How Does Music Journalism Differ From Traditional Journalism?

May 13, 2013

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Any career as a journalist is heavily associated with the strong smell of coffee and the fluorescent glow of a computer screen. But the activities that take place after that first coffee of the day differ between a music and a traditional journalist. So you’re a writer for NME. It’s 8am and you’ve already consumed […]

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How To Be A Good Writer

May 13, 2013

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According to Simon Frith, music journalism is “not commercial, but ideological” (Frith, 1987). As a writer, when we’ve been given an album to review, we listen to it analytically then regurgitate the ideas, opinions and feelings that record has sparked within us. We then put pen to paper on how we have interpreted it. But […]

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Music, Media and Mythology

May 13, 2013

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Music, Media and Mythology. ‘Sex, drugs and rock and roll’ became universally recognized when Ian Dury named a song after the phrase in 1977. The mantra led to the perception that promiscuity and substance abuse are inherent in the life of a rock star. This portrayal of icons through the media has become a theme […]

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Women And The Music Media

May 13, 2013

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How women are portrayed in the music industry is a wide scale, controversial topic today. Anna Van Heeswijk from the Object campaign stated that “In many cases there is no marked difference between pornography and some of the pictures in the tabloids” (Leveson, 2012). In many cases, for women to be successful they have to […]

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The Role Of The Critic

May 13, 2013

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The changing status of the music critic has become the centre of debate. The most predominant newspapers and magazines are finding their average circulation figures dropping – The NME and Q magazine are dropping by 20% every year (Anon, 2012). This is because everything musically orientated has moved online. Although paid-for magazines are becoming less […]

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Bring Me the Horizon – Sempiternal Review

April 30, 2013

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Bring Me the Horizon achieved raging success in 2010 with third album ‘There is a Hell Believe Me I’ve seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ and they have continued to step up their game in fourth album ‘Sempiternal’. The Sheffield quintet formed in 2004 and have faced a battle of […]

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Stooshe Interview – ‘We’re three girls from London who have been very, very lucky’

October 10, 2012

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The 3-piece girl band, who have shot into the charts with debut single ‘Black Heart’, paid a visit to Southampton Solent university on 27th September to attend a talk with magazine and music journalism students. They discussed how they met, their songs and of course their recent rise to fame. The girls also revealed their fears in […]

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