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Guide and Additional Information

Digital Journalism BSc (Hons.)

End of Year Showcase 2022/23

Celebrations Will Ensue















Welcome to the three’s a crowd zine, a publication to

showcase the work created by Leeds Beckett University’s Digital

Journalism BSc (Hons) final graduating class.

The students involved with three’s a crowd have created work

in photography, video, and writing, all of which can be seen

in this publication. Although this guide acts as an introduction

to our work, there are many more ways for you to view and

enjoy each project. We have dedicated a considerable amount

of time to developing our ideas and creative practice. This

event provides an exciting opportunity to share with you the

culmination of our efforts.

The three’s a crowd event isn’t just about the accomplishments

of the students and previous graduates. The first half of our

evening will present a retrospective of student work and

graduate achievements over the last decade. In the second

half, we’ll bring things up-to-date by showcasing the outputs of

the Digital Journalism class of 2023.

Thanks to Hugo Smith, Alison Munn, Ashley Dean, and the

Helpdesk team for all the help along the last three years. An

extra special thanks is dedicated to Lizzie Coombes, Peter

Defty, Anthony Walker and Jenny Schofield for working

through a pandemic to get us to this point.

Lewis Mead (Project Manager)

Taylor ince

The cost of living

Photo book

Shivangi Matthew



Lewis Mead

Being Mormon


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The cost of

Living book

Taylor Ince (she/her) has developed her creative writing,

graphic design and photography skills over the last three years.

Her work has ranged from photographing dance students at

Leeds Beckett, creating illustrations for a campaign celebrating

female sexuality and body positivity and publishing an article

on gender inequality. Taylor wants to continue developing her

graphic design portfolio after she leaves university.

Her most recent project is a photobook exploring the cost of

living crisis in the UK. Through photography and interviews,

Taylor aims to show a more hopeful and community-based

outlook during these times of struggle.


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Shivangi Mathew (she/her) is an India-based Assistant Director.

Shiv started her studies in Digital Journalism at Leeds Beckett,

but when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she had to relocate to

New Delhi/Bombay to complete her studies online. She has

a keen eye for portrait photography. Shiv prefers to work in

black and white, finding beauty in the technical imperfections of

the camera, such as hazy photographs or camera movement.

Through these techniques, Shiv wants to bring authenticity to

her subjects.

During her time in India, Shiv has worked as an assistant

director/directors assistant on three films, six series and adverts

for theatre releases, television, Netflix and Amazon Prime. She

plans to continue with this line of work after graduating from



Her film 24/365 portrays a journey over 24 hours of

humankind, exploring life’s pace with time as we grow older.

Everything around us changes but time.


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Being Mormon

Lewis Mead (he/him) has developed a wide variety of work

during his studies on Digital Journalism, both in subject matter

and treatment. A central thread in his work is the exploration of

complex topics such as a book on the Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-Day Saints, an article on recreational drug use and most

recently, a multi-media story package on the rise of misogynistic

figureheads on social media. Lewis believes in information for

the masses and aims to make his work accessible.

The main focus of Lewis’s work outside of studies is social

media. Companies such as Mark Riley Hairdressers have

featured his work on their accounts, and he is currently working

as the creative producer for a rising northern influencer.


After developing an online publication with fellow students in

his second year called Not The End, he plans to relaunch this

platform in the summer of 2023 and utilise his content creator

and management skills to bring it to a broader audience.


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What is a Mormon?

Before the book begins, it is required for the unbaptised

readers to fully understand what being a Mormon entails. It

is required to say that Mormon may be the wrong term. In

recent years Russel M. Nelson, current Prophet of the Church of

Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has said:

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance

of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have

work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with

His will. In recent weeks, various Church leaders and

departments have initiated the necessary steps to do

so. Additional information about this important matter

will be made available in the coming months.”

In essence this is informing the members to no longer refer to

themselves as Mormons and to remove the use of nicknames such

as members of the LDS church or even just Latter-Day Saints.

This is to emphasise the separation from a common section of

misinformation that the Church worships the Prophet, both

current and past. Instilling that the Church is in fact Christian.

They have offered new alternatives such as Followers of Christ,

the importance being that Jesus gets a mention. I believe this

does increase the more cult like feeling towards the Church, but

personal opinions won’t change leader’s minds.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is, as previously

stated, a Christian religion. It was officially founded by the first

Prophet of the Church, Joseph Smith Jr, on April 6th, 1830, when


Being Mormon

What is a Mormon?

the first Book of Mormon was published. It is said that The Book

of Mormon was revealed to Joseph via divine intervention.

Much like the immaculate conception an angel visited Smith,

revealing The Golden Plates. Not Gabriel, this was Moroni who

is depicted on top of the Mormon Temples. These plates when

translated became, the afore mentioned, Book of Mormon. Within

its opening page The Book of Mormon is said to be “Another

Testament of Jesus Christ”. Without dipping into a full Sunday

school course of lessons this book follows the Prophet Lehi and his

family through the escape from Jerusalem and the generations to

follow in the Americas. This eventually comes to an end in a film

like sequence of events leaving the descendants of one of Lehi’s

sons, the Lamanites. Mormon was the last author of the plates;

he also curated all the recordings of generations of Prophets into

the Golden plates. Much like the Bible it is a collection of work

following many different Prophets with stories and parables all

leading to the belief in Christ in the ancient Americas.

This is what separates Followers of Christ from more mainstream

branches of Christianity. They still practice studying both the

New and Old Testament alongside this new scripture as well as

the Doctrine and Covenants. This is another section of scripture

dictated to Joseph Smith, forming another reason for the separation

from other denominations. The Church still has a Prophet who

receives direct inspiration from our Heavenly Father.

