A team of students who produce Politics Hour – a weekly Liverpool Student Radio programme – held their editorial meeting at BBC Radio Merseyside recently.
The students – Casey Logue, Ed Chalmers, Stephanie McDonagh, Sam Whitworth and Ken Rushworth – were joined by Claire Hamilton, a Political Reporter at the station. After being taken on a tour of the building, the students were able to talk to the BBC Radio Merseyside team; from video journalists and the News Editor to Breakfast Show Producer Steven Coleman.
After a Q&A session, the students were able to shadow Roger Philips’ daily phone-in show.
Speaking about the day, Stephanie McDonagh, a second year International Politics and Policy student, said: “Visiting Radio Merseyside has given us the chance to find out how to improve ourselves even more, and it has especially helped me think more about the political role this means of communication plays.”
Vice Chancellor Professor Janet Beer recently appeared as a guest on the Politics Hour. The Vice Chancellor spoke about gender equality in academia and International Women’s Day.
Talking about her interview with Professor Beer, English student Casey said: “Interviewing the VC was great. I’m really pleased I got to interview her about gender equality. It’s an important issue because sexism is inherent in every society. We get a lot of male guests and it’s good to hear from women more. I’ve actually been thinking about starting a feminist show or an all-women takeover.”
The Politics Hour recently won a 2017 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Prize. In awarding the prize, the judges said: “The Politics Hour is clearly highly successful and having a major impact, not only for the core student team and participants, but also on broader student engagement with politics and political issues among the wider student body”.
If you would like to listen to Politics Hour you can do so via LSRadio. The team broadcast every Thursday during term time between 12:00-13:00.