Let’s play CHRISTMAS NEWS BINGO

To ease myself back into the blogosphere (what a hideous word), I’m going to make some predictions for some of the season’s classic news stories. Let’s play CHRISTMAS NEWS BINGO!

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Responsible reporting about diabetes

Any of my regular readers will know that I am a relatively recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic. If you are a new reader, hi, I’m Kayleigh and I’m a relatively recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic. Potted history: diagnosed in October 2012 following seven months of very obvious symptoms, was hospitalised with severe diabetic ketoacidosis, have…

How Autographer could revolutionise photojournalism

I have a very love-hate relationship with technology, and as such I am very rarely excited by new gadgets and gizmos, but I have finally found something that really gets my pulse racing. Meet Autographer, the wearable camera which automatically takes up to 2,000 photographs a day without the wearer having to do a thing….

Vote for Soup du Journalism in the UK Blog Awards

Hello beautiful followers! Just a quick one today – my blog is up for a UK Blog Award and I would really appreciate it if you could vote for Soup du Journalism! It’s super quick to vote and I’d be so grateful to anyone who takes the time to do it. If you’re a new…

The long-lasting impact of a short story

Short stories are irresistible. While the novel is sprawling and unfurls over hundreds of pages and weaves together dozens of storylines and twists and characters, there is little I love more than the brutal, screaming impact of a short story. When I talk about short stories in this post, I will be referring to short…

Back in the game

Hello! I’ve been crazy busy recently and nothing is showing any sign of slowing down at all. In fact, it’s all about to explode with the BIG WORK CHRISTMAS PARTY (my first ever office Christmas party! It’s finally happening!) which looks amazing and various other festive events to look forward to. This weekend I’m chilling…

Awesome autumn

Hello! So, as you may or may not know, autumn is far and away my favourite season. ‘Autumn people’ are also my favourite people. If you prefer the bright, brisk mornings and moody, mumbling evenings, welcome on board. You’re one of me. As such, I’ve been having a great few weeks, not least because I…

Moving on up

Hello! I have been spectacularly busy as of late, lots and lots of freelance work to do and a very busy schedule in general. I have also just started playing Civilization V and I’m pretty hooked. LETHAL game. Anyway, the big news in my life is that last week I discovered I have been offered…

Why I want to be a travel writer

Every single time I tell someone I have trained as a journalist, one of the first questions is always ‘What type of journalism do you want to do?’ I always stumble through some non-committal spiel about wanting to ‘work in magazines’ or ‘write features’, but that’s not really it at all. I love reading news,…

Should bloggers worry about SEO?

Hello! So, as some of you may know, a lot of the work I do has at least something to do with SEO. It is mostly writing SEO-friendly copy that reads naturally and functions as informative, engaging content for websites so that visitors actually find it useful. I always think about the SEO as being…

The disappearing act

Hello! I know, I know, another excuse-laden post about the fact I’ve gone AWOL. I’ve been very busy with all sorts of things recently, so blogging has very much fallen by the wayside! I’ve had some interesting extra little projects going on recently to keep the writing ticking over, and admittedly a lot of non-writing…

Freelance writing: The good, the bad and the unpaid invoices

Despite the fact I only graduated last week, I have been officially working as a freelance writer for six months already, and unofficially for another year or so before that. Lots of people ask me how I find working for myself, and as with everything, there are good and bad things about being freelance. If…

If you Wannabe my lover

  Hello! As you might be able to tell, I was Friday’s Featured Wannabe in the Wannabe Hacks newsletter. I don’t know why I said ‘killer portfolio’ and I kind of hate the fact I did but aww, look at my little face! The eye operation was a roaring success and now I can see…

Appointment #8452

Hello, I’m back from Madrid! When I have some spare time and have put my photos on my laptop I’ll write my city review, but for now I can sum it up by saying 44 degree heat, meat and so many chispas. All will become clear, little ones. The title today simply stems from the…

Etiquette: The dying art of good manners?

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” These were the words of Clarence Thomas, an American Supreme Court Judge. This quote, of course, extols the virtues of etiquette, seen by many as a dying art. But why exactly do people have so little regard for having good manners these days? Few schools…

Using Google Maps in journalism

The thing I really love about web journalism is the fact you have all these tools to play with to create a really interactive form of journalism. Don’t get me wrong: I love a physical newspaper, but the things you can do online give it a whole new dimension. For some people, it’s unnecessary embellishment……

A second finale

Hello! I’ve been up to my eyeballs in work recently. The perils of freelancing I suppose! When I’m not in the office I’m still working pretty flat out. It’s what I’m used to, but fortunately I get to lose a massive burden from my life on Tuesday; the ‘second finale’ I refer to in the…

Internet dating tips from the experts

It’s that time again on Soup du Journalism… we’re back on everyone’s favourite topic, online dating! This time, however, we’re not scrutinising any websites (though watch this space as I have a special one up my sleeve). I’ve been speaking to the people behind some of the biggest online dating sites to find out what…

A Weekend in Paris: A city review

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Paris with one of my friends, Sia. We found a deal on a voucher website for three nights in a hotel in Nanterre, about 20 minutes outside central Paris on the RER, with Eurostar travel included, so we snapped it off and on Friday…

Happy birthday journalism career!

