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  1. **The following appears on the LSNN website as an announcement. As a static webpage, comments are naturally disabled. ** LSNN Political Reporting Policy By Allegra Nixon _____________ This document aims to clearly set forth LSNN’s approach and stance to political coverage in San Andreas, for the sake of ensuring full transparency and accountability where necessary. The topics covered are: LSNN’s stance on political coverage Bias and favor Public interest Frequency, volume and equal opportunities Additional measures of transparency Advertising Complaints and issues _____________ LSNN’s Stance on Political Coverage We believe that the media plays an incredibly important role in informing the citizens of what’s going on politically in San Andreas, and how this affects them. This often involves distilling otherwise complicated political information and jargon in a manner which is digestible and comprehendible. The network, while committed to stamping out bias at every possible juncture, believes that misinformation should be avoided at all costs. As such, every effort will be made to ensure that reporting is as factual as possible. LSNN still retains its right to investigative journalism. We believe it is our journalistic duty to publish topics of public interest, and that in some cases, this may result in certain parties coming under critique and scrutiny. We also wish to reiterate that we are not a court of law, and that we are permitted and indeed encouraged, as a media organisation, to publish topics of public interest even while investigations may be ongoing and conclusions yet to be reached in the eyes of the law. Where hard evidence is of course preferred, we still value personal testimony provided it is from credible and reliable sources - which are deemed as such entirely at our own discretion. It is the belief of the network that this is indeed the nature of the political beast, and that anyone in a position of responsibility should be prepared to answer to the people. We serve as the medium – connecting the politicians to the people – and reserve the right to embody any questions or concerns they may have, and to provide commentary and critique where necessary. We want our audience to find value in our political reporting, and to feel that we are providing useful and relevant information which could otherwise be overlooked or remain un-investigated. It is our duty to ensure that such reports are entertaining as well as informative, which is reflected in our reporting style. _____________ Bias and favor LSNN retains a firm commitment to political neutrality, as is stated in the above. As part of this commitment, any employees at LSNN who are charged with covering political stories are in no way permitted to allow their own political stances to affect their reporting style. Every American citizen has the right to vote, however we require that our political correspondents do not share their own political voting intentions through their reporting. This can easily be misinterpreted, however, so for full clarity: our journalists are still permitted and encouraged to provide critique and critical thinking when dealing with political matters. Doing so does not mean that a journalist is biased: far from it, it means they’re doing their job. It should also be noted that, whilst rooted in the pursuit of truth, journalistic styles can also venture into the sensational, dramatic and overly critical. This again is not an example of bias or misrepresentation, but rather necessary tools at any journalist's disposal to ensure that their story is interesting, entertaining and informative. _____________ Public interest It should go without saying that anything related to the official political procedures of San Andreas, such as legislature changes and proposals, elections and so on, clearly fall within the public interest and thus LSNN is obliged to provide coverage. However, for clarity, LSNN also believes that it is not just the policy that the people vote for; it is the individual. Attributes such as trustworthiness and reliability are thus within the public interest. Therefore, any action of a public figure which calls these attributes into question, regardless of whether this is related to their policies, work or their private lives, falls within our remit to cover. This has been provided for clarity as we believe that actions such as, for instance, adultery, criminal behaviour and so on, serve to inform the public about the attributes of the individual, and thus we are obliged as a media organisation to cover. _____________ Frequency, volume and equal opportunities Of prime concern to all political parties with regards to media coverage, is often the topic of “who gets the most limelight and attention”. This section aims to set the record straight. Our approach here can be summed up as follows: “Every politician and political party will be given equal opportunities for media