Municipal/Community Reporting

In this lesson we looked into what it takes to be a good community or municipal reporter.

As silly as it sounds one of the first understand the difference between the different councils and what they are responsible for.

If someone is complaining regarding ongoing issues with x,y and z you need to be aware of who controls/has responsibility for it to allow the right to respond.

If there is an issue with bins or community issue you must know who to contact.

Here is a brief outline of who controls what:

County Councils

  • Education
  • Transport
  • planning
  • fire and public safety b
  • social care
  • libraries
  • waste management
  • trading standards
  • EHO

District, Borough and City Councils

  • Rubbish collection
  • Recycling
  • Council Tax Collections
  • Housing
  • Planning applications

Parish, Community and Town Councils

  • Allotments
  • Public Clocks
  • Bus Shelters
  • Community Centres
  • Play areas & Equipment
  • Grants
  • Consultation on Neighborhood Planning
  • litter
  • Graffiti
  • Fly Tipping
  • Dog Offenses

Understanding who’s responsible for what is not enough, its also vital to understand how the system works and who does what.

Local government regardless of the level is like a big machine and every person in every department plays their part.

Above all else THE most important thing for a reporter is to understand the people you serve.

All communities are different with differing needs and issues.

A good municipal reported understands people and what makes them tick, as well as what upsets them.

A reporter needs to be observant, accurate, empathetic and think skinned.

The are few tips I’ve been given are:

  • become friends or at least on first name terms with the press officers and staff in all majors services.
  • be seen, the more people see you in and about your patch the more they will talk to you and trust you
  • get to know the local shop keepers and community leaders, they usually like to talk



News Story Refection

It’s no secret that i dont find news writing the most natural of thing to do.

It has really taken a lot for me to understand the structure of writing news, I read some form of news everyday, its just going in at a really slow rate.

I do however feel i have got better over the year and will continue to work on this throughout the summer.

Of the two stories submitted for assessment, i think the council one was easiest, though my first draft was off the mark the final felt easier to write. I think it was down to the nature of the source and the subject. Even though the subject is one i think is of massive importance, the meetings are very factual and i found i was not involved with the story i was just reporting on it.

The story of Papas fish and chips was a fun one to do as i got to enjoy a portion myself. It was nice to be able to stand in line and watch people, and speak to the ones close to me.

As is usual with my writing it was easy in the beginning to go to feature like. I have tried really hard to keep to the news structure, and follow the rules,

Overall I am happy with the results and hope the hard work has paid off

MoJo Assignment Reflection

This story came along because on the final News Day of the year and no-one would speak to me.

With the agreement of the editor Ryan and John our tutor I went off in search of a copy.

I brought it back to the news room and using my mobile on a tripod we played for about 30 mins to allow ourselves to get a feel for the game and see the different cards available. It was also interesting to see the reactions different tiles caused.

At the end i did a sort interview with Ryan and Aaron who were playing with me to hear their views.

Though it may not be seen as the most obvious news story on the day of launch when the footage was all taken and the story was written it was the story of the moment in Hull. There are very few Cities which are given the honor.  Hull joined such cities as New York…and Leeds.

It was another great moment in a great year for our city.

I have found the two hundred word count a little challenging, but it is the footage that does most of the talking.

Monopoly is played by over 1 BILLION people world wide, in 114 countries and is printed in 47 languages.

It also came 5th in the most sold board games ever list

These figures show that Monopoly really is still holding its own as a family fav.

The target audience for this is quite hard to define as this game transcends the generations to rather than an age range, i was aiming for fans of board games.



Photoshop Lesson 3

03Start fin edit

This lesson proved how difficult it is for precision with these tools which is one reason i left the image above rough. I have found the use of the different moving tools useful. for our up and coming assignments.

From a professional point of view it allows the re-organisation of objects to give a desired end product.

University Life – Life as a Mature Student.

When I first started planning this, my intention was something very different. I had planned on writing something around the library, however things didnt go quite to plan. The person I was interviewing was unavailable at the time and due to work commitments things had to get switched.

The link below is to the published piece. I am quite happy with it.

The work was produced via short hand social and is called Life as a Mature Student

As a immersive story telling tool i really like this. Love the way you can write over images, and the screens are easy to navigate.






Influential Journalist – Andrew Marr

Andrew William Stevenson Marr was born on 31st July 1959.

Educated at Trinity Hall Cambridge, the journalist and broadcaster has established a well respected career specialising in anything political.

He began working for The Scotsman as a junior business reporter, before moving to London where he became a parliamentary correspondent, then becoming their political correspondent.

Thanks to political journalist and mentor Anthony Bevins Andrew Marr was appointed as a member of the Independents launch team. After leaving for a short time he returned in 1992 as political editor and  in 1996 became editor.

His first work for television was a three part series for BBC 2 to be shown after Newsnight.

In 2000 he became BBC political editor one of his most renowned interviews was with Tony Blair when he announced he would not seek a fourth term as Prime Minister should they win the 2005 general election. After the election he stepped down as political editor to spend more time with his family. He did continue to work for the BBC.

In September of 2005 Marr began presenting Sunday morning news programme Sunday AM. Which in 2007 would be re-branded as Andrew Marr show.

In January of 2013 Marr suffered a stroke which left him in hospital for 2 months. He returned to his show in September of the same year.

He received some treatment in Florida which involved injecting drugs directly into his spine whilst handing upside down. He was quoted in December 2016  as saying that even though there had not been the dramatic results he had hoped for there had been ‘subtle and useful changes’.

He remains partially paralysed on his left side, this limits some activities he is able to do.

The thing that I admire most about Marr as a journalist is the way he is fearless in what he does.

In his show he never shy’s away form the hard and sometimes controversial questions which need asking. He also push’s for answers not excepting single word reply’s or in  the case of Teresa May avoidance and skating round issues.

As a person I admire how even after such a big health scare he returned to the show in less than a year and is even better.

He has forged such a strong presence in both print and broadcast journalism is a field which is filled with ego’s,  mud slinging and tit for tat.