6 Technologies in 2015 You Must Know

1. Fuel-cell vehicles
Zero-emission cars that run on hydrogen

Fuel-cell vehicles have long promised several major advantages over those powered by electricity or hydrocarbons. The technology has only now begun to reach the stage where automotive companies are planning launches for consumers, however. Initial prices are likely to be in the range of $70,000 but should come down significantly as volumes increase within the next couple of years.

Unlike batteries, which must be charged from an external source and can take from five to 12 hours depending on the car and charger, fuel cells generate electricity directly, using hydrogen or natural gas. In practice, fuel cells and batteries are combined, with the fuel cell generating electricity and the batteries storing it until demanded by the motors that drive the vehicle. Fuel-cell vehicles are therefore hybrids and will likely also deploy regenerative braking, which recovers energy from waste heat, a key capability for maximizing efficiency and range.

Unlike battery-powered electric vehicles, fuel-cell powered ones have a long cruising range—up to 650 kilometers per tank (the fuel is usually compressed hydrogen gas); a hydrogen fuel refill only takes about three minutes. Hydrogen is clean-burning, producing only water vapor as waste, so fuel-cell vehicles using hydrogen will be zero-emission, an important factor given the need to reduce air pollution.

2. Next-generation robotics
Rolling away from the production line

The popular imagination has long foreseen a world where robots take over all manner of everyday tasks. This robotic future has stubbornly refused to materialize, however, with robots still limited to factory assembly lines and other controlled tasks. Although heavily used (in the automotive industry, for instance), these robots are large and dangerous to human co-workers; they have to be separated by safety cages.

Advances in robotics technology are making human–machine collaboration an everyday reality. Better and cheaper sensors make a robot more able to “understand” and respond to its environment. Robot bodies are becoming more adaptive and flexible, with designers taking inspiration from the extraordinary flexibility and dexterity of complex biological structures, such as the human hand. And robots are becoming more connected, benefiting from the cloud-computing revolution by being able to access instructions and information remotely, rather than having to be programmed as a fully autonomous unit.

The new age of robotics takes these machines away from the big manufacturing assembly lines and into a wide variety of tasks. Using GPS technology, just like smartphones, robots are beginning to be used in precision agriculture for weed control and harvesting. In Japan robots are being tried in nursing roles. They help patients out of bed, for instance, and support stroke victims in regaining control of their limbs. Smaller and more dextrous robots, such as Dexter Bot, Baxter and LBR iiwa, are designed to be easily programmable and to handle manufacturing tasks that are laborious or uncomfortable for human workers.

3. Recyclable thermoset plastics
A new kind of plastic to cut landfill waste

Plastics are divided into thermoplastics and thermoset plastics. The former can be heated and shaped many times and are ubiquitous in the modern world, comprising everything from children’s toys to lavatory seats. Because they can be melted down and reshaped, thermoplastics are generally recyclable. Thermoset plastics, however, can only be heated and shaped once, after which molecular changes mean they are “cured,” retaining their shape and strength even when subjected to intense heat and pressure.

Due to this durability thermoset plastics are a vital part of our modern world. They are used in everything from mobile phones and circuit boards to the aerospace industry. But the same characteristics that have made them essential in modern manufacturing also make them impossible to recycle. As a result, most thermoset polymers end up as landfill. Given the ultimate objective of sustainability, there has long been a pressing need for recyclability in thermoset plastics.

4. Precise genetic-engineering techniques
A breakthrough offers better crops with less controversy

Conventional genetic engineering has long caused controversy. Now new techniques are emerging that allow us to directly “edit” the genetic code of plants to make them, for example, more nutritious or better able to cope with a changing climate; we believe the benefits, and the precision in “editing,” could allay the concerns, leading to more widespread adoption.

Currently, the genetic engineering of crops relies on the bacterium agrobacterium tumefaciens to transfer desired DNA into the target genome. The technique is proved and reliable and, despite widespread public fears, there is a consensus in the scientific community that genetically modifying organisms using this technique is no more risky than modifying them using conventional breeding. Whereas agrobacterium is useful, more precise and varied genome-editing techniques have been developed in recent years.

5. Emergent artificial intelligence
What happens when a computer can learn on the job?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is, in simple terms, the science of doing by computer the things that people can do. Over recent years AI has advanced significantly: Most of us now use smartphones that can recognize human speech or have traveled through an airport immigration queue using image-recognition technology. Self-driving cars and automated flying drones are now in the testing stage before anticipated widespread use, and for certain learning and memory tasks, machines now outperform humans. Watson, an artificially intelligent computer system, beat the best human candidates at the quiz game Jeopardy!.

Artificial intelligence, in contrast to normal hardware and software, enables a machine to perceive and respond to its changing environment. Emergent AI takes this a step further, with progress arising from machines that learn automatically by assimilating large volumes of information. An example is NELL, the Never-Ending Language Learning project from Carnegie Mellon University, a computer system that not only reads facts by crawling through hundreds of millions of Web pages but attempts to improve its reading and understanding competence in the process in order to perform better in the future.

6. “Sense and avoid” drones

Flying robots (aka unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones) to check power lines or deliver emergency aid have become an important and controversial part of military capacity in recent years. They are also used in agriculture, for filming and numerous other applications that require cheap and extensive aerial surveillance. But so far all these drones have had human pilots; the difference is that their pilots are on the ground and fly the aircraft remotely.

The next step with drone technology is to develop machines that fly themselves, opening them up to a wider range of applications. For this to happen, drones must be able to sense and respond to their local environments, altering their height and flying trajectories in order to avoid colliding with other objects in their paths. In nature birds, fish and insects can all congregate in swarms, each animal responding to its neighbor almost instantaneously to allow the swarm to fly or swim as a single unit. Drones can emulate this.

With reliable autonomy and collision avoidance, drones can begin to take on tasks too dangerous or remote for humans to carry out: checking electric power lines, for example, or delivering medical supplies in an emergency. Drone delivery machines will be able to find the best route to their destination and take into account other flying vehicles and obstacles. In agriculture autonomous drones can collect and process vast amounts of visual data from the air, allowing precise and efficient use of inputs such as fertilizer and irrigation.

How to Read Live News Updates

Keeping up with the latest news is easy. Thanks to the power of technology and the Internet, you can read live news feeds as the events happen. By getting the live updates, you no longer have to be the last person to get the important news going on in your community or around the world.


  1. Visit websites such as CNN.com and Fox News to read live news updates from around the world. These major news networks also provide HTML code so you can embed the live news feeds on your own website.
  2. Visit the websites for your local news station to view the live news updates from your city and state.
  3. Subscribe to SMS text alerts on the major news websites. These subscriptions are usually free. By subscribing to the text alerts, you will receive text messages on your mobile phone containing details of events as they transpire.
  4. Follow the major news stations on the “Twitter” social networking site. Because of Twitter’s popularity, many news stations such as CNN and MSNBC are utilizing Twitter as an extra tool to provide you with the latest live news snippets.

How to Write a News Article from a Press Release

You’ve received by fax or email a press release from a public relations officer promoting the latest film, or issuing a statement on behalf of a major personality, or publishing earnings for a top company. What should you do? Here are some tips on how to turn what is usually a very dull and dry press release into a full-fledged news article.

Where is the news?

  1. Skim through the press release to identify the piece of information that answers the question: Why should I care? This is the essence of news. If you don’t care, your readers most likely won’t, either. Press releases are often long. They can even be dozens of pages long. Your job is to find the one issue that’s the most interesting.
  2. Start your article with the most interesting or most unusual piece of news from the information you’ve decided is important enough to publish to the general public. This will be your news angle or the “wow” factor. For example, if the press release deals with the opening of a new Mexican grill and Sylvestor Stallone is noted as one of the owners, you could begin your article lead with “Sly likes it hot.”
  3. Write your article in a light, conversational tone and do not copy anything from the press release. This is plagiarism. You’ve got the general idea of what has happened. Your job is to make people want to know more than what you do. To do that, you have to draw them in with good writing. Press releases are usually dry and are not always written by good writers.
  4. Feel free to use any quotes from the press release in your article if you think it adds something extra to your story and don’t forget to attribute them. Ror example “quote quote,” Person A said in a press release issued by Name of Company. Note that if they quotes are boring, they will not enrich your article and instead just bore the reader.
  5. Use the contact information of the public relations officer or publicist provided at the bottom of the press release to call the company and ask for any clarifications for any information you may have not understood. You may also opt to request more information about what they have conveyed in the press release. Perhaps he has contact information of other people who would be interesting to interview.
  6. Take the initiative to interview your own sources as well. People who may offer a critical view opposite to the praising tone in the press release, or clients of the company in question. They may offer more insight and give you a much more interesting angle, making your article seem more critical and objective than a regular press release.

How Playing Sports Can Make you a Business Success

We often extol the fitness benefits of playing sports when younger, but we tend to focus on the health benefits more than anything else. While staying active by playing sports certainly has a number of health benefits that will help you throughout your life, there are other benefits that sports can have when it comes to doing well in your career.

It has long been thought that playing sports when younger can help lead to business success later in life, and now research suggests that this is often the case. So is it time you started getting involved in sports to give your career a boost?

Playing soccer in the mud

Research Shows Sports Matter in the Workplace

Lots of research has come out in recent years regarding the benefits that sporting activity can have for individuals in the workplace. One study was released by the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies and was reported in Fortune, and the research found that sports players often went on to develop better leadership skills, more confidence, and better team-working abilities.

Another report called ‘Making the connection: women, sport and leadership’ was released by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW, and it found that female executives were more likely to have been involved in sports when they were younger.

Breaking the Ice with Sport Instead of Cold Calling

Sporting events are also great places to socialize. They offer business people the potential to meet and liaise with prospective customers. Sports setting are less formal than a business meetings or a cold calls. Companies like jgmproperties.com who specialize in commercial property leases treat their business landlords with sporting ticket events, an excellent way to break the ice and warm up potentially new business. Other companies are known to organize friendly sporting matches between their employees; an innovative meet and greet by any standards.

So How Do Sports Benefit You?

There are so many ways that sports can provide you with essential skills and qualities that can help you in your career.

One of the main skills that sports teaches you is self-discipline. You need dedication and the desire to continually improve if you want to enjoy success, and this helps you to see how hard work pays off—a crucial skill at work.

One thing that employers love to see is their employees always giving their best. If you have played sports, you will know that this is always your goal. Although there will always be someone better than you, you should always try to do your best and continually improve.

Junior soccer team

Sport can also help you when it comes to making key decisions, and this can help later in life when it comes to important career.

Sportspeople are often excellent at team building. They know how to leverage everyone’s unique abilities and how respecting other people to get the best performance from them.

You also learn what it means to lose without letting it defeat you. Sportspeople know that they won’t win all the time, and when they lose they learn how to carry on and become better.

In addition, sportspeople may have a better work ethic, better problem-solving abilities, more of a desire to win, better motivational skills, and a competitive spirit that is needed in the workplace.

The Evidence: Athletes Who Are Also Business People

Not every athlete will go on to be successful in business, but there are certainly a large number of athletes who have done very well for themselves after their playing days ended (and some who have become successful business people while still playing). This suggests that the skills they have learnt as athletes could well play a role in some of their business success. A few famous names you may recognize include:

Tony Hawk, who runs is own empire that started with a skateboarding company and as well as a line of very successful video games.

Tony Hawk

Venus Williams, who started V Starr Interiors, an interior design company, and became part owner of the Miami Dolphins along with Serena Williams.

George Foreman, who made a fortune with the George Foreman Grill and now has a net worth of over $250 million.

Magic Johnson, one of the greatest basketball player of all time, who runs Magic Johnson Enterprises and has invested in fitness centers and fast food chains among other things.

Get Involved in Sports to Boost Your Career

Being involved in sports activities as a young adult instills a number of important qualities in people. These should not be seen as qualities that are only useful on the basketball court or football pitch, but as qualities that stay with the athletes throughout their lives. It has long been suspected that sporting ability could provide a boost to people in the workplace, but now studies have confirmed the link.

Even if you were not particularly active when younger, there is no time like the present to start getting into sports. You never know, the things you learn while playing sports could well help to give your career a boost.

How to Improve Your Singing Voice With iPhone Apps

If you are a singer and you want to improve your singing voice, you can download applications to your iPhone to help you practice and improve your vocal technique. The iPhone has a built-in speaker and microphone, and a 3.5-inch backlit LED touch-sensitive display for watching videos, enabling apps to analyze your voice while you sing, as well as present instructional information when you are between sessions with a live vocal coach.

