Phase 2 begins. Endorphins and struggling with ‘days off’

So today, Wednesday, is my ‘off’ day.

When I say ‘off’ I mean I am grumpy, unsociable and tired.

I don’t have work and I don’t have exercise and no matter how much I sleep I constantly feel shattered. It’s exactly like people say,

“energy creates energy”

Also this keeps running around my head about endorphins:

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This is what my completed dissertation looks like!

I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit that I enjoyed this piece of work. Nevertheless, I am relieved to see it finally bound and submitted after so much hard work! Congratulations to everyone else submitting their dissertations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(If you can’t see the title clearly it says: Has the Press Complaints Commission failed to fulfil its designed remit- quite a timely piece, in fact so up to date, it will be out of date by the time it is marked!)

When you sign up to use social media, should you also be forced to acknowledge media law and be aware of how public your messages are?

In March this year, my housemate’s cousin, Liam Stacey, 21, from Swansea was sentenced to 56 days in prison for composing racially motivated tweets about Fabrice Muamba.

In April, three men were arrested by North Wales police for allegedly naming a rape victim using social media. The arrests follow comments allegedly made after Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman near Rhyl.

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Why the NUJ is important for Student Journalists

Last week I went down the Angel Hotel in Cardiff where the NUJ and General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet visited the Welsh Branch of the NUJ.

She addressed the importance of the NUJ having the chance to speak at the current Leveson Inquiry– they were initially not considered as core participants. (I particularly found her comments on regulation interesting as my dissertation is focusing on the PCC.)

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Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.

This time last year, my friend Nick Ota took his life.

What makes the situation more painful is that no one knew about his suicidal thoughts, not even his university flatmates (whom he had been with the evening before) until he didn’t emerge from his room the next day.

It’s devastating to witness the destruction that suicide leaves behind.

With the suicide of Gary Speed announced this morning by the Football Association Wales, it is about time that men’s mental health becomes more openly discussed in our society. I had the personal honour of meeting Gary Speed, his family and close friends whilst waitressing at the Millennium Stadium at the Wales V England game in March. Continue reading “Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.”

Hacked off over the future of the press.

Over the past two weeks I have attended two conferences held in Cardiff that discussed local and national journalism practises.

The first of these was on Saturday 19th Nov where I was invited by freelance journalist and lecturer, Joni Ayn to help with the live coverage of the ‘Future of the Press in Wales’.

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