Evaluation of Council Story

Generally speaking, i found this easier to do than the general story that i took so long to find a topic on.

Going on the council website i searched for interesting meetings to attend in order to write a story. However many of the meetings were rather boring and were more feature than news.

Searching again after a few more days i found a meeting about a Hull Housing strategy set to improve housing standards. The story was not particularly difficult to write, and since i recorded what was said in the meeting, it was easier to get the quotes and write the story up.

The council meeting was on a very broad topic: Housing across Hull. However i picked an angle to tackle this story and focused primarily on the private sector housing.

I believe this story is newsworthy as housing is a topic that many are interested in. The council plan to make the housing better by lowering rent. As many households in the private sector are forced to pay high rent, a topic like this is likely to grab their attention and the attention of many.

In addition getting a photo relevant to this story was simple.

My story, however, could be improved upon.

This story would be best suited for the Hull daily Mail. This is because it is of concern to residents in Hull as it is about housing across Hull.



Plans To Change Housing In The Private Sector Approved – Council Story


Hull City Council have given the go ahead for a plan set to drastically improve housing standards in the private sector.

The council plan to make a high quality, energy efficient and affordable private rented sector so that it is accessible to all.

The need to improve the housing was discussed by members of the cabinet last week, as it was noted the rent is too high, and this leaves many households struggling to survive.

In addition the houses are of poor quality, since the heating is insufficient.

To improve the heating in the houses, the council plan to develop and publish Hull’s Affordable Warmth Strategy.

The size of the private sector as a whole is only a portion of the problem. There are currently almost 2,500 homes that have been empty for nearly six months – the vast majority of these are in the private sector.

It is expected to increase even more in size, as Dave Richmond, head of housing said: “Private renting sector has doubled in size and is expected to double in size over the next 10 years. It really is going to be the looming problem that we face in this city unless we get to grips with it.”

To tackle this particular issue, the council plan to find new and creative ways of bringing the empty homes back into use as well.

Another issue discussed to target was the affordability of the private sector that leaves many people without homes, as Mr Richmond pointed out: “the private sector is the main cause of homelessness.”

Many in the private sector are rough sleepers due to the high rent.

Cllr Steve Brady, leader of the council said: “We have got to drive up the standards of the private sector. Some people are living in awful conditions and it’s unacceptable.

We want (the private sector housing) to be a decent home standard. We want clean, dry homes and to me it’s the least that can be expected from anyone that is renting a house.”

Discussing when the current conditions of the private sector are likely to change, he said:

“When the government give us more powers to act against the landlords that are not providing decent homes for the people.”



General News Story Evaluation

I found this extremely difficult, as i was only able to get a story at the last minute. I searched through multiple newspapers and websites to find a story to write about but most of the stories were not suited for the hyperlocal website.

I wrote a story about an event i attended called the Hanse Day event. Although it is not a very serious news topic, over 21,000 people attended this event so it can be argued that it is still newsworthy.

As well it is about the heritage of Hull back in the 13th century and how Hull transformed tremendously over the years.

If i were to redo this story again, perhaps i would aim to talk to as many people as i could in town, such as local traders and event planners in order to get a better news story to write about.

Overall however, i am happy with this story, as i was also able to get quotes from the event organiser, which helped strengthen the story a little.

If this story were to be published it would go onto the Hull Daily Mail as this annual festival targets Hull in general speaking about its past and not just a specific part of Hull.

A trip to the 13th Century – Hull celebrates Hanse Day

Over 21,000 people gathered at the Hull High Street on Saturday to celebrate the international Hanse Day.

The annual event took people back to a 13th century medieval Hull, a time when the city was part of a powerful league called the Hanseatic league that dealt with trading.

Meredith Trowsdale, the event organiser, said: “In the mid-13th century, seafaring merchants from across Northern Europe joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests.

Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea region, up to 200 towns and cities were members of the League. Hull was one of several associated trading cities in the UK, exporting such items as wool, cloth and salt.

Some days up to a dozen ships arrived into Hull with imported timber, canvas, furs, iron, flax and pitch. For over 400 years the League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics before losing its significance in the mid-17th century.”

Although this is only the second time the event has been celebrated, the first being last year, there were almost double the number of people, as Trowsdale said: (We had) 21,075, compared to 12,000 in 2016 which was our first year.

Residents flocked together to interact with people dressed as characters from over three millennia ago.



A character attempting to eat a burning smore.

Connor Miller, 28 from Goole said: “I missed the event last year so this was my first time. It was so exciting and there was so much to see.”

Amy Katherine, 47 from Hessle said: “Some of the stunts the characters were doing were quite scary. But it was nice to see everyone mingle and have a good time.”

Esther May, 33, from Anlaby said: “It’s nice to see such recreations. I feel i can know a little about what Hull was like all those years ago and how different it is now.”

