As part of my second year Multimedia Journalism module we had to create 3 TV pieces: a news feature from 3-5 minutes, a hard news story for up to 2′ and a piece where you are either a reporter, presenter or interviewer.
As this blog is all about my university- more specifically academic journey, I will share with you the stories that I’ve done.
I’ve collected all the material for each and one of them, filmed and shot different angles, done interviews, a piece to camera and finally edited them together. I’ve had different difficulties and obstacles during this process, such as: finding out that the camera is super sensitive to quick movement so the pictures may seem blurry, some of the interviews were either too loud or too quiet and that I still have to practice speaking in front of the camera, with or without a cue.
So, the first one is the news feature about the students’ union big idea of asking students about what they think the SU should be focusing on next year. Here’s the outcome:
Mental health is another big topic the younger generation is talking about quite a lot, and not only students but news organisations report on it very often as well. The university organised a Mental Health Awareness Fair to which they brought many local and national charities in order to help students, so I’ve decided to produce my hard news story on this topic.
Lastly, within our course we have news days during which we collect news and write them up in order to make it fit for either radio or TV, then we present them. This gives us the opportunity to take on different roles, such as being the presenter, reporter, being a ‘guest’ on the show, or be behind the cameras or in the studio- being the producer.
In the following to pieces I am presenting Sport news, this was a new experience for me as I had to face a really bright light, stand alone in front of a green screen and then read the cue from the camera. This sounds easier than it really is. You have to speak fluently and clearly and read as if you were just normally speaking to a friend. (I’m not quite there yet, but shortly will be!) Then you have to make sure that the video clips are in accordance with your words and so on.. It’s really challenging but in the same time a lot of fun.
I’m a bit more lost here, but oh well..
P.S. I would have ironed my shirt if I knew that I was going to be presenting that day.
I’ve definitely learnt a lot more about this side of journalism by actually doing this pieces than sitting and listening to our lecturer explaining it to us. It is a lot more work and dedication behind these short videos than you can imagine, but in the end it’s all worth it.
I still have to learn a lot of things and master myself in others but at least, now I know where I stand and what still needs improvement.