Posts tagged ‘Writing for the Media’

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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November 29, 2010

Is the written word disappearing?

Due to the rise of the internet and the increase in television outputs, there are some who have warned us that the written word is disappearing before us in a rush of blogs and internet updates. This could be true as newspaper readership has started declining and many schools have been criticised for their poor levels of reading in students. Could it be true that the written word is becoming obsolete?

According to Clint Reilly, the San Francisco Chronical  has lost $350 million since 2000 and 35% of staff have been laid off. This decline in the press could be because many now go to the internet for their updated news and even journalist have been known to use twitter for leads on news stories. From an outside perspective, it could be true that the written word is in decline. I can’t remember the last time I managed to read a book properly or read a book that wasn’t advertised on the television or had been made into a film already. The written word is powerful. It describes stories and lives in far greater detail and has been the basis for many successful films, such as ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary‘ and ‘Atonement‘.

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November 29, 2010

The End of the Hollywood Icons

With the death of the legendary Tony Curtis in September, 2010 many may start thinking that all the Hollywood icons of the 50s and 60s are gone. In a way, it’s true.

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November 29, 2010

Modern Family- Season 1 Review

The ABC comedy mockumentary has been critically acclaimed by many saying, ” Modern Family was one of the best new comedies of the season.”. I agree with this completely. Set out like a fly-on-the-wall documentary, this comedy show explores the new age of family in modern times. First, there is the nuclear family of Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil (Ty Burrell) Dunphy with their three children, all with various…personalities. There is Claire’s father, Jay (Ed O’Neill) who recently married an extreme attractive woman (30 years younger) Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and her young son Manny. Then finally, there is the token gay couple consisting of Mitchell (Jesse Tyler-Ferguson), son of Jay and brother to Claire and his partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) who recently adopted an Vietnamese baby called Lilly.

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November 28, 2010

Newspaper Article Story- November, 2010

This is an example of a newspaper story of a fake topic given by the lecturer.

The News Story Assignment

1Bournemouth Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon for the robbery of a bank in Lansdowne, Bournemouth, earlier that day. The suspect, Georgina Pane, in her thirties, was arrested in Royal Bournemouth Hospital at around 12:00 on November 18th for conspiracy and robbery of a HSBC bank in Lansdowne at around 11:00 that morning, Dorset police has reported.

Pane allegedly entered the bank little after 11:00, dressed in black, carrying a gun and a small package she identified as a bomb. Pane then threatened two cashiers and stole £4000 before leaving the black package on a counter and warning employees and customers that the package would explode if they called for the police. Pane was arrested that afternoon after a minor collision in a black Vauxhall at Ringwood, Bournemouth. She was being treated at the hospital for shock when Dorset police made the arrest.

She seemed to be in a trance”, Police Inspector Nicola Cooper commented. “When our officers reached the spot, she was standing outside, appearing bewildered and lost”. The four customers and two employees in the bank at the time were uninjured and Dorset police have confirmed that the gun and packaged bomb used to threaten them were both fake. The money stolen in the robbery was also recovered.

According to reports, Pane is employed by Bournemouth University as a lecturer and was seen an hour before the robbery in the KFC restaurant next to the bank. She was identified in the restaurant by colleague James Puis who described the her as acting strangely. “She was agitated and not quite there. I have never seen her like that”. Puis also commented, “It is hard to believe it all. The Georgina I know is not that kind of person”. Bournemouth University has failed to comment on the 2incident.

According to police, Pane threatened employees with the fake bomb before making her escape. “She said it contained a bomb powerful enough to blow the whole building up”, DI Cooper commented. Pane also told the cashiers that the bomb could be set off from up to a mile away by a remote control if they alerted the police before she left. “She told them to stay in for the next ten minutes”, Cooper said. “She said if they raised the alarm before she got away she would blow up all up sky-high”. The cashiers then waited twenty minutes before calling the police.

Eyewitness Daniel Jackson has said “It was really horrible when she pulled that gun. She was very nervous and it was shaking in her hand and I was really worried she would accidentally shoot one of us”.

Regional manager of the Dorset HSBC branch, David Brood, commented “I am glad nobody was hurt and the robbery was foiled”. Brood also commended the bravery of the cashiers on duty that day. “The cashiers deserve praise for keeping their cool. Things could have really gone out of hand if they had panicked.”

Pane has been remanded in police custody and upon leaving court was heard saying “I was not even there. This is a conspiracy”.

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