Audio Assessment: Paper Review

News about crime within London has become an on going topic in the UK. However shocking statistics show crime doesn’t seem to be getting better but getting worse. The daily mail approach seems to call for teachers and parents to make a stand. However, articles circulating the issues of crime show a different angle on the issue of crime. The Daily Mail had a more in-depth article on murders and also on the increase of crime. whereas other news paper seemed to focus on other issues and have smaller article.

The guardian,The telegraph, The evening standard, Independent angles on the story:


The guardians headline for the story:

“Met warns of steep rise in London gun and knife crime” The Guardian blames the budget cuts as a reason why theres by an increase.

“Gun and knife crime soaring in London, official figures show” The Evening Standard approaches the story by looking into what police are doing and how young people are not fearful .

”Britain hit by surge in violent crime: senior officers criticised for ignoring basics as gun and knife offences soar” The Telegraph finds a different angle from the Evening standard and the Guardian by criticising the police.

“Violent crime surge in London amid ‘significant’ cuts to police budgets” The Independent, covers the story as it says rise in crime is due to less police on the streets”




Audio Assessment: Is London Racist ?

London consistently growing and becoming more and more multicultural. I created this piece around immigrants and their views on whether they believe under the surface London has been hiding its views or whether they have always felt as if they were at ‘home.’ With today’s society being full of protests and people speaking out against issues, I wanted to try and find out how immigrants have felt whilst living in London. I spoke to participants from different countries and different waves of immigration. From Poland (part of the EU) and India and Jamaica which are apart of the commonwealth.

Disclaimer: The names of the participants are not said within the piece as they did not feel comfortable to do so. The soundtrack is by Tupac Shaku – Changes, therefore the rights are not my own.

Radio News Bulletin

Top stories from today

NHS Funding Review 

Next month, NHS is to review funding in the hope to save £128 million per year. NHS reveal some of the prescriptions currently free on the NHS that are now are deemed as unnecessary and inappropriate part of the funding.  Travel vaccinations and gluten free foods are said to be apart of the cuts. A poll on the ITV news website shows that 68% of its participants believe that prescriptions should be cut from the NHS budget.


New anti-terror barriers at Windsor castle 

Security at Windsor Castle is being stepped up due to last Wednesdays terror attack. even though there is no specific threat to windsor Castle. The extra need for security is a means coincides to the “preventative measures” that have been put across the uk in the past 10 years.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018

Tesco to pay a £235m fine 

After a series of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. It has been declared that Tesco has agreed to the settlement after it overstated profits Tesco now has to pay all costs associated to new agreement. Tesco pleads that it is  “committed to doing everything we can to continue to restore trust in our business and brand.”


WhatsApp privacy protections questioned

Following last Wednesday’s terror attack, the end-to-end encryption feature apart of WhatsApp has been scrutinized. Encryption makes it harder for investigators to find out key information especially when linked to extreme crime.


The new 12-sided £1 coin

The new £1 coin has come into circulation today. The new coin has a new hidden security feature which makes it difficult to counterfeit. It has been declared the “most secure coin in the world” and will be replacing the existing £1 which will remain a legal tender until 15 October 2017.



Google apologies to Brand advertisers


Google owners of Youtube have apologised to major brands after their adverts have been appearing on ‘hateful’ content published by users. Youtube launched its feature of displaying adverts before its video in 2007, however, It has been found that contain from Hate preachers, Anti -semitics, and Rape apologists have had some sort of advertising appearing on their video before a viewer is allowed to press play.

Brands such as L’Oreal, Audi and Marks and Spencer’s have pulled their ads from being advertised on Youtube as it has been notified that it has appeared before hateful videos. High profiling brands, have argued that their brand ethos does not support views posted on Youtube that come across as ‘Hateful’.

