The Boy with the Rebel Tattoo

I think I was born with the word ‘rebel’ tattooed somewhere inside me, so the hedonistic side of the music industry was always gonna get me.

A Grand Day Out, unless you’re a horse.

Today was the day of the Grand National, the flagship event in one of Britain’s most divisive and controversial sports: horse racing. Every year the event sparks debate about whether the sport is barbaric and cruel, or honest entertainment. In case you’re wondering where I’m going with this article, I’m edging (faster than a whipped…

Derek and mental health

“If I am tistic [sic], will I die? …Will I have to go into hospital and do experiments on me? [sic] …So will it change me in any way? Will I be the same person?” “Yes.” “Don’t worry about it then.” The above quote is taken from a scene in Ricky Gervais’ new show, Derek….

Why no one actually cares about Valentine’s Day

Hello all. Today is the 14th of February, which of course, means only one thing. That’s right, it’s the anniversary of the Bahraini uprising. It’s also the day that, in 1966, the Australian currency was decimalised. And who can forget when Rotterdam’s Maas tunnel opened, on this day, in 1942? Oh, and also it’s Valentine’s…

Are you secretly an idiot?

Are you secretly an idiot? (Image CC: LauraLewis23) The universe (I’m told) is a pretty massive place. It’s really big, and a lot of stuff happens in it. So much stuff in fact, that despite the ever-increasing growth of human knowledge, the amount of stuff we know is still infinitely smaller than the amount of…

Superman Returns. Again. But hopefully better.

Superman Returns. Again. But hopefully better. Featured image CC: hajagosb When everybody’s favourite Kryptonian, Kal-El (or as he’s known to everyone who isn’t a comic book nerd: Superman), returned to our screens in 2006, there was a wave of excitement and expectation. That wave, unfortunately, turned out to be a tsunami of dog turd, razorblades…

Back to the bottle…

Back to the bottle… (OR Why Nicki Minaj is the epitome of evil) In a recent article of mine, The X Factor hangover,  I said (for those who didn’t read it for some reason, presumably you were on holiday?) that I believed the age of the TV talent show (X Factor and co.) and generic pop music…

The X Factor hangover

The X Factor hangover (OR How the banjo killed pop music) About 2 months ago, my grandma informed me she’d discovered this new band that she thought would be ‘right up my street’. She couldn’t remember their name, but she’d bought their album and insisted she would play it to me the next time I…

Privilege

Privilege is a legal defence which offers protection for journalists (conditionally), and allows them to report on material which may be defamatory or untrue. It protects journalists from facing legal action, i.e. being sued for libel, provided journalists meet certain conditions in their reporting. There are two types of privilege and the conditions which must…

Press Regulation: Codes of Conduct, Practice and Ethics

While the law establishes a framework for journalism to operate in, and puts into place legal limitations (laws regarding defamation, contempt and copyright etc.), it is also important to have other bodies, outside of the law, to operate as regulators to direct journalists and provide ethical guidelines. These regulatory bodies are almost the conscience of…

Reporting Crime

Reporting on criminal activity is one of the areas of journalism which carries the most potential risk for a journalist, broadcaster or publisher, because the law around what can and cannot be said is extremely strict, and there is little leniency for anyone who is found to break it; even inadvertently. The two prohibited acts…

Re-Introduction to Media Law

Basic outline of the legal system: Law is divided into two areas: Civil Law and Criminal Law. These two areas handle different types of cases to the other, and the process of trying cases also differs. Criminal Law deals with offences committed by a person/s which are harmful or threatening to another person/s, property, or…

Critical Reflection – Semester 3

Critical Reflection WINOL Year 3 – Semester 1 Winchester News Online (WINOL) is an independent, student media outlet, running across multiple platforms; a news website, a weekly news bulletin, a weekly sports bulletin, and a new, dedicated features website (W2) which launched this semester. WINOL continues to deliver outstanding content across all platforms, and crucially,…

WINOL Critical Reflection – Semester 2

WINOL 2013/14 (Semester Two) Critical Reflection Alex Delaney Winchester News Online is an award-winning, ever-evolving news broadcast, that aims to meet the same standards as professional broadcasters. WINOL uses multiple devices to tell the news: our weekly news broadcast, text stories, and multiple Twitter accounts (to cater for different audiences). WINOL is leading independent student…

Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far) We’re now half-way through the year, so I thought now was as good a time as any to review the top 10 albums that have graced our ears since January. I can’t take any credit for this idea, as I was actually prompted to do so by my…

Existentialism

Existentialism “Existence precedes essence” – Jean-Paul Satre Existentialism is a philosophical and cultural movement, born in the late 19th and early 20th century, which focusses on the importance of the individual – a thinking, feeling, acting human being. It is a catch-all term for philosophers who shared the belief that all philosophical thinking should begin…

Economics – From Smith to Keynes

History of Economics Adam Smith Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher and economist. An empiricist, and one of the key figures of the Scottish enlightenment; Smith is often cited as the ‘father of modern economics’. Smith’s great work, The Wealth of Nations, uses examples of real people (case studies) and thinks he has…

Seminar Paper: The New Journalism

“The New Journalist is in the end less a journalist than an impresario.” – Mike Arlen Penny Papers: the ‘old’ journalism, and ‘yellow journalism’: In America there were The Penny Papers, these could be brought for 1p they were controlled and funded by political parties putting forward a point of view. Objectivity became much more…