Sandra Evans, 35, from Hessle said: “You don’t see this everyday, especially here. They should do things like these more often.”

Following the end of the 6 hour long event, Trowsdale said:” The event was a great success with a 75% increase in visitor number.”

The date is already selected for our 2018 event – 12th May 2018″, she added.

To learn more about the Hanse Day event, visit their website









  • Don’t overuse commas in a sentence


  • Try not to use these: if you must then it’s fine but try not to use them alot



Exlamation Marks

  • Avoid using exclamation marks!


  • Use double quotes (“”) when quoting what someone said
  • Use single quote marks within double quote marks e.g “They describe Luffy as ‘rather naive’.”


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  1. Get The Agenda: 
  • Get a copy of the meeting’s program before attending it.
  • You can do this by visiting their website, or calling or visiting your local town hall
  • Knowing what they will discuss will help you make better notes and you’ll be less confused.

2. Pre-meeting Reporting:

  • When you have the program, find out about the topics they are going to talk about in the meeting
  • Check the website of your local paper to see if they’ve written about any of the issues coming up in the meeting e.g if the Hull Daily Mail has covered something on the program, you want to get a fresh angle so as not to copy them. 

3. Find Your Focus:

  • Pick a few issues on the program you want to focus on: look for the ones that seem newsworthy, controversial or just interesting.
  • If you’re not sure what’s newsworthy, ask yourself “What issue on the program will affect the most people in my community?” The more people affected by something, the more newsworthy it is.

4. Planning Meetings:

  • Many good stories are in the weekly list of planning applications
  • You can find a list of newsworthy, interesting stories

5.  Report, Report, Report:

  • Interview members of the council to get quotes and more information.
  • If there’s a controversial issue, interview local residents on both sides as far as the issue is concerned

6. Identifying Councillors:

  • Get pictures of the members of the council, as well as their phone numbers and email addresses

7. Get Phone Numbers & E-mail Addresses:

  • Get the phone numbers & email addresses of everyone you interview
  • This will help if you need more information, need to ask another question, or need more quotes

8. Confidentiality: 

  •  Confidential things are those that the court or central govt. has said shouldn’t go public
  • Get legal advice before adding confidential things to your stories!

9. Parish/Town Councils:

  • A constant source of stories for local papers
  • They are less formal and are usually the starting point of issues that become big stories

10. Understand What Happened:

  • Never leave a meeting without understanding what happened
  • You can’t write about something you don’t understand

11. Get Rid Of Jargon:

  • Make it easy for your readers to understand what you’re writing about
  • Use simple words e.g instead of copious, say many. 




The Three Ships

A new exhibition called “The Three Ships” has been launched in the Hull Maritime Museum.

The exhibition, which began on 2nd March, is of textiles and mixed media and is based on three ships: Resolution, Morning and Viola.

The Viola is a Steam Trawler that was built in 1906. It is the oldest in the world. During World War 1, Viola had a huge involvement in the sinking of the UB-30 and UB-115, both German submarines. In 1919, Viola was taken out of service by the Admiralty and sold to Norway and was later renamed Kapuden. Later on, it was used for whaling and its name was then changed to Dias. After taking part in the Falklands war, Dias was left in Grytviken where it remains to this day.

SY Morning, previously known as Morgenen, was built in Norway in 1871 by Svend Foyn. It was bought as a relief ship for the British National Antarctic Expedition for £3880. The ship’s captain was William Colbeck. In September 1901, it sailed from Norway to London, was refitted and its name changed to Morning. It made two voyages: the first was from Lyttelton, Norway to Antartica, where the crew discovered two islands that were later claimed for the British Empire. The islands are now known as Scott Island and Haggitt’s Pillar. On this same voyage, Morning set out to find Discovery – a wooden three-masted ship built in Britain. Although they found Discovery, it was stuck in ice and they were unable to get it out. The second voyage was back to Antartica to free Discovery, which they did.

Marquis of Granby was built in Whitby in 1770. In 1771, The Royal Navy bought it for £4,151. Its name was changed to the Resolution. In 1772, James Cook, captain of the Resolution set sail on his second voyage from England to Antartica to look for the Great Southern Continent. In 1773, the ship became the first ever to cross the Antarctic circle, which it did two more times on the same voyage. On his third voyage, Cook set out to return Omai, a Ra’iatean man, back to his home. On the 14th February, 1779, Cook was killed in Hawaii.


The Three Ships in the Maritime Museum

Alison Larkin is one of the eleven Artists of the three ships in the Maritime Museum. She created replicas of a waistcoat stitched together by Elizabeth Cook, wife of James Cook during his third voyage, as well as a map sampler Elizabeth stitched in Memory of James.


When asked about the design process and the research taken into creating the three ships, she said: “Because they are replicas, there was very little ‘design’ involved in the work, as i was copying Elizabeth’s work. Having said that, the waistcoat did involve some guesswork on my part, as the original was unfinished.

