Enthusiastic and adaptable journalism student, with subject interests in home affairs and technology. I am a keen multimedia journalist who thoroughly enjoys working with data.
I hope to work in broadcast journalism in these fields after I graduate.
I am also a regular blogger, with my thoughts and interests noted on The Everything Else Blog.
Radio & Video Production
City OnAir is the student radio station at City University London.
I joined the team in my first year of studies as a presenter and producer, before actively taking the role as editor with a group of 20+ regular contributors. Together, we produced an average of six-seven hours of podcast content a week, including three and a half hours of live streaming.
As editor, it was my responsibility to manage the team and to lead production of all shows. I also monitored the content of the shows to make sure they were safe/legal, as well as overseeing the branding of the station and individual shows.
One of the shows I was heavily involved in was City OnAir News, a weekly live programme that included campus news and news from around London and the UK. Contributors scripted their segments and took part in discos with the presenters (who rotated on a weekly basis).
Another big show I worked on was Our Take On The News, another weekly live programme in a more conversational format about 'lesser-serious news'. Two guests joined the presenter, Payam Edalat, in the studio to discuss the show's topics. Some of these included the copulation habits of sea slugs, crow-sourcing breasts, a life-sized chocolate pope and Flappy Birds.
I was also the executive producer of the Students' Union Election 2014 programmes and podcasts. I produced three shows from the Students' Union Bar, live to an audience and streamed online, with debates between candidates and a live results show.
Video: What do trends in mobile messaging have to do with terrorism?
The film about counter-terrorism in communications was my final project at university and first came about after I had read OfCom's Communication Market Report 2014.
The report highlighted trends in the way consumers are communicating - how the use of SMS texting has declined in recent years and that a shift had been made towards internet-based messaging apps and services.
These new apps are using increasing levels of encryption, something which terrorists have been keen to exploit, according to experts.
Following an increase in terrorism activity in late 2014-early 2015, David Cameron announced that 'there should not be any safe place for terrorists to communicate' and that new powers were needed to help authorities gather intelligence.
But can an increase in the use of social media and instant messaging really be to blame for the government falling behind on counter-terrorism?
Video & Podcast: Crossrail in Farringdon
For a second year assignment at university, I investigated how the construction work surrounding Crossrail's construction site in Farringdon is effecting local businesses.
The largest construction project in Europe has promised to 'regenerate the area', however some businesses fear that they may not survive long enough to see the benefits. I interviewed local business owners, for radio and television news packages, to find out where the problems lie.
Despite having regular contact with Crossrail for over nine months, they refused to provide anymore than a brief statement on the matter.
Podcast: Food waste in London
A 4" radio package about how food waste is being dealt with in London as new data suggests that food businesses could save an average of £6,000 a year by being careful with food waste. Interviews are with Andrew Fishwick from the Truscott Arms, Waitrose and Rhammel Afflick. (December 2014)
Podcast: Radio news bulletin examples
4th March 2015: A 2'30" 7pm news bulletin for a London audience. Stories included: Becky Watts murder, Alan Cartwright arrest, Ayesha Ali, TV election debates, Prince William elephant sanctuary and Manor F1.
2nd March 2015: A 2'30" 11am news bulletin for a London audience. Stories included: Mohammed Emwazi, London Underground strikes, police stabbing, solar panels for schools and The strokes in Hyde Park.
Angelo Uccello: Per L'ultima Volta
Angelo Uccello is a classical pianist and composer. We first began working together at Forerunner Records, where after he released his debut single Quando Diciamo Addio, I interviewed him for the Foreunner Podcast. Throughout our time at the record label, I was able to advise him on a media strategy.
He later released his debut album of the same name, with copies sold all over the world.
In January 2013, I produced his first music video for the composition Per L'ultima Volta. It was filmed at locations across London - mainly in the West end and along the riverbank between the London Eye and BFI. The performance shots were filmed in the City University London performance space.
More recently, we have begun working on another music video to accompany his second album.
Experience & Education
BBC News Channel, Shadow Producer
I have assisted in the production of BBC News Channel broadcasts and gained valuable newsroom experience.
I helped organise and contact interviews, and used ENPS and Jupiter software. I also observed in the gallery and studio.
City OnAir, Editor
2013 - 2014
As editor, it was my responsibility to manage the team of contributors as well as the station output in live and pre-recorded shows. The role demanded time management, out of the box thinking as well as a high level of skill in producing content quickly and efficiently.
For more information, visit the City OnAir tab under Portfolio.
Forerunner Records, PR & Media Manager
2011 - 2012
Forerunner Records is a student-led record label at Birmingham Metropolitan College. In my final year of music studies, I took on the role as head of PR and Media. I began interviewing each of the artists signed to the label for a weekly podcast before taking on immediate roles in organising events and personnel.
At the end of year showcase event, I organised two VIP guest presenters and ten performances across two separate stages in different rooms, while negotiating a 'roaming audience' of 200+ people.
City University London
2012 - 2015
Modules include: media law and ethics, history of journalism, UK politics, data journalism, sports journalism, arts and culture, international news, multimedia and journalism skills.
Birmingham Metropolitan College
2010 - 2012
Modules include: live performance, studio recording, sound to vision, performance techniques, arranging music, business studies, marketing and dissertation.
© 2015 Samuel Gould