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Over the christmas holiday we were all assigned to do different things for the magazine, the cover, the contents page, the media pack etc.

I was given the task of creating the food news page, which consisted of news from around the world which concerned food. I wrote up a story which I found that told about a man from England who hallucinated after eating the world’s hottest curry. And a story about selling the worlds largest blue-fin tuna at an auction for over $1,000,000.

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We had to write a review which may or may not have gone into the magazine, it could have been on a restaurant or something else concerning food.

I decided to do a review of a typical night out in the Weatherspoons restaurant in Falmouth, I reviewed the service which I received from the staff, and also commented on the standard of the food.

I then wrote another feature which was called ‘The origin of the pasty’, which told the story of how the cornish pasty got its name, and why they were created. The feature also consisted of a recipe of how to make a cornish pasty, and what different types of pasties you can create.

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For my second feature I decided to write a feature on creating a meal of spaghetti bolognese, it was more sort of a recipe feature.

I started the feature by writing about where the origin of pasta came from, and how the meal known as spaghetti bolognese came about.

Throughout the recipe I explained every step to step part of creating the dish, which included detailed images and hints of what to do whilst cooking and how to make the meal perfect.

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We all had to create and write a feature that was 700 words and would be put inside our finished magazine. I decided to write a feature called ‘The Cheaper Challenge’ where i experimented by seeing whether you could buy cheaper branded foods and still have the same quality taste that you would get with the higher branded foods.

I got four participants to blind taste test the products, and although they could at most of the times tell which were the higher quality, they said that they thought the cheaper branded foods actually tasted better.

So therefore in the end it appeared that you can pay less for better quality foods.

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Our class was seperated in to groups of a round five people to a group, and we decided between us on an idea for a magazine which we would be creating together, writing features, reviews, articles and using adverts to create a magazine which could be sold in shops.

We then went away and decided on an idea for a food magazine which we would call ‘Nosh’.

We then created a mood board with ideas brought from other various food magazines, such as’ good food’. From that we decided what the style of our magazine would be, what our logo would look like, what our font style would be and what colour scheme we would use.

Oliver Poole (Former War Correspondent)

“When I got there they had kids with AK-47s welcoming you in”, students at University College Falmouth were told.

Oliver Poole, Former war correspondent, told BA (Hons) Journalism students what it is like to be reporting in Iraq and the dangers which the reporters face.

Oliver Poole

“You don’t want to get yourself killed”, Poole told the students when explaining how dangerous it is to be in that part of the world, especially when you’re from England “if you were a westerner in Iraq, you were a target.”.

Poole goes on to tell the students what was happening in Iraq whilst he was out there “they were kidnapping westerners, they were putting them in orange jumpsuits, in a cave in a basement, and making them do videos for their loved ones.” then graphically saying “making them plea for their life and then cutting off their head with a rusty bloody blade, and showing it on the internet as well.”

“When you’re in Iraq all the people are looking at you” he says when explaining how he felt when just walking through a street in Iraq.

He then gives advice on what to do and what not to do when reporting in these war raging countries “you’ve got to be careful and have the assumption that every one you are talking to could kill you” he warns the students “the last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself.”

Poole then gives the students some rules to stick by “don’t go out at night, don’t go out walking around by yourself, don’t stay more than 15 minutes anywhere and don’t tell anyone where you are going.” he says “anyone that broke those rules got killed.” However he reassures the students “as long as you kept to those rules you’d be fine.”

Oliver Poole was the former war correspondent for the ‘Guardian’ and is currently the correspondent for ‘The Independent’.

Joe Barnes (FHM Editor)

“It’s really worth the pain”, students at University College Falmouth were told today.

Joe Barnes, Editor of FHM magazine, told BA (Hons) Journalism students the troubles which they will face in the magazine industry and how to over come them. He also talked about the problems existing magazines are facing.

Joe Barnes

“When you start you need to massively suck up” explained Barnes when describing to the students what they need to do when getting their first job, he also offers advice “once you’ve got your foot in the door, don’t take it out.”

He then enthusiastically told them that they should not be too over the top when starting, in other words don’t think you are important and should earn a decent salary “just expect to earn enough to live on”. He explains the best way to get work in the industry “if you want a job, work experience is just about the only way in to the industry.”

Then Barnes begins to talk about the problems which existing magazines are facing “people grow out of magazines, and there is no one else coming in” he tells the students and explains how the number of graduates is rising every year whilst the number of jobs is declining.

He tells the students this could be due to the introduction of technology and how people can get their news and features just by looking at their phones now “when I was here in 2003, no one had a smart phone and not every one had a mobile”.

However he says that although it can be harder because of the introduction of technology, we understand it better than anyone “if you are 25 and under you have a natural understanding of technology”.

Joe Barnes graduated from University College Falmouth in 2003 and studied video, web-design and photography. He went to Front magazine in 2004, and was made editor of the magazine in 2006.

Although the future may seem bleak for the next aspiring journalists, Joe Barnes assures them “The good news is, as long as you can write and you have the right attitude, then you will be able to get work”.