This is the raw basics of what the Church stands for, as anyone

that has had a small interaction with them will understand this is

the very tip of the iceberg. The more intricate details of the Church

could fill several books. This is not what this book is about, however,

a lot of these more obscure details will be visited explored in this

book. This isn’t exclusive to the people who aren’t members of

the Church. If you do feel desires to learn as much as you can

about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I’m sure

there are very friendly young people you can get in contact with.

They usually have a suit or smart clothing on and a small badge

with their surname. If you don’t want these people pestering you,

the Church has an outlined and simple explanation of the core

beliefs named The Articles of Faith. These haunt my mind with the

memorisation in Sunday school.

Still wanting a little more before jumping in? Okay, lets discuss

some key points. The Church is led by a Prophet, he then has two

counsellors and then there is the 12 apostles. Following them is

the 70. These are the key leaders of the Church, on an international

level. However, at its core, this is not a hierarchy. Even the Prophet

is answerable to his Bishop and Stake President. At the time of

writing there is even a call for these individuals to hold meetings

with Church leaders over a misuse of Church funds, some $34

billion. A Bishop overlooks a Ward, which is a local congregation,

and a Stake Presidents overlooks a group of Wards. This then

progresses to regional roles and area roles eventually ending up

back to the Prophet.

The Church also operates in two distinct buildings, Churches,

and Temples. Churches are for everyday worship, such as Sunday

services and different weekly practices such as youth clubs, and

varying study lessons. The Temples are separate from everyday



Being Mormon?

What is a Mormon?

worship and are home to more sacred practices. The members of

Church tend to have quite a good sense of humour around the

more secretive nature of the Temple ordinances. This brings to

my memory moments when being told to “not drop the goat” or

not to worry as I didn’t have to “eat the entire baby”. The second

of the two was told to me by a particularly close friend who

shares a particularly dark sense of humour with myself. I feel it

necessary to say this as such things could be misconstrued of an

institutionalised darkness or a demonic sense of humour. For the

most part the members are annoyingly bright and cheerful and

wouldn’t stoop to our low intelligence humour.

Now that the basics of the origins of the Church have been

established and some of the logistical aspects have been introduced,

you have earned the right to the more fun bits concerning the key

areas of information about the Church. Or rather misinformation,

the Church seems to attract quite a lot of nonsense about some of

the odder practices.

No, polygamy is no longer a part of the religion, and neither is

marriage to the Prophet, dead nor alive. This rumour comes

from a distant part of Church history deemed as either a

misunderstanding of revelation or a system of practicality due to

being persecuted by the varying towns people of America. This

change in policy was introduced in 1890 and was from revelation

received by the Prophet of the time, Wilford Woodruff. I know,

Americans not liking something new. Seems odd doesn’t it. But

overall, no. Plural marriage is no longer part of the teachings. This

isn’t to say people don’t use the religions origin as a jumping off

point to practice things such as this.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints

practice polygamy and much darker aspects of it such as child

marriage. This came to more public awareness with the arrival

of the Netflix documentary, Keep Sweet. Pray and Obey (2022).

This is a completely separate entity that is not associated with the

Church of which we are discussing.

Yes, they can have caffeine. Part of the teachings of the Church

is the Word of Wisdom. This teaching is found in Doctrine and

Covenants 89 and issues decrees against tobacco, alcohol and hot


At no point is it issued that caffeine is the reason behind an

abstinence from tea and coffee. It is to do with habitually natured

living, and addiction. How many people say: “I can’t wake up

without a coffee”? The Church doesn’t want to reinforce bad

habits or addiction. This isn’t just in reference to consumption

either, members are encouraged not to repeat prayers unless it is

a sacred part of practice that mustn’t be changed. This is to reduce

apathy and encourage members to really ponder on what they are

praying for.

So, caffeine in tea and coffee isn’t the problem. It is the habit.

Having said this the over consumption of Diet Coke by members

of the church seems to be such a growing epidemic that it needs to

be an amended 11th commandment.

No, we don’t baptise dead people. This is in reference to a Temple

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Being Mormon

What is a Mormon?

practice and refers to Baptism FOR the Dead, this is in fact a terrible

name but is a belief that if in this life you didn’t have chance to be

baptised someone can be baptised on your behalf. NOT YOUR

BODY, just your name. This isn’t a spooky thing thought up by the

Church, it was also practiced in biblical times and is recorded in:

1 Corinthians 15:29

New Testament

29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for

the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they

then baptized for the dead?

Yes, there are three heavens. This will explain it better than I ever

could, but if we’re being honest any form of heaven is weird, at

least this way you get three good goes at it. This also covers the

alien debate.

These always seem to be the most talked about ones that need a bit

more clarification, now for some quickfire ones.

Yes, they can dance (even those some insist you leave space for

the Lord).

Yes, we can play Ping Pong on Wednesdays, I have no idea where

this one came from but has cropped up quite a bit.

No, Missionaries can’t swim. This isn’t a question of ability, I’m

sure some can physically swim.

Yes, we can eat meat during the summer.

But that just about does it for the weird stuff that readers may

have encountered in the outside world and that members get

bombarded with constantly.

The more you know...

“There are three kingdoms of glory: the Celestial

kingdom, the Terrestrial kingdom, and the Telestial

kingdom. The glory we inherit will depend on the depth

of our conversion, expressed by our obedience to the

Lord’s commandments. It will depend on the manner

in which we have, as the Church describes, “received

the testimony of Jesus”.


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