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Graduation Caps

UNIVERSITY PROJECTS

During my first year, my Features and Online unit focused on a group project to create a professional magazine. We created student magazine The Grad, choosing key editorial pillars of lifestyle, travel, entertainment, politics and business, and sport. My role as Deputy Editor included overseeing the general running of the magazine to ensure that the editor’s wishes were met through working on the design, production and liaising with contributors, as well as writing a number of different feature articles. This project helped to further my progress as a journalist effectively, developed my feature writing skills even further and gave me a thorough understanding of how the magazine industry works, in terms of interviewing, editorial aspects and working to deadlines

In my audio journalism unit during my second year, one assignment consisted of working with a group to produce a news-orientated programme, which would be streamed live and then released on Spotify shortly after as a podcast episode. My group produced Generation Rent, focusing on issues that affect the younger generation, particularly property and climate change. Topics from the programme included finance advice, vivid accounts of rental disasters, eco-housing and rising sea levels, as well as interviews with guests like Professor Iain Stewart (scientific consultant on the BBC series Seven Worlds, One Planet). My role as presenter allowed me to explore this field of journalism in detail, and was something that I particularly enjoyed.

Again, my audio journalism unit in my second year included a second assignment in which I had to create a short documentary, concentrating on a 'feature for change'. I produced In Deep Water, a 7-minute feature that explored the world's water crisis and how it might affect the UK exclusively. This process consisted of a great deal of research, as well as interviews with professionals like senior lecturer in water and environmental engineering Francesa Pianosi, and water researcher and author Hugh Arthur.  This piece of work is one that I am quite proud of and let me get my first taste of documentary work.

In my final year, I had to complete a major multimedia project that explored an area of journalism of my choice. I created a video documentary called 'At Face Value' which explored the impact COVID-19 was having on the sci-fi convention industry. This took months of hard work and was completed without the use of any professional equipment. It is, without a doubt, my favourite piece of work I've ever created and I'm so proud of how it turned out despite the circumstances of working from home during a global pandemic.

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At the end of my first semester in final year, I completed a week-long collection of online, converged newsdays. This was a collaborative assessment with my seminar group, creating articles and multimedia elements for a news site specifically on the UN goal 'Quality Education'. I acted as a journalist, sub-editor and editor during this time, and it was a massive learning experience for me, as well as being so important in developing my skills as a professional journalist. You can view our work by clicking the link attached to the BUzz News logo. 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

During my short work placement at Metro Radio, I got my first taste of the professional radio sector. This included collecting Vox Pops about the Tory leadership contest, editing clips for stories on Rafa Benetiz leaving Newcastle United and sexual assault at festivals, writing scripts for stories on the NHS & vaping and charity Mencap, and interviewing figures such as Paralympian Sandra Armstrong and Cohda Design. I even sourced my own story about how English female footballer players from the local area were influencing young girls to get involved with the sport after their success in the Women's World Cup.

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Through my work at Metro Radio, I was later used for an interview on Heart Radio for the drive-time news bulletins, being asked how I believed the Women's national football squad had impacted and encouraged young girls to get involved with the sport. This was something I was very chuffed about, being an ex-female footballer myself, and one moment that I am very proud of.

Again, I was later used for a breakfast news bulletin on Smooth Radio, being asked for a similar opinion about women's football and if I thought the success of the national team at the World Cup was helping to increase viewership and popularity of the sport.

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During August and September 2020, I worked with news and entertainment site Whatson as part of a short internship. I loved getting to write some pieces for the site about film, music and television, as well as a longer feature for their student guide magazine.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR

For a short period in 2019, I worked with three of my university friends to produce the pop-culture podcast Empty Talks, where we discussed current issues and events that appealed to our target audience of students and young people. Episode topics included childhood nostalgia, adjusting to life at university, and conspiracy theories. Even though this project was short-lived, I really enjoyed presenting and hope that podcasting is something that I get to pursue again in the future.

In my spare time at university, I write for Bournemouth University's student-led media Nerve. My articles include reviews on big film releases like Captain Marvel and Mary Poppins Returns, both of which won the 'Best Review' award at the 2019 Nerve Awards, and reviews on television releases like Outlander season 4 and Big Mouth season 2. You can read my work by clicking the link attached to the image of Nerve's logo.

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