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Last Time Blog

May 10, 2010

I have always loved talking to people. I find myself always giving the same answer to the question, “so what do you think you going to do after university?”. I always say, “if I could, I would interview someone everyday, and live off of that”. Not sure if that will ever happen, but I managed to incorporate this dream of mine in my university project (at least I’m not depending on being paid for my ideas…just yet)

Initially I wanted to do a ‘first time’ blog, where I asked people about their ‘first times’ that they felt or experienced a specific feeling or event. But thru research and bouncing my ideas of friends and family. I realised that perhaps ‘first time’ is a little far-fetched. I don’t think I even remember the ‘first time’ I felt helpless, and people would probably fill the gaps that they didn’t remember with cliché stories and details. That’s not what I wanted, I wanted real emotions and real stories. So I changed it to the ‘last time’ in hopes of the person remembering all the details, and showing the emotion they were feeling at the time.

My questions were the last time you felt helpless and the last time you felt empowered. I wanted to have a reason behind the people I talked to, not just randomers. So i decided to talk to people who usually were perceived as very strong, or were going through a hard time and no one really knew about it. So I interviewed a paramedic, a Nigerian doctor, a recovering alcoholic, and an unemployed New Zealander. They all were very responsive to my proposition and all agreed to participate in my project right away. I would explain to them that I felt it was important to share their stories, of where they came from, what they’ve seen and gone through.It was very difficult to get more people, to be honest. In the beginning I wanted to get at least 6, but not everyone was as helpful and willing as they were.

This project was a slight challenge for me, I have worked with blogs and WordPress before and feel quite confident creating one now. But I was never very confident with film, and this project was very film and interview based. Editing was also never my forte, so I found that the hardest challenge. Even looking at the final products, I can see the quality of the editing looks a bit amateur. In theory I wanted to keep it as real as possible, trying not to edit a lot out of the interview, and adding in lots of fancy effects (even though I did try). If I were to do it again, perhaps perfect my editing skills before starting the project would have been intelligent. But I loved the actual action of filming and interviewing at the same time. It was very cool and interesting as to the direction of the film, and what you want your viewer to see and what feeling you are trying to portray through the film.

All in all I am quite pleased with the interviews I managed to obtain and think they were very good in conveying the overall message of my blog. Yet, the best part about this whole project, was getting to ride in a speeding ambulance through central London..with no seat belt on 🙂

http://lasttimeblog.wordpress.com/

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Weco-The Green Connection, and Me.

May 7, 2010

WECO is an environmentally friendly wiki, which updates its readers on environmental issues, restaurants, technology, and campaigns. It is a portal for anyone who has an idea, update or a review to go and upload their posts onto the website. In theory the aim is for the site to be very user-generated stimulated.

My role in the website was editing my section, which was experience, looking at environmental issues like carbon footprint, environmental art and fashion. This also meant I had to find articles on the internet, either from newspapers or other bloggers which fit the criteria of the section. My personal stories for the wiki were a longer article about air travel and its carbon footprint and effect on the environment. My second one was going around London finding vegetarian places to put in our Eat section.

Overall I thought the group could have worked better together as a whole, but I think the final product we came up with was very satisfying. The layout and colours are very simple, making it user-friendly, hopefully encouraging people to take part. Also, we had different sections and topics available to cover so the target market was very wide. The aim is to have information about all the environmentally events, campaigns, locations, and general things going on in London. Our base would be London, just because it is a city which is already very ‘organic’ orientated, and are very open-minded and socially involved, so it would work great. It is also a very original idea, in the sense that it is a place for environmentally friendly people to talk and learn more about each other and the things going on around them.

My favourite aspect of the project was talking to other bloggers about posting their work in my section. I thought it was very cool that other people were writing about the same topics as us, and they were willing to contribute to our project. One blogger even offered to post up a post about WECO.

I thought it was a very good idea, and the layout was fun with the icon nav bar. I liked how we had a very special tone to our layout, with specific colours and style of images. I think if it was a real website, and we had advertising it would do well in the market, especially now that everyone is becoming more and more eco-friendly.

