Every now and then we put the spotlight on a different community radio subject. These features allow us to look at particular topics in more depth, with articles, website links and interactive contributions from members. Past features have included:
- Research, Evaluation and Audience Impact
- Volunteer Support
- Advertising to generate income
- Grant funding
- Social media
You can find recent features listed with the newest below. Older ones have been added to the resources page. If you would like to suggest the topic of a future feature, please use the contact form to email the Toolkit Editor.
Welcome to the ‘Prove It’ feature which follows on from the introduction to research piece done some time ago. When Toolkit recently went to meet Michael Meadows and Janey Gordon it was felt that the time was right for a more in depth look on how and why you should conduct your own research. The following is about demystifying some research methods and to show you how you can incorporate a little into your everyday work.
- An introduction to radio research
- All about Rajar
- There are other ways…
- Some common pitfalls in research
- The future for radio research
- Community media matters…introducing Michael Meadows
- How to run a listener focus group
- Surveys and listening habits
- A different survey approach
- Putting research into everyday practice
- Welcome to Prove It
To open the new website we thought we’d write a new feature. With the announcement of the general election imminent, what better subject than how community radio can cover the political process?
- Broadcasting politics: an introduction
- Acts, codes and rules
- Broadcasting politics: advice from Ofcom
- The BBC: Interviewing the interviewer
- Broadcasting politics: the community radio way
- Danger! Spokespersons making constituency points
- Covering the Norwich-North by-election
- In Breach! A judgement from Ofcom, and what the licence holder says now
- Competition: Get the vote out and win a Marantz recorder!
- Get the Vote Out Winners
- Election Night: North East community stations join together
A guide to social media
Your complete guide to utilising social media for enhancing your station reach. We suggest you start with the introduction, read about volunteer and expert experiences and dip into the guides which interest you.
- Introducing you to social media
- Social media in action – SHMU, WFM & Felixtowe Radio
- Social media: the volunteer's view
- A guide to Twitter
- A guide to Video
- A guide to Flickr
- A guide to Blogging
- A guide to MySpace
- A guide to Podcasting
- A guide to Ning
- A guide to Facebook
Making the most of your station’s website
A website is a key tool for a community radio station to attract listeners and supporters and keep them involved with the organisation. In this feature we’re looking at making your website work effectively for you.
- Is a website essential for a community radio station?
- "Content is King" – What do community radio stations put on their websites
- Adding the website extras – interactivity and tracking users
- The CRT Web Award for Community Radio Stations 2007
- Website links and further reading