We started the day off with a lecture from Time Felle of City University. He discussed the history of journalism in the UK, which as you can imagine, was quite extensive.
I learned that in the 1800’s, the popular press became the British version of tabloid journalism and “fake news”.
I also learned that The Guardian is the only UK paper to have won a Pulitzer Prize (it was for their story about Snowden).
We then had a hands-on review of UK papers with Dr. Davies. This was interesting because I learned that everything about newspapers are geared to their target market. The Financial Times costs £2.50, whereas The Sun cost £.50. Tabloids are cheap and posh business papers are expensive to reflect the target market.
Even the page layout matters – The Sun is messy and unorganised to reflect tabloid journalism and the Evening Standard is a bit cleaner and pleasing to the eye.
We also talked about the media revolution, which is really affecting the business model of the industry. Papers make profit from ads, but this is falling due to the rise of the internet.
We then went to an UK/North Korea nuclear summit panel discussion, presented by the Frontline Club, which I would describe as something like ORSA for journalists.
Panelist’s included North Korean refugee Jihuyn
The panelist’s said that while Kim Jong-Un is a consistent leader who thinks about long-term goals, Trump is ill-prepared and just wants to be praised.
I’ve noticed that the Brits spend a lot of time discussing Trump, but in America, we don’t ever hear about Theresa May.
Can you believe the month is over?
In the spirit of closure, here’s a goodbye letter of sorts to London.
I came here quite unaware of British media. All I knew is that they didn’t have the first amendment, but I was unsure of what that looked like in practice.
As I explored British media, I fell in love with journalism all over again.
Touring the BBC was one of the coolest things I’ll ever do (along with visiting Parliament, CNN London, and meeting Catherine Mayer).
I found myself more interested in both investigative reporting and political journalism.
I learned that regulations can be a good thing!
I learned that ending up in big news corporations is about one-thirds luck, one-thirds talent, and one-third persistence. I also learned the joy of working for a small news organization like NewsQuest and reporting local, quirky news.
I am so eternally grateful for this trip and for all the inspirational people I got to meet.
I learned a lot about myself and even explored some areas of UK life that I thought I wouldn’t (like visiting the doctor and political activism).
I am going to miss being around influential journalists everyday, but I’m excited to take what I have learned and pour it into my future journalism courses in Hattiesburg.
Thank you for following along on my journey.
As a media student, I like to pay attention to what news corporations report on. One thing I didn’t expect was the extensive coverage of President Trump in UK papers.
The only time I’ve ever heard about Theresa May was when she held the referendum, but that was only because I followed British YouTubers on Twitter and they posted about it.
I’m sure somewhere, there has been reportage of Theresa May in American papers, but it’s nowhere near as prominent as the UK’s coverage of Trump.
I think American media is quite American-centric, whereas UK media is more international. It makes sense, though, because the UK encompasses Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, so they have to have more of a represented worldview. However, I think it’d be nice if UK papers reported on the major things Theresa May was doing, or at least cover Brexit. (Which the New York Times does do, thankfully).
I’m also not sure if Americans would read or care about UK political news, but I certainly think it’s important to have some basic coverage.
The Guardian has a whole section on Donald
David Grevemberg, CEO of Commonwealth House spoke to us about the imperialistic history of Commonwealth and what they are doing to reconcile.
I was delightfully surprised to learn about the human rights advocacy that Commonwealth does, and its quite a shock as the US is currently penalizing their players for protesting social justice inequalities. Quite the difference, it seems.
Commonwealth has been running games since 1930, making it the second oldest sports movement in the world. In fact, 1/3 of the world’s population are Commonwealth citizens. However, this is largely due to colonization and imperialism.
Because of this, Commonwealth is on a mission to help those they have wronged. They have established the Commonwealth charter, which lays out their duty to uphold peace, prosperity and the governance of human rights.
Commonwealth is politically active, and they have partnered with the UN to promote human rights.
In Glasgow, they partnered with UNICEF in 2014 in order to help unify the people of Scotland.
This is exactly how people can use communications to make a difference. They’re talking to people, hearing their stories and their interpretations of Commonwealth, and using that information to help Commonwealth change for the better. I’m such a fan. I’m always a fan of humanitarianism and political activism, but I never thought I’d see that intertwined with a sports federation.
The goals of Commonwealth.
Here, you can see the priorities of