Series Eight

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London360: Series Eight

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THE CAST

HANAN BIHI

Hanan is a journalist and youth activist. She is interested in politics, policies development, global affairs, social innovation and especially youth rights – from mobilising to empowering them. Above all, London is home and everything about this city and its diverse and amazing communities excites her.

She has been working and volunteering in the charity sector for as far as she can remember. Hanan’s voluntary work has taught her new and valuable skills and connected her with passionate people championing great causes.

In a world where access to information equals power and mentality change, Hanan knew that a career in journalism would help her amplify the voice of the causes and people that deserve it the most. This became a reality when she was offered a job, while she was studying her International Journalism master’s degree, with a national news channel. She translated and assisted the news team during a shoot for a news feature with Syrian refugees who fled a massacre in their hometown, then found a refuge in a small town on the Turkish boarder.

Hanan is aiming to master the craft and become a multimedia journalist. One thing she is sure about is that she can see herself elegantly lugging all her shooting equipment for the next few months, shooting, interviewing and editing – come rain or sunshine – in a bid to feature stimulating stories for London360.

If she is not busy working, she is most likely to be found cooking and creating new recipes, visiting galleries or exploring London’s hidden gems.

1. What’s your favourite quote?
Keep calm and aim for gold. (Also it’s on my favourite mug!)

2. Which person, living or dead, would you interview and what question would you ask?
Bilqis, Queen of Sheba. I would ask her about what it’s like to be a woman in power in 10th century B.C. and how she imagines women from her region/continent to be in 20s centuries.

3. Which time period would you like to have witnessed and reported on?
A period of Somalia’s history only the older generation were fortunate enough to live in and experience – post independence up to the point where the civil war erupted. As a country that has been in turmoil for more than 25 years, there’s no enough archive of documented history or photography.

Twitter: @hananbihi
Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/hananbihi
Email: hananb@mediatrust.org

SOFIA COUCEIRO

Sofia was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. As the middle sister of three girls, she’s been engaged in diplomacy and politics from a young age. She studied in an international school, allowing her to become a bilingual superpower in English and Portuguese.

Committed to pursuing her passion for politics and international affairs, Sofia decided to make London her home and study Politics at SOAS, University of London. During her time at university, she became increasingly interested in Middle Eastern affairs and learnt Arabic. Sofia also became fascinated by African politics and the dynamics of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Politics will always be her passion but Journalism is what Sofia wants to pursue as a career. She feels that Journalism, especially in video form, is the best medium to connect with the global population and to discuss critical issues outside of governmental structures and forums. In the future, Sofia would like to be a foreign correspondent and cover events such as the Olympics in Brazil and the Syrian crisis. London360 will provide her with the perfect opportunity to explore all aspects of broadcast and print journalism.

Whilst being a proud Portuguese woman, Sofia is a Londoner in love with the British capital. Outside of work and academics, she loves to explore the city and to find new spots to go to in London town. She feels it’s impossible to get bored because, in the end, if you’re tired of London you’re tired of life.

Follow and tweet @sofia_couceiro on Twitter and connect with her via linkedin.com/in/sofiacouceiro

Exciting story for London360? Email Sofia at sofiac@mediatrust.org

What is your favourite quote?
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” Theodore Roosevelt

Which person, living or dead, would you interview and what question would you ask?
Cleopatra, “How did you manage to have a political and romantic relationship with one of your biggest allies, whilst remaining a powerful feminist figure?”

Which historical event would you like to have witnessed and reported on?
Embarking on first sailing expedition to the Atlantic Ocean with Fernão Magalhães and report on sailors’ journey

FISAYO FADAHUNSI

Fisayo has always said that if she could have one superpower, it would be to be a polyglot. Discovering pretty soon that that wasn’t her forte (or rather being told so by her GCSE French teacher!), she began to think of other ways that she could communicate with a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals. Thus, her interest in broadcast journalism was born. A medium that she has found provides the opportunity not only to record the world, but also to comment on and through debate, influence it.

Having recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Politics and International Relations, Fisayo is still very much at the beginning of her career. However, her passion for recording the human condition and researching community stories, has already taken her to a number of places; ranging from the busy national and local news desks of The Guardian and BBC, to the rural communities of Cornwall as part of a student-led publishing house, to the plains of East Africa living amongst the Maasai.

