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Shhh! The Artist wins BIG at the Oscars.

The Black and white silent film, ‘The Artist’ swept up at the Oscars, winning 5 awards.

Tie breaker

The silent movie tied with ‘Hugo’ winning five awards, although The Artist won the most high-profile awards.


The film was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 5 at this years ceremony, including ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best directing’.

Jean Dujardin won ‘Best actor’, modestly accepting the award with ‘I love your country!’.

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Kony 2012

It was the internet sensation that attracted over 74 million viewers focusing on the capture of Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony. The video raced across social media sites and had #StopKony trending almost imediately after its release – @stop___kony.

But now, according to the Mail Online, the chariety behind the grand scheme – ‘Invisable Children’ are under serious scrunteny, after the groups intentions are called into question by sceptical critics.


Critics have focus their attention on a 2008 photo of the Invisible Children founders holding two assault rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as they pose with members of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army during stalled peace talks with Kony.

3 Invisable Children founders pose with assault riffles and grenade launcher in 2008 on Sudan-Congo border.

Togethwer witgh this, strong links to the financial dealings between Invisible Children and the National Christian Foundation, as well as two California activists who campaigned actively against the proposition to allow same-sex marriage.


Invisable children have been forced to today release a new video defending there organisation. CLick to see the video here.

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206 dead in Congo Explosion

Around 200 people were killed on Sunday when an arms dump exploded in Brazzaville, ripping apart a nearby neighbourhood in the Congo Republic’s capital, medical and local authorities said, According to Reuters.

This morning the ‘Mail Online’ published, ‘a series of blasts at a weapons depot rocked the capital of the Republic of Congo today killing at least 206 people and trapping countless others underneath collapsed buildings. Those in the capital Brazzavil described the scene, telling of twisted sheets of metal, previously used for roofs and housing, littered the streets, fumes of smoke, feeling buildings shake and the blast having such an impact it threw open doors and windows in the city centre.’

As well as this, patients were said to be crowding into hospitals with injuries from the blast. some with torn clothes, and some suffering from shock. Medics struggled as they attempted to treat people strewn across the floor with injuries.

Associated press publish pictures of the scenes around Brazzavil where the disaster happen.

Wounded: An injured man is treated by health workers at a hospital, after multiple explosions occurred at a munitions depot, in Brazzaville

According to these secondary sources, the exact course of the explosion is yet to be released.


I learnt a lot from this weeks session, I was very unaware as the copyright laws and ‘Fair Distribution’.
However, I like how we could attribute our work to the primary source, as with pieces like this regarding the Congo, I wouldn’t be able to give a Primary source report without going there myself.
I found websites such as Reuters and Associated press helpful, and I hadn’t actually come across these websites before, although I had heard of them, I hadn’t used them.

With regards to the RRS feed and Google reader, this tool is definitely something I am impressed with. I had no idea you could create something like this tailored to you specific wants.

Even when you access new sites like The Mail Online, I find myself sifting through the articles I want and don’t want to read, with Google reader,  its does this for me as I have already specified my interests. I think this will come in very handy for our group work.

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…And the GRAMMY’s went to, Adele!

Our girl stole the show, bringing home SIX GRAMMY awards including:

Adele equaled Beyoncé’s record for the most GRAMMY’s won by single female in one night AND  took the late Amy Winehouse’s record for most awards won by a British female artist in one night.

And the Most Contraversal Award goes too, Chris Brown?

Chris Brown took ‘Best RnB Album’ – ‘F.A.M.E’ who thanked‘God for this Award’

Brown went on to perform twice at the GRAMMY’s, sparking a twitter war with Folk singer Miranda Lambert.

Lambert spoke out about her song ‘gunpowder and lead’ which focus’ on domestic violence and a young girl standing up to her abuser .

The folk singer directed this at Chris Brown, following allegations of his assault against Rihanna saying: ‘ not cool we act like that didn’t happen’ following his performance.

Brown tweeted the reply: ‘ HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY NOW! That’s the ultimate [explicit] OFF!’

The ‘TWITWAR’ goes on.

More victories…

The Foo Fighters took:

‘Best Rock Album’ – ‘Wasting Lines’

‘Best Rock Performance’ – ‘Walk’

Quoting:‘We made this record in our garage with a few mics and a tape machine’

Bon Iver took:

‘Best new artist’ – Telling the audience ‘It was so hard to accept this award’


After writing this post, I feel I am beginning to really understand the differences between the online format and print, and so far, i think I prefer the online format.
I feel it’s a lot more informal, and easy to express yourself, with shorter sentences and frequent headings. I feel writing this way, it easier to get across my personality, as well as clearly and concisely conveying my point.
I’m also enjoying adding pictures to my posts, and I’m proud of my blog, I feel its beginning to come together and look a bit more like the professional blogs I visit.

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What kind of Journo are you?

The topics I am most interested in are:



Dashing Dish



The Sartorialist

My hobbies and interests include;






I feel in this weeks session I have learnt a lot.

I have added my categories and amended my widgets, I have discovered I can attach my Facebook account to my blog and I have also reactivated my twitter page and attached this to my blog aswell.

The most impressive technique I have learnt, is how to ‘link’ my text to another webpage (see above). I love this tool, and I think this is definitely something I would choose to use in my personal blog for the future and for the group project. I feel it neatens my page up, makes it look more professional and just tidy’s up long, untidy links. I had seen this tool used on some of the above blogs that I regularly visit, but didn’t realize how simple it could be or me to add them into mine.

I also tweaked the appearance of my page, added the newspaper picture down the side. So far I’m impressed with my blog.

A Word about WordPress.

WordPress – and tools like it – are an essential part of the online journalist’s workflow. 

Online journalism is well over a decade old. And yet, for many (including me) it’s still a new discipline.
Its rules and tools are unfamiliar for those who are either starting in journalism or who have a more traditional background.
Online journalism is different to print in several key ways due to the fact that we write differently for digital media, we have to respond more quickly, we have to be proficient with multimedia approaches to telling stories, we use tools that traditional journalist may see as amateur spheres, blogs, social media .
The area 

that most confuses newcomers to digital journalism, is its workflow – 
In traditional journalism, there is an entrenched, hierarchical workflow that may go something like this:

  • Editor commissions an article
  • Journalist researches story
  • Journalist produces copy
  • Content is sent to the editor for approval
  • Content is forwarded to a production editor
  • Production editor sub edits the copy
  • Editor signs off on the copy
  • Art editor lays out the content
  • Editor signs off on proof
  • Publication goes to printers
  • Publication is distributed
In online journalism, the workflow is much more simple. It can be as simple as this:

  • Journalist comes up with an idea
  • Journalist researches story
  • Journalist produces story
  • Journalist lays out and publishes story online
In online journalism this is known as content management – wordpress 
…In time, the majority of written journalism will be online journalism.
Even though we worked with wordpress last year, I do not remember A THING.
The whole thing seems very daunting again, but hopefully once I’ve had a bit more of a play around, and managed to get my bearings again, I’m hoping it will all come back to me !
I’m definitely excited to start blogging though – I’ve always had a strong interest in digital media but never really had the experience to make my own. So hopefully from this, I can kick-start my own personal blog too.