Do Re3 Mi Voice Training

  1. Download David Charlton’s “Do Re Mi Voice Training” application from Apple’s App Store to your iPhone. Tap the “Do Re Mi Voice Training” icon on the iPhone’s home screen to launch the app. A piano keyboard appears.
  2. Sing different notes into the iPhone’s built-in microphone. The app picks up your voice and analyzes the sound, showing you the pitch you are hitting on the keyboard. If your pitch is slightly off, you can adjust it and see the changes in your singing reflected in the on keyboard.
  3. Start singing a specific note and hold it for as long as you can when you want to work on keeping your voice steady. The Do Re Mi Voice Training app shows you when your voice deviates from the note, so you can use the visual feedback to help you stay on note.


  1. Download WIV LLC’s Passagio app to your iPhone. Tap the “Passagio” icon on the iPhone’s home screen to launch the app.
  2. Sing into the iPhone’s microphone and watch your notes appear on the device’s display. This helps you see when you are hitting your notes properly. WIV LLC recommends that you use an optional external microphone if you are a bass singer, which the company says will give you better results for recording low notes compared to using the iPhone’s built-in microphone.
  3. Tap the “Record” button at the bottom of the screen to start recording your voice and saving the data about the notes you are hitting. Tap the “Play” button when you want to listen to a recording and analyze your vocal pitch control while you are not singing.

Vocal Training Improve Your Voice Tips and Tricks

  1. Download Easysource Hong Kong’s Vocal Training Improve Your Voice Tips and Tricks app to your iPhone. Tap the “Vocal Training” app icon on your iPhone’s home screen to launch it. A list of 18 video lessons for improving your singing voice appears.
  2. Tap the name of a video to start watching it, such as “Beginning Singing Tips,” “Posture and Breathing Tips” or “Hit High Notes.”
  3. Follow the instructions and practice the singing techniques as they are presented in the videos.

Voice Ball

  1. Download Advance-Media’s Voice Ball app to your iPhone.
  2. Tap the “Voice Ball” icon on the device’s home screen to launch the app, which has a game that helps you practice singing. Voice Ball is a voice training exercise that lets you practice singing at different volumes on command. A pink ball appears on the screen and starts moving to the right, while hurdles of varying heights appear.


  3. Sing louder to make the pink ball rise so it can keep moving forward when a hurdle appears. Sing softer when shorter hurdles appear.

What Are Forms of Communication Technology?

Think of communication technology as any computer-based method for sending and receiving information, and you include a wide variety of methods for modern communication in your definition. Communication technology comes in forms that can be broken into separate subforms serving distinct purposes. For example, the Internet, as a whole, is a form of communication technology, while individual social networking websites use technology specifically to facilitate friendly and professional conversation. Several technologies are changing our world and how people interact.

SmartphonesVery different from the brick cell phones of the late 1980s, today’s smartphones are slim, sleek multipurpose devices that allow consumers to communicate and connect from virtually anywhere. Not only can you dial a friend while taking your dog for a walk, you can check your email, read Web pages and post Twitter updates. Although the swankiest phones were once restricted to business professionals, the line between consumer and business phones is blurring, according to TopTenReviews website. With applications that enable instant messaging and gaming with people halfway across the world, smartphones, like the Blackberry, iPhone and Palm, offer numerous ways to communicate. They are quickly making ubiquitous information access a standard expectation.

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Social Networking and Social MediaWebsites and services like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Digg transform mainstream communication, altering traditional message maker and message receiver roles. Joseph Thornley, CEO of marketing and PR firm Thornley Fallis, says that social media allow people to “shift fluidly and flexibly between the role of audience and author.” Social media created a world where people become informal reporters; breaking news often hits a person’s Twitter feed before it hits the press. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, people increasingly go to the Internet to get their news, abandoning traditional newspapers. Even traditional media giants like the New York Times encourage readers to comment on their online articles in an effort to move forward with the times and encourage two-way information exchange.

Social Networking and Social Media
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VOIPVOIP, or voice over Internet protocol, gives users an alternative to using landlines or cell phones. Popular provider Skype, for example, enables free video calling between computers attached to the Internet. You can also call phones from your computer at very low rates–just $2.99 per month for unlimited calling to Canada or the U.S. as of August 2010. VOIP phones and broadband adapters for regular phones mean you can make calls with a phone-style handset and still use your Internet connection to do it. According to The Geek Stuff, VOIP won’t be as popular as cell phone calling as long as wireless Internet connections are restricted to specific locations. However, as cities create more wireless hot spots and mobile Internet becomes more affordable, VOIP could surge in popularity and encourage people to drop their cell phones.

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How to Create Vertical Scrolling Feeds

A feed displays content updated in real-time, such as the latest news headlines. Adding a feed to a website helps you keep your content up to date. Additionally, you can use a feed to display the latest additions to your site. Thanks to freely available code and widgets, adding a vertical feed to your website is easier than ever before.

Modify Existing Code

  1. Choose a coding solution, such as Google AJAX Feed API, compatible with your website. Copy and paste the provided code into a text document in a plain text editor such as Microsoft Notepad.
  2. Locate the code that sets the title of the feed. Replace the default title with the title of your feed. The documentation provided with the code should tell you where this code is located.
  3. Copy the URL of the RSS feed you want to add to your site. Replace the default feed URL in the code with this URL. The documentation provided with the code should tell you where this code is located.
  4. Locate the code that sets the feed to vertical or horizontal scrolling. The documentation provided with the code should tell you where this code is located. The code may resemble this:

    horizontal : false

    vertical : true

  5. Copy the code from your text document. Paste the code on one of your webpages.


  1. Install a feed-generating widget, like Vertically Scroll RSS Feed for WordPress, compatible with your website. Follow the widget’s instructions to complete the installation.
  2. Launch the widget’s edit mode in your content management system (CMS).
  3. Type the title of your feed in the “Title” field.
  4. Copy the URL of the RSS feed you want to add to your site. Paste the URL in the “URL” field.
  5. Set your feed to a vertical feed by clicking the appropriate button or checkbox, or selecting the item from the dropdown menu. This parameter might be labeled “Vertical” or “Top to Bottom.” Skip this step if your widget only creates vertical feeds like Vertically Scroll RSS Feed for WordPress.
  6. Save the contents of the widget or generate the feed code by clicking the appropriate button. Copy the generated code, if the widget required you to generate code, and paste it in a webpage. The feed appears on your website.

Top Undergraduate International Business Schools

In today’s interconnected world, a degree in international business can equip students with the skills to be successful in many environments. Some students take international business courses to prepare for a career abroad, while others find success in U.S. firms with offices or customers overseas. No matter where a student finds work, his intercultural communication skills will make him a valued employee. In 2010, “U.S. News and World Report” ranked these schools as having among the most outstanding undergraduate programs in international business.

University of South Carolina

  • The University of South Carolina prides itself on being home to the top-ranked undergraduate international business program in the U.S.–a title it has held since 1998. Admission is competitive. Students apply in the winter of their sophomore year of college for admission the following fall. Admitted students must have a college GPA of at least 3.5, basic foreign language proficiency, demonstrated interest in international issues and leadership experience. Once accepted into the program, students take at least four classes in international business and four classes in advanced foreign language skills. Students are also required to spend one term studying abroad at one of South Carolina’s foreign partner universities in countries such as Australia, Finland and Peru. A small number of international business majors are selected in their freshman year for the International Business and Chinese Enterprise program, in which they alternate terms spent taking classes and interning in South Carolina with terms spent learning and working in Hong Kong. After graduation, these students have the option of earning a master’s degree in international business at South Carolina in only one additional year of study.

    Darla Moore School of Business
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, SC 29208

New York University

  • Ranked second behind South Carolina, NYU’s Stern School of Business prides itself on its global focus–and with good reason. All business students, including international business majors, take a class called Global Business Environment in their sophomore year. This class introduces students to the study of international business and prepares them for the required International Study Project they will undertake in their junior year. In this semester-long project, students spend the first half of the term studying a major corporation in Europe, Asia or South America. During spring break, students travel abroad to visit the company’s headquarters and meet with top executives. Upon returning home, students spend the remainder of the semester preparing a final analysis project on the company they have studied and its role in the economy of its home nation. This unique program is fully funded by donors so that all students may participate, regardless of their financial situations. International business majors are also encouraged to spend additional time studying abroad at a foreign university or one of NYU’s nine foreign campuses .

    NYU Stern Undergraduate College
    Tisch Hall, Suite 600
    40 West Fourth St.
    New York, NY 10012

University of Pennsylvania

  • Ranked No. 3 by “U.S. News and World Report,” the International Business program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business allows for plenty of flexibility to meet each student’s needs. Students who choose the Global Analysis concentration are required to take at least five semesters of a foreign language. With more than 100 languages available at Penn, there are many options. To complete the one semester study abroad requirement for the Global Analysis concentration, students can study at any of Penn’s partner universities in countries such as Israel, Argentina, Italy and Singapore. Students who want additional study-abroad experience can apply to go on a Wharton International Program (WIP) tour. In the WIP program, a group of Wharton students takes a faculty-led tour to visit businesses and attend university lectures in a foreign country. Past WIP trips have included studying socially responsible businesses in Brazil and the fashion industry in Hong Kong.

    Wharton Undergraduate Division
    Gordon B. Hattersley Suite
    G95 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut St.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

How to Write a Newspaper Headline

The one thing that can make or break a newspaper article is the headline. A good newspaper headline is concise, informative and, at times, entertaining. When you write a newspaper headline, your goal is to hook the reader into reading the article. Writing a headline for your article is easy, if you follow these steps.


  1. Reread your article; identify the underlying theme.
  2. Express the theme in an active voice using as few words as possible. Active verbs lend immediacy to a story. If a reader sees a headline written in a passive voice, he or she might glance right over it.
  3. Keep your headline in present tense.
  4. Keep it simple. A headline is a short, direct sentence without extra adjectives or adverbs.
  5. Provide enough information in the headline to give the casual reader an impression of the entire story.

How to Create Your Own Sports Website

Sports is one of the things that allows diverse groups of people to bond over a common interest. No matter what the sport, there are fans of all walks of life who share a love of that sport. If you’re a sports fan (or fanatic), you can turn your love of sports (or a particular team) into a part-time job if you create your own sports website.


  1. Come up with a name for your website. Whatever the subject of the website will be, use that word in the name of your website. Be aware, however, that if your site will be about one particular team or team player, laws prohibit you from using the name of a team or player in the name of your website.
  2. Purchase your domain name, which is the same as the name of your website. This can be done at any domain name seller’s site. The top-rated domain name seller is GoDaddy.com.
  3. Purchase a hosting plan. This is basically Internet rental space, wherein you’ll be paying a hosting provider for the rights to place your website on their servers so that your site will be available to the world.
  4. Build your site. To do this, use a website programming language (html, xml, or xhtml). If you have no knowledge of these languages, use a website building software, such as CoffeeCup.com.
  5. Monetize your site by registering with affiliate networks. There’s a link to a list of dozens of free affiliate networks in the Resources section below.

    By using affiliate networks, you can earn commissions by using unique links that the affiliate networks provide you with. When a person visits your site, clicks on one of those links, and makes a purchase, you will earn commission.

    Depending on the theme of your sports website, you can link to books about sports, sports memorabilia, sports posters, and basketball and football jerseys, among other things.

About Isle of Man Bank Accounts

Anyone seeking to take advantage of the benefits offered by offshore banking accounts may be interested in considering Isle of Man bank accounts. Isle of Man bank accounts offer a safe, private place for depositing funds as well as ease of access.


  • The Isle of Man’s history as a financial center dates back to the 1960s, when the island sought to attract businesses by offering lower taxes. However, this led to a large number of wealthy retirees moving to the island in order to benefit from the lower taxes, and consequently a number of banks opened on the island in order to cater to these wealthy customers. Over time, the banks began seeking out expatriate customers and beefing up their investment and trust planning services. By the 1980s, the government of the Isle of Man was actively seeking to attract financial businesses.


  • Today there are more than 50 banks operating on the Isle of Man, offering customers a variety of institutions from which to choose in order to best meet their banking needs. Many of the world’s best known banks operate on the Isle of Man, so those considering opening an Isle of Man bank account can choose a bank with whose name and reputation they are familiar. These banks include Barclays, Merrill Lynch, Lloyd’s and HSBC, to name just a few.


  • There are many benefits to Isle of Man bank accounts. The stability of the island’s government helps ensure the safety of funds entrusted to Isle of Man banks. The fact that all offshore banks are regulated and must be licensed by the government also lends stablility. The island is also known for the high degree of privacy given to bank customers, provided there is no criminal activity involved.


