Tag: Journalism

I’m a Presenter Now!

Hi Guys!

As most of you guys know, I am very passionate about writing and journalism. I have also had the privilege of using my blog as a platform for my articles, poetry and personal posts.

I am now happy to say that I am a part of UniTV at University of Sussex and I present to you my first piece that I presented and edited.

This experience so far has been invaluable as it has taught me at lot on working in media and how making videos is a lot of work behind the scenes.

I hope you enjoy this video!

 

Student Bulletin: Career’s Fair 2015

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What I Learned From Being a Student Journalist (So Far)

I have been a student journalist for just over a year now. Given that there is no specific handbook for being a journalist, I learned a lot of things for myself. So if you want to write for a university publication, here are a few pointers to make life easier.

1. Read newspapers and know current events: This is fundamentally important if you want to perfect your writing skills. Reading the publication you want to write for will give you a sense of the target audience and what format they want the articles. Also reading up in current events makes the article making process much easier as you don’t have to start from scratch.

2. Join the university journalism society: Joining a society or club is considered a valuable piece of advice for all students. For student journalists, joining the journalism society is highly advised. You get the chance to talk to people who are in the same boat as yourself, you learn more on how to make it in the business and you get to have fun with journalism.

3. Beware of editors: When you write your article for the publication, you are satisfied with the content, grammar, layout, length, etc. and send the email to the editor. However the editor may not be as satisfied with it as you are (and not tell you). So come publication day, you pick up a copy and your article is unrecognisable. Sometimes it’s a necessary evil to edit articles if it’s too long or it’s incorrect grammar or the information needs updating. It sucks because it feels what you did wasn’t good enough and you don’t know why. Try not to dwell too much on it and try again in the next article. So make sure you know what they want to avoid the chop. (Note: editors are not evil. They are just doing their job just like you)

4. Expand into several areas: When I started out, I wrote in the features and entertainment section in the university magazine. Now I write features, entertainment, current affairs in the university magazine and features and entertainment in the university newspaper. I have done several types of articles such as interviews, reviews and news reports. I have also wrote different topics such as burritos, anime conventions, Snapchat, the Ferguson Riots and the Ebola crisis. It’s important to try different things as you’ll learn how to write different topics and you won’t be tied down in the future.

5. Don’t do too many articles at once:  You will need to give time to make a quality article. So if you do two or three in a very short space of time, it will drive you crazy.

6. The key word of student journalist is student: It is very easy to prioritise writing articles over your essays, exams or projects because nobody ever wants to write about narratology in Wuthering Heights nor Francophones in Quebec (especially the latter). However you are in university for your degree. So if you have lots of essays to do, give the article writing a break for a few weeks. You’ll get your chance again when the essay/exams are over.

7. If you have an idea for an article, try it: Coming up with ideas is not easy. But when one spasmodically appears, let the editor know. If they approve, go for it. Editors love it when contributors have ideas as it makes life easier for them. My most recently written article was about Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass” and the body positivity message in the lyrics. A friend of mine shared the song on their facebook page. In a comment thread, she mentioned how the message was original. At the same time, the editor was asking for ideas in the entertainment section. I mentioned my idea and she liked it. So don’t be afraid to try.

8. Building experience is rewarding in the long run: Of course being an unemployed student sucks. Sometimes putting down on your CV what exactly you do with the magazine may be irrelevant for the part-time/summer job stacking shelves at the supermarket. Nor does it fully help with the degree (except maybe the writing bits). But building up experience with your articles will get you noticed and your hard work will get you a job.

9. Get a copy for your mother: She will insist on it.

Kaizoku Con (Motley Volume 7, Issue 6)

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(Author’s Note: I was asked to make it more personal, but I did not realise this at the time of writing. The following article also happens to be my opinion as well as fact. To the staff of Kaizoku Con, well done. To my editor, thanks for giving me the chance to write this) 

Anime fans flocked to Kaizoku Con, Cork’s only anime convention on the UCC campus between March 28th to 30th. The idea of Kaizoku Con was set up in early 2013 by Emmett Fitzharris and Fionn McCleane from the UCC Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime and Horror Society (or Sci-Fi Society for short). From their experiences of going to numerous conventions throughout the country, such as Eirtakon in Dublin and Akumakon in Galway, they felt that Cork was missing out on the action. They pitched the idea to the then auditor of the Sci-Fi Society Niall Hartnett who encouraged the idea and with the long established Warpcon run by the War Gaming and Role Playing Society (WARPS) every year on campus, they realised Kaizoku Con was a feasible idea.  With the help of a dedicated twenty person committee, the Societies Guild and dozens of volunteers to help out throughout the weekend, the dream finally became a reality.  

Kaizoku Con pulled out all the stops to make the weekend as fun and as welcoming as possible, including live panels, screening rooms, games rooms for board games and video games, a trade hall, and the Old Bar was open for beverages and held several events. However, the cherry on the proverbial cake were the convention’s special guests: Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum.

Johnny Yong Bosch is an American actor, voice actor and musician. He is best known for his role as Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also provides the voices for many well-known characters such as Ichigo from Bleach, Vash the Stampede from Trigun, and Lelouch vi Britannia from Code Geass. He has also voiced a number of video game characters like Nero from Devil May Cry 3 and Kuhn from .Hack//G.U. Johnny is also a talented musician and the lead singer of the band Eyeshine.

