Cofounder – June 2018 – Oct 2020
PressPad is a social enterprise that aims to diversify the media by subsidising one of the main financial obstacles to those trying to enter the profession: the cost of accommodation. We pair young people from across the UK who have an internship in London and other big cities with experienced media professionals who have a spare room for mentorship and hosting – like AirBnB but with great advice thrown in!
Unpaid or poorly paid internships in expensive cities are becoming an inescapable catch-22 for aspiring journalists. PressPad exists to make sure that everyone can afford to enter the industry by providing accessible, affordable and safe accommodation, rewiring currently elitist networks and encouraging media companies to foot the bill so that journalists from all backgrounds can consider a job in the media. Through our grassroots host-mentorship scheme, we aim to motivate the entire journalism community to improve diversity, and in doing so, rebuild trust in the British press.
Why diversity matters
Winners of the Georgina Henry Award for 2018 are @OliviaCrellin and @lauragrb with @PressPadUK a website which links young people wanting to do work experience in the capital with journalists who can offer a spare room. #PressAwards pic.twitter.com/otmiZQNjAY
— Society of Editors UK (@EditorsUK) April 2, 2019
Organiser – Oct 2018
The Politics of (Post) Truth conference brought together academics, politicians, media practitioners, and members of the public in two days of collaborative exchange. It aimed to revisit the prevailing understanding of what has popularly been labelled ‘post-truth’ politics. The conference brought together three, closely linked, disciplines – politics, philosophy and journalism – to explore new and shifting perspectives on this topic and establish an interdisciplinary understanding of ‘post-truth’.
- Dr Julian Baggini, Philosopher and Author, A Short History of Truth: Consolations for a Post-Truth World
- James Ball, Journalist
- Dr Jen Birks, Assistant Professor in Media, University of Nottingham
- Allie Elwell, Founder, Beyond Brussels Podcast
- Professor Steve Fuller, Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick
- Dr Michael Hannon, Deputy Director, Institute of Philosophy, University of London
- Dr Darren G. Lilleker, Associate Professor in Media Communications, Bournemouth University
- Professor Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology, City, University of London
- Hattie Schofield, Head of Communications, Simple Politics
- Professor Jane Singer, Professor of Innovation Journalism, City, University of London
- Professor Mark Wheeler, Professor of Political Communication, London Metropolitan University
- Professor James Williams, Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University
- Peter York, President, The Media Society
Delivering a two-hour workshop that looks specifically at tools that can be used for investigations. The Access to Tools programme will see the CIJ lead up to 20 workshops between September 2018 and January 2019, training journalists and citizens in key areas, and showing how digital tools can improve their journalism.
— Laura Garcia Rdz B (@lauragrb) September 29, 2018
First tweet on this account… absolutely loved today’s @cijournalism conference at @UniofNewcastle. Eye opening and inspiring, can’t wait for next week now. Special admiration to @lauragrb, so motivating and good at what she does! #cijconference
— Emily Hunter (@hunteremily_) September 29, 2018
As part of my work as a lecturer at the University of Kent I’ve spearheaded our experimentation with 360 video. These are two recent projects that I worked on alongside students.
AMMPE‘s World Congress is coming to London in 2018
I am part of the organising committee in charge of our website, social media presence, and more. Our next Congress is in London on the 6-9 November 2018. Our theme is “Telling the whole story; a complex world needs all its story tellers”. This is a volunteer position where I represent the University of Kent. I am also responsible for our webpage and social media presence.
Brexit can be very confusing (even for experts). So in the interest of explaining a complicated legal case regarding who had the constitutional authority to trigger Art 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and formally begin the process of Brexit, I teamed up with another lecturer the University of Kent to create this interactive video. I did all the all the technical production as well as the edit and online assembly. Oh to live in times of Brexit…
I was part of a two person crew that covered CIFA’s International Forum 2017 in Monaco. Our job consisted in producing end of the day bulletins wrapping up the main themes of the conference, plus interviewing over 40 attendees. The conference focused on how finance and civil society can work together to address global poverty and development.
As part of my work at the Centre for Journalism, myself and a group of adventurous students are testing out a new audio publishing app called Soundcircles.All photography, production and assembly was done by me. These lovely ladies provided story ideas and their thoughts.
Foto ensayo sobre Cuba después de una visita en el 2016 gracias a una beca de la Universidad de Kent.
During it’s 70th anniversary, I have been tasked with created multimedia content to celebrate and tell the story of this remarkable place. This was a volunteer position.
A short documentary video about Amy Buller’s groundbreaking 1943 book, ‘Darkness over Germany’, republished in 2017 as ‘Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History’ by Arcadia Books and launched on 16 May 2017 at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. ‘Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History’ provides a timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite. It delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. The hate and support grew until every problem the nation had was the fault of others. Then the nationalism became militarised and the hate led to a devastating war and genocide. All this came from an anger at the failures of politicians and a burning desire for change.
This video also charts the establishment of the educational foundation at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, 70 years ago, as a result of Buller’s book and with the support of the King and Queen, to help ensure that what happened in Germany in the 1930s will never be repeated. It features readings by the actress Tamsin Greig, excerpts from addresses by Dr Rowan Williams and Baroness Butler-Sloss, and interviews with Jane Furniss (Trustee of Cumberland Lodge), Professor Kurt Barling (Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University London, and author of the foreword to the new edition of ‘Darkness over Germany’), Katherine O’Lone (Amy Buller PhD Scholar at Cumberland Lodge) and Canon Vincent Strudwick (an early visitor to Cumberland Lodge in the 1950s, who met Amy Buller in person).
