News Day Story Scenario

Police arrest two men after kidnapping a man and holding a family hostage in an attempt to steal £500,000 worth of diamonds.

Two men kidnapped jewellery store owner Peter Brandt, 55, from his home and held his family hostage in a senseless attack in West Hull at 8pm on Sunday night. “It was just a regular Sunday night at home, it was our family night,” says Peter Brandt of that night

“My family was taken to the back of the house by one of the men, and I was restrained by the two others,” says Mr. Brandt. He was taken to an abandoned farmhouse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, handcuffed to a chair and left overnight. “I was blindfolded in my home and shoved into the back of a car, I was terrified.”

The rest of his family, his wife Melissa Brandt, 54, and their two children, Stephen, 16 and Sonja, 14, were held in their home by a third captor. “It was so terrifying I didn’t even think about trying to escape, I just went along with it.

“I didn’t hear either of them talking, and I couldn’t sleep because I was so worried about Melissa and the kids,” Mr. Brandt reveals. “The next morning I agreed to take them to the jewellery shop because I was expecting an important delivery, we were on the way there when the police surrounded the car.”

One of the men arrested on Orchard Street accidentally shot himself in the buttocks after police surrounded the car; he is now being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary, is in a stable condition and has a police guard. “I heard a gun shot and I was dragged out into the street,” Mr. Brandt recalls.

After the arrests the family was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary to get checked over but no injuries were suffered.  Mr. Brandt emotionally adds, “The important thing is we’re all safe now.”

Jeweller Mr. Brandt is well known in Kingston upon Hull for his shop ‘Shiny Things’ down Spring Bank, which he set up almost 30 years ago. He and his wife Melissa are also well known on East Yorkshire’s charity circuit for their fundraising efforts.

Detective Inspector David Smith said, “Police officers detained two men on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and possession of fire arms after a tip off from the police in Amsterdam.”

It is thought that Mr. Brandt was the robbers target because of his diamond business, and that his diamonds being delivered from Holland on Monday morning being the reason for his capture

The press office reported that there had never been any evidence of any prior attacks on Mr. Brandt, his family, or his jewellery shop. A police press officer was unable to disclose if any of the captors had any previous convictions.

The three men are to appear in court together once the third captor is discharged from Hull Royal Infirmary hospital.

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The Real Jewel Thieves of Bradford

An expert squad has been assembled in the district of Bradford to target crooks who commit burglaries at jewellery stores.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, the Senior Investigating Officer, said, “We have experienced a recent trend of offences across the Bradford District where jewellery has been targeted.”

To fight the issue, a group of specialist officers has been gathered to concentrate exclusively on investigating the offences, and welcoming any new information they can from the public so that the thieves can be brought to justice.

“Increases in the value of gold suspected to be behind this type of criminality and although overall offending for burglary and robbery has fallen across the Bradford District by 23% in the last two financial years, this is an area we need to focus our attention.”

Operation ‘Scaldlock’ has been set up to focus on the perpetrators and the measures that need to be taken for crime prevention in the region.

Six men have from the local area already been taken into police custody over the past few weeks in relation to the robberies.

Local residents looking for assistance regarding crime information and/or advice on how to secure their homes can contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers in every community will be raising awareness around security and crime prevention. For instance, people can put in place simple measures such as locking their doors and lighting up their property to deter thieves,” says DCI Thomas, Senior Investigating Officer of the team.

“The second element of the operation will be through local jewellers. Officers will be ensuring they are aware of criminals attempting to sell these high value items and what they should do if they are approached,” added DCI Thomas.

Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, Coun Imran Hussain, said, “These horrific offences, sometimes targeting some of the most vulnerable victims, simply will not be tolerated.

“Families with high value jewellery should carefully consider security measures including safety deposit boxes. We urge anyone who has information relating to gold theft to come forward and report it by calling the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The Media Sector, Organisations and Roles

Introduction

In this essay the professional working roles and some of the many organisations currently in the media sector will be explored. I shall investigate whether the current economic climate has had a negative effect on the industry and what has changed as a result of this. The main organisations chosen to focus on are News Corporation, the Hull Daily Mail, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. The range of companies selected to analyse range in how they are operated and the size of the organisations.