  • Located between Ireland and Scotland in the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is roughly 32 miles long by 8 miles wide. Although the British Crown rules the nation and holds the title of Lord of Mann, the Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but is a crown dependency. The island has its own government for domestic matters, but relies on the United Kingdom for defense.


  • Many of those who choose to take advantage of Isle of Man bank accounts are expatriates and people who spend a significant amount of time traveling who need access to funds while abroad.

Apple Marketing Strategies

Few companies have made as big an impact on world culture as Apple. A company once on the verge of fading into oblivion made an incredible comeback, using a combination of savvy marketing techniques and devices unlike any previously created. Whether leaking information deliberately to generate buzz or creating commercials that stand the test of time, Apple can be considered an innovative marketing company.

The BeginningWhen it comes to marketing strategies, Apple Computers is a company that consistently works on being on the leading edge. When Apple first decided to engage the PC market, it aired a Super Bowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott. At the time, Scott had just finished directing “Blade Runner” and was considered a hot property. In the commercial, a young woman with a huge sledgehammer smashes it into a massive television screen, bathing the bald-headed drones mesmerized by the monitor in a brilliant white light. The commercial then announced the release data of the Macintosh computer. The commercial generated widespread buzz and was actually voted “Commercial of the Decade” by Ad Age.

iPods and iTunesApple excels at turning brand into market shares. When the iPod was first introduced, Apple made sure that it also had its iTunes store in place. That way, in addition to marketing MP3 players, Apple also made money from selling downloadable music. In addition, the original iTunes store sold music that could only play on iPod players, making it a proprietary marketing strategy. The strategy continued with the arrival of the iPhone and the iPad, which also use proprietary software applications.

iPhoneOnce Apple succeeded in convincing buyers that the only MP3 player worth having was an iPod, it set its sights on the next big thing — the cellphone market. In order to begin the marketing campaign, rumors began surfacing online in late 2006 that Apple was planning on looking into getting into mobile phones. To make the phone as affordable as possible, Steve Jobs worked out an exclusive arrangement with AT&T so that the cost of the phone would be underwritten by the cellphone carrier. In addition, building on the concept of the iTunes store, Apple came out with an “App Store,” allowing users to download software directly onto their iPhones. Once again, the software was proprietary and only people using iPhones could use the many apps that Apple sold. In addition, Apple offered a percentage of each app sold to the app developer, thereby guaranteeing a steady supply of new apps. As always, Apple promoted the iPhone experience as totally user friendly and unobtrusive, a definite part of the Apple marketing strategy.

Customer SatisfactionThe best marketing strategy that Apple uses is giving the customer an experience unlike any other. Apple products are aesthetically attractive and seem to have an edge that other products simply do not. In addition, when going into an Apple store for a hands on experience, the Apple staff have been specifically trained to be knowledgeable in all things Apple. This provides a customer experience created to garner customer loyalty and to build trust.

Developers and AppsOn the other hand, there are those who are dissatisfied with certain Apple marketing strategies. Some developers are not pleased that apps created for the Apple App Store have to go through Apple’s rigorous approval process in order to be accepted. With the new iAd creation that Apple has initiated, even commercials have to pass Apple’s muster, causing companies like Chanel to back out of the iAd advertising campaign. However, Apple’s marketing strategy has always been to allow developers to profit from their creations, while retaining ultimate control in order to maintain the Apple standards.

How to Embed a Sports Ticker

If you want constant updates on sports news and scores, you can get a sports ticker or “widget” for your website or social network profile. You don’t need to download or buy anything to display sports updates on your Web page. There are websites that will allow you to choose the information you want and give you a code to embed it into the HTML of your Web page for free. This is especially useful if you own a website for sports enthusiasts.

Tickers Using Iframe Codes

  1. Open your HTML editor for the page where you want to add the sports ticker. You can do this on your Myspace profile page by editing your “About me” section, or any other profile editor that allows you to include HTML.
  2. Enter this code into the HTML of your Web page or profile where you want the ticker to appear:

    <iframe src =”http://website.com” height=”44″></iframe>

    This is an “iframe” code, which will allow you to display a different Web page within a small section of another Web page (your page or profile). The height needs to be 44 pixels to fit the ESPN “Bottom Line” ticker.

  3. Copy and paste the URL for the ESPN “Bottom Line” ticker into the iframe code between the quotation marks after “iframe src=”:


    Save the HTML page and view it to see your sports ticker in action.

    For the SportzNetwork.com sports ticker, also using iframe code, copy and paste this code into your HTML:

    <iframe src=”http://www.sportznetwork.com/ticker/ticker.php” name=”ticker” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” height = “275px” width = “180px”>


FeedZilla Sports Widget

  1. Log on to “FeedZilla.com” if you want to add a sports ticker to your website that is specific to your favorite team or sports game. Choose the topic of “Sports” from the topic drop-down menu and pick the sub category that you want (“Basketball-NBA”, for example).
  2. Choose which kind of code to use to embed your sports ticker from the options under “Install this widget to…” If you are not sure which one to choose, click on “HTML”, which is the most basic code. Change the size of your ticker by entering a different size (in pixels) in the height and width boxes. You can also change the colors if you want by clicking on “Advanced customization options”.
  3. Right click on the code at the bottom of the page and select “Copy.” Open the HTML for the page that you want to add the sports ticker and right-click “Paste” where you want it to appear on the page. Save the page.

How to Invest in the Hong Kong Stock Market

The Hong Kong stock market is considered one of the world’s key indexes, and it also represents an easier path for Western investors looking to put some money into up-and-coming Chinese companies. Officially known as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the market consistently ranks among the top 10 in the world in terms of market capitalization.


  1. Do your research. Spend some time getting to know the movers and shakers on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the trends that currently define the marketplace. Remember that the performance of a few key companies is enough to send the entire market up or down.
  2. Read up on your local Hong Kong and Chinese current events and business news. The smart investor knows that politics plays a very important role in the direction a country’s stock market takes, especially in a transitional economy like China’s.
  3. Differentiate the two major Hong Kong stock markets. Understand that the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited is a conglomerate of four exchanges that merged in the 1980s and is the primary market for securities trading in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Enterprise Growth Market (GEM) is a speculative market in which up-and-coming companies that don’t qualify for the regular stock exchange can attract investor attention.
  4. Study the exchange. Decide on an industry you’d like to invest in, and look for a company that suits your risk tolerance in addition to offering an attractive profit potential.
  5. Contact a licensed stockbroker, ideally one you’ve been doing business with for some time. Laws governing foreign investment in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are complex, with considerable gray area. Ask your stockbroker whether he is permitted by law to invest in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on your behalf.
  6. Seek a licensed professional from the Chinese business community in a major city. Set up a trading account through the professional’s institution, and have her invest in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on your behalf. Remember that it can be difficult to track the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in real time, thanks to the considerable time difference between Hong Kong and the continental United States.

Why the Internet Is Important in Business?

As the 21st century continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine how business can be conducted without the Internet. The Internet has transformed many areas of the business arena, and especially communication. By drastically reducing the time required to transmit information over both long and short distances, the Internet has made itself indispensable for commercial endeavors.

Marketing and Advertising

  • The Internet has become an essential marketing and advertising tool for businesses. Some businesses do not exist in bricks-and-mortar form, and therefore the Internet, in the form of a website and online advertising, represents the entire storefront they present to the buying public. Other businesses use Internet advertising to supplement newspaper and radio advertising or in store promotions, especially when targeting younger potential customers.

Image Building

  • Most savvy business owners of both large and small ventures recognize the importance of establishing a Web presence through a website. Along with their own websites, some businesses have attempted to engage themselves in the social networking phenomenon (called Web 2.0), which began to escalate in the late 20th century. By establishing profiles on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn, businesses attempt to execute “soft” marketing to enhance their image with potential customers or clients as well as the general public.

Communication and Interaction

  • Although telephone communication is far from dead, much business communication takes place through email. Companies use email to communicate with the public and to transmit messages within the company. Additionally, real-time communication such as instant messaging (IM), Internet telephony (through services such as Skype) and even virtual meetings and conferences have become increasingly important in the day-to-day workings of business in the 21st century.

Information Gathering

  • Whether the searches take place on the Web or through specialized databases such as LexisNexis or Hoovers, Internet searching has become an absolutely essential research tool for businesses in nearly every industry. Libraries have been transformed by the Internet explosion, with much of their collections being converted to electronic records, which are made available to patrons through the Internet. In addition to accessing library records online, businesses access breaking news and stock exchange information in real time via the Internet. Businesses also conduct research online.

Remote Services

  • Many companies employ workers, contractors and consultants as telecommuters. Telecommuters can be located locally or very far away from a company’s base of operations. Companies with an international presence use the Internet to facilitate communications between their offices in varied locations.


  • Additionally, the Internet has made it easier, faster and less expensive to process payments and other transactions essential to businesses.

How to Write a Sports Article


Sports writing can take the form of a news piece that reports on a recent game or a feature article that profiles a team or player. By appealing to both sports fans and other readers, sports articles capture emotions and action through interviews and descriptions while also presenting objective statistics about the subject. Regardless of the topic, good sports writing combines strong research with vivid detail to bring the personalities and drama of athletics to life.

Craft an Eyecatching Opening

  • Your lead paragraph should grab the audience’s attention and reveal the article’s genre to readers. If you’re writing a feature article about a team or player, you might open with a sentence that reveals something about the subject’s accomplishments or personality. For example, you can give a physical description of the person, use a quote from the coach or player or paint a picture of what it’s like to watch the team play. By contrast, a news article about a sporting event might use the inverted pyramid structure, where the piece opens by telling readers who won the game, then gives highlights and details in subsequent paragraphs.

Find the Story

  • While the majority of your readers probably will be sports fans, a good sports article offers a human interest link that will draw in other readers as well. Look for a narrative that will appeal to readers’ emotions. If the team you’re profiling is experiencing their first season after the loss of a star player, for example, the story might be how they’re forging a new identity for themselves. Similarly, a news article about a game might use vivid detail to describe the most significant moments. Although readers may know key pieces of information, such as who won and why the star player left, clear description and emotion will nonetheless hook readers’ interests.

Use Direct Quotes

  • Some of the most important research you’ll do for your sports article will be the interviews you conduct with the players and coaches. Poignant, well-placed quotes from a variety of sources can create a fuller, richer portrait of the team and illustrate their personalities for readers. To gain specific, detailed responses rather than brief answers, ask your subject questions that begin or end with “why,” such as why the coach called a particular play, or why he believes his team is better than last season. Building trust and rapport with your interview subjects also is vital to gaining honest responses. Try holding the interview in a quiet place where you can have a one-on-one conversation rather than around other players or coaches.

Avoid Cliches

  • Using cliche expressions instead of original, vivid language can drain a powerful sports story of its energy and lose readers’ interests. Rather than resorting to tired expressions like “gave it their all, “blazing speed” and words like “athleticism,” come up with fresh ways to showcase the team’s perseverance and skill. The use of certain verbs also can be cliche in sports writing, such as “slam-dunk” for basketball and “scored” for soccer. Instead of using the action words readers expect, bring new life to your piece by finding verbs that vividly capture the game’s activity.

Give Statistics

  • While audiences read sports articles for the inside story behind a game or the details of a player’s life, they’ll also expect concrete data about their favorite teams’ scores and records. If you’re writing a feature article about a soccer player, for example, you’ll want to present the average number of goals he scores per game, while a recap of a track meet might include the winners as well as their racing times. At the same time, avoid using complex jargon related to a particular sport that might confuse readers who aren’t well-versed in its vocabulary. Be as specific as possible while still making the information accessible to all readers.

Types of Communication in the 1940s

The forms of communication in the 1940s were verbal, written and electro-mechanical. In the 21st century, they are verbal, written and electronic. The changes that have occurred in the past 60 years in the types of communication are the result of the technological advances that began with the invention of the transistor at Bell Laboratories in 1947.


  • In the 1940s, people spoke face to face. They also received, in groups, communications from teachers, preachers, politicians, sports announcers and salesmen. Often these messages were amplified by loudspeakers. Other communications came through broadcast radio. Two-way radio communications were coming into use for agencies such as police departments as the result of World War II military uses. Large numbers of people, businesses, agencies and institutions were using telephones for increasingly convenient and inexpensive communications.


  • Written letters and cards maintained communications between people separated by the movements caused by World War II and the postwar social and economic changes. U.S. mail was delivered twice a day on weekdays until 1950. Airmail service was available at extra cost as the closest thing to overnight delivery.

