Live blog – 24/11/17


City of Culture 2017 Preview: Turner and The Whale Exhibition at Maritime Museum – 6/10/17

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A whaling exhibition featuring works by artist JMW Turner is being displayed in Hull city centre, writes Danielle Hayes.

For the first time in the UK, Turner’s three rare whaling scenes are together in the Maritime Museum, on Queen Victoria Square.

The features are being displayed alongside Hull’s own whaling collection, from when the city held the title of the UK’s largest whaling port.

Co-curator of the exhibition Professor Jason Edwards said the exhibition is a “chance for people to see great art on their doorstep without having to travel to London”.

The professor from the History of Art department at University of York said: “We really raised our aspirations for the Maritime Museum, we put an ambitious programme together and this was going to be our climax so we thought big and we thought it doesn’t get much bigger than Turner.”

The exhibition is due to open to the public tomorrow, Saturday 7 October, and will be displayed until Sunday 7 January 2018.

Turner’s art will be complementing the Turner Prize that bears his name, which is being held this year at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Admissions are free to the exhibition and it is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 11am until 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hull 2017, UK City of Culture and sponsored by the NPS Group.

Create to Change project proven to be a success – 29/09/17

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A new project launched by Goodwin Development Trust, in Hull, has been deemed as life changing for young people, writes Danielle Hayes.

The trust launched the Create to Change project in May 2017, which encourages young people to work in the creative industry.

The project is an employment initiative targeting young people aged 16 to 29. It offers 51 people living in Hull paid work experience with small, creative local businesses for 12 weeks.

Kane Blythe, 22, who has started his placement as a gallery assistant at Queens Gallery Showcase and at Humber Street Gallery said he loves what he’s doing and it is what he wants to do in the future.

Mr Blythe and Thom Sheppard, 25, who is working as a marketing officer at Goodwin and as an artist development and merchandise worker at Warren Records, shared how they feel about being on the project:

The businesses on board with the project and offering individuals experience are Drunk Animal, The Warren, Thieving Harry’s, Larkin’s, Queens House, Pure Events, Humber Street Gallery, Brain Jar, West Hull FM, Dolly Day Dreams, Diony creative, Browse Magazine, Ambiente, Discs (bricworx), Drop point, Octovision Media and Simples Café.

Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, who set up the project said his idea came from Hull being the City of Culture 2017.

Mr Darnell said: “I knew there was a lot of activity and business growth within the city and I noticed there was a lot of interest from young people to get involved with the creativity”.

Rachel Foster from Goodwin Development Trust, who enrols businesses for the project said a huge amount of young individuals and businesses have already shown interest in being part of the project in the next 12 week period.

She said: “I think over the next few months it is going to really kick off because we did a jobs fair thing at Britannia House on Tuesday and we got absolutely loads of people interested in joining the course, more people than we can actually take on”.


Evaluation of documentary

The documentary me and Chelsea created addresses the issues surrounding the measurements of clothes in UK high street stores.

To demonstrate the problem, I went out and purchased clothes from different shops all in a size 12 and we compared them in piece to cameras, reaching out to the audience. We decided to do the documentary this way so that the viewers feel included and can clearly see what is going on.

We also included an interview with a counsellor at the end to add authority to the piece and show that she can explain the affects on women’s self esteem deeper and the issues with the sizing of clothing. When we filmed this, we didn’t have a microphone to connect to my camera and the sound from the camera was bad quality. However, luckily I had my mini microphone for my phone and I just attached that and placed it near her and recorded what she was saying.

A few times when we planned to go out filming we had issues with getting the right equipment from college and I found it very frustrating. We had to keep putting things off because we wanted microphones to do vox pops and for the interview and pieces to camera. However, when we went they either didn’t have any, didn’t have the right adapters or they didn’t work properly.

Then when we had eventually filmed and was ready to edit, the SD cards corrupted and we had to do everything all over again which was annoying. I had just taken all the clothes back to the shops and then I had to go out again and buy them all.

For the documentary I also created a survey and asked women to fill it out, so that we had our own primary research which backs up our argument in the documentary and it shows that it is an issue. I mentioned some of the findings from this survey in the voice over at the start.

