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

This was our third live YouTube stream as second years in our second semester. Despite quite a few members of the course being absent today, I think that the show went smoothly in terms of technical aspects, filming shots and presenters. Although there was technical difficulties with the audio on a few of the VT’s, 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 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 reading up on the stories 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 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. 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 out 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

This week our JLDN live video broadcast covered a range of stories from university strikes to sex education. On the whole, this weeks news day was not our strongest as a course. 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/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 away from them. 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. 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. Therefore, 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. 

During the live stream, the two-way reporter with Saf went smooth as well as the social media segment and the discussion with the sofa guest, James. The VT’s also covered a wide range of stories such as university strikes, mobile gaming and e-Sports. 



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. 




Live Show Review 16/11/17

This weeks show was our fourth show as second year students. All together, the show ran smoothly in terms of production, presenters and the editorial team. As the second week in our specified roles, everyone had settled into them well, due to this everyone was able to perform their role to a high standard. 

This week, I was assistant website editor along with James Middleton who was the main website editor. We spent the day finalising all the articles from last week making sure that SEO and house standards were all ok. We also gathered all the stories from the day which featured in the live show as well as the stories from the on the day reporters. We both ensured the videos were attached to the post as well as creating galleries for the photography students pictures.