Towards the end of 2015 we ran our very first Scottish Podcast Scholarship competition here at The Podcast Host. It was open to students in Scotland who we invited to send in their pitches for new podcasts. After reviewing the submissions we were really impressed and encouraged by the high caliber of ideas. We put together a shortlist, carried out some interviews, and are now in a position to introduce the first of our two winners.
Stuart Russell is a HND radio student at Fife College, a writer, poet and all round arts enthusiast. His first podcast was called Arts In Fife and included interviews with local artists. He has received several awards and honours for services to the arts – including a British Empire Medal and a British Citizen Award.
Stuart's pitch was to create a podcast series celebrating the worldwide achievements of people under 30. He will speak to young people who are pivotal in creating change where they live, giving them a platform to discuss the issues concerning them and an opportunity to air viable solutions.
Stuart said: “There are competent, engaging and dynamic young people out there and they deserve the chance to inspire others. A show like mine has the chance to connect a global generation through speech”.
He currently participates in work experience with The Podcast Host, creates LGBTI+ focused radio shows for Xpress Radio Scotland and writes about culture for Kaleidoscot. He is one of the youngest people in the world to be named an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and one of just thirty in the world shortlisted to visit space.
Stuart will now be offered guidance and mentorship to develop and launch his show, as well as some funds to help cover his costs. We're looking forward to working with him.