Category Archives: Editorial Practice 3 (Workshop)

The Graduation of Homeless People

Homelessness is a vital situation and it happens all around the world. How many people are homeless? Why do people lose their accomodation? What does the latest research tell us about tackling the issue? This article attempts to assess the answers for these questions based on the United Kingdom.

There is no single reason why someone can end up without a home. Personal circumstances and wider factors both play their part. On one hand, some individual factors and experiences can make people more vulnerable to homelessness: including poor physical health, mental health problems, alcohol and drugs issues, bereavement, experience of care, and experience of the criminal justice system; on the other hand, structural factors can include poverty, inequality, housing supply and affordability, unemployment, welfare and income policies.

Personal factors and structural factors are often interrelated; individual issues can arise from structural disadvantages such as poverty or lack of education. While personal factors, such as family and social relationships, can also be put under pressure by structural forces such as poverty.

Not having a home can make it harder for individuals to find a job, stay healthy and maintain relationships, which is one of the biggest impacts of homelessness.

Hani Richter, Natalia Carcame and Liping Luo, those students who are from the Journalism course of London College of Communication, have made a special video about how homeless people ‘graduate’ from bit by bit.

How many people sleep rough in England? It can be difficult to work out the number of people sleeping rough for a number of reasons. People bed down at different times, move about, and can be hidden away in derelict buildings. However, each year every local authority in England does estimate or count the number of people sleeping rough in their area.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, it provides an estimate of the number of individuals sleeping out on any one night in England. According to the latest figures, collected in the autumn of 2013 and published in February 2014, 2,414 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night.

This was up 5% from the estimated number of rough sleepers in 2012, 11% from 2011, and 37% from 2010.

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Team Members for this project: 

Video filming: Hani Richter & Natalia Carcame

Video editing: Liping Luo

Article: Liping Luo

Infographic: Liping Luo

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What is Love?

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Picture: Different languages for “I love you”.

What is Love? I don’t know. Thousands of people may have thousands of answers for that question. But what about when you’re only seven and your favourite person is your mum? One Saturday, me and two of my good friends went to Natural History Museum and asked children what love is, and asked people from different countries to teach us how to pronounce/write “I love you” in their own languages. Children are always pure, lovely and happy, we were pretty sure they can give us many unexpected answers. Check out the video below, the touched moments about love.

Video: What is Love? 

Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection to pleasure. It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment. It can also be a virtue representing human kindness,compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”. It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.

                         —William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5.
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Valentine’s Day is a symbol of love, not doubtful at all. We set a questionnaire about the gifts most often given on Valentine’s Day (Allowing for multiple gifts given), and 40 random people are involved on the questionnaire, regardless of gender, age, occupation and race. Here are the answers.
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Infographic about the gifts most often given on Valentine’s Day (Allowing for multiple gifts given) – 40 random people are involved on the questionnaire, regardless of gender, age, occupation and race.

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Video filming:

Liping Luo         (London College of Communication, BA Journalism Year-2);

Shirley Liu         (Cass Business School, BSc IFRM Year-1);

Shangyan Cai     (Cass Business School, BSc Accounting and Finance Year-3 )

Video editing: Liping Luo

Photography: Liping Luo

Article: Liping Luo

Infographic: Liping Luo

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* Specially thanks the help from Shirley and Shangyan, who are not part of LCC.

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Multimedia Portfolio

* This portfolio will keep updating.

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Student Name: Liping Luo

Student Number: LUO13401194

Unit Title: Editorial Practice 3 – Multimedia Journalism (Workshop)

Unit Leader: Mr. Russell Merryman

Unit Tutors: Ms. Laura-Jane Filotrani; Mr. Rob Sharp; Ms. Rebecca Pearce

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This portfolio includes:

Term-1:

• Impacts of Internet on Journalism (09/10/2014_WEEK 1)

• A Trend Topic on Twitter (16/10/2014_WEEK 2)

• Main Buildings in Elephant & Castle (23/10/2014_WEEK 3)

• (Class Exercise) Photoshop Practice (30/10/2014_WEEK 4)

• Halloween Audio Interview (30/10/2014_WEEK 4)

• Use Excel and Infogram to Analyse Data (06/11/2014_WEEK 5)

• 3-minute Documentary of Winter Wonderland (20/11/2014 ~ 04/12/2014_WEEK 7~9) 

Term-2:

New Year’s Resolution: Why not do something for others?                                                           (15/01/2015 ~ 29/01/2015_WEEK 1~2)

What is Love?  (29/01/2015 ~ 12/02/2015_WEEK 3~4)

**NB**:  ALL THE CONTENTS ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE HERE:

Editorial Practice (Workshop) Section

New Year’s Resolution: Why not do something for others?

