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Devon school wins Sony radio award

School Reporters and Peter Thompson, president of Schools Radio, at Isca College of Media Arts, Exeter.
Radio journalists at Isca College receive their award

By School Reporters
from Isca College of Media Arts, Exeter

On Thursday 13 January, Peter Thompson, president of Schools Radio, visited Isca College of Media Arts to formally announce that students from Isca College Radio have scooped the national Sony Award for Schools Radio for the second year running.

The radio project at Isca College was started in 2009 by music and media technician Daniel Smith, and two highly prestigious Sony Awards show just how well the school has learned the skills needed to produce great radio.

Isca College Radio was awarded the Documentary/Feature Award for a piece entitled Pocket Money, which looked at the economy, spending cuts and changes in funding for higher education. It asks how young people's life choices are affected by the government and decisions made by adults.

The documentary features interviews with John Barnard, head of resource strategies at Devon County Council, Labour MP and former secretary of state for Children, Schools and Families, Ben Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter and Sanet Steenkamp, acting director of education for Ohangwena in North Central Namibia.

Last year's winning documentary, Food for Thought, featured interviews with food industry professionals, the school nurse, members of the public, Isca students and the executive head chef of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay in Cornwall.


Joe, 15, answers questions put to him by School Reporters

Q: What was your role while working on the Pocket Money production?

I worked mostly as director, planning the recording and editing sessions. I was also responsible for arranging all of the interviews during the election campaign. My other role was working as an interviewer and supervising the younger members of the team.

Q: This is your second Sony Award. How does it make you feel winning a national award again?

It feels really good. I think it's a really big achievement, not only for me but for the radio station and also the school.

Q: Tell us about your trip to Sony last year.

We were some of the first people in the world to watch 3D TV. We wonder what we will see this year.

Then we got to meet and have lunch with Steve Dowdle, the managing director of Sony who presented us with our certificates and MP3 players.

After lunch we got to go to the fun room where we played table football and Guitar Hero!

Q: How was it meeting Peter Thompson again and what did he have to say?

It was lovely to meet him again. He said that Schools Radio have over 1000 members and our winning documentary was outstanding.

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