Welcome to the digital natives

Young people’s familiarity with social media became very clear to the journalism team at Glamorgan on the first interview day for would-be students starting in October 2013. Not only do they use social media as their main source of information, but they have a sophisticated understanding of the way they work. Continue reading

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Martians are Better on Radio

By Mary Traynor

Earlier this week, Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the H.G Wells classic War of the Worlds came to the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.  It was certainly an impressive show; a star studded cast, including Jason Donovan, Marty Pellow and Liam Neeson (sadly only in hologram), a full orchestra and guest appearance by an enormous flame throwing Martian fighting machine. But did the audience believe for even one second that aliens had invaded earth?  No – of course not. Because the Martians simply weren’t real enough.

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DAB Radio – Dead and buried?

By David Kevin Williams

David Williams graduated in BA Radio from the University of Glamorgan and now works for the digital station Mountain FM. This was first published on his personal blogsite.

Back in 2010 the government released the ‘Digital switchover of television and radio in the United Kingdom’ report. As the title suggests, the document included plans which would see Britain move from analogue radio receivers to DAB sets.

But even the best laid plans can go awry and as time goes by it becomes harder and harder to see a world in which we all have DAB radios in our homes, cars and workplaces. Continue reading

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Fandom and fangs: Exploring Twilight’s legacy

By Rebecca Williams

In its first weekend of release The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final instalment in the vampire fantasy films, debuted at the top of the US box office with estimated takings of $141m (£88.6m). The concluding film was equally successful in the UK, knocking James Bond’s Skyfall – the 5th biggest UK movie of all time – off the top of the chart.

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Radio: A world view from a small nation

The range, diversity and impact of radio around the world is explored in a new book published by the University of Wales Press, with fascinating contributions from the radio team at the ATRiuM and colleagues from universities in Britain and beyond. Continue reading

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Radio: Watching the radio


By Beccy Leach
I’ve been watching the radio. Not looking at a rectangular plastic thing in the corner of the room but watching BBC Radio 5 live online to see the presenters read from their screens, chat to their guests, occasionally glance sheepishly at the webcam or inappropriately greet someone with a wave during a serious story when they forget the camera’s there. Continue reading

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Radio: Do we need an alternative to Auntie?

By Lyndon Jones
As a recovering BBC staffer, I now spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how an audio producer can make a living. Let me be clear – I’m not at all resentful of my position: I left the BBC of my own volition, eager to explore a wider aural world. And I remain endlessly impressed by the range, quality, and sophistication of BBC radio. Continue reading

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Radio: Are we witnessing an evolution or a revolution?

“RADIO is evolving”. Yesterday, as I penned a few introductory paragraphs explaining the radio degree for a new undergraduate prospectus, I found myself writing those words. It took me some time to get any further. I took a trip down Memory Lane, musing about the changes I’d witnessed in radio since I was first involved just over 14 years ago. Continue reading

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Controversial presenter vilified on social media

FEW news stories generate the kind of emotional response we’ve seen this week following the disappearance of young April Jones. The 5-year-old from Machynlleth went missing from near her home on Monday evening. As is becoming the norm, the news spread via the social networks Twitter and Facebook before being reported in news bulletins on radio and television.
Despite the growth of social media, journalists have a major part to play in reporting stories like this – stories which require sensitive, accurate reporting of the facts. Responsible media outlets have a duty of care to their consumers as well as those they feature in their programmes and in their copy; so delays while checks are carried out and details verified are inevitable. Continue reading

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Radio: Can training journalists transform societies?

Public service broadcasting is widely seen as a basic pillar of an open, democratic society in Britain. It’s epitomised by the BBC with its three aims – to inform, educate and entertain its audience.  When commercial television (ITV) and, later, commercial radio (ILR) were licensed the same public service values were embedded in the independent sector, where their traces still survive under Ofcom’s regulation. Continue reading

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