As a lecturer on the ‘Politics of Everyday Life’ module for first year social care students, I wanted to encourage students to immerse themselves in the module and in return promised a reward. Throughout the semester we had discussions, many based on personal experience, about poverty, drugs, Islamophobia, the environment, homophobia, racism, women rights. This all helped the students to plan for their final essay and presentation.
I was delighted with the quality of the students’ final work and now had to keep up my end of the bargain. Throughout the module the role of media came up time and again. We discussed how certain aspects of the media are closely intertwined with politics, and if this is a good thing? This got me thinking about the perfect reward – a visit to Fever FM where I have been a radio presenter for over 8 years.
Insha and Imaan were selected to visit Fever FM where they joined me live on air, broadcasting to over 40 thousand listeners. We talked for over an hour about their time at Leeds Beckett, why they are doing their degree programmes, what they are hoping to do after university, the importance of education and their favourite music. This was a great confidence-building exercise for both Insha and Imaan and they can now add this unique media experience to their CVs. I think they are both on their way to becoming social care media spokespeople!