Monday 19 December 2011
I went to interview Grenville at his home about plans to build a hotel at Park Hill as part of its redevelopment. Incidentally he's in favour of the idea as long as it helped the estate survive into the future, but it was when I was about to walk out of his front door that my ears were really thrilled. He told me a fascinating tale from his time as caretaker there and moments later was repeating it for me to record on my phone. Grenville then went on to tell me another cracking story.
Please be aware that the stories are a bit morbidly disturbing so if you're of a sensitive disposition, you may wish not to click play...
Monday 28 November 2011
Monday 31 October 2011
It covers advice on how to report on different specialisms such as politics and religion, as well as how to write for broadcast and a guide to the importance of accuracy and impartiality. It also covers some of the key media law principles that broadcasters have to abide by including contempt of court and defamation.
I’d highly recommend using the website to revise before interviews for journalism jobs or, if you’re a student, for media law exams.
In fact even if you’re not a journalist or a wannabe journo, the website gives you an insight into how we should best go about doing our job.
Monday 17 October 2011
Monday 3 October 2011
Wednesday 14 September 2011
Saturday 3 September 2011
Monday 15 August 2011
Monday 1 August 2011
Working on this series, which has started on BBC Radio Derby this week, has given me a deeper interest in the sports the athletes compete in. I've really enjoyed learning about the intricacies of the athletes' training and the sacrifices they make in order to try to make it to London 2012. For example, Rebbecca (below) works as a lecturer at Loughborough College, trains before at lunchtime and after work. She trains for a week every month with her coach in Holland.
She's also a good laugh. Before researching my interviews with the athletes, I did research on them on the internet. This is one of the videos I found of Rebecca Peake, she says she was bored while on a training camp in the States!
Saturday 23 July 2011
It was quite amazing to see so many thousands of people marching through the heart of Derby with their colourful placards and banners against the government's decision to give a £1.4 billion contract to German firm Siemens rather than Derby-based Bombardier. I hadn't expected there to be as many as five to six thousand, and among them, so many Derbyshire people with no connection to Bombardier.
Below is a 60 second recording I made on my phone using the Audioboo app during the march. I let the recording breathe so you can hear plenty of the atmosphere.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
MY 8 WAYS TO SAVE:
1. First and foremost, www.moneysavingexpert.com is an excellent website for finding out the cheapest way of buying just about anything. The website is run by Martin Lewis, who happened to do the same Broadcast Journalism postgraduate course at Cardiff University as me. It gives you an excellent overview of the ways to save money in the different areas we spend money on from travel to banking, and food shopping to mobile phones. It's well worth subscribing to the weekly email.
2. Use the 'shopping' tab at the top of the Google webpage to quickly do a price comparison of the item you're interested in buying.
3. Before going to eat out check www.vouchercloud.com for money off vouchers for restaurants in your post code. If you have an iPhone you can download the free app and just show the voucher on your phone rather than having to print it.
4. Thanks to a friend's tip, I've recently started using the cashback websites www.quidco.co.uk and www.topcashback.co.uk. Before purchasing an item that you've decided you want to buy, go to either of the websites above first and you will be directed though them to buy the item if the company is listed e.g. HMV, Tesco, Orange. If the company is listed , buy it via the cashback site and you'll get a percentage of the cost, normally around 5%, back in your bank account, although it can take a good few weeks for the money to arrive. Sometimes they do offers for example I recently got £120 cashback for signing up to and iPhone 4 on Vodafone.
5. If you are buying new electronic goods such as radios, TVs, laptops etc it's worth investing some time in finding the best product. Public libraries have the latest Which? magazines. It reviews products and recommends the best ones. Just ask behind the counter for the latest editions and find the item you want in the index. You have to pay for Which? subscription, hence going to the library to access the resource for free.
6. www.tripadvisor.co.uk is an excellent website for finding out reviews of hotels and hostels when searching for holiday accommodation. Customers leave their feedback on the website and you can then book the accommodation on the website or try to find it cheaper on the likes of http://www.hostelbookers.com/, www.hotelbookers.com or www.hostelworld.com
7. Don't book your train tickets on www.thetrainline.com as there is a £1 charge on each transaction. Go to www.virgintrains.co.uk which doesn't add this charge. If you're 25 or under, buy a 16-25 railcard for £28 to save a third on most journeys for a year. And buy it the day before you're 26 as I did recently to make it last as long as possible!
8. And perhaps my favourite tip...when you're booking single train tickets (and two singles can often be cheaper than a return, especially when booking well in advance) scroll down to see if the first class ticket is cheaper. I went to London from Derby recently and it was cheaper in first class. Don't ask me why!
Please leave a comment below if you have any other ideas on how to save money.
I've thought of a ninth way I save money! You can get John Lewis and Waitrose vouchers by using the John Lewis Partnership card (credit card). You get more points when you use the card to pay for goods in Waitrose and John Lewis. I've had the Partnership card for more than a year now and have earned £60 in vouchers - with more than a little help from Emily! Just make sure you pay off the credit card bill on time.
