Internship at Best Magazine

I was extremely happy to get a months internship at Best Magazine, owned by Hearst. Best is a women's weekly magazine. Other Hearst magazines include the hugely popular Cosmopolitan and Elle.

I worked with the web team while I was there. The website, is Best magazine’s brand new website, launched in April 2013. The site provides hourly online updates on the most relevant news, fantastic daily discounts, giveaways, vibrant forums and video clips, in which the authentic voice of the Best consumer can be showcased and heard as never before.

Whether online 24/7 or for the bargain price of 89p every Tuesday. 
My credits 

Working with the Web team, was fantastic a opportunity. It meant I was producing daily work as the website was constantly being updated.

For the first few days I did some general admin jobs and uploaded and scheduled the daily horoscopes and generally got a good feel for the website and magazine.

By the third day I was able to start pitching stories in the morning and afternoon web meetings, which was really exciting. I got to write lots of stories whilst I was there covering showbiz, television, real life and national news stories. The idea was to move the story on and offer something new.

Read all of my stories here:

Every story required photos too, I either got these myself using the right copyright requirements or the photo team assisted me.

The Best Beauty Awards

I was extremely lucky to be at the magazine when they hosted their annual Beauty Awards. I helped out with the planning of this event and helped out on the day. 

There were lots of celebrities at the event and lots of beauty companies attended. The event was held at The Waldorf hotel, which was super swish.
Afternoon tea event at the awards ceremony at The Waldorf Hotel, London. 

It was a great day which I am throughly proud to be part of.

I loved working at Best Magazine and meeting the team, who are extremely lovely. 

A massive thank you to every one at Best for all of your help, advice and kindness during my internship.

Lily Allen uploads Instagram picture of Kate Bush’s gig despite picture ban.

Lily Allen was one of the 4,000 excited fans who watched Kate Bush perform for the first time in 35 years on Tuesday night.
But Lily Allen failed to follow the demands of the singer after she shared a picture of the Before The Dawn stage set up ahead of Kate's performance.

Despite a strict ban on any pictures or videos being taken or recorded throughout the show. Lily managed to sneak a shot before the show began.

Beyonce silences divorce rumours with a powerful family post on instagram

Beyonce silences divorce rumours with a powerful family post on instagram 
Divorce rumours are spiralling around Beyonce and Jay Z as they continue on their "On The Run Tour" but the pop star has taken to Instagram and uploaded a video that very much slams the rumours. 
Beyonce posted this video Sunday on her Instagram
The family shot of Jay Z and and their daughter Blue Ivy shows an emotional Beyonce at the MTV VMAs on Sunday where she was presented with the Vanguard Award. 
While the singer is notoriously private about her personal life, even she couldn’t resist not sharing this one with her fans. 

Fans commented “You totally made history. Rocked it ✌️✌️✌️

iPhone Reporting, Innovation in Journalism

Reporters can now turn their smartphone into a multimedia reporting tool. The phrase ‘more for less’ really does come into play when we look at how reporting is advancing. Technological advancements are undoubtedly going to change the face of journalism. Portability, camera quality and access to a wider platforms through the use of  social media allows journalists to broadcast their story not only in the UK but around the world. 
In the media savvy world we live in people expect the delivery of news to develop as our technology develops. People want the news to be easily accessible. 

Broadcasters and publications thrive to be the quickest to deliver the news. Technology has progressed allowing reporters to use their smartphone as a tool to film events. iPhones and other smartphones now offer the software to film, edit and share high definition footage and these small devices have undoubtedly presented video journalists with an incredible tool. 

Mobile footage has been filtered into the news for many years now. Citizen journalism has provided us with thousands of photos and information, with people uploading images from their smartphones to the internet. Many photos from September 11th terrorist attacks and terrifying Indian ocean Tsunami in 2004 were captured on phones. The phones are providing us with more news than ever. 

Since then, thanks to continuing technological advancements, the mobile phone has become more widely used as a video device by journalists themselves, although more often by individuals working online than national broadcasters.

For those who are not always carrying around professional filming equipment a smartphone becomes handy, especially if you are at the scene of a breaking news story. You can film it and edit it on location and send it back to the broadcaster within minutes. 

iPhones now help reporters go about their day to day role. For example a reporter would be sent out to a location to film. The location can be found using Google Maps. The reporter can then use the application FiLMiC Pro to film their footage, this video recording app gives you manual control over image resolution and frame rate, it allows you to monitor sound visually, it allows GPS tagging and has a white balance function.  It beats the iPhone standard camera app when filming in areas where light is low as you can adjust the resolution and frame rate. The application also saves filling disc space in the iPhone’s camera roll as the application allow you to save the footage to the ‘FiLMiC library’ which can then by synced with iTunes.

