This year looks to be a promising one for the smartphone, with several new models planned for launch in the next few months or being readied in the pipeline. One such smartphone, the sleek and admirably-designed Honor View 20, which has already been hailed as the ‘most beautiful (Honor) phone yet’ by the site TechAdvisor.co.uk, was launched just this past 22nd January, and is now on widespread sale and contracts in the UK.
The View 20, an Android offering made under the Honor brand name of China’s flavour-of-the-month phone manufacturer Huawei, was in fact the first new phone launch of 2019, and comes packed with an attention catching 48 megapixel camera, 256 GB worth of storage, 6.4″ IPS LCD display, sleek body design and an ‘all-over’ screen which reaches right to the edge, or bezel, of the phone. Some more features are detailed below, courtesy of the manufacturer.
It has a resolution of 1080×2310 and a screen size of 6.4 inches in length. The screen comes with a curved display across phone’s side. It is easy to handle. The phone uses advanced touch-screen technologies for accuracy and responsiveness. You may change the touch sensitivity on the Settings.
The phone comes with 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. The charge port is a USB-C. It can manipulate priority of background apps for better battery conservation. A full charge requires 1hr 12 mins of charging time.
Gradient effect and glass back finish. Available in blue, red and black colours. The cover can be changed whenever you want. The back finish includes a chevron design pointing downwards.
Storage goes up to 256 GB and RAM up to 8 GB. Unlike many high storage devices which are costly, Honor View 20 seems to be the best for its price.
Honor View 20 comes with flashy designs. It has a very good library of default themes and wallpapers. You get to choose the brightness, contrasts and saturation of the screen. It offers a colour wheel for more colour choices.
Cameras are well set; a rear camera of 48 MP with 3D camera feature. Front camera reaches to 25 MP. You can shoot 2x zoom images in very high resolutions. The Camera features a range of filters and effects including an Aperture mode for better photography.
You will need a 3.5mm headphone for the new smartphone. It supports mobile Bluetooth devices as well.
The phone is now on sale in Britain for the RRP of £499.-, and is also been promoted in India and China. As of the time of publishing, the phone has not yet being made available in the United States. The phone, with its dense array of improved and ground-breaking features, is being particularly aimed at amateur photographers, YouTube fans and online gamers. It has also been receiving rave reviews in the first few weeks of sale, and is being tipped as a strong competitor against other premium ‘flagship’ phones like the Samsung S10, iPhone X and OnePlus 6T.
Global wedding events association International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning (IAWEP) has released its fifth annual ‘International Wedding Trend Report’ highlighting the hottest new trends for weddings this year as well as the essential statistics on the wedding planning industry according to experts in the field, journalism.co.uk reports.
The hundred experts who lent their observations to the report include household industry names such as Colin Cowie and Mindy Weiss and the document covers many of the upcoming wedding trends making their mark in 2019 in the UK and Europe, North America, Australasia, South East Asia and the GCC region. Overall, there is an increasing trend towards ‘eco-conscious’ weddings that minimise the use of plastics and other environmentally unfriendly materials.
In announcing the free public release of the report, the IAWEP’s chief executive officer, Kylie Carlson said in a press release from the association: “The International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning is a global leader of continuing education in the weddings and events industry,’
“Our connection to industry experts around the world provides us with the unique opportunity to invest in researching and revealing worldwide wedding trends. Each year offers new and exciting styles and designs, and we’re thrilled to share that 2019 has a lot in store.”
Among the highlights covered in the International Wedding Trend Report will be the rise of new colour trends and floral arrangement choices among brides and grooms-to-be, as well as trends in centrepiece and table layouts.
More couples are opting for sharing foods and buffets over traditional plated assemblies, they increasingly want to capture the memories of their big day as videos and animated images such as GIFs, rather than the classic shoot with a wedding photographer, and more people are opting for holding their weddings on Fridays and Sundays, rather than the usual Saturday, the report states. The report can be accessed via this link. Highlights from the Report can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLYtFv57ag0
Authors of books geared towards business are being invited to submit their work to the first ever Business Book Awards in the United Kingdom, journalism.co.uk reports.