The above organisations were chosen because of the following reasons: News Corporation was chosen as it is a major player in the media sector at the present time. The number of companies and products owned by the organisation is quite considerable, especially for the current state of the economy. BBC is another organisation that will be looked at as it is the most notable corporation in the United Kingdom, and is state-owned and publicly funded by TV licensing laws. Lastly, the Hull Daily Mail will be explored as it is a local newspaper in Kingston upon Hull and is still extremely popular after being a publication since 1885. The Daily Mail and General Trust have also just sold Northcliffe Media Ltd, which owned the Hull Daily Mail publication, to the company media business Local World.

Overview

The current expansion of blog popularity is one key factor in the current state of the media sector; the number of blogs that are used as a source of information is astounding compared with the audience amount for other forms of media, which includes websites, newspapers, and television broadcasting.

The major player in the media sector at the moment is News Corporation which includes the satellite television networks Fox in the United States, and Sky in the UK in its extensive range of assets. These networks are run by the production companies Twentieth Century Fox Television and British Sky Broadcasting Group (BskyB), respectfully.

In television production, Twentieth Century Fox Television together with the company’s other TV studios, produces and distributes television programming. The company’s TV studios are leaders in animated series and supply many of the most popular series to each of major US networks. News Corporation’s other segment is engaged in digital media and other businesses. The company, through IGN Entertainment, also provides Internet media and services that are focused on videogame and entertainment markets.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is engaged in creating, commissioning and broadcasting programs in television and radio. A majority of the programming is produced in the UK. Freelance workers have become more common in the media industry due to the change in the state of the media sector because of the economic climate. Newspapers have become more online based for the reason that computers are progressively more common in everyday life today.

The Hull Daily Mail is just a small local newspaper in comparison to the above organisations, but its popularity in its area, across East Yorkshire and its surrounding areas, makes the paper successful in a time when the media is changing dramatically. To keep up with the progressing media, the Hull Daily Mail publishes online content as well as the daily print publication so that they can access and appeal to an audience greater than the newspaper readership. Some of the company’s past online articles have reached many different countries across Europe for the quirkiness of the content.

Operations

The BBC is a state-owned organisation that operates a television network which comprises several channels offered by the company. BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, and CBBC are a few examples of the channels that the business offers to UK households. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a broadcasting company based in the United Kingdom, which is where the corporation predominantly operates. The BBC’s headquarters is in England’s capital, London. The BBC HD channel is a high definition television showcase for a range of programming from across the BBC’s other television services which has been created because of the invention of High Definition televisions in the home. British Broadcasting Company also offers a range of services for radio segments, these include the following: Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, and also radio stations for local listeners, for example, BBC Humberside and Radio Lincolnshire.

In addition to the above the company provides online content through BBC Online and BBC Red Button which delivers interactive services and content to digital television viewers, including all day, up-to-the-minute content and information, which covers news, weather, learning, entertainment, interactive programming and support for major events. BBC Worldwide is the British Broadcasting Corporation’s commercial subordinate; it works to capitalise on the income the BBC gets from their programme rights and goods, this offsets the UK television license fee.

News Corporation is a diversified international media and entertainment company which run mainly in Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia, Latin America and the United States.  The company is currently based in New York City, NY. The business includes processes across the following industry sectors: publishing; cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; newspapers; and integrated marketing services. The organisation is involved in the production and attainment of films and motion pictures for entertainment and worldwide distribution; the company also produces television programming worldwide via multiple different TV broadcasting channel networks that the business owns.

Hull Daily Mail, a daily printed newspaper publication is an organisation based in the city of Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire, England; the paper has an online website where articles are published as well as the printed version. The Internet is where the organisation publishes its unique local news stories that would appeal to an audience on the web. As this company is only a daily newspaper and not an established media organisation as large as News Corp, it does not cover a broad range of media services such as television channels and radio, but Local World, a company which has just purchased the Hull Daily Mail from Northcliffe Media has a wide range of printed publications in its arsenal.

Media sector

The digital revolution has had a massive effect on the way these organisations operate; the developing technologies have affected the media sector in ways such as how the companies are promoted which includes using the social media/networking sites, websites, blogs, and so on.

Due to the increasing importance of technology and its growing Internet based products, the companies in the media have to keep up to date with these skills to be able to maintain their place as major players in the media sector; to do this they have created Twitter and Facebook accounts, online websites, blogs, iPhone apps, and so on; these have to be available to the audience so that they will still be interested in the products/information/news that they offer. BBC have several Twitter accounts which cover the main areas of the news, an example of this would be the BBC UK and BBC Breaking News accounts that have proven to be popular among the users on the social networking site Twitter.