However it can be deemed that Google taking an action on ‘hateful’ content may somewhat lead those to believe that their freedom of speech may be limited. There is no clear idea of what may be deemed ‘hateful’ and how will content creators and those apart of this user generated era feel about Googles overall actions.



Audio on Fashion Gender Roles

It has been noted that many celebrities are no longer conforming to traditional fashion gender stereotypes. Many females now feel the need to wear mens trainers and ditch the heels and men are now feeling free to wear colours such as pink without being stigmatized as a homosexual. The audio piece includes different views and thoughts on stereotypical gender roles.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Video Storytelling

Doing the 2’30 piece made the basics seem difficult. Over the past 6 weeks I learnt all the important aspects need to make a creed video. However the Do’s and Don’ts listed in the video are issues found when creating the 2’30 piece. The Do’s are a mixture of what I would do next time as well as what helped bring all the things I learnt together


Avoiding the Don’ts and doing the Do’s will make your piece magical 🙂


Video Assessment: Activism and Social Media

What does ‘activism’ mean in today’s society ?
In this feature we present a range of ideas and opinions on ‘activism’ in the social media age.


Professional Development Plan

The professional development plan – Section 1

Presenting the public with documentaries is a formative way of sharing content. Publications such as the BBC and Channel 4 broadcast factual documentaries that look at the issues inside individual countries. BBC is a corporation; I find myself drawn to due to BBC specifically BBC Three which is the channel that broadcasts documentaries discussing in depth issues.  BBC Three channel is somewhere I would love to work because it showcases the subjects that I am interested in. The BBC itself uncovers the truth about the variety of issues. Even though, BBC Three is no longer a channel it still has an online revenue. The BBC broadcasts the type of journalism I want to be able to share to the public. For Example, the BBC showcases documentaries factual documentaries on issues within Third world and developing countries. Within these documentaries they share and educate those on issues that the public are not aware of. Documentaries can be seen to be more insightful as they delve into a particular issue relying heavily on factual information from those living with the problem itself. BBC is somewhere I would love to work as there aren’t many ethnic minorities within the media. The Documentaries showcased by the BBC use presenters that white males/females or black males. I rarely see black women presenting within a documentary. BBC is a media outlet that I have set my eyes on. However, I know that to get to where I want to be I have to work my way up. Documentaries are something that I’ve had my set on acknowledging that the BBC will not be the first journalistic job I will land. I understand that you need to work way up to the place you want to be. The journalism at the BBC covers a variety of issues which intrigues a majority of audiences. The issues that the BBC documents aren’t general issues but ranges from relevant matters that are affecting people within the UK. Being a black female presenter for documentaries for the BBC would be an achievement for myself as I will be working for a corporation that is predominantly white males and occasional females.

Stacey Dooley is a factual documentary presenter for the BBC. After working with Stacey Dooley while being a part of a children’s documentary “Show What You’re Made of” She has been someone I have admired from the age of 13. Knowing that Stacey Dooley became a factual documentary presenter after achieving hardly any GCSES and got into her job role through being a presenter for documentaries after appearing on a documentary series similar to mine. She has since then inspired me through her work as I feel I can relate to her work. Stacey Dooley’s work includes factual documentaries that put her in situations where is seen as a minority or differs from society. Stacey Documentaries work covers a variety of issues her “Stacey Dooley Investigates series” looks at issues that people are facing around the world. As well as having her “investigates series” she has documentaries that look at hard-core matters such as “Brainwashing Stacey “series of documentaries that explore controversial movements by trying to understand the psychology. Her documentary on the “World’s Worst place to be a woman” is a most recent piece of work that makes me admire her more. Dooley goes Honduras that degrades women and sees them only as sex objects. Uncovering issues in countries that have different views and concepts to those I’m comfortable with is something that Stacey continuously does within her work. She asks questions that give the in-depth public information, also curating content by looking at various angles with an issue. Dooley’s documentaries rely heavily on researching an issue and then interviewing those that are being affected by` a way of a deeper understanding. Not only does Dooley need confidence but she also needs to bravery to travel to countries where she might not be welcomed. For Dooley’s documentaries to be impactful she also needs to know about the issues within the country she’s been visiting in depth before she interviews those affected as this would cause great confusion. Access is something that Stacey Dooley is privileged to getting because she works for the BBC she is enabled to gain more access into speaking to higher class people, corporation and government representatives due to the BBC’s status.

