If you’re working in the video game industry for a well-known company or independent studio, you would have heard of the term “crunch culture”.
Crunch culture is an issue that affects not just young people, but also workers who have been working in the video game sector for years.
In this short audio explainer, Umar Hassan explains what the term crunch culture means and how crunch is used in the video game industry.
During the coronavirus pandemic, video games have played a major role in helping millions stay connected with friends, family members, and work colleagues.
A report from Robert Walters and Vacancysoft noted that 47,000 people are employed directly and indirectly in the video game sector in the United Kingdom, which includes sectors such as merchandising and eSports.
The issue of crunch is not new in video game development, and goes way back to November 2004 when an anonymous letter was posted by EA Spouse around working practices at Electronic Arts.
Many people lack internet access at home in the United Kingdom, which leaves them vulnerable to being digitally excluded from society.
Nearly two million households in the UK have no internet access and are reliant on using pay-as-you-go services to access educational, healthcare and banking resources online.
This issue is not new and goes back to the 1970s, when information and communication technologies (ICT) first emerged in that decade. Fast-forward to the 2020s and many people remain digitally excluded in the UK.
7 ways to defy death is a newsgame that was created by The Washington Post in April 2015.
The newsgame forms one part in the WaPo’s “The Human Upgrade” series where technology companies were exploring ways for human being to defy death using technology and data to do this.
While my newsgame will not be focused on health, there are some elements that I can apply into…
This video by BBC Newsnight on their YouTube channel investigates how more than 1,500 children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have no school place in England.
It’s a great example of how this investigation uses video to illustrate the issue of how pupils with SEND are being ‘squeezed’ out of school. If this investigation was covered in a different medium (audio or text), it would lack the same impact that this Newsnight video report achieves.
BBC Newsnight is a news and current affairs programme so its audience is more likely to be constructed towards older people in…
For many years, I have had an active social media presence. When I did my undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University, I had one account per social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat), and a Facebook page to showcase my professional work as a journalist.
Even though I love a good tweet, I would admit that with Facebook and Instagram, I do neglect those platforms when it comes to writing for social. On my social media platforms, I follow a lot of journalists and news outlets so my tweets and posts tend to be very journalism-focused.
For this task…
The interview I conducted with hard news journalist Adam Smith back in January 2020 was written in the style of an interview feature.
As the interview piece is heavily driven by Adam’s quotes throughout the article, this interview feature is focused on his career in the industry, which spans more than two decades in local, regional and national journalism.
Originally, when I interviewed Adam, I knew immediately that the feature interview genre was well-suited to the piece I wanted to create.
Freelance Writing defines feature writing as:
“Feature writing provides scope, depth, and interpretation of trends, events, topics or people.
When I interviewed Adam Smith in person earlier in the year, it was at a time where social distancing did not exist, as well as the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the United Kingdom for much of the year.
How times change nine months later with interviews taking place remotely on Zoom and Skype due to COVID-19. I was very fortunate to interview Adam at the Arthur Robertson pub in Perry Barr, Birmingham in January 2020.
Almost a quarter of stop and searches for controlled drugs carried out by West Midlands Police in August 2020 were for the Pakistani ethnic group.
Of the 523 stop and searches carried out for controlled drugs in that month from West Midlands Police, there were 125 searches carried out within that ethnic group.
That’s a 2% fall for the ethnic Pakistani group from August 2019 carried out by West Midlands Police where there were 145 stop and searches being made for controlled drugs.
In comparison, other ethnic groups, which include Black Africans, Black Caribbeans, Indians, and White Irish were…
Tortoise is a member-funded digital news publication which specialises in “slow news” (investigative journalism).
The publication’s focus is not on fast-paced breaking news, but what’s driving the news agenda whether that’s a story relating to coronavirus, technology or health.
It holds a series of weekly events, called ThinkIns, in which members collaborate with journalists to work on stories that are based around a number of subjects.
ThinkIns are not just restricted to the open newsroom format, Tortoise hold ThinkIn events with well-known speakers on subjects such as mental health, technology, and politics.
Here’s a ThinkIn Tortoise has done around disinformation…
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