Tuesday, 30 March 2010

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Sutcliffe in Sunderland

It has been confirmed that the notorious Peter Sutcliffe Later dubbed The Yorkshire Ripper, has been released and is living in Sunderland.

Peter Sutcliffe who was convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women and attacking several others. Was serving life imprisonment in Broadmoor Hospital. However he has been granted freedom by the Parole Board, Home Secretary David Blunkett has confirmed.
The decision to have him released after serving only 29 of the original minimum 30 years in the high security hospital Broadmoor was confirmed by Home Secretary David Blunkett in a written House of Commons reply this morning.
The Parole Board decided he should be released on life licences.
The board held hearings earlier this week for Peter sucliffe , who was 35 when he committed his first murder of Wilma McCann, carrying until 1981 after killing 13 women and dumping their bodies in various locations throughout west Yorkshire.
Aged 63 and deemed no longer a threat to the public, he has been set free and given secret new identities.
The decision provoked anger among campaigners opposed to his release and came as a fresh blow to the victims families who reacted with horror to the news that he could soon be back on the streets.
Frank Jordan, 52, whose mother Jean was the sixth woman to be murdered by the Ripper, in 1977, said: 'I didn't know this was at all possible. It shouldn't be allowed, for Sutcliffe to fight for his freedom. It's appalling. He took lives. Life means life and he should stay where he is.'
His spokesman Dean Smith, director of the Victims of Crime, confirmed he had been informed of Sutcliffe’s release and said he was "distraught".
Mr Blunkett told the public that Sutcliffe would be "under strict regulations and could be immediately recall if there are any concerns about the safety of the public".
He said: "The Parole Board informed me yesterday of their decision, to release Peter Sutcliffe who was convicted in January 1981 of the murder of thirteen vulnerable women and attacking several more."
The killer assaulted and abducted the women from the west Yorkshire area, before sexually assaulting and torturing many of his victims to death and mutilating their bodies.
Mr Smith said: "he (Frank) has had it confirmed by Home Office officials that Sutcliffe has been released and is living in Sunderland. However he is still waiting for the full details. "Frank and many other of the victims’ family members are absolutely devastated and stunned that this could even be a possibility. There has to be a big enough punishment for such a horrific and unimaginable killing spree that Sutcliffe committed, but all we can see is Sutcliffe being rewarded.
Mr Blunkett said he would not comment on the release arrangements for the killer, in an attempt to protect his identities and although he did release his whereabouts.
"The murder of those young women was a terrible event for their families and the whole nation," he said in his statement.
"But the safety of the public would not be served by releasing the identity of the perpetrators now that it has been decided that he is no longer a threat to society, although his location has been released with the vast cosmetic surgery he has under gone he will no longer be recognisable.
"The vast changes that he is under going were granted because there was a real and strong possibility that their his life would be at risk if his identity became known."
Mr Blunkett said the regulations of his release were that he could not contact, or attempt to contact any member of the victims families.
Also he is not be allowed to enter the Yorkshire area without imitate need to do so and written consent of his probation officer.
"Sutcliffe is being released back to his family, enjoying a life of luxury that a few years ago would have seemed impossible that he could have achieved.
However many argue "If he had been given love and support as a child, would these murders have been committed? And yet he is being released back into their company"
Mr Blunkett said: "I offer my deepest sympathy to the all the families and victims. The circumstances of the killings were appalling and had a deep impact on each and every member of the UK, and even being reported in Australia.
"We as individuals and as a nation will never forget these horrific crimes and I am aware of how distressing hearing this news can be for the people of Sunderland, but he is no longer a threat.
The Home Secretary came to the decisions about the release of the convicted murder when he was aged 33, almost serving the full minimum sentence. However the locals of Sunderland are up in arms and don’t want this murderer on their doorstep.
An offender can then be released when and how the Parole Board decides as long as there is not "unacceptable risk to the public". However, there is always a risk they could offend.
Mr Blunkett said the parole board consisted of a lawyers, police officers (who dealt with the investigation in 1981) psychiatrist and unknown members of the public.
"I know that the case would have been given very careful attention, securitisation into the details and the reasoning behind the release of Sutcliffe," said Mr Blunkett.
"It is not appropriate for me to comment on the identity as too much has already been told to the general public and there is a fear for the safety of Mr. Sutcliffe if too much information is given out. There is also a High Court ruling that has been put forward to prevent the secret identity being released.
Although the parole board has not released a statement, the home secretary said that they did not which to add anything to their report.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Results of the Third question

For the third question of peoples reaction to the release of Sutcliffe into the public i did not believe could be writen in a pie chart. So below are some of peoples actual responses to the question.