With grateful thanks to Laura Garcia (Research Associate at Cumberland Lodge and Lecturer at the University of Kent) for producing this video.
— Boglarka Kosztolanyi (@k_boglarka27) October 31, 2016
— CentreforJournalism (@CfJKent) October 6, 2016
Paul on Politics – Kent’s political landscape
Chris & Co – All things business in Kent
I had the incredible privilege of working for one of the major news channels in the UK: ITN’s Channel 5 News. My role as Assistant News Editor is to help shape the programme: anything from finding guests to going out and doing interviews my self. I also dealt with logistics, planning stories, working with cameramen, briefing our presenters on stories and researching longer term features. These are some of the stories that I have worked on and helped arrange.
Son of Yazidi community leader on the fate of the group
A true heroine of WWI – the campaign to recognise the bravery of the nurse who refused to take sides
New advice on where best to deliver your baby
TV star Caroline Aherne reveals she has lung cancer
— El Financiero TV (@ElFinancieroTv) June 8, 2017
Since the EU referendum in the UK about their membership to the European Union, I have been doing live spots translating British politics and current events for a Mexican/Hispanic audience. My work requires me to understand the inner workings of #Brexit and explain in Spanish what would be important for their audience. I work with Bloomberg TV Mexico, Imagen MX, and Estrella TV in Los Angeles.
Desde el referendo en el Reino Unido sobre su membresía en la Unión Europea he hecho varias contribuciones en vivo traduciendo y explicando la política y las noticias de Inglaterra el público en México y los Estados Unidos. Mi trabajo requiere que comprenda completamente como se va desenvolviendo el #Brexit y explicarlo en Español para el público de Bloomberg TV / El Financiero, Imagen MX y Estrella TV en Los Ángeles.
As tourism booms for Uganda’s national parks and visitors flock to see the mountain gorillas, many Batwa warn that the price of a thrilling encounter with a gorilla in the wild is not just the $600 dent in a visitor’s pocket, it is also the humanitarian cost to an ancient people, displaced, living in poverty and largely forgotten by the authorities.
Multimedia project with Charlotte Stafford.
Read the whole project here: https://lauragrb.atavist.com/batwafinal
— Laura Garcia Rdz B (@lauragrb) July 28, 2016
Going on an adventure with Charlotte Stafford to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Southwestern Uganda to do a small documentary on the Batwa tribes who live there. After that we are going to Kigali, capital of Rwanda to see what’s up. If you want to follow our travel diary go to www.flight2entebbe.com
I have recently joined the ranks at The Student Journals as a film and culture writer. The pieces will start to trickle out and I will list them here as soon as they are published.
“Ever since his feature length film debut, Rushmore (1998), Wes Anderson’s style has been undeniable. Well before “hipsters” were a “thing”, Anderson’s films were chuck-full of thick rimmed glasses, vintage clothing, very specific colour palettes and impossibly symmetric frames. Don’t believe me? Have a look at this fabulous curated tumblr: Wes Anderson is the Original Hipster. If you look back into his work you would think it all comes from the latest “Urban Outfitters” catalogue, but it is quite the opposite. Anderson was the original hipster before “being a hipster” became mainstream. All you have to do is watch his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, to see the consummate lens of an experienced filmmaker that has been refining his style for a couple of decades.”
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For all the things that have been written (and are still yet to be written) about Maya Angelou’s death at the age of 86, no one can deny that she was born in a very different world from the one which she left behind. There are people in this world that command attention, who echo peace with their mere presence and weave powerful stories borne of life experience and growth. Dr Maya Angelou was definitely one of them.
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Interstellar is a completely different creature to his previous films. It is not about superheroes or about mind-bending plots. It has a LOTR-worthy running time of 169 minutes and even Middle Earth would seem small in comparison to the vastness of the universe told through Nolan’s lens.
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During the London 2012 Olympics I was a writer and gymnastics correspondent for The Sport Feed.
Here are some of the best stories from my collaboration.
“From Ninja Spy To Badminton Hero”
“There’s still a long way to go”
As seen on national TV, Bella Kinetica enchant, excite and amaze the audience as they hang by their toes, spin by their necks, and skate circles around everyone else.This award winning duo will astound you with their ‘death-defying’ routines, with ‘pace, danger and glamour’.
The wonderful ladies from Bella Kinetica are constantly pushing the boundaries of circus performance, theatre and aerial show tricks. I have had the incredible opportunity of capturing their on-stage magic in still photos and video. Have a look at these series of photos from one of their last shows and enjoy their fresh energy in the video below.
Durante el verano del 2012, fuí corresponsal para Televisa Deportes Network antes de las Olimpiadas de Londres.
In the run up to the 2012 summer Olympics I was a radio correspondent for Televisa Deportes Network, a Mexican national radio station.
During my time as a freelancer researcher and production assistant at BBC Radio Kent, I filed this report from a wheelchair fencing event in Tunbridge Wells.
Multimedia interactive online project that talks about Mexico City’s food and culture. See full project at www.atasteofmexico.co.uk
Audio slideshow from the Medway Tamil Sangam Celebrations for Diwali in 2011.