Sexual offences at an all-time high in Southwark




Over the last few years crime has been on the rise in Southwark, but what is really interesting is that sexual offences have been on the rise, is this as a result of the decrease in policemen in the Uk?

The latest data about crime figures released by the Met states that crime in Southwark has risen by 8.2% in the last 6 years making it the fourth highest borough in London for crime. 5000 more crimes have been reported in the 12 months (2017-2018) making the total 38,000 as opposed to 2017 which recorded 33,000.

One of the most prominent points in the data discloses that in particular sexual offences have risen drastically in the borough.

In the last 12 months there have been 916 sexual offences reported in Southwark, which is a steady change from the previous statistics in 2017 of 886 cases. The year prior to this, 2016 again was lower in offences with 35,683 crimes being reported with 862 of them being sexual offences.

So why are sexual offences on the rise? The news comes as the Met also release new data in January on the statistics of policemen there are in the force. The data shows a direct decrease in the number of policemen that there are across the UK

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 granted.

With further cuts to the police force London met predicts it will lost 3000 policemen over the next few years.

Southwark police department is on average losing a police officer a week.  With crime rates rising and sexual offences at an all time high how far will statistics have to climb before there is change?

Digital Journalism Journal

week 1

This morning in class we continued to have a look at data and the ways that it is used in infographics. the subject of todays class was visualisation and the main points covered in the class were.

.Discussing how we use data to find stories and then visualise them.

.How we use text as data- looking at the state of union corpus.

In the afternoon in class with LJ we looked at the different ways to display data through graphs, for my assessment I will have to use a graph to further explain my narrative in a news story. we also had a go at making our own graphs, I made a pie chart that showed how much money I spend each month and what on.

 week 2

Today in class we discussed the hw that was previously set, this was to take a look at the way infographics are used by journalists and how they use the raw data differently. we also began to discuss how we use Mode, median and averages to display data.

For our hw we’ve been asked to have a look at data and then make our own article on that data for next Monday.


week 3

In class this morning we discussed further our ideas for the stories we will be doing in for our infographic work. Originally was set on comparing the data sets for either 2 universities or two boroughs but i soon realised that creating an infographic for that would be difficult. i looked at some of the different statistics for Londons recycling and i can across a statistic for what percentage of each borough is green. from that i decided that i will merge the two ideas and look into finding the best borough in terms of overall environmental data. i will be creating a infographic of a map of London which is colour coded to show how environmentally friendly a borough is .

Week 4

Today in class in the morning our lesson focused on Data, facts, stats and data terminology. We discuss the best ways to check our data and then.  The different ways to display data and how they tell a story. We also went over mean median mode and averages stuff that we had learnt in school but need to re-In order to complete all data stories.

In the afternoon we had a guest speaker come to speak to us from the defence and security media advisory committee. Their job is to operate between the government departments and advise different media publications on national security.

Week 5

Today our lessons focus was on how we develop data stories we had a look at different types of data such as business data and looking at market data and how we find data stories. WeWe discussed how to find data who to speak to you about requesting data and guidelines of freedom of information. We will then set the task to find three new stories that we could then develop using data sets and then explain or angle based on the data.

We had our first session on how to use excel in the afternoon.

Week 6

Today in class we went over official sources of data such as the electoral commission and then look to international sources for data. In the afternoon class we had another lesson with a teacher who was teaching us how to use Excel explaining the best ways to manipulate data and produce graphs  based on data.

Week 7

today in class to begin with we started to discuss the homework that we had been set which was to find a dataset that we would want to use for our final infographics project I have not found my data yet but I have ideas to do something to do with either recycling or the environment. Which I then went on to discuss with my teacher who advised that I maybe try to look into the recycling data for the University. Later in the lesson we had a guest speaker come from fight hoax to discuss what fat hoax is and explained that we would be giving it a test drive for them in our classes in the coming weeks. In the afternoon we continued with our Excel lessons.

Week 8

Today in class we began using flight hoax for the first time. We were divided into groups and set the task to go onto different websites find new stories on Brexit  and then input them into the fight hoax site so that we could analyse themWe were. We presented our findings to the class and discussedHow trustworthy each article was. In the afternoon we had a visit from Ryerson university.

