About

I’m a young, aspirational journalism student at Kingston University trying to make a difference.

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Born in Kingston upon Thames, I have moved back here after spending most of my life growing up in Bristol. London is one of my favourite cities in the world, apart from New York, and as I have family here it was a no brainer choosing to move back to this beautiful city.

I have always had a passion for writing, however the topics I have wanted to write about has changed quite dramatically over the years. This blog will specifically document my journey as journalism student, preparing for the big bad world of work and taxes, as well as all of the opportunities the university are giving me.

As of the moment, I am fascinated with the world of politics and crime having studied it within my A Levels subjects – History, Media Studies and English Language. Despite my huge interest in hard hitting subjects, I am obsessed with travelling to new places and meeting new people. I also love animals, discovering new music and watching films in bed (we all need a little time off from trying to save the world!)

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  1. Reply to a query about the photograph of a dead refugee/migrant child Aylan Kurdi.

    I think it’s perfectly acceptable to photograph events in the public domain regardless of content. Concepts such as “tasteful” and “decent” are social concepts/standards made up to suppress views of reality in much the same fashion as religion uses weasel words to suppress freedom of thought. ‘Intrusive’ is also an idea subject to a vast range of degrees and interpretations. The ambiguous nature of your queries echoes the use of tabloid speak and public indignance which are often just a method of self service – giving the users an excuse (a right) to be – to justify their own prejudices.
    It is difficult to aver that any image caught by a journalist is in any way realistic as even a viewpoint can and does alter the perception of a scene. Even our own unfiltered view of an event is influenced and coloured by our own histories and prior knowledge. The camera immediately creates a representation only. However as we build multiple images and reports from any situation we can form an idea of what may be occurring. This will of course then be interpreted by our own opinions and belief systems. The integrity of photojournalists has to be accepted at face value at best even if their bosses (newspaper owners such as News International) can’t be trusted. Essentially there should be no censorship of any natural event as that censorship will be enacted by individual or collective limitations of interpretation and prejudice. Significance is an editorial choice which may not have the mantle of authenticity as the significance of any event is dictated by editorial bias, monetisation and the politics of the media owners. Events can become significant when an audience has been primed to make them significant.

    Please do not quote me in any publication – I am happy for you to ask further questions.

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    • Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for getting back to me. I have a few more questions if that’s okay? I was wondering if you had any thoughts about the influence of social media during the circulation of the images? This is what makes the picture of Aylan Kurdi stand out from major events in the past, for me, but do you think it is a possibly reason why the image became as powerful as it did? And do you think the rise of social media has changed the way the public respond to images of suffering?

      These answers won’t be used in any publication.

      Thanks again,
      Megan

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