Extinction Rebellion London: Beehive Babies

VT Package about Extinction Rebellion London’s ‘Beehive Babies’ event.

My group and I created a VT on an event, made for our final piece of course work for our ‘Intro to Broadcast Journalism’ course. For the piece, I acted as the Reporter, Craig was the cameraman and Alessia edited the video. Learn about extinction rebellion and why it is so important to SAVE THE BEES!

Extinction Rebellion is an international organisation that aims to fight against climate change. The Beehive Babies event was a protest that went from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, with the goal to pass a letter through the gates of Buckingham Palace to give to the Queen, asking for a bee rehabilitation program in all of her land within the UK.

Enjoy watching.

Georgie x

Culture and Diversity in Southbank

Above you can listen to my Audio Package on Culture and Diversity in Southbank. I discuss how the Southbank Centre won the Race Equality Recruitment Awards 2018, which they won by bringing in a new diversity strategy. This is accompanied with an interview with one of the staff members from the Southbank Centre who noticed a big change with the new strategy in place.

After this I talk about all the attractions around Southbank, which brings in diverse people from all around the world, this is accompanied with an interview with a Skater who skates at the Southbank Skate Space. He discusses how he meets many different people from all around the world and how he enjoys skating in Southbank because everyone can watch him and he is able to entertain them.

I finish off by discussing something we all love, food. There are so many restaurants and food markets around Southbank that sell a variety of foods from all around the world. I talked to someone who works at the Southbank Centre Food Market and he talks about all the diverse foods they sell and how he meets people of all races at the market.

Enjoy listening and I hope you discover a bit about Southbank.

Georgie xx

The Missing Women at the Oscars

In the last 20 years only one female director has won the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar award. Does this mean male directors are better or is it simply sexism?

According to a website by Shehroz S. Khan, a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, data shows that since 1999, only 5% of the directors for the ‘Best Picture’ nominations were female. Meaning 1 woman won an Oscar in the last 20 years. This was Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for her movie ‘The Hurt Locker’. Looking at the data of Oscar nominations for ‘Best Director’, only 8 women were nominated since 1999, whilst 129 men were nominated. The highest number of women nominated in one year was 2 in 2011, whereas the highest number of men nominated was 10 in 2010.

The situation for the ‘Best Director’ awards is much worse with only 3 women having been nominated since 1999, versus the 97 men who were nominated. This was Greta Gerwig in 2017 for her film ‘Lady Bird’, Sofia Coppola for her 2003 film ‘Lost in Translation’ and lastly, as mentioned previously, Kathryn Bigelow for her 2009 film ‘The Hurt Locker’.

Liz Tucker, the chair of Women in Film and Television UK (WFTV), which is an organisation for women working in creative media in the UK, said that she believes “how directors get nominated for awards is deeply a political process, money and marketing play a key role and sometimes, it can still be a bit of an old boys’ network.”

She said “in some quarters of the industry I think there is still a perception that women are a safe pair of hands, but if you want to get that glittery stardust, hire a male director.”

According to an academic research paper published as ‘Gender in Management: An International Journal’ written by Lynn M. Martin, the director industry is mainly male dominated. Women only represent 1 in 4 directors within the UK and are mainly a part of the smaller firms within the country. Only 1 in 226 larger firms have mainly female directors. Thus, this has a lot to do with the fact that such a small number of women are nominated or win the award.

There are other controversial opinions from fans who believe that including women just to fill a quota is more of an insult and that the male films just seem to be better. For example, twitter user @yaayandnaay who tweeted “Can we stop focusing on gender and focus on talent instead? To include a woman just to fill a female quote is sexist and an insult to all women. So, what if there were only men nominated? Their movies were simply better; that’s it. Stop interpreting everything as sexist/racist?”.

Regardless of this, the trend is still happening with the most recent Oscars in 2018 only nominating 1 woman for the ‘Best Picture’ and the ‘Best Director’ award. According to the ‘Insider’, this was noticed during the ceremony. It led to an incident where Emma Stone, who was announcing the ‘Best Director’ nominations said “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.” Highlighting the fact that only one woman was nominated, pointing out how sexist the situation was.

