Media Training: Broadcast Interview Skills

An intensive day's work will cover everything required for speakers to feel confident about taking on broadcast interviews. It will focus on radio interviews. Delegates will be provided with plenty of practical opportunity to get in front of the microphone and to gain experience of actually being interviewed.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
09:45 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
17:00 Workshop ends


The day is split into a series of presentations and exercises designed to give participants as much opportunity as possible to gain experience of being interviewed.

The basics of broadcast work - presentation on the benefits, key features and types of settings for radio/TV interviews, followed by an interview on a pre-agreed topic.

Planning for an interview - Who is it for? Who are the listeners/viewers? When will it go out? Is it live or recorded?

A presentation on basic techniques, followed by a radio interview on a pre-agreed work- related topic.

Handling the challenging interview - presentation, hints and tips on handling the challenging interview and understanding the role of the journalist, followed by a challenging radio interview on a pre-agreed professional subject.

Pre-course work: Delegates are asked to provide four subjects on which they will be interviewed as soon as they book onto this course.

The course is particularly aimed at people who want to do more broadcast work.

Learning outcomes and objectives

The course enables speakers to:

  • feel confident about taking on broadcast interviews
  • understand  the media’s needs and therefore meet them
  • summarise their message for an interview
  • cope with hostile interviews.

Facilitators: Wendy Barnaby & Dr Maryon Tysoe CPsychol FBPsS

Wendy Barnaby is a freelance journalist and former chair of the Association of British Science Writers. She makes radio programmes for the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and her radio work has been shortlisted for the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline annual awards for excellence in science journalism. She is Editor of People & Science, the magazine published by the British Science Association and has written for many publications, including Nature and New Scientist.  Her book, The Plague Makers, is a clear and accessible introduction to biological weapons for people who know nothing about them. Wendy teaches science writing on the MSc in Science Communication at Imperial College London.  She has taught media communication for the British Psychological Society since the mid 1990s and currently conducts communication courses for other organisations including the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the National Trust.

Dr Maryon Tysoe is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of The British Psychological Society. While psychology correspondent on the weekly magazine New Society, she won the Periodical Publishers Association award for Technical Writer of the Year, regarded as the ‘Oscar’ for specialist writing in UK magazines. Maryon has written several books aimed at communicating academic research accurately to a lay audience in an accessible and engaging way, one of which, Love Isn’t Quite Enough: The Psychology of Male-Female Relationships, reached number 48 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. She has also broadcast on radio (BBC Radio 4 in particular) and television, and has written for magazines and national newspapers (e.g. The Guardian and The Independent).
Maryon has taught media communication for The British Psychological Society since 1986, was a member of the Press Committee for many years and is a former Editor of the Society’s monthly magazine The Psychologist.

Booking information


  • Society members: £300 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £380 + VAT

How to book:

This event is fully booked.

Mon, 30/04/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre