What's happening in, with and on Concrete.

Introducing Concrete’s new editorial team

We’ve just sent off our first issue with the new editorial team for 2013-14. They are:

Editor in Chief: Sidonie Chaffer-Melly

Deputy Editor: Sophie Witts

Venue Editors: Hayden East and Ciara Jack

Online Editor: Billy Sexton

Deputy Online Editor: Amelia Marchington

Copy Editors: Stephenie Naulls and Lucy Morris

Photography Editors: Jacob Roberts-Kendall and Will Cockram

News: Andrew Ansell and Lara-Jayne Ellice

Comment: Zoe Jones

Global: Ella Gilbert

Features: Bridie Wilkinson

Environment: Peter Sheehan

Travel: Niyonu Agana-Burke

Science and Technology: Dominic Burchnall

Lifestyle: Lydia Clifton

Sport: Charlie Savage and Will Medlock

Music: Jack Enright and Alex Flood

Film: Adam White and Holly Wade

Fashion: Ella Sharp and Madz Abbasi

TV: Rob Drury

Arts: Callum Graham

Creative Writing: Holly McDede

Gaming: Alistair Walker

Competitions and Listings: Saul Holmes

The new issue will be available on campus and online tomorrow morning. Keep your eyes peeled.


Be a section editor of Concrete

We are reopening editor applications for the following sections:

  • News
  • Travel
  • Competitions and Listings
  • Photography

To apply, send a 500 word application to the relevant sections editors stating why you think you would be suitable for the role.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 25 April.

Their email addresses are:

News – concrete.news@uea.ac.uk

Travel – concrete.travel@uea.ac.uk

Competitions and Listings – concrete.competitions@uea.ac.uk

Photography – concrete.photographers@uea.ac.uk

Editor-in-chief, Amy Adams, awarded for her service to Concrete

Amy Adams, editor-in-chief, was recognised for her contribution to Concrete this year at the 2013 Union of UEA Students’ Awards. She picked up the award for Service to a Society.

We’ll have a full report on this year’s awards shortly. 

Follow Amy on Twitter, @otheramyadams.

Concrete awarded Best Publication, Best Website

We’re delighted to announce that Concrete has been awarded Best Publication and Best Website by the Student Publication Association.

From editor-in-chief, Amy Adams, and President, Chris Teale:

Our thanks to everyone involved. Click here to see the awards in full.

Concrete nominated as ‘society of the year’

Concrete has been nominated for society of the year in the Union of UEA Students annual awards.

Other nominees include LitSoc and DramaSoc.

This year’s editor-in-chief, Amy Adams, has also been nominated for the service to a society award.

On behalf of all of us, as always, thanks for reading.

The next issue of Concrete is out 23 April 2013. 

Committee applications are open

Applications to be on the Concrete committee for the 2013/14 academic year are now open. There are six positions available: president, secretary, treasurer, social secretary, union council rep and equality and diversity champion.

Being on the committee is a superb way to get involved with the society, and here are some brief explanations of each role and what they involve.

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Section editor applications are open

We are opening applications for the editorial team for the 2013/14 academic year. In addition to section editors for both Concrete and Venue, there are also positions open for chief copy editors and photographers.

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Apply to be a senior editor at Concrete

We are opening positions for the 2013/14 senior editorial team. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the paper and looks great on your CV.

Other than that it’s a highly rewarding job which is crucial to the running of the newspaper. We’re looking for deputy, managing, online and deputy online editors. There are also two editor positions available for our culture pull out, Venue.

You have until March 18 to submit your application via email to concrete.editor@uea.ac.uk.

If you’re in need of any advice or support with your application, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the current senior editorial team. Their email addresses are listed at the bottom of the page. Good luck! Read the rest of this entry »

Editor-in-Chief applications for 2013-14 are open

Applications for editor-in-chief of Concrete for the 2013-14 academic year are officially open, and will close on 27 February.

The position involves 30-35 hours a week running and editing the newspaper, managing other editors, answering emails and helping to maintain a presence in the office.

Candidates should have strong organisation and communication skills, with experience in writing and editing. A working knowledge of InDesign would also be helpful, but training for this can be provided if not.

To apply please email Amy at concrete.editor@uea.ac.uk including:

  • A 750-word proposal on your ideas for the newspaper, including priorities and improvements you would make, as well as how you might go about implementing them.
  • A mock front page created in Adobe InDesign, which you can create using the computers in the Concrete office from 10am-4pm on any weekday (get in touch if you need training beforehand).
  • A copy of your CV detailing any relevant experience.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Amy or one of the other members of the editorial team. Contact details are below.

Applications close on at 1pm on Wednesday 27 February.

