The Leveson debate: podcast

on the eve of the release of the leveson report we asked members of the public their views regarding the press and the law – Presented by Alice Cruickshank and Rebecca Barrett

1% in contrast to 46%, what are you more worried about?

Anorexia. The amount of coverage this issue recieves is obscene. I don’t mean that it shouldn’t be discussed and openly talked about. I just mean that the amount of programmes obsessed with scaremongering people about being too thin really is quite out of hand. Channel 4 are quite guilty of this. They are constantly advertising a new programme about some vulnerable underweight teenager. Really, what is our obsession with everyone’s weight?

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Top Ten Blogs For Journalists.

By Amy Louise Grant, Chris Martin and Michael Millar.


TMZ. Often is the first to break the news and although is not always correct, sparks more attributed journalists to begin to research the topic of discussion. For example on the day that Michael Jackson died, TMZ was first to report it which was then covered on BBC News. Many news channels will often report on breaking news from TMZ before the news has been confirmed from another source, this is risky for the channel but with TMZ becoming a more credible source, it is a worthy risk to take if it will increase their viewer numbers.

The Huffington Post. For any journalist this blog proves to be a useful reminder of the importance of appeal. The rating system of this blog shows how people are reacting to your work. Post something that is untrue, uninteresting or saturated in bias will result in your reputation being tainted. So this drives home the point that journalists are writing for an audience.

The BBC. Very useful for journalists. The many bloggers of the BBC Blog site show how journalists can walk the line between blogging and journalism. It demonstrates how a Journalist can maintain their reputation and integrity whilst still creating an interesting read that they may not otherwise be able to showcase.

Bad Science. Shows the importance of getting your facts straight. It takes down the hyperbole of tabloid journalism and shows how your work is always under the microscope. It also allows the population to better critique the press and question what they have been given as fact.

Guido Fawkes . Shows how small leads and rumour can lead to bigger stories. Blogging exists as a great platform to publish rumour. And whether true or false rumours are often revealing.

The Hype Machine . Shows how blogging proves to be a diverse method of integrating media. It shows how blogging is moving with the digital age to create a more immersive experience of reading opinion pieces. For example a music review within The Guardian would not allow you to hear the reviewed piece of music. Through The Hype Machine, bloggers can embed audio to give you a better understanding of their opinion.

Popbitch. Shows the wide scale of writing that can exist in blogs. For everybody who is interested in high brow opinionated economics blogs there are blogs like Popbitch to give gossip stories. Blogging is for everyone.

Al Jazeera  With it being more critical of western media this blog shows how blogging comes from a wide range of perspective based on location.

Stockerblog This blog offers an insight into economic news, without too much complex jargon. This makes the often complicated financial news much easier for everyone to understand.

The Guardian Blog This blog is fantastic for journalists as its objective and not too subjective.

A Scary New Development In Scamming

By Amy Louise Grant

Telephone and email scams are becoming more and more common as I’m sure most people reading this article will have, at some point or another, received an email or phone call, supposedly from their bank asking to verify their details, when in fact it is a fraudster looking to gain access to your account. However, there is a new scam that is more dangerous than any other.

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Review on Twitter

By Amy Louise Grant


Twitter is a social media website designed to allow users from around the world to express their views on different topics in short statements of 140 characters or less. It was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey who had the idea of using a type of text messaging that allowed people to communicate with a small group of others. Over the past few years, Twitter has gained rapidly in popularity with everyone from celebrities to politicians noticing the potential it has to communicate their opinions to the mass market or encourage them to purchase products that they endorse. Continue reading

The flickr Uprising

by Morag Robertson

Flickr is a social networking site that I only recently discovered. Before started my course on journalism, I never properly considered any social networking sites other than sites such as Tumblr, Twitter, Bebo and, of course, the infamous Facebook. Up until now I didn’t full understand the definition of ‘social networking’; I only thought that social networking sites were places that you would communicate, through words, with other people. It turns out that I was very wrong.

The definition of ‘social networking’ from wikipedia–  ‘A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationship, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.’

Flickr is a social networking site that allows you to post your own pictures on any subject, varying from personal pictures of your family, to pictures of flowers you found on a walk through a meadow. Therefore, flickr was one of these many sites that I had just passed over, never thinking much of it as I am not a keen photographer of any sort. However, when I became an avid user of another social networking site, tumbler, I noticed that flickr had made its mark on many people on this site.

Naive to the fact that flickr is one of the most up and coming social networking sites, used by a wide age range and different social groups, I clicked on the links I had found on people’s blogs, and found myself enveloped by a whole world of imagery that I did not know existed. With this having grabbed my attention, I searched through tumblr some more, determined to find out if flickr was something I’d been missing out on.

As it turns out, I had been missing out. Flickr is not only used as a means of posting pictures to that one site to share with other people snapshots into your life; it’s also used as a means of connecting the two social networking sites of tumblr and flickr, as people used flickr links to animate their online blogs on tumblr.

Maybe I’m the only one that has been completely oblivious to the growing community of flickr, but at least I know now that it is definitely a social networking site to be aware of.

Flickr Review

by Christopher Martin

Flickr is an image and video sharing website used by many millions of web users around the world. In fact the site has over 50 million registered users, who have uploaded 6 billion images, this speaks volumes about the popularity of the site. So why is it such a popular tool used by so many across the globe? Well to begin with the site is completely free and very simple to use. Navigating and browsing the site seems almost second nature to new users. It’s site seems very straightforward, the interface the site uses is quick and easy to negotiate, and that makes the tagging and organizing of photos very easy. For casual users the site is a fantastic tool for sharing images and videos to friends and family, but for people in a professional capacity, such as journalists, the site can be a great asset. It can mean journalists are able to upload content in a matter of seconds and distribute to their audience a link which they are then able to access. Therefore visual information can be spread and shared very quickly. Continue reading