My piece in today’s Sunday Times, following up on revelations in the previous day’s Guardian: ‘Shoppers pay £1.50 for water in chicken’.
student and freelance journalist @TomWitherow
Tom Witherow is the editor of Muse, the arts supplement of the University of York’s Guardian award-winning student newspaper, Nouse. He has been published by The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post and York Press.
His interests focus around reporting and feature writing. He’s covered news on campus for his student paper, as well as interning on news, foreign and political desks at national newspapers.
He’s dabbled in web design with the redesign of the Nouse website and runs the student paper’s presence on social media.
His feature portfolio includes interview pieces with Peter Hitchens, Archbishop Sentamu and Peter York, alongside over 70 other pieces for a variety of sections. He also ran a team that went to London Fashion Week 2013, live-blogging and producing a a 16 page supplement.
Follow him: @TomWitherow
Check out his portfolio at the link above.
Clippet App may have Murdoch finance behind it, but has it got the weight to be a trustworthy news source?
After last night’s launch party, I review the latest in news podcast technology where the genius may just lie in its simplicity.
I interviewed ex-High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens ahead of the release of her latest film, The Frozen Ground, in which she co-starred alongside Nicholas Cage.
This isn’t a strong, confident woman, owning her own sexuality as part of a new wave of feminism. This is a fantasy of youthful bodies up for grabs and consent that can be merrily assumed.
Hugo Rifkind on Mily Cyrus - "It’s not just abusers who are sexually confused", The Times, 3.09.13
Frivolity at its finest as I bash/stroke a few campus egos with the 50 biggest names on Twitter @UniOfYork
By Sam Richardson | My published work
I came across Flipboard and was interested to see what people thought of it. There are so many ways of showing your work online now, and now this magazine format can be added to the foray.
A Survivor’s Guide to Freshers’ Week
"Who knew what tug-of-war strength you could muster during your seventh hangover of the week? Every hour condoms will be thrust your way by virgin JCRC and union representatives…"
My first bit of serious digital editorial involved design and commissioning for the Nouse Freshers’ site, which will be properly launched next week. It was interesting finding a balance between information and entertainment, and giving an honest account of the university without being pessimistic. You can find the finished product here, although there’s loads more content to go up over the next month.
- The tweets sent to two high profile women were misogynist, shocking and illegal, but the retweet button isn’t the way to beat them
A poll conducted on the Nouse website came out with some interesting stats on Modafinil use, and on the popularity of the NUS Conference. The results can be found here.
Overall, it appears that the NUS Conference was unpopular amongst the wider student population, but perhaps only when the idea of it was linked with campus politicians/celebrity types. This also has interesting connotations for the way that conferences are run for national parties.
Yesterday I interviewed Stuart Wheeler, treasurer of UKIP, former Conservative Party donor and spread betting king. He’s an extremely interesting man who talks like he’s just setting out in politics, which in a sense he is - not bad for a man who’d 78. But then he had just returned from ten days in Vegas at the poker championships…