London 2012, Study Abroad

Compilation of all the videos I took on my Iphone while in London this summer.

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Londoners Opinions of Americans

After speaking to several locals on South Bank, I’ve gathered a better understanding of London’s opinion of Americans.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour: Video Diary

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Womens National Team Rebound After a Shaky Start to 2012 Olympics

Womens National team defeats France 4-2

The United States Womens National team rallies to beat France 4-2 in the Olympic opener on Wednesday in Scottland. The French were able to thread the needle through what is thought to be an impenetrable defense.
After getting down two goals in the first four minutes, the team regrouped and tallied two for themselves in the end of the first half, making it tied at halftime. “I think there was a lot of nerves and stuff going on in those first minutes,” defender Rachel Buehler said. “And we got ’em out. It probably went as bad as it could — and then we were able to turn it around.”
The rocky start is not unfamiliar to the US National team. During the 2008 Bejing Olympics, the women lost  2-0 match to Norway; a minor speed bump before winning the final 5 matches to take home the gold. “We’ve been there before,” said coach Pia Sundhage, “and we came back. If you look at the whole tournament in China, we won the gold medal. Now this team is better than 2008. We came back in the game… It was a little shaky beginning, but I think it was amazing the way we came back and responded to those two goals.”
Goals by Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd helped the two-time gold medalists secure a convincing win. The match was played two days before the official start to the Olympics in order to fit the entire tournament in before closing ceremony. The team is scheduled to play Columbia on Saturday.
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Reflective Log

During my summer program at University of Westminster in London, I have learned a lot about multimedia from a journalist standpoint. Multimedia Journalism is growing extensively and continues to change. It extends beyond online newspapers, into the blogosphere and social networking world. The medium itself is immediate and gives nearly instant feedback, for example through comments from readers. I also improved my skills at video and picture slideshow editing. I was unfamiliar with Mac video-editing software, but after using it for a Vox Pop video, I am much more confident with using it.

I have also learned about link-driven articles for blogs. I found it really interesting to base an entire story off of links and websites that I personally find useful. The article I wrote, ‘Night Time London,’ is about helping those unfamiliar with London the resources to find a venue to go to at night. Writing a link-based article was something I had never tried before and I found it to be very rewarding to be able to share with others the sites I used almost on a daily basis during my stay.

The profile I wrote on Rohan Daft was challenging at first, but once I decided the direction I wanted to take, it became easier. I wanted to write more about Daft’s career, life, and him as a person, than his job. I tried to incorporate both his experience as a journalist and multimedia manager. I believe my profile of Daft gave the important information in a concise manner, while still using quotes and important background information.

My opinion on Stonehenge was an easier article to write. I wanted to explain my disappointment in the excursion without sounding ignorant or ungrateful. Without knowing all the mystery and ancient history behind it, the exhibit was just a bunch of big rocks. I tried to make my article balanced with both appreciation for the history and my dissatisfied opinion.

The news piece I wrote on the US Womens National team was also easy to write. I am very interested in football and enjoy watching their matches. Their first 2012 Olympic game was really exciting and I have a decent amount of experience in writing hard news articles. I think I took all the important information and stated the facts in an interesting way.

The review I wrote on Swedish House Mafia at Milton Keynes is my favourite article that I wrote. At a concert is where I can be found at my happiest, and I really wanted my reader to feel the excitement that I did while being there. I believe I did a good job at describing the events and emotions while still telling a story.

I am so thankful to have the chance to study abroad here in London. No amount of classroom lecture could teach the things I have learned here, both academically and in life. It was an experience I will never forget, and I wish it would never end. I hope to return as soon as possible.

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Labrinth – Earthquake, London Playlist No. 4

This song will never get old. English songwriter and performer Timothy McKenzie, better known as Labrinth, released this electronic jam in 2011 which reached number 2 on the UK charts.

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Night Time London

A London Night Club

London is known not only for it’s historic beauty, endless tourist attractions, and gloomy weather, but also for its vibrant nightlife. The city comes alive at night, and is home to over one thousand bars and pubs, as well as hundreds of dance clubs. Whether you are looking for a relaxing evening at a traditional English pub, or a wild night out on the town, London has the perfect venue for you.

  • Late Night London showcases different clubs and bars that are popular in London. Look here for promotions and events, or even book a table at your favourite club.
  • Time Out London also provides tons of information on attractions for both day and night. It is organised by categories such as Art, Bars & Pubs, Theatre, Gay & Lesbian,  Clubs, Alternative Nightlife, and Comedy.
  • London Town highlights the most talked about restaurants, hotels, tours and attractions, and nightlife in London. There are promotional deals as well as events and shows to check out.

    A Traditional English Pub

  • If you’re not looking to get too  wild, visit Pubs, which is an independent guide to the traditional English pubs of London. Find a casual night spot by name or location, or browse pubs by categories like dog friendly, child friendly, good food, waterside, outdoors, or with beer gardens.
  • On World’s Best Bars, you will find bars around the world that are recommended by both experts and readers. This is a great site to find the most talked about bars in London.

These sites will be useful for planning any type of night out in London. Cheers!

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