The finished copy can then be quickly transported back to the newsroom using the share function, within the application, to upload to youtube or another social networking app. All of this can be done in a much more time effective way than having to set up your own camera gear or having a camera crew run around after you. On another positive note the smartphone can be put back into a pocket and the reporter will not have to worry about rushing back to the newsroom to edit. 

What makes all of this possible is the advancements within our mobile networks. We have moved from the age where we we would have internet connection as slow as dial up on a computer to internet connect connection such a 3G and now 4G. 4G allows you to connect to the internet in speeds faster than broadband at home. So it can even range in the London area up to 100 MB a second. So uploading whilst you are walking around is something you are able to do rather than being stuck in a office, meaning there will be be a smoother viewing experience with less buffering for news consumers streaming audio or video and it will also allow journalists in the field to send material faster.
Depending on a persons data usage a person can now upload multiple video files at once. 3G is still fast , with around 10 MB per second to upload. But in comparison to 4G this is not as a quick, it is about ten times slower. 

The Apple App Store has allowed the online market for apps to expand and journalists can now use a range of applications from FiLMiC Pro to iMovie. 

To record interviews and share them easily journalists can use SoundCloud. The app allows you to record audio and publish it to the public. The app uploads audio to a website, which allows you to share it easily. This can be a valuable tool for those wanting to do impromptu interviews and share them with Twitter followers. If you want to simply record audio for your own use, the iPhone comes with a built in audio recorder app.


Audioboo is a audio sharing App which is a free app to download like SoundCloud. Audioboo allows you to post audio clips to Twitter, Facebook and more. I think these apps are designed for preference, as the app market is so big competition is also. So it’s great for journalists as they can try all these useful apps that may enhance their career.

A new app called has been created to properly accredit and verify digital news footage. The app was made by Vice Media's Tim Pool, who reported from 2013's Istanbul protests using Google Glass. 
The application ‘’, available for iOS, automatically stamps the author's name onto an image or video, alongside the date, time and location they were taken and a company logo. So before you upload the photo to social networking sites the photograph will have all the appropriate details and allow people to know the photo is yours. A very simple idea that will prove to be useful for journalists. 


The Evernote app provides journalists with a virtual notebook. It allows journalists to take handwritten notes, typed notes, save photos, set reminders, and create lists. Everything saved to Evernote is searchable, even handwriting. Some journalists also use it as an address book by taking pictures of business cards. The text is searchable, so it’s easy for journalists to quickly look up someone’s business card within the app.
Because the data is saved in a cloud journalists can access the same notes on their smartphone, computer or tablet in a matter of moments. You can even access information without internet connection. 

To stream live broadcast there is a useful website called Ustream. Ustream allows members to broadcast live streaming video on the Internet. Members can broadcast directly from the Ustream website or from a mobile device using Ustream's mobile broadcasting application which is available on iPhone and Android phones. Ustream members can also record and save videos for future broadcast distribution. Ustream's video platform allows viewers with different ways to interact with the presenter during a live broadcast, providing broadcasters with chat and instant polling features, as well as allowing integration with Twitter and Facebook news feeds. NASA even use this application to film the Earth for 24/7, which you are able to view on a smartphone. Depending on the connection, Ustream Broadcaster can be pretty choppy. But, for breaking news, even lower-quality real-time video can send a powerful message.

Many broadcasters and publications have made their own app for readers. People can now access the news from a mobile device or tablet and use online media or social platforms to access news stories or articles. Broadcasters and publishers have no choice but to incorporate the use of smart phones. The BBC app offers readers to engage with the news on their mobile phone. The app features breaking news stories, latest headlines, features and users can watch the Live BBC News Channel from their mobile device. Readers can use the  ‘edit’ menu to personalise what news they would like to read. 

Citizen journalism is encouraged by broadcasters as it provides journalists with more stories. On the BBC app people can send their story to the BBC. They can do this by using  ‘send photo’ and ‘send story’ buttons. 

iPhone reporting definitely gives reporters an answer to situations where filming with a big camera is not possible. Often reporters may find themselves in this situation a lot. Especially in meetings and fashion shows or anywhere with a big crowd. The iPhone has become a tool to document everything you see, and what a fabulous idea. 

The future of reporting may rely heavily on technology and how people are consuming technology. I believe citizen journalism will continue to expand, with the access to smartphones becoming increasingly easy, people will continue to share their pictures, videos and information about stories around the world. But whether or not video journalists will continue to use iPhones to capture footage may be questionable. The benefits of uploading the content quickly and it being of a good quality puts the idea of iPhone reporting in a good position. Whichever way journalism is moving, media outlets need to be innovative. The use of new technology will continue to be embraced by both readers and journalists. 

Confessional Interview: Holly Banks, Team GB Disability Gymnastics

 On November 23rd 2009 I had a severe anaphylactic shock that left me hospitalised. I ate a pistachio and hazelnut and all of a sudden my reaction begun. 

