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21 April 2010

Marie Horner - Media + Education

Marie Horner - Media + Education

Marie Horner is a Radio Producer, Journalist and Lecturer. Since graduating in 2005 she has been working as a Broadcast Journalist and Voiceover Artist. In 2009 she graduated with distinction in a Masters in Radio Production at Bournemouth University. Marie now lectures in Radio Journalism on the Multi-media Journalism and Communications and Media degrees at the university, as well as the Foundation course at Bournemouth and Poole College. 

Marie lives next to the sea in Bournemouth. In her spare time she is a co-founder of an anti-trafficking charity called Cross Border Initiatives. She loves cups of tea and watching funny videos on YouTube. One day she intends to write books for children, but for now loves teaching and making interesting radio.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter. Sadly it didn't work out, probably due to my lack of ability in extreme sports and making things out of egg cartons.

My earliest memory is listening to the rain crackling on the plastic cover of my buggy. My mum thinks I was about 10 months old. Ever since then I've found myself searching for sounds and stories to make people stop and close their eyes. When I was about 10 years old I realised that I wanted to tell stories, and 15 years later I am a journalist and spend most of my time doing just that.
Most recently I have started to exhibit some of my work as a Sound Artist. I specialise in taking raw recordings and telling a story that's open for interpretation. I guess this is my leisure time, but I must admit I also enjoy watching things that make me laugh on YouTube. My life isn't all about audio, just mostly!

How did you get involved in the lecturing radio journalism?

I was lucky enough to be invited to lecture at Bournemouth University when I was 21 years old. I accepted the job because I had learnt so much from lecturers working in the industry when I was a student. Standing in front of nearly 80 students still makes me nervous, but it is an amazing responsibility that I feel very privileged to have. Being a lecturer is incredibly challenging, because normally I can hide behind a microphone or in a studio, but in a lecture theatre or a classroom my audience is right there. It's brilliant and my students are brilliant.

What is the biggest opportunity for you in the Media School?

I wanted to be a journalist because I love hearing people stories. My work in the Media School means I can now support and encourage the people who are going to shape the industry I work in.

What is the biggest challenge you are facing in the media?

Knowing what's going to happen next. Situations, jobs and budgets are always changing and it can be difficult to know where you stand with the radio industry. However, what I love about it is that anyone can get themselves an audience thanks to the internet and community radio stations.

Who has most influenced your work?

I owe a lot to my lecturers at university, especially two talented and inspiring Radio Producers - Karen Fowler-Watt and Sean Street. My writing style is definitely influenced by some of my favourite authors and poets, in particular Rudyard Kipling and Lord Byron. However, the people who are kind enough to tell me their stories are the ones who have influenced me the most - without their honesty there would be no point in what I do.

Jesus was a story teller, so I...

...travelled to Eastern Europe to make a radio documentary about the lives of women and girls who were trafficked out of Moldova to work in the sex industry. With 80% of Moldova's 4.5 million population living below the poverty line and continual political unrest in the country, many believe lies about earning good money and having better jobs abroad.

Which movie character do you most relate to?

I like to think I am like Alice in Wonderland, because I admire her curiosity and her blue dress with matching ribbon. In reality, I am probably more like the White Rabbit, rushing around and always checking the time.

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream for society. What is yours?

That everyone has the opportunity to learn, whether that's a new skill or a new point of view. Knowledge breeds equality, respect and creativity.

What is the main hindrance to living the dream?


What is your most/least green credential?

My most green credential is that I recycle and buy second hand clothes. My least is that juggling jobs means I have to drive a lot. My insurance company tells me that my car has low emissions, but I should still look at buses and trains more.

The interview of the decade is...

...meeting and crying with a woman who was trafficked from Russia when she was 14 years old. After 9 years of being forced to work as a prostitute she ran a refuge for women who had been through the same ordeal and been rejected by their families. I met her a few months before she died of AIDS.

What is your most treasured possession?

I'm going to have two (sorry) - firstly an old LP of Dylan Thomas' 1954 radio play 'Under Milk Wood' and secondly a ring my parents bought me when I left home to remind me of their love for me and God.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

Making my family proud of me. They never pushed me into anything and they always said I needed to do what was right for me and other people. It means I just gave everything a go and have been lecturing in my chosen industry from 21 years old and managed to get a creative job that means I get to tell stories.

Tell us a joke

Receptionist: Doctor, there's an invisible dinosaur in the waiting room.
Doctor: Tell her I can't see her.