How is The Telegraph using Snapchat?

thoroughlyreviewed.comThe Telegraph was the first quality UK news source to join Snapchat Discover. The Telegraph on Snapchat is seen to attract many more people of the younger generation that use Snapchat to interest them of current events in the news.

The Telegraph uses Snapchat to demonstrate that news is important and this is done by using pictures and the news story but in short, almost like the Telegraph story is displaying a news story, in brief to give Snapchat users awareness of what is going on, we can say that this is a good idea as we know long form of journalism is dying out and short storytelling is becoming more popular as readers now want stories with the main information in short.

The type of stories the Telegraph publish on Snapchat is stories that they think would mainly attract the younger generation, the Telegraph’s key aims were brand awareness and content engagement. The Telegraph had wanted to produce news content that was very important in the news, but they also wanted to let the audience have opinions about specific topics and have insights of things such as domestic and world events.

Jasper Fulcher who is the Snapchat editor for the Telegraph said that during the election ‘coverage of the election on Snapchat drive more than 1 million unique viewers to the edition, more 60% of them in the 13 to 24 age range’. Therefore, The Telegraph are attracting the younger demographic more as they are raising awareness as Snapchat is a popular social media platform mainly used by the younger demographic.

Is mobile news gathering changing Journalism?

Mobile news over the last few years has slowly started to increase. We can say that mobile news gathering is also slowly changing journalism.

Van Damme K said, “these mobile news outlets/products do seem to increasingly infiltrate the daily lives of mobile audiences who were previously disengaged with news”. Therefore, we can say that mobile news gathering is changing Journalism in a positive way as it is engaging people to become more interested in the news, which is allowing Journalists to produce digital Journalism as it’s becoming more higher in popularity and the audience are always going to be expecting new news, this means that Journalism is not becoming extinct as more people are wanting news. Mobile news is quick and easy to read, and it keeps users updated on their phones by sending them notifications of news that is popular and classified as very important and big.

Mobile news gathering in one way is changing journalism in a negative way as print journalism is in a massive decline. Newspapers are not sold as much due to new technology and online forms of Journalism such as mobile journalism. Therefore, it is changing journalism as newspapers will slowly become extinct and audiences such as newer generations will rely on reading the news via apps, TV and podcasts.

In conclusion, we can argue mobile news gathering to an extent is changing journalism but it’s changing it for the better as mobile news keeps audiences updated throughout the whole day and other forms of Journalism such as print becomes old news within a few hours of the day it has been published on.

Portraits of Reconciliation

20 years after the Genocide in Rwanda, reconciliation still happens one encounter at a time.

The portrait that I had looked at was of Godefroid Mudaheranwa who was perpetrator and Evasta Mukanyandwi, the survivor. Both characters have very revealing expressions and personal to me they seem to look and feel very angry, upset and annoyed by looking at their facial expressions. The survivor Evasta, almost looks like she is thinking of questioning the authority as to why they are making men do nasty things to women and their families.

From reading the story, it had made it clearer that Godefroid had wanted to reconcile with Evasta as he had regretted what he did to the survivor, as she said in the story, she ‘used to hate him’ but now she says, ‘when I cry for help, he comes to rescue me’. It’s almost as if Godefroid maybe only helps her out of sympathy and guilt of what he previously did to her house and his intentions of killing her children by hurting her.

From their body language in the photo we can tell that both characters are not entirely close to each other as they are standing a bit of a distance away from each other also, they are both standing straight and looking at the camera for the photograph. Therefore, the portrait of reconciliation shows that even though they have reconciled both characters are not happy and living the best lives as they both have stern looks on their faces.

Southwark Neighbourhood Fund 2019/20

Southwark applications for neighbourhood funds 2019/20 are currently open until noon on the 22nd October 2018, so apply quick!

The neighbourhood fund has £630,000 to spend on community projects, that local residents can put forward applications to improve the area they are living in.

Projects must be ward based within the community Council area. If applications from local residents living in the area get approved by Southwark Council then projects will take place between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020. The work needed to be done must be within the £500-£5,000 mark.

Applications made cannot be made by any organisations and any business/profit making organisations. If you are a local resident living in Southwark and you know what you want to improve, make sure you remember to put in an application before the 22nd October 2018, otherwise applications will not be considered.

Good luck!

