In other news, Steve Bell, the Guardian’s political cartoonist gave a lecture at The University of York last night. It was fantastic hearing him describe how he picks out politicians’ features and revisiting some of his iconic work on Thatcher, Blair and Cameron. He also told us that he uses photographs deemed to graphic or disturbing to publish as the basis of his war cartoons. From now on I’ll be taking a much closer look.
In slightly more sensible news, I had my entrance test at News Associates today for a NCTJ in Newspaper Journalism. I really enjoyed the interview and I think the exam went fine so fingers crossed! Hopefully I will know the result by the end of this week.
…is a new(ish) off-shoot of the Cosmopolitan family aimed directly at female students. I came accross it at university last week and was so appalled that I immediately wrote this comment article for York Vision. I’m also heading a project with the University of York Women’s Committee to create a spoof version of the magazine with a mix of satire and serious articles within a classic ‘women’s interest’ format. Unfortunately we can’t get it completed until next term, but hopefully I’ll be able to get it online.
Have a look at the magazine’s website to see what the fuss is about. Or better still, get hold of a copy. If you’re anything like me, it won’t be in one piece by the time you’ve finished reading it.
As of last night, I am now Deputy Arts Editor of The Lemon Press. Unfortunately it’s only for one term because it’s my last at university but I’ll be working with the Arts Editor to select, format, edit and maybe even write satirical poetry, stories and reviews for the section. Should be fun!
The subjects of my most recent three articles are completely separate but equally topical. A satire on our Foreign Secretary’s efforts to take some form of stand against Gaddafi and his inhumane and brutal response to dissent was published today in The Lemon Press. Tomorrow (hopefully), my feature on open prisons and Ford will be published in York Vision. It was delayed because of an editorial changeover. In the next few weeks, University culture magazine The Zahir will be published, including my feature on undercover policing environmental protest groups.
And there’s more to come! I am also in the process of writing a feature for The F Word. It will explore current slang trends such as ‘bromance’ and ‘man-up’ and what this swing towards male-centric language means.
I’ve added another satire article to the catalogue. ‘David Cameron “thrilled” that somebody actually likes him’ takes an alternative look at the reaction to the PM’s speech on the failure of multiculturalism and its interpretation by the English Defence League.
I’m writing again after the Christmas holidays and my first attempt at a satire article has been published by York University satire magazine ‘The Lemon Press’. It’s called ‘US right wing denies words mean anything’ and contains a healthy dose of Palin bashing. Have a look and see what you think.
I’m also adding a new page listing the publications and broadcasters who have featured my work. It’s not very exciting but there will be lots of bright colours, so it’s not all bad.