Plans to scrap the RV1 bus

It is proposed that spring 2019 the RV1 bus will be withdrawn due to a decline in usage.

The RV1 bus goes from Waterloo to Covent Garden serving various landmarks and attractions like the Tower of London, borough market, the shard, and many theatres in London Covent Garden. The RV1 is one of the few hydrogen buses in central London.

Hamish McCallum, the councillor for north Bermondsey wrote a letter to TFL posting it to twitter stating that he felt the statistics for the bus were not fair as the RV1 had gone under major diversions from 2016-2018 and that since the statistics show an increase in usage with an estimated 15000 people using the bus on a weekly basis.

A comment under the post read ‘fewer buses is a good thing bus rides r so unhealthy and depressing’  source/@Kim_lorio


The 9th of November was the last date for people to submit their thoughts to TFL and a final choice is expected to be made and announced in the coming weeks.

How the role of journalists have changed as a result of the advancement in technology

The role of the journalists has really changed and developed over the last 10 years in many ways as a result of technology involving and the creation of social media. 

One of the main changes is the way in which we receive news,  In the past we would have to solely rely on newspapers and television to receive news and there was no such thing as user generated content where as now there is a wide range of platforms to receive news as well as a new wave of journalism known as citizen journalism this is usually in the form of tweets or posts online.

There are some benefits to this new form of journalism, it means that there is now opportunity for everyone to be a journalist and we are not isolated to only receiving information from big news publications. Another big benefit is accuracy with New things like live tweeting there is a lot more reliability in the news as there is often little proof or witnesses to news stories.

As for journalists the rise in technology and social media could be seen as a negative thing because it means that the is not so much of a demand for them or at least in comparison to how it once was of course a journalist working for a news publication can still report own new story but now so can anyone. There is Increasingly a lack of belief in journalism or trust as a result of various different scandals that have happened over the years to do with accuracy and public privacy. 

Local businesses expected to boom as Christmas festival opens

Thousands flock to Southbank as the much loved world known Christmas festival began on Friday and will go on for 6 weeks.It is expected that millions will visit the area in the run up to Christmas meaning local businesses expect to thrive. On average, local businesses in the Southwark boroughs in 2017 made 23% more money in the festive period in comparison to the rest of the year and in 2018 it is expected to rise as the festival is even bigger than last year.

Speaking to the local pub owner, Keith Hill expressed his excitement stating ‘business is really going to boom before Christmas because of the market’.

The winter festival has a range of different stalls selling everything from hand carved wooden wine bottle holders to handmade soaps all located along the waterfront in Southbank and will go on from November 9th till January 6th 2019.








Sexual offences at an all-time high in Southwark

The latest crime figures released by the met online state that Southwark is the fourth highest in London for crime with 5000 more crimes being reported from September 2017-2018 making the total 38000 as opposed to the previous years 33000. One of the most prominent points in the data discloses that there have been 915 sexual offences in the borough with 292 of those being classed as rapes making Southwark the 5th worst in London.

Speaking a resident in the borough area Sarah Jennings stated ‘At night I always have to travel with a friend just to feel safe. I don’t understand why there isn’t more being done to make us feel safe’.

Despite previous statements from the mayor of London that they would be funding the police department a further 2 million pounds, in October Southwark council announced that no further funding to get more police officers on our streets would be granted.

Southwark police department is on average losing a police officer a week and with crime rates only on the rise how far will statistics have to climb before there is change?

Petition to stop event in Southwark park


Southwark park will play host to ‘Alice in winter wonderland’ a Christmas festival from the 21st of November to the 5th of January. The festival features thousands of lights and over 160 giant lanterns in the shape of the characters from Alice in Wonderland that can be seen set up in different scenes as the path is followed, meeting the Christmas market and Santa’s grotto at the end of the trail.

Residents have raised great concerns over the festival stating that they felt it would ‘disrupt them’ with all the noise that the event would create and even have gone as far as to create a petition that has been signed by 500 plus residents in an attempt to put a stop to the festival.

On Southwark council’s website it is stated that only 20% of the park would be used, ‘Mitigation against these potential issues are considered as part of the Event Management Plan’ and that ‘The council ecology officer has examined the plans and is satisfied there will be no negative impact’



The problem with editorial analytics

Analytics- a great way of identifying audiences or encouraging the pursuit of clickbait?

In the last 5 years analytics have become a vital part of the career of journalists particularly in the newsroom where they dictate a large part of editorial analytics. In the past when producing a piece of work a journalist would not have anywhere near as much information on their audiences but now they are able to identify where, how long and even how far down the page a user scrolls.
From the use of analytics the writers dictate what kinds of work they produce so the audience is in full control of what they are reading but the information presented in analytics is not always as useful as we may think for example if a reader is scrolling through an article but then clicks off it to go to cook some food it appears to the analytics that the reader has become bored of the article but that is not always the case, so this information is useful but is it always solely what journalists should go by when deciding what to produce?