coverage, both during elections and after-the-fact. However, if one individual or party is conducting more newsworthy activities than others, we will absolutely not censor ourselves purely in the name of balance. Coverage will come to those who earn it, and we at LSNN reserve the right as journalists to be the ones who decide that.” In practise, this could look like the following: During an election period, all interested parties will be contacted equally and given the same opportunities from the offset. However, if one candidate or party is more active than another, the likelihood of them attaining higher volumes of coverage is naturally increased. Not only does this ensure that hard work is rewarded, it means that we are not over-censoring our news agenda purely to attain “balance”. Likewise, if a party or individual comes under fire for a certain reason, or is involved in a scandal, it stands to reason that they too will attain higher levels of coverage (albeit with a different lens). This too is unavoidable, and part of the natural flow of the news agenda. The specific actions being taken by LSNN to ensure equal opportunities from the offset are as follows: A balanced programme of political guests on broadcasts and in articles. Both parties featured in a story or update will receive equal time and opportunity to provide comment. We reserve the right to report even without comment, but will state as such during our reporting. It remains entirely at the discretion of LSNN as to whether or not a story is relevant to LSNN’s audience, and thus, we will not guarantee coverage of every event or comment. _____________ Additional measures of transparency The following steps are also being taken by LSNN to ensure neutrality in reporting on political issues: LSNN staff will not accept gifts from any individual associated with a political campaign. LSNN will regularly meet, in equal measure, with the party leaders and any independents to address transparency concerns. An internal complaints committee is on standby for dealing with official complaints or alleged breaches of the policies outlined here (more on this later) LSNN is not obliged to provide full releases on any informants or tips that are received, as we have an obligation to protect the personal information (and in some cases, anonymity) of our informants. Every effort is made by LSNN employees to ensure that information received is credible and fact-checked whether reasonably possible to do so. _____________ Advertising As a business, LSNN provides potential advertisers with the opportunity to showcase their services to our audience. Our platforms for doing such include: Banner adverts on articles Facebrowser adverts Pre and post-broadcasting radio announcements Political parties and individuals are permitted to advertise with LSNN even during election periods, though the nature of such communications will clearly be labelled as “ADVERTS” and not as journalism. As such, advertising features which are presented as journalistic features are prohibited for our political advertising partners (also known as advertorials). It is important to note that LSNN, while happy to work with political parties and individuals on providing a medium for advertising campaigns, will absolutely not allow such arrangements to impede on our duty to provide honest and critical journalism. Political advertisers therefore have to accept that the arrangement is for advertising alone, and in no way “buys” reporting favor with our employees. _____________ Complaints and issues The above policy is in action immediately, and we encourage any concerned parties to get in touch with us if you feel that any of our reporters have breached these guidelines in any way. We have set up an internal committee to assess all complaints, which consists of the following individuals: Carry Saunders Allegra Nixon Legal Counsel (As appointed by LSNN) The findings of these committees will be communicated directly back to the complainant, but we are in no way obliged to publish this beyond direct communication. To register a complaint, please email [email protected] _____________ Closing thoughts We hope that you now better understand LSNN’s approach to political news coverage in San Andreas. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Allegra Nixon directly at [email protected] ** Comments are disabled, as this is on a static page **
  2. Ah that's great! In fairness, a lot of people start off with a view to improving their writing. If you did want to give it a go, you might want to consider joining LSNN - edits are then provided internally by experienced writers before anything is published. Good luck if you do decide to go do anything.
  3. Thanks, appreciate it! Thank youuu and Allegra (the character) is still going! She'll be on LSNN in the next few days.
  4. Yesss u got me being a lazy lil shit and clearly not proofing my own stuff. Fixxxed and now I shall get my magnifying glass out and look for other bloopers. Thanks!