It’s the start of a new year and undoubtedly people will be making changes to their lives by thinking of a New Year’s resolution. Most of us will make a New Year Resolution, maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol. New year’s resolution is a common tradition around the world in which an individual decides to give something up or make a change in their life, more so for the better.

According to the Mirror, some popular resolutions include: exercising more, eating better, cutting down on alcohol, and giving to charity. Some of these resolutions; for instance, exercising more, could involve spending more money such as on a gym membership or a diet subscription.

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New Year’s Resolutions Statistics.

Giving to charity or doing a good deed for the New Year is not a new idea, we can see these traditions quite a lot from the past. The Roman’s would begin every year by making promises to the God, Janus, while the Ancient Babylonians made promises to their God’s they would return borrowed objects and pay back any debts they had.

According to the BBC, ‘ in 2012, the average weekly turnover per charity shop from January to March was £2,087, compared with £2,038 for the same charities in the same quarter a year earlier.’ This here shows how even though by not much, there are more people buying stock from charity shops around the beginning of the year, and this all helps.

Oxfam, one of the biggest charities in the world, helps fight poverty and injustice in over 94 countries worldwide. For 2015, they added a new feature on their website called ‘New Year’s resolution with a difference’. This idea is to get children involved with making a selfless resolution, they write ‘Get your children making resolutions that not only affect them, but also those around them, locally and globally.’

This feature on the Oxfam website is mostly used by teachers and has presentations attached so the teachers can show their pupils. This is a great cause for young children as it teaches them to be selfless, and whether it is actually giving to charity, or even deciding to help people more, it can mean the world to someone else.

Reporters, Hani Ritcher and Liping Luo spoke with the manager of the Islington Oxfam store about New Year’s and how business has been like for them, for more information about the interview, view the video below.

Interview the manager of Oxfam, Islington branch.

A staggering £37m a year is spent on wasted gym memberships, says a report in the Daily Mail. This could be down to people wanting to exercise more for New Year, but never get round to doing it.

Money plays a big role in the New Year, whether it is due to new resolutions, or even down to the January sales.

January sales may be one of the reasons why people spend more money around New Year’s. Many, if not every, retailers cut their prices in order to get rid of old stock, and to be ready for their new seasonal stock. Despite the prices being cut, people actually end up spending more because of all the bargains. According to Business Insider, ‘a big, bold “SALE” sign helps get people in the store’.

However, spending more money due to resolutions doesn’t always have to be selfish. As The Mirror described, one of the most popular New Year resolution’s was to give to charity more. Whether it is actually donating clothes, or deciding to support a charity shop by buying things there, it all helps the cause they are raising money for.

Below, reporter Natalia Carcame and Hani Ritcher have interviewed people around the University of the Arts London’s LCC campus about their New Year’s resolutions and what they thought about them.

Interview the LCC students about their views of New Year’s Resolutions.

From the interviews from both audio and video, we can see that giving rather than making a selfish resolution actually has more effect on people. So this year, do a good deed, be less selfish, and have a good one.

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Video: Hani Richter & Liping Luo

Audio: Natalia Carcame & Hani Richter

Article: Rachel Fineman

Infographic: Liping Luo

3-Minute Documentary About An Event: Winter Wonderland 2014 (WEEK 7 ~ WEEK 9)

WINTER WONDERLAND IS READY!!!

(Video of Winter Wonderland 2014)

The biggest festive event Winter Wonderland is back at Hyde Park for 2014! The annual fair returns to London’s Hyde Park to mark its 8th year. It’s that time of the year again to take out the fur coats and boots!

This year there are dozens of rides and hundreds of market stalls, food vendors and carnival games view for the public to enjoy, sprawling across a hefty chunk of one of London’s largest parks.

Add this to the fact that as one of the capital’s most fabulous festive events. Winter Wonderland attracts crowds of thousands on a regular basis, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed and miss some of the best attractions.