The awards, which take place for the first time at London’s Grange City Hotel on the 16th of March, 2018, were founded by long established mentor and publisher for hundred of UK entrepreneurs, Lucy McCarraher. She will be working with event organisers ThinkFest on the event. McCarraher is also a prolific author, with eleven books under her name, and is also the co-founder and managing editor of publishing firm Rethink Press. She has seen stints as a writing coach, journalist and a public speaker in a varied and exciting career that has taken her from the UK to Singapore and Australia.
The Business Book Awards aim to celebrate business book authors and the expertise, life experiences and knowledge they help bring to a wider audience, as well as increase public awareness and appreciation of the work business writers do, in a world of niche publishing that is largely ignored by the mainstream reading economy. The role of business authors has been slowly thrust into the limelight thanks to the popularity of business-oriented TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den, as well as the UK’s government’s encouragement of entrepreneurship and small/medium enterprises as a whole.
Many major ‘celebrities’ in the business book publishing world have pledged their support, including one of the UK’s most successful business authors, Shaa Wasmund MBE, and co-founder of Dent Global, Daniel Priestley, author of four bestselling business books. Other key attendees expected are Heather Townsend, author of The Financial Times Guide to Business Networking, and Bridget Shine, the Chief Executive of the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG).
A panel of top judges has also been selected, including head judge Alison Jones, founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a partnership publishing company. She is also the host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club, a podcast and community for writers and readers of extraordinary business books, and author of This Book Means Business. She worked for twenty-five years with leading book companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan and was director of innovation strategy at Palgrave Macmillan. Joining Jones at the judge’s table will be John Williams – founder of The Ideas Lab and accomplished business author, and Sian Prime – coach and facilitator in innovation and creative entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Founder Lucy McCarraher told journalism.co.uk: “Every business author should enter for these awards. The high profile ambassadors, the well qualified judges and the integrity of the judging process means the Business Book Awards carry high kudos in the business world and further afield. Short-listed and winning authors will be able to take advantage of the publicity and promotion.
‘The Business Book Awards welcomes every good book and every method of publication. I want to recognise business book publishing and authorship in all its forms, and bring the best authors to public recognition. This is a truly egalitarian initiative, we welcome those who self-publish and have a broad outlook.”
The awards are open to authors with work published in 2017, and the deadline for submissions is 31st December 2017. The shortlist of nominees will be announced on 17th January, with one business author being selected for Business Book of the Year 2018, the highest honour to be bestowed at the ceremony.
If you have ever been curious of the benefits and uses of search engine optimisation (and enjoy nibbling the occasional pizza slice along the way) then a special workshop being held by journalism news site and trainer journalism.co.uk alongside lecturer Adam Tinworth may help give you a taster.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the technique of using selected keywords and tags to help make your article, website or blog more visible in search results in places like Google and Bing. While some blogging sites like WordPress provide SEO as standard, for many other providers, you are left on your own to figure out how to maximise your presence on search results and get a foot in on that coveted first page.
The vast majority of traffic to news sites and blogs still arrives via search engines, therefore maintaining good knowledge of the principles of SEO is extremely important for anyone with an online presence, whether writing news or running a business.
Google is by far the most popular vehicle for searches and has recently undergone some mammoth changes, with the Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird updates shifting the search landscape beyond recognition. This has meant journalists and other having to adapt and move with the shift. The SEO knowledge of years gone by is now actually harmful to websites’ position in search results as Google now places emphasis on ‘high quality’ content and fresh information rather than simply keywords, to close the door on keyword spammers and link farms. Sadly many web publishers are still stuck behind in the times, suing models from 2008 that are doing them more harm than good.
