By Tianmeng Cheng, Aleksandrs Rjabovs, Metjie Makgoba and Elena Gonzalez Castillo
Reported by Hazhan Admed, YingRu Qin and YunYi Chen
Supermarkets such as Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are littered throughout the city and are the chosen shopping destinations of many of the local people, but smart shoppers on a tight budget look towards small local shops for their fresh produce and goods.
Reporters from Pop Up Newsroom UK went to speak to some of these shoppers to ask why they choose local.
Edited by Hazhan Admed, YingRu Qin and YunYi Chen
The Glasgow Night Shelter provides a warm shelter, sleeping bags, mats and food and drink for homeless people during the night. We spoke to the chairperson of the shelter, Margaret Sweeney.
Edited by Hazhan Ahmed, YingRu Qin and YunYi Chen
Hemen Abduiiah, 29, left Iraqi Kurdistan because of political issues and came to the UK in 2002.
After waiting for eight years, he finally received permission to stay in Britain permanently from the Home Office.
During that time, his life was tough and his main support network consisted mainly of local churches and charity organisations that provide food to refugees.
In this video, Hemen talks about his life after the difficult time.
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NORTHRIDGE, CA --- Equipped with only their cellphones, graduate journalism students at California State University, Northridge will collaborate with more than 100 other students at universities in India, Taiwan and the UK on Nov. 16 to report about poverty in each country.
The project is part of the Pop-Up Newsroom, a temporary virtual newsroom that periodically springs to life to cover stories live, using only mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Its student reporters rely entirely on social media tools, especially Twitter, which allows only 140 characters per post.
“We will use few words to cover a big story,” says journalism professor Melissa Wall, creator of the newsroom. CSUN students will Tweet video, photos and text about topics ranging from free medical clinics for the poor to homeless veterans to soccer leagues for at-risk youth.
“One goal is to help students learn a new kind of journalism which uses tools that appeal to younger audiences who get most of their information online,” Wall said. “Our other aim is to show how poverty is a problem no matter where in the world you live.”
While poverty has become an even greater problem worldwide since the economic downturn of 2008, media coverage has tended to focus on political debates rather than the people most affected by the decline, Wall said. “Our students will provide an intense burst of reporting on poor people here in Los Angeles.”
In India, journalism students at the Asian College of Journalism will cover “deprivation” of the poor. Taiwan’s National Chung Cheng University students will cover poverty as a national issue while in the UK, Newcastle University students will report on the effects of austerity cuts on ordinary people.
One of the project leaders, Newcastle University journalism lecturer David Baines, said the initiative “offers opportunities for those people who are often spoken about, to speak for themselves.
“This is an experiment. We are exploring new ways of doing journalism and it might help to point towards new directions for journalism in the digital age.”
The Pop-Up Newsroom can be found on Twitter @PopUpNewsroom or at popupnewsroom.net
California State University, Northridge & Pop-up Newsroom :
www.csun.edu/journalism and www.rebelmouse.com/PopUpNewsroom/
Newcastle University Journalism Department: www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/macs/postgraduate/internationaljournalism
The Asian College of Journalism in Chennai: www.asianmedia.org and www.asianmedia.org/programme/overview.asp