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That's All Folks!

Jul 31 2008 12:21
Ashley Brown
Live!'s Editor for the past two years has quite a few final words before running off to become a hermit on a desert island in the Pacific.
Manifesto picture anyone?

And so, the end is finally here. At midnight tonight, after over two years running Live!, I hand over the baton to my successor. Two years is a long time and has seen over 600 articles published, including our various special editions. As Live! Editor you develop a pretty thick skin, particularly when people threaten to sue you, and call you lots of nasty names. I hope under my period as editor we've given you an entertaining read, but also one which has benefited students by applying pressure on the College where it has been due, held the Union to account and promoted elections with some of the highest turnouts in recent years.

NUS President Wes Streeting joined us for a debate

We've expanded from a text-only news website to one which makes full use of the resources available to us. Pictures, audio and video features have all brought a new dynamic to the site. We've worked with stoic tv on video features such as 'Ask the Rector', and two live webcasts from the London Mayoral Elections and Live! NUS Debate.

We've increased the number of visits per day from around 500 to around 2,500, with Live! generating both local and national news coverage on a number of occasions, including being the first media outlet to report on the cornwall affair. Of course, we also broke the story about the National Student Survey Scandal at Kingston, which appeared in practically every newspaper going and resulted in the department in question being removed from the league tables.

Live! has always had a unique place within Imperial College Union, initially being the news gossip source for hacks. Over the past two years we've built a strong community of readers, including those who should probably be considered hacks as well as a surprising number of 'normal' students, who read our news stories for other reasons. I hope we've made the Union more accessible to those of you outside the Hackosphere, while keeping the organisation on its toes.

We even got a mention in thelondonpaper

You should be in no doubt about one thing though - Live!'s readers make it what it is, from the insightful or downright abusive discussion to tip-offs about College incompetence or scandal, it has always been you, the readers, who provide the interesting stories. Even if you don't realise at the time, the smallest thing can become a focus of national news and get discussed in parliament.

Sadly, my time as Live! Editor is ending, as much as I enjoy it I really must do some proper work. Kirsty Patterson takes over tomorrow, with an opportunity to build on good foundations and create something even better. Dan Wan and James Lewis have an important place in stoic tv next year, and I hope they will build on the strong relationship we have to strengthen even further our ability to bring the College to account, and maybe get some more glassware. The talent within Live!, stoic tv and Felix is certainly there to rack up awards if the dedication is there to achieve it.

I've still got more words to say, but you can take a brief intermission with some of the funny things we've recorded over the past couple of years:

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Some funny clips from stoic tv and Live!


All the stories on Live! are based (mostly) on fact, so I must thank those who have provided the stories first and foremost. Whether it has been a detailed account of some questionable tactic or an off-hand comment about something which should be investigated, there are a wide variety of ways people get in touch.

Thanks must also go to the sabbatical teams who have served while I've been completely or partially in control of Live!, most of whom I've locked horns with at various points. They often have a tricky job balancing the commercial and legal realities of running the Union against the standards of transparency and openness the student media have demanded. They also generate a good number of the news stories, particularly John Collins who generated some of the best ones.

Those in College Communications must also be thanked for their patient co-operation, even in the face of some fairly embarrassing articles for the College. Ultimately, we're all here because we want Imperial to be the best it can be, even if we often differ in our opinions of what that means and how it should happen. We take on the College on a regular basis, and don't always see to eye-to-eye, but for the most part College and Union staff have taken it all with good humour, accepting Live! as something they have to put up with.

Remember, as part of our entries to various awards in the past couple of years, including the Guardian Awards, we've put together a variety of our best bits. If you feel like re-living some of them, you can find a selection of articles from 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Well done for getting this far, just time left to blind you with numbers. Keeping track of what's going on is an important part of procrastination, for which statistics play a vital role.

John Collins been mentioned in more articles than any other sabbatical since mid-2006, coming in at 72. Stephen Brown is a close second on 55, with Jon Matthews taking the bronze with 48. Next year's editor Kirsty Patterson comes in at 33, with colleague Ally Cott at 26. Last year's DPEW Ben Harris comes towards the back of the pack with 23. Shama Rahman (despite her problems) managed just 14, the same as Eric Lai and Chris Larvin, leaving them at the bottom of the table.

Andy Sykes was the Felix Editor with the most mentions, coming in at 11 to Tomo Roberts' measly 6. Felix as a whole got more mentions, appearing in 82 articles.

Running Live! can be a dangerous business, usually involving arguing over email or phone about a number of things. With this in mind, the following are the number of times someone has said:

  • "I'm/we're/she's going to sue you": 3
  • "Can you take article x down please": 6
  • "Can you delete discussion post x": 27
  • "You're a bastard": lots

The top 10 Google searches leading to Live! have a couple of gems:

The phrase "live sex" is also a popular one, particularly since the Ann Summers article increased our 'SexRank(TM)'.

However, contrary to popular belief, we don't think all elections are farces. In just over two years we've mentioned 'farce' in 24 articles but 'election' in 122.

The End

That's it. See you in the bar!

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Discussion about “That's All Folks!”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Jul 31 2008 13:25

I love you Ashley - You are the best - Good luck in your future endeavours


Jul 31 2008 14:27

What a boring article, couldn't you have come up with something at least slightly controversial? Hope we see some slightly more exciting stuff next year. xxx

Jul 31 2008 14:35

"couldn't you have come up with something at least slightly controversial"

Are you suggesting Live! should make stuff up?

Jul 31 2008 15:28

I love you Ashley!!!

Good luck for the future - I hope to see you as the editor of a high flying paper (I've got my fingers crossed for the guardian! :P)

You're fab.. xxxxxxxx

Jul 31 2008 16:01

Job well done. Enjoy the island.

Jul 31 2008 20:14

What happened to the Roy Anderson article? Did someone go soft......mmm?

Well done though. Excellent stint.

7. gay   
Jul 31 2008 21:56

this guy needs a spark in the eye

Aug 01 2008 00:15

well done, excellent stint, and appreciated by (most) (some) all.

Aug 01 2008 00:54

But using the word election here implies farce...

Great read, I still pop back every so often even though I left two years ago!

10. Seb   
Aug 01 2008 13:32

Congratulations Andy, it's been a great read!

11. huh   
Aug 01 2008 13:36

who's Andy?

Aug 01 2008 20:59

Don't go Ashley!!!! Stay and hide in a cupboard in the medics building!!!

13. Seb   
Aug 02 2008 16:37

My god.... brain fried thesis death.

Let's try that again.

Congratulations Ashley, it's been a great read.

Aug 02 2008 19:53

Don't hide in the medics building... who the f**k wants to hide with medics.

Aug 03 2008 20:21

Fun, exciting people. ha...

Aug 06 2008 16:40

Well done Ashley, you'd made quite a few improvements to live! and being editor is pretty dangerous ground.

Dangerous I guess because it is a powerful position to be in...and many an ex guilds/union presidents themselves will know about that.

Aug 06 2008 16:42

Damn I've lost all sense of grammar and punctuation lately, this is what happens when an Engineer turns to the Mining industry :-)

But yeah...good luck with the thesis!

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