Georgie xx

Audiogram: Brexit Podcast

Above you can listen to my audiogram on a walk around podcast which covers Brexit. Focusing on the environment outside the houses of parliament on the day when labour backed a second referendum and when Theresa May was delivering a speech to parliament.

On the 29th of February when we took a trip to the houses of parliament, we created a Brexit VT Package which has been published on my website, here, as well as creating an audio package.

For my audio package I choose to create a walk around podcast, thus what I had to do was walk around the area outside the houses of parliament and describe why I am there and what is going on around me. The piece is very descriptive and aims to enable the listeners to visualise themselves in that environment, as they are able to hear all the noises going on around me.

On the day, I made around 15 different versions of my podcast because I kept stuttering, making a mistake or just simply wasn’t happy with how it sounded. Eventually I came to a version that I wasn’t 100% happy with considering I messed up one part where I describe the signs however I tried my best and decided to use it anyway.

We used a website called headliner to edit these audio packages, the website allowed us to add images, a transcript, a title and a wavelength.

My audio packaged turned out quite nicely after editing it, I think I managed to add appropriate images and a nice title. I definitely enjoyed using the website to spice up the audio package, rather than just leaving it as an audio file. It is more satisfying for the listener to have some visuals while listening.


Profile Interview VT Package

Some students like to spend their free time shopping, others drinking in their local pub but Rosie O’Regan, a student at London Southbank University, has taken a different approach to making the most of a day away from lectures and seminars. Juggling life as a film undergrad whilst being a part time DJ for her Student union. Rosie takes pleasure in tending to her personal garden in McLaren house (LSBU student accommodation) and making music.

Above you can watch our profile interview VT Package, which is about a London South Bank University student called Rosie O’Regan who uses her free time to garden and DJ and finds it important to focus on your hobbies.

Interviewing Rosie was a suggestion of mine as she lives in the same student accommodation as I do and I thought that she would be perfect for the profile interview. The reason I thought this was because she isn’t exactly a typical 22 year old girl, most people nowadays forget to focus on their hobbies as well as university and their social life however I always noticed that Rosie really does, which I find very inspiring.

On the day that the assignment was handed out my group and I decided who we would ask and a back-up just incase she wasn’t available or didn’t want to do it. After she got back to us, saying that she would love to do it, it was time to take action.

Craig and I (the other two members were unavailable) planned out the sequence of the interview, discussing the type of order that we would want to do and what kinds of shots we wanted to take. As well as we made a few interview questions. Before the interview I prepped Rosie with the basic questions we would ask her.

On the day of the interview Craig and I weren’t completely prepared as we had many different ideas, with Rosie having her own ideas too. We kind of went with the flow and filmed all the things that we thought would be relevant to the interview and would be a nice addition to the package. We decided to do the actual interview inside, in my student accommodations common room as it had a cozy feel to it. The gardening shots were obviously filmed outside, where Rosies garden is and the music production shots were taken in Rosie’s room where she has all her equipment set up. One shot of her DJing was taken at the universities student union, where Rosie DJs often.

Regarding the feedback that we were given, we had a range of helpful comments given considering that each of us had to edit the video separately, meaning my group all had completely different versions. The feedback given specifically to my video was that it was slightly long, which I was fully aware of and know for next time that I should make two versions (one to hand in and one for my youtube). I was also told that they wanted to hear more about Rosie, they felt like they didn’t get to know her well enough. When it comes to Profile Interviews you don’t need a piece to camera, so Craigs speaking piece at the end was an unnecessary addition. They liked all the shots taken that were added into the interview.

What I learnt from this assignment is that I have to learn how to get more information into a shorter period of time. I think this can be quite challenging, especially when just starting to learn how to edit. For next time I can do things such as make the questions shorter, or get rid of the questions all together and only have shots of the person talking about the topic. In general our packaged turned out well, I just think that we over-thought it a bit too much and added way more than was actually needed. Although the editing isn’t amazing (I am getting there) I think the video turned out really well and it was great fun working with such a talented person.


