The Midnight Helpers

DISCLAIMER: The women featured in the below video wishes to remain anonymous so her identity has been hidden via a fake name and an actress has been used to voice her story.  

A few weeks back, an article entitled ‘The Midnight Girls’ was uploaded here on BithellTom.Com. It was a short article that pondered on the secret, almost underworld life of prostitution that is hidden away here in Huddersfield. This short article and video is particular  is a direct follow up and a further investigation into the help that is being offered to women in the sex industry.

According to a UK Government publication on the subject of prostitution,  ‘The number of sex workers in the UK is estimated to be around 72,800 with about 32,000 working in London‘ and ‘An estimated 152 sex workers were murdered between 1990 and 2015. 49% of sex workers (in one survey) said that they were worried about their safety.’. So who is here to help protect the women who ‘work’ the streets late at night?

One of many charities that are situated up and down the country, Basis is a charity based in Leeds. The charity has a project focused solely on Sex work and how to help women and transgender women in the sex industry who need support and help. The charity supports women and transgender women who choose to stay and work in the industry as-well as helping women and transgender women who want out of that particular lifestyle and who wish to start afresh.

 Closer to home, here in Huddersfield, 20 year old ex-prostitute *Krystal spoke about her experience in the local sex industry, how she got involved in that particular lifestyle and what events forced her to distance herself from the sex industry altogether and to take a new path/ approach to life.

What a boom Audio Boom makes!

It is rare that I become obsessed with somthing, it has to be extreamly good. But there is no other word to describe my feeling for Audio booms’ Serial  then obsession!

Audio Boom is a app that hosts a whole range of podcasts from fictatious dramas to new bullitins and everything in between, you can download podcasts manualy or set it to download atomaticaly when the latest install is online! It’s free, easy to use and full of great content: for example, Serial.

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Series one of Serial is a weekly podcast about the murder of a young girl. In TV comparison its just like making a murderer, but I find it is far more captivating.you ar You are stripped of all visuals and rely purly on drip feed of information from the presenters  choice of words. With raw audio of real interviews and telephone calls, Serial is addictive and the murder case can quickly become osessive as you try and solve the most elusive  who dunnit you have ever heard of. Each episode is between 30 minuets to an hour and half, the drip feed style is perfect for when you have abit of time spare.

 

 

 

 

Can you Youtube? Yes you can!

I am a  Journalism student: Check

I have my own blog: Check

I take “artsy” photos that don’t get shown and  just take up memory on my iPhone: Check

Well then, the only thing left to crack was Youtube! And how easy it was to crack! The editors suite is functional, basic and easy to follow and there is a wide variety of stock footage that can be used to create little.poitless videos (such as the one above), hours o fun to be had!

Obviously, you can go out and film your own footage that you can upload and turn into a “vlog” if you so wish, but the process is still just as simple. Drag, drop and edit. The non-lyrical music is provided for you, so you can add a bit of emotion via a soundtrack (Also so you can avoid those hefty licence fees).

Zoella and co move over! BithellTom.com is  virtualy on the way!

 

The Midnight Girls.

They say a picture is a thousand words, but for the women in this picture,  it is a way of life.

Being one of Huddersfield darkest secrets, the girls of the so called “red light district” work a very public night shift. I live on Ray Street, and  I feel sympathy for the girls who walk up and down Great northern street, risking their lives daily, flaunting what little they have to catch the eye of a passer by.

I can only guess as to how they ended up at this point in their lives. Guess as to what dark force is over them making them do what ever it takes to have a little more.   

And this way of life is increasing, more and more girls join the street each week. Last week there was seven ladies of the night scattered along the street as I drove past on my way home.

In June 2016, two men were arrested for the rape and assault of two sex workers. But still, the girls continue to work.

But why? Where is the help and protection for these girls?.

This is not new news to Huddersfield, people just ignore it. So why is it not in the news more often and why is nothing being done?

 

    

 

Tweet- Tweet.

Twitter is  important . Its a tool in most peoples life. But it is especially important for the profession of a journalist. The social media platform not only provides a route to promote a story, it is a platform that also enables you to keep up to date with your sources.

