Calum Leslie

MA Multimedia Journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University


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It’s Chriiiiiiiistmaaaaaas!

It’s Christmas! Well, if you’re going by the sellers on the streets of Glasgow it sure is: and that means Christmas markets are springing up all over the place.

St Enoch's Christmas market in Glasgow

St Enoch’s Christmas market in Glasgow

Edinburgh’s German version rumbled me of more time, money and dignity over four undergraduate years than I’d care to recap in 250 words – but it does mean I know a thing or two about markets. Or at least I like to pretend I do. Which, when you have a blog, is as good as.

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Britain, the post-Olympics envy of the world? Ask Palestine

Britain’s great. That was the message that was plastered on newspaper front pages, headed TV bulletins and blared out from radios after London 2012.

Yet even as someone who loves talking about, writing about, listening to and watching sport, the coverage of the aftermath of the Olympics offered me a dilemma.

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Bookworms, attack! (Or read, I guess…)

Does anyone else fear for books?

I do. But I’m still deciding if it’s an irrational fear – like the one I have that chicken’s never cooked properly. Or lego. Lego’s freaky.

But no, really – I fear for books. I don’t think many folk are reading them.

Print journalism (a big chunk of the industry I want to get into) is already set up with a sketchy, at best, future – and now the things I studied for four years at Uni could be on the way out too.

I’m not talking about fearing for fiction,  non-fiction or writing in general. That will all continue to exist, but will do so online, on your smartphone or on, as they say, your ‘tablet device’. I’m worried about the physical object: the book. With pages, and binding, and printed ink. All that stuff.

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The BBC, the press and Jimmy Savile

Everybody’s talking about Jimmy Savile. Everyone’s blogging about him and tweeting about him and reading about him.

The scandal that’s been covered on the front, inside and middle pages of newspapers has thrown up – among many things – questions over the media’s coverage of the allegations against the former DJ.

In particular, the reasoning behind the BBC dropping a Newsnight investigation into Savile around 12 months ago has been under intensive scrutiny – not least by the BBC’s own Panorama: Jimmy Savile – What the BBC Knew, aired on 22 October 2012.

It has been interesting to attempt to match the information presented in that programme with what we are engaging with on a daily basis as postgraduate journalism students.

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Foreign Affairs: an interview with Sam Robertson

The last time we looked at this topic as a class was because one of our number brought in a Sunday magazine article that explored the world of French women and their openly adulterous husbands.

This time, we were back to news.

Sam Robertson, output editor at Associated Press Television News in London, did a workshop with both the postgraduate (MAMJ) students as well as undergraduate third years (BAMJs) on international reporting.

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