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Two Goldsmiths MA Radio alumni recognised in prestigious Åke Blomström radio feature award

International Features Conference run by the European Broadcasting Union- part of award scheme.

International Features Conference run by the European Broadcasting Union- part of award scheme.

MA Radio distinction graduate and BBC programme maker Hana Walker-Brown has won an international  radio award in a scheme established to support young creative feature makers.

Hana Walker-Brown- award winning creative programme maker and  Goldsmiths MA Radio alumna.

Hana Walker-Brown- award winning creative programme maker and Goldsmiths MA Radio alumna.

Another former MA Radio student, Dennis Funk, received a special mention for the programming he produces for the US Third Coast podcast in Chicago.

Dennis Funk of US Third Coast Festival, Chicago. MA Radio alumnus.

Dennis Funk of US Third Coast Festival, Chicago. MA Radio alumnus.

They were recognized in the prestigious Åke Blomström Award scheme 

The Åke Blomström Award offers young and promising feature makers the chance to attend a special documentary training course and the 2015 International Feature Conference.

While on the MA Radio programme three years ago, Hana won the Gold Award in the Charles Parker student radio feature scheme.

After graduation she went on to work with Falling Tree Productions and produce many highly regarded programmes for BBC national networks Radio 3 and 4.

She regularly returns to the college to run workshops with current MA Radio students to give them encouragement and advice on new developments in feature making.

Hana Walker-Brown programmes at soundcloud. Click through to choose and listen.

Hana Walker-Brown's creative radio features that you can listen to on soundcloud.

Hana Walker-Brown’s creative radio features that you can listen to on soundcloud.

Dennis Funk works in Chicago for the internationally renowned Third Coast International Audio Festival that celebrates and curates the best creative sound programming made throughout the world.

It has played a big role in developing the art of creative storytelling podcasts.

You can choose to listen to his independently made programmes by clicking through to his soundcloud webpage.

Independently produced sound programmes by Dennis Funk. Click through to choose and listen.

Independently produced sound programmes by Dennis Funk. Click through to choose and listen.

Head of Radio at Goldsmiths, University of London, Tim Crook said:

Hana and Dennis are unique and special talents in radio and sound broadcasting/podcasting.  We are enormously proud and delighted about their outstanding success so early on in their careers.

As a winner Hana will be attending a two-day coaching session in documentary in Lublin, Poland on 15th and 16th of May 2015, immediately before the International Feature Conference (IFC) held in the same place.

She will be assigned a coach who will mentor her in documentary making throughout the year.

The coaches are award winning radio producers from all over Europe.

There are many other benefits which involve commissioning and participation in the most important creative radio and sound festivals and events in Europe.

The prize was established in the late 1980s in honour of Åke Blomström (31/12/31 – 31/5/85),  who for many years was Head of Documentaries in Swedish Radio and deeply committed to the work of his young colleagues.

Today, the Åke Blomström Award is a joint venture between SR (Sweden), DR (Denmark), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), Dradio Berlin, NDR, RBB,SWR,WDR (Germany), ORF (Austria), BRT (Belgium), HRT (Croatia) and RTÉ (Ireland) who together sustain the prize by means of an annual donation into a bank account held under the aegis of the European Broadcasting Union.

Radio Features Dashboard- Take your pick listening to creative radio and sound programmes produced all over the world. Click anywhere on image below

EBU International Radio Features Conference help yourself to a creative sound features from anywhere in the world.

EBU International Radio Features Conference help yourself to a creative sound features from anywhere in the world.

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