Two more music interviews
November 18, 2012, 11:11 pm
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I interviewed Simone Felice and Duologue for Kettle Magazine. 

Here is Simone and here is Duologue.

My fave question was to Duologue – I asked them what their menu would be on Come Dine.

Five minutes with Kyla La Grange
October 9, 2012, 8:56 pm
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I’ve been working as news editor for ThisFestivalFeeling.com since January but two weeks ago moved over to music editor of KettleMag.com. I’ve been to a gig or two since then and set up some interviews.

My first interview has just been published and it’s with Kyla La Grange. Read it here.

Six months in as a trainee reporter

Monday will mark six months since I started as a trainee reporter on the Bracknell Forest Standard and I still love it. This week has been a particularly good week..the week before was hard as I had ten days off and felt massively behind when I got back. But this week things are back on track, and even though the nights are darker and colder, everything is very positive.

This week I joined the Reading Post’s 60 second news rota which means now and then I will be writing and reading out the lunchtime headlines online. Here’s what my first attempt looked like (well it took four takes actually!)

Also, we had some pretty good news for Bracknell this week. Regeneration of the town centre has been a hot topic for way longer than my six months and on Wednesday top cinema chain Cineworld signed on the dotted line and agreed a 25-year lease as part of a shopping complex in the town. That story can be found here.

My favourite human interest story this week has to be one about a community cafe facing an 1,000% rent increase, and being given two weeks notice. I popped down to Pinewood Cafe for the morning on Monday and chatted with Pauline and Andy about how they will have to close if they are forced to pay this. They are lovely, welcoming people and make a superb cup of tea. Read about it here.

After I’d spent some time at Pinewood, I whizzed over to Waitrose, Bracknell, where they have an amazing and innovative new energy system, where the whole store is powered just by burning locally sourced woodchips. I had a tour and met some very clever people who designed it all. The video I took while I was there will be on getbracknell next week.

I do love getting out and about and also for this week’s paper went to the opening of Victim Support a week ago to see Princess Anne open their new Bracknell office. She is incredibly down-to-earth and made time to speak to every person there. Here’s a video I filmed while I was there. All I can say is, thank goodness for editing as my voice always sounds silly when I interview people.

Something today reminded me how as a reporter you should follow every lead no matter how small…a simple car crash turned out to be a pregnant bride-to-be and her fiance on the way to their wedding today. Thankfully through the wonder of Twitter I know they are OK and I hope we can get a photo of them getting married tomorrow, in next week’s paper.

In other news, my role as news editor for ThisFestivalFeeling.com is winding down a bit and I will be moving to a staff writer position next festival season. Instead, I am taking on the role of music editor for our sister site kettlemag.com. I am looking forward to plenty of gig and album reviews and trying to think of creative things to write about.

Oh and one more thing I spotted this AMAZING opportunity for any student wanting to break into magazine journalism. You can basically get printed in LOADED magazine while you study!

Have a lovely weekend, I am working so hopefully something interesting will happen. 🙂

TV + Twitter – Does it make a better viewing experience?
December 11, 2011, 10:52 pm
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First it was the reality shows, especially those on Channel 4, who displayed a hash tag at the ad break, but now there’s probably one for Bargain Hunt, Scrapheap Challenge and Frozen Planet.  It seems that for the modern TV viewer, one screen is by no means enough!

If you have no idea what I’m on about, I’m referring to the great big conversation that happens 24/7 on Twitter, that influences trends, sparks all sorts of controversy and news stories, with rumours, comments and jokes spreading like wildfire.

For me, it all started when I watched the Mercury Awards this year.  I’d just fallen under Twitter’s spell and followed people’s commentary and predictions through Tweets as I proclaimed avid support for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins.  When PJ Harvey won, it emerged that there was a software developer called Phil Harvey using the ‘assumed’ Twitter account for the winning singer, who got loads of unwanted attention as he received congratulations…and eventual ‘twisticuffs’, as people decided there could not possibly be more than one P J Harvey at that moment in time. It made a quirky little news piece for my blog.

I was amazed at what emerged out of following a trend on Twitter when a TV programme was on.  It seems a lot more people tune in to a particular programme than comment on some important current affairs but hey – it’s entertainment.

The one that gains the most Twitter comments is X Factor, for a large chunk of the week it becomes a top trend.It’s a little bit sad but if you’re watching TV on your own, joining in the Twitter conversation gives you millions of sofa buddies at the click of the mouse.  It definitely makes it more entertaining.  For example the other day on the X Factor there was some production guy running across the screen and everyone on Twitter was saying ‘Who is the guy running across the screen?’  People offer up really funny comments about things that you hadn’t come up with yourself but you can retweet them so that your Twitter feed displays comedy.

Another pro to the great Twitter/TV conversation is that you can talk to your Twitter buddies about TV shows and also network and gain followers as loads of people are following the trend.

The dark side of the Twitter/TV conversation is probably worst for those featured in the programmes.  It’s much easier to make negative comments about people on Twitter and the great thing about Twitter is that it showcases a range of opinion more elaborate than you thought possible.  This, of course, means that there are loads of ‘haters’ out there.  TV offers a certain escapism and then the Twitter part means that comments you might have just said before for your sitting room to briefly hear are now published for the whole world to see.

I was watching My Transsexual Summer the other day and found that all those featured on it had Twitter accounts.  Although this programme sparked tonnes of support, it inevitably sparked some comments which could be hurtful if they were about you. I read Sarah’s Twitter feed which said ‘I don’t think I should be looking at the comments on the #transsummer feed.’

One thing to be careful of is you can get in trouble for things you say on Twitter – not everyone realises that.  But when it’s used for positive purposes, it opens your perspective to see other people’s opinions and also enhances the entertainment value as you have thousands of great sense of humours combined.  (And crap ones and stupid people who you can laugh at anyway.)

Written for Kettle Magazine and can be viewed on: http://kettlemag.com/article/tv-twitter-does-it-make-better-viewing-experience