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News Day Report

May 7, 2010

On April 30 me and my peers turned our news room into a modern-day multimedia news centre.I was specifically working with the Westminster Radio group, and making a website to coincide with their stories. As if I was the online part of the news channel, writing updates and longer features of the stories which were going to be on the radio. It was very interesting because we were working ‘for’ them in a sense. It wasn’t that we had to come up with the stories, we had to support them with their stories, and getting our online readers interested in listening to our radio show.

For example, legally news broadcasts have to have the names of all of the candidates running for MP or Prime Minister written down somewhere, so there cannot be any claims of bias reporting. On the radio show they spoke specially about Tony Blair showing support for  one of the candidate for Harrow MP. In order to satisfy all of the legal regulations, on the website we had to list all the candidates. So I posted an article talking about the surprise visit, but also naming all of the candidates with full links to their websites.

Then I wrote an article focusing on a sports match, with a video of the highlights. The sports match was going to be reviewed in detail on the radio show, however I thought it would be a good way to mix mediums to put a video on the website. So people could listen and watch all aspects of the match on our website. The last article I posted on the Westminster Online Blog, was about the recent news about the teacher who beat a student with a dumb bell. I wrote a short article, giving details about the event and how the court reacted, but most importantly it was in order to get our readers talking to us and sharing their opinion on the situation. The most important thing I think about a multimedia news channel, is getting readers involved and covering all medium and aspects of the news, video, print, radio, and online.

http://westminsternews.wordpress.com/

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Ipad held up in US…literally

May 7, 2010

There are rumors that Apple’s new invention, the iPad, might be arriving even later this month due to the craze it caused in the United States. The unexpected demand has caused a delay in shipment over to Europe.

It was meant to launch in the UK end of April, but now the launch date has not been yet announced, however they are taking pre-booking from Monday 10 May.

According to the Guardian Apple said “more than 500,000,it says,have been delivered to retailers and customers in its first week on sale”. It is currently on sale for $499 for the cheapest model. Apple have not released the market price for Europe yet, maybe in order to control the amount sold here they will increase the price (lucky Europeans).

So good luck in getting your hands on one of the pocket-size touch-screen computers, they are hot stuff.

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Reuters.co.UK

April 30, 2010

Reuters, a news service which has journalists all around the world, launched a UK website and are starting to consider charging their readers for the availability of their content.

They are giving into the way the modern society is consuming news. The new site will have more multimedia stories and they are aiming to have more of a interaction with consumers.There is also going to be a wider range of stories, allowing new advertisers and consumers to get involved with the website.

In an interview by Press Gazette of Tim Faircliff, head of consumer media for Reuters UK, he said that “the flexibility on topics is for both users and, importantly for an ad-supported model, for the advertisers to be able to offer them flexible opportunities that were previously not there.

Click here to see the full interview

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Blogs Part 2

April 23, 2010

Last month I picked out three blogs which I was currently reading that I found interesting enough to share.I am sure you are like me, and just can’t get enough of the blogs which people from all around the world are creating for our benefit. So here are three more.

http://mackthewriter.wordpress.com/

http://pleatedjeans.wordpress.com/

http://happyberfdaytome.wordpress.com/

Enjoy. These will make you laugh.

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Am I allowed to say that?

April 16, 2010

Libel laws have always put journalists on an unstable plank, never knowing which step could cause it to break. Ben Goldacre gives his opinion on libel laws and how they act as a  “mussel” journalists.

Libel laws: a lethal muzzle of medicine

The chiropractors’ absurd pursuit of Simon Singh is over, but libel laws are still a real health hazard

After two years of pursuing one man through the courts, at a cost to him of £200,000 and two years’ work, the British Chiropractic Association yesterday dropped their libel case against science writer Simon Singh. The case was over a piece he wrote for the Guardian in these very pages (now republished at Comment is free), criticising the BCA for claiming that its members could treat children for colic, ear infections, asthma, prolonged crying, and sleeping and feeding conditions by manipulating their spines…

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