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.





Group Blog

6 05 2010

My overall group blog experience was a good one; this is mostly down to the fact I had the privilege of working with a motivated intelligent group of people. We limited our number to four and although there were requests to join our blog such instances were swiftly dealt with.

My job was editor and chief and then we had a production editor, a social media person and a blog page enforcer. I don’t wish to upset anybody so I shall refer to these people as Mark, Victoria and Sophia.

My task was to inspire my people to write, there would be no problem here as everyone was brimming with ideas. Mark was asked to work out a time table to make sure posts were going up every day; I don’t think he needed to worry too much on that front. Vicky got us a page on Facebook which at its peak had 61 members and, director of decorations, Sophia spent an entire day in her back garden in the sunshine setting up the page.

I’m very proud to say that a number of other blog groups told me that they thought theirs and ours was the best. The page did look wonderful and everyone was brimming with ideas. By the end of the week my most difficult task had been to decide if I should allow a couple of little swear words slip through. I love swearing and I’m very good at it but I never like to see it in print. In my capacity as the leader I chose to let the swearing go, it wasn’t gratuitous and added a certain passion/humour where it was used.

As well as my posts, which I always tried to keep to the 300 word mark, I stuck up a few cartoons and after a while began crediting them (don’t want to get sued and lose my student loan). After having it explained to me 400 times I also learned what the difference between categories and tags is, I think.

Editing posts was my other task, luckily my team were mature enough to be open minded and listen to ideas. This was very much a two way thing and our final post on Camilla Chafer was written and re-edited by all of us.

An enjoyable experience and if I was required to do another group exercise I would imagine we’d get the old team back together.





GROUP BLOGGING

3 05 2010

My overall group blog experience was a good one; this is mostly down to the fact I had the privilege of working with a motivated intelligent group of people. We limited our number to four and although there were requests to join our blog such instances were swiftly dealt with.

My job was editor and chief and then we had a production editor, a social media person and a blog page enforcer. I don’t wish to upset anybody so I shall refer to these people as Mark, Victoria and Sophia.

My task was to inspire my people to write, there would be no problem here as everyone was brimming with ideas. Mark was asked to work out a time table to make sure posts were going up every day; I don’t think he needed to worry too much on that front. Vicky got us a page on Facebook which at its peak had 61 members and, director of decorations, Sophia spent an entire day in her back garden in the sunshine setting up the page.

I’m very proud to say that a number of other blog groups told me that they thought theirs and ours was the best. The page did look wonderful and everyone was brimming with ideas. By the end of the week my most difficult task had been to decide if I should allow a couple of little swear words slip through. I love swearing and I’m very good at it but I never like to see it in print. In my capacity as the leader I chose to let the swearing go, it wasn’t gratuitous and added a certain passion/humour where it was used.

As well as my posts, which I always tried to keep to the 300 word mark, I stuck up a few cartoons and after a while began crediting them (don’t want to get sued and lose my student loan). After having it explained to me 400 times I also learned what the difference between categories and tags is, I think.

Editing posts was my other task, luckily my team were mature enough to be open minded and listen to ideas. This was very much a two way thing and our final post on Camilla Chafer was written and re-edited by all of us.

An enjoyable experience and if I was required to do another group exercise I would imagine we’d get the old team back together.





A Bit of Real Journalism

21 04 2010