Last formal Blog

7 05 2010

And now the end is near… my last assignment of year 1 of being a journalist is a blog about the experience of studying multimedia journalism. Jim asked me in an interview what would be my ideal job in ten years time and I replied that I would love to be a political correspondent for one of the broadsheets. Oh how things have changed.

The reason for that change has been multimedia journalism. From my Facebook account to my blog to my pointless tweets there is a big electronic world out there that no journalist can ignore any longer.

I met a journalist who works for The Daily Mail recently and he agrees that the web is where the future lies; we just need to figure out how to make money out of it. I still use Google News since we were introduced to it a few months back and have since passed on my knowledge to some of my drinking buddies who have set up their own accounts.

An Irish DJ died recently and quite unexpectedly and, after a friend sent me a text, I used Google News to get the facts. The worry here is it was all free, news is so much more readily available but no one is paying for it. The world has become a much smaller place and though I’ve really taken to blogging I would love to make some money out of it. The Internet has unleashed an enormous amount of uncertainty about where the future of journalism is heading but I find this prospect rather exciting and hope that by getting into the business now I might have some say in the answer to this puzzle.

It wasn’t all technical; I also honed my interviewing skills for the podcast and my approach strangers in the street skills for the vox pops.

I will not be the type of student to ignore their blog ‘til we come back in October and Jim tells us to blow the dust off and get typing; there shall be a whole summer of theory, speculation and, of course, ranting. All donations accepted.

Audio Visual

7 05 2010

I tackled audio first and, am ashamed to admit, my heart was never quite in it. At the time I had a few big mark assignments due in and had to give a presentation about the Chilcot inquiry (I take immense pride in my presentations) so audio got bumped way down the list.

I did a podcast about mature students, I felt we were something of our own little species and wanted to see if the others views reflected my own. I interviewed Mark, Sophia, Monika and the ever talkative Patrick Stoddart. The biggest lesson I learned is to be brutal when working. Patrick had given me the most interesting interview but I just couldn’t fit it into my two minute limit. So the ten minutes of his time (this was while he was incredibly busy with interviews) he gave me was to come to nothing. Those I spoke to felt the same way I did at the frustration of the attitude of younger students and Patrick gave me the impression he would love to teach a class full of us older kids.

The first obstacle is to overcome the sound of your own voice which is something I don’t think we ever achieve fully. Whose voice is that? Oh it’s me. You need to accept you sound like that and crack on.

I spent many hours editing my podcast and no one seemed quite sure how to burn it onto a disk but I managed eventually. I lost ten percent for not having music in it but had discussed with the lecturer how I had put music in but it just didn’t work. I should have left it on. 54% my lowest mark of the year.

Video and the mighty Rezzzza. Students who had studied video had warned me about Reza’s style of teaching but I thought he was outstanding and the amount of effort he put in with the individuals who came to his class was great. I did a vox pops about the election in Harrow, see earlier post. This was a no brainer as a choice as i was writing the group blog at the time and I have a huge interest in politics.  A great experience for any journalist is jumping in front of people in the street and making them talk to a camera, you need to think about how you approach and what to say, I always assured them I wasn’t looking for money and that it was a student task and they weren’t gonna be on the six o clock news.

Once you get good at it people start to open up and you learn to spot the talkers, Asian women will talk to other women but not men. Monika who I was teamed with had a great interview with a Muslim woman, one that I would never have gotten.

Final Cut Pro, what a mess. Without Reza to be pestered by me I never would have done it. I must have picked something up though because I ended up helping a lot of my class mates. I think I’m gonna have to keep practicing my editing skills for audio and visual outside of class time. Got to know how to do everything these days.