Culture My Arts
Finnian graduated with a first-class honours degree in Media Studies in 2018, as well as finding time to undertake a number of extra-curricular activities, including the role of programme controller of the university’s prize-winning student radio station, Storm FM. He is now studying for a Masters degree in Professional Writing and is also editor of the university’s student newspaper, Seren. When he graduated in the summer, he won the award for the best overall academic performance in the school, as well as the prize for the best practice-based dissertation for Culture My Arts, a parody of arts and culture programmes, Radio 4, and of radio conventions more generally, combining the satirical with the surreal. It was written and produced by Finn, who also performs various roles in the production, together with fellow students from the school. It was quickly commissioned by Finn’s local radio station, BBC Radio Stoke, who also commissioned a second edition of the programme as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
Trumpocalypse: Media Coverage of 2016 US Presidential Election
Lisa is a Journalism and Media Studies graduate who graduated with a first-class honours degree from the school in 2018. She is now studying for an MA in Film Making and has recently been working on a high-profile Hollywood film, due for release in April 2019 and a new HBO series, both of which chose this area for filming locations in 2018. Lisa is sworn to secrecy as to the details of these productions, but more will soon be revealed! During her second year, as part of the Radio: Theory and Practice module, she was able to combine her interests in journalism, politics and media production through producing a short programme examining the media coverage of the United States’ presidential election of 2016. Lisa presented the programme herself and interviewed two Republican-voting students with differing views of President Trump, as well as Dr Gregory Frame, a lecturer from the school and author of The American President in Film and Television, published in 2018.