  5. Teehee, it's actually mine but from LSRP ;') thanks for pointing out.
  6. How to roleplay a journalist The video below is a whistle-stop tour on how to effectively roleplay a journalist character, based on my own experiences. If listening to my voice isn’t your thing or you’d prefer some more in-depth explanations, read on: _____________________________ Part 1 – Introduction to journalist roleplay Why roleplay a journalist? Roleplaying a journalist can be incredibly rewarding and fun provided you have the right mindset for it. It’s mostly legal roleplay (though there are of course options for corruption which may spice things up a bit) and as such, it’s not for everybody. As a journalist, you’ll find your character conducting investigations, interviewing public figures, writing up their findings and potentially broadcasting them too. With commitment and consistency, your character will also likely develop a certain level of fame and recognition. I’ll say this ‘til I’m blue in the face though: journalism roleplay is meant to be fun – and that’s the main reason why you should consider it! If you try it out and don’t find it fun, maybe it’s not for you (or maybe you’re putting yourself under too much pressure – take it one step at a time). _____________________________ What type of players could this appeal to? It’s fair to say that not everyone would enjoy journalism roleplay, but here are the typical traits of the people who do: Good writers. If you’re confident in your writing ability then this can translate very well into your character’s outputs. Writing is essentially going to be your character’s job; it’s what they’ll be judged against and paid for, so you either need to be confident in your current writing ability, or committed to improving it over time. Investigators. If you like roleplaying as a nosy sleuth then journalism is right up your street. A journo can spend a long time investigating a given topic before actually writing about it, plus you’ll often find that stories have “layers” which get deeper and deeper the more the investigation continues. Risk takers. If you want the juicy stories, you’re going to have to accept that your character is likely to end up in dangerous situations. Whether that’s as simple as venturing through a dodgy neighbourhood, or more involved like trying to infiltrate an organised crime outfit, life as a journalist is not without its risks. Organised people. All that investigating and writing is great fun, but being organised will help you pull it all together. If you as a player consider yourself as organised, either in your home or working life, then this should translate well. If not, then you may find yourself getting easily frustrated with the many stories you may be investigating at any one time. Fortunately, being organised is a skill that you can quite easily work on as you go along. Those who have broad shoulders. You have to be willing to accept that yeah – sometimes people are going to love your writing, and sometimes people aren’t. Some people may see your broadcasts as useful, and others may see it as spam. You’re going to be in the firing line with someone at some point, so having broad shoulders and not taking such comments to heart is important. Naturally, it’s also important to maintain a mature attitude when genuine critique and feedback is offered. _____________________________ What type of journalists are there? In the real world, there are so many different types of journalists based on the media they’re employed in (a magazine, newspaper, radio station, TV station, social network) and the niche they may specialise in – if they’re not a mainstream reporter. On roleplay servers, I’ve typically seen journalists manifest in one of two ways: the tabloid gossip reporter and the professional reporter. The differences are probably obvious, but I’ll list them here anyway: Tabloid gossip reporter: · Typically less concerned with printing the whole truth · Focuses on sensational and dramatic stories · Embellishes for entertainment · Willing to print rumours without substance · More likely to speculate · Stronger personality · May be bias, but isn’t ashamed about it · Marmite – you’ll likely love or hate them Professional reporter: · Generally speaking, more concerned with “truthful” reporting · Sees it as their job to inform and educate · May embellish slightly, but not at the expense of integrity/believability · Less likely to print rumours · Not likely to speculate · Generally try to present an unbiased ‘front’ even if there is underlying bias · Reserved, more serious personality. Arguably a little more forgettable? · They’re just the messenger – you’re not likely to have a strong opinion on them. You may choose either path for your character, or perhaps a mishmash of both. I’ve seen some really effective reporters who get the balance just right; they report on serious things but do so with personality. _____________________________ How do you report on an RP server? There are many ways and much of the time, it’s dependent on a few factors: · The capabilities of the script. Here on GTAWorld, LSNN has the following commands: /news for factionised members /interinvite to invite guests /interview for non-factionised individuals who have been invited Finally, there's /joinnews to join the news itself (this is mainly for the audience of course) · Whether