Joanne Feather picks up The Charles Parker Prize

Joanne Feather, who studies BA(Hons) Digital Media at Falmouth University, has won an award for The Best Charles Parker Student Radio Feature for her radio documentary Speaking Out About Disability Hate Crime, which was created for her degree.

Joanne was awarded Bronze for her documentary at Salford University in March, and came away with prizes including a SADiE Editing suite: industry standard production software which will help greatly to further her radio career.

Since beginning her degree Joanne has undertaken a number of work experience placements across Cornwall, and her passion for radio was greatly developed when she produced and presented a nine week radio show on Source FM, a community radio show in Falmouth, as part of her Digital Media degree.

Her award follows from Falmouth student Matthew Rogers who won gold in 2008 for his piece A Long Commute, which tells the story of immigrant workers from Eastern Europe and their lives in the UK.

This year’s winning shows will be broadcast on a special hour long programme The Charles Parker Prize 2013 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 11pm on Saturday 11 May.

Speaking about her award, Joanne said: “I am honoured that I have been recognised by radio industry professionals to reflect Charles Parker’s work ethos. I produced the documentary about people with disabilities who have been victimised by disability hate crime in Devon & Cornwall. I am thankful that I was able to meet people with learning disabilities and capture true stories about the type of abuse they have experienced; I’d imagine they were quite painful memories.”

She added: “It’s the first radio documentary that I have produced and this gave me the opportunity to apply much of the practical learning that I have gained from my course at Falmouth University. I am passionate about radio and have pursued opportunities to gain experience from the local community radio station The Source FM, as well as placements with Absolute Radio and Whistledown Productions.

My enthusiasm together with support from my tutors and peers has successfully made me an award winning radio producer.”

Russell Clarke, Programme leader for BA(Hons) Digital Media, said: “Jo’s award is thoroughly deserved, and is testimony to the importance of radio at Falmouth. Her success reflects the high level of intellectual and practical skills that she has acquired and practiced through the University’s unique relationship with our local radio station, Source FM.”

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