Discover Vancouver: North America’s Hidden Secret

Since becoming chief copy editor for Concrete, UEA’s Student Newspaper, I’ve been determined to write more articles for the paper and here is my first one.

A pretty easy going and by no means exhaustive account of my trip to Vancouver this summer. Please check it out here:

And while you’re at it why not check out our online edition of the paper:

Don’t let Vancouver’s proximity to the US border fool you into thinking that it’s just another North American city full of commercialised tourism and high-rise buildings. Vancouver may not immediately come to mind in your list of top 10 travel destinations, but it is definitely underestimated in what it has to offer.
Vancouver provides the unique experience of combining the hustle and bustle of a city with the green expanses of Stanley Park; at 1000 acres Stanley Park is the third largest city-owned park in North America and alongside the park lies the famous city beach, English Bay. With the addition of Grouse Mountain and nearby Whistler attracting tourists from all over the world during ski season, few cities can boast such a variety of attractions throughout the year.
The diversity of the landscape and the natural beauty surrounding Vancouver makes for breath-taking views in every direction. With the peninsula of Downtown Vancouver set to a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the city has a skyline like none you have ever seen before. And it’s not just the diversity of the landscape which sets ‘Vancity’ apart from the rest. Downtown is easily navigated and each neighbourhood has its own characteristics so the exploring tourist truly experiences the personality of the city. From the high-end, high-style living of North Shore and Yaletown, to the hipster vibes and vintage boutiques of Gastown, the city literally has a place for everyone.
The artistic hub of the city is on Granville Island, set on the waterfront of False Creek under the bridges which link the suburbs to Downtown. The island bursts with life and colour with the huge indoor public market at its centre. Selling everything from fruit and flowers to local favourites such as squid, jellyfish, and Vancouver’s famous snack: Poutine (their posh term for chips covered in gravy and cheese). The island also promotes individual artistic talent with pop-up shops and artisan studios for painters, jewellers and sculptors, all which make for beautiful and unique gifts and souvenirs to take home.
The jewel of Vancouver has to be its seawall. Spanning almost 9km around Stanley Park the walkway hugs the edge of the city peninsula on one side and meets the lapping ocean and mountains on the other. Both tourists and locals enjoy the path’s suitability for cycling, jogging or even rollerblading, making this stretch of waterfront a thriving attraction where the city meets nature on the edge of the Pacific.
Vancouver’s variety and diversity of landscape, attractions and population truly make it a unique place that every traveller, seasoned or beginner should visit. For a relatively new city, Vancouver’s reputation as a tourist destination is growing, but it still remains an idyllic and underrated gem of North America.
A traditional anukshuk used by the First Nations people in sunset over English Bay.
Originall published in Concrete, UEA Student Newspaper.

Say Hello to the New Chief Copy Editor for UEA’s Student Newspaper!

The hectic last few weeks and lack of blog posts for a couple of weeks has finally paid off as last week I found out I had been successful in my application for copy editor of Concrete, my university’s student newspaper.

The job is unpaid but massively rewarding as I get to see the result of my hard work and the rest of the senior editing team in the fortnightly publication of the paper. But I found a lot of my friends asking what the position actually involved…

Copy Editor is mostly considered US terminology for what we would call a Sub-Editor. However, the distinction seems to be less important now and as that is the title I’ve been given and the job description is the same then Copy Editor it is!

The copy editor essentially designs (which is called lays out or lays up) the pages of the paper. It is their responsibility to edit, proofread and cut copy (main text) to an acceptable standard to print. Often the role can involve re-writing or re-wording of sentences or even headlines and captions in order to create the most effective and visually impacting article for readers.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, the world is moving into the online sphere. So the world of editing now often involves lay outs of articles on online applications or on-screen programmes. I’ve had to learn many of the basics for such a programme in order to speed up the editing process to meet print deadlines.

Concrete, the university student newspaper has been around for over 20 years now and is a free fortnightly paper which can be picked up all around campus and at many locations within Norwich. Some of the sections include, News; Features; Lifestyle; Travel; Sport; Comment. It also has a cultural pull-out called Venue which covers Arts; Music; Fashion; Creative Writing and much more.

In the past the paper has received awards for its achievements including Best Student Newspaper of the Year from both The Guardian and NUS.

I’m really looking forward to getting involved in such an exciting experience and meeting the new team of editors that I will be working with, as well as appreciating the sense of achievement from being involved in a newspaper such as this.

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