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“I gave up wimbledon for Journalism” Join our University of Brighton student Alex as he tells his story of how he swapped the tennis racket for a microphone.

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“I want to be as big as Usain bolt one day or maybe even bigger” Lets sprint down the track with Ebenezer as he offers some insight into his current U20s sprinting career and where he is hoping to go with his speed.

Page 07 Changing futures week kicked off with a bang with digital destinations, check out all the latest as Marvarine Cole hosted some upcoming names in the media world.

Page 09-10 All the latest from the Big Bang event that took place at Silverstone, check out all the pictures as children were inspired from all the workshops that were provided.

Editors Note Hi, Im Kirk Asiedu. There are millions of University students all-round the country, with heaps of talent and ambition. And they all have stories to tell. That is what student stories magazine is all about, we aim to showcase student talent and give them the recognition they deserve as they strive to achieve their goals. Every week you can expect a new exciting stories told by the students themselves as they give you some insight as to what they are doing and how they reached the point they are at. Think you have a story to tell. Get in contact and you could be in next week’s issue.

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Alex is a student from the University of Brighton Studying journalism, however before exploring this career path Alex had a first love which is tennis. “I’ve always loved tennis… been playing it since I was a kid really”. “I remember my dad and I, going along to tennis training during the weekday then making my way to tournaments on the weekend. It has always been a part of my life” Alex has taken part in a many of borough competitions and has won a few too. He was tipped to be one of the best in the borough. “That is always something that brings pressure. It’s not final of the US open pressure but it had something on me every time I stepped onto the tennis court. I always use to love stepping into that tennis court because I felt alive, rejuvenated. It was like my own little playground that no one was allowed on apart from me, although it’s not all about winning it feels pretty damn good when you do win.” Alex won the junior championships in

2012 for both singles and doubles in a borough tournament. Alex made the switch to journalism a few years ago and though it seems like a drastic decision, for Alex it seemed like a no brainer. “I’ve always been good with words, whether it’s writing or speaking. So the switch seemed inevitable. Though my dad had an influence on the switch as he is quite old fashion. I just knew I would have a much more secure future with journalism. I love tennis and I always will, but I was not going to base my chances of success on a few borough tournaments. Sports is all about luck and it can also be all about who you know. A bit like show business. So now instead of endlessly dreaming of Wimbledon, I sit and learn my craft to become a journalist, and who knows I may end up at Wimbledon one day but it will not be as a player that’s for sure.”

Ebenezer N elson


BIG AS USAIN BOLT Ebenezer Nelson is an aspiring future track star who does professional/semiprofessional sprinting at U20s level for the University of Northampton as well as his home town Coventry. “I’ve always been fast to be honest, I’ve always known that sprinting is my blood. In primary school I remember coming first in all the races that we did but back then we were all children we couldn’t take things seriously if we tried, it is when I got to secondary school that I really started to realise I had a gift. Even then it wasn’t so much me that came to that realisation. My secondary school teacher noticed my talent and helped me take it to the next level.” Ebenezer has raced in some of the top races in the country against some amazing talents. These races include the BUCS Championships, The Loughborough Students AC open and the diamond league. “These competitions are like a dream come true for me already and they have helped me achieve so much and even boosted my confidence a little. I remember my first 400 meter race where I was up against a guy whose personal best was an Olympic qualifying

time. I remember having butterflies in my stomach before the race because I had never sprinted in a completion before and here I was up against a guy who has an Olympic qualifying time as his personal best. I definitely thought I was coming last, however I managed to edge it in the end and I won. I was so confused however delighted because that win let me know that I was good enough to race. I knew I had the talent but I just had to prove it to myself that I could take it to the next level and that is exactly what that race did for me.” The diamond league is one of the most prestigious competitions in the country and Ebenezer loved every second of competing in it. “I could not wait to compete in that completion, and when I got there and received my uniform, I just couldn’t stop staring at it, I even took a picture on my snapchat and labelled it diamond league so everyone would know where I was, it was truly one of the best and most satisfying moments of my life. Ebenezer has a speech impediment in the form of stammering. Although it is tough it is something that he does not allow to get him down. “It’s something