you’re a lone wolf or part of a company. Lone wolves have historically tended to post articles in an ‘internet’ section on the forums, or similar. Some have set up their own separate websites before as well, or focused on using in-character social media. In companies, you may have access to dedicated websites and broadcasting capabilities. · Whether you’re willing to speak up. For the brave souls who aren’t afraid of a little voiced roleplay, you can also consider recording news updates yourself and posting them. In some cases, they could even be featured as regular updates on player-ran XM stations. Really cool if you’re willing to do it, here’s an example: So with this in mind, here are your primary options for journalism outputs: · Internet articles · Forum articles · Forum magazines (more in-depth pieces, covered later) · In-game broadcasts (once the capability is there) · Pre-recorded radio updates (when you’re willing to do some voice RP) Here’s an example of a radio update I did for another character of mine, which was played on a variety of stations at key points throughout the day (until I updated it): _____________________________ Part 2: Getting started Character setup Journalists in real life often come from a variety of backgrounds, so it’s not entirely necessary to have a full list of qualifications or previous experience. I’d advise you to make decisions for your character based on your own understanding/mastery of the English Language – if you feel like you still have some learning to do, it might be best not to give them 1st Degree Honours in English Language. If you’re feeling confident that you can deliver a character that demonstrates such prowess in writing and communicating, these are some of the subjects your character may have studied: · English Language · Media Studies · Journalism and reporting · Communications · Public Relations · Marketing There are more, but you get the gist. Other considerations for your character are: · How old are they? Young ones are more likely to be rough around the edges, but also more likely to be daredevils and risk takers. Time and burnt fingers tend to teach seasoned journalists when it’s best to back off from a situation, or let something go. · What’s their personality? If you’re roleplaying a gossipy reporter, it makes sense for your character to have a strong and outgoing personality. For serious reporters, you tend to find that these individuals are slightly more reserved and professional. · What’s their goal? Most people in the real world go into journalism because they’re driven to it for some reason. It’s not a massive money-maker, particularly when low down in the ranks, so reasons tend to be “the pursuit of truth” or “holding public figures accountable” and suchlike. · What’s their moral compass? Is your character going to play by the rules, or ‘break some eggs to make some omelettes’? Are they going to accept bribes? Are they going to let their own prejudices affect how they report on things? All important questions to answer about your character – and don’t forget this can all change over time! _____________________________ Your character’s first steps So you’ve made your character and are ready to get going with roleplaying a journalist. Getting started can be pretty intimidating – but it needn’t be. Here are a few top tips: · Just start writing. It doesn’t matter whether what you write will eventually be published; you can spend too long trying to overanalyse what to write and then never actually end up putting pen to paper. Write about anything your character sees during their day, and see if you can make it entertaining or interesting. · Get out and drive around. You’re bound to stumble upon something potentially of interest; a robbery, a fire, a business opening, someone with an interesting story to tell… but you’ll never know if your character stays stuck in their apartment all day (or offline!) · Start establishing a network. Get out there and meet people, make sure your character is making new friends and contacts all the time. Be sure that they know to contact you if they come across anything interesting – and thank them if they ever do get in touch with something. · Find your character’s tone of voice. This only really comes with consistent writing – but you’ll soon find that you as a player likely have your own quirk to how you write. Make the decision on how you’re going to inject your character’s personality and goals into their writing; just because it’s how you would write something, doesn’t mean it’s how they would. · Publish! If it’s on the forums, get some articles up. If you’re in a news company and you have the permissions, get some broadcasts done. If you’re producing voice clips, fire up the microphone and get it sorted. · Promote. Whether it’s using in-game advertising, social media or in other parts of the forums; make sure people know where to read your articles or find your broadcasts (or logs/records of your broadcasts, if it’s in-game). That’s all there is to it. Rinse, repeat and keep getting better as you go. _____________________________ What can you write about? There are a wide variety of topics that your character can choose to write about – much of it is dependent on what’s happening in the world, but there are other options which are almost constantly available to you if it’s a ‘slow news