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To beer or not to beer? – Average price of pints set to rise

International research has showed that global warming may cause a decline in barley production one of the key ingredients to making which would affect the price and consumption in 34 regions. A rise in the global temperature and an increased risk of drought in some areas would have a knock-on effect worldwide.  Researchers based in the US, China, Mexico and the University of East Anglia creat...

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For what it’s worth; profile of an incognito drug dealer

“This isn’t by any means the way I thought I’d support my family, but my children need to be raised and I’ll do whatever I need to do to see them happy.” Charlie, (as he is referred to by his clients) works as a childcare assistant, just outside of London. He works to support his wife and two children. The pay is poor and in order to sustain their happiness and financial security, he deals and sel...

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Angry residents start petition against council’s sudden car park closure

SE16’s Tenda Road car park closure has sparked angry residents to start a petition against the council’s plans.  The car park, once accommodating upwards of fifty cars at a time for local residents and workers, is now set to be used for council housing. Despite providing prior notice of the project to the area’s residents, the council failed to provide alternative parking provision for driver...

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Immersive technology; the new ‘8D audio’ fad

The opportunity to use immersive technology is being seized by journalists who are seeking new and unique ways to communicate their stories to the public. Of the Knight Foundations’ 11 chosen projects, one that particularly stands out is the ‘Spatial and Head-Locked Stereo Audio for 360 Journalism by NPR’. The new ‘Twitter-fad’ is to listen to ‘8D audioR...

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Southwark Council bag first prize in National Transport Awards

Southwark Council have won the National Authority of the Year award for transport despite facing cuts in funding by the government. The council have been recognised for their ‘Movement Plan‘ that aims to double the number of cyclists on the roads by 2028. This target is set to cost £30m and would lead to over 80,000 trips by bike made in the borough each day. Richard Livingstone, cabin...

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The growth of citizen journalism

The growth in today’s Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram led world has provided a platform for the public to publish their own news; citizen journalism. Unlike traditional journalists, the public are under no obligation to adhere to the moral and ethical rules of a higher news corporation. Mobile phones allow anyone to photograph, record and write content to publish online. They give a platform...

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Southwark Council turns to public in new ‘Movement Plan’

Southwark Council’s new ‘Movement Plan’ is set to have a major impact upon transport routes and developments in Southwark over the next 20 years. The councils’ aims include managing space, and improving community wellbeing; they have produced an online survey in order to hear what the public has to say regarding these developments. Southwark Youth Advisors have been talking to members of the South...

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How mobile news gathering is changing journalism

The growth of mobile news is becoming prevalent in today’s society due to decreasing levels of concentration, and increasing levels of competition between online news outlets.  News titles or headlines are usually accompanied by a small video showing the news story to capture the viewers attention before they even have time to read the headline.  Some news stories do not even have writin...

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Peter Hugo’s ‘Portraits of Reconciliation’; a photographic analysis

A particular photograph that stood out to me was one in which a lady sat with her family’s killer behind, after having forgiven him and allowing him to work for her. Cansilde Kampundu’s crossed arms and tired eyes show the pain and suffering she has gone through. She has clearly suffered many years of grief and heartache but has evidently reached a stage of forgiveness in her life, in ...

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Borough apartments in the way of angry residents

“A boutique collection of just eight studio, one and two bedroom apartments and a fabulous three bedroom duplex penthouse positioned in the heart of Borough.” Despite plans for completion in Summer 2018, these “luxury interiors” are still set to finish before 2019. Local residents have expressed their views concerning the delayed opening. Situated on the Borough High Street, these studio apartment...

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The art of saving money; London’s Bankside Gallery

It is often said that the best things in life are free. Currently exhibiting The National Original Print Exhibition, London’s free admission Bankside Gallery offers a myriad of mixed-media art; flitting abruptly between replicas of post-war, moody and magnetic block prints, into the likes of modern day contemporary, soft and sophisticated lino-cut masterpieces. Despite its location in one of...

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Social medias’ filter bubbles

After examining my social media news feed, it is plainly obvious that there are many filter bubbles and echo chambers in which I fall into. Firstly, there is definitely a high coverage of celebrity news on Snapchat. The Kardashians appear a lot, along with fashion, arts and music. There is no politically or scientifically governed content at all.  This is rather different from Twitter, howeve...

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Significant developments of the Reuters Digital News Report 2018

The multi-faceted nature of modern technology allows for rapid globalisation of the news amongst modern developing societies. People are able to actively switch on mobile notifications to receive alerts for areas of the news that affect them greatest for whatever reason (e.g. spatially or occupationally) and are subsequently able to stay informed about such stories. This level of specialisation, w...

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Allow me to introduce myself…

Should you stumble upon this particular post whilst lost amongst the ‘www-dot’ (so to speak), then hey! Welcome to my WordPress site; allow me to introduce myself… My name is Arun. I am a first year journalist student at London South Bank University. This site aims to act as an online portfolio of my written content, whether it be articles concerning the (often unprecedented) cho...

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