‘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


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. 


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


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.

Reuters Digital Report

 When looking at the Reuters Digital news report for 2018 the development that stood out to me the most was the use of social media starting to fall, I had always considered social media to be ever-growing and would only keep advancing over the years that technology also continued to evolve. This point continued to gain my attention when I had to look into why social media had started to fall, the report stated that there was a direct link to the decline in sharing of news on Facebook. The report also stated that there was an increase in the use of messaging apps such as WhatsApp and also suggested that people were now using messaging apps as opposed to ones like Facebook and twitter as they Felt that the apps were more private and less confrontational. I also found it quite interesting that further reading into the report one of the most important findings was that The average level of trust within news had not gone down which confirms that people using apps like Facebook and Twitter less and less has nothing to do with them trusting what they read news wise on those apps