Proud of some work I did for the new Gair Rhydd.
Louis did the cartoon. But it's great. Fantastic. Have a look.
Meanwhile, I interviewed Lamorna, the winner of the VP Societies election campaigns, about her plans. Pretty good. Pretty juicy in places too. And some damn good editing and page design AS ALWAYS. I also finally put my Morris Does Morris article in- did mean to include a subtitle of "Finally all you've ever wanted and more" but the Global article pushed it out. It's not a society, but it's also not really a sport. Nothing wrong with including local clubs, it's all fun for students, isn't it?
Also, I remembered that I never posted my Nintendo Switchmas article on here. That's pretty good, though obviously pretty outdated at this point.
Also weird: I never linked GR 1091 or 1092 on here. Think I was just freaking out on the run up to elections... one track mind. Even more weirdly 1092 isn't on issuu, so I will chase that up.
Set myself a challenge for the upcoming final GR of '16-17:
GET AN ARTICLE IN EVERY SECTION.
This has probably never been done. The hard one will be Taf-Od. How do I say "Sorry for my broken Welsh" in Welsh?
It also includes the use of some journalistic tools I've not attempted previously- stay tuned.
You'll actually find two of my cartoons in this week's Gair Rhydd. One is in the usual spot on page 2, using the frame of the Oscar mixup for a cheap shot at Gerry Adams (he he, shot). The other is at the top of my 1000 word article on the elections and how to reconsider the way you think about them- I certainly have! I'm proud of this article. I also interviewed the Jailbreak winners for this week's Societies, and Spotlit Stitch Soc. As well as editing the rest of the section obviously.
Meanwhile, in Quench, I wrote two pieces for Video Games, one on Virtual Reality and one on game pricing. I also drew the back page doodle and contributed to the museums piece.
Some fun and some flavour once again in the Societies Section, which I grow increasingly proud of. We might not win best section (will probably go to something more widely read like Comment or Politics) but we have the most efficient article to page ratio! 7 articles in 2 pages compared to usually 3 or 4 in the rest of the paper. Whether that actually is a good thing is up to you...
GR 1088 featured some upbeat stuff about Airsoft and Film, probably my favourite societies to attend as a member- so that was enjoyable and simple to write about.
GR 1089 featured a triple whammy for the last ish of the year. That efficient society section I mentioned with my humorous Take Me Out article and spotlight on English, a Christian Union article the CUers were very happy about when I posted it on their Facebook page, a decent cartoon and also an article in comment about cycling. Although my line aping Good King Wenceslas as "Sire he lives a good drive hence- and he probably voted Brexit" got changed to "Sure he loves..." grumble, grumble, etc.
I also got an article up on Quench online discussing my favourite Christmas song, Red Cortina, reflecting on the sense of melancholy over pure enjoyment that develops with age.
Now, er, anyone got any jobs going, preferably starting in about June 2017?
In this week's GR I messed with the cartoon format.
Societies features an article about climbing.
Also most importantly, my look at Optometry in news, having orchestrated a survey and everything! I've put this as the pic for this post because that is the bit I'm most proud of. Between me and contrib Hugh we probably put about 7 hours work into it, 9 if you include the 2 hours I spent in the sight test.
I'm also painfully aware of the spelling mistake in the headline, which I did not write. Let's assume it's a pun on contact lenses...
This week I begun my other regular feature in GR aside from the cartoon, Society Spotlight. In this I'm featuring a society every week by attending one of their sessions and just writing about what happens, then asking a member to give me some details on what people can expect from further sessions. I also wrote the Give it a Go puff, and the second cartoon appears on page 2.
Here is GR 1082 online.
Meanwhile, in Quench, I got my "Blind Date" illustration on the back. The front is better.
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.
Journalism and Sociology graduate from Cardiff University.