Hull’s City of Culture journey and the orange barrier debacle

One of Trinity Market’s regulars has spoken about his frustrations with the myriad orange barriers and disruption within the City Centre.

Dave Slinger, 46, from Hull’s Old Town, is frustrated with the situation caused by workmen working towards the City’s rebirth, in the approach to the culture celebrations starting in January 2017.

The regeneration work has been ongoing for many months with delays in planning and adverse weather conditions, but Mr Slinger has not seen the progress that he feels should have taken place.

Initially scheduled to be completed by December 2016, the work is now set to be completed by Easter 2017.

In response, Hull City Council and Eurovia were unavailable for comment.

West Hull FM – Self Initiated Project – Evaluation

As a project, I am fairly satisfied with the outcome, but I have fallen into my usual trap of taking on far too much work, whilst trying to balance everything else.

To create a media pack, listener magazine and a series of videos along with all the other projects was far too ambitious, even for me, and after discussions, I realise that, and it will be something that I take forward into the final year.

In a discussion with John, we chatted about workloads, and that he would rather see me do a smaller amount of work to a higher outcome, than to try and spread myself across so many things, and only get 80% of it completed.

I am much happier with the second version of the Media kit, and the station manager at West Hull FM is very happy with the outcome, along with the listener magazine as well.

Looking to the summer, I want to complete the videos for West Hull FM so that all areas that were initially identified can be completed, so that there is a full set of them.  I will be investing over the summer in upgrading my Vimeo account, so that I can upload the videos in the highest quality possible.

In the videos, the sound quality has been an issue, and I think it is time to retire the small palmcorder, so I am in the process of looking at external sound equipment, together with a better camera, which I will use over the summer, and into the final year.

News story – Carmen

Double speedway world champion Tai Woffinden heads to Poland this weekend continuing the defence of his crown.

He will be riding another strong field in the second round of the championship, taking place in Warsaw, a country he knows well.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to it after riding club speedway in Poland and Sweden.  I can’t wait to see the new track, and I’m ready for the challenge” he said.

“The competition is more fierce than ever this year, but with the new shape of the track, it’s more of a level playing field, and whoever learns fastest, will be the fastest.”

Other multiple speedway champions, Greg Hancock and Nicki Pedersen had indifferent starts to the season but will be looking to bounce back over the 23 heat meeting.

Hancock wants to improve on his 10 point haul in Slovenia, and is cautiously optimistic having seen the new venue.

He said: “So far the track looks great. There are a few lines to pick from, which makes it both exciting and tricky because you’re trying to find the best line and that can change as the meeting goes

“The inside looks like it is quite well packed, but relatively slippery. The outside is grippier because riders were pushing dirt towards the edge, so there may be some interesting moves come Saturday evening.

“With the layout of the temporary tracks, they all feel similar, but this one is nice because they have given us more room to push.

“You feel like you have space and can run in two or three different places and not feel at a disadvantage.”

The current leader of the Speedway GP is former champion Chris Holder, who is back to full fitness after two seasons plagued by injury, and is looking to add to his championship victory in 2012.

“It’s good to be back to winning ways again, and going to Poland always gives a huge boost.

“With 50000-plus in the arena, there are bound to be nerves, but the best of us thrive on that, it gives us an edge and makes you bring your best to the meeting.”



I have a keen interest in Speedway, and I know personally Tai Woffinden who is mentioned within the interview.  All interviews were sourced from the online Speedway GP Media Briefing, which was held on 12th May 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

The target audience for this news story is the sports pages of local/regional newspaper together with selected tabloid national newspapers that cover speedway on a regular basis.




Stephanie Hirst – Feature Article

Stephanie Hirst has just finished a Question and Answer session with an audience of Radio Academy North East members that have travelled from far and wide.

You would think that given the events of the last 2 years, that the former commercial radio presenter and Sony Award winner would be tired of these presentations, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Dressed in a tightly fitted black top, jeans and boots, she looked relaxed and effortlessly radiant, a far cry from the first time we met.

That day was Friday 13th June 2014, and the event was another Radio Academy event, giving students a masterclass on the fine art of being a breakfast presenter.  Hirsty looked that day, to be honest, knackered, like the early morning starts were really taking a toll and a far cry from some of the promotional photos that the radio station used to dish out.

The session started prompt at 7pm, hosted by Tim Lichfield, and the audience, a mixture of industry professionals, students and the occasional radio anorak.  They all sat, transfixed and hanging onto every word.  Her part in the event was scheduled to last until 9.20pm, however she has the gift of captivating her subjects as she did every morning during her time presenting Hirsty’s Daily Dose on Capital Yorkshire.

