Wednesday, 12 May 2010


A tearful goodbye.

Today marks my 5th and final day in the blogpaper office. Not eventful but i've had positive feedback on all my doings within the company, a guaranteed reference and thats good enough for me.
My time here has led to some insightful knowledge on the publication industry and some of the lengths required to get a fledgling company up and running. I've had to think about demographics, innovative publicity strategies and a hint at the headaches involved with attracting investors.

My last parting gift (as i like to think) was a genuine request by Karl and Anton (the founders) to give critical feedback on their imminent presentation for UK investors. I felt that a 'Britons got talent' buzzer would of added a nice style to my critique, which all in all was very sparse as they seemed to know what they were talking about. Company projections and long term goals make feel slightly insecure about my future, (post degree), what do I want to do, who with, and where are all questions floating around my head.

Although I've enjoyed the viral side of my intern duties, (I think it's my witty quips and comments on Facebook and the blogpaper articles), and the recent election has created an abundance of topical issues to squark about on twitter and alike. I think that for myself personally I would like to point my future career a little closer to the creative side of a publication, i.e shoot production or editorial aspects, seeing as I am a photographer. I still love to organize and write lists so with any luck I do that in my spare time.

But for now, I thank the blogpaper, Anton, Karl, Felix, for their help and for providing this opportunity for me. And if you are reading this as an impartial party sign up, start writing and you could get published.


Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Things have been pretty hectic, thankfully i've finished my research paper, (I'm one of a few smug people that have), given blood, been working at the blogpaper (in London), working in my local at the weekends, and trying to accomplish a 'realised' visual project for the end of my second year at UCA.
My last post explained the ins and outs of what i'm supposed to be doing as an intern and well i've been doing it. I have to admit the Facebook and Twitter stuff is becoming a little obsessive, I get up and check it, then I check it again and again.
I think it's becoming unhealthy.

I've also been contacting plenty of P.R agencies, being nice and polite asking for reviews. Some have been nice and polite back others just haven't replied. Weirdly they all seem to be girls in the P.R business, maybe it's something about our feminine wiles.

The office vibe is a good one, often of a German persuasion so every now and then I just sit back and let the conversation pass me by, I have considered learning the language, my house mate did tell me how to say 'my name is...' the other night but i've already forgotten, which doesn't bode well.

The mundane...
I've been sent to the post office and with my sense of direction it took a while, finally found it after I asked about 5 different people, (I really should show more compassion for those St. Ives tourists) and I was also been sent to get print cartridges. I went to Hackney. This was probably a little drastic but I made a commitment to the Hackney branch of Cartridge World and damn it I was going to find it... again insert bad sense of direction and 2 hours of wondering aimlessly and...
TA DAARR! Fresh ink cartridges. I am very dedicated.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The first day.

This may seem selfish but i'll admit this blog is more for myself than anyone who follows it, although you might get something useful out of it.

Company:, internship (unpaid)


Universal House Unit 6

88-94 Wentworth street

E1 7SA London Uk

Start date: 21/04/10

Duration: 4 weeks

Hours: 10 – 5pm

Company Description: is a news community which allows anyone to publish written and visual work online and in print. Rating and commenting, in other words the community defines what gets promoted to the front pages as well as to the printed version. theblogpaper publishes the first user-generated newspaper in London.


With a collection of many unfinished adolescent diary's, (even just the ones for dates) I thought why the hell not create a little blog for the documentation of my internship at,

After all it is rather fitting.

DAY ONE: (I can't help but imitate the Geordie Big Brother man)
for a better word, induction day, what i'll be dirtying my nose with over the next 4 weeks or so...

- Viral Marketing, P.R. liaisons and even a tiny bit of event management, a tiny bit.


Online management of Facebook, Twitter and theblogpaper websites, this involves:

- Reading, rating and stimulating debate among readers on the most recently submitted articles/blogs at theblogpaper website.

- Posting my personal top 3 new articles on Facebook (and Twitter).

- Online communication/ interaction with the Facebook, Twitter followers.

- Completing a second filtering of the ‘twiped’ followers on Twitter; Emailing invites to join theblogpaper community, sending information via a media pack to relevant individuals and general correspondence.

- Looking for new and interesting blogs, sites that would be suitable for our target audience.


Research and the contacting of various P.R companies, sourcing, free products/ events for review by theblogpaper community and advertising said sourced events on the above social networking sites.

Information required for the advertisement of the review opportunity:

- Name of Event.

- Location.

- Event Dates (There must be at least 5days notice before the event date).

- Event imagery, photo and logo.

- Brief press statement (to be re written for the website).

Special Task:

The research and organisation of theblogpaper Limited launch night:

- An innovative, appropriate venue within east London area, suitable for approximately 150 people, (the more imaginative the better).

- Food, types of food, caterers, etc.

- Drink.

- Sponsorship.

Find the cheapest and most expensive options for review with the bosses!

Marion x