Archive for ‘Writing and Books’

February 16, 2012

Straight from the Source

As a report is released in the UK today citing the protection of whistle blowers and sources as a priority, it is always important to distinguish which sources are considered reliable. Credibility within the news and journalism cycle is always paramount. If you do not get a reliable source when writing or broadcasting a piece then you run the risk of beingĀ disciplined, fired or even sued. The question always is, what makes a source credible?

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February 11, 2012

Hitting a deadline

Most jobs entail a certain level of concentration and commitment. Most jobs also have deadlines, numbers you have to reach and reports you have to get drafted. However, in journalism the concept of deadlines is slightly more heightened to the point of thinking of each piece as a time trap.

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February 6, 2012

The art of the interview

As my first proper exercise out in the journalism field, my partner and I went out to interview students and staff around the University on Friday. Relating to the recent cold snap that has been embracing Britain, we were assigned to interview as many people as we could to find out how they were coping with the weather. Whilst going out in the sub-zero temperatures was not a pleasant experience, I found the actual assignment to be quite enjoyable!

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January 9, 2011

Website Comparative Analysis- NGI Creative and Advertech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The internet has been expanding since the 1980s and since then has become a prime location for business and its consumers. This growth in information technology means that many businesses can manufacture an online company website. Advertising has always been involved with popular culture ever since the 1900s when the photographic element was combined and now many sites show pop-ups or sidebars for advertising a business or a product. The internet can help a business or product by appealing to its demographic audience and the types of advertising. ā€œThe multimedia aspect of the web content is more closely related to the types of advertisements with which they are familiar- such as colour spreads in magazines, boxed advertisements in newspapers and commercial breaks in TV and radio.ā€ (Barrett, 1997) This means that with the internet, a demographic is easy to reach with advertisements and the consumer psychology of relate-able layout and design is easy to implement.

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January 9, 2011

Apple Company- Timeline

Initially started in 1976 by Steven Wozniak and Steven Jobs, the company ‘Apple‘ has suffered against corporate business and individual distress to become the house-hold name it holds today as well as a business worth more than $200 billion.

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January 9, 2011

‘Shout Magazine’ Article, Published 2002

An article I wrote for ‘Shout Magazine‘ in 2002.

December 29, 2010

10 Things Men Should Never Say To Women

A friend of mine went on a date this summer with a co-worker and reported back later that she left when he said “I love your eyes. They’re so dark, they almost make you look dead on the inside”. Necrophilia aside, why do some men insist on driving girls away with these lines? The man in question was an upstanding man, had girlfriends before and according to this friend, showed no signs out of the ordinary. Starts out like a compliment and then ends in a restraining order. When typed in to Amazon, relationship advice books are scattered everywhere. But most of these seem to be aimed at women? Well obviously some men out there need a little help as well. Here are 10 things men should never say to women. This comes from personal experience and a little help from others.

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December 16, 2010

Feature Article- Beach Break in Bournemouth

Bournemouth- known for it’s stag-dos, shopping and sand. With the beach being it’s major tourist attraction, it’s not hard to see that it’s a popular place for the surfers of Bournemouth, but if people went to the beach early on a weekend morning, they might see a small group of surfers, all children, trying to learn this amazing profession. It’s hard to know what to expect unless you go there yourself.

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December 15, 2010

Is virtual reality just fun or dangerous?

Anybody else born in the 1990s will remember the Sims computer game which created a virtual family which you could control. A popular 3D website is ‘Second Life‘ which was firstĀ launchedĀ in 2003. Last month, up to 21.3 million were registered with ‘Second Life’ and one can wonder, is virtual reality safe or dangerous?

Some individuals have a problem distinguishing fantasy from reality as has been seen by many crimes, especially concerning children, where the media influences have been a problem. Most in the UK will remember the case of Jamie Bulger in 1993 where the young two-year old was taken from a shopping centre and subject to torture and was finally murdered by two other children, Robert Thompson aged 10 and John Venables also aged 10. It was suggested after the murder, in court, that the two children enjoyed watching ‘Child’s Play‘ which was a disturbing film and that’s when the question was asked, can media influence actions?

In 2007, the popular television series CSI: New York, made an episode entitled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole‘ where a trained assassin was using ‘Second Life’ to track down victims by gaining their trust through the game and meet with them. In reality, several claims have been made against ‘Second Life’ regarding their privacy settings and their avatars. Some have argued that ‘Second Life’ can’t force people to log out of their Avatars so they have no control over how much time some people are staying at the site. This could have bad consequences for the fantasy vs. reality debate but also imply serious health risks. In 2007, Islamic militants were suspected of using ‘Second Life’ to hunt down new recruits and to practice real-life terrorism in the virtual reality world. This in not uncommon with the increase of technology and the availability of social websites where people are free to roam and talk. It’s unclear how many Islamic militants were hired from the avatar website but it’s clear that it did work.

There are even more examples of individual behaviour which can effect others. In Cornwall 2008, a woman was granted a divorce from her husband when she found him conducting several affairs with avatars in ‘Second Life’. It’s hard to believe, but I found several other divorce cases where the spouse was having an affair on ‘Second Life’. It’s unfortunate but that’s what being another character all together can do to some people. They forget they have real-life consequences.

However, some have claimed that virtual reality sites have positiveĀ implications for individuals who use it. ‘Second Life’ has been praised by many for building a strong online community. You can help build a community space for yourself and there have been projects for the community such as building a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The site also encourages people to search for their existing friends and then make more friends through them. The virtual reality element helps make the impossible possible. You can travel around by teleporting and even flying to a destination. The community is made real by even having their own currency called ‘Linden Dollars‘. It has been praised by postmodern surrealists who love the ever-changing scenery and the complex characters.

There is the danger from virtual reality websites such as ‘Second Life’ where the online community can become a reality for those who find it hard to distinguish from real life. Even though there have been cases of criminal activity linked back to the users on the site, these are apparently isolated cases. Mostly, people praise the site for it’s escapism and individuals can delve into a world of flying, avatars and projects. It is fair to say that most people need an escape from everyday life such as watching the television, having a stiff drink or participate in a virtual reality world. As long as those who can distinguish between their online life and their real life do not pose a threat, then it can be just seen as harmless fun.

December 14, 2010

Undeck the Halls- Annoying Celebrities

I’ve been a bit too excited with Christmas this week and I think my bank balance is baring the brunt of it but I decided to list the top 10 annoying celebrities that make you want to cancel Christmas all together and ban them from New Years and Easter as well. Obviously people may disagree so just write the celebrities you want and why.

 

 

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