Urgent Need - two Volunteer Technicians required


We are short of trained volunteers to operate the Technical element of recording Chelmsford Talking Newspaper. A team of four readers, under the supervision of an Editor, read the contents of the local newspaper while a technician controls the recording quality and length of the recording, noting any issues.

Following the reading, the Technician cleans errors from the file and prepares the master audio files for conversion to Audio cassettes, MP3 sticks, our own website and transmission by Chelmsford Community Radio. The technician then duplicates the MP3 sticks – the Audio cassettes are duplicated by the Administration Team the next morning.

The Technician usually arrives at the Studio at about 6 pm to prepare for the recording. The recording element starts at 6:30 pm and lasts for 90 minutes (to fit on a C90 cassette) and the file manipulation/copying occupies between 1-2 hours depending on the quality of the recording, the willingness of the hardware to co-operate and the quality expectations of the Technician.

There is no internet connection in our Recording Studio so Technicians usually take the files home to upload to our website and CCR.

Chelmsford Talking Newspaper is a charity which converts the local newspaper (predominantly The Essex Chronicle) into an audio format so that blind and partially-sighted people can keep up to date with local events. The recordings are distributed by post on MP3 sticks and Audio Cassettes as well as on our website. The recording is also transmitted by Chelmsford Community Radio.


The volunteer should be comfortable using a PC, be reliable, a team of technicians share the evenings a rota is usually drawn up for about once a month.
Those under 18 have to be accompanied by an adult, the studio is based in Writtle and would need a car


  • Suitable for under 18s
    Has to be accompanied by an adult
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Recording studio is in Writtle transport required
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and safety support


When: 11/01/2017 - 11/01/2018

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