Fisayo is excited to be part of London360, as a programme that aims to use the medium of media to change lives – an ideal that is close to her heart. As a Londoner, she feels privileged to be doing a London focused show; as a place that she has grown up but feels has slightly under-appreciated. She hopes to learn, alongside the London360 viewers, more about all of the hidden communities and places that the capital hosts.

Twitter: @FisayoFadahunsi
Email: fisayof@mediatrust.org
Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/fisayofadahunsi
Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/fisayo-fadahunsi/

1. What is your favourite quote?
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali

2. Which person, living or dead, would you interview and what question would you ask?
Brandon Stanton, photographer behind HONY (Humans of New York)

“How are you able to obtain and then capture the stories of complete strangers so accurately, and then inspire millions of people to care about them?”

3. What historical event would you like to have witnessed and reported on?
I’m cheating a little, as my answer is a period of time rather than an event – but any time before the popularisation of the internet. I often wonder what life would be like researching and connecting with people before the instant access that the internet allows. I think it’d be fascinating … and very challenging.

DREW MCGREGOR

From an early age Drew was an avid and hungry consumer of books, and this love of language and literature lead, naturally enough, to an interest in writing and to a lifelong passion for journalism and current affairs. And now, thanks to the fantastic opportunity granted to him by Media Trust, Drew will have the chance to flex his journalistic and writerly muscle as he joins London360 series 8.

Before joining London360, Drew received a BA honours degree in History from Oxford Brookes University and participated in a series of internships: spending time at Men’s Health Magazine, partaking in an editorial experience placement with Guardian Books, and participating in a three month research and policy internship based in Westminster, where he worked for Liberal Democrat MP John Leech. Each of these experiences provided Drew with a fascinating insight into the world of politics and the media, furthering his desire to write about the world – and all that interests him about it – for a living.

As somebody who enjoys writing creatively, Drew looks forward to making use of his story-tellers’ eye when composing his reports for London360. The Community Channel’s remit of giving a voice to London’s hidden communities encourages a reporter to investigate unreported worlds and to give the marginalized and the underappreciated a say on the society in which they live. He hopes to uphold this tradition of honourable enquiry whilst also employing his skills as a humour writer to reveal the lighter shades of serious subjects.

Ultimately, Drew wants to work in the medium of print journalism as an investigative reporter and feature writer. He also aspires to write comedic and satirical work for television, film and literary audiences alike.

You can contact him through LinkedIn at: uk.linkedin.com/in/drewmcgregor49

You can reach him via email at: DrewM@mediatrust.org

You can view his archive of writings at: https://drewmcgregor49.wordpress.com/

1. What is your favourite quote?

“If you’ve got your back to the audience, then you’re facing the wrong way.” – Simon Munnery

2. Which person, living or dead, would you interview and what question would you ask?

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld novels. As the decline in his health seems to have quickened in recent years – due to a tragically early Alzheimer’s diagnosis – I’d likely interview him at a different point in his life, perhaps only 5-10 years prior to the age he is now. If his Alzheimer’s affliction hadn’t all but prevented him from doing so, Pratchett would certainly have gone on to write many more entries in his great, sprawling fantasy series – adding yet more depth and texture to his genius creation. In these special circumstances, in which of course he’d be ok with answering all the narrative-compromising and spoilerific queries I put to him, I’d ask him about his grand master-plan for the Discworld: the stories he longs to tell and the satirical elements he would hope to employ in order to further mirror the advancements, conflicts and stupidities of our own modern world within the context of his fictional fantasy universe. Then I’d stop talking and sit back and listen to the musings of the master storyteller. I’d be enraptured by his reading his shopping list in all honesty.

3. Which historical event would you like to have witnessed and reported on?

This is a difficult question to answer for anyone with an interest in history or journalism. There are so many moments worthy of witnessing and really, like all human beings, I selfishly wish I could be there to see them all. Though reporting on instances of revolutionary over-boil and decisive battles in epoch-shattering conflicts would unquestionably provide a scintillating mainline of adrenaline into my news-junkie veins, ultimately, I’m a coward and don’t particularly relish the notion of hot lead puncturing my head, torso, limbs and extremities at super-fast speeds. I turn instead then to 1989; a year that reshaped the world: the year of the Chinese state’s brutal repression of student protests at Tiananmen Square, the crumbling of the Ceausescu regime in Romania, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As amazing as it would have been to see the dismantling of that concrete edifice and the euphoria that rippled throughout a newly-reunified Germany, it is another great moment of catharsis which I turn to instead: the end of Soviet influence in Czechoslovakia; Prague’s Velvet (and bloodless) Revolution – the perfect bookend to a most tumultuous and transitory year, the events of which speeded up the eventual demise of the Soviet Union in 1991.