The BBC launched their online website http://www.bbc.co.uk in 1991, after the invention of the Internet, and it was developed as a new way for the British Broadcasting Corporation to connect with its range of audiences. Since 2010, News Corporation has had an investment in Journalism Online which enables printed publications including magazines, online-only publishers, and newspapers to collect revenue from the readers of their online material. BBC News offers a 24-hour news loop 7 days a week; this information goes around the globe via television broadcast and the company’s online websites and social networking accounts.

In the last 2 years a lot has changed at the British Broadcasting Corporation; the company launched applications for smartphones in 2010, which included the BBC News and BBC Sport apps. Furthering BBC’s allure to an online audience, in 2011, the organisation launched a new BBC iPlayer on televisions, which offered the customers several additional features to the normal BBC iPlayer. The creation of the catch up channels on televisions and Internet meant that the BBC and the other major channels in the UK were more appealing to the public as the programmes that the networks offered could be viewed after they had aired at their normal broadcasting times.

News Corporation has taken a major hit in the past year due to the News of the World/News International phone-hacking scandal, the on-going Leveson Inquiry is a result of this. This inquiry into the British press has had a colossal influence on the way publications acquire their information nowadays; its investigation included a thorough exploration about the ethics and culture of today’s British media. Consequently, new regulatory body has been presented to the British Parliament to monitor and censor the British press, which would be backed by law if a situation negating these regulations were to occur.

The inquiry participants comprise of the following: the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), News International, the Telegraph Media Group, the Metropolitan Police, Guardian News and Media Ltd, the Trinity Mirror, Northern and Shell Network Ltd, and Associated Newspapers Ltd. In 2011 News Corporation shut down the News of the World publication due to several accusations and allegations claiming the newspaper had paid police officers at the Metropolitan Police for information by a number of its employees.

The Hull Daily Mail has had to keep up with the direction the Media Sector is travelling by expanding to online websites (thisishullandeastriding.co.uk). However, of the 61 employees/reporters that the company employ, only one works to publish the online articles. According to Jamie Macaskill, assistant editor for the newspaper, there is more a demand for journalism than ever before, meaning there still is a wide audience for the printed Hull Daily Mail publications, with three quarters of the East Yorkshire population still reading it daily. Forty thousand papers are sold per day, meaning it reaches a total of 125,000 people daily.

Job expectations

The increasing amount of work expected from a single journalist has increased exponentially, this due to the growing number of redundancies in the workplace, as a result of these redundancies because of the state of the economy, a single employee is anticipated to be able to have a more broad range of skills and cover a wider area of expertise in the business. More experience is needed by the companies for them to employ a worker as a member of the organisations staff, for example, a news reporter would also be estimated to be able to do camera work, photography work, article writing, and so on.

The Hull Daily Mail has dramatically reduced its number of staff recently, downsizing to a single floor in the Daily Mail and General Trust building; the Daily Mail and General Trust has just over 12,000 employees nationally, just a small fraction of this number of workers are employed at the Hull Daily Mail newspaper. The staff at the Hull Daily Mail in today’s climate have much more experience and a broader range of skills than past employees hired to work for the publication in its 127 year history. This is due to the fallen economy, the need for more qualified staff has become greater as the number of employees fell; the companies simply could not afford to retain all of the specialist workers and fund a vast workforce.

News Corporation’s number of employees currently stands at 51,000 people; this number of workers spans the main countries/continents they operate in, and beyond. 23 of the 51,000 News Corp workers are part of the Senior Management or higher, meaning they are part of the Executive and Non-Executive Board. The BBC employs 13 people who are included in the Senior Management Staff and the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Executive Board; according to figures by MarketLine, in February 2011 the BBC had approximately 22,886 additional employees across the rest of the company.

The rising prospects of the business’ employees in the all areas of the media sector has resulted in the employees going above and beyond what has been previously expected by the media organisations. This diminishing number of staff in all of the industries has had a huge impact on the media business; many journalists have been forced to go freelance in the last couple of years because of the state of the economy.

Conclusion

The overall findings in the research into all of the organisations is that all of the organisations that have been researched have expanded their coverage in accordance to the growing Media Sector, as a result of this the job titles in the companies have changed and the expectations of the organisations employees have increased. The Hull Daily Mail has reduced its number of staff because of the economic climate, which meant the workers kept on at the company were expected to increase their workload and develop and increase their skill set.

