Ryan is wired for sound

Local student Ryan Borthwick from Kelso is backing a campaign to encourage more people from the Borders to sign up to the Scottish Media Academy. Ryan was identified as one of the top performers in the Academy's first session and know the value of the course in kick starting a career in the media.
Local student Ryan Borthwick from Kelso is backing a campaign to encourage more people from the Borders to sign up to the Scottish Media Academy. Ryan was identified as one of the top performers in the Academy's first session and know the value of the course in kick starting a career in the media.
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Kelso teenager, Ryan Borthwick, came top of the class at Scotland’s new Media Academy and is now encouraging other young people to sign up to the second term at Forth One in Edinburgh.

The Kelso High School student joined the inaugural course earlier this year to learn about a career in radio, television and magazines. He joined people from all over the country in lectures, workshops and practical activities at the first five-day summer schools at Forth One.

The Scottish Media Academy was created with the intention of discovering and developing Scotland’s future media talent. Since completing the multimedia entry level course, Discovery, Ryan has been invited back to Forth One for additional training in November. He had impressed senior staff as a presenter on Wired at Radio Borders.

Ryan, 16, hopes this experience will help kick start his career in radio.

He said: “I was really interested to learn more about the media and the academy was a great opportunity to learn first hand from those that do the job every day. I really enjoyed working in the studio and was pleased to hear that the staff thought I had a great presenting style.

“The academy helped me to develop my broadcast voice and I am really excited to be returning to Forth One for more training, because not only will I learn more about what the station does, but, maybe one day, it could be me on air.”

Academy director, Courtnay McLeod, is urging those interested in media to sign up quickly as spaces on the courses are limited to 20 on each level.

She said:“Helping people like Ryan find out more about working in the media is exactly what we set out to do and we haven’t just identified talent, we have found ways to develop it further. Creative, passionate and talented people are the life blood of our radio stations and this is a great way of finding out more about working in the media. Our courses aren’t only for people wanting to kick start a media career. People interested in the media world we all live in, or looking to get one step ahead by boosting their CV, should also get in touch.

“We are excited that in just three months the academy has already proven it works.” Future sessions at Forth One are weeks start October 15 and 22.