Simple living Podcast – An interview with ‘digital nomad’ Stef Roberts

In this episode I’ll be interviewing the freelancer and digital nomad Stef Roberts. About a year ago I stumbled across his YouTube channel and have found his videos incredibly inspiring. Stef’s job could easily pay for his rent and for a ‘normal’ way of living, but he’s chosen to live a nomadic lifestyle, sleeping in woods.  After work, he sets up his hammock in the forest. You can listen to the interview here:

Stef Roberts podcast

I highly recommend checking out his vlogs, where he films his experiences and talks about exciting stuff, like how to make a fire and extracting water from Birch trees.

Stef Roberts YouTube Channel

Music Credits : The XX – intro

US ban cabin laptops on selected flights

Due to ‘evaluated intelligence’ the US has banned electronic devices from cabin baggage from muslim countries.

The requirement stops passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and cameras larger than mobile phones into the cabin.

The affected airlines are: Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

We spoke to students from the University of Westminster, to get some opinions on the ban.

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My experience of making a short documentary

I was keen to attempt the documentary style for the multimedia film project. Longboarding is becoming increasingly popular across Europe. Many people assume that it’s something new, but it has been around as long as skateboarding. For a long period, it became overshadowed by modern skating, but is finally becoming recognised again.

During my research I found it helpful to watch other documentaries about longboarding, and was surprised that I could find hardly any interviews with professional longboarders. This provided me with a starting point for what I wanted to include in the 5 minute video.

I’ve used a video camera for several years, but had little experience with editing. I have enjoyed learning to work with final cut pro, although it has been challenging. With the endless possibilities of editing, it takes quite a while to get the hang of things. And there are a lot of features I don’t yet know about. Getting started was fairly straightforward; however, I struggled with some basic editing, for example cutting sections from video and audio parts, and finding ways of transitioning that are effective.

For the videoing we also used a Go Pro, as it was more suitable for the filming of the skating. It allowed us to portray the feeling of longboarding in a more effective way, fully emmersing ourselves in the skating. A negative aspect however, was that some parts of the footage were quite shaky, which made it look less professional. 

When filming the documentary, I also realised that there are some factors, that can be irritating and make the process difficult. Particularly background noises in a busy area, as well as bad weather conditions. We had to film some of the footage several times, because both of these factors were rarely in our favour.

Some of the transitions in the video aren’t smooth. I didn’t know how to change from one song to the next in a subtle way, and just experimented with fade outs.

I hope that I’ve been able to reach out to people who are interested in longboarding, but also to those who don’t yet know anything about skating.

Here you can find the link to the video. Enjoy.

longboarding documentary

Personal Development Plan

Publications that I admire

One of the publications I most admire, is the german magazine Neon. It covers topical society and political issues, as well as features on relationships and sexuality, popculture, work and travelling. It is aimed at 20 to 35 year olds and has grown in popularity with the ‘hipster subculture’.

The magazine partly became so popular because the editorial team recognised the importance of using direct communication and feedback from their readers. They established themselves as a well respected magazine for transparent and objective journalism. Every article is posted on a discussion forum on Neon.de, where anyone can comment on the editorial work and share and discuss their views with others. The community aspect is fundamental and has been referred to as the ‘printed facebook’. Involving their readers, is something that the editorial team of Neon has done successfully throughout the last 10 years.

One specific feature that works extremely well, is a portrait photo survey on the first double page. Each week, people on the street answer a different question. Eg. What would you never do again? (Was würdest du nie wieder tun?) How are you similar to your parents? (Was hast du von deinen Eltern?) What ideas have you stolen? (Welche Idee hast du geklaut?)

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On the internet webpage of the magazine, users can write and publish their own articles. They commonly get shared over facebook and linked to via twitter. It has allowed the Neon online community to grow immensely. There are several columns in the magazine that are created with the content that online users have contributed, which also gets incorporated into the print edition every month.

The Neon magazine was first published in 2003, when the development of the internet started to boom. Print formats were expected to decrease. Neon managed to become successful nonetheless, through communicating with their readers, and creating a magazine that picked up the interests of the younger generation. Its popularity has steadily increased over the last decade and is still one of the most successful magazine publications in Germany today.

Which Journalism path should I take?

I would love to become a pop culture journalist, specialising in music journalism for singer – songwriters. At a concert in 2009, I met Tobias R, a journalism graduate from the German city, Darmstadt. He had set up his own company ‘Quäntchen und Glück’  with some fellow students and worked on several projects, as well as for the ‘Centralstation’, a music event organisation. I remember our conversation very clearly, and that I went home thinking I would love to do the same. His degree course sounded incredibly exciting, and combined all the things that I was interested in. It inspired me, and it was the first time that I seriously considered Journalism as a career path.

Online Journalism has always interested me the most, but I would equally love to write for a print magazine. I hope to explore both areas, learning more about multimedia content, and using social media more effectively, from a journalistic perspective. I’ve enjoyed the classic news writing in the first semester, and Im sure that the skills will be very useful. I will try to develop my music blog over the next year, and hopefully gain some experience through work placements.

 

 

 

 

Camerons EU Reform Goals Part 2

A day after Cameron’s speech and the publication of the letter to the European council, many conservative leaning news platforms are arguing that the reforms should have been more radical, particularly as they were set out differently in the Conservatives manifesto at the election earlier this year.

  • The telegraph are making it very clear that they are concerned with the proposals: ‘Cameron is now the prisoner of the Tories. The fact that Government plans have changed, tells us about David Cameron and his ability to govern.’Many Tory MPs are unhappy with Cameron and his plans, and the telegraph reinforces that he is unlikely to persuade them. “If Tory MPs won’t listen to him now, how will they act when he urges them to follow him into the Remain campaign for the EU referendum?” Tories now feel that its easier to rebel, because with Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the labour party, they believe they can safely win the next election. ‘These should be the good days, the days when his word his law, he gets his way and his party cheers him to the rafters. Yet here he is, struggling to change the law to allow Tesco to sell eggs before the end of the Archers Omnibus. ‘
  • The independant follows the responses to Camerons speech that he held on Tuesday. The article focuses on the benefit restrictions, no longer beeing a red line for the government. “ I’m open to different ways of dealing with” the issue of migration.