day’. Things to report on as they happen: · Crime. Keep an eye out for car chases and police activity. In most situations, your character is likely to be asked to keep a safe distance. Depending on how you’re roleplaying the character, you may decide to abide by these requests, or not. But remember – keeping the police on your character’s good side (at least in the beginning) might lead them to be less resistant to any requests you make in the future. · Fires and other disasters. Building on fire? That’s newsworthy. Where did it happen, how did it happen, is anyone hurt, did anyone die, who’s involved, was it deliberate? So many questions, and it’s your character’s job to find out and publish the answers. · Political updates. These can come from the Government, or from the legal services which may have their own press offices. It’s important to keep an eye on what these institutions publish, so that you can analyse it and potentially repurpose it for your reporting. · Events. Sometimes the Government or other organisations hold events like races, careers fairs and so on. It’s always good to attend these events and do a write-up afterwards; both players and their characters would no doubt appreciate reading about anything they’ve missed. Other subjects you can write on at any time: · Business reviews. Obviously, it’s dependent on the business being open, but this is also a great way to get to know who the influential people are in the city. Be careful though, your character will have a choice to make: do they remain truthful even if it pisses off the owner, or do they chum up to the owner and constantly post good reviews just to increase their network? Both have pros and cons! · Interviews with public figures. This is where the “not pissing people off too much” part comes in. If your character has maintained positive relations with certain people of interest, or the businesses they work for, they may be willing to have an exclusive interview. You’re then free to set the terms of what the interview covers, and if it goes well, they may be willing to come back for more in the future. · Area guides and informative pieces. People who are new to the city would no doubt find value in learning about the hottest spots in town – not just businesses, but “places to be” and “things to do”. Think about what players would find interesting to read; this is fine, so long as you then write it for their characters and from your character’s perspective. · A specialist subject. Perhaps your character is interested in fashion, or cars. Find a niche that others would be interested in reading about, along with something to say about it (perhaps a new fashion trend), and give it a go. · Opinion pieces. If you’re happy with your character losing a bit of their objectivity, then it’s fine for them to publish their opinion on a given matter as well – similar to how columnists and contributors do in real life. Pick a subject or a recent event, then analyse it through your character’s eyes. There are no doubt more – please let me know and I’ll add them! One important note: do not make things up completely. I have generally found that very people enjoy reading things which never actually happened – for obvious reasons. Surprisingly however I did receive a lot of requests for this in my time roleplaying a journalist; mainly because someone wanted me to publish a character’s “backstory” and establish them as some kind of badass. I personally advise against this; it’s up to the players to promote their own backstory. Their character’s reputation is then theirs to make and shape. Perhaps they’ll do this by working with you in the game, which is great, I just wouldn’t accept “this is what happened in Liberty City one week ago” type requests. I'd also add (thanks to @knppel for this one) that you should try to make your character focus on the stories, rather than on making your character be the story. It's fine for fame to be the goal; but people will easily get bored if you're clearly just doing it purely for the fame and attention (this sort of crosses both IC and OOC boundaries too). _____________________________ Section 3: Top tips for improving your journalism roleplay I did journo roleplay for a good couple of years, running news factions as well as doing my own things as an independent. I learnt a lot, so if you want to take your RP to the next level, here are a few tips from me: · Remain consistent. Set yourself goals for how many “outputs” you’ll produce in a given time frame, but don’t put yourself under undue pressure. It’s far better to consistently produce 1 article per week, than suddenly do 5 articles one week and none the next. Consistency is better than volume. · Have a brand and a personality. If your character works for a news company, you already have a corporate brand. But give them a personality too; make people enjoy hearing updates from your character. Make them interesting, give them depth. · Never stop getting your character’s name out there. It takes time to become known as “the news person”, but once you get there, finding stories becomes a hell of a lot easier. Why? Because many people will actually start sending YOU the stories rather than you having to go out and find them. Ironically this is how things work in real life: PR executives throw stories at journalists, and they get to decide what to use and what not