Editorial issues from the use of analytics

The editorial issues arising from the use of analytics in newsrooms and the need for quick updates on news stories is that they have to keep up-to-date regularly and this can be many times during the day.

The editors have to monitor and measure the entry rate and the exit rate of specific pages on their website so that they know which news to present first in importance and which news should be on the bottom of the website as least important. This can be an editorial issue as if they don’t keep the news stories updated then people will not be interested in visiting the website and reading different news stories.

BuzzFeed has it’s own technology that captures how their stories are spreading on the social web which is called Pound. It also claims that Pound is capable of processing over 10,000 web requests per second. Therefore, this system allows BuzzFeed to always keep updated at all times which is vital in Journalism as news drives repeat visits to the website.

The Times news also have something similar to what BuzzFeed have and this is called Stela. Stela counts 1,300 monthly users, including the marketing and product staffers. The data is pulled in from The Times news desktops and mobile devices as well as part of The Times’ mobile app.

Southwark’s estate resident’s association are boycotting the council review

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On Wednesday 10thOctober 2018, estate residents decided to boycott the council review due to a lack of communication and not making residents living in Southwark aware of any work that is happening and whether the residents oppose or approve of it.

It is revealed that the review’s chair will bring in £12,600 for just two months work. The Southwark group of Tenants and Residents Organisations (STGO) believe that the council have not liaised with members in the sector and decisions have been made quietly. For more information on this, there will be a public meeting on Wednesday 17thOctober 2018 at St. Peters Church, Walworth at 6: 30p.m calling on the estate residents association living across Southwark so that they can ‘bury’ the review, it will be held with Sian Berry the London Assembly member.

Filter bubbles and Echo chambers

One of my social media accounts that I had used to examine my newsfeed to identify any possible filter bubbles and echo chambers was Instagram. I had found that I was in a filter bubble as I mainly use my Instagram to watch and view posts mainly from beauty bloggers and I mainly search for makeup and hair videos, therefore, every time I open up Instagram there is a section where you can search and it already has a place that’s just ‘for you’ and has content that only I would be interested in seeing and liking it. This is also an echo chamber as it’s only in my social circle and Instagram automatically has things for me to see. I always access Instagram on my phone, the app works compatibly to my phone which makes it easy for me to use the app, also because it’s on my phone I always receive notifications as soon as someone posts something on their account. Therefore, I am in a filter bubble and echo chamber as I don’t see the broader topics which are also able to view by anyone on Instagram such as Politics, Sport, Cooking etc. I can however to a certain extent, I can escape this filter bubble by exploring more on Instagram so that the social media platform is aware that I am interested in more than beauty.

The life and art of Wolfgang Tillmans

The profile is written by Emily Witt and she explains a series of life events that Wolfgang Tillmans has experienced and Witt explains the story and meaning of TIllmans art. The writer of this profile Emily Witt uses lots of different writing techniques to make the profile interesting for readers to read, also the profile is written in paragraphs which allows the readers to understand the context of the profile.  The Profile is almost like an autobiography and more like a story, also the profile is written in long form journalism. An example of writing techniques the writer has used the most is adjectives and pronouns which are seen as essential for the readers to almost depict an image. Witt describes Tillmans in a lot of depth and uses lots of information about the stories behind Tillmans photography. The impression the writer is creating towards the reader is clear due to the use of quotes that have been added by the writer Witt and have actually been said by Wolfgang Tillmans.

How Digital Developments Change Journalism

Digital developments is the main culprit of the reason as to why news storytelling is in decline and it has changed journalism over the last few years. Ben MacIntyre from The Times says ‘the internet is liberating us from the formulaic structures and scaffolding the media uses to tell stories’. In my opinion Ben MacIntyre is quite right as the internet is swaying people away from reading things such as newspapers and print journalism is slowly in decline which is a problem for Journalists as the industry will become a lot more smaller, in this way news will only be read online, watched on TV and listened to on podcasts. It’s already blatantly obvious that stories in print have begun to be written shorter due to the internet having more information. Nicholas Carr’s article supports this as he states “the more they use the web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing”. Due to digital developments, tablet computers and apps are changing everything and it’s believed Amazon Kindles and iPads will become the commonplace way of consuming long form journalism. Therefore, we can summarise that due to digital developments, journalism is changing in many different ways and traditional media may face a difficult transition as they have been heavily reliant on advertising revenue and for instance magazine and newspaper sales.