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The BBC are looking for 15 charities or not-for-profit organisations to take part in three days of behind the scenes access to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. They will have the chance to share an interesting, emotional or inspirational story about the under-represented people they know and care about.
Applications for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire close on 3 October 2016. so you need to act quickly. For other areas see the Open Doors website.
The individuals who take part will need to dedicate 3 days to the project. The BBC can help you get your community noticed. Could you help them tell others what life is like in your community? They want to meet the everyday people that make it tick.
In return, Open Doors can show you how to get the stories that matter to you noticed. If you are part of a community group or charity, it can also let others see what you do. The five West Midlands BBC local radio stations are keen to talk to groups that work in diverse areas. Everyday stories about different communities can improve understanding and raise awareness about the people and projects that support them.
Open Doors will let you see the media in action and discover how to work with it to your advantage. It offers useful contacts for your group and an opportunity to share stories about under-represented communities. The one off Open Doors events take place on dates in October and November (see guidance). Places are limited, so if you would like more information or want to take part, just download and complete an application form.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from charities and community groups in the editorial areas of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC WM 95.6.
These organisations should work with disadvantaged, diverse or socially excluded communities.
If your group would like an insight into bringing story ideas to life with the help of the BBC, please download the application form and send it back to the radio station you are applying to (the one whose editorial area you and your group are based in).
How we assess applications
The following criteria will be used to assess each application:
Membership – Applications will be considered from not-for-profit charity, community or voluntary organisations.
Location – Applications will be considered from groups in the five BBC local radio station editorial areas.
Audience – Applications from those directly working with disadvantaged, diverse or socially excluded communities will be given priority. Other applications will be considered, however priority will be given to those connecting our staff and audiences with those we’ve identified as hard to reach.
Quality – Applications should clearly demonstrate how the group’s proposed story idea will be of interest to the community that the BBC local radio station serves and its activities with under-represented communities.
Please see Guidance Notes to read the other essential information before applying.
Applications for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire close on 3 October 2016. For other areas see the Open Doors website.
To apply, please download the Application Form and email to the relevant station when completed (see Guidance Notes for station email addresses).
We will then be in touch after the closing date to notify you of the outcome of your application.
You must be over 18 (no upper age limit), live in the editorial area of the radio station that you are applying for and be actively involved in a community group serving diverse communities. Applications are limited to one person/group.
You must be available to attend the BBC local radio station you have applied for on the three days of its event (approx. 9am-3pm each day). The event dates for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire are Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 October 2016. For other regions see the Open Doors website.
What happens next?
We will select a group of delegates to take part in the Open Doors event on each radio station; based on the information supplied in the applications. We will contact you to let you know if you been selected or not. The BBC’s decision is final.
To Discuss Or Ask Questions
If you want to talk through any ideas or the application form, please feel free to call Nav Mann, Assistant Open Doors Producer on 024 7653922 or email CoventryOpenDoors@bbc.co.uk