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Was the worst day of certain people’s lives, the best business deal for others?

In the months of June and October of 2017, Portugal saw its national greenery go down by 10%. Were these fires a natural disaster or a lucrative business? At around 2.43 pm on Saturday, June 17, the fire alert was given in Pedrógão Grande, Leiria. At this point no one knew the fire was about to consume over 128,494,8 acres worth of national forest. Prior to the fires, between 2000 and 2017, 1...

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“No child should be held back because they bleed”

A recent survey revealed that 7% of schoolgirls in the UK missed 5 days of school last year because they couldn’t afford sanitary products. Francisca Silva reports. We already knew that menstruation was the reason why girls in Africa did not go to school three to seven days a month. Countries such as Uganda or Kenya had already established that as a problem which undermined girls’ scho...

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Is the pill yesterday’s method of contraception?

The Pill is known to have contributed to the death of over 553 years since it was first sold to the public Even though more than 50 years have passed, the pill has barely changed. Can this be affecting millennials’ opinions on the so beloved contraceptive miracle? Francisca Silva reports. According to the NHS, the number of women using the pill between 2005 and 2013 dropped by more than 13 p...

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Things will only get stranger from here

Strangers Things, the original Netflix show that left everyone craving for more, is now back after a long year of waiting and came just in time for Halloween. After airing season two on October 27, the official reviews are just starting to come in and, so far, they seem to be promising. In the first season, fans were left on a high end. They were promised an even bigger, better and stronger p...

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Live show feedback

19 October 2017 | 1st show | Week 4 As for the first live show, I wasn’t given a specific role, however, I still had a VT to work on. I and my VT Team went to Waterloo Road to some get Vox Pops and interviews about the new Smart Strawberry Benches. We filmed for over 3 days and Emma edited everything in one afternoon. I did all the shots with my own camera and helped Nick getting people...

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Elephant and Castle shopping centre might be living its final days

What started as a rumour almost 20 years ago is now getting closer to become a reality. Will 2019 be the final date for the demolition of the so loved Elephant and Castle shopping centre? Ahmed, who owns a small stall inside the shopping, doesn’t believe in it. “Every time they’ve delayed it another 3 years. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but they’re probably going to move u...

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Getting to ‘The Altar’ with Banks | Album Review

With a female empowering message and a touch of femininity, The Altar is the second album released by the American singer and songwriter Banks. After Goddess had shown us how painful and hopeless relationships can be, we are now taken to The Altar where ‘mind games‘ and self-love go great together. Released in October 2016, the record is everything everyone was expecting. ...

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“We don’t feel welcome anymore”

Skaters are facing problems in Canada Water plaza as the place is starting to be dangerous for them and the local community. (Skaters at the plaza) With the closest skate park in SE1, the lovers of this sport see themselves forced to use the Canada Water plaza. The SE16 community complains that “it’s not very nice to see these young people using the bins in Canada Water plaza...

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“Love, break, and learn what else are you young for?”

With a powerful message of live life and “hurt whilst you can”, Dodie released her first ever EP Intertwined and held a launch party at the Youtube Space in order to celebrate it. Dodie Clark is a 21-years-old British musician and YouTuber, known for her ukelele covers and original songs. She has 2 channels and about 400 videos in total. Whereas on her main channel she posts ...

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WHY TWITTER MATTERS FOR MEDIA ORGANISATIONS by Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger is, without a doubt, a Twitter fan. Therefore, he gave us some reasons to believe that the social media has great potential, not only for personal use but also as a News platform, since everything seems to happen first there. Firstly, the 140-character limit means nothing when the best tweets are in fact, links. If you want to promote something, it is the place where you have a cha...

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PROFILE PITCH: Reverend Kruger de Kock

To begin, my first idea was to profile someone foreign. Someone that, just like me, was living a new life  in the city of London. However, things change. Our plans can’t always go the way we want to but, as journalists, it is our job to accept and embrace that change. As a result, I am now proposing to profile the Minister of Canada Water Church, Reverend Kruger de Kock. For m...

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LET IT BE (2016) film review

Filled with twists, wine and The Beatles, Let It Be, a short film by Bertie Gilbert, follows the story of a couple that cross paths with death, both literally and figuratively. Death (played by Savannah Brown) has an extreme curiosity about life and is desperate to know what it’s like to be alive and all the experiences that come along with it. While performing one of her services as &#...

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London Fashion Week isn’t just a fashion week

When we think about Fashion Week, what almost immediately comes to our minds is people dressed in clothes that cost exorbitant prices. Yet, you only get to see that type of garment if you are either famous or in a work placement, which makes this glorious week more than just a “fashion week”. During these days, there is obviously a lot of this: However, there are always those who ...

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POWER PERFORMANCE: MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING by Tony Silvia and Terry Anzur

Back in the old days, the news was spread by the “newsboys”, selling newspapers and shouting “EXTRA, EXTRA” when a new edition came later that day. The shouting meant there had been a development on a big story so a new paper was being sold. Nowadays, the shouting no longer exists and was replaced with updates on the web. These updates are to be considered as additiona...

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