Week 10: News Diary

  1. Net mitigation to UK reaches record high.” (Sky News)

Due to the recent new figures showing the dramatic increase to net migration, the government has now pledged to cut this down by ‘tens of thousands.’ the figure shows that net migration in the UK has risen from 82,000 to a staggering 336,000 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However: 45% were citizens outside the EU; 42% were EU citizens and 13% were British citizens returning to the UK.

But according to the ONS, 300,000 people arrived into the UK for work/work-related reasons. And ‘about two-thirds had a definite job to go to.’

This story has been an issue for quite sometime now for a number of reasons and these statistics may make some people immediately guess why the migration rate has risen to what it is. It could be the refugee crisis because the numbers tell us that 45% were outside of the EU which is the highest number out of the three pieces of data. However, the fact that this statistic has reached this level may also bring on many questions to the readers and the government, such as: room for housing, work placements and health funding (The NHS is already in financial crisis) but the statistics also show that the 13% are already British citizens returning, so they may already have NHS care. This kind of story may also make the reader and me definitely wonder how the government allows all of them in like this without considering the ‘side-effects’ and how it will impact on the population and employment rate for current British citizens.

For telling this news story, I feel that either TV News or the newspaper would be the best because it contains a lot of data and statistics: This means that on TV, they can be shown visually and often be explained by the news presenter or reporter. And with the newspaper, people can see it visually too and also capture the information around it and relating to it too.


  1. “George Osborne spends less on our health services than impoverished Costa Rica.” (Mirror)

It’s recently known that ‘nearly one in four’ of the Costa Rican population live in poverty- but their public health spending is still higher than that of the UK. Even though Chancellor George Osborne has announced an extra £10bn in the UK’s health spending last week, which turns out it will only be going towards NHS England. Overall, this means that the public health spending will drop to 6.7% from 7.3% of the nation’s overall wealth. This will be by the year 2020. We are behind countries such as the US, France, Germany, Japan and the Central American Caribbean Country at 7.5%.

This news story is an important one because George Osborne has been in the news very recently as well, with his plans to cut down the budgets of the public services including the police forces. However, this story shouldn’t really make the target audience/readers that surprised because we know that George Osborne has made many announcements on cutting the budgets for our services. But this one may rise another issue for many people, particularly the government: even though an extra £10bn is going to be put towards a very small part of the NHS, it definitely won’t cover the financial damage they’re already in- which could eventually affect the quality of care people are receiving from them if not dealt with. The story also contains a lot of numbers and statistics, which may be quite useful to some readers because the topic is mainly based around money issues and it could help the reader understand the seriousness and even the urgency of the story.

For telling this news story, I personally believe that newspapers would be the best medium because even though it contains a lot of numbers and statistics like the last one, it contains quite a bit more than the previous. The TV News may make the audience confused and/or miss out on the key information, whereas newspapers will have all of the data in front of you to examine for as long as you need to.


  1. “A&E waiting times ‘getting worse’. (BBC News)

Recent figures are suggesting that A&E waiting times across the UK are only getting worse due to the increasing pressures in hospitals. The target for patients to be seen within four hours in these circumstances is 95% of patients: Data shows that only 88% of patients were seen within this time period, according to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Problems relating to discharging patients have been an issue as well. As many as one in five hospitals. At its worst, three-quarters of hospitals in the UK have resorted to increasing the number of beds and routine operations being cancelled and/or postponed as an attempt to cope with the demand of patients.


This news story also presents an issue that has been ongoing for quite a while now. But it is possible for people to believe that recent issues may have contributed to this shocking rise in statistics: For example, the financial crisis since hospitals are having their budgets cut. This is obviously bad news for everybody who receives NHS treatment because this can eventually, at the very worst, affect everyone else treatment on it and the quality of care in hospital too. However, relating to this topic, it’s already affecting a large percentage of patients’ hospital experiences due to the difficulty with discharges and cancelling specific treatments. This report is definitely going to affect the patients who are receiving treatment for anything now; the government and the people who work for the NHS because it’s actually a wake-up call that the crisis has lead to the extremely poor quality of treatment and the rest of the country may seriously worry about their next experience, including those who require A&E services.

In terms of the best medium for reporting this story, I believe that either TV or newspaper would be a good way of portraying it because the TV would be able to explain the statistics and figures to the audience in a clear fashion, whereas the newspaper would be able to have the information and numbers visually clear on it so it would be easier for the reader to examine it and understand it better.

Week 10: News Diary

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