My pieces from a collaborative magazine project. Our magazine ‘within’ was an amazing experience, inspiring me to follow the independent magazine path.
One of the most sustainable and eco-friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen is also one of the happiest – and there is a clear explanation for it
Life is slow here. People ride around on bicycles and are always moving, but still, life is slow. Copenhagen knows something special, and that’s why they are doing so well. The city’s green values have made it into everything – culture, food, fashion. Environmental awareness is both a fundamental public policy and an essential way of life.
Nothing exists if no one is watching. If a tree falls in the middle of an empty forest, does it make a noise? This was a concept that I always found so unnecessary as a child. Of course it still makes a noise. Why does everyone question it so much? But my mindset has changed since then. I now question what exists when no one is watching. I now question people a lot more than I should. I now question everything. Who are we when no one is watching? Which version of ourselves do we think is the most us? What is it to exist alone, to exist without the other? Do we exist merely because there are other people to acknowledge us? And most prominently, who is the self? What is it that makes a person the very person that they are, that they themselves are alone?
I’ve been told that Florence is the greatest city in the world. I’ve also been told that it’s the worst. The proper way to experience a city is to explore it alone, and so I spend one day roaming around Florence by myself.
Prepare for landing – shut your eyes, chew a piece of gum. Try not to feel the pressure pushing your eardrums inwards. The captain has told me that skies are clear, that we are having a particularly pleasant day. So, I stretch over someone’s shoulder to glance at the view from the tiny airplane window. Immediately, the feeling that I have had all morning, the feeling that I’ve forgotten something at home, disappears. Everything is so blue, and I am at a loss for words.
Extinction Rebellion is an international social movement that aims to drive radical change through nonviolent resistance. They aim to get the government to take action to avert climate breakdown and minimise the risk of human extinction as well as ecological collapse.
My media diet
To be able to pursue the career that I want in Journalism, there are a lot of skills I need to learn and experience I need to gain. I also need to ensure that my media diet is more consistent, and I also need to expand on the things that I read and listen to. I need to focus on consuming other forms of media and news, rather than just online. I need to listen to more radio and read more print journalism.
To keep up with mainstream news, I will read some newspapers daily, for example, the Guardian and the Times. Both of these newspapers will give me different angles, which will help me better understand what is going on in the world. I also check up on the BBC and Sky News websites, so that I can consume some more global news. Some of the magazines that I like to ready every week are i-D and the White Review, because they are a breath of fresh air in my media diet, and always talk about interesting and unconventional topics. One of my favourite things to read is the New Yorker, so I will always make the effort to read this after catching up on the news.
I do not consume much broadcast journalism but would like to start listening to the radio. I will listen to the morning radio while getting ready for the day, and some nights I will put on BBC Newsnight before bed.
Social media is an important part of how we gain information, and therefore I have put together a list of interesting people that I follow on Twitter.
- Tom Harwood – journalist and current reporter for Guido Fawkes
- Alice Aedy – documentary photographer and film-maker
- Daniel Victor – reporter for the New York Times
- John Cassidy – writer for the New Yorker
- Elon Musk – technology entrepreneur
- Jon Snow – anchor at Channel 4 News
- K Rowling – writer
- Donald Trump – US President
- Amy Davidson Sorkin – writer for the New Yorker
- Jane Martinson – columnist for the Guardian
- Jada Yuan – traveller for the New York Times
My choice for Year 1 Semester 2 is Introduction to Consumer and Lifestyle Journalism. I am looking forward to this module and think I will really enjoy it, as I will get the chance to practice writing feature articles.
Year 2, Semester 2:
I would choose to go with Specialist Journalism, as I am most interested in International and Travel Journalism or Literary and Long Form Journalism. I think that either of these pathways would help me in my future career, and I think that I would really enjoy them. For my cluster option, I would probably choose Sex, Violence, and Censorship. This module looks very interesting, and I think it would help me improve my skills in analysing and understanding the media.
I would choose the Dissertation, as I would like to choose a topic and do in-depth research about it. I would then choose the module Investigative and Data Journalism.
Here are some places that I would like to work at:
World News Media – digital journalism internship
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
The White Review – work experience placement to help with the production of the magazine
Contact – thewhitereview.org
i-D magazine – magazine layout or fashion internship
Contact – email@example.com
I think, to begin with, I would like to be working in traditional journalism, reporting news at a newspaper or online news site. However, I would only like to do this for the experience and am not sure if I would like to be a news reporter for the rest of my career. I think it would give me some much-needed journalistic skills. I am interested in doing features and opinion pieces. That being said, I do think that traditional public service journalism allows journalists to have a greater impact, which is something that has always been very important to me.
