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Showing posts from March, 2016

We can't let Online be the news norm

The Independent front covers (Image: I was nine when I started developing an interest in reading newspapers. My father was (and still is) a keen reader of Cardiff's South Wales Echo during the week and Daily and Sunday Mirror s in the weekend and as a young boy in the late 1990s, I felt that getting updated with the latest stories through print journalism was the way forward to understanding the world. And with this (among other inspirations) came my interest in pursuing a career in the newspaper industry. However, it wasn't until my godfather who, when visiting the family, always brought a copy of The Independent with him, and that got me hooked on reading papers. The journalism on that newspaper at the turn of the century was sublime and instantly I wanted to be a sports reporter. With my love for particularly football at the time, I waited in anticipation on what James Lawton was to write about the bigger sporting talking points. I read inten

Is Prince William a closet republican?

Kate Middleton and Prince William (Image: Metro) It's not like The Daily Mail to complain about any member of the royal family. It's been a long time and has come about under somewhat surprising circumstances. They are annoyed with ' workshy ' (their words, not mine) Prince William as he took his wife Kate Middleton and their two children for a discreet, yet brief, skiing trip - and the cheek of the couple who decided not to inform the press. Now, there are many reasons why I, and perhaps many other media junkies, would roll our eyes about The Daily Mail's (and Daily Star's 8th March front page ) moan. It isn't really their business to know the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's every whereabouts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are perfectly entitled to escape the limelight for a few days. Sure, the Mail, being the second highest circulated newspaper in the UK that possesses the most number of people in the world actively seeking gossip on

The mistake of tagging the famous as 'role models'

'Role Model' Taylor Swift with fans (Image: Tumblr) Who do you consider to be your role model? We have an idea of those we look up - those who set a certain standard that we would only expect from those we come across, both professionally and personally. Particularly on a personal level, we are inspired by some individuals - most commonly a family member or 'celebrity' - and we attempt to imitate their similar steps, and learn their characteristics. According to a recent poll , parents want their children to look up to public figures like Taylor Swift (pictured above), Kate Middleton, Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran, so mums and dads are aware of the people their sons and daughters look up to in 2016. Having a role model has its benefits. If you ask someone who their role model is, some may answer their parents - for the loving, well-disciplined and hardworking mother and/or father who raised children to create their own success through good grades and hold ethic