Have A Fact…

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Old old old NME is a lot lot lot better than  now and is how Kerrang! should be.

Maybe someone should take note.

Multimedia News Day Evaluation

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On April 30 2010, as part of the Advanced Web Journalism module I took part in the multimedia news day. Here the objective was to split into three teams – online, tv and radio – and produce content regarding recent topics. In my case it was the student elections and whether or not students actually felt it was worth voting.

As Jade Baker, the newly elected Vice President of Education, came into the class to do a Q&A session, Helen was able to write an article based on what she said. In order to allow Helen’s article to have a more multimedia vibe to it, myself and Emine decided to create a video vox pop as an accompaniment. Together, we wanted to know if students took the time to vote in the election and why, what they would like to see change and whether or not they would consider running next year.

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Miss Fits Evaluation

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For the group project, myself and 11 others (all girls) decided to create a website aimed at women aged 18-25. Together we created what is now known as Miss Fits. As this is a website for women we wanted to cover topics that we knew would appeal to them. After some discussions we decided to settle on four subject areas – Music, Fashion, TV/Film, and Arts. Within these sections readers would get the low down on where to go, what to see and what to wear this summer.

As the festival season is approaching us, I suggested that one of the key features for the website could be festival based articles. As a result of this Emily focused of festival fashion, Thea looked at festival essentials and I created a festival previews list.

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Band Watch Evaluation

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For my individual project for the Advanced Web Journalism module I decided to create a blog which would feature unsigned British bands. Here I would state who they are, where they are from, who their fans are likely to be, what song people should check out and linked to their MySpace, much like a music magazine would. However, unlike a typical music magazine who would feature of bands from everywhere I wanted to focus on a small area. 

In order for visitors to not be bored with just being told which unsigned bands they should check out I included interviews to give the blog a more music magazine feel. I also wanted to take one of the bands that have influenced them and plug them as well.

Whilst I managed to achieve what I set out to do, I only chose unsigned bands of one genre and that I liked. If I were to do this project again, or if I choose to carry it on there are things I would like to change. Firstly I would focus on unsigned bands and up and coming bands that are only just becoming known, as this would have been easier. Secondly, I would look at bands from everywhere and of all genres in order to offer variety and bring in a wider audience and lastly, I would choose bands I didn’t like as well as those I do. This way the blog wouldn’t just be able who I like.

How Private Are We Really?

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As technology has changed more and more things can be done online. We can buy online, bank online and even socialise online, but does anyone ever really stop to think about what information they give away, who reads it, who stores it and where it goes? The answer to this is not really. Today the UK is the third most advanced surveillance societies in the world.

Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace allow you to write as much or as little as you like about yourself. Facebook even allows you to state contact information from phone numbers, email addresses and where you live, as well as stating the school(s) you went to and job details.

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I read a book…

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It wasn’t an academic book and chances are it will never help me in an essay. To be honest it was more of a picture book, but it did make me laugh, and no it wasn’t aimed at small children, but I did learn something. I learnt some great lies to tell small children. From the guy who brought you Bunny Suicides and Selfish Pigs, Andy Riley brings silly drawings and wit together for teens and adult all over. So check it out. 

Social Media and The Election

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When you hear about social media on the news or read about it in the newspapers, nine times out of ten it will be negative. When people are faced with the term “social media” they instantly think social networking and with this comes risks. Today parents are all to keen to wrap their children up in cotton wool and keep note of what they are doing online, in order to protect them from social predators. However social media is so much more. It is the tool for citizen journalism. Yes it does include the use of social networking but it also refers to blogging.

Today, many use such tools as a way of expression, a way to talk to peers and as a way to find out new things. So surely that is a good thing? Technology has shifted they way things are done. For example, in two weeks time both the general and local election will take place. In order to get the younger generation involved politics has moved online. Facebook has launched Democracy UK, a new web page allowing followers to submit questions to the three key leaders and work out who they should vote  for based on what they believe in.

Due to pages like Democracy UK, younger people are able to understand what is happening in a way that is known to them. They are made to engaged with current happenings without feeling as though they are being talked down to. So parents remember social media isn’t all bad. Jump on the bandwagon and see what you can find.

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