    Written wide-distribution communications were conveyed by newspapers, magazines and books. Many people had available morning and evening newspapers published independently and often in fierce competition.


  • Television broadcasting began on a very limited scale in the 1940s but most visual communication was done through movies. Newsreels and short-subject films communicated news, particularly war news, and instructional information to audiences gathered for entertainment.

    The U.S. Navy used signal lights and semaphore flags for short-range visual communication. Two semaphore flags positioned in various ways indicated letters, numbers and symbols. The signal lights used shutters attached to spotlights to allow the sender to send shorter and longer flashes of light. These were the dots and dashes of the Morse code used by the telegraph system.


  • In addition to the telephone, the telegraph and the teletype were other types of electro-mechanical communication used in the 1940s. Telegrams sent by individuals, generally on the Western Union system, were charged for by the word and so tended to be used only for the most urgent communications.

    Teletype machines were largely mechanical devices that automated telegraphy. A machine like a typewriter was used to input the communication and on the receiving end it was typically printed out on a paper tape. They were used by newspapers to receive breaking news regarding disasters, wars, and other very time-sensitive communications such as sports and stock-market reports.

How to Write Good Sports Journalism

The world of sports journalism is full of plenty of opportunities if you have a way with words. But covering sports in the journalism profession isn’t necessarily about the sports. It’s about telling a story to the audience through reporting and writing. Great sports journalists know how to lead the audience into wanting more when they write. They tease with a great hook, pulling in the reader.


  1. Be prepared when recording facts for your sports story or article. Carry a notebook and pen or an electronic device when interviewing an athlete. This can prevent misquotes from happening and can ensure accuracy.
  2. Figure out what your audience doesn’t already know. This is the reason why people should pick up the newspaper. People rarely care enough to read more about information they already know.
  3. Tease the audience when preparing your sports story or article. You want people to be entranced enough to find out what you have to say. If you watch teasers for sports on television, you can see examples of this during the broadcast. Try not to provide all the information, but just enough that the audience wants to find out more.
  4. Talk with people in charge of photos and ask them to run a picture with your story. It helps to put a face with the name or event you’re covering.
  5. Make sure you record the five W’s in reporting: who, what, when, where and why. You should learn this in journalism classes. It’s best to open with the most vital information.

Teen Summer Vacation Places

The teen years can be a time to bond with your child and build memories that will last a lifetime. For many busy parents, however, a summer vacation is about the only time available to do more than spend an evening with the kids. Whether you have a lot to spend or are operating on a shoestring, there are countless places to plan for this important trip both near and far.

Hong Kong and Macau

  • Consider an Asian vacation for a time your teen will not soon forget. Hong Kong is known as an exotic and exciting vacation destination. The ever-popular Disneyland Hong Kong has the rides and entertainment you’ve come to expect with this organization but with a Hong Kong flair. Ride one of many thrill rides, eat lunch with your favorite Disney character and catch the fireworks show at night. Ocean Park is also a popular teen hangout. This theme park features dozens of rides and attractions including the Hair Raiser coaster, a cable car that takes you high above the park from one section to another and a unique opportunity to join a professional animal guide to touch exotic animals such as penguins, dolphins and seals. Once you have spent enough time in Hong Kong, hop on the one-hour fairy ride to Macau. While there, try a thrilling bungee jump from the world’s highest jumping facility. Jumping from this 764-foot high tower will leave you with a T-shirt, a video and a thrill that will last a lifetime.
    Hong Kong and Macau are ultra-modern with Asian charm.


  • If you want to keep it a little closer to home, but still have an international experience, consider the Bahamas. Atlantis Resort is one such popular Bahama destination site. This resort complex features a 141-acre swimming area and a host of teen activities. It is also home to Ruins Lagoon, the largest outdoor marine habitat in the world, with more than 20,000 sea creatures. In the evening, your teen can hit the 14,000 square-foot Crush dance club. This ultra-modern club is designed for teens with its large dance floors, its video game rooms with floor-to-ceiling screens and its full-service cafe. Elsewhere in the Bahamas, the adventurous teen can snorkel or SCUBA dive at Stuart Cove. This guided tour will allow your teen to see sunken shipwrecks and feed reef sharks in a safe, guided tour.
    The Bahamas offer countless diving opportunities.

Wisconsin Dells

  • If you live in a hot region and seek a cooler destination for summer vacation, consider the tourist mecca of Wisconsin Dells. This community is known as the “water park capital of the world” due to the size and number of its watery playgrounds. For example, Noah’s Ark is considered America’s largest water park. This facility features nine sizable thrill rides including the Scorpion’s Tail, a 10-story high, 400-feet long water slide that begins with a near vertical drop that plunges you downward at more than 50 feet per second. The Kalahari Resort includes sizable indoor and outdoor water parks as well as live entertainment from local legend Tommy Bartlett among others. The resort also boasts several activities of interest to the teen including laser tag, miniature golf, bowling, go-karts, a NASCAR simulator and an arcade. Wisconsin Dells also has a host of entertainment options in case your teen is not a fan of swimming. Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater and the Dells 4D Special FX Theater, for example, are unique opportunities for the teen who likes the cinema, while Jeremy Allen’s Grand Illusions and the Rick Wilcox Magic Theater have the fan of magic covered.
    The Dells has a large number of indoor and outdoor water parks.

St. Louis

  • St. Louis, and more specifically the Gateway Arch, is known as the Gateway to the West. The city features the iconic, 630-foot tall Gateway Arch, known as America’s tallest national monument. This park starts with an interesting movie outlining how the structure was built followed by an odd elevator ride up the curved structure and some time of stunning views of St. Louis and beyond. While in town, take in some Cardinals baseball, Rams football or St. Louis Blues hockey if you have a sports-minded teen. The nearby Six Flags theme park includes dozens of rides and attractions including the Screamin’ Eagle and Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast. When you are done with the thrills and want to eat, navigate to “The Hill,” a large Italian area of town featuring dozens of authentic restaurants and unique shops.
    The Gateway Arch commemorates America’s westward expansion.

How to Write a TV News Package Script

http://img-aws.ehowcdn.com/615x200/ds-photo/getty/article/94/36/480297543_XS.jpgAll journalists know how to create a news story by answering the age-old questions of who, what, where, when, why and how. But doing so for a television news program isn’t the same as writing a news piece for a newspaper or a magazine; it’s a horse of a different color. As a self-contained news story, the news package contains video footage, interviews, sound bites, voice-over narration and sometimes a stand-up, which can occur at the beginning, middle or end of the story. Employ words in the narration that evoke images and sound good, especially for the introduction.

Find the Story

  • Before you begin the process of creating the news package script, complete the legwork in the field. Research the facts, interview key witnesses or people involved in the news event with your cameraman in tow. Find the common thread in the story to help track down people from whom you can get sound bites — called sounds on tape or SOTs in the industry. Remember that a televised news story has a limited amount of time, so stick to stories that your community will find interesting or important.

Compelling Stand-Ups

  • Look for good locations to complete your stand ups; as the reporter who advances the story in the field, choose a location that depicts the activity or the event in the background. Avoid repetition in the material collected from the field and keep the reporting neutral. Stick to a narrative style, ensuring that every word conveys important information. Work with the camera person to get compelling video footage — the B-roll — for the news voice overs. Also, find captivating NSOTs, natural sounds on tape, such as the sound of pounding ocean waves or rushing river during a massive storm or the chugging of a train as long as it ties into the news story.

Back in the Studio

  • Use the television studio’s script software system, template or create two columns on your page, the left for video and the right for audio. The left identifies the intro, shot or interviewee, slugs, SOT, NSOTs or voice over, while the right side contains the words for the audio portion. Each studio may have its own format and protocols for the actual script. Write the introduction for the news anchor, keeping it concise and brief. For statistical information, create any graphics the anchor can use. Review the stand-ups, the SOTs and the NSOTs, ideally you have more than just one or two, to choose the best ones to include in your package script. Ensure that the video content on the left includes the written words for the audio on the right. Use NSOTs to create natural breaks in the content.

Record the Audio

  • If you have more audio that you must record from the right side of your script, do so in the studio’s audio booth. Identify each audio track individually on the script by the protocol required for the television studio. If you must complete more than one take, ensure the audio portion of the script contains this information. Once this is completed, hand the news package script into the editor for final review. Don’t forget to include any release or waiver forms you obtained in the field from those you interviewed.

How Much Money Does an Entertainment Journalist Make?

http://img-aws.ehowcdn.com/615x200/ds-photo/getty/article/225/231/476147397_XS.jpgEntertainment journalists write or report about any aspect of entertainment, including celebrity news, as well as critique entertainment forms such as music, film, television and video games. Prospective salaries for entertainment journalists are likely to differ by employment sector and geographical location. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of May 2010, the average annual salary of reporters and correspondents was $43,780 across all industries.

Daily Newspapers

  • An annual survey conducted by the University of Georgia found that the median annual salary for journalists who held bachelor’s degrees and were employed on a full-time basis at daily newspapers was $27,500, as of 2010. Although this figure was slightly higher than in 2009 ($27,000), it represented a decline from 2007 and 2008, when the median salary for full-time journalists at daily newspapers was $28,000 and $29,100, respectively.

Weekly Newspapers and Magazines

  • The median salary for full-time journalists with bachelor’s degrees employed at weekly newspapers was $25,000 in 2010, the same as in 2009 and a decline from 2008, when the reported median salary was $26,000. Those who worked with consumer magazines earned more, with a reported median annual salary of $30,000.

Other Media

  • According to the survey conducted by the University of Georgia, journalists working in radio earned a median annual salary of $27,000, which represented a two-year decline in wages from 2008, when the median salary of radio journalists was $30,500. The reported median salary for journalists working in television was $25,400, an all-time high. The median salary for journalists writing on the Internet was reported as $35,000.

Geographical Region

  • According to the University of Georgia survey, the highest median salary by geographic region was reported in the northeastern United States and was $33,000. The west, which included Alaska and Hawaii, reported a median salary of $31,200. Journalists working in both the south (including Puerto Rico) and Midwest reported a median annual salary of $30,000.

Union Membership

  • The University of Georgia reports that journalists who belonged to a union reported a median annual salary of $38,000 in 2010, fully $8,000 more than the $30,000 median salary reported by their non-unionized counterparts. Unfortunately, only 2.4 percent of full-time journalists reported union membership in 2010, representing the lowest percentage of all years covered in the study and a decline from the 3.3 percent reporting union membership in 2009.

Entertainment Journalists by Industry Sector

  • Earnings for entertainment journalists tend to vary by employment sector. According to Clay Evans of the Boulder Daily Camera, entertainment journalists working at daily newspapers tend to be paid less than their counterparts who report on traditional news stories. However, entertainment journalists working for leading national magazines are capable of earning considerably more, as are those who find employment with nationally recognized websites specializing in entertainment news.

How to Write Entertainment Articles

http://api.theweek.com/sites/default/files/styles/tw_image_9_4/public/58450_article_full.jpg?itok=uZ1CrVsl&resize=1260x560Entertainment is a very broad term. The “entertainment industry” usually refers to celebrities, music, movies and television. Entertainment can also mean video games, DVDs, books and other pastimes that amuse us and keep us occupied. In order to write a good entertainment article or review, research the topic fully to provide factual information about your subject.

Review Your Favorite Book, Movie or Video Game

  1. Become intimately familiar with the sources of entertainment about which you plan to write. This could include reading a book, watching a movie or playing a video game several times until you know the plot points inside out.
  2. Take notes on the item you are reviewing while you are using it, so you do not forget certain details before you write your review. This can include the appropriate age group for the material, the quality of graphics on a video game and the type of extra features included on a DVD.
  3. Write a brief summary of the basic storyline so that readers will be intrigued with the book, game or movie and want to experience it themselves. Avoid giving away surprise endings.
  4. Tell the readers why you think certain sections of the material were good and why other areas did not work. Use language that supports your position, such as “the actress did not bring enough emotion to the role,” rather than “I hate this actress.”
  5. Research previous works by the same author, director or creator. Draw comparisons to the current work to give the reader a feeling for how the material you are reviewing fits into a larger scheme. Many readers of book reviews, for example, like to see how a new book compares to the author’s previous titles.
  6. Be consistent with your formatting of punctuation. Find out if the publication you write articles for prefers a particular format.