The professional development plan – Section 2

 Public interest journalism interests me as documentaries covers topics and issues in public interest. Researching and creating documentaries that cover topics that are relevant to the public is a sector that I feel I would thrive at. Working as an investigative factual public interest journalist would be my goal. Travelling to other countries and learning about issues that affect its citizens is something I have always had an interest in. Interviewing people and asking about their experiences to gain a better understanding of an issue is something that can not only impact me but the public. I would love to do documentaries in places that have yet to be covered, such as the concept of Skin bleaching in the Caribbean and India, colourism and common black issues. The United States is having a hard time with police brutality on black individuals and the fact that racism has not been eradicated but lays dormant. I would love to create documentaries that also includes issues that LGBT people face as well. Being that I’m a from an ethnic minority group, I want to uncover problems that happen here in Britain. Documentaries causing awareness around suicide, mental illness and LGBT lack of family acceptance. Being a freelance journalist will allow me to have time to fundraise, attend charity events and create links with people. As well as focusing on issues minorities face, I would love to broadcast topics within developing countries this is where I have a keen interest. Being a part of a documentary and hearing people speak to me with confidence and open up is commendable. By campaigning and volunteering at charity events will also help me understand issues in depth and help me learn more. This will then be reflected in my work as my passion will cause me to create work that will educate as well as entertain.


I want to be a storytelling journalist. Through providing the public with stories from citizens affected by issues. Conducting research and enabling those affected to tell their stories as well as using both sides of the issues to let the public form their opinions and start to debate issues. It can be said that the public has become desensitised and are taking information and not digesting it and developing their argument but rely heavily on being force feed their opinions. I want my work to cause debates between people as debating can also progress into a better understanding of issues that would make an impact on society. As the more we understand others, mind-sets can change which can lead to a better respect for others that are seen as different.


Producing and creating my work is an important aspect for me. Using scenes and issues that showcase my emotions, passion and feelings for particular topics are the reason why I want to curate my work. Growing up in South London, with barely anyone to look up to in the media. I want my work to be raw to appeal to all audiences and showcase issues that people have forgotten about or unaware exist. Working as a freelance journalist will allow me to produce work around problems that do not need to bias but are raw and insightful. My primary goal is to inform through storytelling; I want my work to help people and educate.

The professional development plan – Section 3

To enable myself to become a successful freelance investigative journalist, it requires me to have confidence and bravery. I would need to practice interviewing strangers and finding people to interview outside of my comfort zone. Another detrimental skill is to ensure that I develop the art of crowdsourcing. Finding out about topics through the use of social media will help me to curate stories that are potentially of public interest. Crowdsourcing will also give me a hand to create links with people. I also need to develop my presenting skills by speaking eloquently and informative to the camera. This will ensure that when in specific scenes while filming my work, I will be able to capture experience without worrying about how I sound. Knowledge is crucial when creating documentaries as I need to understand issues beforehand. I would need to gain knowledge about the on the guidelines that journalists have to follow when creating a documentary about what can be said and revealed as well as the journalism code of conduct. Because the BBC answers to Ofcom and it owns specific guidelines I need to ensure that when curating stories that it adheres to the set of guidelines that have to upheld.


To ensure, I have knowledge of issues before I help to document it need to sort out my media diet. I need to consume more documentaries from a variety of platforms. I need to use sites such as Netflix and vice to look at more under the radar documentaries. Netflix includes independent documentaries as well as documentaries from publications and corporations. Through a look at work from a variety of platforms, it will enable me to see the different ways documentaries educate their audiences. As well as the issues that they uncover.

