After I was told about the Army Family Federation’s online and print magazine, Army and You, for Army wives, I went onto their website and began looking at their structure and their articles. Their news articles are very short, with only one picture, however their feature articles are longer because they are interviews with people, so need to be a little longer. If they have any pictures of soldiers, I have noticed that Army and You only publish half photos, so they cut off the head and legs of the soldier, probably so they do not be identified. Other photos of soldiers that show the full person include a little citation to say they have been given permission to publish that photo of that person. The online magazine is also set out in columns like a usual online magazine, with different articles spread around the website, but there are also a lot of advertisments. However these advertisements are not just advertising anything; they are advertising their sponsors, such as Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
The website is very easy to digest; information is not thrown at you, but moved into different topics at the top, such as Daily Life, Jobs, etc, so it is easy to find articles about that certain topic. However, I think that the website does not have enough news element from around the world, it seems to focus on the good things that are happening with the British Forces, not important things like the current struggles in ISIS, or the complete withdrawal of the British Troops in Afghanistan.
Thursday 6th November, 12.10pm.
03067701322 – Ministry of Defence Press Office (Army Base)
After a conversation with John Baron regarding my project, he asked me to get in touch with the MOD to see if there would be any issues with creating my online magazine, as there are a lot of things you can not include online as they are covered by the Official Secrets Act.
After a phone call with a lady at the MOD press office (army base), I have been told that there is an online magazine run by the Army Family Federation (www.armyandyou.co.uk) for Army wives, so I could use this as my research, and also I found out that I can continue with my project as long as I do not use any Military material, such as images and videos, and do not name any of the soldiers, otherwise I will be breaking the Official Secrets Act.
Create an online magazine with the topic of Army wives, for people who are marrying into the Military and are to become Army wives in the future. Include recent news regarding the Armed Forces and the current conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as well as information and advice for the future Army wives, along with feature articles from current Army wives.
Work with a local beekeeper to create a short 3-4 minute documentary about the decline of bees, but focusing on a new news angle regarding the topic. Embed the documentary on to the front page of a website for the beekeeper, which regularly updates people about the decline of bees and what the government and beekeepers are doing to stop it. Also include information about the beekeeper and his business, Queens Honey, including links to his social media page and information regarding the products he creates and sells.
Here are some gantt charts to show how I am planning to go about my projects, including a time period and what I will be doing at different points in time.
Members of the armed forces have now been told that they have to contact the Ministry of Defense press officers and record conversations if they are meeting with a journalist, or anyone close to the media, even socially.
This is a good idea because it means that journalists will not get any member of the armed forces secretly passing on stories from inside the MOD that could get them fired from the forces. This allows a restriction on the stories journalists can publish, but also works with the Official Secrets Act that every soldier has to sign when they enlist. This maintains privacy and means any information regarding new military operations or weaponry stay within the forces and the hands of the MOD.
However, this is not a good idea because some soldiers have family or friends who have studied media or journalism at school/college/university, and therefore they are technically trained as a freelance journalist, or as a freelance in the media industry, or have contacts within journalism or the media industry. This means that the soldier would have to inform press officers every time they met their friend, or went home to see their family, and there would be a big issue with privacy in family or social life, especially if everything was recorded. It would also mean that the soldier could not tell their family anything about any operations they are going on, or any information regarding their job, which would cause many secrecy problems within the family.
Housemartins star Stan Cullimore at Beverley Literature Festival
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GUITARIST-turned-author Stan Cullimore admits it is a journey into the unknown when he talks as part of the Beverley Literature Festival, which opens today.
As a musician and songwriter with The Housemartins, he performed in front thousands of fans and enjoyed several international top ten hits, including Caravan Of Love and Happy Hour.
Stan returns to East Yorkshire for this year’s Beverley Literature Festival to present Travels With My Uke: Writing Songs, Telling Stories, sharing some of his adventures, as well as hoping to create new songs together with the audience.
On Saturday (October 4) from noon, he faces a new audience at Beverley Library when he speaks as part of the children’s programme of activities.
“I’ve never done anything like this,” he said.
Stan, who now lives in Bristol with his wife and Mabel the dog, has four grown-up children and four young grandchildren who all live within strolling distance.
When he became a father, he wrote the Henrietta books for his children.
They were published to wide acclaim. He spent several years working with educational publishers such as Pearson, Longman, Heinemann and OUP, writing books for schools that have been used in classrooms all around the world.
“I was reading stories to the kids when they were small – I thought it was easier to just make up stories,” he said.
Stan obviously has a gift for writing children’s stories, having written more than 120 books, which have been published in more than 32 countries.
“It is amazing to think they are read all over the world.”
In recent years, Stan has also moved into television writing, producing, directing and appearing in a whole host of children’s shows, including Angelina Ballerina, Driver Dan’s Story Train and The Bopps, and he can presently be seen in CITV’s Bottom Knocker Street, where he wears a host of weird and wonderful disguises.
“I have given talks in a few schools, and although the children know Bottom Knocker Street, they don’t recognise me,” he said.
Stan has also branched out into journalism and writes a weekly column in the Bristol Post about life as a grandad, as well as writing travel and lifestyle articles for national papers and magazines.
But with the busy schedule, can he ever see The Housemartins reforming?
“I cannot see it. We are all so busy with other things,” he said.
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• Visit the Beverley Literature Festival website for more information and a full programme.