Week 9

This week we started off for lesson by discussing the recent news particularly what happened in New Zealand and we spoke about the best way to handle that using the editors code of practice and we discussed how different news applications had chosen to run with the story. We then continue to discuss how our infographic work was going I spoke about the fact that I was struggling to find  data but my teacher point me in the right direction of who to contact. In the afternoon lesson we began to practice using software called in design we learnt about how an infographic should look what is visually appealing about an info graphic and how to use typography in an infographic

Week 10 

Today in class we continued to have a look at flighthoax. We analysed a news article about Theresa May as a class then divided back into our groups looking further into Brexit stories analysing them for trustworthiness we then went on to discuss our datasets further. In the afternoon we started to produce our infographics using the websites that LJ had posted on Moodle I decided to use a site called Piktar.

Week 11

mIn the morning class we went through our infographics story so far and how far we had got. We then went on to discuss the final analysis of the site fighthoax.

we had one-to-one is with LJ to discuss our info graphic I showed her the data that I had found for my infographic and we discussed the fact that I wasn’t sure about the right news angle to go with for my data.

Week 12

No lessons but continued work on my info graphic and data story.



. Initially I wanted to do a new story to do with recycling or the environment

.I receive data on recycling in London from UK GOV

. I requested data from the University on how much recycling they produce

. University stated that they did not have any data on recycling but that they were enforcing recycling bins around the University

. Decided to make my new story about which area was the greenest place to live in London

. I plan to make an info graphic which was a map colour-coded to show where was the best place to live based on their recycling numbers

. Presented this I did LJ who reminded me that I needed to have a very clear news and go in my info graphic and data story

. Realised that this idea had no angle and was ridiculous as I would have to find multiple data statistics and just because a borough of recycles does not mean that they are a more environmentally friendly place to live.

. Went back to drawing board sadly

. When researching into a new data story I decided to have a look through some of my old new story side finish last term

. Came across a new story I did on sexual offences in the borough

. Looked into data sets for that on Met website

.Found that I could update my new story and data to form a info graphic and data story Once I had updated my new story with the relevant accurate information also this had a very clear angle

.Updated my news story

.Began using piktochart to make my info graphic decided on a very minimalistic theme as my subject was very serious but made sure to place in graphics were needed and individual typography

Comparing The Infographics Of The State Of Union Speeches

When looking at the infographics of the state of union speeches, I looked at three different types of data. The first one I looked at was the language of the state of the union on the Atlantic. They used a histogram to illustrate how each president used different words in their speeches, this was an interactive histogram that when hovering over a word would show which presidents used it and how often.

 The next infographic I had a look at was on Washington Post  website, they made a list of each president and the words they used to most each year in their speeches, this very clearly shows the audience exactly what words that were used and by who but did not offer information on how often they used the words.

 The last place I looked at how journalists used the data to create infographics was on Vox, they chose to only display Obamas most popular words in his speeches as opposed to comparing it to other presidents they only made comparisons in his previous speeches against each other. 

Each journalist seems to have a different take on the information that the state of union speeches provide some of the Journalists had to clear biases which were obvious because of the way that they decided to display the data, for example in the last info graphic I looked at I noticed that in comparison to the other infographics VOX chose not to include the data from other presidents unlike the other examples.

Smart Benches Causing Havoc For Residents In Southwark

Southwark council piloted 20 solar powered ‘smart’ benches’ in Southwark in 2017 and plans to install more in the coming years, but residents claim they are nothing but bad news.

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 while using renewable energy. the solar panel collects and stores energy throughout the day to provide electricity.

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.

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 behavior and fears of phone snatching.

After being contacted Southwark council failed to get back to us to make a statement about the smart benches. 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?


‘No Turkey’ Christmas Sandwich Review

Marks and Spencer’s has just taken leaps in the vegan Christmas sandwich game in bringing out the first of its kind, a sandwich featuring a meat substitute! Gone are the days of ‘festival falafel’ sandwiches because marks and Spencer’s have swooped in and changed it all.


Marks and Spencer’s first announced in September that they would be broadening their vegan Christmas range after the demand for meat substitutes substantially growing over the last year. The range features all sorts of brand-new vegan options from pecan nut roasts to sandwiches but the most anticipated of them was the ‘no turkey feast’ sandwich made with spinach, soy chunks and cranberry sauce on malted brown bread.


