One article in the last Gair Rhydd, #1080, it's about working more than forty hours a day.
Onwards to pastures anew.
It's been a busy couple of weeks in student media land.
First I went to Loughborough Students Union for the Student Publication Association National Conference 2016 with a load of people from both Quench and The GRdd. Had a brilliant time and hopefully learned something useful.
After returning from #SPANC16, I went to a dodgeball game in Swansea and wrote it up for Sport, as the "curtain call of Varsity." I like dodgeball, if you hadn't guessed. They even put me on the back again. What is it about my face that makes people want to put it down on paper?
This week in Gair Rhydd, I wrote a fairly acclaimed spoof article about the Panama papers and the This Week In History section on p2, a favourite of mine... but might not be around much longer. I always say the things I enjoy are the opposite of everyone else. The #BADVICE section might be here to stay though. I had an idea for a Humour section but it's not so likely.
My final issue of Quench as Games Ed is out too, which is sad isn't it? Numbers 153 through 158. There's rumours of there being an extra magazine during the gaps when it's not being released next year (mainly summer, christmas and easter holidays) but nothing confirmed yet. In this issue, I did an interview with Filip Victor, a Half Life 2 modder, and reviewed Superhot. There was of course a few other things behind the scenes but those are the main contributions. You'll also see my mug on the back page. (I actually wrote an article, but then the design team just took a quote out of it...) I'm hoping that next year Saman will stay on with it, and possibly my friend Elis who we nominated for best contributor this year as he wrote some good stuff for us.
EDIT: There's also a review of Hardcore Henry to have a look at to go with the Superhot review. Now if only I had the time to get all the games articles online.
This Saturday is the Media Awards, so we'll see if I win anything.
What's next for me? Perhaps I might contribute to Advice a bit more often. Trying to break into News. Will probably go for Societies editor. Of course I'll still contribute to the likes of Video Games and Film next year.
Maybe it's about time I got a real job though? Well, I might just have an update on that for you soon...
My bike was stolen. Every cloud a silver lining, here's an article about dealing with theft!
Excellent issue of Quench this time round, not too many mistakes either! I've seen people reading my Cliches article round campus which is great.
I also wrote a little addendum, in this week's GR, to my friend and current flatmate Jamie McKay's EU referendum article, to remind students to vote. You'll also see one of my tweets but that wasn't intentional!
With exam season temporarily over, it's time to write as many articles as I can.
In Gair Rhydd science, I wrote about Ravens.
I also wrote about the Aussie film The Smuggler, aka the Mule for Quench Film and TV.
Fellow QGames ed Saman and I went to the opening of a new attraction here in Cardiff, Escape Rooms, and I gave it a verdict.
Next week in Gair Rhydd there should be two articles from me hopefully, and I'm working on a cool new Quench Games piece a bit like the one I did for the Wales Game Dev Show.
Two excellent pieces this week if I do say so myself...
Up now on the Quench website (featured, no less), my Hunter S. Thompson-esque account of when my friend and I tried speed dating at the Students Union (got some pretty good reviews by people who've read it, actually, which is unusual- unusual in that they read it at all!)
Speed Dating Uncovered
Also in this week's Gair Rhydd, I did a spotlight on the university's trampoline club. It was different, that's for sure! This is also one of my longest student media articles at 1000 words.
Gair Rhydd 1067
Sport Spotlight: Trampolining
This semester I'm doing Dr Andy Williams' Reporting Science module, so I decided I'd put a few more science ish articles into Gair Rhydd if possible. GR 1060 Putting a name to a face.
The new Quench also arrived and features some stuff from me, the Savvy Student Gamer and my Super Mario Maker review.
I'm not sure whether to publish all the articles from the mag online, will need to check with the other eds. But I did do a standalone online version of my WGDS article, with added corrections!
I thought I should kick things off here by listing the Issuu links to issues of the Cardiff Student Media publications I contributed to last academic year. It might not be all of them, though.
TV section: Cartoon for "Reality Rivals: TV Standoff." Quench #147
Feature: The world of webcomics. Quench #150
Games section: Mobile gaming marketing. Quench #152
For (And Against): Public health campaigns. GR #1042
Politics section: UKIP: One Man Band? GR #1054
Comment section: Why Wales needs the EU. GR #1056
Comment section: Why a Facebook friend isn't like a real friend. GR #1057
Politics section: Negative political campaigns
A good year, but I could have done more! Shouldn't have been so busy socializing.
Journalism and Sociology graduate from Cardiff University.