To combat this problem, journalism.co.uk have launched a intensive and informative three-hour course at their offices in Brighton, where lecturer and visiting City University Journalism department professor Adam Tinworth will explain and guide attendees through the current principles of SEO, as well as techniques on improving the SEO value of already published content and sites. Prof. Tinworth has experience in digital journalism, blogging, training and publishing strategy. He has worked as a journalist for 20 years, and now as a consultant, has worked with several big names in media, including the Financial Times and the Telegraph, as well as smaller publishers and businesses. He has also been a blogger for a decade, writing at One Man & His Blog.
The workshop is ideal for media professionals such as employed journalists, freelancers, media students and others working in PR, marketing and communications. It will be held in an informal way in a relaxed setting. You will get free complimentary pizza as well as tea and coffee to keep your mind sharp, as well as opportunities to meet fellow professionals.
What will the course cover?
How to write for search
How to write great SEO headlines (that aren’t dull)
How to identify, analyse and use keywords – without overusing them
How to help search engines understand the meaning of your page
The role of linking in good SEO
Mistakes to avoid
How to keep up with SEO changes
Tutor(s): Adam Tinworth Starts: 18:00 1 February 2016 Finishes: 21:00 1 February 2016 Location: Shaftesbury Court, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4ST Price: £80 (inc. VAT)
You can book a place on the journalism.co.uk Brighton SEO workshop by visiting the third article in the ‘Sources’ below and clicking the small dark pink button marked ‘Book Now’ when you reach the journalism.co.uk site.
Journalists and students looking to maximise their newsgathering potential from online sources can now get involved in a special short course on advanced online research techniques organised and promoted by U.K. journalism news and skills website journalism.co.uk, the Half-Eaten Mind exclusively reports today.
Online research is now an essential part of reporting in the technological age, whether it is to gather information on the history of a local pub, archives of older news articles or political speeches, or for factual research for a breaking news story. By widening their own knowledge on a given subject via the treasure trove that is online research, journalists can help pass on the benefits to their readers, stimulating minds, disseminating facts for public discourse and remaining true to the journalistic ethic of informing.
Tutored by expert journalism lecturer Alex Wood and being held at the London offices ofMSN, a news and internet services giant, the special bootcamp, which runs for one day, is designed to teach students how to quickly find the information they need, as well as acquire sources online for interviews and quotes. The course will also teach the skillful navigation of social media, which while being an excellent source of breaking stories and technical knowledge, can also be a minefield in sorting the facts from the fiction, spin and lies. This course will help media people sift though the online chatter to find the informational nuggets that to craft that influential front page story.
Wood, the editor-in-chief of The Memo, a newly-launched publication on technology, finance and culture news, who is also a visiting lecturer in journalism at London’s City University, will teach attendees how to get more out of the world’s most popular search engine, Google, how to sift through social media smartly, and show how to organise a ‘toolbox’ of useful technological aids to enable media workers to become better and more effective researchers. He has several years’ experience in training and advising journalists and was previously a founding editor of Tech City News, and is a renowned go-to expert on British technology and innovation.
You will learn how to:
Use advanced operators on search engines to source information;
Turn the idea of research on its head by making the most of influencers on social;
Identify where your community is talking online;
Set up alerts to monitor your research areas;
Organise and file your search results;
Set up a toolbox with the services and platforms you need for the future;
…and more handy search tips! (via Journalism.co.uk)
The bootcamp will take place on the 2nd December 2015, beginning at 10 am and finishing at 5 pm at the MSN UK offices in Victoria, London. It is of particular interest to journalists, public relations staff, communications specialists, fact-checkers and anyone else who wants to unlock the best and most accurate researching potential that the internet has to offer. The training at the course will also focus on the tools and techniques that writers can use to meet their research goals, while emphasising practical hands-on journalism knowledge.
Course attendees will be provided with a buffet lunch and refreshments (tea and coffee). The course fee is £240 (inc. VAT). The location address is: MSN UK, 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JX United Kingdom.
