Spotted any Toms recently? Hope you voted them in for VP Societies. So did 470 other people.
Unfortunately, my ultimately unsuccessful election run meant I couldn't do any student media for two weeks. This did however allow me and my team (most drawn from last year's Quench team) to focus on making a damn good video. I got an article on the Tab about it (of course GR mentioned it on their liveblog but publicity like that is not possible when, as a Union publication, they have to remain impartial). We reached amazing numbers, and only partially because of the Tab:
Here are my estimates (and I know Facebook's views aren't too accurate):
Click to watch behind the scenes
Click to watch side by side
Click through to archived "Vote Tom" page
In a mad effort to get dodgeball into sport, I ended up finishing off a whole page for the sports eds! There's also a societies spotlight for comedy though Aletheia edited this issue's societies. Best of all of course there is Farage the clown on page 2.
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...
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
Journalism and Sociology graduate from Cardiff University.