Amy Coles

Aspiring features writer currently studying for a MA in Newspaper Journalism at City University.
Ex Online News Editor for The Leeds Student
Ex Web Editor Lippy Magazine

How WaPo and The Financial Times are honing their products through smart testing

How has the advent of mobile phones changed the way readers consume content? And how can content companies adapt to economise on the rise of distributed platforms to reach readers? According to Julia Beizer, Director of Product at The Washington Post, “the problem to solve really isn’t the journalism”, but the way it is consumed. Therefore, the role of a content company today, Beizer says, is to access the competing needs of news content, alongside the design and the development of it. At The

Why we all knew Carol couldn't win at the Oscars

If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that Hollywood is racist. From the Oscars to the British Academy Film Awards, accusations of prejudice and whitewashing have hit the film industry after minority actors were excluded from the majority of award nominations. Gender controversy has also been addressed, including the way in which it’s reported; the #askhermore hashtag in particular demanded that female actors were asked about something else than the dress they were wearing on the r

Student hands out Christmas hampers to homeless people in Harrow

A student who moved to London to study was inspired to hand out Christmas hampers to Harrow homeless people after being shocked at the numbers sleeping rough in the capital. Melvin Moyo, 23, from Bradford, moved to Wembley in September to study commercial music at Westminster University. On his first day in London he spoke to a homeless man at Euston Station who told him he had lost his home after his wife died and had struggled with alcoholism since. Mr Moyo says he was inspired to bring a se

Green-fingered volunteers sought to clean up neglected garden

An gardening enthusiast is appealing for volunteers to help her transform a neglected public garden into a space that will benefit the community. Artist and photographer Rita Gayford, of Hornsey Vale, was inspired to put her green - fingered talents to the test after she discovered the garden on the corner of Harold Road and Tottenham Lane had been left to “fall by the wayside.” Having spent hours tidying the space on her own, she decided to look for help and contacted cllr for Hornsey, Adam J

Woman chopping 12 inches off of her hair to make a wig for a child with cancer

A PR manager is appealing for sponsorship as she prepares to chop 12 inches off her hair to make a wig for a child with cancer. Meagan Woolf, 34, a PR and marketing manager working in Stanmore, is part of a group of six women who plan to give their hair to Zichron Menachem - an Israeli charity supporting sick children throughout their treatment. The ceremonial hair cutting will take place in July 2016, when the charity will be bringing a group of children to visit London and take a break from

Campaigners beg council to rethink "barbaric" autism cuts

CAMPAIGNERS staged a protest to urge councillors to rethink “barbaric” cuts they say will leave adults with Autism isolated and at risk. Haringey Council will close three day centres for adults with autism and complex learning difficulties in the next year. But campaign group Save Autism Services Haringey (SASH) have fought the closures since 2014 and in a last ditch attempt, are calling on the council to revaluate. They fear vulnerable adults could be left at risk without vital support from

Students walk out of class to protest changes in UK immigration rules Islington Now | Islington Now

Islington College students have walked out of class to protest changes to the government’s immigration rules. More than 60 people left classes at City and Islington College on 17 November to oppose spiralling visa costs; a lack of financial support for asylum seekers in higher education; and the removal of work visas for international students. The 10.30am walk-out, which was followed by a rally outside the main college building on Blackstock Road, was part of  ‘Students4Migrants’, a national

Campaigners urge people to 'stand up and fight the Tories' at council meeting

CAMPAIGNERS urged people to “stand up and fight the Tories” at a council meeting on Monday. Haringey Council held its full council meeting at the civic centre, in Wood Green, where issues affecting the town were discussed. Before it began, Haringey Defend Public Housing Group staged a protest to stop 3,600 homes from being demolished in Tottenham. While the authority disputes this figure, a planning document which sets out what may happen in the next 20 years says certain housing estates coul

Couple left with 'virtually nothing' after camper van is stolen

A COUPLE who were planning to drive to Italy in their motorhome were left with “virtually nothing” after it was stolen. Lucia Liberati and Terry Deane, of Renters Avenue, Brent Cross, were shopping in Tesco’s, Hendon Way, when their £33,000 van was taken from the car park. The devastated couple were left “paralysed and in shock” when they returned to find the Dethleffs Fortero motorhome missing. As a result, they have had to cancel their plans to spend three months in Florence. In it was thei

Cafe could close as parking charges and business rates become 'too expensive'

A CAFÉ owner who says parking charges, skyrocketing business rates and the cost of rubbish collection are ruining his business fears he could be forced to close down. Cem Kaplam, of Phillip Lane, opened Café Lemon, in Green Lanes, Harringay, nine years ago but has given his business until April to improve. It used to cost £1.40 to park per hour but in 2011, the charges were increased to £3.30 an hour – something which has crippled Mr Kaplam’s business. The 52-year-old said: “Takings have drop