Write About Your Favorite Celebrity

  1. Gain access to an interview with the celebrity you want to write about. Unless you are already an established entertainment writer, this is very difficult to do. Personal interviews are a key factor in securing factual information about a person in the entertainment world.
  2. Research biographical information about your entertainment personality’s life. Many well-known entertainers have had their biographies published. Information obtained from authorized biographies is more likely to be accurate than that from unauthorized accounts.
  3. Watch the subject of your entertainment article on television talk shows, especially if she is promoting an upcoming movie. This is a good source for information if you cannot conduct a personal interview.
  4. Determine what angle you are going to use for your article. Like feature articles, entertainment pieces need to have a narrow focus. Write about a humanitarian issue you know the celebrity is involved in, for instance, and how he is helping the cause.
  5. Use the notes you have gathered to form an outline for your article. Outlining a large task helps make it seem smaller and easier to handle.
  6. Write out a rough draft of your article, knowing that you can edit it later. Concern yourself with getting the facts down on paper and worry about fixing typos and smoothing transitions later.
  7. Proofread, check your facts and correct any mistakes in your writing as you prepare the final draft of your entertainment article.

Man Missing for 32 Years Found Frozen in the Alps

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FRANCE: Mountain climbers in the Alps were horrified to find the body of a person who had gone missing for 32 years.

The body of Patrice Hyvert, 23, was immaculately preserved in the ice of the Mont Blanc mountain range.

The discovery of the young climber, who was training to be a guide before they went missing, was made by two mountain-climbers.

“I’ll be explaining today why emergency legislation is needed to maintain powers to help keep us safe from those who would harm UK citizens”

David Cameron

BRITAIN: Andy Coulson’s phone hacking conspiracies are only the beginning — new laws are set to be rushed through parliament to give police and MI5 access to mobile phone and internet data.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed and defended the decision, saying: “I’ll be explaining today why emergency legislation is needed to maintain powers to help keep us safe from those who would harm UK citizens.”

This announcement follows the US senate advancing legislation allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to share information on perceived hacking threats.

JAPAN: Heavy rain drenched the western-most islands today, bursting river banks and causing major landslides.

Super typhoon Neoguri downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached land, but it still pushed with wind gusts of up to 78mph.

Three people died in the atom, including a 12-year-old boy who was caught in a landslide in Nagiso, a town in central Japan.

IRAQ: Officials found 50 bodies with their hands bound and many blindfolded dumped outside a city south of Baghdad yesterday.

The bodies all had gunshot wounds, and it is feared that there have been possible nationalist killings while the battle against the Sunni insurgency continues.

All of the dead were male, aged between 25 and 40, and further investigations into the identities of the men and the reasons behind their deaths is in progress.

POLAND: Roma communities are being increasingly targeted in harassment campaigns by far-right Polish groups.

A small Roma group in Andrychow, less than 20 miles from Auschwitz, have been hit by a rally last month, where they chanted “Cyganies raus” (meaning “Gypsies out”), sparked after a pregnant Roma woman was attacked, and other ethnic Poles were attacked in revenge.

The local football club, Beskid Andrychow, has taken to patrolling the town daily, and the local Roma now say they are living in fear.

UNITED STATES: Peace and quiet was interrupted at a house in Lake Washinton, Seattle when a naked man crashed through the front door and started reciting scripture — loudly.

Police were called by the disturbed family at 2am on Tuesday, as the dad of the household ushered his wife and children upstairs, holding off the nude intruder with a baseball bat.

The naked man fled when the police arrived but he was promptly caught and taken to jail, with a stop by the local hospital when he admitted to having taken LSD.

How to Contact MSNBC News

Perhaps you have a breaking news tip, an important photograph to share or want to comment on an article or news story on MSNBC, but don’t know whom to contact. Because MSNBC operates both a television news channel and a news website, it can be hard to determine exactly which department would handle your query. Luckily, the 24-hour news service offers a number of ways to contact staffers working on a variety of shows and broadcasts.


  1. Get in touch with the author of an article on the MSNBC website by clicking on the name listed on the top of the article. This should take you to an email address, although according to MSNBC, not every writer has an email address.
  2. Send a letter to MSNBC if you can’t find an email address for an MSNBC writer. Letters can be sent to: MSNBC on the Internet, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052. If you are writing about a particular article, be sure to include the URL. (You can find the URL in the web address bar at the top of your Internet browser.)
  3. Click on the “discuss story” button at the bottom of MSNBC.com news articles to add your comments to the comment section. After you click “Discuss,” a box will appear for your comments. When you are finished posting, click the “Post Your Comment” button.
  4. Email the staff at one of the MSNBC news shows by clicking on MSNBC TV from the list of NBC shows on the top of the MSNBC website. Each individual news show is displayed. If you click on the show that interests you, you will usually find an email address for that show in an “About Us” section.
  5. Write to MSNBC TV if you prefer not to email. The MSNBC TV address is: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112
  6. Dial (212) 664-4444 to speak to someone at MSNBC news if you have important information and can’t wait for a response to an email or letter.

How to Start a News Channel

Provided you have the capital and media industry connections, you can start your own commercial news channel and broadcast to thousands. However, if you’re just starting out and are on a limited budget, finding other ways to get started in the news broadcast business isn’t that difficult, especially with Internet access and public access channels. Start a news channel and gain the experience and reputation needed to succeed in media.


  1. Explore media avenues. Realize that the Internet and blogs dominate news delivery today. Choose your format and think about bringing news to the public via more than one format. Know that cable public access television channels are usually free for participants as long as the required training is completed successfully. Start a news channel at your university, college or high school as another option. Exploit public radio, television and Internet for news coverage, reporting and broadcasting.
  2. Sign up for your own channel with such websites as “channelme.tv” or discover other Internet television (ITV) sites, such as “Operator11” and “ManiaTV,” which offer live television services and live ITV set up. Subscribe to create a television network. Realize that some ITV sites offer user “channels” and other ITV sites offer user “networks.” Follow site directions for setting up your live ITV channel or network once becoming a subscriber.
  3. Develop your own news website, such as an authority site or expert blog to draw in a crowd of news junkies. Write about world events, politics and other news while you direct visitors to your news channel. Start a news channel related to your web site.
  4. Check out your local public access television station. Take the required training to create your own show and start a news channel. Produce your own news show for free until you gain the necessary viewership and experience to grow a commercial news channel. Volunteer at local public radio stations and start a news channel. Take advantage of the free airtime and existing listener base.
  5. Ask appropriate school officials about starting a news channel at local schools, colleges and universities. Keep in mind that you don’t always have to be a student to get a news program started, but it helps. Recruit student volunteers to run the news station.

Influence of American Culture on Chinese Culture

The history of Chinese culture can be traced back more than 5,000 years. Although different periods were based on a number of different cultures, including Han, Mongol and Manchurian cultures, rapid introduction of American cultural influence began in the late 20th century and continue to present times. While older Chinese people may reject some American influences, many younger Chinese people adopt foreign practices and concepts easily.

Fast-FoodIn the past, fast food in China was considered a street vendor serving one of many unusual local specialties or noodles. However, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its first restaurant in Beijing in 1987. This initial opening has now lead to the introduction of other American corporate fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. In addition, local versions of fast food, including noodle shops and hamburger restaurants that cater to more local tastes, have now become popular.

ClothingWestern clothing began to become popular in China in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Throughout the Republic of China on Taiwan, Western forms of dress have continued to be popular to the present day. However, during certain periods in the People’s Republic of China, Western clothing was shunned in favor of traditional Chinese peasant clothing. In recent times, U.S. brands such as Nike and Adiddas have risen in popularity. U.S. fashion trends, like T-shirts and blue jeans, are as popular in China as in the West.<>
Internet UseIn the late 20th century, the Internet was virtually unknown in China. In the past 10 years, Internet use and the influence of U.S. companies like Google and Yahoo has surged in China, thus bringing searchable information into the Chinese culture. The availability of information has brought foreign concepts and influences, many from the United States, into Chinese culture. In 2010, Google began forwarding all Chinese Internet searches to its Hong Kong servers in retaliation for hacking on Google user accounts. Google claims the hacking was initiated by the Chinese government, which categorically denied any involvement.

MusicU.S. and European-style rock music has heavily influenced Chinese popular music. Musicians like Wu Bai and other popular rock bands borrow from U.S. rock traditions, while adding influences of Chinese music. The resulting popular music is very different from traditional Chinese music, but is still distinctive to the Chinese culture.

HollywoodHollywood movies influence tastes and views in Chinese culture. From fashion to beliefs about desirable lifestyles, Hollywood movies mold viewpoints of many Chinese people, especially young people. Hollywood movies sometimes introduce concepts foreign to traditional Chinese culture, such as certain ideas on personal freedom.

How to Start a Sports Website

If you are passionate about sports, starting a website will help you share that passion with other people around the world. A sports website is a platform for updates on teams, player trades, statistics and scores. It is also a good way for a community of sports fans to interact with each other via comments. In addition, if your sports website generates enough traffic, you can make a little extra money on the side with web advertising.


  1. Choose a web hosting company that offers the ability to stream video for websites. There are many hosting companies to choose from (see Resources). Avoid free web hosting companies, as most don’t offer enough storage space for the uploading sports media and will also use your website for their advertisements.
  2. Select a domain name. It’s a good idea to create a domain related to sports and is easy for people to remember. Check to see if the domain name is still available. There will be different top-level domain options to choose from. If you plan to sell products or advertisements on your website, go with .com for commercial. If your website is based on an organization, such as a soccer league, choose .org.
  3. Design your sports website using the built-in design tools offered by your hosting company. Some hosting companies, like GoDaddy, will charge you a small fee to use their site builder, while other hosting companies, like Yahoo! Web Hosting, have free design tools to help create your website with no experience necessary.
  4. Consider buying a professional sports template. This will help make your website stand out, without the worry of website designing. You will, however, still need to publish content, upload media and insert links. Ask your hosting company how to install a website template into the web host so it appears on the Internet when you publish the site.
  5. Create sports-related content. Write biographies of famous players. Upload photos of sports events. Upload audio content of sports experts talking about the latest sports news. Upload video content from YouTube or other video sites on sports- related material to make your site more interesting. Add a poll asking sports fans’ opinions about the latest deal. Install a forum that allows people to have conversations with each other, or a comment box underneath each post so people can comment about the latest news.
  6. Consider adding a sports widget application to your site. A widget is a application that you can put into your blog or web page to allow for new updates, such as real-time scores, directly to your website. Doing this can make your site more attractive, deliver the most recent news, and get your visitors to stay around longer.
  7. Review your website. Check to see if there are any problems that slow down the loading of your website. Make sure your links are placed in the right place, preferably right on top so your visitors know where to navigate when they first visit your website. Check to see if your website browser is compatible—it should look good in Internet Explorer as well as Mozilla Firefox. Select a font that looks professional. Comic Sans or bright green will make the site look amateurish. Proofread any content text for grammar and punctuation errors. Publish your content when you are finished reviewing and ready to make your website available for people to visit.

How to Submit a Press Release to the AP News

http://www.submitmypressrelease.com/images/unlimited-press-release1.pngIf you have a significant news item you want to share through a press release, you can consider submitting the press release through one of several wires online. However, these services generally charge a fee. If you only want the press release to go to the Associated Press (AP), you can simply submit the press release to AP directly.


  1. Determine if your press release needs to go to a specific department. Other than the main department, the Associated Press has four additional sub-departments. They include sports, arts and entertainment, business news, lifestyle and news features.
  2. Email your press release in the body of an email to info@ap.org. If the release falls into one of the sub-departments, include the department in the subject line or in the body of the email.
  3. Mail your press release, if you’d prefer, to the AP’s headquarters. The address is:

    Associated Press

    450 W. 33rd St.

    New York, New York


  4. Mail your press release to a local AP affiliate, if the press release is of regional or local, rather than national, significance. Visit the Associated Press resource link and select your state from the link to view the address.

How to Block MSNBC RSS Feeds in Outlook

Subscribing to a Really Simple Syndication news feed is a convenient way to get the latest news headlines and information delivered direct to your computer’s email application, Web browser or dedicated feed reader program. If you’ve subscribed to the MSNBC news feed and later want to unsubscribe from the service, then you might have encountered problems when you try to delete the feed from Microsoft Outlook. This is because the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system synchronizes feeds between the Internet Explorer Web browser and Microsoft Outlook email program. To delete and block the MSNBC RSS news feeds from Microsoft Outlook, you’ll need to disable synchronization in the program’s Common Feed List before deleting the feed from Outlook.


