Ciara Cohen-Ennis

MA Broadcast Journalism student at Cardiff JOMEC

Ciara Cohen-Ennis is an English Literature and Drama and Theatre Arts student at the University of Birmingham. She is currently on a study abroad year at Loyola University New Orleans. Ciara writes about arts, culture, travelling and student life.

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How Should We Report Politics In A 'Post-Truth' Age?

The media has been criticised for its reporting of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum. Several media outlets were accused of biased coverage and excessive focus on personalities rather than policies. Journalists working on these two campaigns have had to determine how to report on politicians' false claims.
06/03/2017 13:10 GMT

Neo-Nazi Stickers Distress Cardiff Residents

I, personally, am the descendant of Jewish Polish immigrants who escaped the Nazis in the Second World War. To see Neo-Nazi propaganda in my hometown of Cardiff is devastating.
06/07/2016 11:57 BST

Students Fight for Veggie and Vegan Options at University

2016 is the biggest ever year for vegans, with brands such as Quorn releasing egg-free products, Guinness planning to create a vegan beer, and Ben & Jerry's announcing dairy-free ice creams. Universities are generally known as places that advocate this sort of forward thinking and embrace positive change. Why then do so many British universities seem so behind on providing vegetarian and vegan options in their student unions?
01/06/2016 16:05 BST

Why the Suffragette Movie Has Failed

I don't think women are being roused to stand up against oppression at all. The film ends by saying, <em>well look what a good place we are in now compared to countries like Saudi Arabia, look how far we've come. Thank God those women did what they did so we could have the vote today. </em>This is not good enough.
04/11/2015 12:10 GMT

Refugees: Dispelling Myths

There is a lot of conflicting terminology that surrounds refugees. The media often mixes up the terms 'migrant', 'refugee', 'asylum seeker' and 'immigrant'. So how are these words actually defined? And what is the UK really doing to support those who seek entry from overseas?
16/10/2015 12:03 BST

Terrible Tales of Bad Landlords

Every student in the UK has their own horrifying story of bad landlords and disgusting houses. Letting agencies and landlords are legendary for ripping students off, failing to pay back deposits, and providing practically unliveable houses. There have been cases of a bedroom ceiling collapsing in Bristol, lucky escapes from carbon monoxide poisoning, and of course; mould...
06/10/2015 11:12 BST

Why We Want International Students to Work in the UK

The international students in the UK provide British universities with so much money, it would really not be detrimental to us in any significant way for them to work part-time or find graduate jobs after studying. Many of us Brits love to travel, study abroad, work abroad, and retire abroad. We need to be more open to those who wish to do the same in the UK.
15/07/2015 15:59 BST

How to Spend 48 Hours in New Orleans

Start off your day with breakfast at the Camellia Grill. You can sample the famous New Orleans sandwiches, the Po' Boy and the Muffaletta or try the delicious pancakes and omelettes. The people that work here will be sure to put a smile on your face, as they're always extremely friendly.
26/06/2015 13:08 BST

A Different Kind of Plantation Tour

I've been lucky enough to have my family visit me here in New Orleans. My first visit was in March from my sister and her boyfriend. I had yet to do a plantation tour so we thought it would be a good idea to go on one together...
15/06/2015 12:36 BST

Word From the Wise

On 8 April, Tim Wise gave a lecture at Loyola University New Orleans. The talk was called "Don't Call Me A Racist" and focused on anti-racism and white privilege. Wise is an American anti-racism activist and writer who lectured at over 600 college campuses. One of my tutors advised that our class attend the lecture...
21/04/2015 09:45 BST

T-Shirt Troubles

Urban Outfitters have been getting a lot of bad press for their extremely insensitive and offensive clothing. One of the items of clothing that was in particularly poor taste was a t-shirt glorifying depression
29/09/2014 14:06 BST

Uni vs College

I'm currently doing a study abroad year at a college in Louisiana. It is a small Jesuit Liberal Arts School, so I won't claim that I can speak on behalf of all colleges in the USA or universities in the UK, as they are all very different!...
22/09/2014 11:07 BST

How Not to Victim Blame

He tries to have sex with her, she says no but carries on kissing him. This continues for a while until eventually the girl is lying still and only able to whisper "no" in his ear, while he has sex with her...
05/09/2014 12:32 BST

The Big Easy

I've been in New Orleans for just under a week and I think it's safe to say that I love it already... Almost everyone here is extremely kind and enthusiastic, for example, an RA (resident assistant) commented that they were "SO PUMPED!" to meet the new students...
26/08/2014 14:24 BST

Who Needs Exams?

It has been proven that people have different learning styles and not everyone works well under pressure. If a mark was devised from a student's overall progress throughout the year, taking class participation and coursework into consideration, surely this would be a fairer judge of their academic ability...
30/06/2014 14:52 BST

Student Union Elections: Does Your Vote Matter?

With candidates making promises to have a pay-as-you-go gym, a free annual music event or free printer credits, it seems a shame that the elections still fail to capture the attention of the majority of the student population. Students should try to engage more with Guild politics to get the most out of their university experience and ensure that they are fully represented by the best possible candidate.
26/06/2014 11:07 BST

Best Bits of Bestival

It turns out that Chic are the perfect cure to a horrendous hangover and zero hours of sleep.
15/09/2013 19:20 BST