Reflection- Test and Research

Being set a research job with a very quick turnaround was a very good test for us and I was very pleased with what I found out about the increase in use of mobile platforms for news consumption.

What it did for all of us who were in the lecture was give us some invaluable experience in turning something round very quickly, we had an hour, which was not straightforward because of the work we had to put in to complete it.

I am very happy with what I’m learning about academic writing, I know my writing is very strong due to my play writing, but academic writing is quite a different sort of skill and it will serve me very well moving forward.

My researching is also, I believe, very much up to scratch and I seem to be getting very much better at handling what I am doing.

Finding out what I did about the rise in the use of apps and the internet for news consumption was quite an eye-opener for me.

I have a test about academic writing to do at home and hand in next week and I believe I can do well in it.

As this semester goes on I do seem to be regaining confidence in myself and the work I’m producing.

Research into use of news mobile platforms

Having been asked in this CATS session to research the increase in use of mobile platforms for news consumption, here are some interesting facts and reviews I have found online. says that in the last year Facebook have announced Instant Articles, Google launched an Open Source Platform for Publishers with Twitter and Apple announced its own Propriertary News app.

It continues that there were major updates to news apps by Flipboard, Yahoo, LinkedIn and AOL too and then gives opinions on the 18 Best News Apps for iPhone and Android.

I also found a 2014 report by Ofcom on news consumption in the UK.

The report stated that news consumption in the UK said that consumption using Internet or apps rose from 32% in 2013 to 41% in 2014.

This was particularly evident in the 16-34 years old age group where use of Internet and apps had risen from 44% in 2013 to 60% in 2014.

Three times as many 16-24 year olds consume news through Internet or apps compared to the over 55 age group (60% to 21%)

It would seem women are more likely to consume news on TV than men (78% to 73%) but men are more likely than women to use the Internet or an app for news consumption with this being the preferred method for 44% of men compared to 39% of women.

AB socio-economic groups, 58%, are much more likely to use Internet or apps for news than DE socio-economic group, 25%, are.

Since 2013 there has been an increase in the number of people stating that a website/app is their most important news source as evidenced by 14% using them in 2013 compared to 21% in 2014.

The biggest pointer to the demographic using this method is that 45% of 16-24 year olds say that a website or app is their most important news source which leads me to the inevitable conclusion that it is very much the younger age groups who are accessing news online or on an app.

More emails about my self initiated

There has seemingly been some activity regarding the project which my self initiated assignment is based on which I have been made aware of this week.

Below is a few of the emails that have been forwarded to me, plus my reply, there are other emails but they seem to not be practical to publish.

Hi Patrick,

There is a 2nd year Journalism student, Ian Judson, who will be ‘capturing’ the ABP process as part of a self-directed project. I have connected him and the artists, so we will see what comes from this relationship.

I am happy, nay, overjoyed , to meet if you around on Thursday afternoon? Perhaps 3pm?



From: Patrick Leonard
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2016 8:35 AM
To: Anna Kirk-Smith
Subject: FW: Creative Futures

Hi Anna


How is this week looking for a creative futures case study?


I was thinking that a video case study of your ABP sculpture students would be worthwhile, are they keeping video blogs of the construction process?





Hi Anna

Thanks for all this, I’m thinking a meeting with yourself and Patrick would be a very good thing for me, when would suit both of you best?

I spoke to Dave Eccles today he said you have his stuff for approval so I was wondering if I could see it please?

Kindest Regards

Ian Peter Judson