This particular platform also allows you to find and capture your audiences’ reaction in real time via their responses, plus you can keep them up-to date and provide them with a way to keep track of the stories.

Just like Facebook, twitter has a live stream function too, which is great for covering stories as they happen.  The “moments” feature  is perfect too with all of the breaking news  gathered in one central place, updated live.

Basically, Twitter is life for a journalist and you can follow me @BithellTomCom

Three, Two, One- Action!

Facebook has revolutionised the way news stories can be reported and the way viewers can interact with whats going on in the world by introducing the “live” button. 

In todays society, reporting live has never been easier! With a click of a button, reporters can share whats happening via live stream and viewers can even interact straight from Facebook via the comments and emotion buttons. 

And it is all so straight forward! 


All you need to do is click the live button at the top left hand corner….

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Name your video and select the audience…
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Wait for the three second countdown cue … img_5535


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Once your done, hit finish at the bottom right and eh voila…IMG_5536.png


 This tool is so useful for journalists! Its so convenient, easy to use and accessible as almost all have Facebook . You may have seen this tool used regularly recently with some pages live streaming with competitions and breaking news , even nasa joining in with a live stream from space! 

What a world we live in! 

If you like this article why not check out my most recent blog where I delve into the live world of twitter!  

Like me.

Facebook is a huge part of our everyday life, whether you like it or not you still spend an average 20 + minuets a day scrolling through “your” news feed.

But exactly what keeps you scrolling?

A very special algorithm. That is what keeps you hooked, or so it is supposed to. For us non technical minded folks an algorithm is “a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem”  But what was  Facebook’s’ problem?  well, as it turned out, how to ensure we see the posts that really mattered to us first  was Facebook’s top issue that kept them up at night. 

And to solve the issue; invent an ever-changing  code that will sort the  information it receives and rank it for you. That’s right according to this article I recently read, (available here)  your Facebook news-feed was generated specifically for you with your interests  taken into careful consideration.

In the original days, the data Facebook gathered from you via the links you clicked, the profiles you visited etc., was fed back into the “machine” to give you what Facebook thought you wanted to see first. Although, it would seem it did not work quite as well as they would have liked, according to the article. Only 30%  of users reported that Facebook “sometimes” gave them the most interesting article, and sometimes is just not good enough so Facebook gave us the power to decide what we like, by giving us a “like” button.

It may not be clear to all, but the “Like” button has more use then just letting your friend know you like the video of the cat they posted the other day, it lets Facebook know that you specifically like that person and the cat video, so if you like more of that persons post’s you will see more of that person and you will see other cat videos, which to me makes perfect sense.

The article is very interesting once you get to the nitty grittiness of it. It makes you realise that Facebook holds a lot of power and control over what you get exposed to. I would recommend anyone download it from the kindle app and give it a read.

The kindle app by the way is great! I downloaded it onto my phone and synced it to my chrome account specially for this reading  and it is so handy, easy to use and simple. It’s a forgetful persons saviour! didn’t finish that online reading last night? well whip you phone out because it will be  on their (providing you remembered to save it to the app extension, which you can find here )

 

Why Oh Why ?

When I was younger, “Why” was a crooked letter that couldn’t be straightened; connoting  it was a word that you shouldn’t really use too often. Now however, that very same word is the absolute basis of my future career. So, In recognition of that, I am going to answer a few why’s that surround this blog: 

Why are you doing this? 

I am doing this because this is a free practice run. I am testing my ability to write in different styles to suit different audiences, and test what topics are well received and which are ignored. 



Why are you writing on this platform?

I am using WordPress as a host for my blog as it is the one I was more familiar with at the time I started this blog. It is easy to use and it is efficient.



Why are you starting your blog now?

Well, it makes perfect sense. I am a 19 year old Journalism student who gets sucked into cliches just as much as you! 



Why didn’t you do it sooner?

I tried, but it failed miserably. I was too young, too inexperienced  and too pre-occupied to give a blog, the love it needs.