'Surely this could not be happening, after all he has done and think of them poor famielies he destroyed'

'Its a disgrace that the officials could even think of letting such a man out of jail, even for his own safety you would think they would keep him in jail, because believ me i could think of a few people who would be happy to teach him a lesson. Not that i dont think he deserves it mind you'

'Eee god i would lock me windows and doors if i thought he was out on the streets, i dont think i would leave my house, a man like that who could do such horrific things to women cant change'

'I think if i walked past him in the street, and i knew it was him i think i would swing for him i really would. After all he's done'

As you can probably gauge from these few responses that the overall public feedback it very negitive towards the release of Peter Sutcliffe any where with in the public domain.

Results of the second question

When the second question was asked although the three in the first question had been taken out when tallying up peoples responses as i did not believe it to be fair response as they had to be prompted therefore other peoples views may have come across in their answer.

So from the 17 left all knew what they believed him to be infamouse for and generally these things were the same as the next person thought. There were no uncorrect answers from the information i had collected from the websites i looked at.

Results of the first question

When asked the first question out of the 20 people i asked 3 said they did not know who Peter Sutcliffe was to this i was very suprised, because i thought because of the notorious reputation that Peter Sutcliffe had achieved even the younger generations that were before his time would have head of him. These results prove me wrong Although the people who said they did not know who he was it was only a small number and once it was explained to them who he was their reaction to him being released into the public was the same as the people who knew who he was from the start.

Sutcliffe Questionnaire

Do you know who Peter Sutcliffe is?
Yes / No

What was it he was infamous for?

What is your initial reaction if he was to be released into the public?

Although it is a basic questionnaire this was intentional so the people filling in the questionnaire would not get bored whilst doing it . Plus I only wanted their initial reaction so i could capture it on the front page of the newspaper. Obviously I knew the majority if not all of the responses to Sutcliffe being released in to the public were going to be negative, however, I wanted their actual reaction of how they would respond to this news.

Thursday, 25 March 2010


Before beginning to write my story I thought the best thing to do was to find out as much information about the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe and general information before the controversy began around him.

These websites stated above were all very helpful when trying to find out information. I found things such as his home and family life. What jobs he had such as a grave digger, and how he was to become one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, and raping many other women.
At this point i also thought it would be a good idea to give out a survey to see the public's reaction, to such a thought of a man such Sutcliffe being released to the public. The reason for me doing this was to capture the public's feelings on this matter so i could represent them correctly in my article.


As a result of other newspapers reporting on the story of the multi story car park in Gateshead, such as when it is going to be demolished, how and when Tesco is to be rebuilt in its place.
(examples shown below)

I thought for the shock factor and to follow the theory of Gultang and Rouge it was best to cover a story that had not yet been reported. So i decided to cover the story of Peter Sutcliffe being released in to the public in our local area would not only have the shock factor, but also because of the fact it has not been reported in any other newspapers it would be a unique story.

Change of name

The Northern Angel

Stories that may appear on my front cover

Headline - The Guide

Logo - No Logo
Date - Tuesday 2 february 2010
Website Address -
Price - 60p
'Plug box' - Win a family holiday
A football story
Heworth Grange redevelopment
Head line - Blizzards cause bad traffic
Photograph - OF the high raised car park in Gateshead
Caption - A breif out line of how the carpark will be demolished with in months and the number of jobs it will create when tesco is built upon the site
Second Caption - www.theguide/
Sub heading - A brief explination about the heavy snow that fell last nigh causing tail backs and traffic jams for a long period of time
Firts paragraph - Slightly larger than the rest of the text however smaller than the sub heading
Lead story - The first letter bigger than the rest, but the full articl being in smaller text than the first paragraph
Second lead story - I will have three down the right hand side of the front cover these being
Cash crisis - compnies having to sut down as a result of the economic climate, A retail story- the redevelopment of eldon square and forgeries found- Forged 20pound notes been found.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Improved Front cover

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Edited front cover

Monday, 22 March 2010

Beginning of front cover

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Example of what the front cover should look like

What's on a front cover?

