C U At Cardiff University – By Ashley Smith

We started our day with a trip to Cardiff University to hear from a guest speaker. Angela Graham is a documentary film maker with over thirty years of experience, making programs for Channel 4, BBC, S4C, and ITV. Angela talked about how since 24% of people in Wales speak Welsh, it puts any kind of…

Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Reflection – By Ashley Smith

When I anticipated my travels abroad, I tried to think ahead and prepare myself for the potential differences in culture and media. I always have to remind myself that even though many aspects transcend distance and exist in both places, there are also significant differences between the way we interact with media and each other….

The “Walk” – By Ashley Smith

Our Shamrocker tour continued with a scenic drive and then hike up one of the highest cliffs in Europe: Slieve League. Well, actually it was not originally phrased as a hike, it was phrased as “a nice walk.” It was a hike. Our tour guide kept stressing that “the walk is worth it,” which raised…

A Day Without Wifi – By Ashley Smith

Wifi, or any connection to the internet, is one of the most prized possessions of my generation. We are constantly checking Snapchat or updating our Instagram feed—we are addicted to the feeling of being connected to those around us. This perpetual sense of connectivity has its perks, but it also has its drawbacks. Being afforded the…

“Free us All..” – By Ashley Smith

On our final day in Belfast we started the day with a Black Cab Tour. The tours take you around a more residential part of the city, the location of many political murals encompassing the Troubles Northern Ireland experienced since 1968. As an outsider and someone unfamiliar with the political history of the area, I never…