Monthly Archives: March 2015

Digital Communications Evaluation.

I feel that this unit has taught me a lot of valuable skills, not only how to design a website and how to alter the layout, but also important writing skills.

I noticed that the word boundaries set on the work (especially in the question and answer sessions) has helped encourage me to write more, even when I am stuck on what to write about. It has taught me to do more and more research to help boost the word count and by doing that, it taught me more about the topic I was researching.

Doing this unit, and having gone to the Guardian Head Office to find out more about the way journalists work, really opened my eyes on how the media has influenced and changed the way that journalists work now days – less and less people are buying news papers which means less and less money is being earned.

I found the guest speaker who came in the college, Nicholas Hellen an editor from the Sunday Times, also made a good point about how many people now have news apps on their phone so no longer buy news papers or even watch the news. The news is in the palm of their hand, available at the click of a button.

I found the Online Journalism lessons interesting, as I learnt quite a lot from it, on how journalists gain their information for articles, such as going onto Twitter to see what the latest live feeds are, and what the latest news (and pictures) some one tweeted.

Learning how to write articles for the online journalism unit has also been quite useful, as I noticed I needed to adapt my writing skills to suit the article’s writing style and format. I usually put too many commas in my sentences so I have learnt to proof read my work, – even read it out loud – to see if the commas are really necessary. I also learnt how to adapt my articles to suit the requirements of the inverted pyramid and to lessen the amount of words I use so it is easier for the person to read.

The piece of work I found the most challenging was producing a website for my band which I created the album for last term. I found this the most challenging because I was creating a new webpage completely from scratch on my own. However, I feel I learnt quite a lot of skills from it, for instance how to add a poll to my website and how to add multiple pictures to a post. It did take quite a bit of time, but even so I was quite happy with the end result.

I thought to try and make it look even more professional, I would even add a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, along with merchandise, a gallery, tour dates and a contact page.

I think what I found hardest for this task was the fact I had to base all my work on WordPress. I have very little experience using this site – when I have created a website, I have only ever used Wix – so I found it hard to understand how to post pictures and to change the layout. However from doing this task I am definitely interested in trying to learn even more about the website.

By learning more about social media, I noticed how people become more reliant on phone apps to find out the latest news, and how journalists rely on apps like Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter to help them create their articles. Although this can be a bad thing, I realised how it has also opened a lot more doors for the writing industry. Phone apps have helped the journalist industry and has created many more opportunities for news to get found quicker and easier, and has helped newspapers connect to their readers a lot more.



Phone apps can be used for multiple reasons, from being a game to entertain for an hour, to being able to communicate with friends and family. Not all apps are available on all phones; some are only available on iPhones, however there are still hundreds of apps available. There are quite a few apps available for free, or that you can have a 30 day free trial to see whether or not you like it, however there are still a lot of apps you need to pay for


Each year the amount of apps available, are increasing, and it seems like each year there is a news favourite communication app, whether it be msn, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat and so on.


I decided to research to see what apps were most popular in 2014 – what interests the public the most.

The 10 most popular apps were:

  1. Facebook
  2. Google Search
  3. YouTube
  4. Google Play
  5. Google Maps
  6. Gmail
  7. Facebook Messenger
  8. Google+
  9. Instagram
  10. iTunes Radio or iCloud


What was the same about all of these apps was the fact they were all free.


One of the most expensive phone apps is $999.99. One of the apps worth this much is called VIP Black, and once you have purchased it, you must prove your assets are over $1 million to be able to use it.


This year, on Febuary 24th, Zora Ball was the youngest person to ever create a phone app.


At the age of seven Zora used a programming language Bootstrap to help her develop the game. This type of programme is usually only taught and used by students of 12-16. When she was asked to reconfigure the app as some people were having suspicions that her older brother helped her create the app, rather than Zora Ball creating it her self, she managed to successfully reconfigure the app, putting all those beliefs to a stop.


What Are Magazine And Newspaper ‘Apps’ And What Effect Do They Have?

Magazine and newspaper apps are now available to people with smart phones to download, so that at the click of a button, they can find out the latest news to see what is happening in the world around them.

This is a new change to the way that people are accessing the news, and the speed at which it is found out. People no longer need to go out to their corner shop and buy a newspaper to see what news was reported yesterday. They do not even need to have access to a TV or a computer, all they need is a charged up phone and wifi. On the BBC app, they even let you save your favourite topics so that it is quicker and easier for people to find out news that may interest them; and not only that, if there is breaking news, or something significant has happened, then they can alert you on you phone, so you can immediately read what has happened.

This could and is having a significant effect of the sales of newspapers and magazines. With there being so many ways for people to view and find out the news for free (depending on the newspaper and magazine website) and the public wanting to access it quicker, the amount of newspaper and magazine sales have gone down, meaning that the journalists and people distributing the papers, are not earning as much money. Newspapers have even had to cut costs. Newsroom staff had to be reduced by 25% between 2001 and 2009 for daily newspapers.



Warriors of the Net

When information gets sent for on a computer, the data of this information gets saved, packaged and labelled by an IP before the information gets sent away.

When the information is being saved it needs to have the information of the file type and the senders and receivers addresses so the information knows where to travel to and from. These files also get a proxy server address if it is to go on the Internet. This information then gets directed onto the local area network.

A local area network consists of all the computers, printers and routers that are in that area so that data can be exchanged.

On their journey, the information gets directed to a router which reads the addresses and can move the information onto a different network if need be.

The information then gets led to a router switch, which moves the information quickly and efficiently in the correct direction.

The network interface collects the packets of information and takes them to the proxy which uses the web addresses to put the information on the Internet, unless the web address does not work or does not meet with the security guidelines, then in which case the information is destroyed. This is done to help make it easier for the Internet connection and for security purposes also. The information packages are then faced with the firewall, which is there to prevent viruses getting in, and to prevent information being taken away.
Once the packages have made it through, another router puts them on another road, which leads then to the net. Not all of the information packages make it, as some get destroyed along the way, so if the information is not received in the correct time then the computer sends another information package to go and collect the information.

They are then faced with another firewall, which only lets through the information that meets the criteria. Anything that does not meet the criteria gets destroyed.

The packages are then received, opened and unloaded, ready to be reloaded again with the requested information, which can be delivered back to the person’s interface so their information can be viewed on the Internet.