Date: 02/03/2012 Posted by: Kary Stewart
Photos: Arnau Oriol Sanchez
The graduation event topped off a 12 week journey for the Mapping the Change students. Not without its share of dramas including lost recordings, broken equipment and problems with contributors, I think everyone would agree that the final results were an excellent cause for celebration.
The graduation was attended by Councillor Jonathan McShane - Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health Social Care and Culture, the Principal of Hackney Community College Ian Ashman and producers from Radio 1 and Shoreditch Radio, as well as the students accompanied by some very proud guests.
A selection of the podcasts was made available for the visitors to listen to on laptops in the venue. The college Principal spoke about the opportunities for young people throughout the Olympics, whilst I was asked to chat about the project and some of the highlights. Then it was over to Matt who showcased some of the insightful podcasts and who together with Councillor Jonathan McShane, handed out certificates to the students, who all posed for pictures.Sainthave then said a few words on behalf of the students admitting that she was a very shy person before she started the course but grew in confidence once she got going with her assignment. Matt and I also got a card and some flowers – thanks guys!
As well as industry guests from the Beeb and Shoreditch Radio (who have already offered the students placements) we also had guests from the local Olympic bodies and teachers and representatives from the college. Lee, Yuli and Junior collected vox pops and interviews from the guest which may the first recordings to air on the currently-formulating college internet radio station! Watch this space…
Thank you to the college’s Open Kitchen for amazing food and Sam and Monica from the college for their help in putting on the event. It was an amazing ending to an epic journey!