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As a first step, we would like you to take this assessment which will allow us to review your experience and linguistic & analytic skills.
The assessment will consist of a couple of sections. First you will be asked a couple of general questions about your background and experience. Then you will get a few questions about the media analysis industry. This is followed by a section in which you are asked to to write summaries of news articles, which also includes some questions that will test your understanding of the text. In total, the assesment will take about 30-45 minutes
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Experience and background
~160 words answer
Summaries & textual understanding
In this section of the assessment you will need to write summaries for 3 different news articles. Each time, we will tell you who the client is that you are writing the summary for. The summary should be 4-8 lines long and should give a good indication of what the article is about, while keeping the focus on the client.
Please summarise the article from the link below, keeping in mind that the client is Sony
Article URL: https://www.avforums.com/news/sony-announce-xf83-xf75-xf70-tvs.14817
Article URL: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/apr/07/russell-crowe-rakes-in-at-art-of-divorce-auction
Article URL: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/company-news/coca-cola-is-making-a-subtle-change-%E2%80%93-and-its-bad-news-for-customers/ar-BBHVSlK
Coca-Cola is to launch smaller bottles and raise prices as the Government's sugar tax comes into force.The multi-billion pound company has chosen to offset costs and reduce package sizes rather than alter its famous recipe.Coca-Cola Classic contains 10.6g of sugar per 100ml.The changes, which will happen in March, just before the sugar tax arrives in April, mean a 1.75 litre bottle will shrink to 1.5 litres; the price will increase by 20p. A 500ml bottle, meanwhile, will stay 500ml, but will shift from £1.09 to £1.25. North America Prices of 'price marked packs' sold at newsagents and convenience stores will in some cases rise by as much as ten per cent."We have no plans to change the recipe of Coca-Cola Classic so it will be impacted by the government’s soft drinks tax," a Coca-Cola spokesman for the company's European arm told the Mirror in a statement."People love the taste...and have told us not to change [it]." The company added: "As is always the case, our customers will have to decide the retail prices in their outlets. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke, our no-sugar colas, are not impacted by the Government's soft drink tax". The sugar tax is designed to tackle childhood obesity and improve the nation's health. It was announced in 2016 by former chancellor George Osborne. The policy means soft drinks manufacturers will be taxed at 18p per litre on drinks containing 5g of sugar or more per 100ml. Beverages with 8g of sugar or more per 100ml will see a 24p tax per litre.Supermarkets and manufacturers have been tweaking recipes to bring sugar content down. Just this week, Waitrose banned sales of 'energy drinks' to under-16s as concern over sugar and caffeine grew.TV chef Jamie Oliver has been a long-time advocate for change, and earlier this week talked to the Mirrorabout the health risks.But Coca-Cola has held firm with its Classic drink in the UK, despite last year launching a new, sugar-free version (not Coke Zero) in Australia and New Zealand. It says it tastes the same as the original.The brand's Coca-Cola Life product, however, which was launched with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in 2014 and cut sugar by making use of the 'natural' sweetener Stevia, was quietly scrapped in the UK in June 2017.Coca-Cola said it has been in discussions with retailers about the impact of the sugar tax."These discussions include reviewing the pack sizes offered to consumers and our approach to price-marked packs," said a spokesman.While Classic cola remains unchanged, the amount of sugar used in Sprite, Fanta, and Dr Pepper has been reduced. Fans were upset, particularly, by the new Fanta recipe.Duncan Brewer, a partner at consultancy firm Oliver Wyman, said it would be interesting to see which approach works best. He told the Guardian: "I’m not surprised Coke is reluctant to reformulate given the ‘new Coke’ debacle."But they also have the negotiating power to pass the price rise on to retailers. I’m pretty sure they won’t eat the cost of the tax themselves."Consumers, then, will have to stump up if they want to carry on drinking the world's most famous soft drink.Elsewhere, manufacturers are going the way of Coca-Cola's less influential drinks.AG Barr, which makes Scottish cult-favourite Irn-Bru, revealed that it plans to cut sugar in its recipe. Although the company assures fans 'The Ginger' tastes the same, the public were not at all happy about the news.Tech worker Stephen McLeod, who has been campaigning to save the old version of Irn-Bru, told Glasgow Live: "I fear that this is going to be a disaster for Irn-Bru, and we could lose one of our beloved icons as a result."