Week Eight: Script Writing and Audio Editing

Starting off the morning session, we had to open this week’s Moodle presentation and follow along with Rebecca. We began by going over our homework, starting with the homework of having to watch the news. We discussed what the news went over and compared the channels to one another. After going over this we went over the homework of having to edit our interview clips together.

Moving onto the lecture presentation we started to compare news interviews and profile interviews. We were shown an interview done by The Guardian with Daniel Radcliff as an example of a profile interview. After watching and discussing this we watched a bunch of the classes videos that they had edited, we were given questions that we had to answer about the videos.

We moved onto practicing ‘Vox Pops’, we watched a few examples. Learning that they are framed left to right and right to left and that they always come in groups of threes. Finding a relevant location in order to find opinionated people is important, the answers should be short and to the point and the background location should change as it will link the three Vox pops together smoothly. In order to properly understand this, we were given an assignment to go and film ‘Vox pops’, my group decided to relate our question to the recent celebrity suicides that have been going on, from this we derived the question ‘why do you think people should be nicer on social media?’.

For the afternoon session with Michael we focused on script writing. However as always, we started the class by discussing the homework, which was to pitch our ideas for the audio packages. We discussed these thoroughly, going deeply into each idea, being provided with a lot of feedback.

Using the audio file that we had created on the day we took a trip to Westminster and using an online program called headliner we edited this audio file. We could add pictures, a transcript, title pages and wavelengths. We spend a while just editing these pieces in class.

After finishing this we went over a script writing guide: opinions don’t matter, having a discipline and fair report, keeping it short and simple as well as always making sure to introduce the audio.

Moving onto story telling features: the general story structure is called ‘Flatline’ and is very common however can be quite boring. A more interesting structure would be ‘Introduce an Arc’, done by adding a question to drive listeners through, promising an answer to this question. Another structure is ‘divide in acts’, generally being divided in three separate acts (beginning, middle and end). One of the last examples given were ‘Signpost’ which is telling the audience why they should keep watching, explanation of why you are doing what you are doing, small reminders. We listened to some examples of these story structures.

Michael ended the class with one final tip: MAKE IT SPECIAL, done by adding interesting elements, surprises and interaction.


Week Eight: Reporting controversial topics

The morning session started with discussing the New Zealand Mosque attacks, discussing the editors code of practice and by answering different questions that should be considered about it (such as how do you describe the incident at first? do you publish or show the attackers video? and how much details of weapons used, method of attack, planning etc would you reveal?) Michael showed us different covers of how ‘The Mirror’ wrote about this story, by using very controversial titles. We had a thorough discussion/debate about this.

After this we moved on to fight hoax, doing a similar task as the previous week where each group searches a Brexit article on their social media website. Then using fight hoax to answer questions about the article. After finishing off fight hoax we moved onto the homework which was to present our datasets and initial thoughts on how to approach it as well as ideas for graphs.

Finishing off the lesson, we were reminded of our workbooks and what exactly we had to do for it.

During the afternoon session with LJ we focused on a program called ‘In design’ which could help us make the layout of our infographic. We learnt how to use the program, being able to split it into columns, add text, add images, titles etc. We were given an assignment to create our own article layout using an article we found online, done in order to practice using the program.


Brexit VT Package

With March 29 just three weeks away, we aimed to give a voice to the younger generation who feel that their needs are being ignored, even though they are the ones that will face the long term effects of Brexit. 75% of people aged under 25 voted to stay in the EU, according to YouGov whereas the majority of older people voted to leave. We spoke to two international students who spoke about how the Brexit outcome could change their view on the country they’re studying in, and we also asked them their opinion on how the Labour Party have backed a second referendum.

Above you can watch our very first practice VT Package, which covers Brexit at the houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

My groups VT package was focused on the younger generations, at the time, current opinion on the Brexit Situation. At the time, labour had just backed a second referendum, meaning that younger people could have their chance to have a say and vote. With Brexit being the hot topic in England, many angles are covered by different news stations, we thought being young ourselves, it would be interesting to see what young people had to say.

