New journalism students & deadlines

Deadlines – that is something the new group need to understand. As I’ve explained to them when I set a task and give a deadline it needs to be adhered to.

It’s no good submitting the story hours, weeks after it has happened as it becomes old news by then. All in all they’re not doing too badly.

Here’s some more of their interviews with people about Grimsby and the fire at Somerfield. Again I’ve not edited anything. The brief was to interview people about their town and their job and write it up as a news story. As you’ll see some are not stories, but they soon will be. They differ in length and writing style.

1. By Christopher Laycock

With so much happening in the world of politics right now, and so many changes affecting people from all walks of life going on around the country, the opinions of the less prominent in society, often are forgotten, or cast aside. With this in mind I decided to go around the town, in search of local people willing to give me their time and their views about life in Grimsby.

One person, who preferred to remain anonymous, took the time to say this:

  1. What do you think of the town in general?

“I think it’s alright here. I mean when you look at the rest of the country, these days it’s no different really to anywhere else. You get the rough parts and those that are more “posh”, but again you get that anywhere. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the greatest place in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s where I was born and raised, so no matter what, it’s always going to be close to my heart.

  1. If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?

“The biggest thing for me that’s slightly disappointing is the bus service. Guaranteed there will be one at some point during the day but for some reason recently, particularly since the snow, for some reason the timings have been off, and busses on a Sunday are few and far between. They’ve just put up the prices as well and to be honest I can’t understand how they’ve managed to get away with that. I don’t think the service is good enough for the prices”

  1. Finally, given the issue with job availability nationwide, how do you rate the opportunities for employment here? And what do you do for a living?

“Well I’m like a lot of people in the country, no job. I hate it to be honest, I get very easily bored and for some reason there’s a sort of stigma attached to being jobless like you’ve chosen it or something and that living off benefits is something you enjoy. No, that’s not the case with me at all. Just can’t find one, I’d agree with most of the youngsters actually that there really is nothing out there.

I spoke to one or two more people briefly about what they thought of the town in general. And the above Q+A with one town resident, seems to be very much the general consensus among many others. Grimsby- always room for improvement, but definitely not the worst place to live.

2. By David Hulme

Julie Bryant, a local resident of Grimsby is very happy to be back living here after being in London for 20 years.

She missed the fresh sea air, and being beside the seaside. She loves the friendliness of the northern community but  she thought there could be more cycle tracks similar to Amsterdam ,and more facilities for the children to participate in.

Julie enjoying the delights of Grimsby










3. By Dan Kemp

Shoppers were evacuated from a store in Grimsby yesterday as local fire services rushed to the scene.

Emergency services were called out to the Somerfield store on Osborne Street in Grimsby town centre at around 12:45pm yesterday lunchtime. Following an evacuation from the store, all staff members as well as all customers were left waiting outside not knowing when they could return inside. One local shopper commented “I paid for parking and now I can’t even go shopping!”

Along with two fire engines, the local fire chief was also in attendance to oversee the operation however their response time was hampered by the one way system enforced within the town centre. This meant that the fire engines almost passed the store prior to turning around and heading back for the stores car park. The fire produced no casualties but we still await the cause.

4. By Julian Dugard

  1. About the Area (name not given)

Q: What is your opinion on Grimsby and the surrounding areas and why?

A: I like the town. There isn’t much to do anymore, but what there is, it gets you by. Like the shopping centre.

Q: What do you think about the Town’s facilities, what could be improved and why?

A: The facilities are very good although the public connivances should be cleaned more often and the bins should be collected when they are supposed to week in, week out.

Q: Do you think that the transport is sufficient enough to satisfy the demand for the local residents? If not, how do you think it could be improved?

A: The Transport is not sufficient enough, it should run more regular and the buses looked after properly.

  1. Job interview

Q. What do you do for a living in the area?

A. I’m a council gardener, the work is good but the pay should be better.

(At this, the male walked away and refused to answer any more questions)

5. By Julian Dugard

A lighting failure at Somerfield’s in central Grimsby resulted in two fire crews being called to attend the scene. At approximately 1:45pm last Thursday the crews arrived after a slight delay due to the enforced one way system around the store. Customers inside were evacuated to the fire points whilst the fire chief who was also in attendance, could carry out his investigations. One shopper said that she had “Paid for parking and now we can’t even go shopping”.

6. By Tom Harris

  1. What is it like living in Grimsby?

It’s alright, not the best place to live in.

  1. What is your job position?

I’m retired now, but I use to work in a supermarket as a cleaner.

7. By Leigh-Ann Green

As part of my course I interviewed Kenneth Williams, a man who has always lived in Grimsby on his opinions on the area. “This is my home” he said, the place where he lived in WWII, where he worked as a fisherman from the age of 13. I asked him what it was that kept him here, why he is so insistent that this will be the only place he will ever live. He tells me that although Grimsby has changed so far from what it used to be, he doesn’t care. Williams tells me that he loves that we don’t have the extreme weathers with being on the coast, so he enjoys walks along Cleethorpes Promenade with friends and his large family. Today he was just out enjoying the sunshine and talking to other regular walkers within Peoples Park, as a retired man, he says, he can go back to when he was a child and see how everything has changed. The change in the town, Williams says, started with Courtalds opening in 1957, bringing with it more skilled jobs, something different to a town where the main occupation was fishing. However, Williams was never tempted by more sociable hours and better pay; he tells me that fishing runs in his blood, so that’s what he did until the day he retired. He still likes to go fishing, just for leisure. Today, I found a man who knows so much about the history of Grimsby, not through academia or even stories passed down. He knows it from living through it, taking part in it and being interested in the town that he loves.


Social Media Part 2

It’s been an interesting session with the FE students today. I’ve been showing them how to use Twitter. Most are 17 to 18 years old and are big users of Facebook, but Twitter has never interested them as they’ve not understood how it works and the point of it.

Once we’d got them started and shown them around and how to tweet, off they went. Now they’re hooked! It was great to see them finding out people and posting tweets and getting excited when people started to follow them or respond to their messages. When they were getting retweets, they were delirious. It was great to see and I hope they do it use and seriously as a way of networking and engaging with others.