Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Making Radio Documentary (Online)

Price £220 (Full Price) £180 (Student) £160 (UCL Student)

Location Distance Learning (Online), Duration Wednesday evenings across 5 weeks 7-9pm BST, Dates  Jul 6 — Aug 3

Led by BBC reporter and radio producer Chloe Hadjimatheou, whose recent work includes BBC Radio 4’s Intrigue: Mayday, ‘Making Radio Documentary’ is targeted towards people who want to move from filmmaking to producing audio documentaries, those who want to make their first ever radio documentary and people who are just passionate about listening to radio/documentary audio. This course provides the basic skills needed to get out there and start recording and putting together an audio documentary, podcast or radio programme. Students will study techniques and industry tips and listen to plenty of great radio. There is the opportunity to pitch ideas and develop them throughout the course, as well as practical exercises to get students to lose their inhibitions and start recording.

The following topics are only indicative:

Session 1:

  • Where to go for ideas and inspiration
  • How to choose equipment

Session 2:

  • Pitching Ideas
  • Recording

Session 3:

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Structuring your doc

Session 4:

  • Editing using free programme Audacity

Session 5:

  • Scripting
  • Where to take your ideas

“This was a brilliant introductory course to radio documentary making – informative, practical and inspiring. I’d highly recommend it.’  – Ellen Wiles, past student.

This course will be delivered via online distance learning, and students will require a computer or other internet connected device.

1x Universal Credit bursary place is available for this course. Please see our bursary policy here.

If you’d like to be added to this course’s mailing list for future running dates, please get in touch with or call +442031084774.



Chloe Hadjimatheou

Course Leader

Chloe Hadjimatheou is an award-winning BBC reporter and producer whose work includes: Intrigue: Mayday, Islamic State’s Most Wanted, Searching for Tobias, No Place to Die and America Revisited.