“I had to research the size and overall pattern, as well as a design for the buttons. In 2014, I was able to visit Sydney, Australia, to examine the original waistcoat in the State Library of New South Wales, as well as the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand, which has another waistcoat belonging to James Cook. I was able to use this to get the size correct.”

Alison then added: “The waistcoat itself took me 300 hours work, spread over about 6 months. The map Sampler took me 112 hours to stitch, again spread over several months.”

The exhibition will run until the 28th April.




Stevie Nimmo Takes Hull on Sky Won’t Fall Tour

Stevie Nimmo performed at Früit in Hull yesterday evening in front of a crowd of at least 50 people.

The venue was busy, with people buying drinks from the bar and chatting excitedly in anticipation of the evening ahead.

The night began at 8pm, with the Steve Fulsham Band taking the stage first, performing for approximately 45 minutes. They livened the crowed up and brought a great vibe to the place before letting Stevie Nimmo take the show.

During their performance, the band had the people energetically singing along and bobbing their heads to each of their songs.

After performing, Steve Fulsham said: “It was absolutely amazing, such a great venue. It’s good to be among friends.”


Steve Fulsham Band Performing Before Stevie Nimmo

Stevie later took to the stage at about 9:15pm, arriving on stage to roaring and excited fans.

He performed a few songs such as Chains of Hope, Goin’ Down, Roll the Dice Again, Lovin’ Might Do Us Good and a few other songs.

Stevie had the people jumping up and down to the beat of every song and singing along, particularly during his song Goin’ Down’ where he sang: “I’m goin’ down”, while the crowd seconds later screamed: “I’m goin’ down, down, down, down, down!”

The passion with which he played each song only made everyone more enthusiastic.

At the end of the near hour and a half performance, Stevie said: “Performing here was great fun!”

Postperformance, there was a meet and greet, where fans queued up ready to buy some of Stevie’s CD’s that were available for purchase at the venue.

‘A Place They Call Forgotten Town’: Film celebrates Hull City of Culture.


Multiple people gathered together inside Kardomah94 last night to watch the screening for the musical-based video ‘A place they call forgotten town’, celebrating the city of culture 2017.

Henry Priestman, an English rock singer, keyboardist, record producer and songwriter born in Hull collaborated with Humber Films to remake his song  ‘Forgotten Town’, which he performed yesterday evening at Kardomah94 in front a mixed crowd, both young and old. The venue was packed, with several people standing as there was not enough seating space.

The song Forgotten Town is about the state of the city in the 1980s. Henry definitely had the people in high spirits, as the crowd was cheerfully singing along and swaying their arms during his performance.

The film, created by Humber Films, featured over 20 community groups in Hull, including Danny’s Dream, Humber All Nations Alliance, Child Dynamix, Hull CVS, and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group. It also included film clips submitted by local people.

The video portrays Hull changing from a forgotten town to a city that is rising and becoming widely known throughout the United Kingdom.

Malcom Scott, owner of Kardomah94 said: “This is the release of the video and song that celebrated the first quarter of the year of Hull city of culture. It was written 30 years ago by Henry Priestman who has great success in a band called Christians.

“It was thousands of hours of work: hundreds of people were involved in the film. It was a massive amount of work over 4 months.”

After the performance, people were ushered out to watch the film being projected on the Kardomah94 building.

The film lasted for approximately 4 minutes. Similar to Henry Priestman’s performance, it had people energetic, as they danced and sang along to the clip. The night as a whole brought about a feeling of hope, as people seemed expectant and hopeful for the future of Hull.


Film projected on the building

1940s to Now: Hessle Road Youths Celebrate their History


1940s to Now

Over 50 people young and old flocked together in St John the Baptist Church in Hull last night to witness a performance done by youths as part of the City of Culture 2017.

The near 2-hour long performance was done by the children of Hessle road, focusing on the childhood of the youngsters in the 1940s, and the differences between the youths 7 decades ago and those now.

Prior to the performance, the children interviewed elderly residents about the lives they lead when they were children, after which they collaborated with a dance tutor for the performance.

The show begun with the children depicting how the youngsters lived their lives during the second world war: girls would set up the dinner table while boys were out working, catching fish or playing with their friends.

The next few scenes detailed the harsh realities of growing up in the decline of the fishing industry. The unforgiving weather meant some fishermen were lost at sea and never returned.

The final scenes showed how modern technology has drastically changed the children of today, making them less sociable, as well as the challenges faced by the young people of today such as depression, anger, and over-thinking.

Angela Brodie, from Hessle Road, who came to watch the show said: “The project, from the heart of Hessle road, allowed the children to speak of their own youth using their skills and culture. It was very well executed. What a great deal of pleasure from them and their community.”

The performance, that took the children 4 months to prepare for, had the crowd in cheers all throughout.