E-Cigarettes. Are they safe?

Over the past year the interest in E-Cigarettes has rocketed.

Woman using an E-Cigarette

Are E-Cigarettes safe?

This battery powered cigarette on the face appears to have resolved the problem of harmful smoking and stamped out the need for tobacco.

Despite the revolutionary properties of the E-cigarette, the health implications of using such a device are still ambiguous.

Health associations are reluctant to rule out any negative effects from the E-cigarette as a new product emerging on the market, suggesting that more testing needs to be conducted to uncover the true effects of the electronic cigarette.

One thing fact that is known is that electronic cigarettes have reduced risk of cancer and illness in comparison to tobacco cigarettes.

All contributors agree that this product is an alternative to traditional tobacco smoking and not an aide for quitting.

Click below to hear the experiences of several e-cigarette users and member of Action of Smoking and Health (ASH) campaign, Paul Hooper.

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Student Journalists Honoured at Awards Night

The award for Best Final Project was presented by sponsors Colewood Internet, to the students behind Off The Woodwork

The award for Best Final Project was presented by sponsors Colewood Internet, to the students behind Off The Woodwork

Teesside University’s best and brightest student journalists have been honoured at an annual awards night recognising their achievements.

For the second consecutive year, the University gave out awards to exceptional Journalism students, with prizes including work placements with national titles such as the Daily Mail, the Mirror and Sky Sports, and popular local titles including the Evening Gazette, Northern Echo and Hartlepool Mail.

The awards ceremony, sponsored by Colewood Internet ,  recognised the work put in by students and included prizes for best Sport Portfolio, Blogger of the Year and best Feature Writer.

Paul Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: ‘These awards recognise the hard work and excellent calibre of our current journalism students.

‘I would like to thank all of the media organisations who generously contributed prizes to this celebration of our students’ achievements.’

Teesside University’s journalism graduates have secured jobs at leading media organisations, including Sky and the BBC, as well as with national and regional newspapers. A total of 75% of 2012 journalism graduates were either working in the media or in paid internships three months after graduating – more than 50% above the national average.

The University also offers a chance to work on its unique brand Tside, which includes a website, newspaper and TV show.

Third year Multimedia Journalism student Sasha James was ecstatic to win the Northern Echo award for Features Writing, following her work on the paper.

She said: ‘I’m very happy to have won this award. I was also nominated for another, but because of my work as features editor on Tside, I was rooting for this one.’

Other winners included second year student Lucy Moody, who won the Evening Gazette award for Multimedia Journalist of the Year.

Lucy, who is studying BA (Hons) Journalism, said: ‘This year at Teesside I’ve had the opportunity to work freelance at BBC Tees and I’ve really enjoyed the crossover between professional and university work.’

Third year Multimedia Journalism student Ross Peters won two awards on the night, including the Academic Prize, which means he’ll be undertaking a week-long placement at Press Gazette.

Ross said: ‘It feels really, really good – to have been given two awards is a huge honour.

‘My advice to anyone studying journalism at Teesside would be to throw yourself into it. I’ve grabbed every opportunity that I can while I’ve been here.’


NCTJ Prize, sponsored by NCTJ and the Daily Mail – Sam Howitt

Academic Prize, sponsored by Press Gazette – Ross Peters

Teesside University Prize – Ross Peters, Megan Fallows and Alice Hawley

Best Final Project, sponsored by Colewood Internet – Off The Woodwork (Dan Bennett, Chris Donald, Graham Corking, Alex Larkin and Rob Munro)

Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Daily Mirror – Rob Munro

Multimedia Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Evening Gazette – Lucy Moody

Blogger of the Year, sponsored by The Fleet Street Fox – Leonie Garlick for My Little Charitees and Matthew Brown for Northern Tone (tie)

News Reporter, sponsored by Hartlepool Mail – Nathan Lee and Natalie Devonshire (tie)

Features Writer, sponsored by The Northern Echo – Sasha James

Sports Reporter, sponsored by Sky Sports – Rob Munro

Lifestyle Reporter, sponsored by Fabulous Magazine – Kathryn Heward

Entertainment Reporter, sponsored by Time Out Magazine – Alex Larkin

Social Media Content Producer, sponsored by Tangerine PR – Cara Sterio

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Teesside University gears up for 2014 Journalism Awards Tonight

TEESSIDE University  is playing host tonight to  some of the biggest names from regional and national media organisations who have come to Middlesbrough to take part in the 2014 Journalism Awards.

The  awards will recognise the achievements of current Journalism students as many of them embark on their careers in industry.

There are eight categories in which students have entered their work for consideration by the judges, including: Multimedia Journalist of the Year; Blogger of the Year;  News Reporter; Feature Writer; Sports Reporter; Lifestyle Reporter; Entertainment Reporter and Social Media Content Producer.

There are also awards for the best NCTJ student; the student with the best academic results; the students who have produced the best Multimedia Final Project and for the best scoop of 2014.

Some of the winners will receive work experience at Sky Sports;  Daily Mail; Press Gazette; Daily Mirror; The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine; Time Out Magazine; Tangerine PR; Evening Gazette; Hartlepool Mail and The Northern Echo.

The Blogger of the Year will  receive a one-to-one master class session with the Fleet Street Fox and pick the brains of the best in the business about building blog audience and brand.

CONGRATULATIONS: last years winners with lecturer Bethany Usher

CONGRATULATIONS: last years winners with lecturer Bethany Usher

The awards, which are sponsored by Colewood Internet, will also see former students returning to join in the celebrations.

Paul Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: “It promises to be an exciting night when we get the chance to reward our students for all their hard work.”

