First Year

BBC2 Newsnight – a comparative study

BBC Newsnight is a current affairs news programme which airs every weekday evening at 10pm. Currently presented by Evan Davis, Emily Maitlis and Kirsty Wark, the show specialises in analysis of the news, rather than just the hard facts, and provides a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the world today. Rather than just informing viewers of daily news stories, the show explains them in more detail and invites guests on the show to discuss the news and the issues raised alongside them. 

As it is broadcasted daily, the programme is able to dedicate its time to three or four key news stories and explore them in detail. This gives the presenters more time to raise a debate on current affairs and ask challenging questions surrounding the issues raised. With more time concentrated on each story, it also allows time for more live guests on the show to deliver their opinions, as well as SOT clips from pre-recorded interviews which showcases the opinions of the public too. This appeals to the audience of BBC2 – which is a broad adult market – as it caters for each political stance by offering opinions form both sides of the spectrum, avoiding claims that the show could be bias to one party or another.

While BBC1 has a wider target market, and has to take into account international viewers, BBC2 appeals to a predominantly adult audience and is therefore able to incorporate more sophisticated lexis into the show. This delivers a more intricate review of the news and provides the audience with more concentrated knowledge of the issues in today’s society. As BBC News at 10 is watched by people of all ages, and not just in the UK, it is more difficult to explore restricted lexis and the stories in more detail as they not only have viewers that may not understand, for example: a younger audience or people from other countries who wouldn’t be able to comprehend some of the language used, but also they have more stories to cover during the programme and therefore cannot dedicate their running to delve into each story individually.

Although Newsnight is able to challenge opinions of the guests featured on the show, and investigate more controversial and topical current affairs stories, the programme is managed by the BBC, therefore the presenters remain impartial throughout. This therefore helps to appeal to a wider range of people, and avoid any uproar that the show may be bias towards a specific political party. ITV News, however, allows presenters to indent opinions into the stories with a more informal presentational style and the inclusion of emotive language. Although this may appeal to some audiences, as it shows that the presenters reporting the news are still real people and have their own opinions, it may cause people to think that they must also share these opinions as it is stated on the news. Furthermore, it may take away the reality and facts from a news story by including opinions into the report as the audience may be more focused on the emotions involved. Newsnight, despite including real discussion over current affairs, remains formal as the topics raised in the programme regard serious issues from around the world and must not be taken light-heartedly.

Newsnight broadcasts to an audience of more than 600,000 people per episode, which suggests that implications that it is getting beaten in ratings may be false. Despite the demand for television news decreasing on a whole, Newsnight continues to be funded by the BBC and covers some of the biggest stories in the news today, including an extended show discussing the News of the World scandal and the Windrush scandal this year. With 4million viewers a week, the show remains current and topical and leaves the audience feeling informed with a more well-rounded understanding of the world of politics and the current issues.

First Year

Hull arena coming soon…

Since being honoured as City of Culture 2017, Hull has slowly become a more attractive and interesting place to be. New bars and cafes, such as Humber Dock Bar & Grill and Humber Street Distillery Co., have blessed the streets and art exhibitions, food festivals, and events have been popping up all over the place in the last 12 months. The city’s newest arrival, opening this summer, is Hull’s very own music arena: Hull Venue.

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The venue has a capacity of up to 3,500 people and will be open to the public for not just concerts but also conferences, exhibitions and other live shows such as stand-up comedy. Earlier this year, several acts were announced to be performing at the venue, including George Ezra, who’s show on the 10th of November sold out on the very same day tickets were released.

The new area is located on Myton Street, just next door to Princes Quay shopping centre, offering an opportunity for extra parking. Due to its placement in the middle of the city, the arena will be easily accessible by buses, trains and even on foot for those living locally.

The building itself is owned by Hull City Council, and is described to be “a state-of-the-art, music and events complex”, but what do the people of Hull actually think about it?

“Because its a purpose-built arena for music or stage acts, I’m hoping that the acoustics will be better and that we’ll be able to get better acts.” – Gill Hultum, 54, Welton.

However, after interviewing several locals from Hull and the surrounding areas, it was clear that there were doubts about the new arena. With a capacity of only 3,500, can the Venue provide for the more famous acts it requires to bring people to our city? Phil Turner, 69 from Hessle, said “I think that unless they get top line acts, the place will be half empty.”

Josh Stones, 21 from Brough, said: “They’ve built something that we already have, and not necessarily wasted money but it could’ve been spent more efficiently elsewhere and I think they should’ve asked the general public what they thought”. While money has been thrown at places like Humber Street and the Old Town, there are still many areas of Hull, which are home to derelict buildings and places that actually need fixing, which prevent the city from looking modern, attractive and enticing – all the things the City of Culture should be.

Also, with the lack of multi-platform advertising for the new arena, the younger generation of the city have been kept in the dark. Despite having both a twitter account and instagram account,  The Venue has just not been promoted enough and many teens and twenty-somethings are clueless to when the arena even opens.