J. Michael Tatum is an American voice actor, an Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) director, and script writer at Funimation.  He is well known for his roles as Scar from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Sebastian from Black Butler, Isaac from Baccano!, Kyoya from Ouran High School Host Club, Lawrence from Spice & Wolf and was recently cast as Erwin from Attack On Titan. He has also provided voices to several video games, notably Sir Hammerlock from Borderlands 2 and Julius from Tales of Xillia 2. He has worked on the script of several anime such as Attack On Titan, Deadman Wonderland, Dragonball Z Kai and Ouran High School Host Club.

At Kaizoku Con, there were four guest panels for attendants to meet and ask questions to both Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum including two separate Q&A sessions, three guest signings on Saturday and Sunday, and a panel featuring both the guests named “Voice Acting with the Greats”. As well as that, over 30 panels took place including “Brony Panel” by Robert Hamilton & Holly Whiteside from Bronies of Ireland, “Comics! An Indie Artist’s Perspective” featuring the Corkonian Marvel artist Will Sliney, “Mythology in Anime” by the Mythology Society, “The Morphin’ Legacy” by Johnny Yong Bosch and Mark McAlister. Not only that, Kaizoku Con also offered a wide range of events and games including “Kards Against Kaizoku”, the tea ceremony by the Japanese Society, “Cosplay Take Me Out”, the pub quiz and the charity auction which were both held in the Old Bar. They also showed over twenty screenings over the three days including Sharknado, Card Captors, Pokémon Origins and Supernatural. 

 Kaizoku Con was well organised, the volunteers were friendly and helpful to people who were unfamiliar with the UCC campus, and it ran without any major problems, except perhaps Johnny Yong Bosch’s signing going on three hours longer than scheduled due to the extensively large queue. Both Johnny Yong Bosch and J. Michael Tatum were exceptional guests at this convention. Both men were very nice, charming, funny and chatty to all fans old and new. They were willing to sign for everyone, let pictures be taken and answer any fan questions (including the hilarious Q&A session with J. Michael Tatum on Saturday night). They also participated in charity auction in which Johnny Yong Bosch auctioned off a signed replica wooden sword from Bleach and J. Michael Tatum auctioned off a chance for a lucky bidder to hug him for a whole minute. Other bids included sci-fi and fantasy movie posters from Iron Man 3, The Hobbit and 300. From the charity auction around €2000 was raised in aid of Laura Lynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice charity.

Around 830 people attended Kaizoku Con during the weekend, which according to the convention organisers, is the highest attendance for an anime convention’s inaugural year in Ireland. It has been an overwhelmingly successful first year for the convention, with plenty of events and activities on offer, the excellent choice of guests, and the fun atmosphere around the campus during the three days. According to the Kaizoku Con committee, the chance of Kaizoku Con returning in 2015 is very certain. With the first year behind them, Kaizoku Con is well on its way of being a treasure trove among the other anime conventions in Ireland.

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Louise Clancy with J. Michael Tatum (left) and Johnny Yong Bosch (right) at the Sunday signing.

“Impress Your Date: Best Places for Dinner In Cork” (Motley, Volume 7, Issue 3)

You meet a fantastic guy or girl, you like them and you successfully ask them out on a dinner date. However you end up facing a predicament. You want to impress your date (chicken rolls are out of the question), but you don’t have a lot of cash to flash. Where do you go? Cork city has a wealth of restaurants on offer that are certainly kind to a student’s budget. 

Amicus, located in the city centre at Paul Street, serves a great variety of meals including salads, soups, paninis, pizza and several carvery dishes at a price range from €11 – €15. There is also a lounge/bar area which is ideal for a pre-dinner drink such as cocktails, beers and spirits. Amicus has a modern, light and spacious atmosphere which is the perfect setting for a dinner date.

If you wish for a more intimate café setting for your date, Nosh + Coffee at Carey’s Lane could be the place for you. Nosh + Coffee is a little gem of a place with delicious and value for money food, well-made coffee, friendly staff and beautifully decorated interiors. This is an ideal spot for lower budget lunch dates.

For Italian cuisine enthusiasts, Scoozi’s at Winthrop Lane is a great choice. They serve the classic pizza and pasta dishes as well as more contemporary dishes such as grilled burgers and main courses. To top it off, Scoozi’s also offer a wonderfully mouth-watering desert menu for less than €6, which is just too good to resist!

For those who are more adventurous in tastes further afield, such as Asian food, Wagamama at South Main Street is highly recommended. Though it is somewhat more on the pricey side, couples can easily avail of the “buy one main course get one free” voucher or get student discount on their meals, therefore it works out well for all.

If you and your date simply wish to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are some fantastic places for deserts only. Paradise Crêpe Restaurant on French Church Street, is a French restaurant that serves both sweet and savory crêpes (though the sweet ones are amazing). These crêpes are well complimented by a choice of teas, coffees, hot chocolates, cool refreshments and the finest French wines.  

Whether you try to seduce your date with Asian food or some more traditional Irish cusine, rest assured they will appreciate wherever you take them, as long as you don’t give them shop-bought wedges. Bon appetite!