“I would like to thank all the media organisations who have kindly donated the fantastic prizes that are on offer to our winners.

“We also would like to thank  Professor Gerda Roper’s friends Caroline and Maryam for their very generous support of the journalism students.

“We would also like to thank Colewood Internet, the largest single employer of Multimedia Journalism graduates, for sponsoring the event.”

Colewood Internet are a group digital business experts who have developed and promoted websites through search engine marketing since 1999.

LUCKY WINNER: Tom with just one of his three awards last year

LUCKY WINNER: Tom with just one of his three awards last year

Last year, Tom Etherington had a huge success at the first ever awards night and picked up three awards including: the Evening Gazette award for Sports Reporter of the Year, the Daily Mail award for Best NCTJ results and he was part of the group who created the Lazy Student Chef website which lead them to win the Entrepreneurs@Tees prize for best final project.

He  said: “To pick up three awards was an amazing feeling.”

“The University works so hard to get us these opportunities and we all have to thank them for that, it really help us get the first foot on the ladder.”

After gaining valuable work experience after winning the awards Tom now enjoys working as a Digital Marketeer at Silverbean, an international search marketing and digital marketing agency in Newcastle.

The 2014 Journalism Awards will be held at the Dickens Inn on Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, and start at 6pm tonight.

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George Galloway interview: perspectives on working-class annihilation

A FIGHT FOR EQUALITY: George Galloway stands outside one of Tony Blair's supposed seven houses. Photo credit: theblairdoc.com

A FIGHT FOR EQUALITY: George Galloway stands outside one of Tony Blair’s supposed seven houses. Photo credit: theblairdoc.com

MIDDLESBROUGH’S industrial sector has always played a large part in the area’s working-class heritage.

Promoting ideas of hard working people and strong family values, industry work has created respectably-earned wages for many generations of proud northerners.

But in the midst of what The Guardian’s Owen Jones describes as working-class ‘demonization’ in his book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, it is said that the British media and even British governing bodies are plaguing working-class communities with negative portrayals, with imagery of traditional working-class towns and industries becoming increasingly fogged by a damaging ‘chav caricature’.

Mass media are now seen to be underrepresenting working-class people in a vicious and hyperbolic fashion, with Tabloids and 21st century television shows such as Benefit Street arguably destroying the reputation of working communities and cementing them a place at the bottom of the social spectrum.

George Galloway, former Labour and now Respect Party Leader and MP for Bradford West, argues that there is now a fundamental need for a working-class representative in mainstream politics.

As an honorary member of the National Union of Mine Workers and active member of the Miners’ Strike that took place under Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government in the 1980s, Mr Galloway told Tside that the annihilation of working-class people and its industries has been corrupting Britain for decades, and that the media is crying out for a true representation of working communities.

“Most members of the government have no real connection with working-class people. They are trapped in a prevailing orthodoxy, meaning that they think the bigger problems cannot be achieved and that they focus on little things – the colour of the paint in the Ministry of Agriculture – things that aren’t necessarily as important”, George Galloway said.

“The Thatcher Government’s vindictive destruction of the coal mining communities and their industry and their union was not just immoral, but also economically illiterate and furthered her narrow interests of class.

“The Miners’ Strike was a huge turning point in this country. It was the first time since World War Two where private was seen as good, and public was seen as bad. Where productive capacity – making things, digging things, relying on our own assets rather than being able to purchase them with fake money overseas was transformed.”

After being expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 for his opposition to the war in Iraq, Mr Galloway joined the Respect Party in 2004 and has based his ideals around equality and a voice for minorities in Britain. He has also been heavily involved in campaigning in the Middle East and was awarded Debater of the Year by The Spectator in 2001.

SHAMELESSLY MISREPRESENTED: George Galloway believes that TV show Shameless is an inaccurate representation of working-class heritage

SHAMELESSLY MISREPRESENTED: George Galloway believes that TV show, Shameless, is an inaccurate representation of working-class heritage

“Personally, I believe that this country should be run by the working-class in the interests of the working-class. They make up the majority of this country.

“Unfortunately I don’t see many accurate portrayals of working-class people in the media at all. Shameless and things like that get on television, but they represent what is known as the ‘underclass’, the people who have fallen through the floor of working-class.

“Our rulers constantly wish to divide us – they divide people of colour, public sector workers from private sector workers, and workers and the unemployed. Their tactics are divide and rule – they are making us point at other people to blame rather than them, who actually are to blame.”

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Creative Teesside :Post from Tees Made

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The School of Arts & Media is hosting the annual “Creative Teesside” event from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 May 2014 to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of the final year students.

This year the event is being opened by Honorary Graduate and former Product Design student Marek Reichman, Design Director for Aston Martin, on Tuesday 27 May 2014 in the Athena Building and we would be delighted if you would join us for the opening, starting at 5.30pm.

To confirm your attendance or for any questions please do not hesitate to contact Francesca Angus, School of Arts & Media, on 01642 738649, F.An@tees.ac.uk

The School of Arts & Media is incredibly excited about the opening event and we look forward to welcoming you to Creative Teesside.

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Meaningful design for the elderly: Post from Tees inside

An incredible set of presentations on improving the healing environment at Church View Residential and Nursing home from Leigh Nicholson, Andrew Kidby, Holly Gardner, Chia Balgos to the staff and residents.
Through their research they have created innovative and refreshing design schemes which enable those suffering with varying cases of dementia and other cognitive impairments to navigate around their home.
The feedback received was positive and that a collection of ideas will be implemented in the near future.
Our thanks to the residents and staff at Church View for welcoming us and giving our students the opportunity to present their ideas.

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