Fotografía

Sociaties welcome fair: How to keep busy in your university

Today I had the pleasure to attend to an event that I could just see on movies: a welcome fair. For those who don´t know what is all about ( I just discovered few days ago) it is an event where all the societies of the university promote themselves to join their asociation. And unlike Spain or many other European countries sociaties go futher than sports teams.

To make you and idea, do you remeber the movie “Pitch perfect”? So there you go.

Anybody able to start one as member of the university can do it, with a wide range of posivilities for everybody´s pleasure: Film, writing, media, pole dance, Bollywood, Doctor Who, extreme sport…

It is an event highly recomended for international students, since provably they won´t have the chance in their own countries to be part of such us interesting way to know people and enjoy our own hobbies.

But because a photo speaks more a thousand words I took my time to take some pictures to this event ( in this case in Birmingham City University) to share it with those that unknow what it is all about.

There are no many but… what can I say? I was bussy signing for sociaties myself.

Thanks for reading!!!

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Cheerleader society
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Girls with pizzas from the event
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Free bags from BCU
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Joining to the film club
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People during the fair
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The illustration society
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One of the free activities outdoors
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Enjoying free food
Oriente Medio

UK: Point of no return

exit from the eurozone concept

It is done. There is no way back. A 52% of citizens have made clear a shocking decision: United Kingdom will not be longer a member of the European Union.

After the first exaggerated reactions, and the resignation of David Cameron, It will start a 2 years process that will place UK in an unknown but demanded future for their people.

It is not time of panicking but reflection for Brussels to figure out how and why we are in this situation.

Inmigration fear has damaged seriosly the referendum campaig, but also and above all Europe politics, and if they continous with this restrictive and mandatory politics over their member, above all those who have suffer more depply the crisis will start a hate wave all over Europe.

And the last thing that need this World right now is hate.

 

journalism

The importance of being a 2.0 journalist

Nowadays we are facing a completely new way to communicate and get information, leading to the development of the Internet and the WWW.

The time when we used to listen the radio or watch the news on the TV just processing all the information is over. Today anybody with a device with internet connection can search the information that really need without any intermediary, and what it is even more important: Internet users are able to produce their own content.

This, leaded to the conjunction of communication formats (video, audio and written content), place us in the most exciting period of the communication field since the invention of the television.

Here is where we should realise of the  the necessity of journalism on the Internet to face all the “noise” that is being generated by all those users generated content , and not to loose news quality over quantity.

Internet, unlike the opinion of many old fashioned communicators , has to be seen as the  future of journalism, due to the numerous possible usages and possibilities.

Above all we have to think, as journalists, in the importance of  the Internet network in the development of our career. And to talk about keeping people connected means to  underline the effect of social media in our job.

Social media is helping journalists to promote their work and professional profiles in a way quite unlikely to reach in other communication fields. For this reason, nowadays it is a common practice to ask in a job interview for your profile in Linkedln, podcast, video or a personal blog, instead of showing phisical copies of your work.

Fruthermore, news agencies want that you keep a journalistic profile to promote your job and the company´s brand.

When I used to work for a press agency I created a Twitter profile just to share my work linked to the name of the agency. That did not just helped me to build a good reputation, and a wide network of contact, but also It helped me to learn that if I wanted to be taken seriously as journalist I had to separate my job and my daily life.

In this way, in a common space where everybody can share, upload and comment, I will be able to stand out, buck up by my background and knowledge.

Journalism, as many other careers, is extremenly competitive. But after created my online image It has been much easier to be recognised  and valued for my articles than I used to before.

Moreover, the Web 2.0 provides us with a platform where we can show all our potential dovetailing all the communication format. We do not have to choose anymore between newspaper, radio or television, we can learn how to be an expert in every field.

For example, a blog like wordpress allow us to combine text, audio and video in a proffesional and personal space, and  online programs like infogr.am help to develop  graph an chart in a interactive, useful and visual way that it is making journalism more understandable for every kind of internet user.

Therefore, and to conclude, I am highly motivated to learn the opportunities that The Internet could provide me to be able to tell the same story in video, audio or writing in the same context even at the same time! The possibilities are boundlessness.

España

Spanish general elections: Begging for a second chance to vote

After the general election on 20 December resulted in no one of the four main parties -the  Polular party (PP), the Socialis Workers´ party (PSOE), Ciudadanos and Podemos- with a clear majority, and the impossibility of agreement to form a coalition, Spain will be force to face new general election next 26 June.

This situation means not just a new investment in resources for another Election campaign , but also a new odyssey for those Spanish that are currently abroad: to beg for their right to vote.

Even if every Spanish embassy explain the easy steps that they have to follow to be able to vote the situation is completely different, becoming what should me a straightforward procedure in a non-stop administrative nightmare.

Maria Aguilar, 23 years old , working on an European project in Greece is just one of many Spaniards that have tried to be part of this democratic process without any result.

“I have been in the Spanish embassy many times trying to reach the consul, calling him repeatedly, but after many weeks of unsuccessful bureaucracy I just gave up” she admit.