The Leveson Inquiry has had a huge impact on the press, with the British government allowing the media to produce their own policing and laws following Leveson’s regulatory body, Parliament are then expected to review the press’ self-regulation system to establish whether they have met a detailed and tight enough media law guideline. This could affect the future of the British, and even global, press greatly.

Online journalism has also impacted the Media Sector, as the Internet has become increasingly more popular, and information getting to the public in many more ways, like social networking sites, for example Twitter, which is one of the fastest ways to hear a news story; television, 24 hour news channels, CNN, BBC, Sky News; blogs, including WordPress, Tumblr; and many other online sources.

References

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MarketLine. (2012). News Corporation. Available: http://advantage.marketline.com/Product?pid=BC44C9A8-F448-47E9-B7D3-9869C85E59F0. Last accessed 28th Nov 2012.

Northcliffe Media Limited. (2012). Hull Daily Mail. Available: http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/people/Hull%20Daily%20Mail/profile.html. Last accessed 29th Nov 2012.

Local World. (2012). About us. Available: http://local-world.co.uk/aboutus.html. Last accessed 29th Nov 2012.

Male Nurse Caught in Porn Business

An NHS male nurse has been suspected of allegedly making pornography films in hospital rooms.

A source reports, “He’s been doing porn for years but his children have never been told about it; this would destroy them and leave them completely embarrassed and humiliated.”

The father-of-three John Bloggs, 62, is said to have made the dirty films in the hospital treatment rooms.

“The adult film industry is a very popular business so its a mystery how he hasn’t been discovered in one of these movies before now.” An NHS employee story so scandalous would be disastrous for the bosses; the company would go to extreme measures to keep this from leaking and dragging the service’s name through the mud.

He has since been suspended from his job at Timbuktu Hospital and his family are said to be devastated.

Police are expected to question Mr Bloggs today.

Comparing My Story to the Daily Mail’s

I think mainly my story followed the same order as the Daily Mail’s. The information that I chose to put up towards the top of my article was the same as the information the Daily Mail chose to start the story with.

The Daily Mail obviously went to greater lengths to get a more detailed article that included more in depth information and more quotes from the subject.

The angle of my story compared to the professional one was very similar as it was most importantly about a man’s struggle to get the surgery he wants so he no longer has to live in purgatory.

After more practice I think that I would be able to organise the story better and notice the relevant information more easily so that the structure of my articles can improve.

Ordering Information for My Articles

For the Ed Sheeran article, I ordered the information into paragraphs that I thought went down in relevance and importance following who I thought the article would be aimed at.

It starts with how Hull welcomed Ed for the first time, and how it’s been a while since Hull has had such a big name performing in the city. Then I went on to say that it was a sold out crowd.

After I got a quote from one of the gig-goers who raved about how good Sheeran was during his music set.

The less important information about the songs he performs during his gig, for example his biggest hits ‘Lego House’ and ‘The A Team’.

His birthplace and where he was brought up went next, then information about the success of his debut album being certified four times platinum.

Lastly, I included the, less relevant to the English audience, information about his tour with Taylor Swift next year in the US following their duet release going straight to number 1.

Desperate Wife of Missing Man Pleads for Information

Amanda Whyte, wife of Sam Whyte, and his two children, Emily, 4, and Samantha, 2, are devastated at his disappearance, “These four days have been the longest of my life.”

Mrs. Whyte has urged people to get in touch with the police if they witnessed anything suspicious on the night he went missing.

Eighty police are believed to be on patrol searching for him, with over 30 of them searching the River Kelvin for a body.

His wife last saw Mr. Whyte before leaving their home on Fortrose Street. “Sam wouldn’t just disappear like this,” says Mrs. Whyte, “He doesn’t go out that often.” Upon leaving the house he told his wife he loved her very much.

Sam Whyte, 28, disappeared following a night at the pub with his best friend, Harry Brown. Mr. Whyte was last seen walking along Preston Lane towards the River Kelvin on CCTV.

Mr. Whyte, an Engineer, took a detour after drinking at The Copy Cat on Great Western Road in Glasgow on Thursday, June 20th 2012. He was reported missing at 6am the next morning by his wife, Amanda Whyte.

Normally, Mr. Whyte would travel the 30 minutes home by walking down Western Lane, but the night of June 20th he went down Great Western Road instead.

