Saturday, 18 September 2010

Jon B @ Jazz Cafe

Your a brother from another mother, a white guy with soul and had hit tracks since the early 90s i.e. 'They Don't Know', 'Whatcha Say Boo'and 'Don't Talk'. I Fell in love with your latest song in 2010 'Helpless Romantic'.

I was so happy to find out that you were performing in London at the Jazz Cafe on 21st June 2010. It was the best time of my life and I hope you come back soon as I'm helplessly in love with you. x

No Place Like Home!

I open the door to my home in Essex and walk through the passage way greeted by the voice of my little brother and sister " hello Sav Sav". I feel a sense of belonging and a warm feeling as my Ghanaian stepfather looks at me with a smile on his face, pleased to see me.

The first thing I do is take off my shoes and put it in the shoe box throw my unclean clothes in the laundry room and run up stairs " out of breath". I then enter the purple room where I find all my homely possessions.

Right now I'm living in the east London as I'm completing a journalism training course with Catch22 Academy. I love that I have my own Independence as I'm staying at grandfathers but having know TV to watch is a nightmare.

No Eastenders, No Friends, No Kardashains , nothing literally.

The only thing I Have is my grandads vintage radio, at times it plays two stations at once and I'm sure as I listen to the pirate stations you hear the sound of Windows 2007 shutting down, "so ghetto". I really have to wonder what them people are doing.

I lived in London for 18 years and its funny that when you leave an area things change whether it is good or bad. There are many things that I've noticed that sadden me but makes me happy as this was my roots until a teen.

Living in Essex has made me see how you can go anywhere you want but there are some grotty places like anywhere else the atmosphere is different not claustrophobic and not having to look over your shoulders. " I feel free".

Essex has been my home for seven years but something always pulls me back to east London and as Dorothy says: "There's know place like home".

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Writers Delight!

Fashion & beauty journalist Eve Wagstaff dishes the dirt as a journalist for Blackhair magazine.

I found that from an early age I was interested in journalism as I was always writing short stories. Later on in my life, I then did a fashion and textiles course degree which I found really insightful and fun. I really wanted to get into fashion and beauty as I felt it was my strongest point and then pursued a career from it.

After my degree I had completed a NUJ course and then went to the London College of Fashion where I studied Introduction to Fashion Journalism. Since then I've completed several work placements for a while, built on that and came to Blackhair magazine.

One of the best things about being a fashion and beauty journalist is that I'm able to write about things that I'm interested in and love as this enables me to share my passion with readers. It really is a lot of fun writing about hair, beauty and interviewing celebrities. Everyday there's something new to do.

I feel that people should know that journalism is a competitive industry to get into and that you should keep on persevering and not give up. Don't be put off if you don't hear back from employers, you should know what you want as people can pick up on it; overall just go for it.

A Crystal Media Ball

A trainee journalist for a youth culture magazine called Catch22; the reason for this blog post is to look at Catch22 media partners and figure out where I would like to work and where I want to end up.

Companies I Would Like To Work With
Bauer media, Natmags, Redwood and Trinity Mirror

Where I want to be

The media partners I want to end up work are Redwood Working for their Boots publication as I love beauty. Bauer Media because they have two of my favourite magazines More and Grazia. Trinity Mirror; The Mirror online within the life & style section.

Redwood publication - has magazines, ezines websites, catalogues, mobile applications, videos and social media. they deliver their content with good time management and engagement with measurable results.

Bauer Media
- is a division of the Bauer media group, Europe's largest privately owned publishing company. they have over 230 magazines in 15 countries, as well as online, TV and radio. Bauer media joined Bauer media group in January 2008, following Emaps PLC consumer and specialist magazines, radio, TV, online and digital businesses. the group employs 6,400 people and has a turnover of 2.08 billion euros since 2008.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

30 Seconds In The Mind Of...

Rachel Segal Hamilton

Quirky Arts & Culture journalist by day and cashier for club promoters company 'Bangers & Mash' by night. The 27 year old Taurean talks about her wannabe ice-cream, favourite you tube video and other juicy bits.

When were you at your happiest?
Right now, more than I've ever been my whole life.
What's the one thing you cant live without?
Who do you love the most?
That's really difficult, I would say my boyfriend but my mum would be upset so I'll say everyone.
If you were an ice-cream, what type would you be?
Lime & mint Sorbet because its refreshing and so am I.
Blonds or Brunettes?
Brunette, because my boyfriend is.

Rachel's favourite things are;
The Guardian Website - Photography
You can follow Rachel on her Twitter page for her updates.