to use. · Connect with media relations early. Most of the legal factions have their own dedicated press office or media relations department. Ask to be put in touch with them early and they’ll no doubt help your character along their journey... provided you aren’t always printing controversial stuff about them. · Don’t be afraid to piss people off. This may seem contradictory to the above point, but it isn’t: generally speaking, most people value the truth and can see through obvious brown-nosing. Good journalists are known for thoroughly investigating and informing the public, even if this ruffles feathers. · To earn money, you need advertisers. You’re not likely to have much interest in the beginning, but if you’re consistent and you can prove that you have readership, then there will be a demand to advertise with your publication or on your channel. Keep at it, and the money will come. · Put in extra effort. If you have the time and are willing to do so, think about how you could really show off your character’s journalism. Perhaps you could create your own magazine on Photoshop, or take the step into doing voiced reports, or something like that. It’s easier to stand out from the crowd when you do something different. · NEW: proof read. This one is hilariously relevant; you should proof read everything before you post it as an article or broadcast. As an example, this guide was originally meant for "another server" and, when I posted it, I hadn't properly proofed it. And so (as you'll see in the comments) other people picked up on this instead. This is exactly what happens with errors in the real world and in journalism RP - and is far from ideal! It's also a good idea to get someone else to proof your stuff first, as they tend to spot things that you don't. · HAVE FUN! It’s far, far too easy with legal roleplay to fall into the trap of treating this like a second job. It is absolutely not meant to be a second job. You’re playing any roleplay server to have fun, and you should never feel pressurised like you may do in a real life studying or work situation. If you ever feel like this, it may be time to take a break. Often in the past, this has come as a result of players or their characters criticizing my work; it takes a lot of maturity and some broad shoulders to consistently rise above that. If it gets a bit much, don’t worry at all about taking it slow. Your sanity and enjoyment should, as ever, be the key driving factor here. _____________________________ I hope you found my guide to roleplaying a journalist interesting – I would love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions 😊
  7. All things considered I'd say World has less smack talking than other internet communities, and things are "policed" here pretty well. I get it though. There are a lot of people who play these sorts of games for escapism and because there's a lot going on in their real lives.
  8. This one's in safe hands. Y'all need to update the OP though.
  9. Loving your work and that you've kept this going for so long. Real high quality stuff. Not RPed with you guys I don't think but the mag and screens are bangin'.
  10. I'm a really big fan of this tbf. I'm trying to brush up on my video editing, Menyoo and Rockstar Editor skills and this would be a great outlet for it. Plus I think people would enjoy watching short vids - there are many great machinima examples filmed on GTA 5 out there already. Thumbs up from me.
  11. District Councillor Candidates Confirmed ADRIAN WINTER The Office of the City Clerk has confirmed the finalised list of candidates taking place in the upcoming District Council elections in an exclusive, late-night update to LSNN. Both Democratic and Republican candidates have been hitting the campaign trails hard over the past few weeks, but a final list of candidates has only just been confirmed this evening. See below: WESTERN DISTRICT: Tanya Sun (D), Joshua Shepherd (R) NORTHERN DISTRICT: Manjot Singh (D), Jonathan Spencer (R) CENTRAL DISTRICT: Richard Orosco (D), Alex Flynn (R) EASTERN DISTRICT: George Valencia (D), Thomas Busch (R) SOUTHERN DISTRICT: Wallace Abbasi (D), Jose Ortiz (R) BLAINE DISTRICT: Badar Khan (D), Joseph Hoffman (R) Most interestingly, there are no independent candidates in the running whatsoever for these roles: all are members of either the Democratic or Republican parties. No more individuals can register to be part of the polls - this is the final list. Polling stations will open up in each district at 6am on the 25th of September 2020, and will close at 6pm on the 27th of September 2020. During this time, residents of each local area will have the chance to choose who will represent them as District Councillor. LSNN has been conducting exclusive interviews with these candidates over the past few days, having attended many of the events organised by the two main political parties. As such, more information regarding each candidate, their policies and their overall popularity rating will follow in upcoming articles. Stay tuned and be sure to subscribe ((follow this forum in the top right hand corner)) for the most up-to-date developments. VISIT OUR WEBSITE - CLICK HERE
  12. Big fan of you guys as you already know. Concept is great and your DJing skillz are mad. Glad to be working with you on the news stuff too!
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