KMTV

KMTV is a brand new TV channel jointly run by the KM Media Group and theUniversity of Kent. The Centre for Journalism has an international reputation for excellence and has been ranked first in the UK for journalism in the Guardian’s 2015 University Guide. The KM Group operates a network of kmfm radio stations and the UK’s fastest-growing digital regional news network, KentOnline.

My work involves managing our internship programme as well as overview of production/direction of our special programmes on politics & business.


Paul on Politics – Kent’s political landscape

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Chris & Co – All things business in Kent

Assistant News Editor at ITN

I have 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 deal with logistics, planning stories, working with cameramen, briefing our presenters on stories and researching longer term features. Please enjoy some of the stories that I have worked on recently and helped arrange. You can find a lot more on 5 News on You Tube channel.

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

BritMex

BritMex event 2014, Promotional video

BritMex is all about empowering, inspiring & facilitating bi-cultural partnerships amongst future leaders and entrepreneurs.

BritMex aims to ensure that future and current generations of leaders, entrepreneurs and investors from both countries have an opportunity to meet, co-create & learn about entrepreneurship and innovation as a lifestyle choice.

Co-Founders: Cynthia Vega, Laura Vanessa Muñoz, Marianna Lara

Video by: Laura Garcia
Music by: Echelon Effect

Article in “La Silla Rota” by Marianna Lara

http://lasillarota.com/britmex/Marianna-Lara#.U4XHNJRdWmC

Writer for The Student Journals

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.

Published work:

REVIEW: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

“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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Jason Schartzman in Rushmore (1998) being a hipster before it was mainstream.
Jason Schartzman in Rushmore (1998) being a hipster before it was mainstream.
The Eric Whitacre Singers are not your grandmother’s choir (even though I must have been the youngest in the audience by a good 25 years). It is as far from parochial and rigid as music can get without losing respect for notes and harmony. I first heard of Eric Whitacre a couple of years ago when a friend told me about his third virtual choir, “Water Night”. What this American Thomas Thallis scholar had done was bring choral music to the 21st century by crowdsourcing his singers from all over the world. A whole host of different people recorded themselves singing a particular part of “Water Night”, and Eric Whitacre put them all together into a mind-blowing virtual performance. Since then, I have always been an avid Eric Whitacre fan and I was beside myself that I was going to get to see the master himself conduct a 20-strong vocal army for the Newbury Spring Festival.Want to read more? CLICK HERE

MAYA ANGELOU: THE PASSING OF A STORYTELLER, BEGINNING OF A LEGEND

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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Maya  Angelou

 

Attempting to make a film that even remotely brushes outer space after Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is a bold move. Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi blockbuster,Interstellar not only tackles space, but life, death, time, and humanity’s place in the Universe.

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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The Sport Feed- London 2012 Coverage

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”

TSF Exclusive_ From Ninja Spy To Badminton Hero

“There’s still a long way to go”

There’s Still A Long Way To Go_ A Gymnast’s Journey To The Olympics