South Parade

The Department for Communities and Local Governments (DCLG)  has  awarded £3.77 million of Coast Communities funding towards plans for the regeneration of Hornsea South Promenade.

The money will fund a large part of a £4.6 million project to rejuvenate Hornsea South Promenade, incorporating the expansion of the leisure boat compound, upgrades to car parking and a new all year round café, retail space and visitor hub.

The proposals include improving the available facilities currently used by Hornsea Inshore Rescue, the Hornsea Sea Angling Club and local fisherman. As well as securing the future of the fishing industry in Hornsea the plans make provision for leisure facilities. There will be a safer environment for users and visitors and additional berths for leisure craft will be provided.

Councillor Jane Evison, of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is excellent news for the town of Hornsea and demonstrates the council’s commitment to regenerating our coastal communities for the benefit of both residents and visitors.”

She added: “When complete, this scheme will strengthen Hornsea’s reputation as a must-visit tourist destination.”

The plans, which received permission in 2016, were developed alongside the Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership and the existing users of the site. They were funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and are being finalised.

Earlier this year Hornsea joined a national network of Coastal Community Teams. This is part of a government incentive to revive England’s seaside towns. Over 100 local teams have been set up to help coordinate regeneration projects.

The town received £10,000 to develop funding plans for infrastructure investments and to pilot new events.

The CCT will draw on a broad range of expertise to help develop the plan to improve the offer of Hornsea’s seafront by incorporating sport, play and artistic activities along the promenade and green spaces.

Hornsea joins Withernsea, Goole and Bridlington, who have CCTs.

Councillor Barbara Jefferson, chairman of the Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP), said: “The CCT will help develop and deliver key parts of the town’s regeneration efforts and the HARP Board looks forward to working with its volunteers, local businesses and council representatives.

“Hornsea is one of the Holderness Coast’s most vibrant towns and is a great place for residents to live in and for visitors to come and see. The CCT will help deliver on the priorities of local people as well as develop the tourism offer.”


Community clean-up campaign to rid Hornsea beach of litter.

H Beach litter pick up

People in Hornsea are being invited to take part in a mass community clean-up of the town’s beaches this summer.

The popular beach spot is a favourite for tourists and residents, particularly in the summer months. But with the increase in visitor numbers there is also an increase in the quantity of litter being left strewn on the beach.

A group of residents are planning to tackle the issue head-on, with organised cleans-ups to take place on Sunday July 16th and Wednesday July 25th.

Mum of two Clare Harris, who planned the events, said, “I came to live in Hornsea five years ago and one of the first things that struck me was that the beach and sea-front were really clean. I’d like to keep it that way, it is everybody’s responsibility.”

Clare has organised the events on Facebook. She has set up a community page which coincides well with Zuckerberg’s recent unveiling of Facebook’s updated purpose: The importance of connecting people through “meaningful communities online which can also translate to the physical world”.

Clare summed this up: “Hopefully there can be a nice social side to these events as well because we are bringing the community together. I see a lot of people moaning online about the litter, so rather than just moaning I think we should do something positive about it.” Clare hopes the idea will catch on and become a regular activity.

Her incentive has had an extremely positive response, with many pledging to take part in the events. Since putting the word out about the clean-up she has been offered support from Tesco who will donate bottled water, bin bags and gloves. The town council will help by providing litter pickers and equipment. They have also assured the disposal of the collected rubbish.

Members of the Hornsea Inshore Rescue team have promised to join the litter clearing group. Chairman, Sue Hickson-Moray said, ” We think this is a great idea and we look forward to getting involved. It will help to make Hornsea nicer for those who live here. Maybe it will make the people who drop litter  feel guilty with all of these good people getting together to clear it up.”

Recent surveys have shown that there are almost 160 plastic bottles for every mile of UK shoreline and that tackling littering is serious business but that doesn’t mean that beach clean-ups can’t be fun.


Debris left from a BBQ on Hornsea beach and plastic washed up on the shore.

Sound Assessment

Full Interview

Three Par Cue 1

Theresa May pledges to  scrap free lunches for primary school pupils in favour of providing free breakfasts.

Under the current system all children in the first three years of school get a hot meal at lunchtime.

Caron Mincke, a primary school teaching assistant based in Hull, voices her concerns.

Three Par Cue 2

The Tories plan to scrap free hot school dinners for children has been met with criticism.

Theresa May has been dubbed the “Lunch Snatcher”- reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher’s cancelling of free school milk.

Carol Mincke, a teaching assistant, explains how May’s decision will impact pupils at her primary school in Hull.

Donut Wrap

As part of the Conservative Party manifesto Theresa May proposes to  end free school lunches.

Free hot dinners for children in the first three years of school will be replaced by free breakfasts for all.

Sally Brown reports:

Theresa May’s decision to scrap free school dinners for all those under 7 years old will have consequences for all families.

Under the ‘free breakfast for all’ scheme families on very low-income and who receive benefits will be better off.

Their children will, effectively, receive 2 free meals a day but in some schools this is already the case:

It is clear that the most disadvantaged children will get two meals a day rather than one.

However, around 900 000 children from low-income families will lose their eligibility for free school meals under these proposals.