  • Vice is an important platform that needs to take up the majority of my media diet as it consists of news from a variety of sectors. Through providing information about underground issues on their website and snap chat. Vice in 2016 launched their channel on Sky which broadcasts a variety of topics.
  • BBC World service is also a station I need to get into the habit of listening to as it summarises all the stories of the day. Black Entertainment Television (BET) is a channel dedicated to black people and ethnic minorities, their website and channel broadcasts information about celebrity culture and news about what’s going in the United States.
  • The Voice is a black newspaper that covers stories about what’s going in the black community.

I need to follow a variety of people and companies on Twitter

  • Stacey Dooley
  • Reggie Yates
  • Louis Theroux
  • BET
  • BBC
  • Seyi Rhodes

All of these people on twitter share an insight into their discoveries as well as advertising their work. Through keeping an eye of their posts they will educate me on stories that are undercover.

Choosing the right options is important as I want to ensure that I enable that I gain all the skills possible for my career. For year one I chose Consumer and lifestyle. I want to allow that I look at the variety of different aspects such as travel and consumerism. This seemed to the best fit out of the three possible options. For year two, I am thinking of choosing Multimedia storytelling and production. This will develop my skills for presenting and understanding production. I would choose the Broadcast pathway as I feel I will be able to establish and learn the skills needed for informative presenting. I would also love to choose the creativity cluster. As I want to help produce my own work, I feel like I could develop my creative media skills.

For year three I have thoughts on choosing: Data and investigative journalism as well as transforming audiences. I feel both will help me develop the skills need to ensure that I can transform audience’s opinions and mind-sets through my work by making sure my work causes a debate. The Data and investigative journalism option will allow me to understand the skills needed to conduct research as well as help me develop the skills I am not yet aware of.

Work Placements

Channel 4

– Journalism placements as a part of 4 Talent. This includes investigative journalism. Channel 4 broadcast documentaries so working with 4Talent will give me an insight into my field


Vice News

– Vice television, online and social media outlet makes it a place I would love to do placements at the company as I feel it will be insightful to see what type of platform I would like to work for.


Press Association

– The Press Association is known for where most journalists start their career. Doing a placement with the association will give me an insight on the types of real-life journalism.

Tracey Linzell




Media Monitoring Week: 10-13th November 2016

As more and more victims were being identified.The tram driver became under more scrutiny for his actions. Speculation of what caused the crash were rife and different outlets covered these speculations in different angles and ways.

The Daily Mail 1

The Daily mail revealed in a vivid headline that some survivors have had to undergo surgery to have limbs amputated after the tram crash – that took place on Wednesday 9th November 2016. Daily Mail is known for overstepping boundaries and being very explicit with information. within the body of the article, it includes information that will upset the public such as interviews where victims saw horrific events.

Daily Mail shares the victims trauma they faced whilst being trapped on the tram. The Local MP is said to believe that bodies could be still trapped under the wreckage.
Towards the end of the article Daily Mail pays tribute to the victims that died in the horrific attack. As well as revealing families names who have yet heard information about family members that were on tram and whether alive or deceased.

Daily Mail’s approach reveals the seriousness of the accident and the injuries that victims faced. Even though this outlet is known for revealing extra information that is mostly overreacted . Within this article the Daily Mail lacked some sort of sensitivity when revealing the extent of victims injuries.

The Daily mail are continuously rewriting the same story and adding new information that is revealed.


The Sun on 12th November 2016, 11:23 pm

TRAM ‘TEXT’ HORROR Croydon tram crash driver was ‘texting’ as vehicle sped round corner ‘significantly’ above the permitted speed

The Sun’s approach to the police checking 42 – year-old tram drivers phone records was an story covered by other news outlets. However, The Sun , seemed to have delved into this information by making it come across to the reader that this was the cause of the crash. When looking deeper into the article it states a source said “A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The driver’s mobile has been closely examined and it is said he was halfway through writing a text message. It could have serious repercussions for him.” The fact that the Sun failed to use a named source doesn’t authenticate the statement therefore reducing its overall credibility.