Police have said Mr. Whyte told Mr. Brown he was heading home before leaving the pub that evening.

Mr. Whyte was said to be drinking prior to leaving just after 11pm, but was not inebriated. The family has apparently been having financial difficulties lately.

Mr. Whyte was carrying his wallet with identification, with pictures of his family inside. He was wearing a blue checked shirt, jeans, and brown Vans trainer shoes on the evening of his vanishing.

Mr. Whyte was also wearing his distinctive wedding ring which is in a Celtic design with his and his wife’s initials engraved on the outside of the band.

The investigation into Mr. Whyte’s disappearance is ongoing and the police have called for any witnesses to come forward with information.

A picture of Mr. Whyte is available through the police press office.

Bolton Chef Who Lost 12 Stone Denied Surgery to Remove Excess Skin

A chef from Bolton has been refused cosmetic surgery that could change his life after losing a whopping 12 stone.

28 year-old, Gregg Wrigley has dieted for the past 3 years in order for him to go from a gigantic 27 stone, to a tiny 15 stone in comparison.

But the National Health Service has declined Gregg’s request to undergo an operation that would get rid of the extra skin that the extreme weight loss has left behind.

This has left the Bolton chef no other choice but to save up the money himself to fund his life-changing surgery.

Mr. Wrigley’s news comes after the NHS has offered £7,000 gastric band surgeries to those whom are overweight, free of charge.

Gregg says, “Its classed as cosmetic surgery … it’s not exactly fair. [The] NHS said it’s not available in Bolton.

“I’ve done all the hard work- dieting and exercising- and even joined WeightWatchers,” adds Wrigley.

Ed’s First Time… His Debut in Hull

Ed’s First Time… His Debut In Hull

Ed Sheeran’s debut in Hull, November 7th.

Sheeran has been one of the biggest musical acts Hull has had the pleasure of accommodating to in recent years as the 21 year-old performed at the Hull Arena to a sold out crowd.

Recently returning to the UK after touring the United States, the West Yorkshire-born, Suffolk-raised musician performed some of his biggest hits as well as songs from his four times platinum certified debut album ‘+’.

Samantha Armitage, 18, who attended the gig on November 7th, said, “It was such a good night, he was absolutely amazing.”

The musician was supported by Irish act Foy Vance, and Brighton-born singer-songwriter Passenger.

After the gig finished, Sheeran posted a picture of the lively Hull crowd on his Instagram account, which he then tweeted.

Sheeran tweets “Hull!” after the gig was over.

(Copyright: photo from teddysphotos on Instagram)

Going on to perform in cities such as Newcastle, Blackpool, Edinburgh, and Glasgow in the United Kingdom, Sheeran will then tour Europe in such places as Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich.

Ed has been newly been revealed as the opening act for Taylor Swift on her tour of North America in 2013, where Sheeran has blown up in popularity after his and Swift’s duet off of her latest album ‘Red’ went to number 1 in the US.

The singer-songwriter has just been nominated for a ‘Song of the Year’ GRAMMY award for his smash hit “The A-Team”. Following the news, Sheeran took to Twitter to express his excitement, “A dream come true. Ecstatic.”

My First Attempt at Formally Sourced News Story

West Yorkshire crime rate reduces

Crime in the county as a whole fell by 5% from June 2011 to June the following year.

Police enforcement has helped slash local burglary numbers in West Yorkshire by a fifth in the last 12 months, according to recent Home Office figures.

Violent attacks are also down by 14%, and vehicle crimes reduced to 7%, due to the new police implementations. DCC Parkinson said, “They come at a time our annual budget has been significantly reduced.”

Deputy Chief Constable John Parkinson further stated that the reduction in the number of burglaries is a top priority for the Force, and added, “It is important for the public of West Yorkshire that crime continues to fall.”

A contributing factor to the major fall in crime rates is the introduction of Project Optimal. This initiative combines the old-fashioned policing with new, cutting edge technology.

Research in the academic fields helped the Force use software to pinpoint specific areas that are at the greatest risk, which then prevents prospective burglaries.

“We police with the support of the communities we serve,” DCC Parkinson added, “It was pleasing to see a significant majority of people agree [that] we deal with local concern.”

“The statistics are very promising and are a result of the hard work and commitment officers put in day in-day out with [along] with our partners to serve our local communities.”