While the idea of being a freelancer has always appealed to me, I do like the idea of going to work at a particular institute. I think I produce better work when I am in a more serious work environment, rather than writing from home. However, I do like the idea of coming up with my own ideas rather than being told what to write by someone in an office.
Growing up, I was drawn to journalists such as Kate Adie and Christiane Amanpour. I admired how they were always on the front lines, watching the action, and then writing about it. Now, I still like the idea of going out into the world and finding great stories to write about. I am interested in production, design, and subbing, and would definitely like to expand my knowledge and gain helpful skills. However, I think I would most enjoy searching for stories, doing my research, and then writing them up myself.
I would ideally just write about whatever I want to write about, and that may be lots of different things. However, I would find it more important to be specialised in certain areas and topics. I enjoy doing research, and I want to be able to tell people things that they do not already know. I think working as a generalist rather than a specialist would not allow me to focus on specific areas and give stories the research and attention that they need.
Matt Thompson said that there are four types of journalist; the storyteller, the systems analyst, the newshound, and the provocateur. I think I am part storyteller and part system analyst. I love writing and am drawn to this kind of journalism, for example, feature writing for magazines. I also like to take my time with my writing and make sure everything is as perfect as it can be.
While I do not have one ideal workplace, there are many publications which I follow and admire. One that I aspire to work for in the future is the New Yorker. I have always enjoyed reading their content and have particularly been attracted to the way they report on politics and social issues. I have been following the New Yorker since I was a child, being drawn in by the cartoons which are featured in every issue. The New Yorker was first published by Conde Nast in 1925. The magazine is now published 47 times annually. The New Yorker has a wide audience and is read internationally, despite the fact that its reviews and event listings are focused on cultural life in New York City. It is well known internationally due to its illustrated covers, journalism on politics and social issues, commentaries on popular culture, and its rigorous fact checking and copy editing. Now, I enjoy following the publication for its commentaries on popular culture.
Another publication that I would not mind working for would be Vice. Vice focuses on arts, culture, and news topics. I enjoy checking up on this site as they deal with serious news issues, but also discuss independent arts and pop culture. Vice is a digital media and broadcasting company. The company has a magazine, an online website, and several news programmes. Vice not only includes the work of journalists, but also of columnists, graphic artists, photographers, and more. I did not know much about Vice until I watched their Charlottesville documentary which went viral. It presented the situation in an unbiased way through extremely honest footage. I think that the way Vice handles and presents serious news stories is commendable. They cover such a wide range of topics, and I would enjoy working for an organisation that allows journalists to have so many opportunities.
Another publication by Conde Nast is Conde Nast Traveller, which is a lifestyle and travel magazine. was first published in 1997 (UK edition) and has won 25 National Magazine Awards. Conde Nast Traveller offers several industry-recognized awards such as the Gold List (most luxurious hotels) and the Hot List (best new hotels). Lately, I have been enjoying travel journalism more and more. I think I would enjoy working at a publication which produces interesting features. Conde Nast is an American mass media company founded in 1909. I have always wanted to work for Conde Nast, whether it be for the New Yorker or CN Traveller.
Although not directly related to the publications I have mentioned previously, a journalist whose work that I particularly admire is Charlie Brooker. Brooker started his career by writing for a video games magazine, however, in 2005 he began writing a column for the Guardian. He wrote a TV review column called ‘Screen Burn’, and also wrote articles on topics that were suggested by readers, which were always so interesting to read. I really appreciate his style of writing and his sense of humour. Now, he has moved on from Journalism to working in different kinds of media, mainly TV. He is one of the creators of the very popular Netflix show ‘Black Mirror’ and is currently making great progress in interactive entertainment media. He changed directions during his career quite a lot, which is quite inspiring to me as he has been able to do so many things within the media industry.
That being said, the Guardian is a publication that I respect and would be interested in working for in the future is the Guardian. I have always followed the Guardian as I believe them to be not free of gossip and focused on news of global importance. I also respect that although they are such a such a big newspaper now, they are still free of a paywall.
The Friday news covers the reactions to the Midterm elections, and stories that have surfaced since then. Some news organisations choose to move onto other stories, while others continue to press onto the elections. Although not directly related to the midterms, the story is now focused on a row between President Trump and CNN Journalist Jim Acosta at a post-election press conference. There are features and opinion pieces written after the results of the election, but as it is no longer breaking news, there is nothing new to report on. The attention that was given to this story at the beginning of the week is not at all visible anymore.