Talking newspaper is hoping to catch the ear of a budding recording engineer

One of the players used by Todmorden Talking Newspaper listeners
One of the players used by Todmorden Talking Newspaper listeners

If you are computer literate and would like to get a bit of recording engineering experience while providing a service to some members of the community, an opportunity has opened up.

One of Todmorden Talking Newspaper’s engineers is leaving the area and the volunteer team are looking for a replacement to join their ranks.

The newspaper’s chairman, Mr John Taylor, said the help needed was only a short amount of time every couple of months but it made a real difference to the lives of the blind and partially sighted listeners who used the service.

“We need someone who is computer literate and willing to learn the straightforward procedures used in our recording studio.

“This very worthwhile task will only occupy one evening every other month, but will help to give news, information and entertainment to local people who have visual problems.”

The Todmorden News, in addition to being available in print and online, forms the basis of the Talking Newspaper for Todmorden, produced by a local charity otherwise known as TNT, and issued for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, explained Mr Taylor.

It is put together and recorded once a month by a group of volunteers, and issued on a memory stick posted to each listener, and played back on a USB player which is provided to the listeners by the charity.

Usually there is about two hours of material on the stick.

The first hour is the news, made up items selected from the Todmorden News as published in the preceding four or five weeks, and read in the recording studio by a team of readers.

The second hour is a magazine, consisting of quizzes, interviews, anecdotes, poetry readings and other items of local interest, he said.

The recordings are made by two teams of readers, each with a recording engineer, working alternate months.

If anyone is willing to help out, they are asked to contact Mr Taylor on 01706 812903.

Editions are also accessible through logging on to the Todmorden News website