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! Continue reading

February 1, 2012

News Journalism and the Social Media: Reporting Events in 140 Characters

The internet has undeniably changed the way we write. Blogs, online Newspapers and Magazine websites have formed a new tool of communication in which one piece of writing can reach thousands, if not millions, of people all around the world. Continue reading

January 27, 2012

Why I want to become a journalist (apart from money and free magazines)

There is something incredibly gratifying about opening up a magazine or a newspaper and reading about events or people from around the world. It gives you knowledge and the sense of power that comes with it. Journalism can shock you with world events or give you pleasure from the individual stories of basic human kindness and unity.

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June 14, 2011

BBC Suicide Documentary, a step too far?

The BBC has not been in favour with the public of late. In January, the popular BBC soap Eastenders managed to cause a national debate, inciting discussions on twitter, by involving a storyline involving one of the characters swopping their tragically dead baby for a neighbour’s baby. The entire storyline caused a national stir, inciting the BBC to bring the conclusion forward as to avoid risking upset to viewers. This is not exactly an isolated incident. The BBC has always produced controversial programmes and radio broadcasts to broaden our knowledge and create a discussion. However on 13th June, Terry Pratchett’s documentary “Choosing to Die” on BBC 2, sparked outrage for viewers who voiced their opinion to the BBC. So far, over 1000 complaints have been registered with the BBC and it is expected to rise. However, Pratchett has defended his documentary, claiming that the documentary was positive in informing people of the practices in assisted suicide. Why has this programme sparked national criticism? Have the viewers not grasped the concept of the documentary or did the BBC go too far?

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June 14, 2011

“Something to be proud of”

For many of us, the responsibility of trying to support a charity simply means putting 20p into the box next to the till at the coffee shop or simply buying Fairtrade goods at the local supermarket. We all try to help any way we can, however, there are a small selection of volunteers in the world who will never stop caring for those who need support. At the Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS), we try to help honour those who never stop and think of the outstanding and life-changing work they do to comfort communities and individuals.

At Hillingdon, West London, we are trying to honour those whose work may go unrewarded or unnoticed and to celebrate the changes they bring. During Volunteers Week in UK, 1st-7th June 2011, HAVS launched the Hillingdon Volunteer Achievement Awards, encouraging those to nominate any volunteers they think deserve to be appreciated with an award. While the nominations go ahead, the dedicated team of HAVS try to put every ounce of their efforts into raising the scarce funds, organising the publicity and standing out in the English rain to encourage members of the community to participate in the volunteer service and what it does for them in turn.

Due to funding, the voluntary service has suffered massive cutbacks in light of the UK recession and the award ceremonies are no exception. Weight up options are difficult when you must take so much into account. If we are to the honour these volunteers respectfully, we must provide them with an awards ceremony to fit.

In order to advance the awareness of these awards and the volunteer sector in the UK, any support or featured links will be very appreciated. Community is something to cherish and something for us all to be proud in.

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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. “The 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.” (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.

January 9, 2011

Portfolio Advertisement Campaigns

These examples were for coursework in A2 Media Studies to advertise a fictional documentary named ‘Tequila Teens’.

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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