'Disgusting' - council to cut meals on wheels

A COUNCILLOR who has branded a decision to axe a meals on wheels service as “disgusting” say it will put vulnerable people at risk. Barnet Council’s ruling Conservative party voted not to renew a contract with Sodexo, the company that supplies the service, when it expires next March. They say people can rely food banks or other community food services, such as the Barnet Casserole Club. Labour spokesperson for adult care, Cllr Reema Patel, said: “It’s completely disgusting that food banks mig

APPEAL: Generous readers help make little Frankie's birthday

A mother whose six-year-old son spent his birthday in hospital has described the “overwhelming” response to an appeal for cards to lift his spirits. Caroline Kelly, of Corfield Close, Barnet, launched an appeal with the Times Series, asking for people to help mark little Frankie Clements birthday on November 13. The happy-go-lucky child was diagnosed with cancer last October after two tumours were found in his stomach. Although he was given the all clear two months ago, he is now having immun

Family who took part in BBC health show say it 'changed their lives'

A MOTHER who took part in a BBC health show claims the programme “saved” her partners life. Priti Vyas, her daughter, Serena and partner Sandeep Minstry, of Condell Avenue, Kingsbury, took part in Doctor in the House which will be aired on Thursday. Dr Rangan Chatterjee moved into the couple’s home for eight weeks who monitored their health and lifestyle habits, as well as carrying out tests. Mr Minstry, 50, was g iven a full body scan that revealed he had accumulated dangerous levels of fat

Councillor takes selfie with two world leaders

A councillor who took a selfie with two world leaders has enjoyed internet stardom after his photo went viral. Ameet Jogia, 28 caught India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and David Cameron on film while the two leaders took a tour of Parliament. Prime Minister Modi arrived in the UK last week on a state visit, the firstfor a decade. Since the photo was uploaded to Facebook and Twitter it has been shared more than 600 times. Ameet said: “I was so nervous, I didn’t know what to say “Modi is su

Student who helps people get out of gangs nominated for win award

A student who was inspired to tackle gang violence after a childhood friend was shot and killed has been nominated for an award. Temi Mwale, of Grahame Park, Longfield is a finalist in the London Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEYs’ – Oscars for young people who give to others. Temi, who is in her second year at London School of Economics studying law, set up ‘Get Outta the Gang’ in 2012 - an organisation run by young people that helps those affected by gang violence. The 19-year-old w

'ISIS wants to divide us, but we will not let them'

MP Mike Freer has vowed not to let ISIS "divide us" in the wake of the Paris attacks. The MP for Finchley and Golders Green spoke in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured. Barnet Council observed a one minute silence on November 16 to honour the victims. He said: “I would like to offer my condolences to the French people and the friends and families of those who lost their lives. “The attacks in Paris last Friday are a reminder that the even

Jeremy Corbyn calls for Arsenal to “set example” to London by paying living wage

Ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham, Gunners fan and Islington North MP Mr Corbyn - sporting a red and white Arsenal scarf - joined the small protest outside the ground. Though Arsenal pays the £9.40 an hour London living wage to staff it directly employs, it is not the case for third-party employees such as cleaners and caterers. Mr Corbyn, joined by Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan, joked that “we think” the players are already paid the living wage. He added: “It’s a real l

Sadiq Khan praises vocational courses at college visit

London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has called for an end to “snobbery in relation to vocational courses”, after visiting an Enfield college. The MP praised the work staff at Capel Manor College, in Bullsmoor Lane, whilst showing his support for vocational courses. He said: ‘“Even with the most optimistic scenario half of the population are going to go to university and half won’t. We’ve got to stop the snobbery there is in this country in relation to vocational courses. “We’ve got to make pe

London's only lab for children is looking for funding | Islington Now

A founder of London’s only scientific lab for children is calling on Highbury West parents and businesses to help fund the project or risk its closure. Lab_13, a fully equipped facility that allows children to design and carry out their own experiments, was originally funded by Islington Council. Now it needs to raise £20,000 to keep running next year, one of its co-founders has claimed. Amelia French, 52, of Plimsoll Road, has a child at Gillespie Primary School where the lab is based. Fren

Mother launches campaign to buy new cargo bike after theft

A MOTHER who was left devastated after her cargo bike was stolen has launched a campaign to buy a new one. Deborah Willemen, of Bruce Grove, Tottenham, had the quirky bike stolen from her front porch in the early hours of Saturday morning. It took the mother-of-two five years to save up for her bike, which cost £2,000 and she is now desperate to buy another one. She said: “She is sorely missed. I realise £2,000 is a lot of money as it took me five years to save up for my bike. “But every sin
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