What do you think? Will Hull follow suit of York and Leeds, bringing huge music acts to our doorstep? Or do you think the council should have invested the money in something else? Take the survey below to tell us what you think!

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First Year

Say hello to Indieflicks

Manchester is a city full of wonder and has even been dubbed one of the top 10 most exciting cities in the world by TIMEOUT. The city’s Northern Quarter itself is a hub for creatives and alternative styles, from fashion bloggers to food fanatics. However this one’s for Manchester’s budding filmmakers.

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Say hello to IndieFlicks: a monthly film festival held in the heart of the city, which showcases not only local film but short movies from all around the world.

After having to move venue due to such high demand, the film festival is now located at Texture, however the films are also played simultaneously in Sheffield and London, and then again the following day in Liverpool.

“In a way, you we have a big national audience; if we can get every venue synced together, we could potentially have 1,000 person crowd.” 

The event runs on the first Wednesday of every month and consists of 5 short films from independent filmmakers all around the world. The audience is then given the opportunity to vote for their favourite; when the votes from all of the venues have been collected, a winner is announced,  followed by a Q and A with the directors themselves.

Founder John Pank hopes that people will be inspired by the quality of the films screened at the film festival and will motivate budding filmmakers to recreate the skills they see in the films they create.

“we wanted to make sure we had a film night that people would go to, and be inspired by the quality”

After starting the project three years ago with his best friend, the film festival began to “snowball” towards success, John said, with “100% positive reviews” since it began in 2015.

The festival is certainly entertaining, with different genres of films being played across the night. A bar is stationed at the back which offers a more laidback attitude to the night and also sells peculiar flavours of crisps and popcorn.


For those who are interested in getting their short films shown at the festival, follow this link to submit your film for a fee of $3 (roughly £2). The creators sort through all submissions and choose which 5 they think are best to show at the next Indieflicks film festival.

If you are interested in simply attending the festival to watch the films, tickets can be bought on the Indieflicks website and also on funzing for £6.

Have you attended the ‘indieflicks’ film festival?


Attention all artists! Calling all creatives! There’s a new Hub on the block…

The city of Hull has been given a bad name, in my opinion, and has some underserving nasty connotations. But after earning the title of City of Culture 2017, our city was on the mend, and on its way to becoming a booming and quite gorgeous place to live.
Brand-spanking new bars, cafes and monuments. New vintage; new high-street. New galleries; new art. But (big but) no new places for aspiring artists to create. No designated place, no facilities to allow young businesses to grow.

Enter: Hub A. Location:
 (Big red door next to the Post Office – can’t miss it).

Hub A is something new too, however has been in the works since waaaaaay before we were awarded with City of Culture. It’s a place for amateur artists, starting businesses, budding graphic designers, growing communities. Anyone, of any age, of any interest is welcome to practise, improve and develop their skills. We need a place for artists to prosper, and Hub A’s doors are wide open.

What makes the project really quite special is that it’s run as ‘non-profit’; all of the money taken in is spent on new equipment and new developments. In other words, it’s a community, rather than a business.
A spokesperson for the project said: Hub A is full of people helping each other out.
“You don’t get creative block in a place like this.”

Over the past few months since its opening, the Hub has been home to plenty of events, including frequent feminist book club meetings (@radbookclub) and a Donald Trump lifedrawing session. As mentally-scarring as that might sound, classes and communities like these show how fun and different the project is, and that there is no limit on how wacky and weird you can be. Hub A is a place to explore your own interests and develop them further, with the helping hand of top standard equipment and the support of other artists in your shoes.

And, what makes it even better is that it is totally affordable! For just £50 a month, artists have access to their own desk in a shared art space and all the facilities in the building. If you’re needing a little more room, e.g. for new businesses, community meetings, you can rent a full office for £150, still with full access to all the facilities at the Hub.

 FACILITIES! WHAT FACILITIES?’ I hear you say. Take your pick from:
– a screen and digital printing room (3D printer coming soon!)
– a library with a variety of different creative books (new books provided every month by SoBananaPenguin)- a kitchen (because everyone needs a tea break)
– workshop rooms (for people to host classes and tutorials etc.)
[RIGHT: ‘Trashland studio’ – an example of a desk in a shared art space]



“The benefit of Hub A is that we provide materials and resources for artists, rather than just office spaces.” said Hub A founder.

It’s no hidden secret that there’s a lack of resources for amateur creatives in Hull, but this project might just be the ‘kick up the arse’ we needed. Perhaps this will inspire new similar projects? And with artists supporting artists, we will soon catch up to the art scenes of bigger cities; no longer trailing behind but standing in the lead.

However, due to the its almost charitable nature, Hub A can’t continue without inhabitants! If you’re interested in having a look around, fundraising information or would like to become apart of the Hub A community, FOLLOW THIS LINK or contact the Hub directly here.