At first glance the sandwich is visually appealing with a mixture of bright vibrant colours displaying all the fillings, deep red cranberry sauce, leafy green spinach, Grey toned soy chunks all met by soft malted bread the true essence of what a Christmas sandwich should be. Like most sandwiches in the packaging it appears to look well filled but as soon its taken out you soon realize it was all a rouse and past the first centimetre you are met with just a mixture of cranberry sauce and spinach while the latter is filled with thick soy chunks the size of 50 pence pieces. Unfortunately upon opening the sandwich you soon discover that the sandwich is not only extremely overfilled and over powered by cranberry sauce but is also seeping with some sort of white sauce which I do believe was meant to be vegan mayonnaise.


As for the taste, it cannot be faulted you truly do feel like you are feasting on a turkey sandwich, the malted bread only compliments it further adding a slight kick while the cranberry adds a sweet Christmas feel however at points it can be rather overpowering particularly where there are not pieces of soy to match its sweet taste.


The ‘No turkey’ sandwich will be available until early January in all M&S stores located in the sandwich section.

Artists room:Jenny Holzer exhibition review

Jenny Holzer has been chosen to display her work in the Tate Modern’s artists rooms along with a variety of artists from around the world. Her exhibition features projections, stone benches, textiles, plaques, posters and paintings. Jennys artistic style is very word influenced, with majority of her pieces being very word central.

The most popular part of the exhibition is the ‘BLUE PURPLE TILT’ consisting of 7 led signs that lean against a wall. The led signs have various different messages that rotate up quickly reading out various different quotes from her previous exhibitions such as ‘I find my skin a cover’. The visitors all queued up to take pictures in front of the led lights.

I found it rather comical that the most popular part of the exhibition was something that could be used for a photo opportunity especially considering that the aims of the exhibition were the opposite to that. Jenny Holzer wanted people to disorientate and transfix people not have people use her exhibition for an instagram picture.


Jenny Holzer’s work provokes thought through words but is her message truly conveyed?


The exhibition has been on since the 23rd of July and will run until the 31st of July 2019 at the Tate Modern located on floor 4.

Southbank Winter Market

Southbank is playing host to the notorious Christmas festival. It is expected millions will visit the area in the run up to Christmas. The winter festival has various 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. The festival also features a Rekorderlig winter bar selling all sorts of winter themed drinks including mulled wine and spiced cider, there is also great food and rides.

Upon arrival I was greeted by a flock of tourists who all seemed to be mindlessly walking and routinely stopping to stare at lights or take pictures of something on the ground who knows, but as I walked up to the entrance I was approached by a security guard who checked my bag which I can only assume was to make sure i didn’t have any alcohol in there and would be forced to spend £6 plus on a drink.

The floor plan was unexpectedly bumpy considering it is set up a relatively flat surfaces place. As you follow the path round you are met with the aromas of hog roast mixed with mulled wine and there are lights everywhere making everything feel festive I must admit. There was various different types of food there from your bog standard chips to authentic Jamaican food it all looked great but what stood out the most was the free standing two floored bars built purely for the Christmas festival. Inside the decor was unexpectedly nice with large oak tables, white faux fair sofas and Christmas anthems playing in the background, the staff however looked less than happy to be there but who could blame them I wonder how many times a day they had to explain what mulled wine is to tourists.

I decided to go for the spiced plum Rekorderlig which definitely did not disappoint! The taste was everything you could expect at a Christmas festival fruity, tangy but with slight kick of cinnamon. As i sat and sipped my lukewarm pint on the balcony of the bar I had a good look at customers on the ride in the festival, a giant swing which appears exciting for the 3 people on it but who could blame people for not wanting to ride it when it cost £7 to ride. When it came to finally leaving, the guests are asked to take a back street exit that backs on a side road in the Southbank area and are ushered out by hostile security guards.

Whether you want to get dad some moonshine to get him through Boxing Day or your sister a ridiculous wooden duck in wellingtons Southbank Christmas market certainly will not fail to get you in the festive mood but also be prepared to be ripped off


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.