My VT Package group met up the day before where we jotted down a few different ideas of the angle that we could take, we choose one specific one however had a second favourite for a backup story if the first one didn’t work out. We then discussed what type of information we would need. Knowing exactly what we wanted to talk about, we wrote down a step by step order of how we wanted out package to be laid out (thus starting with a presenter, moving on to shots of the protestors and houses of parliament where a voice over will be attached etc..). We then gave designated roles to each member of our group, meaning that some of us had to go home and prepare some things for the next day. On the day, knowing exactly what we wanted to film, we got everything done quite quickly, we shot the establishing shots and the presenters (my) pieces. The only part we struggled with was the interview, the reason being because it was a normal day, most young people were either at collage/university and not outside protesting, which we didn’t think to consider. Thus, meaning it was very hard to find young people to talk to. Once we had gotten all the footage we needed, we sent it all to Alessia so that she could edit it all together.

Regarding the feedback that we were given, we were told that the presenter should do all of the audio in the VT package, the voice over should have some kind of natural sound behind it, rather than only talking. Specifically, regarding the interviews, we were told that it looked slightly un professional as we had one reporter either side of the two girls we were interviewing as well as that the interview didn’t fit in that well considering the girls were around 25 and thus didn’t fall under our story idea of talking to younger generations. Regarding the positive feedback, I was told that I spoke very clearly with good pronunciation and acted as a very enthusiastic presenter.

What I learnt from this process is that you have to be fully organised on what you want to do in order to make the filming process easier and quicker. I learnt a lot about how a VT package should look, especially with the feedback given. Realizing that the talking should all mainly be done by the presenter. I think my group and I also learnt a lot about how to compress a lot of information in a short video as well as what are the most important parts to include, as we had a lot more information however that would have made the video far too long. Next time my group should make sure to think thoroughly about what we are doing so we don’t come across a similar problem (all young people were busy with collage/university and thus weren’t around houses of parliament). In general I think that my group did very well, we were really organised and knew what we wanted to do, we just came across a few small problems and this practice VT showed us what we need to think about next time.


Week Seven: Brexit Editing

Today we started off the lesson by going over the homework, which was a few different things. We started by going over the homework of watching evening TV news from the night before and discussing the story order and the way of filming. Moving on, we discussed the piece we had to write about what we learned as a broadcast journalist when making our VT packages, linked with this project we were handed out sheets that we had to fill in, discussing the roles that the different group members had. Many didn’t write this Brexit piece so we were given around 15 minutes to sit and do it, having to discuss an overview of the VT, what the story is and why we are covering it now. Discussing the process of making it, talking about the feedback we were given, both positive and negative and what I learnt from the process and how I would do it different next time. Moving onto the last homework, which was finding someone to interview, together with this we were told how to make an interview good and why they are necessary.

For the afternoon session with Michael, we started the class off by listening to our audio files that we made when we went to the Houses of Parliament and discussed Brexit. Many of us had not edited our pieces and so we only listened to one piece, a sound scape, which perfectly used sounds to make you feel like you were standing in front of the houses of parliament on that very day. Considering that none of us had edited it, we were given time to edited our pieces. After editing and handing in our Brexit pieces we had a short lecture on interviewing, the skills that are needed for interviewing and what type of questions we should ask.


Week Seven: Ryerson Exchange

We only had the morning session considering that LJ was ill and thus meaning we did not need to come in for the afternoon session.

We started off the lesson by discussing the data that we had to find and collect to make our infographics with. We spent a lot of time on this, with Michael going over each student’s data thoroughly and providing everyone with in depth feedback. After this we went back to discussing fight hoax, we were put back into the groups that we were split into the previous week and each group was given a specific social media on which we had to find any single article about Brexit.

Moving on from this, we had a speech by Ryerson University about doing an exchange in Canada, where they also handed out free pizza. They were trying to encourage students to do an exchange with them because their university really focuses specifically on the creative industries.