The event has fairground rides, child friendly Santa’s grotto and through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you’re ready to hear all those songs as you ponder.

Other attractions at Hyde Park’s annual Christmassy addition is the Giant Observation Wheel and the ‘Christmas Circus’ and ‘Cirque Berserk’ – from the family friendly Zippos Circus. Winter Wonderland’s ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. The video below highlights some of the key events; make sure to check it out!

The festival also includes The Magical Ice Kingdom. It’s a chance to get up close to some real ice and snow, meeting some mythical frozen beasts by the chilly forest. The 60-metre observation wheel, rollercoaster’s and fairground rides do the job in making the public happy. A good alternative for those who prefer to stay on the ground are the selection of themed bars with real fires, except for the Ice Bar (for structural reasons) where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice.

Famous stars shows in there sometimes as well! American actress Lindsay Lohan was seen in London on 30th November on a few rides at Winter Wonderland.

23AB50AE00000578-0-image-143_1417565461602Satisfying her need for speed: Lindsay joined friends on an Ice-inspired ride.

Rose Smith, 24 was interviewed at the festival she says:

“Going to Winter Wonderland was a really fun experience. I went there with a friend to have a fun day out and that is what we got. There were rides for the people that enjoy thrills. There were also food stalls there to enjoy which we did buy from. We went ice skating too and that was a fun experience – even though I held on to the side rails as it was my first time ice skating but my friend was more confident and that also meant she fell down in the sludgy ice rink. We also had the chance to watch a circus performance too, which was fun too.

Traveling there was easy and we both used the Underground which is simple enough to use if you know what you are doing. There were also signs once at the station to guide where the Winter Wonderland was happening. I would recommend Winter Wonderland to everyone as there is something for everyone (families, couples, friends etc) to do and it is a nice chance to come to London to have fun. It only happens once a year so what is the harm in trying. I would give my experience of going to Winter Wonderland a 7.5/10.”

If you’re skating, be aware there’s no minimum age for skaters, under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over and the smallest skates for hire are children’s size 9 (adult skates go up to size 13).  Anyone can use their own skates as long as they’re not speed skates. Wheelchair users are welcome on the ice. There are also ice guides on who can look after groups of up to 15 skaters at a time (for an additional charge).

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Team Members:

Article Author: Kholla Khan; 

Video Filming & Editor: Liping Luo.

(2 students from BA Journalism Year-2, London College of Communication)

Use Excel and Infogram to Analyse Data (WEEK 5)

On week-5, LJ and Rob have taught us the methods of using Excel and Infogram (infogr.am) to analyse data. This article will mainly focus on how to use infogram to create infographic after finishing the data calculation in Excel.

The data below is one of the practices we have done. It shows a record of the total amount of money that politicians have got during the 2005 election(6-month before/ 6-month after).

Six-month to the run-up:

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Six-month after:

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(Apparently before the election a lot politicians were making great effort to get donations.)

Infogram is an easy-used website, make sure getting an account first.

Just click ‘Create’ and choose ‘Charts’.

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Select ‘Add Chart’ and ‘Double-click to edit'(see below).

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Now all we need to do is choose a square(avoid the first column and row), then copy 5AB-16AB(Excel Sheet8) or 5AB-8AB(Excel Sheet7) to the blank square chosen area. The reason for avoiding first column and row is because they are the space for titles.

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Tada! Here we are! The final infographics!

One of advantages of Infogram is that it makes all the data clear, also data are distinguished by their colours.

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Halloween Audio Interview (WEEK 4)

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A hallowed out of pumpkin with face cut is one of  the traditions of Halloween.

Halloween is a  famous festival in western countries on October 31st, which is one night of the year when ghosts, witches, and fairies are especially active. Modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. Recent years it’s been getting popular in many oriental countries such as China, Japan and Thailand. However, we do have a completely different ‘ghost festival’ in China, which is more serious compare to western Halloween.

One of my classmates — Hani Richter, who is studying second year Journalism course  in the London College of Communication, has interviewed me about the differences of ghost festival between western countries and China.