  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook. Click the “File” tab in the main menu, and then select “Options.”
  2. Click the “Advanced” tab. Click the check box beside “Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows” to clear and deselect this option.
  3. Click “Mail” in the Outlook left-hand navigation pane.
  4. Click the “RSS Feeds” folder to display a list of subscribed RSS news feeds.
  5. Click and highlight the MSNBC RSS news feed folders. Press the “Delete” key on your computer keyboard. Click the “Yes” button in the confirmation dialog box. Repeat this step for each MSNBC feed that you want to delete.

List of Universities in Hong Kong

Government encouragement of international student enrollment, liberal scholarship programs and affordability, and world-class research programs are all reasons to consider university-level study in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of islands off China’s coast. Many university classes there are taught in English. Four Hong Kong universities in particular rise to the top of the lists compiled by Times Higher Education in 2013 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2014.

University of Hong Kong

  • Founded in 1910, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest university in Hong Kong. Times Higher Education ranked it the third-best university in Asia in 2013. In 2014 the research university was in the process of forming a Center for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology, a Developmental Genomics and Skeletal Research center and a Control of Pandemic and Inter-pandemic Influenza center. The school’s researchers in 2003 were the first in the world to identify the cause of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. For the 2013-14 school year there were 27,000 undergraduates and 7,000 staff members.

Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • The 339-acre Chinese University of Hong Kong campus overlooking Tolo Harbour is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong, according to the school website. The campus includes libraries, museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts and a water sports center. Its researchers are published in the journals “Science,” “Nature” and “The Lancet.” The university is composed of nine colleges and 18 areas of excellence for research, including the Center for Organelle Biogenesis and Function, the Historical Anthropology of Chinese Society center and the Center for Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology.

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Founded in 1991, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology overlooks the Clear Water Bay peninsula. Scholars at the university had applied for 149 patents and received 80 as of 2014. University scientists are working on 753 funded projects on a research budget of $548 million Hong Kong dollars, about $71 million in U.S. dollars. Faculty at the university come with degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Caltech, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford universities. The school has 250 exchange programs and its executive MBA program was ranked best in the world in 2013 by the “Financial Times.”

City University of Hong Kong

  • The City University of Hong Kong has student exchange agreements with 100 schools in 28 countries. The university has seven colleges with 24 academic departments. For the 2013-14 school year the university had more than 800 professors, including more than 300 in science and engineering. For the 2012-13 school year the university had 1,735 research projects underway with a research budget of $975 million Hong Kong dollars, about $127 million U.S. dollars. Of the students who graduated in 2013, 88 percent were employed and 8 percent were enrolled in post-graduate programs. Sixty percent of the 2013 graduates with jobs worked in commerce and business.

How to Ask TODAY Show’s Willard Scott to Announce Someone’s 100th Birthday

Turning 100 is an enormous celebratory event. Make the day more special for your centenariAdd to a 100th birthday with a special on-air announcement.an by including the birthday in a broadcast of NBC’s “Today” show. Willard Scott has been announcing 100th birthdays, special anniversaries and more for decades. Contact the show to see if your special relative or friend’s bid day may be announced as part of an upcoming telecast. Include the critical information requested by the show, or the birthday won’t be considered for announcement.


  1. Write to the show and include the information requested for the announcement. Send in a recent photo (that you don’t want back), centenarian’s name (with hints on pronunciation, if necessary), birth date, address and something special, such as a hobby or piece of advice from the celebrant. Also include your address and phone number for the show to contact you.
  2. Mail the information to:

    Willard Scott Birthdays

    TODAY show, NBC News

    4001 Nebraska Avenue NW

    Washington, DC 20016

  3. Email the show with the information at willardscottbirthdays@nbcuni.com, if you prefer. Attach the photo to the email and include a telephone number for the show to contact you.
  4. Wait for the show to call. Since the show receives more requests than it can fulfill, only those contacted by the show will have their 100th birthday announced.

How to Watch CNN Live on the Internet

CNN (Cable News Network) has become a part of American television culture. It was the first network to broadcasting news and news-related programming 24 hours a day, CNN delivers live news to viewers around the world. News junkies can get their CNN fix online, too. By accessing CNN’s website, users can view live video of breaking news stories as they broadcast using CNN’s Live Player tool.


  1. Open your browser and navigate to CNN’s homepage (cnn.com).
  2. Click on the “Video” tab.
  3. Click on the link to the current story next to the “Live on CNN.com” option in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on this option will broadcast any live content CNN is running at the time you access the site.
  4. Click “Launch Live Player” to view CNN broadcasts live online.

How to Become a TV Show Host

It’s somewhere between a journalist and a celebrity. Television show hosts are the face in the family living room of everyone’s favorite news, science, health, sports and entertainment shows. If you have an ever-curious intellect, a friendly personality and an ability to talk to just about anyone, this high-profile job might be the one for you. Getting there takes some skills, hard work and sheer luck.

Degrees of Success

  • As with most jobs, a degree is the ticket you need for employers to take you seriously. While there are no degrees in television hosting, some degrees will be more helpful than others. Top choices include degrees in communications and journalism, while other helpful ones can be drama, media or social sciences. Make sure you have some coursework in public speaking. Depending on the type of host you want to be, you may need specialized knowledge such as history, political science or natural science.

Hard and Soft Skills

  • TV show hosts need a combination of soft skills and technical skills. Soft skills include self-confidence, a clear voice, interpersonal skills, improvisation skills, the ability to work calmly under stress, the ability to think and speak quickly. You adapt to new information as soon as it presents itself. You are prepared for surprises and can continue to talk even while processing. Your curious mind is supported by verbal mastery of such skills as listening, leading conversations and being able to ask incisive questions. You also need to have teaching skills, as you will be teaching your audience while leading guests through their topic of expertise. Technical skills include a basic knowledge of television terminology and operating procedures, the ability to keep presenting while hearing instructions through an ear piece, working with a teleprompter and the ability to operate sound and video equipment.

Genuinely You

  • Part of what you need can’t be learned in school or on the job: You have to be you and you have to have a great personality. “To be a good host, you need to be very comfortable in your own skin,” said television host Suzanne Sena, quoted in a Backstage.com article. “It’s vital that you feel confident and comfortable, so that you can then make your audience or on-camera guests feel comfortable as well. They will feed off your energy — or die by it.” She recommends having a natural curiosity and a genuine interest in talking to people. You need to express your personality through your language skills, such as pronunciation and enunciation, and through the way you move. Use your whole body to communicate.

No Substitute for Experience

  • Television hosting is a competitive field and you’re not going to get in without some experience. Start by building a network of contacts through media and broadcast associations. Offer to host as a volunteer for non-profit organizations that are having television broadcasts for fundraisers or other events. Volunteer for community cable or educational shows to gain experience. Many local access stations will accept non-profit shows that you could host. Apply for internships at television stations, especially local ones. Make a newsreel of yourself that is two to three minutes long and shows your hosting skills and personality. Send this newsreel on CD, DVD or via email to broadcasters, producers and agents. Another option is to work your way up by getting another job at a television studio and letting your boss know what your career goals are.

Entertainment Reporter Job Description

http://img-aws.ehowcdn.com/615x200/ds-photo/getty/article/225/53/456985812_XS.jpgEntertainment reporters cover a wide range of stories for various media outlets. Although the name may conjure up one-on-one interviews and schmoozing with hot, A-list celebrities, your rank-and-file entertainment reporters are hard-nosed, gritty journalists who snuff out and investigate news. Like their counterparts covering other industries, they make decisions every day about what&#039;s the most important information to convey to their audience.

Entertainment Reporting

  • Entertainment reporting is one of many specialties a professional journalist can go into. They cover arts and entertainment in their respective areas, writing articles, broadcasting news stories or web posts. Their knowledge spans TV and movies, music and radio, the online world, as well as fashion, trends and other elements of pop culture. Higher level entertainment reporters often have greater access to celebrities and may become trusted media critics.

Education and Training Requirements

  • Reporters generally are graduates of one of the 1,500 journalism degree programs located throughout the country. Entertainment is considered “a beat,” or a specialty in many media organizations, which means you&#039;ll have to have a few years of general assignment reporting before you&#039;ll be considered for an entertainment reporting gig. When you go for your first job, expect stiff competition and a lot of freelance and part-time opportunities. In fact, unpaid internships are a standard route into most reporting jobs. Experience with producing, editing and web posting will always be a plus.

Helpful Characteristics

  • To be a good entertainment reporter, it helps to be a pop culture junkie. You&#039;ve got to have a pulse on what&#039;s happening in television, radio, print publications, social media, fashion, school campuses, business, and politics–and that&#039;s in addition to having an ear to the ground in the particular segment of the entertainment industry you&#039;re covering. Not only will you want to break news on a rock band&#039;s split, your daily bread will be reporting everything from their concert dates, TV appearances and philanthropic activities to what they&#039;re wearing. Moreover, multitasking is the name of the game, especially when a big story drops. It also helps to get over being star-struck.

A Day on the Job

  • Although you&#039;ll get more than your fair share of press junkets, interviewing cast members in studio or on the red carpet, your daily work will be considerably more grinding. You&#039;ll be skimming press releases, chasing leads, verifying tips and rumors, attempting to get quotes and scouring for “the money shots” for your next broadcast, Web post or print run. Remember, entertainment reporters work in New York and Los Angeles, but also in Dallas and D.C., so the same work applies to “local celebrities” though you may be called a social reporter in some areas.

Salary Ranges

  • Entertainment reporters at local and small media outlets can have starting wages in the range of $30,000 to $35,000 as of May 2008. On the higher end, some notable entertainment reporters, like Ryan Seacrest and Joan Rivers, command multi-million dollar contracts.

How to Renew a Chinese Visa

Business in China is all about who you know, so finding a good visa agent is the best way to ensure a hassle-free renewal of your Chinese visa. If you would like to do it yourself, which is cheaper, you must renew your China visa if it is about to expire and you are in China. This can best be done in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Immigration Office, Shanghai’s Entry and Exit Bureau in Pudong or in your country of residence at the Chinese Embassy of Consulate.


  1. Have a valid unexpired visa in hand. Otherwise, you would not be renewing for a visa, but instead applying for a visa. If granted in Shanghai, a tourist (L) visa can only be renewed twice for 30 days each, allowing you 90 days in the country total. If granted in the U.S., it is possible to get a 60-day renewal, while some countries do not allow the renewal of Chinese visas. Contact your local embassy or consulate to find out for sure.
  2. Gather your passport, one photo-sized photo and a photocopy of the pink registration you got at the police station when you entered China. At the office, be prepared to wait several hours.
  3. Be prepared to wait three to seven days for the processing of your renewal. In China, this may entail making travel accommodations to, from and in Hong Kong or Shanghai. The wait at pickup should not be as long–most likely, 30 minutes to an hour. At the Shanghai office, there is the option of picking up the visa in person or having it delivered to your home or office for a fee.
  4. Bring an extra photo when taking your renewal forms to the offices if renewing in Hong Kong or Shanghai. With this, officials will provide an official temporary passport for traveling the week without your passport.
  5. Bring any proof of travel accommodations for your trip, especially your flight info, just in case. Officials will want to know that you don’t plan to stay beyond the time limit you are allowed.

How to Shoot a Television News Story

http://commons.bcit.ca/update/files/2014/11/IMG_8632.jpgTelevision news pieces might look spontaneous, but they follow a formula. Whenever you shoot a story, keep the editing process in mind. As a cameraman you’re part of a team that includes the editor, reporter, and anchor.


  1. The actuality is the portion of the story that shows what is happening. If you’re covering an event like a fire, you’ll need to show it with a variety of camera angles, long shots to establish the context, medium close ups to show people, and close ups for details. It’s okay to rehearse a move before committing it to tape. You’ll save time in editing that way. You want to give an editor maximum flexibility. Construct your shots so that they can be used three ways. Begin by holding on your opening for 5-10 seconds. Make your move such as a pan, tilt or zoom smoothly. Finish on your closing shot for the same 5-10 seconds. That way your editor can choose the beginning, end. or the transitions with a bit of both.
  2. Make sure that you shoot plenty of detail in cutaways. If you see anything that is remotely interesting, shoot it in close up Don’t be afraid to linger on a shot so that the voice over that will ultimately accompany your story has plenty of time.
  3. Even though you are shooting and not writing, keep in mind the universal questions that each journalist will ask: Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. Answer these questions visually and you’ll make life easier for your news writer or reporter.
  4. It’s a good idea to use auto iris to get a starting point for exposure, but then adjust your f stop accordingly. If you leave your camera on auto iris, you could have some unintended anomalies in your video. Last week, I was shooting a gang summit in Los Angeles in a warm school gymnasium. I wanted to use auto iris because the light varied throughout the room and I had to move the camera on one very long shot, however a couple of the participants picked up some white hand fans supplied by the sponsors. Every time one of them picked up one to cool herself, the image would darken.
  5. Frequently as a cameraman you’ll be called upon to do the interviews. Whenever possible, put the camera on a tripod. Tell your subject to stand still, focus, and lock the camera down. Stand right next to your camera and ask your questions. Make sure that your interview subject looks at you and not the camera. Get into the habit of always asking your interview subject to identify themselves, give their affiliation and spell their names.
  6. In contrast to the interview, reporters will deliver their information directly to the camera. I like to frame stand ups so that we have a clear sense as to the environment in which the story occurs, framing a reporter waist up in a medium shot. Pay special attention to the lighting on the reporter. If you make him or her look good, you’ll be asked back to repeat your work. Most news crews don’t carry one, but I find that a flex fill reflector is worth carrying for stand ups in bright sun. If positioned right it can fill in the shadows and show a reporter to his best.