Other news outlets have used this information such as The guardian used this information in an angle to show that the police are doing everything they can to find out what happened in the crash. Whereas The Sun, used this information in a completely different angle and relying heavily on the information that checks are being run on the drivers phone. The Sun basis for the story relies on this unnamed sources comments.


ITV News

Croydon tram driver named

ITV news online and television news, reported that the Croydon tram drivers identity had been revealed. This article was fairly short as it was only a short report on the show.  “42 year old Alfred Dorris from Beckenham in south London” stated ITV News. This approach gives the public a chance to find out the identity of the driver that caused such a tragedy. By ITV News doing so, it made the unknown, known. As the driver was still unknown three days after the tragedy. Besides ITV News revealing The area where Dorris’ lives. Consequently it reveals that in fact he doesn’t live too far away from the tram crash and is probably himself a regular user of trams as tram run through Beckenham.

It was said that Dorris, has been with the tram operator Firstgroup “since March 2008.”By including this information, it makes the public wonder what exactly happened as the driver has eight years worth of experience. It rules out the factor of the driver having insufficient experience. It’s still unknown what the driver looks like, but ITV News has been able to report ,who it was that drove the tram that caused the crash.



The tram crash happened on the Wednesday the 9th November 2016. Twitter has been an important factor when spreading the news abut the Croydon tram crash.Twitter accounts from new outlets such as BBC,SKY NEWS and The evening standard have been posting article informing twitter users of whats going on.
For those who missed the coverage the day the first victim was named. Sky News used twitter to inform twitter users of this information.This approach features reporter Willem Marx at the scene where the tram crash happened. This allows those to see the crash scene as well as sympathise with the information. Sky news doing so makes this approach look credible.


Croydon Stars: Krept (from the grime duo Krept and Konan) tweeted his condolences as well as X Factor winner ,Ben Haenow. By twitter users with a large amount of followers sharing tweets about the crash, made this a trending topic just underneath Donald Trumps win. News outlets posted articles regarding information about the crash using Twitter, to inform all of the news on a different platform.
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The Evening Standard have been covering the story from when the tram crash happened.

Croydon tram crash: Calls to introduce automated braking after derailment kills seven

This article posted today by The Evening Standard gives hope that a derailment like the one that took place on Wednesday 9th November may never happen again. Brian Cooke,  member of TfL’s safety and assurance committee and former chairman of the London Travelwatch watchdog. Raised the idea that automatic braking system need to be looked into as well as commenting on the tram track where the tram derailed.


By the Evening Standard revealing this information, shows that alongside all the other news such as Donald Trumps win. They have still been able to capture stories that affect the British public. The Croydon Tram crash was a tragedy and all the victims lives were commemorated during Armistice day infront of the town hall in Croydon.

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The Evening Standards approach to this Croydon tram crash , looked at another factor that may have caused the crash. Trams in Croydon do not have automatic brakes could have potentially been one of the factor that may have caused the crash. News outlets have continuously been putting the blame onto the driver. But in the article, Cooke states that the “Track design also has to be seriously looked at. If the system was being built today you would not build such an acute curve as there is at Sandilands.” This inevitably can put the old track as a factor that caused the crash. The Evening Standard looks at what could have caused the tram crash at  completely different angle. In comparison to The Sun ,who featured a story on the driver using his phone.



Being that the week has been full of coverage about the US Presidential election, I struggled to find papers that had the tram crash on the front cover. Social media helped to spread the news of this story accompanied by local news outlets turned this story into a national story. I suspect that the story will continue to develop after the results of the drivers phone are revealed. The story may take a different turn if allegations of the tram driver sending a text are deemed as false. Responsibility and blame may be angled at differently.


