Is Citizen Journalism affecting editorial values and biases ?

What is the role of a journalist in a world where news is also provided by citizen journalist and user generated content ?

Some time ago journalism used to have different rules to todays journalism, this was of course to please the audience just like it is now.

The first three old rules were:

  • The power elite: stories about powerful individuals.
  • Celebrities: stories about famous people.
  • Entertainment: stories about sex, animals, human interests and drama etc…

These are not the same now, our society has changed and there for the way we target our audience also has. 

The first three new rules:

  • Exclusivity: stories given to a news company first.
  • Bad news: terrorism attacks, accidents or any story with a negative outcome
  • Conflict: stories concerning conflict such as controversies, arguments and splits etc…

People have changed the way they want their news, so we change our rules to go along with them. Before stories seemed to be happier but now we want the darker stories first. We want to know what bad things are going around the world, our society has grown into this since so much has been happening in the past couple of years.

Although we do become bias because we only read the bad news first we don’t usually see all the good that is also happening in the world.

What news values is:

  • a consideration of what type of news the audience want and need.
  • a idea of organisational, sociological and cultural norms combined with economic factors.

Las Iguanas: A review


Las Iguanas, the place where you can dance your troubles away. 

Las Iguanas is a Latin American dining restaurant chain that was created in the U.K. Visiting Las Iguanas was surely an experience to remember, the atmosphere was incredible everyone was extremely friendly and the drinks were exceptional. I hadn’t planned on going to Las Iguanas at all, I was just out on a walk down the South bank and stumbled across it, and what a discovery this was. As soon as you walk in into Las Iguanas you see the dance floor with a DJ, the music played is Latin music which is amazing to dance to. Not only does Las Iguanas serve amazing alcohol but they also do delicious dishes which are all Latin. 

There’s even a happy hour at Las Iguanas 2for1 on drinks, from 12-7pm. 

I definetly recommend going to Las Iguanas if you’re up for a dance, nice refreshing cocktail and a spicy meal. 

The opening hours for South Bank Centre – Las Iguanas is:

Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 11pm

Wedneaday – Thursday: 10am – 12am

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 2 am

Sunday – 10am – 10:30pm 

Does our body have its own language ?

Does the way we posture ourselves say a lot about us, does our body communicate by itself ?

Nonverbal communication is key in a conversation. Our body posture sends its own message out even when we aren’t in a conversation. The gestures we make, the way we sit, how fast or how loud we talk, how close we stand, how much eye contact we make all send a very strong message to the people surrounding us. The thing with body language is even when we’re silent we’re still communicating through our body language. 

People care about our body language as much as they care about what you are saying. The way you posture  yourself, look at them and move tells them if you care about what they’re saying or not.  We can know a lot before someone even opens their mouth and this is by their face expression. 

We always try and change our body language for the different types of conversations we have, or who we have them with. For example if its someone who is in charge you will always stand straight, look them in the eyes and nod to what they are saying so they know you’re listening. 



What is a day in the Southwark Crown Court like ?

Southwark crown court visit, what is it like to be in an actual court.

On the 19th of October 2017 our Journalism class headed over to Southwark Crown court. We got handed over a paper with all of the cases in them and we had to make our way to the courts. The court we got given was court 8 and this was a fraud case. The public gallery was allocated on the left hand side of the court. The prosecutor was at the front and the defendants were in the dock with an uniformed officer. Every time that we had to leave the court we had to bow to the judge, and every time the judge left he court everyone had to stand up and was only allowed to sit down when they had completely left.

You can learn a lot from one court visit, specially how to behave inside a court, the do’s & don’ts. 

Is mobile news is changing journalism ?

mobile is becoming number 1 device for news but is it changing journalism, thats the unanswered question in our minds.

Statics have shown that social media has overcome print though it is yet to overtake online and TV.  Mobile news is infiltrating the daily lives of news readers as we spend a lot of time on our phones and it is a easier way to check the news outlet. We are just a tap away from the news on our phones. On the other hand the majority of news consumers still depend on the traditional news outlets, such as TV and Radio.

Social media is one of the easiest way to get a news story out quickly, if you have the right amount of followers and the right of hashtags your story could blow up. A lot of the younger generation rely on their social media to know what is happening in the world. This has indeed taken over the print, as they don’t have time to stop at a news stand and purchase a news paper, when in they’re holding the news in their hands. 

How analytics affects us in the newsroom

Analytics is effecting journalism in every way. We are always concerned on how many and how long people are reading our articles. 

Analytics is basically the logic behind the analysis date, it is typically large sets of data used by businesses. Everyday  millions of people surf the web. This is all watched over by the websites. Every time you click on their websites they calculate how long you spend there, to be more specific if you click on a certain article they will know exactly how long you’ve spent reading that article. This is used to help online newspaper as they know what article that should be going on their homepage.  An example of this was when BBC magazine used a story on their front page for ages because a lot of people were clicking on it, the story was about how the Finnish babies slept in boxes and how it had helped Finland achieve the lowest infant mortality rates. 

Analytics can come in handy when trying to create a great homepage, you need to know what your audience wants to read. 

Do we filter everything we do ?

Filter bubbles and echo chambers play a major part in our everyday lives.

We spend hours on the internet everyday, but behind every click we make, we make a choice of what we want to be seeing in our feeds or what they think we want to see.  Although filter bubbles are tailored for us to see the things we like on our feeds, it doesn’t mean its the things we should be seeing all the time.

It can be quite bias, as we will be seeing stories that we have already read on a different social media or have already researched. We make ourselves unaware of other things which are happening in the world because of these filter bubbles we are put in. Google is a big example of this, they tailor their search results just for you it isn’t just Google that does this, it’s every major social media ad search engine. Behind these filter bubbles there is an algorithm that was created for the big companies to know what we are looking at so they can tailor their stories at us. 

Filter bubbles was created to help capture our attention on social media and in fact it has. We spend majority of our times glued to our phones, tablets and computer screens reading stories that are picked for us.