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.

Harrow on the Hill

4 05 2010

These are pictures I took on my walk home from uni

A Bit of Real Journalism

21 04 2010


10 04 2010

All my instincts are being brought into question, Newsnight and Question Time need to come round my house and place me on a pedestal for all politicians to come and gaze at. For I tell you this is what one looks like, a real life in the flesh one. Yes it’s a DUM DUM DUUUUUUMMMMMM:


My vote on May 6th could go in any direction I really cannot decide who’s box to put my utterly desirable tick into (please don’t consider yourself included in my options Nick Griffin; I’d rather lick an old tramp’s balls than vote for your lot). It’s more than likely that I’m gonna go to one of the big three so let’s have a little look see at my options.

THE LABOUR PARTY: The incumbents. My moral compass tells me to go with Labour, in power since 1997. Read the tabloids and they really have it in for Brown, now he’s doing stupid interviews with Piers “vile-face” Morgan to win votes. But it seems to be working, the massive lead the Tory Party had late last year is fast disappearing. I like Brown the politician as opposed to Brown the personality. My favourite politician is David Miliband, the current Foreign Secretary, if he was the leader of Labour, as was rumoured about to happen a few years back, they would be guaranteed my vote, alas their other “big gun” Alistair Darling is like a wet weekend in Brighton.

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: The Liberal Democrats have a leader, in the Sky News Leaders Debate picture he’s the one at the back you never quite noticed. An inoffensive man, he probably eats, sleeps and does a poo like the most average man in Britain. They do however have a not-so-secret-weapon in the form of the economic authority Vince Cable. The man who predicted the credit crunch and the recession; although he hasn’t always being right he has the most respected opinion on all things financial in an election that is all about the economy. The Lib Dems also believe that education is too important to make cuts to and, as any free loading student will tell you, they’re right.

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY: Now before you all start having a go, I know I said I loathe the Tories and would never vote for them. But, and it’s a big but, they seem to be taking this election more seriously than the other two. David Cameron falls under the category of someone I should hate but don’t; the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, falls under the category of someone I should hate and do. George did, however, send me a letter asking me what I would like him to do with the economy, he also sent it to everyone else in Britain but at least he wrote which is more than Vince or Alastair did. In my capacity as a up and coming journalist I recently attempted to get an interview with each of the party leaders and I’m surprised  to say Cameron was by far the politest in telling me no.

So you lot there you have it, who shall I vote for? I really don’t know so I invite you and yours to come and canvas me.