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London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

#breakingnews, Audio, brexit, EU investment, EU referendum, EU talents, International, Media, News, Politics, Social media, Tech, Tech startups, Video
UK’s tech entrepreneurs remain concerned over Brexit despite the government’s recent investment guaranteed on the Spring Budget. Talent access Jack*, a london-based tech entrepreneur, said that he is to launch a startup company, but is concerned over Brexit. He told Westminster World that he fears the hiring cost of his business would spiral because of a “hard Brexit deal”. The 29-year-old will create a digital publishing platform where consumers could be engaged by various visual content. He said: “Especially for digital startups, their employees have never had to think about residential opportunities here, whether they need visa or not. Even if Brexit is not here yet, for many of them it would make no sense to take jobs in the UK if after a year they will have to apply for certain
Thriving without money: Local London Charities tell the tale

Thriving without money: Local London Charities tell the tale

#breakingnews, Audio, Environment, Harrow, Health, Media, News, Social media, Video
With the country facing harsh financial climate, hundreds of charities in London are striving to create a better environment for local people. Despite their efforts, a new survey now shows that all of them are in danger. How do local charities function and achieve their goals in London? What are the dangers that are stopping them from thriving? Leah Robertson joined Mind in Harrow just over a year ago with a burning passion. Passion to help those in need, especially those who suffer from mental health issues. With experience in working at mental health care homes, she holds a postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from King's College London. She is currently the coordinator of the Support & Wellbeing Information Service Harrow (SWiSH), and is in charge of supporting people wit
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
Four alternative ways of living in London

Four alternative ways of living in London

Culture, Experience, Galleries, Housing, Media, News, Social media
With the cost of rent skyrocketing out of reach for many living in the capital, four Londoners have managed to find affordable ways to live that could prove to be viable solutions in the urban housing crisis.  Meet David, a Scottish bus driver. David has endured great instability in his life over the last year. After getting deported from Canada, David found himself homeless in the UK. Until now. David just moved into his new home in a converted shipping container in Walthamstow. This affordable housing project, mYPad, is the brainchild of the YMCA. The mYPad project, as David explains, is about “moving in people and enabling them to save money to move on.” David is not alone. According to Crisis.org, the affordable housing shortage in London has left over 8,000 people “sleeping ro
Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

Are people deserting London amid acute housing crisis?

#breakingnews, Housing, Media, News, Social media
Northern regions of the UK are becoming a better choice than London for UK property investors, revealed a report on Friday. Hometrack report stated that England’s northern parts such as Manchester have a better prospect for capital growth. According to Hometrack’s UK Cities Index, there was a decline in the headline growth for London, which is now 6.9% down from 7.2% a month earlier. The figures were much higher a year ago with an index of 7.9%. Manchester has registered one of the greatest uplifts outside of southern England, with an increase of 8.3% last year. This, in comparison to the London figures, is more welcoming for property investors across the country. Ged McPartlin, sales director at Ascend Properties, told Property Investor Today, “For years we have stressed that the M
We need to talk about media democracy

We need to talk about media democracy

Media, TV
UK’s media landscape is inching deeper into the hands hands and pockets of large corporate giants. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is currently revisiting his bid to buyout UK’s largest broadcaster, Sky. Media activists and politicians are calling foul, flagging the £11 billion takeover as a threat to media plurality, and are asking for the Leveson Inquiry Part Two to take place.  ‘News of the World’, owned by Murdoch, was critically discussed at the first inquiry for the newspaper's controversial practices in relation to the phone hacking scandal of murdered teen Milly Dowler. “When you’ve got a news editor telling you that you will print something even you know that is wrong, you get a situation where journalism is compliant — that is basically another form of corporate bullying. We
New indie game fuels Islamophobia

New indie game fuels Islamophobia

Art, Culture, Media, ReportingWeek2
Islamophobia appears in various forms but some games go beyond straightforward stereotyping. In early April of this year, Destructive Creations, developer of the mass murder simulator, Hatred, released a game called IS Defense, a game where players defend European shorelines from an invading Islamic state militia. The game mocked the cultural heritage of Muslims through sacrilegious images of their Prophet, which created a lot of controversy and though it received wide condemnation, it wasn’t banned. As tensions between the Middle-East and the West increases, this region has become the next target of ‘othering’ within modern warfare games. Invasions of Western cultural imperialism within gaming have become intolerable. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included real
UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

#breakingnews, Culture, Media, News, ReportingWeek2, Social media
The government is attempting to pass a Digital Economy Bill that would ban certain 'non-conventional' porn websites in the UK.  The new media regulating bill is making an appearance in the House of Lords for its second hearing today. The bill is intended to shelter the children from  improper images/videos and is already becoming a controversial topic within free speech campaigners across the country. What does the bill entail for the online porn consumption by the people? Is online censorship and surveillance going to help protect children? The Digital Economy Bill acts a new law that aims to simply ban any kind of ‘non-conventional’ porn websites. This includes sexual acts of violence, face-sitting, urinating and incest related porn. The government announced that non-compliant sites
Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Data Journalism, Media, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
The Draft Communications Data Bill, or Snooper’s Charter as it is most commonly referred to, was passed into a law last month, despite calls for it to be repealed from various groups. Proposed by Theresa May in 2012, in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations, it legitimises the same mass surveillance which Snowden’s leak had shown the UK government was guilty of. In particular, the surveillance had targeted journalists from major media organisations, placing investigative journalists on a “threat” list. The new Bill, by allowing government organisations to snoop on all internet history, cuts off the freedom of journalists to research certain topics freely, especially those not aligned with the government agenda. Snowden’s leaked documents had exposed how under PRISM, the