spokesperson network

Training for people to speak on TV and radio

We have two opportunities to be on the Spokesperson Network:

1. The next round of Spokesperson Training for folks in the North West of England is now
open. This training will be in Manchester and will see people booked in regional media specifically.
2. The next round of National Spokesperson Training is
now open. This training will be in London.

Both close on the 18th March. 

For both trainings we’re looking for people who are working on issues that push for big progressive change in society and who would like to use the media to talk about the things they are working on.The programme works by training, coaching and providing TV and radio booking support for spokespeople. The aim is to substantially boost the number of progressive, representative voices in this space, to challenge pervasive narratives and boost coverage of underrepresented issues.Over the course of many years of the programme, we have generated over  5000 high-profile media bookings, including Question Time, Newsnight, Good Morning Britain, LBC, Channel 4 News, BBC 5 Live, Today, Sky News and ITV News.

The training consists of:
> Two half-days of online and one full day in person training where we will cover everything from messaging and storytelling to interview preparation and non-verbal communication. Participants will practise a series of different interview formats with framing experts, producers and journalists.
> Following training, members of the network will then be promoted to media outlets on a regular basis by our media team who offer expert support in securing and executing TV and radio bookings.

We are particularly excited to hear from people with identities who have been traditionally under-represented in broadcast media.

Applications can be made in a variety of formats including:
- Our standard Google Form
- Audio or voice note
- Video in spoken English or BSL
- Word or PDF version of our standard application form.
You find more information on this in the Accessibility Packs linked below.

1. North West Spokesperson Training
The next round of Spokesperson Training for folks in the North West of England is now open. Please only apply if you’re in the North West region. 
Training Dates:
Tuesday 23rd April & Wednesday 24th April: Online from 9.00-13.00
Thursday 25th April:  9am - 17.30pm in-person in Manchester 
Applications close: Monday 18th March at 8am

Find our North West Accessibility Pack here which outlines what to expect from the training and accessibility provisions/adjustments. This is relevant to all participants, but especially disabled participants. Apply for North West Spokesperson here.

2. National Spokesperson Training
The next round of National Spokesperson Training is now open. This is open to everyone in the UK.
Training Dates:
Tuesday 7th May & Wednesday 8th of May: Online from 9.00-13.00
Thursday 9th May: 9am - 17.30pm in-person in London
 Applications close: Monday 18th March at 8am

Find our National Accessibility Pack here which outlines what to expect from the training and selection process including accessibility provisions and adjustments. This is relevant to all participants, but especially disabled participants. Apply for the Spokesperson Training here.  


Training

The programme consists of two half days of training and one day in person where we will cover everything from messaging and storytelling to interview preparation and non-verbal communication. Participants will practise a series of different interview formats in front of a camera with framing experts, producers and journalists.

Pitching

An ongoing pitching service where we will proactively source TV and radio opportunities for you to respond to the big news stories of the day that are relevant to your area of work, and provide ongoing support for how you navigate the challenges and opportunities.

We run two rounds of training for the national programme every year and two rounds of training for the regional programme.

It doesn't matter if you've not done media before. We're looking for people who have something to say on an issue that the media is likely to pick up - we'll work with you on the rest. Done some media before? This programme will provide the coaching and bookings you need to get to the next level.