Overall the key issues that have arisen from the use of analytics are; that creativity is taken from journalists because they are encouraged to chase clickbait as opposed to producing fulfilling work that lives up to the editorial standards of a publication, journalists do not always know how to use the analytics to help their work and the analytics are not always the answer to identifying audiences.

Saoirse Ronan: teen talent that grew into true stardom

The profile I chose to take a look at was ‘Saoirse Ronan: teen talent that grew into true stardom’ which detailed the life of Saoirse Ronan, her journey to becoming the A list actor she is today and what life was like for her growing up.

The writer went in depth discussing her background as well as her parents with focus on normalising her, detailing her time in school and the jobs that her parents had while she grew up.

The main body of the profile was focused on discussing her achievements and awards in the movies she had been in,  this was done to draw readers in and encourage them to go to watch her most recent movie ‘ladybird’ a coming of age movie about a teenager from Sacramento.

I really enjoyed reading the profile because it gave me a new insight into her life and a lot of information on the kinds of movies she has been in but i half wished that there was more detail in her life growing up so that the reader could feel more connected to the piece


Smart benches causing havoc for residents in Southwark

Strawberry energy piloted 20 solar powered ‘smart’ benches in southwark in 2017, consisting of a wooden bench with a strip like steel structure that wraps around it, 4 built in charging cables and free wifi so that users can charge their phones while they sit all without using any electricity as the solar panel collects and stores energy throughout the day to provide electricity that can be used at night or even in bad weather conditions where there is less light.

Islington council is another borough that installed the smart benches, but were forced to get rid of four out of the five as a result of the benches being a target for anti-social behaviour and fears of phone snatching.

Sarah a local resident stated ‘I don’t feel safe walking past the benches at night there is always a group of homeless men there drinking’. As a local resident passing the benches is not a choice for sarah so encounters like the one she described have the potential to happen daily.


Southwark council has further plans to install more smart benches in the coming years, hoping that they will bring more people together but will they achieve the opposite?


How digital developments change journalism

Some of the key features in “News storytelling in a Digital Landscape” are that in some cases journalists believed due to the advancement in technology that media stories were shorter with less narrative and long form journalism was decreasing becoming a niche as most people would rather read shorter pieces, this is thought to be because of reduced attention spans.
Another change has been that companies have come up with new ways to make money that have broke out of the conventional journalism models, such as selling videos and training resources as well as tablets and new types of technology being available to use stepping away from more traditional desk-based computers.
Some of the more positive parts to the report mentioned that due to the rise in social media use, social recommendations were on the rise and With the advancement of technology, journalism could be a lot more free, in terms of structure as there is no word limit on how much a person can write who that person or what they wish to write about.

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Migration hidden beneath Tate Modern’s latest Exhibition

Heat-sensitive material accompanied with a ‘crying’ room are apart of the latest exhibition at The Tate Modern with the intention to make visitors ‘uncomfortable’ and highlight the journey migrants take.

Tate Modern’s Turbine hall flooring is covered in heat-sensitive material, commissioned by Hyundai. Hiding beneath it is a portrait of Yousef, a young Syrian man who fled to the UK in 2011 and is now a biomedical science student working for the NHS.

A low-frequency sound is constantly being played in the Turbine hall, as well as a ‘crying’ room with an organic compound that physically makes the visitor cry – both designed to make the visitors feel uncomfortable. Tania calls it ‘forced empathy’ and is intended to break down peoples usual social barriers as well as saying ‘Life is not comfortable. I want people to get out of their comfort zone’.

With this exhibition, Tania aims to create awareness about the positive aspects of migration by bringing people together to reveal the portrait of Yousef.

The purpose of the crying room is to make people think about the loss migration involves. Entering the room, visitors are stamped with a 12 digit number, representing the number of migration plus the number of migrant deaths both in 2018. Based on these numbers, an ever-changing title is created as the migration and deaths change (currently 10,143,225).

Speaking to local visitors, Nicholas Morgan and Jeni Godwin, they stated that they felt that it was powerful to look down on the entire portrait from the viewing platform. However, they

said they felt “no sense of anything”, not understanding the link between the three parts of the exhibition and feeling “disappointed”.

Is Tania Bugeras message truly conveyed in this abstract new piece of art? Or has her message been lost in Tanias key beliefs being misconstrued? Find out for yourself by visiting the Tate before the closing date on February 24th 2019.