After the session was over, we met in the bar of the venue, the lavish Ramsdale Hall Hotel in Durham, and retired to a corner of the room.

“Was that alright then? You’ve sat through all that before, you must be getting bored of hearing the same old stuff.” says Stephanie, with her Barnsley undertone and a smile as wide as the M1.

I replied that, to use a sporting metaphor, a talk of two halves.  The first half being the first 38 years of his life, and the second half being the next two of hers.

For those of you that are unaware, Stephanie Hirst was until very recently assigned the gender of male with the name Simon, with her transition being one of the more high profile ones in the media, Caitlyn Jenner apart.

A subject not far from Stephanie’s heart is that of “Radio Bedroom”, and you can see the twinkle in her eye when she speaks of her days growing up in Barnsley, badgering the local radio stations, desperate to get on air.

“I used to ring Radio Hallam all the time, I had to get the phone from my parents bedroom across the landing, and make sure the wire was under the bedroom door.  It used to annoy me that I couldn’t get through to the presenter who was on the radio so I gave up with them, and started to ring Radio Aire in Leeds.

“I tell you, if you give me a touchtone phone now, I can dial the number for Radio Aire with my eyes shut…0532 835500.”

At that point, she prods at the table as if the phone was there.

“I had to learn how to do it really quickly so that I got in there first!

“They all knew my voice and that I was good for being on air. I wasn’t shy and always had so much to talk about, so it made their job that much easier.”

From ringing Radio Aire aged 12, Hirsty was in the studios of Radio Aire, which is still situated within a strip of land between Burley Road and Kirstall Road in Leeds, next door to the ITV Studios building.

“I used to be in there as much as I could be.  I would go in and help on a show, and the presenter would let me drive the desk out of the news, with the jingles played manually and then into the song.

“There were times when I used to be in the station at midnight on a weekend, just so that I could learn little things that would help me to hone my craft and build my radio toolbox.

“But without all those late nights and badgering the presenters, I wouldn’t be sat here talking to you, and I wouldn’t have had this life.  I’ve worked with so many great people so far, and the best is yet to come.”

With that in mind, the journey could have taken a different path back in October 2014, when Hirsty spoke on radio about her decision to transition.  Radio was the only medium that could give her a platform to tell her story.  Radio is intimate, radio is storytelling without the pictures, and radio was for so long Stephanie’s home.  It continues to be home, but now there are different strings to her bow.  Television has been introduced to the recipe, as well as managing current and upcoming talent within the radio industry.

“There’s so much more to add you know, one day I might just have to write it all down.” she added before taking a sip from her glass.

That’s a book that will be well worth a read, and I know that there won’t just be one volume.



This article is aimed at publications such as weekend newspaper magazines or glossy weeklies such as Hello, or OK.

I came across the story during a Radio Academy event in Durham which I attended.




West Hull FM – Listener Magazine – Final Spread – Pages

The final product for the listener magazine is now packaged and available to be sent to the printers.  I’ve kept the InDesign document back so that if items need to be added in future, or locations and prices need to be changed, then it can be easily altered by the station.

West Hull FM – Listener Magazine – Final Spread

Today, I have completed the Listener Magazine for West Hull FM.

I have used Photoshop and InDesign, together with some elements created for the Media Pack, I feel that the magazine is something that will be received well by the station and the audience.

I feel that the final product has benefited from the improvements to the Media Pack, in terms of visual elements, and font choice.

The magazine spread will now be uploaded to Issuu for online viewing, and I will use the Booklet Package function within InDesign to show a final printed copy as part of my hand-in.

West Hull Life Spread

West Hull FM – Media Pack – Final Spread – Pages

The final product for the media pack is now packaged and available to be sent to the printers.  I’ve kept the InDesign document back so that if items need to be added in future, or locations and prices need to be changed, then it can be easily altered by the station.

West Hull FM – Media Pack – Final Spread

Today, I have completed the Media Pack for West Hull FM.  After my consultation with my tutors about the first attempt, I am very pleased with the new pack over the old one.

By using Photoshop and Illustrator in conjunction with InDesign, I feel that the product stands up within the marketplace, with a more professional offer than my first attempt.

The first attempt was something that I would have been happy with during the first year, but my skillset is far beyond that level now, and if I had handed the first one in, and presented it to West Hull FM, I would have ultimately been very disappointed with the result.

The magazine spread will now be uploaded to Issuu for online viewing, and I will use the Booklet Package function within InDesign to show a final printed copy as part of my hand-in.

Final Media Pack Spread