Can you celebrate a holiday that is not found in your national list? Absolutely! But, can you be an equall part of the tradition?
This year it was my first Thanksgiving and along with good friends we took the time to express our gratitude towards the simplest yet most important elements of life: family, friends and flatmates!
Living with an American and a Canadian among my flatmates, last weekend’s Thanksgiving dinner was a beautiful necessity. Casual but still quite dressed up (no stretch-pants and hoodies this time) apart from the traditional turkey and cranberry jam, we enjoyed delicacies from all over the world due to our international guests!
However, the true highlight of the night was Lani’s tradition that she graciously passed from her family to us: before dinner, in a circle facing each other with pure honesty each and everyone took a minute to express his gratitude.
For me, it was my always-supporting family, my ever-loving yogi and tea-lover friends and some crazy ones and my new family in London. To a more personal note, I am extremely thankful for taking my Bachelor’s degree, doing a fantastic internship in the now shut-down National TV of my country and jumping in a plane for the next challenge, a Master’s in London!
Thank you all!
Another picture heavy platform where the camera-clicks count less than a thousand words? Not at all!
“Words still count”, according to the Medium team, while attempting a different and minimalistic approach to the content-heavy traditional blogging.
A Twitter account and lots of inspiration is required in order to sign up. A few clicks later, you’re dancing to your keyboard’s beat.
An extension for Twitter?
Being able to use Medium only through Twitter has raised some eyebrows. It seems like Twitter needs an extension ‘cord’ to stay connected with the social ‘plug’. Considering the fact that the #hashtags take most of the Twitter status space, Medium may fill that gap.
Post the #hashtag and the url on Twitter and elaborate on Medium.
The new features
Two of the many new things that Medium bought on the table caught my attention at once. The most important is that you can file your posts under pre-existing collections that act like a ‘cloud’ in order to exchange content with fellow users. You can even create your own and be the first to step in!
Regarding posting, Medium aims towards a different understanding of blogging. Yes, you can upload a complimentary picture, but in a world dominated by milkshake ‘insta-shots’ this outlets turns the spotlight on the verbal content.
The second innovation is the additional notes on the sidebar. No more asterisks and footer notes that confuse the reader and interrupt the flow of the text. Additional information or lame jokes, all fit next to each paragraph!
So, what about our self-hosted blogs?
No need to worry there!
Medium does not tend to substitute the old-school ‘.com-s’, but only to take the experience of blogging to the next level. Even though the guys work on a mobile-app at the moment and are looking forward to the platform’s expansion, the mind-torturing CSS/HTML self-hosted blogs have already an established presence in our hearts.
If used productively, Medium will be a tool-of-the-trade to fellow ‘journos’ and ‘blogos’ of the web-sphere!
-> Find me at: medium.com/@dorapanariti
Red lighting, velvet chairs and two fully “armoured” mannequins “guarding” the seven speakers on stage. All in office attire. On that Thursday the pinstripe jackets and the fitted dresses could go. The heels could be replaced with dessert boots.
Who are we kidding?
It is finally time for journalists to put in good use the bulletproof jackets that sport inside the office.
So, what is like to work in a hostile environment in 2013? Sian Williams conducted a conversation among various specialists and media experts to underline the difficulties and danger.
Before going to the war-zone, you should swear on a Risk Assessment. Marking all the details of the expedition including your dead pet’s name and a will written beforehand can save your life. Don’t you dare ware khaki or navy blue, either.
There are no white flags anymore (after all, the sheets in many hotels are yellow now!), journalists should stay longer to tweet in the field and there are more bees around the honeycomb than ever before, widely known as the any-risk-taking freelancers.
If you make it in one piece and you don’t find yourself with a tourniquet on any limb, it doesn’t mean that you’re trauma free. In order to fight PTSD* Professor Neil Greenberg laid his cards down: good friends and family, socialising with great listeners that can bare your storytelling and in many cases professional help.
Social interaction is the pill!
There is no stigma about that.
Overall it was a great event, well-organised and timed to perfection. However, there should be more emphasis on the digital aspect of the job. Video-making on the field, risks and dangers towards that direction. Who to point the camera to? What if that was the “wrong” person?
Also, it would be more productive to have a couple of questions submitted beforehand by the audience, rather than a random on-the-spot selection in order to avoid repetition.
Last but not least, it would be great to tweet during the event, however there was no reception at all! Tweeting afterwards wasn’t authentic.
Would I do it again? Absolutely!
Would I recommend it to fellow journo-students? Without a doubt!
University of Westminster – MA in Multimedia Journalism – Class of 2013-2014.
*Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
When was the last time someone you don’t know gave you a compliment?
No, Sex & The City doesn’t count! I mean, in real-life, away from any screen big or smaller.
If you’re still struggling to remember, take a break and read what happened to M. the other day…
On a rather lazy Saturday, M. was walking on Oxford Str. after a short stop at the drugstore. Suddenly, a man approached her: “hi! you’re very beautiful”, he said. Accepting the compliment, M. thanked him and continued walking.
“What’s your name? Where are you from” were the next questions. ‘Looks like he’ll ask for my tax certificate as well!’ M. thought as she was briefly answering.
“Would you give me your phone number?” he insisted. Shocked as she was from the encounter, M. couldn’t pass this either, so she gave him… part of her number mixed with an imaginary hotline!
“I’ll call you for a drink tonight!” he left her with a date promise that would be never realistically accomplished.
So, what is happening today regarding dating? Are we really into the digital compliments rather than the physical ones? Why are we convinced that anyone who approaches us on the street could never be the One?
But most of all… are we still searching for that particular One?
M.’s ‘unknown…X’ apparently wasn’t anywhere close enough and this has nothing to do with the fact that M. has a boyfriend -sorry ‘X’! It seems like it’s all because of the digital era that we’re living in. We want a Facebook profile preview, a LinkedIn CV and a humorous Twitter punchline as a passport towards approving the dating request.
After all, street-dating is so 90s!
But, wait! Looks like 90s are back…
From London with Love
From London with Love
Almost two months in London, “me-time” is another phrase religiously repeated apart from the typical “I’m sorry” and “Thank you”. However, for the first time it didn’t come out of a Londoner’s mouth! It was my friend and flatmate J. who introduced me to the trend.
But, when and why “the time a person has to himself or herself, in which to do something for his or her own enjoyment” turns into a lone-fest?
From London with Love
From London with Love