Volunteer

How to volunteer at 2SER

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Would you like to get started making the stories, ideas and music you hear on 2SER 107.3 each and every day? We're a community broadcaster, and that means almost everything you hear on the station is created by our wonderful volunteers.

Our studios broadcast out of UTS and Macquarie University, giving students a fantastic opportunity to get some real-world experience with media. However, you don't need to be a student to volunteer! You could be an established journalist looking for a bit of radio experience, a professional or amateur DJ wanting to bring your music to a new audience, or a total newcomer who wants to try something different. Anyone can do it.

Pitching Shows

Alternatively, do you have a new or established idea for a program you think would work with 2SER's charter and sound? We're always on the lookout for great ideas and new specialty presenters. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your pitch, and if applicable a pilot episode or link to content, and someone will be in touch.

How do I get involved?

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To apply please see our positions descriptions in the FAQ and then fill out the questionnaire below, you'll be notified if you are sucsessful three weeks before the next training session.

Training sessions run all day on a Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.

Our next training dates are on:

March 4th, 2017

Training costs $120 + the cost of becoming a supporter. If you are not a current student you will still need to pay the entire supporter fee. We offer generous payment plans for people accepted into the course who are not able to pay the fee immediatley.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need to commit at 2SER?

We usually ask for half to one day a weeks worth of work. You are usually at the station when your show goes to air but a lot of the preparation can be done from home. Work arangements are flexible and we can find positions for people who work during the week or who need to contribute once a fortnight rather than weekly.

What kind of availabilities do I need to volunteer at 2SER?

Most of our positions require some work between 6am and 6pm on a weekday. There are some roles that are available on weekend mornings and weekday evenings but these are limited, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have severely limited availabilities during weekdays so we can assist you in finding the right position.

How long do I need to stay at the station?

We ask that you commit for at least three months, we find that people don't get a lot out of a position if they do not stay for several months. We have people who stay for the minimum time and others that have been at the station for over 30 years, it really depends on what you want to do here. You could spend a lifetime at 2SER and still never do everything that's available at the station.

What kind of roles are available?

In your application you can nominate the roles you are most interested in, this does not lock you into a role but it helps us understand what you would like to do at the station.

Breakfast Producers 
Volunteering on the 2SER Breakfast means working alongside our wonderful Breakfast hosts and helping out on a show revolving around weekly segments, interviews and giveaways. You'll need to be an early-riser, with the Breakfast show running from 6am – 9am daily and 7am – 10am weekends. You will also need to:

  • Based at our Broadway studios
  • Pitch story ideas
  • Write scripts
  • Organise and occasionally conduct interviews
  • Update website and engage with social media
  • Be self-sufficient, as Breakfast teams are often small

Producer for The Daily
The Daily is our morning magazine program, it's chock full of interviews covering the latest in news and current affairs as well as exposing you to new ideas that you wont find in the newspaper today. We cover everything from science and tech to politics, health, arts and more! We need producers who will come with ideas for the show and then keep this busy slot flowing smoothly, The Daily broadcasts from 9am to 12pm daily. You will need to:

  • Based at our Broadway or Macquarie studios
  • Pitch story ideas
  • Contribute to editorial meetings
  • Write scripts
  • Line up interview subjects
  • Conduct interviews
  • Organise the broadcast
  • Update the website and social media

Producer for Drive
Drive is an upbeat show that helps people get home after their busy days. It  focusses on music, events, band interviews and interesting ideas. The program runs from 4 - 6pm and features a mix of music and interviews. Producers will assist with music research, find story ideas, lock in talent and manage the website.