The Chinese ghost festival is called the Hungry Ghost Festival, also known as the Zhongyuan Festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. The exact date is normally between July and August each year depends on traditional Chinese calendar. It is believed that the Gates of Hell are opened once a year during the Hungry Ghost Festival and all the lost and hungry ghosts of hell are free to roam the living world. Children has many restrictions in Hungry Ghost Festival; for instance, parents would keep them at home after sunset and they are not allowed to go out. The reason for this is because there is a superstition that all the ghosts would come to the human world at that night, and children would easily get scared by the ghost. Even adults rarely go out at that evening.

To appease these lost souls and to prevent them from causing the living harm, people put food out for the ghosts to enjoy. Elaborate ceremonies and rituals are also performed to please the ghosts. Burning joss stick is also one of our custom, too, which is very usual and common in Chinese fiestas.

A hallowed out of pumpkin with face cut must be one of  the traditions of Halloween. The tradition of dressing in custom for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghost came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghost if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghost would mistake them for fellow spirits.

As we can see here, from the phenomenon of staying at home and going outside, there is a huge difference between these two cultures.

Last year was the first Halloween I have celebrated as I went abroad to Britain. Two things I have noticed most in the Halloween. Firstly, I’ve seen many people did the make-up of scared faces, such like putting blood on their faces. The second thing is there are plenty of children knocked my door in Halloween and asked me ‘Trick or treat!?’ For me western is more funny compare to China.

Want to find out more? Check the audio!

If you have any problem in listening the interview, click here! Halloween Audio Interview

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Term-1 Final Assignment (1): 750-word Feature

How do I define my country in the new century? The antiquity of China is fading away with the economy, like a new born baby, is developing at a world-shocking pace; however, its one-party leadership, blockages on the Internet and the press… are still not be understood by western countries. As a Chinese student abroad I am given the freedom to feel something that I would not be allowed to learn in my homeland.

Chinese government puts blockage on multiple western websites such as Facebook, Gmail/Google Search and BBC. To some extent, the websites of Social Networking Services and News from western countries are mostly banned in China. The Chinese government wishes to restrict the information which would seems to be not conductive to Chinese economic development and political stability. For instance, this article I am writing could probably be scanned and banned from the internet world of mainland China because of its political sensitivity. When I arrived to this new western country, the first freedom I felt is the freedom of the Internet — I can search a lot of things that I couldn’t find in China; for example, the ‘Tiananmen Square Protest’, which were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing bur forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law. As a journalism student, it is helpful for me to learn the real history of my country with critical thinking.

Homosexual marriage has been legalized in the UK, but there is still a long way to go in China. In my perspective, every human beings have the right to pursuit happiness, even though heterosexual people. We should respect different people’s choices. As J. S. Mill’s opinion on the book On Liberty that individual does not need to be responsible for as long as their own behavior does not affect others; once this personal action harms or hurts other’ benefits, individuals need to take responsibility. Chinese law does not accept homosexuality at the moment. It does not mean we don’t have gay or lesbians in China, but the freedom I can feel in here is much bigger compare to China.

Academic freedom in teenage ages is one of the freedom to be felt in the UK. IGCSE and GCE A-Level as the secondary education system in here, the students are allowed to have more freedom in choosing the courses what they are more interested in or want to learn compare to Chinese secondary education system. The variety in combination of courses benefits the students to focus on their further plans. Chinese high school students (equivalent with GCE A-Level) have to study Chinese, Mathematics, English, and the combination of either Science (Chemistry+Physics+Biology) or Liberal Arts (Geography+Politics+History). They are not given the opportunity and space to choose whatever courses they like. That is why many Chinese high school graduate students have no idea which course they should learn in the future university or what sort of career they are prefer, which is a common phenomenon in China.

Gambling is restricted in mainland China, too. Only national public welfare lottery is legal. Gambling freedom in the UK is embedded in the legality of casinos. However, probably someone would ask me there is a weird phenomenon that although Hong Kong and Macau are belong to China, but some of the freedom above could be found in these two regions; for example, Macau is very famous for gambling, and there is no internet restriction at all in Hong Kong. This is because Chinese government has set ‘One country, two systems’ to apply to two regions.

In conclusion, the main reason for all these kind of banned freedom above I can not feel in mainland China, for my perspective, is because of the level of actual development of the country. I believe one day in the future that I can feel the same freedom in my own country sooner or later. I truly love my homeland, and I hope that day is coming soon.

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