I was only 13. I was so ill I wasn’t even thinking properly I was just concentrating on staying alive. Being scared wasn’t an option at the time.

It started off as a runny nose and then I began sweating and I had hives. And then I struggled to breath as my throat and tongue were swelling rapidly. I had to go to hospital. My heart beat slowed down as all of my internal organs were shutting down. All of a sudden I had a burning sensation from my hips down and passed out.
I then went unconscious for a while, I don’t know how long for. But when I woke up I needed to go to the toilet. But I couldn’t stand up or put weight on my legs without them spasming. I was in a hospital bed the whole time so I didn’t know that during this time I couldn’t use my legs.

I had a rare reaction from the anaphylactic shock called transverse myelitis. This caused a swelling on my spine, which controlled my legs. The swelling left me unable to walk and I couldn't put weight on my legs without them spasming for 5 and a 1/2 months.

I was in a wheelchair for six months.

Luckily the swelling on my spine went but it has left me with permanent damage, mainly on the left side of my body, with my left side having a delay.
My whole left side of my body is now colder in temperature than the right side. I also have no pain sensation.

I am very lucky though that I can walk again as I do know people who have suffered with transverse myelitis and they have not been able to walk again.

Before I came out of the wheelchair I was so determined that I would walk again. My mum knew how determined I was. So I said to her that when I come out of the wheelchair I want to do gymnastics.  But after this certain situation I am a great believer in that everything happens for a reason.

I started gymnastics in July 2012, purely because I said that if I can ever walk again I would like to do artist gymnastics.

I have lots of disabilities but my autism and my left side delay and nerve damage qualify for disability gymnastics. I also have dyslexia, moderate hyper mobility, information processing disorder, one kidney smaller than the other, anaphylaxis and  I also have no pain respecters. I have had autism and all of the learning disabilities since I was born and I attend a special needs autistic school. To me it’s just being Holly. I don’t know any different I was born like it and I will die like it. My family and my mum have just adjusted to it because it is who I am.

I have only been doing gymnastics for a year and eight months yet my achievements are unheard of. I have already achieved a lot within this time.
I hold six british champion titles
to my name already. I think with gymnastics there are no limits and the possibilities are endless and that’s why I love the sport. When you have trained so long for a skill and you finally nail it, you want to treasure that moment forever.
In 2012 I won floor and vault british champion. In 2013 I won floor, vault, beam, all-around british champion in class. I was selected for the high performance squad in team GB. This is the top squad.
I love performing especially when all goes to plan. All the long hours of practicing makes it all worth it and I wouldn’t change it for the world I love it.

My future looks really bright. I have my first international competition in May, for three days, with 30 other nations. I would like to achieve much more as I know I can.

I would like to carry on with my personal gymnastic career for as long as I can.

Many of my competitors have been doing gymnastics for over ten years. I am only 16 so I have a lot more exciting competing years ahead of me. When I am older I would also like to be a gymnastic coach. I do some coaching already, it is great to teach someone something. When they achieve it, there is a great satisfaction. I have lots of future plans that I know are happening.
I had one of the rarest reactions in the UK having had transverse myelitis, people shouldn’t
worry about it happening to them. I would also say don’t dwell on having anaphylaxis. I am allergic to 20 things which could kill me but I never complain and never talk about it. There is so much in life to enjoy.

Obviously in my life I have boundaries, I can not go to certain places but I just get over it.
I am grateful for the things I can do so I make the most of it.

I advise other sufferers to always take their medication when they are told to. And get help if you need it. It could save your life.

Holly Banks, 16, Southampton 
As told to Faith Thomas 

Transverse myelitis> the FACTS
WHAT? A rare neurological condition involving inflammation of the spinal cord. An estimated 300 new cases per year in the UK.  Age at onset of this condition can be from infancy to older adult. The peak ages for a TM diagnosis appear to be 10-19 and 30-39 years. Males and females seem to be equally diagnosed. 
SYMPTOMS: Patients suffer from weakness and numbness of the limbs as well as motor, sensory, and sphincter deficits. Severe back pain may occur in some patients at the onset of the disease. In some cases, there is almost total paralysis and sensory loss below the level of the lesion.
TREATMENT: Corticosteroid drugs are typically used as a treatment for spinal cord inflammation with TM patients. Rehabilitation, especially physiotherapy, is essential.

Anaphylactic shock> the FACTS
WHAT? A severe, potentially life threatening allergic reaction.
SYMPTOMS: Common signs include: a red, raised skin rash, swelling of the face hands and feet, wheezing, feeling faint or dizzy and vomiting. 
TREATMENT: If you suspect somebody is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 999 immediately for an ambulance and tell the operator you think the person has anaphylaxis.