that has always been there for me really, I use to have a bit of a problem with it before but as I’ve grown it’s something that I’ve accepted and it’s something that I no longer notice. I can communicate so I that God for that. Previously some people would make fun of it and laugh at it but now it is no longer like that. Even if people have a problem with it, I don’t care I just go about life and smile because I am happy with life, so my speech doesn’t hold me down. Even when I think about it I just cast it out of my mind really because I have to stay focused, because if God permits I’m trying to be as big as Usain Bolt.”

Changing futures


rising TV presenting star joined a professional YouTuber, a newspaper editor and a film-maker at an industry panel event for journalism students at the University of Northampton.

Digital Destinations saw Aaron Roach Bridgeman, who has hosted a string of hard-hitting Channel 5 documentaries, talk to undergraduates about his rise to national TV presenter. Also giving industry tips on the day was Shantania Beckford, a beauty vlogger with more than 200,000 subscribers, Bromsgrove and Droitwich Standard editor, Tristan Harris, and film-maker Stewart Lawley, who is creative director at a media production company. The event, which took place on Monday 5 February, was part of Changing Futures Week – a five-day University wide showcase of industry speakers. A report on the event, by Multimedia Journalism undergraduate Kirk Asiedu, is reproduced below. “Insightful, witty and inspiring just some of the words used to describe the talk given on the first day of Changing Futures Week. Digital Destinations, which was hosted by Journalism Lecturer, Marverine Cole, saw some high-profile names in the digital world step forward to share their knowledge with a large group of media and journalism students. Each of the four speakers had a slot of around 15 to 20 minutes to introduce their work and offer some insight to the exciting things that their area of expertise can bring. The first speaker was filmmaker, Stewart Lawley. He offered an entertaining talk on the world of film making and showed how important it is to be as innovative as you can be within the industry. He spoke about having the

ability to bring forth new and unusual ideas that people will identify with and store within the faculties of their minds. He used examples of videos like Gangnam style, Crazy Frog and the Cadbury gorilla drummer to back up his point, as these are some of the most watched videos of all time. Next up to speak was newspaper editor, Tristan Harris. The world of news editing can come across as dull, however Tristan brought it to life by depicting editors as heroes of some kind in this modern era. Tristan spoke on the importance of giving local people a voice and allowing them to speak out and be heard by the masses. Next to take the stage was Beauty YouTuber, Shantania Beckford. Shantania spoke of her struggle as a teenager and how she found her escape route through the world of beauty and make up. Shantania owns her own YouTube channel which has over 200,000 subscribers. Within her talk she gave us insight in the world of YouTube and her process before releasing a video. She reminded us that no idea is stupid, and how anything can be achieved, as long as you have the passion. Aaron Roach Bridgeman was the last to take the stage, and what a way to end it. He offered insight into his journey to becoming a TV presenter. He spoke of all his endeavours while at university in Birmingham, his love of news and current affairs, and how he landed a job with YouTube channel, SBTV. Its entrepreneurial owner, Jamal Edwards, gave Aaron his first interview with Kelly Rowland, formerly of global super group Destiny’s Child. He also went on to name some other famous names that he has rubbed shoulders with, including 50 Cent and also spoke about his most recent documentary, shown last week on 5Star: Eightyears-old and smuggling drugs. He also kept us in suspense by mentioning that he has some new content coming out soon, but it’s still secret. All-in-all, Aaron’s message was simple: you need drive, motivation, passion and determination to make it in the industry.” Pictured from left are Aaron Roach Bridgeman, Shantania Beckford, Marverine Cole, Stewart Lawley and Tristan Harris.

The Big


The big bang event took place at Silverstone, where Children from all around the county came in their nunbers to learn, have fun and be inpired by professionals within many fields. There were a wide range of activities from science, to journlaism to coding.


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