Do voters care about local issues or Brexit?

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Whilst many politicians are avoiding the topic of Brexit throughout their campaigns and are focusing on local problems such as bin collections, housing and council tax it seems that the voters have differing priorities. 

Elections and voting seem to be of high priority on everyones agenda lately and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon with the English local elections taking place on Thursday 3rd May 2018. All seats which are currently held by London Boroughs are up for election meaning that the public could see a huge change in the dynamics of their local politicians. 

During the local election periods it is common to see politicians asking the public what they really want and care about in order to fulfil everyone’s community desires. Although this is still happening, a lot of local MP’s have come to the realisation that local issues have not been of high priority with the dreaded Brexit deal being the main topic on everyone’s mind. This has resulted in a divide of priorities between those campaigning and voters. 

Mary Parkinson, a resident in the London borough of Southwark said, “We cannot ignore Brexit, it’s all we hear about every day and it’s the main story in the news constantly, so of course when it comes to voting my choice is going to reflect my views on Brexit and what I want when the deal is finalised. Whilst I understand that local MP’s should also focus on local issues, I do believe that this can be focused on once Brexit has been dealt with, it is a lesser problem which does not affect as many people. Brexit has a more impactful effect on my financial stability than a local election will.”

However, Dulwich based MP, James Barber has a high focus of the surrounding environment, housing issues and many other local issues throughout his campaign. Speaking of his prime concerns in the upcoming elections he said, “London crime statistics are soaring at this moment in time so we should be focusing on how to target this, local communities are all part of the final bigger picture… if nothing is done about the problems our city is facing soon, we will end up in a bad situation. We need people to have the same mindset as they did in 2012, we are again living in a vicious crime crisis and the statistics prove just that.”

Furthering this he explains the main priorities in his parties campaign, “First things first, police funding needs to be addressed, but that is only a small part of the problem. Others include transport, youth services, public safety, affordable housing and much more.” 

Only 27.2% of Dulwich voters chose to leave the EU, meaning that the majority remain unhappy with the final vote. With this in mind, it is of no shock that locals are highly concerned about what outcome will be a result of the deal. However, local MP’s have stressed the importance of focusing on local matters. 

Do age restrictions on games mean anything?

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With the recent rise in popularity of Microsoft engineered game Fortnite, many parents are highlighting the risks and effects in which video games can have on young impressionable children. Nicola Coaker reports

Fortnite is a game which has multiple aims, the main one being that the player is a commander of one of many bases, charged with going out of the storm shield to find resources, survivors, and other allies to help expand their storm shield and find a way to return Earth to its normal state.

Whilst the game has been labelled with an age restriction of twelve years old, access to the game from underage users is relatively easy. One mother in particular spoke to the presenters of ITV’s This Morning to speak about the change of her ten year old’s personality since playing the game. She continues to express her concern and says that the game should be banned. 

However, with this not being a rare case in which a child is playing a game under the age of the legal age restriction, many have spoke on the issue, debating whether it’s a parenting fault or the game company’s fault. 

We spoke to a student at London South Bank University who said, “There are online parenting agency’s and things like that which mean that parents can monitor their child’s gaming and internet history, so they are the people in control of the children’s choices.”

Another student also said, “I don’t think that it is fair that the mum is saying her child has played it and therefore it should be shutdown. Erm, hello? Where were you as a parent to stop them playing it.”

It seems to be a common case that parents don’t take the legal age restrictions of games into consideration when purchasing them for their child. Whether this is down to parental choices or company restrictions is a huge ongoing debate. 

Live News Day Review – 12/03/18

On Monday  12th March 2018 we streamed our third live YouTube broadcast as second years in our second semester. Despite quite a few members of the course being absent on this day, I think that the show went smoothly in terms of filming shots and presenters. Although, there was technical difficulties with the audio on a few of the VT’s, however the quality of the rest of the show made up for this. 

This week, my role was social media presenter. I worked alone to chose my stories and decide which web pages to have open during the live broadcast. The stories which I chose due to them being some of the top trending topics on social media were as follows: Ken Dodd’s death, Rihanna being the first woman to surpass 2 billion streams and Commonwealth day. Whilst previous presenters chose to write their script on the whiteboard behind the camera and read from this, I chose not to do so and instead improvise as it looks more natural and saves confusion. Once researching the stories and gaining some background knowledge, I felt confident in presenting them. I also plugged the Journalism London Instagram page at the end of my segment. 

As a whole, this week there was no noticeable audio or technical problems on the live show apart from on the VT’s with such a strong production team on the desk. Although some of the VT packages had audio problems, this was most probably a result of the wrong exporting settings. Jacob and Remeka worked well together as a team as they fed off each others energy and made sure to mention the technical difficulties, apologising for each after they had happened. Angela also did well as a bulletins editor to cover the death of Hubert de Givenchy with such short notice. Our guest, Jamie seemed very comfortable on camera and gave well informed answers, whilst our sofa reporter Emma also appeared very informed on her chosen topic. 