  • Based at our Broadway or Macquarie studios
  • Pitch story ideas
  • Contribute to editorial meetings
  • Write scripts
  • Line up interview subjects
  • Conduct interviews
  • Organise the broadcast
  • Update the website and social media

Newsroom Reporter
The 2SER newsroom is always looking for people to help out during the morning news broadcasts. This is a very intensive position with limited places that involves researching the headlines and stories of the day to be read out on air every half hour throughout the Breakfast and Daily programs, 6am – 12pm. There are two shifts, 5am – 8:30am and 8:30am – 12pm, which will rotate on a week-by-week basis (Although allowances can be made for people who need to travel or have reasons they can only do one shift). You will need to be able to:

  • Based at our Broadway studios
  • Research news items quickly
  • Write concise, informative news blurbs quickly and accurately
  • Read confidently on air
  • Edit audio
  • Be an early riser!
  • Have a good general knowledge

Specialty Talks Producer or Reporter
We're looking for people who can get down and dirty with a topic. We have a variety of half hour talk shows that can take on more producers and reporters. You'll be looking for ideas each week and putting together stories that don't just follow the stories you see in the media but that stay one step ahead. We have slots open in a variety of shows, we offer full training and guidance, even if you fear you do no have enough knowledge on any subject but are interested do not hesitate to apply. These show run in smaller more independent teams, you may be organising the team one week and creating a report on an issue the next. These roles are based at our Broadway studios initially, content can later be produced at the Macquarie studios. If you're interested in this role please tell us which show interest you in your application: 

  • Panacea (Health)
  • Razors Edge (local current affairs)
  • Final Draft (books)
  • So Hot Right Now (arts and culture)
  • Radio Atticus (Legal affairs)
  • On The Money (economics)
  • The Wire (national current affairs),  positions are extremely limited, please let us know you are interested but a rotation through another show will normally be needed before joining the program

Social Media and Online Content Producers 
We're looking for people who want to assist with our website and social media, both to repurpose and promote our radio content as well as creating original work for the website, we need:

  • Producers to repurpose content and optimise it for the internet
  • Writers for creating original feature content
  • Social media producers who can engage with our audience online
  • Photographers
  • Video Makers

Specialist Music Shows
This training course does not cover creating a specialist music show but we'd like to know if you're interested in making one in the future. If you have an idea now you can find out how to pitch a stand alone program above but you can also pitch programs once you have become a volunteer and worked on other shows.

Music Administration
The station uses Music Master and Wide Orbit to assist presenters with scheduling music, if you're interested in learning how these systems work in order to maintain a radio station's music catalouge then we have various administrative tasks that will give you experience in this specialist field.

Graphic Designers
Do you want experience in creating campaign imaging, branding and put your creativity into practice engaging with an established brand? We need picture makers, people with skills and ideas who want a chance to dip into almost anything: logos, banners for shows, advertising copy, poster artwork and just about anything you can think of! We're looking for people with:

  • Experience or study in graphic design
  • This bullet point is a test to see if you'd actually read everything, please let us know in the experience field of your application if you found it
  • That's it! We can't teach you how to draw but we will work with you on how to craft images for an audience and specific campaigns

Past Volunteers

Tawar Razaghi
While studying communications Tawar spent a day a week reporting for The Wire for several years. With her portfolio of work she was able to secure producing work at ABC 702 Mornings before taking a position at ABC Midwest as a producer and eventually moving into the news division at that station.

Jamie Travers
Starting as a producer Jamie put in extra effort to skill up his presenting and was soon hosting The Daily and Breakfast. He also showed initiative by pitching his own show: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue. On the show he found his own guests who would pick four tracks, one for each word of the show's title. He brought on guests such as John Laws, Adam Spencer, Mark Di Stefano, Benjamin Law, Mark Colvin and many more! He started working at 2UE producing overnights and now works at Kiis FM producing the Kyle and Jackie O show.

Lucy Koorey
Lucy started producing a magazine show (The Daily) and soon became Executive Producer and led the team in creating the show every week. She later interned at WSFM on Breakfast and in News, they liked her so much she now works full time at WSFM breakfast.

Tim Bennett
Tim was an education student who started making features and producing on shows, he soon found his passion for radio and decided to put all his energies into this new career path. He later became the host of a show (several actually) and produced news packages for The Wire. He got a full time job in Bourke presenting and producing for 2WEB and is now the Breakfast host at ABC Local's Port Pirie station.

Kylar Loussikian
Kylar started presenting The Daily and helped create the news and current affairs filled format the show follows today. He then went on to revamp our media affairs show and turned it into a weekly panel show that has featured guests from the ABC, SBS, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and more. He now works full time at The Australian.

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