What opportunities do you provide for students to audition/submit a report or anything of a sort to be on the show?
Most opportunities to be on BTN are for students based near the ABC Adelaide studios as that's where BTN is filmed. However, with the prevalence of video recording devices, we are able to collect more views from students anywhere. But here are there are four ways students end up on the show: School Talent, Acting Talent, Unique Talent, Submitted Talent.
1. School Talent
When we need to get some opinions from kids or a simple bit of acting, then there are a number of schools nearby the Adelaide studio that we call up and visit. For example,
Social Media Agreements (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4613095.htm) &
Plastic Packaging (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4422480.htm).
2. Acting Talent
Sometimes the story calls for a lot of specific acting. For those times we use kid actors from local Adelaide theatre schools. For example,
Olympic History http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4513457.htm
3. Unique Talent
We often come across or seek out talent for a specific story. For example, our recent Shearing Kid story (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4620510.htm) was actually filmed by another ABC crew in Queensland (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/pint-sized-shearer-has-future-career-mapped-out/8258536) but we saw it and repurposed it for BTN’s audience. Sometimes we ask kids that feature in some other ABC report (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-11/outback-queensland-families-go-the-distance-for-school-musical/7818682) to provide some additional video for our version of the story (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4613098.htm). When we have a specific story we want to tell from a kids perspective we’ll seek out someone that has that experience - whether it’s wearing a hijab (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4613093.htm) or being caught in a bushfire (http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4169770.htm). For the 2016 Federal election, in collaboration with ABC Me, a 6 month project was conducted to send a Rookie Reporter onto the campaign trail. Maya was selected after an extensive talent auditioning process conducted in Sydney with talent recruiters and she did a great job in asking the questions kids wanted to know http://www.abc.net.au/btn/rookie.htm#election2016
4. Submitted Talent
In some rare situations we have received content from students and used that story in our show. The only recent example is the Gorilla Girls Recycling story http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4530722.htm
Zoe had a very strong, educationally relevant idea which she was busy doing. She was also able to take some good quality video with clear audio and spoke well in front of the camera. Even though she did all these things right it’s still not guaranteed to get into the show if there are too many other stories we need to run at that time. Luckily Zoe’s story was timeless and so could be scheduled on a quieter news week.
If not selected for the show, and if the submission is suitable (see Rookie Reporter training videos), all Rookie Reporter videos will be added to our website on the Rookie Reporter page: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/rookie.htm