Newspapers for schools

Here’s an early Christmas present for you. I’ve re-signed us onto Newspapers for Schools, which gives you:

  • Access to over 140 UK newspapers
  • One-stop-shop for researching leading UK national and regional newspapers.
  • Over 35 million articles
  • 2006 up to present day
  • Search by keyword or author

Really useful for carrying out research for any topic in the news, building a bibliography or just staying informed!

I will email the login details, if you need them resent, just email me.

Harvard Referencing – A guide

As you may know, there are a range of different ways of writing references. Some of them involve using footnotes, or having separate lists called ‘References’ and ‘Bibliography’, and generally give you a headache. `Most recommend the ‘Harvard’ system of referencing, which is straightforward, and widely-used by publishers and academics.


It’s quite simple. When you quote or paraphrase something, you cite the author’s last name, the year of publication, and the page reference, in brackets. For example:

The popularity of baked beans soared when Elvis Presley was seen to eat six whole tins on Entertainment Tonight in 1959 (Heinz, 2000: 34). Continue reading “Harvard Referencing – A guide”

Image is everything

You may have seen the case of Brock Allen Turner hit the headlines recently.

Brock (who is 20) was recently convicted of serious sexual assault, after being found lying on top of an unconscious woman outside a university party. Although he was found unanimously guilty of multiple charges, the judge decided to offer him the minimum sentence – saying that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him …

Letters from the victim and from Brock’s father have been published (it is safe to say there is more support and sympathy for the former).

In 2012, a 17 year old called Trayvon Martin was shot and fatally killed by a volunteer security guard while walking home from a store.

See below for an example of how each of these two young men were presented in the media:

Image is everything…

Oh, and if you are confused about the issue of consent, please watch this video. In fact, please watch this video even if you think you are not confused about consent:

Twitter erupts as BBC struggle to keep Tory Election Fraud under wraps until after May elections

Twitter erupts as BBC struggle to keep Tory Election Fraud under wraps until after May elections

With over 30,000 tweets today, the hashtag #ToryElectionFraud has been trending on Twitter at number 3, and is currently (at the time of writing) the sixth most tweeted about issue.

However, with such a big political news story currently unfurling, you would have expected the media to be all over it like a rash – just as they were with the Ken Livingstone anti-Semitism saga last week.

Despite the furore that Channel 4’s investigation has created, there has been virtually no other coverage from the mainstream media of this deeply undemocratic scandal. And Twitter was rightly outraged at the lack of coverage…

Read the Full Story here

Media Theory in essays & exams – how & why?

Time and time again I tell my classes “Use theories, examiners love that!”, and whilst this may be true (and probably quite obvious), it is no use just showing that you know media theories for the sake of it.

The whole point of inserting theories into essays & exams is to demonstrate understanding, but the common misconception here is that just by dropping in names of theories such as The Hypodermic Syringe, Hyperreality or Uses & Gratifications, you may think you are demonstrating understanding, but what you really are doing is demonstrating knowledge, which is something else entirely.

So, what’s the difference?  Continue reading “Media Theory in essays & exams – how & why?”