Recently, I had an operation and required a minimum of 2 weeks off for recovery purposes. This, however, impacted on my work as I had to put this to the back of my mind. I just returned to my studies and I am now finding it difficult to pick up where I left off. I tried to do some blog posting. I had one story started and two others which I had in the pipeline.

To be honest I am not as behind as I thought I would be and know for sure that I have done more than most in my group.

As I was really organised leading up to my operation I was able to get a story written up and asked for feedback on it. I knew that there was going to be things that I needed to change and add in, but because of my time restraints, I thought submitting something was better than nothing. I thought over how I was going to make the story more interactive and visually appealing on the site but never had a chance to set anything in concrete before I went in for my operation. The ideas were to have an image which I will take. It will be someone holding something which says ‘not for sale’. Also, I thought about doing an interview with someone who has had a transplant or who is on a waiting list. Or even a surgeon. This will help to give my feature balance. Also, make it more credible if I have someone high up in the medical profession backing up what I say.

I was given the feedback but as my operation was the day after, there was no time for me to go back over it and amend it. After my operation and time out it made it harder to make sense of the notes in the feedback. I am going to have to get fresh feedback in order for me to understand how and what I need to do to make it read better and improve it.

Overall, my health is causing issues with my studies as I have to have days off when because I am in too much pain and can barely move. This means that I can never really plan things out to a tee as I never know if I’m going to be able to make it into HSAD or to interviews. I do feel that the tutors support me the best they can but I do feel that sections of the degree are not so accessible for someone who has a physical disability. For instance, I can’t do work experience as the course doesn’t supply a helper/PA for it. I require one for personal and physical reasons. I’ve even approached Social Services and applied for a PA, however, they said that budgets have been cut and that it should be down to the place of education to provide the necessary support for me to be able to complete course requirements. To be honest, it feels like the book keeps being passed back and forth, so I’m not getting any closer in doing work experience.

My disability also makes it harder to get around when needing to go do interviews. Getting places is difficult as I don’t have the support out and about. This means that I am limited to getting people to come into HSAD in order for me to be able to do them.

Talk and Q&A with Sarah Colley

Meeting Sarah Colley was insightful as she gave good suggestions for further topic areas within the realms of Modern Day Slavery.

Sarah Colley is involved with the freedom talks and other events similar and comes across as really focused and knowledgeable. She also is from Hull University.

The day consisted of use doing a task where we had to write down key areas of modern day slavery then explain what we knew of the area of slavery. To be honest, this part wasn’t that engaging and pretty pointless as we had already conducted research and got to grips with what we went back over. I guess it was a refresher.

The best part about Sarah coming in is that she answered a few questions I had. Also, she brought in some videos that highlighted key scenarios that can happen with slavery today. It gave us an insight into how others are choosing to cover and expose the issues and how they approach sensitive and bold content. The video where used for campaigns and advertising to raise awareness.

The best video which she showed use was very gripping and pulled at the heart strings, it makes you ask questions like ‘ does this seriously still happen this way today’ etc. It was about a homeless man who was offered a safe place to stay but as a result, he was then trapped and made to work for no pay. It was interesting to see how the producer of the video filmed it and how he got the message out there to the audience.

Gantt Charts

When doing my ‘Self-initiated project and Dissertation’ it is incredibly important that the planning is in place. It is key to success. In both projects, I will have a Gantt chart in place or maybe multiple ones. A chart will help me plan my time and help me to have more understanding of what I should be focusing on and when. it is a visual guideline or prompt, it can be altered if need be. I will keep both an online and print copy.

The benefits of planning my project using this method are that it proves to the tutors that I can organise my time efficiently. By doing this it should help me complete the deadlines on time and make things easier for me in the long run.

if I can keep on track, without any major hiccups then it may allow me time to revisit and change any elements i like within my work

Notes for Academic Sources

When writing an academic piece, it is important to consider where you look for research on a subject matter. Sources need to be accurate and have some authority to the topic. Best sources are academics as they are checked by an expert for accuracy and quality before the content is published.

Different research types consist of Primary, Secondary – quantitative and qualitative, Market and Target.

Different types of academic sources are experts, academics and practitioners.

When writing an academic piece it is key to find as many sources as possible as this will help to make the piece balanced and will help to identify key conflicts and similarities.

First ‘Industry Reflection’ (Vogue vs Bloggers)

Senior Editors at Vogue magazine have been criticising Fashion bloggers for their conduct at Milan Fashion Week.

Bloggers have hit back at ‘outdated’ mainstream journalists. Who’s right?

Vogue is the world’s number one fashion magazine. With a female dominant target audience. According to media kit, the target audience is “81% women and aged 16-40” It does break down further based on demographics and social status as well (1).

In modern day society, the world is becoming much more digital and it is so much easier to get content out to an audience. This could be through social media apps, blogs and even other platforms. It could be argued that journalists feel threatened because of it been so open to really anyone, who wants their say.

Sally Singer, the magazine’s creative digital director wrote, “Note to bloggers who change head-to-toe paid-to-wear outfits every hour: please stop. Find another business. You are heralding the death of style” (2). This got the backs up of many bloggers. Many other comments were made which got a hostile response from both fans and bloggers. As a journalist, it can be seen that Vogue editors have a point if anyone writes or posts about a topic who knows if it is factually accurate. Journalists have a job and if others can do the same thing at their own pleasure, then we have to ask ourselves is there a future for the media?

Sarah Jones, writer at Luxury Daily explains that fashion bloggers have larger followings. Creating an identity or brand for themselves. She says, “While it may seem that fashion bloggers are losing their luster, they still have large followings that can rival magazines, creating an opportunity for luxury brands to reach a large, fashion-focused audience” (3).

This is significant as if this is the case it must make magazines feel threatened and probably why they declared a war against the fashion bloggers. Bloggers are looked upon by a young generation to gain styling tips and advice.

In conclusion, it may be seen that Vogue is out of touch with the society of today and need to either reconsider their strategies on pulling in an audience or as the times reported, they should “get back to their Werther’s Originals” (2)


  1. CondeNast (2016) Media information 2016. Available at: (Accessed: 26 December 2016).
  2. (No Date) Available at: http://CondeNast(2016) Media information 2016. Available at: (Accessed: 26 December 2016) (Accessed: 26 December 2016).
  3. Topping, A. (2016) Vogue editors accused of hypocrisy after declaring war on fashion bloggers. Available at: (Accessed: 26 December 2016).
  4. Jones, S. (2017) Luxury daily. Available at: (Accessed: 2 January 2017).

Third ‘Industry Reflection’ (Survival of print)

How can journalism survive the decline of print and what are the dangers of a growing democratic deficit in local reporting?

It can be argued that journalism can survive the decline of print, however, there is more evidence to back up that there isn’t a future for print. I agree with this as  There are many reasons that print is in decline. Some of the reasons are Aging Audience, Impractical, Cost, Literacy, Wasteful and The Internet. Print hasn’t adapted enough to today’s society needs, people don’t seem to want to pay for newspapers as there are other ways around getting the same information and quicker than the papers can get the news out to the audiences. Social media has impacted the print news industry as it provides news at the reader’s fingers and free of charge. “people don’t like to read, recreationally or otherwise. Newspapers endorse literacy implicitly on a daily basis. Granted, the industry is aimed at the least educated-types for a reason, as people don’t often have the attention span to sit down and absorb a single thing.”