There is a serious tone to the documentary due to the topic and in the piece to camera’s I am quite chatty due to the audience being everyday women.

When we went out filming we got as many different shots as possible, and we wanted to give some narrative to the documentary instead of everything being facts and comparisons, which is why we got footage of me going out and buying the clothes.

For the footage of me going to different shops, we decided to speed it up when we were editing and add some music over it to create a quick montage, because it was quite boring in normal speed and with no sound.

I also really liked Chelsea’s idea to add transitions to the footage of me speaking about the individual items of clothing. For this, she made the shots slide in and out of the screen and she created split screens so that you could see two items of clothing at the same time on me to see the difference. This took up the most time in the editing process and it was worth it because I think without it everything would have been boring.

Overall, I think the documentary is OK. However, I found it frustrating to create and edit because we had a few set backs. I think if we had more time to edit the footage it could look a lot better than it does.


Reflection on specialist feature story

The feature I wrote was a specialism piece in education.

I came up with this idea after seeing a few stories in the national press about children being disciplined for their hairstyles.

It seemed to me like this was happening more frequently and when I discussed it with a few of people I know (who are my sources and relatives of sources), they shared some anecdotes with me about times when it has happened to children they know.

My primary sources in the feature are Emma Sparke and Sarah Wilkinson.

Emma Sparke is Chelsea’s sister. Chelsea told me her nephew had got in trouble a few times at school for his hairstyles and she gave me Emma’s phone number to conduct a telephone interview with her.

Sarah Wilkinson is my mum’s friend who is a teaching assistant at Dorchester Primary school. Before her current job she worked at Winifred Holtby Academy and so I thought it would be good to ask her if she’s witnessed any children get into trouble and to ask for her opinions. For this interview I rang her as well.

My secondary sources are news stories from the Independent and the Sun, which sparked my idea for the feature. Plus, I have included a statement Northern Irelands children’s commissioner made about the matter for authority.

I also tried to get a statement from Hull Trinity House Academy, because they were spoken about negatively in my feature and I wanted a balance of opinions. However, they never got back to me.

When I first started writing the feature it had a very chatty tone to it at the beginning like it should go in the Sun, whose socio economic demographics are CD2DE and target age group is 15-34. Due to their target audience, their writing style more laid back and their content seems less serious.

However, after receiving feedback it was clear that I hadn’t stuck to having a chatty tone throughout writing the feature and after the introduction the story turns into more of a serious news piece. Due to this I changed my introduction to be more serious so the tone was consistent throughout and it all flows nicely.

Now, my feature might be more fitting for a different national newspaper like the Independent whose socio demographic is AB C1 C2. Or it may bee fitting for BBC news online because of the serious and more formal tone.


Reflection on specialist news story

The specialism of my news story is music and the story is about a big band coming to Hull.

I came across this story because the person who organised the gig asked me to review it for him before it was even announced, and so it seemed like it was going to be quite a big and popular event.

I have written this story as if it would be published in a local music magazine such as Browse Magazine, or in Hull Daily Mail in the What’s Happening section, as it is all about the band (Holding Absence) coming to Hull.

Hull Daily Mail’s socio economic demographic is C2DE, which stands for skilled manual occupations and semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations, unemployed and lowest grade occupations. These two grading’s grouped together are the lowest socio economic grades, which means Hull Daily Mail reach out to a wide and varied audience.

Their target age is also extremely wide with their reading age starting at aged 9. So that they appeal to a wide audience their writing style aims at people aged between 9 and 32, which means their content is simple and easy to read for the local audience they circulate to.

My main source for the story is Lewis Ross, who organised the event at O’Rileys where he works. I initially contacted him on Facebook and then met up with him to conduct an interview and get as much as possible out of him.

I also spoke to Darren Bunting who runs O’Rileys on Facebook, he is a very busy man and it was easier for him to just message me a response.

Plus I included one of the bands, To the Strongest, as a secondary source by quoting what they said about the show on Facebook. 

As well as just To the Strongest’s reaction I also tried to get quotes off the other bands. However, I didn’t manage to.

To bulk the story up a bit I also tried to find some quotes off fans. However, I didn’t manage to find any that were really worth quoting.