Hello! A quick one today as I’m snowed under, but a year ago today, on 16th April 2012, I started the NCTJ at Journalist Works. My decision to train as a journalist was the best I ever made and despite the cost, I have no regrets. Everyone agrees that I was right to do it…

Kayleigh Tanner the business

Hello! I’d apologise for my absence but I’m not even sorry this time. I’m in the final few weeks of my degree (ergo, the final few weeks of education forever) and working more than full time hours for my various clients. Yes, clients. Because… this morning I registered as self employed so I am now…

Auti-Sim: The game that shows you how it feels to have autism

“SHUT UP. Why can’t I make it stop?” An interesting thing happened when I started to play Auti-Sim. My browser, laden with tabs upon tabs and massive, complex web pages froze. I couldn’t close it, I couldn’t click anything. Everything on my laptop became unresponsive. Everything, that is, except the cacophony of distant screaming and…

A stressed mess

Hello, Nothing much in the way of journalistic endeavour to report today I’m afraid. I do hope you don’t see this update posts as a cop-out, but why let my boring life stand in the way of a new blog entry? Basically at the moment I am SO STRESSED. I have my final exam EVER…

Sigur Rós at O2 Academy Brixton 07/03/13: A review

The only thing you need to know about me is that my true love in life is Sigur Rós. Icelandic ambient post-rock isn’t for everyone, but they’re perfect for me. This is why, last autumn, I was sat at my computer desperately refreshing as the tickets for their London gigs were released. I booked a…

My pick of the free Brighton Festival events

I WISH I had enough disposable income to attend the entire festival, paid events included, I really do. I love Brighton Festival. However, I’m up to my eyeballs in student debt and I’m realistic about what I can afford. Some people would say that attending an arts festival in your own city is a bit…

Soupe de l’année: A year on

Hello and welcome to post #100 of Soup du Journalism! Incidentally, the weekend just passed saw the first birthday of this blog. Aww! So, to commemorate these two excellent events colliding at once, I’m going to run you through a year in the life of Soup du Journalism and its owner (me). OK, so I…

Best Tips for Public Speaking

Here we have Soup du Journalism’s first ever guest post! Journalists need to be able to speak out in front of people, whether it’s pitching an article or branching out into broadcast journalism, so check out these tips from SdJ’s first guest blogger! From an experienced professional speaker, learn about ways to make sure your…

All about the News

Hello! Well, this blog is on a right old comedown from the day I posted about the journalist’s voice – I suppose this is the problem with creating hit material, right? I jest, of course, but it’s quite the fall from grace – guess which day I posted that: I’ve been working a lot in the…

An exciting development for Soup du Journalism

Hello mes amis! Firstly, I would like to thank you all for reading my last post about the presence of the journalist’s voice in an article. It sparked debate in the comments, on Facebook, on Twitter and in person, which was great! Secondly, I’m pleased to announce that I am opening up Soup du Journalism…

You heard it here first

Hello! Now, as I’m sure you’re all very aware by now, I interviewed Jack Buckby (though at the time he requested that I use a pseudonym for him owing to the massive amount of abuse he was getting about his beliefs). I did my absolute best to maintain a neutral, factual stance on the way I…

Connecting with the world like it’s 1999

Hello! This week has been a technological explosion in Tanner HQ. There are several reasons for this: I have upgraded my phone from a BlackBerry Curve to a Bold.  Not a massive leap, but I actually quite like the combination of the keypad and a touchscreen, which makes web browsing a lot easier. Onto this…

You are what you eat, which is why I’m a pancake

Hello! I’m only too aware of the fact that my blogging has slowed down significantly recently, and I do apologise for that. However, I have just started a new job, and juggling that and my final year of uni and maintaining some sort of social life keeps me very busy indeed. Today I wrote my…

Why I don’t regret spending nearly £4,000 on my NCTJ

My NCTJ diploma is the most important qualification I will get in my life. GCSEs? Worthless. A levels? Fun, but overwritten by my degree. Degree? Haven’t enjoyed it anywhere near enough to warrant the amount of money I’ve spent on it and the amount of time spent ploughing through essay after endless essay. The NCTJ…

Exciting developments

Hello! The exciting news here is that I am employed! I will be working in Haywards Heath in the realm of internet marketing and SEO, which will involve article writing, blogging and learning the basics of HTML and SEO techniques. I’m very pleased, very excited and very relieved to have a job! I can honestly…

A teenager’s conversion to Christianity: An interview with Leon Ronan

Brighton is often described as ‘the UK’s most godless city’. With more Brightonians than ever choosing not to commit themselves to a religion in the census, with a particular prevalence of non-religious young people, it was somewhat surprising to find out that 18-year old Leon Ronan recently converted to Christianity. “I was always an agnostic,”…

The Soup du Journalism 2012 roundup!

