Friday, May 18, 2018

VISIT FROM MAAJID NAWAZ - Article in Global Academy Magazine


LBC. Leading Britain’s Conversation. It’s something that doesn’t appeal to many young people. People tend to think that LBC is a “rolling news” station, and they’d be right, it can be, during exceptional circumstances, such as during any of the far too many terrorist attacks during last year. For the most part though it is, and I think Majid Nawaz put it in far better way I ever could during his visit, a “social action station”. 

Social action means the topics covered aren’t just to do with Brexit, Theresa May or inflation. Social action is opening a conversation about possible changes that could be made to society. This could be anything and everything that is likely to get a reaction from callers including Votes for 16 & 17-year old’s, Minimum wage and even highly controversial topics like switching of life support. 

Students at the academy had the pleasure of meeting Majid Nawaz, who presents a show on LBC during the weekend from 12 -  3pm. During his talk he gave us an insight into what LBC was all about and gave a talk about hate crime. As a person who held extremist views for 13 years in the past, that even managed to get him five-year stint in an Egypt prison, he was the best man for the job. 

Majid Nawaz now spends his life work attempting to prevent the radicalisation that he had been a victim of. He founded the think tank “Quilliam”, an organisation that labels itself as “The world’s first counter-extremist organisation”. He has held talks on the topic for the well-known, idea spreading organisation “TED”. 

It won’t hurt to turn the dial to 97.3, if people still use traditional radios these days, or press the play button on the LBC website. The even easier option, download the “Global Player” app on the Google Play or Apple App Store and switch over from Capital or Capital Xtra and have a listen for just two minutes. I’m sure your opinion of the station will change.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Year 12 @ The Global Academy so far

Much of this, and when I say that I mean, all of this is going to be a copy and paste of my LinkedIn. That's just where I've been doing things until now. With a blog you're able to be much less formal than you are on Linkedin and you can say what you actually think! and it's mainly so I can look back and see exactly what I've done in the past and improve on it. So without anymore hesitation let's get on with it.

I am a Year 12 student at the Global Academy. I dived straight into the deep end during year 12 attending events, meeting industry professionals and learning industry software such as Zetta & GSelector.  I have also written many articles for the school magazine which you can see on the academy's website.

During my first few two weeks at the academy, I had the opportunity to be invited along to the Global newsroom awards which were being held at the academy. This allowed me to be introduced to James O' Brien, who was there doing a Q&A and James Rea, the managing editor at LBC & Heart. This opportunity gave me a chance to talk to people who had the job that I wish to have in the future and was an interesting and informative experience.

I also took the opportunity to be involved in the 2017 Global Academy advert, this was an amazing insight into how adverts are produced. It was also an amazing opportunity to get my voice in an industry advert

In November, the annual RAIN conference for Europe was held in the British Museum. We, as students, were offered tickets to the event and I decided I would like to go along and see what it was all about. I learned so much about Podcasting, the future of radio and how devices such as the Google Home and the Amazon Echo are changing the way we look at audio and audio advertising for the better. We also learned how the audio advertising sector is embracing new technology to make their ads as effective as possible.

Even though I am not a brand ambassador, you will see me helping out at many open days talking to parents about the amazing opportunities and facilities we get access to. In January, I took the opportunity to join the "Tech Team" as part of the videography department.

In May 2018 I took the opportunity to attend Tuning In 2018 held during radio audio week and Q1 Rajar day. I learnt something from every single one of the speeches and learnt about a competition  opening in October of 2018 for 8 - 18 year olds.