Since its founding on the 21st March 2006, the micro-blogging site Twitter has become an important vehicle for both journalists and news organisations to express themselves, both personally and through their news agendas and lead stories.
While the major news networks generally rely on Twitter for self-promotion, increasingly, both journalists and highly-literate people outside the media industries, the daily act of typing up 140-character ‘tweets’ has helped democratise journalism in a way, that older print-based media were less able to do.
Twitter has helped the popularity of grassroots journalism, and reinforced the voice of freelancers as well as alternative/niche media outlets. It has also benefitted less popular news outlets that may not have the financial capital or popular clout of say, the BBC or Al-Jazeera.
The role of Twitter, as well as other social networking and blogging formats, in benefitting the struggle for democracy and popular representation, should also not be underestimated under any length. A good recent example was during the Arab Spring. Commentators on the ground in Egypt used Twitter to organise protests and agitate for social change, despite the Mubarak administration clamping down on social networking and the Internet in general.
Not only is Twitter a valuable aid to news-writers and gatekeepers currently working now, but it is fast becoming a benefit to the next generation of journalists. Compared to this article’s author’s experience of studying a journalism degree, when micro-blogging was practically unheard of, journalism students these days are strongly recommended by their university lecturers to maintain a Twitter feed. The benefits are obvious. Not only do graduates studying the media enhance their professional online sociability, networking and ICT skills, but they develop a keen eye for ‘hot’ newsworthy topics – which can only prove valuable for sourcing stories in the newsroom. They will be able to keep up to speed and informed on journalistic matters, and learn at the virtual feet of established newswriting gurus who are willing to pass on their knowledge and experience through Twitter.
Journalism.co.uk, a journalism training and media news website, is valuable in offering employment and training opportunities to would-be reporters. Based in the United Kingdom and primarily aimed at people wishing to enter the British news media industry, Journalism.co.uk have today published an article which affirms just how essential Twitter is to both the training and news-gathering skills of the contemporary journalist. The article is penned by regular contributor Sarah Marshall, and lists the top 100 Twitter accounts that journalism students should follow.
The starter list was created by Ms Marshall with the help of the 63,441 followers of Journalism.co.uk’s Twitter Page (@journalismnews). It is intended to help college leavers beginning their first year of further education at university.
The Half-Eaten Mind blog has reproduced the list here in alphabetical order of handle. The 100 recommended people every media graduate should follow comprises some of the best movers-and-shakers in journalism, including media bloggers, editors, news presenters and lecturers. This list also features Twitter accounts for online meeting places where students can interact with those already setting out on their journalism journey, and for advocates for press freedom.
@acarvin – Andy Carvin, social-media strategist at NPR and a “one-man Twitter news bureau for developments in the Middle East” @adders– Adam Tinworth, digital strategist, blogger and liveblogger @alisongow – Alison Gow, editor, Daily Post Wales @AntDeRosa – Anthony De Rosa, social media editor, Reuters @APstylebook – Associated Press style guide @atompkins – Al Tompkins, Poynter
@charlesarthur – Charles Arthur, technology editor, the Guardian @CharlieBeckett– Journalist and director of Polis, LSE’s media think-tank @chrisboutet, Chris Boutet, deputy editor, digital, Globe and Mail, Canada @chrishams– Chris Hamilton, social media editor, BBC News @ChrisIrvine – Senior lecturer in sports journalism, University of Huddersfield @CityJournalism – City University’s journalism department @CJR – Columbia Journalism Review @ckanal – Craig Kanalley, senior editor, Huffington Post @CraigSilverman, Craig Silverman, editor, Regret the Error @cshirky – Clay Shirky, commentator @currybet– Martin Belam, blogger and developer