4. What is your favourite thing about London?

It’s as infinite or as intimate as you would like it to be.

DAVID READY

Born and raised in the leafy London suburb of Hampton, David’s fascination with journalism arose from an early interest in reading the arts and sports sections of the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers. After graduating from The University of Winchester obtaining a degree in American Studies and English, he pursued his passion to learn about the trade by undertaking the NCTJ Diploma.

The Diploma provided him with a platform for writing articles, giving him the opportunity to write for Borough newspapers including the Surrey Herald and Richmond and Twickenham Times, as well as freelancing for digital websites including Onthecomeuptv.com and Yuppee.com, writing about up and coming music artists in the UK alongside other musical events. He also loves writing about sport, creating a blog about past and recent sporting heroes https://sportingheroes.wordpress.com/.

David intends to carry forward his passion for writing about music, sport and other topical issues with London360 and explore opportunities to learn new skills in editing and broadcasting. He wants to make Series 8 of London360 the best yet by supporting the team and delivering fresh and inciteful stories.

He regards the future as an open door of possibilities and hopes that the fresh skills he has gained at London360 can help shape a career in journalism.
Follow and tweet to @davereadyjourno on Twitter and connect with him via uk.linkedin.com/in/daready/

What is your favourite quote?
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

Which person living or dead, would you interview and what question would you ask?
Rowan Atkinson. What makes Mr Bean so quintessentially British?

What historical event would you like to have witnessed and reported on?
The admission of James Meredith, the first African-American male to be enrolled at The University of Mississippi in 1962.

YASMINE TABASE

Yasmine grew up in Camden Town, a home to vibrancy, diversity and an important place for music and performance. This artistic atmosphere influenced her early on in life where she was intrigued by many forms of expression such as writing poetry, art, drama and music. At home she was encouraged to explore these forms of expression by her family, particularly writing. In primary school she participated in journalism club and took part in school plays – it is here that an interest in performing and broadcast journalism was born. She later grew a great fondness for creating magazine covers and her own film trailers in school and college. Whilst studying English Literature at university she was led to explore societal matters that inspired literature and write her own stories that described her outlook on humanity.

Before London 360, Yasmine gained experience at her local newspaper Camden New Journal where she grew an interest in unpinning community focused stories. Likewise, experience at MTV helped her consolidate on skills as a reporter, the vivacious atmosphere assured her that she belonged in media. Having worked as a teaching assistant in a mainstream and PRU school, she developed a passion for working with young people and felt it was important to encourage ambition in the younger generation. Her interests include social policy, education, music, entertainment and outside of work she attends acting academy.

Yasmine believes that the media is pivotal in changing conditions of society that are problematic by bringing them to light. Through producing, presenting and editing her TV and radio features, vlogging and print journalism, she aims to echo this notion. She believes journalism gives a platform for people to express themselves, for important stories to be told and shared, and to uncover hidden issues. These are her main objectives while at London360 and with her future career in reporting.

What is your favourite quote?
‘What Sally says about Sue says more about Sally than Sue’.

Which person, living or dead, would you interview?
Tupac. I saw his music played across channels such as The Box and MTV Base and even at such a young age I was so impressed by how poetical some of his music was, even though he stood as quite a controversial figure. I became really intrigued by rap and hip hop and how similar it was to poetry – if not basically poetry on a beat. When I was in secondary school I got hold of his book called ‘The Rose That Grew From Concrete’ and it’s fair to say that I was a little obsessed with the way he attacked social injustices.

The question I would ask him is: ‘Do you feel that the controversial nature of some of your music and aspects of your lifestyle overshadow the positive nature of some of your artistry that promote social harmony and peace?’

What historical event would you like to have witnessed and reported on?
Bus sit-ins by the Freedom Riders in segregated southern United States in 1961.