Testimonials and Reviews

What about this series then? It’s good, the style is clear, the tone is even, the subject addressed accurately and dispassionately, quite an achievement when you consider the amount of hoot-worthy stuff it has unearthed. Even as recently as 1973 a BBC document listed among the ‘limitations’ to employing women ‘menopausal tension’ (review by radio critic for the Telegraph, Gillian Reynolds, of ‘Getting on Air: the Female Pioneers’ – BBC Radio 4 – presented by Jane Garvey, produced by Jane Reck). 

“The podcast was excellent in terms of quality, content and the messages it conveyed” (Dr Damian Murphy, University of York).

Jane has trained most of the Queen Mary University of London PR team in podcasting and audio slide-show production. She is a fantastic teacher; her courses are informative, well organised and packed with practical exercises and opportunities to learn the skills you need to put together effective audio visual content for the web. Using lots of real life examples and clips, she can tailor the course to meet your specific needs. She also has a wealth of experience at the BBC and EPSRC to draw on, and really understands the challenges a small team like ours faces in delivering quality content with limited resources. She continues to support us with technical advice and guidance as we develop our podcast series. I would highly recommend Jane to anyone wanting to improve their in house expertise in this area (Sian Halkyard, Head of Public Relations, Queen Mary University of London).

BBC Radio 4, ‘A Bleeding Shame’- presented by Jane Garvey, produced by Jane Reck. Pick of the week in The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday. The Times (Saturday preview edition). Pick of the day in The Observer ‘In a long overdue programme, Jane Garvey challenges the stigma surrounding menstruation’ and The Sunday Times ‘a blunt, highly informative programme’.

BBC Radio 2, ‘Mad About the Mustang’ – presented by Ewan McGregor, produced by Jane Reck and Neil Cowling. Pick of the day in the Radio Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph and featured on ‘Pick of the Week’ on BBC Radio 4.

‘Jane’s seminar was perfect for our audience of academics. It really helped to give us an understanding of podcasting and how to put something simple but effective together. Her knowledge and experience, along with a great range of audio examples, made the topic both interesting and engaging and gave the audience a good sense of where to start. The feedback from the audience was very positive and we have had requests to run this again!’ (‘Rebecca Whear, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter).

(On media training and oral history training) Jane’s experience as a radio producer, her professionalism and attention to detail bring a different dimension to our teaching. A number of our students have gone on to give radio interviews or take part in media campaigns, and the insights they gained – as well as the chance to try out their skills in a safe and supportive environment – have been invaluable (Dr Alison Hems, Course Director, MA Heritage Management, Bath Spa University).

“Jane is a superbly talented journalist and producer, and great fun to work with! With more and more demand these days for audio content such as podcasts, Jane’s ability to get the most from your story and turn it into Radio 4 quality is excellent value for money. She also has a great ‘audio slideshow’ product which is a highly cost-effective way of adding sound and vision to your website.” (Sharon Charity, Interim Head of Strategic Communications and Engagement at NHS Central Southern CSU).

“We have hired Jane on several occasions and each time we have been extremely satisfied with her high level of skill and ability. Whether it’s acting as researcher, assistant producer or as a media trainer, Jane’s attention to detail is head and shoulders above the competition. While so many others can be so slap-dash and just that bit too keen to submit their invoices post-project, Jane’s concern for our requirements and her respect for contributors is second to none. If you’re looking for thorough and rigorous research, expert journalism and high quality training in the fields of audio production, Jane Reck is the person to call in. We can highly recommend her.” (James Harrison, Film maker and audio feature specialist, MLCM – Morris Lane Creative Media)

“The Practical Podcast training course was incredibly interesting and valuable. The hands-on approach and practical exercises meant that I came away with the skills and confidence to produce my own podcast. The one-on-one tuition means that you get a lot more covered than you would in a group training session. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to add podcasting to their repertoire” (Jane Wakefield, Press and Communications Manager, Research Councils UK, now Communications Manager at Bath Spa University).

BBC Radio 4, ‘Hearing the Past’ – Presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili. Pick of the day for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, the Guardian and The Times.

“I took an enormous amount from the radio interview training I undertook with Jane. She was a thoroughly friendly and approachable professional who set our whole group at ease in a potentially stressful situation with her calm and light-hearted but knowledgeable approach. Her feedback on both my spoken and written communication skills will be invaluable to me in the future as I attempt to get my scientific research into the media. Thanks!” (Dr. Matt Amesbury, University of Exeter).

“The personal tuition and hands-on approach on the podcast training course taught me far more in one day than I ever could have imagined. I thought it would take a lot of training before I was able to record and edit my own audio files and podcasts, but I have been able to achieve it after just one day under Jane’s expert tuition. She made it very easy to understand and put into practice” (Marion O’Sullivan, Senior Press Officer, The Science and Technology Facilities Council).

“I really enjoyed the podcast training with Jane. Having the one-on-one personal tuition was fantastic and it meant that I got really stuck in with the practical exercises, which made it so much easier to learn. It was refreshing to have a training course that wasn’t just about being talked at – and it was a lot of fun. I’ve already begun to use the skills at work and done some recording and I’m looking forward to the editing” (Katie Clark, Press and Communications Manager, Research Councils UK).