Wednesday 6 July 2011
Saturday 25 June 2011
Monday 13 June 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
Thursday 19 May 2011
Monday 9 May 2011
Tuesday 3 May 2011
My work as a BBC reporter has been helped enormously by finally giving in and investing in an iPhone in November last year. I now heavily rely on it to help me tell stories. I’m often the radio car reporter, which means I drive a people carrier around my patch (Derbyshire and
After being woken by the phone’s alarm at , I use it on the train to work to check Twitter, Facebook, and the BBC Derby and Derby Telegraph websites. I look for any stories we need to be covering on the BBC Radio Derby breakfast show and some background to the stories that I will be reporting on.
Once I’m at work and have printed off the details of the five or so stories I’ll be covering, I set off on the radio car and often use my phone to help me get to the locations. I use Google maps as a reassuring back up to the unreliable sat nav in the car.
If I have time when I get to the story, I often use the Google app on my phone to do some further research such as finding out statistics, for example I recently went to a story about the closure of Sure Start Centres in
After I’ve finished my live I take photos of the locations and people I interview and then email them from my phone to the presenter, producer and web team. It allows them to upload the photo straight to the BBC Radio Derby Facebook page which the presenter will then refer to on air and sometimes the snaps are used for articles on www.bbc.co.uk/derby. I also upload some of the more interesting photos on my personal twitter feed and sometimes record a video on my phone to enhance my blog posts, here’s a good example.
I’ve recently started using the app VR+ to record audio on location and then email it to the newsroom in seconds. The app came into its own recently when I was reporting from Birmingham Crown Court on the murder trial of Sylwia Ciapcinska. The court is a 25 minute walk to the Mailbox, the BBC building in the city, and I wanted to get my material on air as soon as possible once the verdict had been returned. I used the app to record my report on the court steps for the news bulletin and an interview with the police as well as the victim’s parent’s statement. I then emailed the audio to my colleagues in the newsroom in
The iPhone is an incredible aid to reporting and is an exciting way of enhancing the way we tell stories by, for example, adding photos and video. The next step for me is to use my phone to broadcast live which I know the radio car reporter at BBC 3 Counties Radio in
Thursday 28 April 2011
Pub Ban Royal Wedding by markansell
Tuesday 26 April 2011
Oxford v Chesterfield by markansell
After the game I went pitch-side tointerview Oxford United's defender Damian Batt on my iPhone. He was voted by the Professional Football's Association as the best right back in League 2. I forgot to stop the recording at the end of the interview so you can hear a bit of small talk afterwards...
Damien Batt interview by markansell
I also interviewed Chesterfield Manager John Sheridan...
John Sheridan interview by markansell
It's been about 4 years since I last reported on football but I really enjoyed it. When I was a student I used to go to a lot of Sheffield United matches at Bramall Lane with my friend Paul and I'd write half and full time reports and read them to my audience - him! Very sad I know but I love the challenge of summing up the action. The aim is to try to capture the essence of the game in an engaging way.
Friday 22 April 2011
Sylwia Court Drive 2 way 19 April by markansell
Thursday 14 April 2011
Sunday 10 April 2011
Friday 1 April 2011
Thursday 31 March 2011
Thursday 24 March 2011
Joel and Issy's Wedding short by markansell
Saturday 12 March 2011
Friday 4 March 2011
Hard news is what you live for as a reporter but it's great to be able to do some light hearted stories from time to time. Serious stories often tell themselves (you stick to telling the listener the hard facts) whereas lighter stories offer the opportunity to be more creative. Today, for example, I reported from a hot tub...
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And the other day I went to Derbyshire County Cricket Club as they're in search of someone to be the mascot. I gave it a go...
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I've made some changes to the blog - a new name: 'Behind The Stories' which sums up more accurately what I'm writing about and a new, more exciting design. After three and a half years, I felt it was time for the blog to be refreshed. I hope you like what you see.
Wednesday 16 February 2011
This breakfast show trail shows the range of stories I get to cover everyday...
Wednesday 9 February 2011
Every New Year, the community hosts a meeting in a different European city. There is a prayer service three times a day, workshops and the opportunity to meet other young people from around the world. It was an amazing experience especially on New Year's Eve when I was a part of a group of about 100 young people who sang, danced and chatted our way into 2011, booze-free.
Here are my photos taken on my iPhone...
The slideshow includes:
- The inside and outside of Ahoy, the gig venue for the huge meeting.
- A visit to a Mosque in Rotterdam which allowed people of both faiths to learn about one-another.
- Some of the sights in Rotterdam including unusual architecture and a photo which demonstrates the love the Dutch have for bikes - they grit the cycle lanes but not the pavements!
- My favourite Dutch food, the flavoured custards called Vla.
- Fireworks that were going off on the street in Rotterdam on New Year's Eve which were bigger and louder than any I've seen before.
- Photos of me and my cousin Peter, plus friends I made out there.
- And New Year's Day in Amsterdam before flying home.