I’m a journalist?

An update!

Hey everyone, long time no speak.

I haven’t updated this blog in a very long time, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing in the meantime.

Firstly, it’s probably worthy to note that I’ve been completing my magazine journalism MA at Cardiff University. So far, so good. I feel like I’ve already learned more than I did during my BA – but, this course is much more practical, so that’s probably why.

I spent my time before Christmas writing articles for Alt Cardiff , learning of new writing techniques and multimedia capabilities. My feature-length article for example, was a good demonstration of the range of multimedia I could produce. This feature article, regarding animal testing in Cardiff, went on to receive my highest mark (a first-class) last semester. I was pretty chuffed!

Another project I’ve been working on is Missing Pixels, a site aimed at welcoming all gamers. It was created for a digital project assignment but I think I might carry on contributing to it anyway. Feel free to join the community if you’d like!

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The week after we broke up for Christmas, I found myself in one of the UK’s largest magazine publishers: Haymarket.

Spending my nights a minute away in the hotel across the road, I was lucky enough to spend a week working with Stuff Magazine. Stuff Magazine deals with gadgets, tech, gaming; basically all the things I love. It was an inspiring work experience that made me feel confident in finding a place within the field. I am grateful to the Stuff team for having me on board, especially Rob Leedham, who got in touch and started it all.

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That’s a very brief rundown of what I’ve been up to from September to December. Now, with the new semester, I hope to continue this progress in finally becoming an official NCTJ journalist. With more experience lined up for the Easter holidays, and hopefully some freelance opportunities, I think the next couple of months are going to be very exciting!

When I’m not being a journalist, I spend my days cleaning bowling alleys and shooting children with laser guns at Superbowl. Oh, the joys of paying your student debt…

 

Alexander Jones

 

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Trying to Lose Weight

Well hello there, in this post I am going to tell you about the things I plan on doing to get a little healthier and lose some weight. I haven’t felt comfortable in my own skin for a very long time, I can’t even remember the last time I did feel good. In the past I’ve told myself over and over again, “today, today I’m going to change”, but never kept with it. I find it hard to motivate myself and don’t have the dedication to keep going on my own.

Recently however I have contacted my older brother about some tips and help losing weight as he did it ages ago. I thought he’d have a good idea about it seeing as he ACTUALLY did it. So now I have some things I’m going to change in my daily life to hopefully trim some fat and eat a little better. I’ve already made small adjustments as of today to my diet. Once I finally diminish my old shop of food, I’m going to follow a strict diet of healthy breakfasts, lunches and teas (green tea and dinner tea). I think that changing your diet is the first step to getting healthy, if you don’t eat great food, how can you expect to have a great body? Not just looks but internally too. Of course I would love to have a better looking body and that’s the main reason I am going to change my diet, but by eating healthy foods you help maintain your insides too. Benefits such as lowering the chances of cancer and heart attacks for example. It all works towards a greater self.

I know this post is a bit random, but hopefully I can keep looking at this post myself, like a reminder, that I must keep pursuing a healthier and better lifestyle.

Alexander Jones