Hello and welcome to this very special post where I summarise this soupy, soupy year with a rip-roaring ride through this very blog and the most popular entries since its conception in March! An interview with Sophia Danielsson-Waters: Around the world in not-80 days Let us start with my interview with my friend Sia about…

The post-festivity slump

Hello, This is the only time you’ll hear me say this, but I was very glad to see my blog views slump over Christmas. I’m very reassured to know that I have readers who aren’t glued to their screens all over Christmas and that you switched off and hopefully enjoyed the day! My Christmas was…

Canteen: Great British Food book review

Canteen: Great British Food might be the most exciting looking book I own. An enigmatically simple brown paper cover, with its title and authors printed in large black capitals. And that’s it for the cover. No enticing, steaming plates of food or enthusiastic chefs captured in the middle of some dynamic kitchen sequence. No gimmicks….

Statistics Anonymous: Why are stats so useful for bloggers?

Lots of you reading this might be bloggers yourselves. Maybe you do it professionally, or maybe it’s just a personal venting ground. Either way, I’d probably enjoy reading your blog. Blogs of all sorts are great. But what use is a top quality blog with hilarious/ informative/ groundbreaking content if nobody can find it? That…

Seasons Eatings!

Hello! The title today is in honour of the fact that my Ceviche review is now online for you to read! It’s nice to have something else published by a different website… what can I say? I’m ALL about the diversity. What I’d really love is for you to like it, share it, tweet it, comment…

My first taste of magazine journalism

Hello! I’ve spent the past couple of days doing some work experience at Men’s Health. I am LOVING it so far, I must say! OK, so I may not be a man, but I am very healthy (excluding the diabetes which isn’t even my fault) and I’ve very very interested in health, nutrition etc., so…

Feeling manly and healthy

Hello! The title is a massive lie. I feel neither manly nor healthy. I had an excellent bath earlier with all the Lush products in the world and now smell of vanilla, and I sound like Gollum at the moment. The title is, of course, a reference to the fact that my Men’s Health work…

Celebrate by Pippa Middleton: A book review

Being a massive fan of her perpetually elegant sister, I had to snap up a bit of the Middleton magic when I heard that Pippa Middleton had released a book. Celebrate is, unsurprisingly, a book dedicated to all things celebratory, and is, in a rather twee fashion, split into four sections by season. Pippa kicks…

A taste of things to come

Hello! This week has been great! It’s been extremely busy, but in a really good way. Firstly, I carried out my first ever restaurant review at Soho’s Ceviche, which will hopefully be appearing on the Flux Magazine website soon, so I’ll link to that once it’s online. It was great fun, and to be honest…

A quick blast of Teeline

Hello! Just a quick Friday treat today – a lot of people find this blog by Googling ‘how to write ___ in Teeline’, so I thought I’d post the responses to some of the most recent searches. Top row: light, baby, animal Middle row: hello, I love you, dog Bottom row: Teeline shorthand, question, this…

Back in busy-ness

Hello! I know, I know, more appalling blogger behaviour on my part… though in my defence, I have been blogging, just over at Bete It! In the way of journalism, I’m starting to get some more things set up. Tomorrow I am interviewing the founder of the new, and insanely cool, Peruvian restaurant Ceviche for Flux…

Unhappy birthday to me

Hello, All is quiet on the Western front journalism-wise at the moment, what with my return to uni (ish – more on this later) and the horrific time I’ve been having generally coming to terms with my big diagnosis. My next post will be inspired by this post from Brighton Journalist Works, from which I…

Portfolios and a major life change

Hello! Once again, I’m sorry for my absence, but I have the most legitimate reason of them all this time! About a week and a half ago, I was rushed into hospital, suffering from a severe form of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which led to a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. It’s the ‘unlucky’ type rather…

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Hello! Again, apologies for my appalling lack of blogging! Genuine reason though – our student house has no internet, so I’ve been going out of my tiny mind with boredom all week. I’m now back in Brighton to use the home internet, busting a gut trying to get my PA feature finished for my portfolio….

A wild laptop appeared!

Hello! So sorry for my absence, as per usual my laptop has been broken and has been ‘being repaired’ by the hopeless, incompetent fools at PC World’s KnowHow. The only thing they KnowHow to do is send back my laptop in exactly the same broken condition. We’re paying a FORTUNE for our laptops to be…