How to Write an Audio-Video Script

http://www.eltteacher2writer.co.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/covers/AudioScripts.jpg?itok=0nb0CjFmAlthough writing audio-visual scripts is a creative undertaking, some technical aspects must be considered. Just like business letters, college reports and essays, guidelines and rules govern the writing process.
Free-form documents look amateurish and can be difficult for audio-visual professionals to understand. Professional writers follow simple layout guidelines to get their ideas across to readers efficiently. Here are the basic scriptwriting formats that screenwriters and news producers use for entertainment productions and news programming

Movies and Television Shows

  1. Identify the backdrop of the scene. Begin by telling the reader if the action happens indoors or outside by using the abbreviations “INT.” for interior or “EXT.” for exterior. Follow this up with a succinct description of the location followed by a dash and a time reference. This section should be bold face and written in all capitals. For example: INT. RESTAURANT — NIGHT.
  2. Insert dialogue. To signal that a character is talking, center-align his or her name and write the dialogue left-aligned below. Write character names with capital letters but write dialogue text normally.
  3. Describe action happening in the scene. Signal when characters enter or exit the scene and describe any important action with detailed passages. Italicize and left-align these descriptions.

Television News

  1. Write the slug, or name of your story, at the top of the page.
  2. Format the rest of the page so you have two columns. The left side is primarily for the technical staff. The right side of the page is primarily for the on-air talent.
  3. Write the name of the person you want to read the story on the top of both columns. Use capital letters.
  4. Next make note of the video format you want to use in both columns using capital letters. Use “ON CAM” if you want your talent on screen and nothing else. “VO” means video only. Use this when you have video footage that you want your anchor to talk over. “SOT” stands for sound on tape or sound bites. “PKG” stands for package, a complete stand-alone video story with its own voice-over track and cuts of video. Make sure these video format commands line up on both sides of the page.
  5. On the left column write down any additional information about the video that would be useful for the staff. You may want to include tape numbers and the title of the video you’re using. For packages, include the “TRT” or total running time and an out cue, the final words of voice track.
  6. Write the script on the right column. Use capital letters for anything your talent is going to read on-air. Use lower and uppercase lettering for scripts that are recorded and will be played back–packages and SOTs for example.
  7. Write down any CGs or computer graphics you want on the left. Common CGs include names and locations.

How to Become an Entertainment Reporter

The entertainment industry can be a whirlwind experience for the actors, singers and other performers who are the face of it, but there is another exciting facet to the field — entertainment journalism. Becoming an entertainment journalist can be incredibly rewarding and exciting, but it takes the right mix of hard work, education and professional connections to become successful as an entertainment reporter.

Get a Journalism Degree

  • A bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement for becoming an entertainment reporter. Since entertainment reporting is still a facet of journalism, a related degree is your best bet for getting into the field. Degrees focused on broadcast journalism, journalism or communications are typically the most sought after by employers. A degree in these fields will help you develop the journalistic aptitude needed to research and craft an engaging story that will captivate your future audience as an entertainment reporter.

Learn to Write Better

  • Writing is a necessary skill for any reporter, including those who focus on entertainment. Take every opportunity to practice your writing skills. For instance, writing for a blog or your school paper may not only help you develop your writing skills but also familiarize you with journalism writing. Knowledge of AP-style writing is critical if you’re going to work in journalism, so take advantage of as many opportunities to write for a newspaper or professional publication as you can so that you’re familiar with this writing style commonly used in journalism.

Get Internships

  • A good way to get your foot in the door of entertainment reporting is to secure as many internships as possible. Look for an internship in broadcast journalism or for a print or online publication. Apply for opportunities that put you in the mix of entertainment reporting. The more experience you acquire, the better your chances of becoming an entertainment reporter.

Make Connections

  • The entertainment industry depends on connections as much as it does on talent, if not more. Be sure to reach out to others in the industry and make a positive name for yourself while moving up the ranks. Connect with mentors while interning and also make sure to support others who may also be trying to break into the business. If you sow positive relationships now, you’ll have an easier time cultivating the benefits of those relationships later.

How to Watch MSNBC Live on the Internet

Keeping up with the news, even when you’re on the go, is relatively easy. Whether you’re at the office without television or traveling, you can tune in as long as you’ve got a high-speed Internet connection. If you have a laptop, computer or portable device with Internet capability, there are a variety of ways you can tune in and watch MSNBC live and absolutely free.


  1. Visit the official MSNBC website and click on the MSNBC TV link in the left-hand toolbar. During the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can watch the programming as it airs. During off hours, you can watch repeats of the day’s shows, such as “Morning Joe.”
  2. On other devices, such as a smartphone or iPod Touch, access the live MSNBC feed by visiting the Channel Chooser website.
  3. Click on the MSNBC link in the menu options on the site, and it will open to the live news feed in your browser.

Types Of Headlines


Different types of headlines are used in journalism; the specific type used is based on the structure of the news story. Print media is geared toward informing the public on various topics. An important aspect in getting and holding the attention of the public is through the use of attractive headlines, no longer than one, two or in some cases three lines. Headlines should summarize in a few striking words the news story featured under it. The point is to get the attention of the reader and draw him into the story.

Flush Left Headline

  • This is one of the more modern headline forms in use. It consists of two or three lines of headline, each one set flush left to the left side of the space. The design is simple and allows freedom in writing the headline. No rules govern the writing of the flush left headline; however a uniform style for better results is generally adopted. This type of headline is popular because it is easy to write, allows flexibility in unit count and provides a feeling of airiness to the page with the white space.

Banner Headline

  • The journalism industry is highly competitive, and attracting the attention of the readers, viewers or listeners is the most important thing. The audience should have a reason for choosing a particular newspaper, television channel or radio station. Headlines play an important role in attracting attention, especially in print media. Banner headlines are words printed in extra large letters across the top of the front page of the newspaper on extremely important stories; they are not used frequently, but when they are used, they have significant impact.

Inverted Pyramid Headline

  • There are distinct advantages to using the inverted pyramid headline style for news writing. People often are in a rush and seldom have time to read every word of a story. The advantage of the inverted pyramid headline is that it concentrates on presenting pertinent facts first. With inverted pyramid stories, the most important information goes in the first paragraph, and the less important information follows to the very end of the story. The inverted pyramid headline generally consists of three lines — the first runs across the column and the other two lines are shorter than the first line. The headline is created from the informative facts presented at the start of the story, giving the reader the most important points quickly.

Cross-Line Headline

  • The cross-line headline is quite similar to a banner headline. While it is a large headline, it does not span the entire width of the page, but it does run across all the columns of the story it pertains to. The cross-line headline is one of the simplest types of headlines, consisting of a single line and one or most often more columns in width. It can run flush on both sides of the paper or it can have the words centered over the columns. This type of headline is generally used when there is more than one column for a story and to produce a formal look.

How to Create a Sports Newspaper Headline

Sports newspaper headline writing is unique in that no other type of story offers as much room for clever wording. It’s different from other types of news in that you can cover the basic facts while simultaneously being clever, even for a basic, garden-variety game recap. The trick is to strike a balance between being factual but not too cute. Much depends on the nature of the story, but by following a simple formula, sports headline writing is a fun endeavor.


  1. Understand the story. Read it in its entirety. Granted, you probably are familiar with the basic gist of it, especially if you are an editor for a small publication where you are both the managing and copy editor. The key is to read what your reporter said about the event, as this is the best way to get an accurate handle on what the best headline will be. You never know what angle she may have taken. For example, you may know that the Reds played the Cardinals, but did you know that the game was saved by an unlikely hero? That would definitely affect your headline.
  2. Know your publication’s specific requirements, as some may be a bit more liberal with what you can say. For example, look at a “New York Times” sports headline versus an ESPN.com headline. The former is dry and to the point no matter how momentous the event, whereas the latter lives and dies by the pun. Once you know what your publisher and supervisors want, you will then be able to better craft a good sports newspaper headline.
  3. Use key words in your sports newspaper headline. Search engine optimization (SEO) styles of writing emphasize this in order to bolster readership, but even traditional print media outlets need to cover as much of the basics as possible in their sports headlines. For example, if a game was won on a miracle play, you want to note the significance in the headline. But simply writing “What a Game! Cubs Win!” won’t do. Instead, opt for “Miracle at Wrigley: Cubs Outlast Cardinals 10-9 in Extra Innings.”
  4. Review the headline after spending a few moments away from it. Ask yourself if you would be enticed and would want to read the story. Remember, in a sense, you are responsible for your reporter’s readership. It’s not fair if he has written a great story only for it to be ignored because of a lackluster headline on your part.
  5. Showcase an angle that readers haven’t thought of yet. Sports fans are an esoteric bunch, and it’s a safe assumption that many already know the results of the events. What feature of the headline will make them want to read more? The trick is to say a lot with a little, a Hemingway-esque touch that will serve you well in terms of writing a good sports newspaper headline.

How to Watch CNN Live on the Internet

CNN (Cable News Network) has become a part of American television culture. It was the first network to broadcasting news and news-related programming 24 hours a day, CNN delivers live news to viewers around the world. News junkies can get their CNN fix online, too. By accessing CNN’s website, users can view live video of breaking news stories as they broadcast using CNN’s Live Player tool.


  1. Open your browser and navigate to CNN’s homepage (cnn.com).
  2. Click on the “Video” tab.
  3. Click on the link to the current story next to the “Live on CNN.com” option in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Clicking on this option will broadcast any live content CNN is running at the time you access the site.
  4. Click “Launch Live Player” to view CNN broadcasts live online.

How to Invest in the Japanese Stock Market

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) is the principal Japanese stock market and is one of the world’s largest, listing over 2,000 Japanese companies in addition to several dozen foreign companies. In terms of the monetary value of the exchange volume, the TSE is one of the top stock markets in the world.


  1. Get familiar with the three major indexes used to track developments in the Tokyo Stock Exchange. These are, first, the Nikkei 225 index of major companies as chosen by Japan’s most popular business paper, the “Nihon Keizai Shimbun.” The second is the TOPIX index, and the J30 index is also commonly used to track Japanese big business.
  2. Open a trading account with a large, well-known brokerage. To invest in the Japanese stock market, your order will have to be routed to a licensed member of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Larger brokerages have the best and most reliable access to TSE members.
  3. Deposit capital into your new trading account, keeping in mind that it is unwise to place all your eggs in one basket. Make sure you have a contingency fund in place to cover your back in the event you lose your shirt in the Japanese stock market.
  4. Work with your financial adviser to identify Japanese companies that you want to invest in. If you prefer to do your own digging, a good place to get started is on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s official English-language website (see Resources below).
  5. Research Japanese companies using the same methods you would use to research domestic companies. If you have no experience researching stocks, pick up a comprehensive introductory guide to stock investing from your local bookstore and spend some time reading before you head into the real world. Keep in mind that it may be difficult or costly to obtain copies of Japanese companies’ financial statements.
  6. Place an order to buy the Japanese stock of your choice with your brokerage. Your stockbroker will then forward your request to a Tokyo Stock Exchange member for filling. The time delay involved may mean that the actual price of the stock could differ from your quote by the time your order is actually processed.

How to Block MSNBC RSS Feeds in Outlook

Subscribing to a Really Simple Syndication news feed is a convenient way to get the latest news headlines and information delivered direct to your computer’s email application, Web browser or dedicated feed reader program. If you’ve subscribed to the MSNBC news feed and later want to unsubscribe from the service, then you might have encountered problems when you try to delete the feed from Microsoft Outlook. This is because the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system synchronizes feeds between the Internet Explorer Web browser and Microsoft Outlook email program. To delete and block the MSNBC RSS news feeds from Microsoft Outlook, you’ll need to disable synchronization in the program’s Common Feed List before deleting the feed from Outlook.