Master head- The newspaper's name which may not have been changed for many a year, often in traditional script. As it is the easiest way to identify the paper
Logo- An easily identified simple picture that is immediately connected to the paper (sense of the papers identity )

Date- So the reader knows how current the news is that they are reading
Website address- So a follower of the paper can look up the website address, for the most current news
Price- For the penitential buyer so they know the price often a round number so no change has be be exchanged

' P l u g b o x '- A section that covers almost a quarter of the length of the front page , normally covering two to three stories in a short sentence and a picture with the page number of where to find the story in full in the bottom hand corner

Headline- The largest type on the whole of the page as it is the most important piece of information from the most important article in the paper.

Photograph/s- Often accompanying the main article for impact and to grab the audiences attention, can either be in colour or black and white, if the picture is not referring to the main article it will often have a few sentences accompanying it and a page number of where to find the rest of the article

Caption- That always accompanies the photograph generally underneath, stating what is happening in the picture and where the picture was taken some times stating when

Second Caption- Not always put on the surrounding area of the photo, but it is most often on the side in a horizontal position, stating the photographers name, contact number and a website address connected to the paper about their photography

Sub Heading- In a smaller type could be italics, or a different font to the main title, just a few brief sentences giving a little bit more information of the main story

The first paragraph- giving the bare facts of the story of who it is concerning, what are the circumstances, when it occurred, where the incident happened and how the incident happened.
Lead story- The story that had been deemed the most interesting, will take up the majority of the front page with information and a page number at the end so it the reader can follow on the article on the inside of the paper

Secondary lead- A story that holds less importance than the main article but is still significant enough to have the out lines of the story on the front cover and a page number to follow it on the inside

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Conventions of a front cover

There are several conventions of the front cover of a newspaper the most important of them being to attract a penitential reader. Also through easily recognisable style, layout and design the front cover should should be easily distinguishable as being that paper, so it should enforce the papers identity. As a result of the main title on the front cover being the second biggest writing (behind that of the name of the paper) the view of the newspaper on that main topic should be immediately known, and through further reading of the front cover the audience will clearly know the newspapers views of the days news. Each edition of the newspaper will obviously contain stories but the front cover should show the most shocking, news grabbing and controversial of all the stories.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Possible names

The Guide Bobbies News

Royal News The Northern Report

Geordie News

Questionnaire results

After I had come up with many ideas of what was local, iconic and symbolises the North East, I asked other people what they thought of a as local the list below was what came up the most-

The angel of the north,
Picture of the Tyne,
Fish and Chips,
Pit men,
Peas Pudding,
Metro centre,
Metro system,
Greys Monument,
Newcastle United football stadium,
Theatre Royal.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Newspapers Names

I am now trying to figure out an appropriate name for my newspaper so I am analysis the names of local newspapers already on the market. Below is my thought process of trying to pick a name-

  • Needs locality
Iconic land marks, Local traditions/ celebrations/ achievements, The local accent, A iconic person- what they are know for, the reason they are know, what they had do, local food.

  • Iconic land marks
Tyne bridge, Newcastle United football club, The Metro centre,The Angel of the North, Saltwell park, Roker pier, Newcastle University, St. Nicholas' Cathedral, The Tyne, The Metro system, Greys monument, Theatre Royal
  • People & Places
Bobby Robson - Football, cancer charity (diciest), well know, loved,
David Beckham - Footballer, well known, but more worldly than local,
Ant & Dec, Alan Sheara, Cheryl Cole, Pit men
Discovery museum, the Great North Museum, Gallagher and Turner, The Laing Art Gallery, Newburn Hall motor museum.

  • Local traditions/ celebrations/ achievements
The Great North Run, China town, Chinese new year, Newcastle Gateshead comedy festival, Newcastle sciencefest, Beer festival, Evolution festival, The (Hoppings) Newcastle Town Moor, Race week, Environmental festival, Ouseburn festival, Newcastle Brown Ale

  • Local food
Fish and Chips, Greg's, Peas Pudding, Pie and chips, Sunday dinner, Gravey

Friday, 12 March 2010

Evaluation of whats already on the market

These are just some examples of the local newspapers already on the market-

The Journal from what I have read its quite a serious paper tending to report on the negative side of the news and save the more light hearted happy news for further on in the paper. I think as a result of this the majority of readers for the journal will be of the older generation. The other reason for me thinking this is because it often links the stories to times in history that the older generation are more likely to be able to remember and connect with. Although through stating the website address just below the title it is trying to reach out to other generations, that are generally use more technology and for more things.
with this paper being 50p it is quite a cheap paper i think this is another way in which it is trying to reach out to a wider demographic, so that money is not an issue when purchasing this paper.