Others like Minerva Galvañ (22) ,working  in Rumania for over a year, has to deal for second with this process.

“The embassy told me that I had to be register as resident three months in advance what it is not written anywhere, so I´ve just opted to contact with someone that gave me his vote” she said.

This has become a common practice to those who can´t send their own ballots: contact with a Spanish resident in the country that has decided not to vote and give them the chance to do it.

Marea Granate (Maroon Wave), one of the non-partisian organization engaged with the 15-M movement, has helped to create this contact network between expatraites and residents, and also to provide information about their real rights to those 2,300,000 Spanish abroad.

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And this problematic looks unable to be solved in a short-time period due to the Electoral Law reform 2/2011 that, according to an study from the website  DOS MILLONES DE VOTOS, ” has decreased the number of expatriate votes from 31,88% in 2008 to 4,95% in the 2011 General Election”.

Meanwhile, the situation seems to repeat the same patter in this elections, where the electoral census has accepted just 155.165 ballots over the million of Spanish out of the country that have requested to vote next Sunday 26.

However, the past Austrian General Elections shown the power that expatriate’s votes can make in the final elections results, when the leader of the Green Party Alexander Van der Bellen defeated The Austrian Freedom party (FPÖ)of Norbert Hofer  after than 700,000 postal ballots were taken into account.

Oriente Medio

Step by step

Nobody said that It will be easy to build a future studying journalism, actually everybody claimed ( and claim) the opposite, above all if you add the handicap of trying to do it in a language that is not your mother tongue.

Nevertheless here I am, step by step, as I always do, with my first two articles in english. It  looks like something unimportant and vain but it is important for me, because it will help me in the future to realise where did I start, and how much I´ve grow up as journalist.IMG_20160610_141338.jpg

Also avalible online in the following link

http://www.knowlewest.co.uk/

Oriente Medio

Se regalan periodistas

Joven, con talento, con ilusión pero sin futuro. Si juntas todo esto podría salir el prototipo de cualquier universitario deseoso de terminar la carrera para adentrarse en la profesión que ha estado mamando durante cuatro, cinco o diez años. Pero el periodista es otra historia.

Recuerdo muy bien una frase de Ben Bradlee leyendo un libro sobre entrevistas a periodistas reconocidos, que dieron su opinión sobre la situación del periodismo en 2009. La frase decía “nos hacemos periodistas por el deseo de arreglar las cosas torcidas”.

Al principio todos nos identificamos con esa frase, nos hacemos periodistas por el deseo de cambiar las cosas, destapar mentiras, derrocar gobiernos…En definitiva, de dejar huella en el mundo.

Pero a medida que avanzamos en la carrera, la ilusión y perspectivas de futuro que nos definía se va quedando tendida en los pupitres, esos  que al principio ocupábamos con orgullo, preguntándonos ¿cómo vamos a brillar si se despide a tantos periodistas que ya son brillantes? Las oportunidades de triunfar son pocas, y sólo nos quedará esperar un puesto de becario en algún gabinete de prensa.

Visto lo visto, y sin ningún tipo de pesimismo (aunque no lo parezca) lo más sensato por mi parte, como futura periodista,  es levantarme, quitarme el polvo y formarme en todos los ámbitos que pueda y tras esto diferenciarme en aquello que sé que puedo destacar.

Tras esto tendré los instrumentos para comenzar a enderezar el mundo, o lo que quede de él.

Oriente Medio

De Irán a España: Un día con Nazanin Armanian

Una de las mejores caras del periodismo es poder empaparte del conocimiento y sabiduría de aquellas personas que te muestran una cara del mundo que había permanecido oculta hasta el momento para ti,y hoy Nazanin Armanian me ha mostrado más de una cara.

Nazanin, licenciada en ciencias políticas lleva en España desde 1983, donde se ha movido entre Madrid y Barcelona,pero generalmente se dedica a dar cursos y conferencias sobre la actualidad de Oriente Medio y el Norte de África, además de ser traductora de persa y tener una pequeña columna en el diario Público.

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Y con toda esta trayectoria a sus espaldas la hemos tenido con nosotros en Murcia hablando sobre la mujer árabe, dentro de la campaña “Mi cuerpo mis derechos” de Amnistía Internacional. El velo, el maltrato, el matrimonio… estos temas entre otros han sido tratados con una visión crítica y realista, la realidad de mujeres en el mundo que muchos desconocen, más allá de la imposición del velo en los países árabes que los medios nos quieren inculcar, ya que por desgracia la sumisión de las mujeres no se queda sólo en esto.

Podría pasarme la tarde hablando de la extraordinaria ponencia de Nazanin y la brillantez de esta mujer en si, pero por suerte a través de alguno de sus libros (“Irán: La revolución constante” , “El Islam sin velo” o “Cuarenta respuestas al conflicto en Oriente Próximo”)  cada uno podrá descubrirlo por si mismo, y que sus palabras le iluminen como me han iluminado a mi.