Filming with GirlsTalkLondon

On the first Saturday of February 2015, history was made for a start-up organisation that is all about connecting women with Senior and leading women in competitive & male dominated industries. Girls Talk London filmed a new panel web series aimed … Continue reading

Hackney Dog Kennels

For this week’s newsday, my group and I went to investigate Hackney’s new dog kennels.

This week Hackney council opened ten new kennels, providing extra shelter for the borough’s stray and abandoned dogs this winter.

With spaces for up to two hundred and fifty dogs, this should make a real difference to our furry friends during the festive season.

Mollie Malone reports.


Reporter: Mollie Malone

Producers: Ashna Hurynag & Barnaby Fry


Reporting for City News

“Ashna Hurynag. City News”

As part of my journalism course, every Thursday we make an as-live news programme called ‘City News’.

Yesterday, I joined up with two other peers to form our mini news squad. Our task was to go out and fetch a story in order to build a television news package to fit into the live show.



We decided to pursue the story of Camden Council launching a new petition to get fairer compensation for residents of the Borough who’s housing will be affected by the new High Speed 2 railway line.

With some luck, raw journalistic talent and haphazard FCP editing skills, here’s what came of our newsgathering.


What has the entertainment industry done to us?

Food for thought

This time last week I spent the whole day giddy with excitement awaiting the MTV Video Music Awards 2014 – was that because I was attending the prolific event, ready to walk the red carpet and eagerly anticipating sitting in the grand Forum in Inglewood, CA rubbing shoulders with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran?

No, no it wasn’t.

I was in fact just so overcome with excitement purely about watching the awards on television.

Shamefully, I squealed as Beyonce, Jay-Z popped onto the screen, and found myself taken in by the illustrious array of musical talent that was on display.

It was as if I was on a high from the moment it started till right at the end of the show and found my adrenaline furiously pumping – but why? It was bizarre, and from inspecting Twitter, it seems I was not alone.

We’ve turned into leeches feeding off the gossip, glamour and gaudiness of celebrity pop culture.

Why has celebrity culture involved us so? And why are we obsessed or addicted to their lives?

These are questions which have been asked again and again, and people are often quick to blame the media for over-advertising celebrities’ impossible ideals.

How has the world of celebrity become such an investment?

It sickens me to see the amount of money that has gone into surgery enhancements and beauty modifications.

But I’m a hypocrite.

I adore make-up just as much as the next ‘girly’ girl, and would love to have longer eyelashes and whiter teeth. However, I’m fully aware that I crave these adjustments to my appearance in an effort to look more ‘beautiful’ – just like these ‘beautiful’ celebrities we see on screen and in magazines.

There’s undoubtable pressure to look a certain way – this is wrong. But sadly we live in a fickle society of judgement. And despite Beyoncé’s attempt to tell me that ‘I’m beautiful the way I am‘, I can help watching her perform and like every other Yoncé fangirl wailing: ‘I just want to be her!’

If only I were 5 years old again, when I hadn’t a clue what mascara was, and when I would never think to put any pink gunk in my hair for added ‘volume’.


The Hype: Day 3

Is anyone else struggling to keep up?elec1In recent revelations, it appears 5000 views on YouTube wasn’t enough for this SURHUL election candidate.

The viral lyric-dubbed song has annihilated the other candidate videos by smashing the competition with its mighty 27,451 views and 369 ‘thumbs-up’.  However it’s sure to rocket even more thanks to the support of BBC Radio 1’s producer Chris Stark, who played the candidate’s song live on the Scott Mills Show just after 2pm today. If that wasn’t enough, the video has also been uploaded to the BBC Radio 1 website and Twitter page.

With the Daily Mirror, The Independent and Buzzfeed all spreading the word, the power of the internet is incredible and has not ceased to amaze me in these few days.

This Royal Holloway Sabbatical candidate is truly riding the wave of success and fame. But the real question is, how will they fare in the SURHUL elections in which only Royal Holloway students are eligible to vote?

Only time will tell, but I don’t think this candidate will ever forget the events of the last few days. Who knows what this will lead to – but this is definitely one for the CV.

A x