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ΛtopGeneral Information

Here's the new-to-A&E rundown: reviews and interviews air throughout our regular daily broadcast - they are played from audio carts during various programs as part of the Spoken Word component, as are Show Promo's, PSA's, and Station ID's.

The A&E mandate at CJSF is to promote those artists that are under-represented in the mainstream media and could really benefit from the promotional boost that our coverage offers. In staying true to this mandate we reserve first right of refusal on any in-house or industry requests.

There are various ticket request and review writing requirements which you should be aware of before you begin your wonderful journey with CJSF A&E. These guidelines are listed below. Please read them over carefully and make future requests accordingly. If you have not completed station orientation please do so as it is a mandatory component of joining the A&E collective. The dates and times for orientation are listed at www.cjsf.ca.

You can find an event to review or an artist to interview by flipping through the listings on the A&E board at the station or by joining the Art's Collective mailing list (the A&E listings are sent to members weekly). Another advantage to joining the mailing list is that you get first crack at free tickets and interview opportunities. I often have several double passes to movies and plays to giveaway to members of this list - no review required. I will add you to this list. Please feel free to send in requests for events not included in this list, it is by no means a one-stop-event listings-shop.

Become a part of the A&E collective. Do your station orientation, sign up for the events listings and cover local events!

ΛtopTicket Request Guidelines

Please make sure you follow the guidelines below and provide all of the information requested..

  1. The Event:
    1. Name of event:
    2. Date of the performance which you are requesting:
    3. Time of the performance you are requesting:
    4. Opening date of the run - if there are multiple shows:
    5. Closing date of the run - if there are multiple shows:
    6. Venue of event:
    7. Promoter of event:

  2. The Coverage:
    1. Will you mention the event on your own program?
      Date, time, name of your program:
    2. Will you produce a review cart?
      When did you complete your production training?
      What have you already produced in the Production Dept?
    3. Will you do an interview?
      With whom?
      Live or pre-recorded?
      By telephone or in studio?

  3. The Reviewer:
    1. Your full name
    2. Best method of reaching you (tel or email):
    3. Best time to reach you
    4. Your knowledge of the artist/performer and their genre of art

ΛtopReview Writing Guidelines

Here's how to write a Review for CJSF A&E

  1. Due Date: Your review is due one week after you attend the event. Only those who submit carefully crafted work on time will be considered for future A&E opportunities.
  2. Formatting: Unique writing, formulaic layout.
    Title: 14-pt font, times new roman, bold, left margin, black font, different from the name of the book. Introductory paragraph: 12-pt font, times new roman, italics, left margin, black. Introduce yourself, mention the publisher, author, number of pages, and date of publication. Body of text: 12-pt font, times new roman, regular, left margin alignment, black. 2 spaces after every period, 1 space between each paragraph, no indentations. Book title underlined. End quote follows the period: .” Final paragraph: reiterate the title of book and author and include a website.
  3. Technics: Hark back to high-school English class.
    Pour your review through an editorial sieve: check spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalisation, use of its/it’s, plural/singular, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc. When describing action/plot in a performance/film write in the present tense; for example, “The protagonist is an acrobat with a fear of macaroni.” Edit thoroughly. Then edit again.
  4. Length: Get in and get out like the review is a house on fire.
    To write your review you need a pen and pad or a keyboard and screen, an alert mind, and most of all, a clock. If you’re verbose: mercilessly shave the review down to 1-2 minutes. Remember, that’s only about 200 words.
  5. Musical Suggestion: A score as soundtrack to your melodic narration.
    with text instead of just the page layout. Designers use this to show clients how their copy would look if it was inserted here without the client getting caught up with what it really says.

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