Applicants will then be invited to a formal interview from 2pm on 28 February. Please state your availability when you apply. We’ll do our best to arrange a time that suits you.

We would like one member of the society to be a part of the panel to help choose next year’s editor. This is a great way to get more involved in the society.

It will involve asking pre-prepared questions of each candidate during the afternoon before then reaching a decision on who to appoint.

If you would like to be on the panel, please email concrete.president@uea.ac.uk with 50-100 words on why you would be good for the role.

Editor-in-chief – Amy Adams – concrete.editor@uea.ac.uk
Managing editor – Chris Teale – concrete.managingeditor@uea.ac.uk
Venue editors – Matt Tidby and Rachael Lum – concrete.venue@uea.ac.uk
Online editor – Harry Slater – concrete.online@uea.ac.uk
Deputy online editor – Luke Boobyer – concrete.online@uea.ac.uk

How to edit for Concrete

Being an editor for Concrete is a demanding but hugely rewarding job, and it will soon be time to choose next year’s team.

The openings include:


Opens 19 February. Candidates will need to submit 750 words on their vision for Concrete, main priorities and how they will achieve them; design a mock front page in InDesign; and prepare for a formal interview. The deadline will close on 27 February. For information or advice, get in touch with Amy at concrete.editor@uea.ac.uk or any of the other four senior editors.

Senior editors

This includes managing editor, online editor (plus deputy online editor) and two Venue editors. Open from 5 – 13 March with more information available nearer the time. Contact the current senior editors for advice and support.

Senior editorial team:

  • Managing editor – Chris Teale – concrete.managingeditor@uea.ac.uk
  • Venue editors – Matt Tidby and Rachael Lum – concrete.venue@uea.ac.uk
  • Online editor – Harry Slater – concrete.online@uea.ac.uk
  • Deputy online editor – Luke Boobyer – concrete.online@uea.ac.uk

Section editors

This includes all sections of Concrete and Venue, plus copy editors and photographers. Open from 19 March – 16 April. If you are thinking of applying, contact the current editors for advice and support.

Tweet @Concrete_UEA if you can’t find what you need.

Concrete’s Pen Party 2013

Roll up! Roll up! It’s time for social numero 1 of 2013 – the infamous Concrete Pen Party.

Treat yourself to a plain white t-shirt and some marker pens and get scribbling on each other, all in the name of Concrete!

We will be meeting in the Blue Bar at 7:30pm, before heading into town around 9pm.

Once in town, we’ll be going straight to Essence where we have the entire upstairs floor booked out, sourz shots galore and plenty of drink discounts.

At around 10pm, we’ll be heading for a quick stint in Pulse, where we have free entry before 11:30pm and again, free shots for all.

Before ending in the slightly more traditional The Bell Wetherspoons, cheap, cheerful and right near the bus-stop!

Once we’ve had our fair share of town, we’ll be heading back to the one and only LCR, where we can groove on down at A-list.

*Please remember to buy your tickets in advance for the LCR, just so we don’t get any disappointed Concreters getting turned away if it happens to be a snowy sell-out again this week.

We look forward to seeing y’all there!

There’s a Facebook event for this. A to the tend. 

Amy Adams, editor-in-chief, on the future of student journalism

Amy spoke to Kettle Mag’s Alex Veeneman about the future of student journalism:

On some weekends of term on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, the office of their student publication Concrete based at Union House is a scene of editing. Proofreaders walk into the office with the guide of editors and work through the publication as it prepares to go to the press. In  the twenty years it has been in existence, it has won student newspaper of the year (1995) from The Guardian’s Student Media Awards and was a runner up for best student newspaper in awards administered by The Independent and the National Union of Students (2001).

For Amy Adams, the publication’s current editor, the scene which encompasses Union House most weekends is where it all began, and says these proofreaders are at the heart of the production of the paper. “I signed up to the society at the Fresher’s fair in my first year,” Adams said. “I wrote a couple of reviews for the TV section, but I enjoyed the proofreading most. At the end of the year, I applied to be chief copy editor, a position I ended up sharing with one other.”

Adams became editor after it was announced that the university’s student union could no longer afford a Sabbatical editor-in-chief, and that a part time student editor position would be made in its place. Adams says that despite the small population at the UEA, Concrete still plays a vital role. “Like any newspaper, Concrete is about getting important university news to its students and keeping them well-informed about the issues around campus,” Adams said. “However, it’s also about offering them the chance to let their views and stories be heard, whether this is an opinion column, film review, or the match report of a Lacrosse game. It’s really easy for people to get involved, and we try to cover as much of that diversity as possible.”

Read the full interview here.

Amy is on Twitter – @OtherAmyAdams