Pitch One

Competing at County level shows against producers 

This will be a feature article discussing the judging at county level horse shows. A lot of well known producers compete as well as some home produced amateurs. Some amateurs find it harder to compete against producers due to their skill and reputation. Search for a star is show in the UK that gives amateurs a chance to compete at Horse of the Year Show without going through expensive producers. To keep a horse at a producers yard it is averaged at around £150 pound a week. Amateurs are faced with a lot of difficulties making it harder for them to be successful. I am going to structure the article around different opinions from both producers and home produced riders.

For primary source material I have already listed some names and yards I can contact.

Home produced- Tabitha Gill, Tracey Radcliffe and Margaret Gill.

Producers- Emily Hanson

For secondary source material I will use prestigious websites such as the BSPS, Horse and Hound and Horse of the Year Show.

The article will be 800 words long.

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Drink Spiking on the rise in Leeds (sub-edited)

The start of freshers has brought a rising concern in the number of drink spiking incidents.

By Emily Coneron

Since the start of freshers in Leeds alone there has been several reported and unreported cases of drink spiking incidents which is showing concerns for the safety of students.

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Research shows the majority of students do not report incidents in fear of the reaction they will receive from family and peers, an article in the Guardian revealed that a young girl was spiked but did not report the case in fear of people saying she just “got drunk and did something stupid.”

Georgia Gee, was spiked on a night out earlier in the year. She says that she “could not have done anything different” but it has made her far more aware of her surroundings and the people she is with. She was found in the toilets thirty minutes after the incident unconscious but she decided to not report the incident in fear of other peoples reactions.

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Rohypnol, also known as the date rape drug, has several serious and noticeable side effects. The main symptoms are “visual problems, finding it hard to move, memory loss, unconsciousness and hallucinations,” as seen on the NHS website.

Most clubs in Leeds do not have the correct amount of protection, Jennifer Tierney a first year student at Leeds Beckett University, states that most clubs do not have the correct amount of protection against drug users and only “occasionally check bags and pockets for drugs.” If clubs took the extra precautions by checking everyone entering it would decrease the amount of drug related incidents dramatically.

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Drink Spiking on the rise in Leeds

The start of freshers has brought a rising concern in the number of drink spiking incidents. In Leeds alone there has been several reported and unreported cases which is showing rising concerns for the safety of students. Research shows the majority of students do not report incidents in fear of the reaction they will receive from family and peers. Drink spiking is not taken seriously enough due to the popular notion that the victim has just consumed too much alcohol,  however this is making it harder for young victims to speak out which is extremely dangerous both to their physical and mental health.

Georgia Gee, was spiked on a night out earlier in the year. She says that she “could not have done anything different” but it has made her far more aware of her surroundings on a night out. She was found in the toilets thirty minutes after the incident.

Rohypnol, also known as the date rape drug, has several serious and noticeable side effects. The main symptoms are “visual problems, finding it hard to move, memory loss, unconsciousness and hallucinations,” as seen on the NHS website.

Most clubs in Leeds do not have the correct amount of protection, Jennifer Tierney a first year student at Leeds Beckett University, states that most clubs do not have the correct amount of protection against drug users and only “occasionally check bags and pockets for drugs.” If clubs took the extra precautions by checking everyone entering it would decrease the amount of drug related incidents dramatically.

However the issue is much wider than just University locations, Tyler Binns a student from Manchester, went on holiday with friends last year and was spiked by another British citizen. She found herself “alone in the toilets for over an hour” hallucinating and unable to stand.  She revealed that she is glad she doesn’t remember what happened as she would not want it to effect her life long term. This should not be an issue and there should be help available to victims instead of stereotyping them as having drunk too much.

DrinkSavvy is a company currently in progression who are aiming to create straws, cups and stirrers that can detect drugs in drinks. However, the release date is yet to be confirmed. The product was due to be released late 2014 but has been postponed.

 

Creating Twitter

Today I created a professional Twitter account that I can use for work and education purposes. I followed other Journalists in several areas that I am interested in, the first being sport specifically Equestrian Journalists. I also followed Journalists in areas of fashion, celebrity news, music and current affairs.

 

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Twitter then automatically followed accounts relating to the interests I had picked.

 

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I then began to customize my profile by adding a picture, a banner and a bio. I also composed my first tweet. I also searched and followed people from my own interests to create a larger audience. I have inserted a before and after screenshot of my profile.

 

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I decided to use a third party website to find more people to follow as it finds people based on specific subjects and interests. I used to websites Tweepi and We Follow to filter through interests and find people to follow. This makes following other users easier as it speeds up the process.

I then subscribed to some lists on twitter, lists are a collection of people who share the same interests or are related to the same subject. Lists make it easy to follow a large number of people are are interested in similar things. Nina Diamond is a Journalist who has created a large number of public lists in a variety of different subject areas. I subscribed to one of her Journalist lists, this means I can follow and filter tweets through just from that specific list.

 

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Finally I used TweetDeck, this is a website that allows you to see different aspects of your twitter in columns. This includes people you follow, mentions, messages, lists and many more. This is useful to have open as you can browse many different aspects of Twitter at the same time without having to change pages. I added a few extra columns including one of Nina’s lists.

 

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Reflection Six

Last week we looked at two different formats for online journalism, list articles and curation.

Curation is useful in today’s digital journalism because of how accessible it is. Due to today’s social media it is very useful for collecting primary and secondary sources. This means journalists can gather information they need quickly and easily, this contrasts against traditional journalism as it will have took a lot longer to gather material.

I think list articles are popular now because of the level of different platforms that can be used to create lists, for example: Spotify, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook. They are also easy to read meaning people can scan over them without giving too much attention. They are easily accessible on smart phones and often posted on Facebook and Twitter which encourages people to open and read them. Examples of list articles can be found on Cosmopolitan.

I think my first assignment development is going well so far. I have started to collect both primary and secondary material. It is much harder than I previously thought to contact sources, especially via email. I find it easier to physically go and see the source or try and contact them over the phone. I plan to start a first draft this week and carry on adding sources in the upcoming weeks.

Reflection Five

Last week we learnt how to sub-edit our work, I sub-edited my first article about drink spiking in Leeds. This process helped me to spot mistakes easier as I had a clear structure on what to look for. I also found it easier to leave my work for a few days and then sub-edit it so I had a fresh perspective on the article. Other people reading my work once sub-edited also helped me to find any last mistakes. I also added images into my sub-edited article, this made the article more aesthetically pleasing.

We also began to add images into our WordPress articles. To do this we first resized the image to 650 pixels, we then added the image into the text using the add media button.You can align the image depending on where it sits in the text. It is best to use a landscape image as it fills the page horizontally but doesn’t take up the whole length of the page. JPEG images are used for online publishing because they are supported by most browsers. JPEG images are also a small file meaning it does not take up too much space on the page.

Leeds Beckett University takes to the slopes

Leeds Beckett skiing society provides students of all ability with the opportunity to go skiing in France.

Molly Robinson, a member of the skiing society, is set to go “to France at the end of January” with her University. She has been skiing every year since a very young age and being in a society at University ensures that she gets to go whilst still studying away from home.

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As well as an annual skiing trip the society also goes on day trips and meets up for socials. Students are expected to juggle work, studies and societies which has an effect on Molly’s participation within the society. However, she hopes to be able to go on the annual trip after her January exams.