The Herald and post for example is one of the papers that I found that do not use a logo within their title although it is written in red, this is eye grabbing. Although it insinuates that it is more of a gossip paper being a red topped paper.
So this insinuates that it is going to be a lot more light hearted 'gossip' with more happy, light hearted stories rather than hard hitting gritty crime reports.
The fact that is paper is free means that it relies on money from donations and advertisement revenue. This is the reason why I think there is two adverts on this particular front cover. Not only that but with it having many articles ranging in topic on the front cover I believe it is trying to reach a wide demographic, so that the numbers of readers will be high, there for people will want to have their business advertised in this paper.

Although there are other Local newspapers on the market such as-

These above are just some examples of local newspapers that are sold in the UK, and there internet pages, the reason why I have put the website pages on is because they are not only some times easier to access but the news will be more current by the fact that it can be changed, or new stories can be added almost immediately after the event. This is unlike the traditional physical copy of the newspaper where yo would have to wait until the next day before the news can be printed for the general public to read.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Newspaper logos

These are some of the newspapers that are already on the market that use a logo to help the audience identify the paper. It is something I am contemplating doing for my newspaper because I think that it stands out allot more so than the actual title of the paper so that if the audience is scanning over the newspaper stands looking for the particular newspaper the logos seem to stand out more so than the names of all the newspapers. This is the reason why i am thinking about creating a logo for my newspaper.

Monday, 8 March 2010

My chosen brief

I chose the project of the local newspaper, and to acompany this a poster advertising the newspaper and a radio advertisement for the newspaper.

8. The first two pages of a new local newspaper, together with two of the following three options:
  • a poster for the newspaper;
  • a radio advertisement for the newspaper;
  • two hyperlinked pages from the paper’s website.

The reason for me chosing this as my option was because i felt that this was the most interesting option one that held me attention

The Selection of Briefs we were given

1. A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, together with two of the following three options:

  • a website homepage for the band;
  • a cover for its release as part of a digipak (CD/DVD package);
  • a magazine advertisement for the digipak (CD/DVD package).

2. A promotion package for a new film, to include a teaser trailer, together with two of the following three options:

  • a website homepage for the film;
  • a film magazine front cover, featuring the film;
  • a poster for the film.

3. An advertising package for a new product or service, to include two TV advertisements, together with two of the following three options:

  • a radio advertisement;
  • a TV programme sponsorship sequence;
  • a web pop-up.

4. A promotion package for a new computer/video game, to include two TV advertisements, together with two of the following three options:

  • the cover of the game’s package;
  • two hyperlinked pages from the game’s website;
  • a magazine advertisement for the game.

5. A promotion package for a new soap opera, to include a TV trailer, together with two of the following three options:

  • a listings magazine front cover featuring the new soap;
  • two hyperlinked webpages (with video extract) for the soap’s website;
  • a poster for the soap.

6. A selection of materials related to an original children’s TV drama, to include the title sequence to the TV programme, together with two of the following three options:

  • the front cover to a magazine for the series;
  • a DVD cover for the series;
  • a radio advertisement for the magazine.

7. An extract from a new documentary TV programme, lasting approximately five minutes, together with two of the following three options:

  • radio trailer for the documentary;
  • a double-page spread from a listings magazine focused on the documentary;
  • a newspaper advertisement for the documentary.

8. The first two pages of a new local newspaper, together with two of the following three options:

  • a poster for the newspaper;
  • a radio advertisement for the newspaper;
  • two hyperlinked pages from the paper’s website.

This is the option i have chosen

9. A website for a new TV channel (to include a minimum of three hyperlinked pages with original images, audio and video extract), together with two of the following three options:

  • a newspaper advertisement for the channel;
  • a double page spread for a listings magazine, focused on the channel’s launch;
  • an animated ident sequence for the channel.

10. A short film in its entirety, lasting approximately five minutes, which may be live action or animated or a combination of both, together with two of the following three options:

  • a poster for the film;
  • a radio trailer for the film;
  • a film magazine review page featuring the film.

1. The first level of a new computer/video game, together with two of the following three options:

  • the cover for the game’s package;
  • a magazine advertisement for the game;
  • a radio advertisement for the game.

2. An extract/package from a local TV news programme, lasting approximately five minutes, together with two of the following three options:

  • two hyperlinked pages from the programme’s website;
  • a generic radio trailer for the programme;
  • a short title sequence for the programme.

13. An extract from a radio play, lasting approximately five minutes, together with two of the following three options:

  • a newspaper advertisement for the play;
  • double: page listings magazine feature about the play;
  • a page from the radio station’s website promoting the play.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Last years work