Monthly Archives: February 2015


Throughout the past year, Snapchat has been updating itself, allowing people to interact with one another, and the world around them more than ever.

Not only on holidays, e.g. Christmas and Valentines Day do they have special filters to decorate the pictures, but there is also a new news app to allow people to quickly view the latest news on the Daily Mail, Sky News, Cosmopolitan, MTV and many other channels.

There’s also a live Snapchat feed the whole world can view when there’s breaking news or if there’s a special event, for instance when Paris had the shootings, the Sunday afterwards there was a live memorial event at Je Suis Charlie, where people could post pictures of videos of what they could see and were doing at the event.

When new apps like Snapchat and Instagram get released, news papers like the Daily Mail and the Guardian often link their page on the social media sites, but often do not know how they can use the sites to their advantage. These sites could possibly be more important than they realise.

When there is a live Snapchat feed, it could be worth their while looking at all the pictures and videos the public post to see what is happening, what celebrities take part and what peoples thoughts are of the event. This could lead to an interesting news article, especially is the journalist screenshots pictures from the live feed to include in the article. Not only will this article be easy, fun and interesting for the public to relate to, but they would more likely read it for this reason, especially if their pictures feature in it. However it does depend on if the pictures are legally available to be used.

On the official Snapchat website they also explain how you can use the different devices like Discover on their app, along with how you can advertise on it.



The advantages of using a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, and I definitely have found it more useful, compared to using a Blackberry.

The Blackberry keys were so small, that it did take time to get used to using it; this was the same for using a touchscreen phone, however the buttons on this phone are bigger, which I have found more useful.

It is also much quicker and easier using the device compared to using a keypad and a track pad. I had many problems using the track pad when my hands were cold, compared to the Samsung, as it was either too sensitive and would pick up the heat from the sun, or it would not be sensitive enough during the winter when it was cold.

With the Samsung, there are also loads more apps available compared to Blackberry, along with the fact it has 2 cameras, which make it easier if you want to take photos of yourself, or a big group photo.

The Samsung screen is also a lot bigger compared to a Blackberry screen, and the screen can also rotate which is useful if you want to watch videos.

Blackberry’s can also be temperamental, as it would turn on during the day without me realising, so if I wanted to turn the phone off, I would also have to take the battery out to be sure if was off. This does not happen with a Samsung.


Who Is Tim Berners-Lee?

Scientist Tim Berners-Lee was born on June eighth 1995, and is most well known for being the inventor of the World Wide Web in 1990.

He was born in London and he originally became a software engineer, after studying physics at Oxford University.

It was in 1989 that Berners-Lee got his paper Information Management: A Proposal published. For his paper, he created the World Wide Web, so that people could share information internationally; he also created the first web browser and website: which was activated on August sixth 1991. This website was actually created to help other people understand how to create their own websites and explain to them how to use the World Wide Web.

Since then, Berners-Lee now works as a director at the World Wide Web consortium – a Laboratory of Computer Science, – which he established in 1994. This is held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Berners-Lee is now known as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, as he is a Fellow of the Royal Society as of 2001, and H.M. Queen Elizabeth knighted him in 2004. Along with receiving the Order of Merit in 2007, he has also received many international awards.


Writing for On-line Journalism.

Task One:
This news story has the headline in large bold writing, clear and easy to read and the title allows the reader to understand the importance of the article and what the article is about.
After the title, there is six bullet points stating the main facts of what the article talks about, so that it is easier for the reader to get a quick explanation of what has happened, and it leaves them to decide if it is the kind of news story they want to read further.
The introduction consists of 27 words, and tells the reader what has happened and where it happened.
The title of this article is short and sweet, easy for the reader to understand what is happening.
The introduction contains 29 words, but is easy and clear to understand. It states what is happening, who is involved, why it is now happening and how it is happening.

Task Two:

Identity of Author Alex Abbot is revealed after 40 years of writing.

After 40 years of writing adventure novels, the public is still wondering who the well-known author Alex Abbot is.

Famous films like The Tunnel Leading to No Where and The Never Ending Staircase are all based on books written by the female author from Somerset.

Not even the scriptwriters or actors from her films knew who she was or that she was even a woman.

Today she made a live appearance on the BBC explaining what it was like being a mystery author, why she chose a life of writing and secrecy and how she gained inspiration.

Task Three:
When asking people to read through my work, one comment which was made, was if I swapped the forth paragraph over with the second, it would be informing the reader of the most important news which may interest them the most.

After reading other articles, and looking at the inverted pyramid, another piece of advice I got from Steve was to shorten the paragraphs. Since then I have managed to shorten the article greatly, so if it were to feature in a newspaper, the reader should want to turn to the page to read the whole article.

Digital Communications – Knowing the Legal Boundaries.

Task One:
Libel – A legal terms libel is to have an untruthful statement published or broadcasted, which could cause that person harm or damage their reputation. By damaging the person’s reputation, it can also affect their business and falsely exposes them to the public. By doing something like this, not only is the journalist wrongfully accusing someone, they are opening themselves or their business to a lawsuit. It is a form of defamation, which is shown in print, pictures, radio, TV or in writing.
Defamation – An intentional false accusation that is either written or spoken or both, which damages the person’s status. Defamation can be either a criminal or civil charge.
Copyright – Copyright gives the author of the song, story etc. rights for it not to be stolen and re-sold. If it is, this can be taken to court.

Task Two:
Twitter users: A guide to the law –
In this story, people had apparently tweeted photos of a child killer, and had been charged with contempt of court.
Lily Allen takes legal action over Mail Online article –
This story talks of how Lily Allen takes Mail Online to court for invasion of privacy and copyright for taking photos of her house, without permission and putting them online. She also took a French magazine to court in the past for falsely accusing her of calling celebrities names – she won this court case.

Task Three:
IPSO was launched on September 8th 2014 and it is the Independent Press Standards Organisation. It is a regulator for newspaper and magazine industries in the UK. This business holds the highest standards of journalism as they monitor and maintain standards for the Editors’ Code of Practice.
IPSO replaced the Press Complaints Commission, which closed on September 8th 2014, due to recommendations by Sir Brian Leveson, published in a Report in November 2012. This was why IPSO “a new, self-regulatory body” was created which is following the leveson principles.

Task Four:
The Digital Economy Act 2010 provides provision against copyright and infringers for the author of the work on the websites, allowing the owner to take action if any of their work is copied illegally, taking penalties and taking the case to court.

What is html?

HTML stands for Hypertext mark-up Language, and it tags any webpages so that they can be hyperlinked for the public to access.

HTML has two different tags, one to open a document, and one to close it. The tag to open a page looks like this: where as a tag to leave a page looks like this:

All the information about how the website looks, and what is on the website is defines by the html in the link.