The sound of the back door banging shut wakes the golden beauty from her sleepy existence. Yawning, she allows a soft growl to escape her mouth. Regaining consciousness, she cocks her head to one side and her ears rise in alert. Where has he gone? Getting to her feet with creaking bones, she leaves the blissful place where she had last felt his touch against her silky coat. Without hesitation she goes to retrieve his soggy slipper from her basket and sits by the door. With wagging tail and baited breath the golden retriever waits, waits to feel whole again.
As I had never used Twitter before this assignment it took a while to get used to the routine of tweeting. Throughout the process I developed a greater interest in the subjects I was tweeting about, and in the end I didn’t just see it as a something I had to do for the assignment but found it an interesting and informative exercise.
Joining Twitter at the time that I did gave me an insight into how efficiently social media is able to spread breaking news to the masses. With regards to the Christchurch and Tokyo earthquakes, Twitter became a powerful tool, people who were first-hand experiencing the disasters could inform the public quickly while others could retweet this information to ensure the news would spread. I feel using Twitter and other social media sites in this manner is a great way to keep everyone constantly updated on a variety of current affairs.
I found the process of blogging an interesting exercise. I provided a variety of posts on my site which would inform and entertain the reader, from discussing the different roles of social media sites and how journalists are using these as a tool, to the success of comic relief and how the money raised broke the news headlines. With efficient links to websites and news articles, the posts attempt to further the reader’s knowledge on a particular subject. For example the post labelled, “Emma Watson: Striving through the fashion world”, provides links to Emma Watson’s website and the People Tree website. These give a further indication about Emma Watson on a personal level, her as a designer, and an insight into fair trade clothing on a wider perspective. I found it important to provide a variety of links to give the reader a further understanding on the subject area and to give an insight into why I am blogging about it at this particular moment in time.
I intend to carry on blogging after this assignment because I find it an enjoyable experience and a great way to interact with the general public.
The £3.8 million pound investment of Kimmeridge House seems to be paying off as students revel in the advanced projection and sound system which feature in the newest and largest lecture theatre on campus.
Students have commented on how the spacious layout of the largest room, consisting of 308 seats, has helped them to concentrate in lectures. In a survey, the majority of Bournemouth University students used the words “comfortable” and “spacious” to describe their experience. Kimmeridge House, which opened for lectures in January, has provided the students with three more lecture theatres and flexible sized seminar rooms. Head of Student Services, Mandi Barron says the building has significantly increased capacity which was “much needed”.
The students are also benefiting from the excellent surround sound system and high specification digital projection. Head of Estate Management, Keith Bowes says the aim of the development “was to give better facilities to our students”. This has been achieved as students admit the 70 speakers and 15-foot wide high definition screen has made their lectures a more exciting and enjoyable experience.
Last year, disgruntled students voiced their displeasure regarding the 12 month construction that disrupted their lectures to the Student Union. However, now there seems to be a change of heart as the majority of students have said the development was worth both the time and money. Media student Nicola Barnes says: “every building should look this stylish to modernise the university!”
It is not just students that are benefiting, but the modernity is also enhancing the appeal of Bournemouth University. The demand of such technology will inevitably open up opportunities of hosting non-academic activities in Kimmeridge House. Mandi adds: “the sound system is state of the art” and is “suitable for concerts and other events where excellent sound quality is essential.”
With the exception of minor complaints from the students about the building being cold and some dislike for the tables, Kimmeridge House is given the thumbs up. The “state of the art” facilities are set to attract some enthusiasm from future students.
I’ve always enjoyed watching Comic Relief, a Friday night of entertainment and comedy, watching celebrities as they make fools of themselves all for a good cause. Watching the comedy sketches involving James Corden and Miranda Hart were particular highlights for me this year, and for days after people were raving on twitter about their favourite celebrities that graced the show.
However this year I felt a sense of guilt for not donating the entire contents of the money in my bank to Comic Relief, and I have a feeling Davina McCall would probably still not be impressed…well I am a student nearing the end of term so I wouldn’t be surprised about that one.
According to the BBC news, this year’s Comic Relief, which was aired on Friday 18th March and currently available to view on BBC I player, broke the record for the highest amount of donations raised in the 23 year the show has been on.
I do wonder how many of those people who donated did it out of the kindness of their heart or because they, like me, were forced out of guilt. This approach was endorsed throughout the night by celebrities and presenters on the show which cleverly racked in an amazing figure of £74.3 million for charity.
But at the end of the day, the money is helping to save innocent lives and if making peole feel guilty is an effective way to get money then keep doing it… Comic Relief, expect a phone call from me at the same time next year!
Another record was broken through the efforts of Comic Relief as Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave ran the longest ever marathon radio DJ show. BBC informs us that the Guinness was broken at 8.30 on the morning of 18th March, passing the 51.5-hour mark.
It’s not to late to donate to Comic Relief , you can show your support by contributing through the Red Nose Day website, or take a look round the site to catch up on what you missed!
There are many types of features including Q&A interviews, the profile, lifestyle, how-to-do-it, opinion columns and news features. these all differentiate in their narrative, and some are more opinion-based, however they all have a focus on the topic they are writing about.
Looking at a lifestyle feature taken from the Independent, the stand first determines what the article is going to be about which informs the reader. In this particular feature: Meals on the bus: Food vans are getting a gourmet makeover, the stand first includes the byline. In the opening paragraph it sets the scene and is very colourful in its description – the language used shows the difference in the conventions of a feature from those of a news story. it is written in first person, which gives the feature a lighter tone. However this isn’t to say it’s not a ‘trustworthy’ source, background knowledge on the business of Daddy Donkey is supplied, and information into the food industry is backed up with sources.
Research into the food van culture has clearly been investigated, the journalist informs the reader about this trend in America, and the success of other specific food vans catering for this emerging demand. It’s not just employees of Daddy Donkey which have been quoted, Petra Barron, the owner of Choc Star Van comments on Daddy Donkey’s success and the growing popularity of this trend. A feature incorporates a wider background into its particular focus, different from a news story, which is clear in this example.
Whereas a news story ends when all information has been disclosed, the feature is tailored to the particular focus and is more lenient in its structure. in this example, journalist; Alice-Azania Jarvis finishes her article by briefly reviewing ‘Britain’s best food trucks’. This engages the reader through Jarvis’s recommendations and invite the reader to experiment.