Media Monitoring Week: Day after Croydon Tram Crash

Thursday 10th November 2016 

The day after the tram crash in Croydon, there was more coverage as the US presidential election took up the majority.

The Guardian reported that

Croydon tram driver ‘blacked out’ in crash that killed seven, claim passengers

The Guardian’s approach the next day,was to seek out the answers that caused the horrific attack. The tram derailment was such a tragic event, but that made no difference to the amount of coverage it got. Nonetheless The Guardian, were one of the few newspapers to continue reporting the story throughout the Wednesday 14th November. Within the article, The guardian spoke to the victims involved in the crash. The victims accounts of what happened included: vivid horrific recalls whist stuck on the tram and whilst it derailed .Also it was said that, the driver told passengers he “blacked out.” This approach that this outlet took, shows that they tried to find out what actually happened that morning. This includ: witness accounts as well as victim accounts to get some answers for the tragic event.

This approach uses the allegation of the ‘tram driver blacked out’ to pin point the angle of the story. To give the public answers as to what may have happened. This angle seems to put the driver at fault for the crash. However “blacking out” can be seen as having different meanings and interpretations. Also what caused the black out ? is not questioned.

The Guardian also identifies that there was a similar incident on the 31st of October  which didn’t make headlines. However this incident didn’t result in lives lost but the tram was able to be controlled even from a higher speed than regulated.



10th November 2016

Croydon tram crash: First victim named as Dane Chinnery

The day after the crash BBC NEWS online and Television,reported the identity of the first victim 19 -year-old Dane Chinnery. The victims that lost their lives, due to this tragic event ; identities were still unknown until the day after.The headline for BBC confirms that lives were lost and naming the first victim can imply how difficult finding the identities of the victims were. BBC News reporting the identity, was an approach to inform the public that victims were normal people doing a journey they do day in and day out. BBC News’ approach was published on their website as well as broadcasted as apart of BBC News at six.

Even though the articles headline focuses on revealing the name of the first victim. Within the article it features video interviews that were broadcasted on the news channel from the survivors. They recalled the horrific events describing their events but clearly are very traumatised by the event. This approach gave an insight to the public to make their own judgements about what may have happened to cause such a catastrophic event.


The Telegraph took a different approach to the Croydon tram crash.

Croydon tram crash: Police set to check driver’s mobile phone records

The headline states that police are looking into phone records from the tram driver. The Telegraph doing so , highlights the fact that there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration. Also the fact that, the driver has obligated himself to a responsibility to not use his phone whilst driving a tram could possibly be the reason the tram failed to slow down. The Telegraph reporting this differs from The Guardian who reported the tram driver ‘blacked out’at the wheel.

Using a mobile phone whilst driving has become a massive offence especially for motor drivers. The fact that , there’s speculation as to whether the driver could have been using a phone will leave him sorely responsible for the crash. Using a phone whilst driving a tram is completely prohibited.

As the reason the tram crashed has yet to be revealed newspapers sites,television  and online platforms are delving into theses different allegations.

The Sun

SEIZED AT SCENE Moment Croydon tram crash driver is arrested by cops on suspicion of manslaughter after doing 50 on a 12mph bend

The Sun covered the story the next day by focusing on the tram Drivers arrest for manslaughter. The Sun used photographs of the unidentified tram driver and the article elaborates on the driver arrest. To The Sun’s readers and it will be seen as a stepping stone into justice for the victims. As well as holding someone responsible and actually trying to find out what actually happened. The Sun seems to believe that the driver was going to fast hence why the tram crashed as highlighted in the headline.

Through out the day:

BBC News , Sky News, Guardian and The Croydon Advertiser continue to release the identities of the seven that died during the crash. There was not much information on any new findings that caused the crash. TfL have ensured that trams are a safe service to use for the public.