  1. Launch Microsoft Outlook. Click the “File” tab in the main menu, and then select “Options.”
  2. Click the “Advanced” tab. Click the check box beside “Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows” to clear and deselect this option.
  3. Click “Mail” in the Outlook left-hand navigation pane.
  4. Click the “RSS Feeds” folder to display a list of subscribed RSS news feeds.
  5. Click and highlight the MSNBC RSS news feed folders. Press the “Delete” key on your computer keyboard. Click the “Yes” button in the confirmation dialog box. Repeat this step for each MSNBC feed that you want to delete.

How to Open a Hong Kong Bank Account

http://www.corporationhongkong.com/images/hk/banking.jpgHong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with a population of seven million people. The city has recently been regained by Chinese sovereignty from British rule. If you are living in Hong Kong, you may want to open a bank account instead of transferring your money to an account in a different country. While you may not need a lot of documentation, you must open an account in person instead of online.


  1. Go to a local Hong Kong bank. Some of the largest banks in the city (and found throughout the country) are “Bank of China” and “HSBC.” When opening an account through one of these two banks, you have access to hundreds of other branches throughout the country while a smaller bank in Hong Kong is not lcoated in other areas of the country. A Chinese bank account is similar to European and American accounts as the money is insured and you earn interest on your savings account (although the exact interest rate varies depending on the bank).
  2. Request to open a banking account. Opening an account is not limited to Hong Kong residents. All travelers and foreigners will be able to open an account at an established bank. There are no IRAs in Chinese accounts, but you will be able to open as many savings and checking accounts as you desire.
  3. Fill in the paperwork. Most large Hong Kong banks will have English forms since there are many English speaking businessmen and women who travel through China and must open accounts for business transactions. You must include your name, passport information, home address (your U.S. address is acceptable), the type of account you plan to open and a utility bill.
  4. Present your passport so that the bank tellers may verify your identification. Obtain a copy of your paperwork, then submit the required deposit amount. Once the money is placed into the account, you are free to begin using your Hong Kong bank account at your disposal.

How to Make Your Home Page MSNBC

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/816795/images/o-MSNBC-WEBSITE-facebook.jpgCustomizing your computer allows you the freedom to put the things that you use most often at your fingertips. You can even customize your Internet browsing experience by setting your home page to a site that you use frequently. MSNBC, the Microsoft and National Broadcasting Company, provides news stories and entertainment, as well as online content related to their television broadcasts. If you want to easily access the site every time you browse the Internet, you can set it as your home page.

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer from your toolbar, desktop, or Start menu. Your browser may open with one or more tabs depending on the preferences you have set.
  2. Surf to MSNBC by typing msnbc.com in the address bar.
  3. Click the arrow next to the home button in the upper right toolbar on your browser. The home icon looks like a house. Scroll down the list until you highlight the “Add or Change Homepage” line and click it. A new window opens with three options. Choose the first option “Use this webpage as your only home page” and click the “Yes” button.
  4. Close the current browser that you have open. Open a new browser window to confirm that the settings have taken effect and you are getting the most up to date news from MSNBC.


  1. Open Firefox from the desktop icon or your Start menu. Firefox opens to the page that is currently set as your home page.
  2. Navigate to the MSNBC website by typing the Web address into the address box at the top of the browser.
  3. Click in the address bar to completely highlight the Web address for MSNBC. Press Control and “C” simultaneously to copy the address.
  4. Select “Tools” from the toolbar menu and select “Options.” In the “Options” dialog box, find the “Home Page” options under the “General” section. Click in the text area and press Control and “V” to paste the MSNBC Web page address. You can also click the “Use current page” button. Click the “OK” button to save and exit the “Options” dialog box.
  5. Close any remaining Firefox windows and open a new one for the changes to take effect.

Hong Kong Hotels Near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

One big advantage of staying at a hotel near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station in the heart of Tokyo is that you can reach any major attraction on the peninsula by train. Tokyo is one of the safest cities in the world and offers first-class shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

The Intercontinental Hong Kong

  • The Intercontinental Hong Kong is a waterfront hotel less than five minute’s walk from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR subway station. It is also 300 meters from Nathan Road, a shopping area known as the Golden Mile because of its jewelry shops. The nearest airport, Chep Lak Kok International (HKG), is a 45-minute drive. Rooms feature Wi-Fi Internet access, cable TV, DVD and CD player, mini-bar, refrigerators and air conditioning. Handicapped accessible rooms are available. Amenities include a sauna, spa, business center, swimming pool with sun deck and terrace, airport shuttle service, fitness center, ATM, babysitting services, mobile phone rental, concierge services, patio, restaurants, bar and laundry services. Guests dine at the Pool Terrace for breakfast and have a choice of five restaurants for lunch and dinner serving French, Japanese and Cantonese cuisine.

    The Intercontinental Hong Kong
    18 Salisbury Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
    Hong Kong, China

The Imperial Hotel

  • The Imperial Hotel is 60 meters from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station entrance and a 30-minute drive from the airport by hotel shuttle. Local attractions within walking distance include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Waterfront and the Hong Kong Space Museum. Rooms come equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities, cable TV, mini-bar and ironing facilities. Amenities include currency exchange, laundry services, airport shuttle, concierge services, babysitting services, car rental and room service.

    The Imperial Hotel
    30 Nathan Road, Kowloon
    Hong Kong, China

The Langham

  • The Langham is less than five minute’s walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and a short walk from local attractions like Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong heritage discovery center. Rooms and suites feature queen-sized beds, flat-screen TV, CD and DVD player, iHome audio deck, Internet access, ironing facilities and a safe. Amenities include a fitness center with trainer, gym, swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, spa and health club. L’Eclipse restaurant, located in the hotel, serves Chinese, Western and Asian food. The Main St. Deli is also open for snacks 24 hours a day.

    The Langham
    8 Peking Road
    Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui,
    Hong Kong, China

What Are the Benefits of Twitter?

Twitter is a social networking web application that provides users with the ability to share information. Twitter users post status updates, news, jokes, events and other information. Posts are limited to 140 characters and can be sent from and received via text messaging in addition to traditional desktop applications. The brief, “micro-blog” format and ease of mobile posting allows users to post and follow up-to-the-minute news.

Stay Connected

  • Using Twitter to post about daily life allows friends and family members to keep in touch. Many people post on topics such as road trips, raising their children and major life events, allowing those close to them to feel more connected on a daily basis. Clubs and other groups use Twitter to stay connected between face-to-face meetings, allowing them to more frequently discuss common interests and share the latest news. Twitter has often brought people together simply because they live in the same community and use Twitter, building a “neighborly” atmosphere. Local Twitter users who have nothing more in common than simply location will meet in face-to-face meetings called “Tweet-ups.”

Stay Informed

  • Following the local reporters, politicians, businesses and private citizens who post information about the community allows followers to keep in touch with current events. Community posts often include traffic reports, weather, local news, special events, restaurant reviews and other information useful to locals and visitors alike.

    National and world events, from sports and entertainment to major breaking news, draw a lot of attention from Twitter users. Many people at the site of an event may be posting, providing followers with eye witness accounts from a variety of perspectives. Large scale events, from television shows to natural disasters, become the topics of enough posts and discussion to appear as Twitter “Trending Topics,” giving Twitter users an idea of what is current, important and popular.

Promotion and Outreach

  • Individuals, businesses and organizations can use Twitter to promote themselves, drawing attention to events, raising awareness about their products and services and creating “buzz” around their brands. Many businesses have integrated Twitter and other social networking tools into their customer service and support systems.

    Watching for and responding to mentions of their brands, businesses can take a direct hand in managing the buzz around their business. Businesses can reward those who spread a positive message, often with a simple expression of gratitude. Negative coverage can often be circumvented by reaching out to unhappy customers to help resolve their issues.


  • Many Twitter users, even those who tend to read instead of post, have taken advantage of the wide range of businesses, expertise, opinions and knowledge easily accessed via Twitter. By simply searching Twitter posts, it is possible to quickly find informal reviews of a product or service. Often, users will pose a question and quickly have recommendations, ideas and offers of assistance in response. People planning a vacation can get recommendations from the locals on where to eat and what to do. Many businesses have customer service quickly and easily available, providing direct assistance when possible and guiding customers to the appropriate level of help when necessary.

How to Write a Sports Feature for a Newspaper

Almost every newspaper in the country has a sports section. A good feature story is one that readers will re-read more than once. Here’s how to achieve that.


  1. Come up with a theme. If you are featuring a basketball star, you may want to focus on his drive, in which case most of your questions should be related to this. Then you will get answers that are different from the ones the star normally gives. Instead of asking. “Where did you grow up and what did you do as a kid?”, ask “What was the earliest age when you felt a drive to pursue basketball?” Continue by asking “How did your family respond to your drive?” You will get much better answers when you stay with a theme.
  2. Conduct the actual interview. Be sure to be polite and ask questions in a respectful manner. Remember not to badger the star. You are not there to expose some ugly truth about the sports star. You are there to get a little better insight into how the player thinks and lives his life. Also, don’t make the star wait for you to write every answer down by longhand. Ask permission to use a tape recorder so you can go back over the interview later.
  3. After the interview, open a word processing document on your computer. Start writing immediately after the interview while everything is fresh. If you wait too long to write the feature, it will be out of date and people’s interests will have changed. A feature article should be relevant to the moment.
  4. Edit your article. But first, give yourself a little time away from the computer. When you come back to the article, you will be refreshed and will be able to see mistakes that you wouldn’t have seen if you just edited it right away.
  5. Submit the feature, along with any pictures you were able to get to the publisher of your newspaper. Nowadays, you can email the document and photos straight to your boss. That way he or she can look it over in a matter of minutes and decide if any changes need to be made.

How to Make a Sports News Article

Sports fans have notoriously strong opinions, and many would love to be a sports journalist voicing those opinions. With blogs, anyone can make a sports news article, but writing a good sports article needs to involve a detached calmness and sticking to the facts. A sports article also needs to be fairly short and should either capture the excitement of a sports event or underline a brilliant individual performance or career. The article should also entertain.


  1. Think of what sports you both like and are knowledgeable about and decide what sort of article you wish to make. You can write either a general article about a sports personality or focus on a sporting event or a sportsman or sportswoman in the news.
  2. Research your article thoroughly and display your knowledge to enhance any article. If you are writing an article on a recent sporting event, then you can include a brief history of the event, including when it began, which team or person has been the most successful in the event’s history, etc. Show that you have a thorough knowledge throughout your article, without overloading the reader with technical issues. For an article on an individual, then their outstanding achievements should be included, as well as some of the low points of their career.
  3. Write your article in a nonpartisan way. If, in a soccer match, one team has obviously been far superior to its opponent, your article should reflect that, but it should still look for some good aspects of the beaten team’s performance. One or two players might have played well on the beaten side, for instance.
  4. Try and get actual quotes from sports personalities. It might seem that many modern sports stars are inaccessible, because they have an entourage surrounding them. However, check social networking sites like Twitter, and see how many sports personalities engage with the general public rather than only fellow celebrities. Always ask permission for using a quote, if you are going to use any response gained in this way. Quotes are often as important as a report, but they should not be distorted.

How to Make a Collage From News Headlines

Make a large collage of headlines from newspapers and you will create a work of art and also document the times you are living in. Headlines, dramatic or humorous, often catch people’s attention and are riveting to read. Start this creative project by saving headlines in an envelope, and soon enough you will have enough to start a collage. Read on to learn more about how to make a collage from news headlines.


  1. Obtain a canvas to start your project. Give it a basic coat of white paint and let it dry for at least one day.
  2. Cut out headlines from newspapers and magazines. Collect enough headlines to fill the size canvas you have picked out. Try to use headlines that are very visually enticing and discuss issues of interest.
  3. Use glue to adhere the headlines to the canvas. You may either line the headlines up in a neat fashion or arrange them in a random order with spaces in between. Be creative, set the mood of the work of art by deciding ahead how you will arrange the headlines on the canvas.
  4. Group similar headlines together or arrange them randomly. Use different size headlines and look for headlines with unusual type faces to add interest to the overall look of the project.
  5. Document the world you are living in by using headlines in art. The work of art will be a statement about today’s world and will only grow more interesting as the years go by. When you have glued enough headlines to the canvas let the glue dry over night. Then cover the entire canvas with shellac and let it dry for several days.
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