This week, unfortunately we had technical difficulties in our VT group meaning that our files became corrupted and we were unable to save them despite spending quite a lot of time out filming and gathering out content. Theo tried his best to recover the files by researching the problem and even visiting a computer shop, but even with a good effort we were unable to do so. Our VT covered women in gaming as we took on the role of the eSports VT group this week. 

Live News Day Review – 05/03/18

On the 5th March 2018, our sixth live show of the second semester was broadcast live on YouTube. This week, our JLDN broadcast covered a range of stories from university strikes to sex education. On the whole, this week’s news day was not our strongest as a group. Throughout the show we had a range of technical difficulties from sound, to the wrong cameras being in shot and the auto cue being too slow or fast. However, with this being said I think that the presenters and people in production did the best that they could have done to recover from these situations. 

This week, my role was the bulletins presenter and I worked alongside Sidney who was the bulletins editor. I curated the stories which I wanted to cover during the bulletins which were as follows: Theresa May’s speech on public housing, Bradley Wiggins drug doping reveal and the Oscars. I felt as though these stories were a good mix, with the Oscars being a light-hearted one for the ending. 

For this YouTube stream, the director, Nick chose to change the position of the sofa presenters for the first half of the show meaning that I was sat to the side of them on a table rather than being in my own position. I felt that with me being at the side, it didn’t look as professional as it would have if I was in my own position or sat between them. Also, due to a technical difficulty with the first two VT’s this meant that I had to present the bulletins earlier than I thought, therefore the auto cue was not yet up to my script. As a result, I was required to read from the printed script for the first story and then I transitioned into the auto cue for the second and third. Another problem which arose during my segment came down due to the person who was controlling the VFX, none of the stills which popped-up on screen during the bulletins section covered the screen in the right timings. The picture of Theresa May showed up before I had started reading this story and the Oscars picture showed up on screen three times. As well as this, at the end of the bulletins in which I chose to interact with Theo and Mahria, the audio was very low making the conversation very difficult to hear. 

During the live stream, the two-way reporter with Saf went smooth although the audio wasn’t the best quality. The lighting of the social media segment could have been improved, but Olivia presented the stories well. The sofa guest, James was very informative and had a lot of good interaction with Theo who gave good eye contact and reactions. The ending of the show wasn’t the best as there wasn’t a clear ending and the end credits did not show at all. 

As a content group, this week we covered the story of KFC having a chicken shortage, our VT was not used in the live show. To put an alternative spin on the story, we tried out a vegan chicken alternative and shot a filming sequence from walking into the shop to sitting down with the food after ordering. Apart from the jump cuts and some audio errors which occurred due to the editing, I felt that this was a strong VT. My VT group’s roles this week were as follows: I was presenter and assisted Alice with the filming, Alice was cameraman and video editor and Maddie was the overall editor. 


Shocking gender pay gap figures are revealed

Tesco shop floor employee.

With the deadline for big companies to publish their employee pay statistics coming up at the beginning of April, many companies come under threat of legal action as huge gender pay gaps are revealed. Nicola Coaker reports

British multinational grocery story, Tesco is the latest company to be exposed of the findings which is estimated to cost them up to £4 billion. The law firm which will act upon the employees general rights says that up to 2,000 Tesco workers could benefit from the claim.

The pay gap comes from a pay difference between the men working in the distribution centre’s who are said to earn approximately £11 an hour and women who work on the shop floor earning only £9 an hour.

Law student, Lorenzo Agosto, explained the process of calculating the gender pay gap in big companies such as tesco, “The Equality Act 2010… means that companies should calculate their employee pay data through the mean and median of both their hourly pay and bonus pay. They should also calculate the proportion of both genders who receive a pay rise as well as the proportion who are on higher pay bands.” 

Whilst a Tesco employee who wishes to remain anonymous said “To be honest, on the shop floor we all get the same pay… the people who work in the distribution centres get more than people on the shop floor but that’s understandable because they’re doing a lot of heavy lifting. I wouldn’t say that it affects me at all”. 

Under the Equal Pay Act 1970, and more recently, the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman. This applies to all employers, no matter how small. However, the new law means that only companies with over 250 employees are required to submit their figures before April. 

The Fawcett Society, a group which campaigns for equality, says that parenting responsibilities can be a huge factor which affects the pay. As women are most commonly the gender who will care for young children or elderly relatives it results in women being the gender most likely to work part-time. This means that their jobs will often be lower paid and due to less hours in work each week, they will have fewer opportunities for progression.