What topics are you most interested in as a journalist?
I was brought up with music being constantly played in my house and was encouraged to play an instrument. Despite the enjoyment I got out of it, writing was always my forte and music journalism is the closest way to be involved with music without being a musician.
Politics has always been of interest to me and the role of the media within it. The bias of opinion within different papers based on their agenda has become obvious to me, which led me to become interested in finding a platform that displays a variety of opinion, which is apparent in social media.
Which blogs, news sites, apps and forums cover these topics best?
I particularly enjoy this platform because NME is a renowned music magazine; they have access to the latest festival guides and lineups.
-Classic Rock magazine: http://teamrock.com/classic-rock
Classic Rock focuses on news from an older generation of music; it revitalises music that may be forgotten by a younger audience and brings new work from older artists back into the limelight.
-BBC Radio 1 app
This station plays and discusses brand new music, particularly focusing on the current charts. The most up-to-date music news can be found on Radio One due to its sources and exclusive access to events such as Radio One’s Big Weekend.
-Rolling Stone magazine: http://www.rollingstone.com
Rolling Stone (like NME) is renowned as a music magazine; they cover the new music scene and the old, making connections between the two. Not only this, but they also cover sport and politics, making it a very diverse platform.
This blog (particularly in regard to reviews) shows an unbiased opinion; the reviews are written without an ulterior motive, including factual information about the artists. It covers artists from across genres and eras which appeals to an incredibly wide audience.
-The Independent: http://www.theindependent.co.uk
The Independent provide a relatively unbiased view of the political news; they are funded privately and their articles feature both sides of political arguments.
-The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
This platform often looks at controversial topics within politics and allow/encourage their audience to begin discussions. This method helps to educate people on current affairs.
This platform is very popular; users are free to express their opinions on stories reported by various news outlets that produce content on Twitter. Due to this freedom of expression, content is much less likely to be biased.
-Politics Forum: http://www.politicsforum.co.uk
This app focuses on certain topics within politics and opens up discussions involving the general public; it is a forum-based platform in which anyone can begin a conversation thread in relation to current political situations.
In a similar way to Twitter, Facebook allows access to information on politics in a far easier manner; even if articles are biased, discussion between members of the public allow for opinions and criticism which educates people in itself.
Do you have any hobbies or interests in addition to the topics you chose
I am also interested in celebrity news, particularly in regard to the film industry.
Which blogs, news sites, apps and forums cover those topics best?
-The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com
The Hollywood Reporter has a quick access to the latest information in Hollywood, not only focusing on popular individuals in the industry, but highlighting those who are making their debuts as well.
-Empire Movies: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/news
Empire Movies does heavily feature American movies, but has a section in which it reviews international movies; this brings more obscure films into the limelight.
-Celebs Now: http://www.celebsnow.co.uk/celebrity-news
This platform focuses on the most popular celebrity stories; the stories that most consumers are looking for are easily accessible. The headlines are mainly positively written and highlight good news more often than controversy.
This is a platform that was specifically created to produce purely positive articles about celebrities and their lives rather than portraying them unfairly.
-OK! Magazine: http://www.ok.co.uk
OK! is a highly popular magazine for celebrity and therefore has access to exclusive information quicker than some other platforms.