@dangillmor – Dan Gillmor, tutor in digital media entrepreneurship @dansabbagh – Dan Sabbagh, head of media and tech, Guardian @davelee – Dave Lee, BBC technology reporter @DavidAllenGreen – David Allen Green, lawyer and legal correspondent @davidhiggerson – David Higgerson, digital publishing editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals @DBanksy – David Banks, media law expert @digidickinson– Andy Dickinson, online journalism lecturer
@egrommet – Glyn Mottershead, digital journalism lecturer at Cardiff University @ejcnet – European Journalism Centre @elanazak – Elana Zak, social media producer, Wall Street Journal @emilybell – Emily Bell, director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School
@hackshackers – Main account for meetups of journalists and technologists @Hermida – Alfred Hermida, journalism professor
@iburrell– Ian Burrell, assistant editor and media editor of the Independent @ITVlauraK – Laura Kuenssberg, ITV News business editor
@JamesCridland– James Cridland, managing director, MediaUK @jamesrbuk– James Ball, data journalist @jayrosen_nyu – Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at New York University @jeffjarvis– Jeff Jarvis, journalism commentator and professor @jeffsonderman – Jeff Sonderman, Poynter @JonHew – Jonathan Hewett, director of interactive and newspaper journalism, City University London @jonsnowC4 – Jon Snow, anchor, Channel 4 News @JosephStash – Joseph Stashko, recent journalism graduate currently building liveblogging platform Ocqur @JoshHalliday – Josh Halliday, Guardian reporter covering media and tech @journalism_jobs – Journalism.co.uk jobs channel @journalism_news – HoldTheFrontPage, news site focussing on regional press @journalismjobs – Journalism.co.uk jobs channel, including US jobs @journalismnews – Journalism.co.uk news channel @journochat – Catherine O’Connor, head of journalism, Leeds Trinity @journodave – David Wyllie, editor, BreakingNews @journotutor – Marie Kinsey, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University
@kevglobal – Kevin Anderson, digital strategist @knightfdn – Knight Foundation, which supports innovations in digital journalism
@Lavrusik – Vadim Lavrusik, journalism programme manager at Facebook @lheron – Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement at the Wall Street Journal
@macloo – Mindy McAdams, online journalism professor, University of Florida @mallarytenore – Mallary Tenore, managing editor, Poynter @MarcSettle – Marc Blank-Settle, trainer at the BBC College of Journalism @MarkJones – Mark Jones, global communities editor, Reuters @marksluckie – Mark Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter @mathewi – Mathew Ingram, senior writer at GigaOm @mediaguardian – Media Guardian, for industry developments @MediaLawUK – Media law updates @megpickard– Meg Pickard, head of digital engagement, Guardian
@newsbrooke– Heather Brooke, journalist and freedom of information campaigner @newsmary – Mary Hamilton, deputy SEO editor, the Guardian @newsrewired – Journalism.co.uk’s digital journalism conference @NiemanLab – A journalism site and project of Harvard University @NUJofficial – National Union of Journalists @nytjim – Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor, New York Times
@ONA – ONA, annual US journalism conference and awards
@paidContent – paidContent, media news site @paulbradshaw – Paul Bradshaw, journalism lecturer, data journalist, founder of Help Me Investigate and Online Journalism Blog @paulwaugh – Paul Waugh, editor of PoliticsHome.com @Poynter – US news site and project for journalists @pressfreedom – Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) @pressgazette– Press Gazette, magazine and news site covering the news industry @ProducerMatthew – Matthew Keys, deputy social media editor, Reuters @psmith – Patrick Smith, editor of TheMediaBriefing
@rajunarisetti – Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network @risj_oxford – Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
@spikefodder – David Holmes, journalism lecturer, Sheffield University @sree – Sree Sreenivasan, journalism professor at Columbia Journalism School @stevebuttry– Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor, Journal Register Co and Digital First Media @StKonrath – Steffen Konrath, founder of Liquid Newsroom, real-time news curation @subedited – National newspaper commissioning editor @suttonnick– Nick Sutton, editor of the World at One
@WannabeHacks – Site by wannabe hacks with advice, insight and inspiration for wannabe hacks
Reproduced courtesy of Sarah Marshall and Journalism.co.uk
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