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Week 4

Week 4

In class with Michael this week, we took a look at business data. We began looking at stock exchanges and currencies before considering how we can manipulate the datasets to find stories. We also looked at the colours of the stock exchange across different countries and spoke about why the meanings of these colours vary. Then, Michael moved on to finding data stories. As a class we took a look at ...

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Week 4

Week 4

This morning with Rebecca, we started off by reviewing our homework tasks from the previous class. In our VT groups we showed our VTs to the class and welcomed feedback from both them and Rebecca in order to make improvements to our work. We then looked at the second piece of homework we were assigned and looked at each flagship news programme in detail discussing each of the main headlines and ne...

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Sourcing Audio Stories

Sourcing Audio Stories

On listening to the producers of Radiolab discuss their scavenger hunt for stories, I identified 5 different sources of which they use to pick up stories.   Google Alerts – Story scout Latif Nasser tells of how he selects phrases such as “the human equivalent of” and “bizarre but beautiful” and sets google alerts for them so that he is notified whenever someone has published/used these words onlin...

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Approaching Statistical Claims

Approaching Statistical Claims

The Financial Times discussion on Statistical Claims between Sarah O’Connor and Tim Harford lists various ways in which to approach statistical claims. The first, observe feelings, suggests that emotions and internal mindsets alter both the way we interpret statistics and whether we share them. Taking feelings into consideration allows us to eliminate any bias we may have and view the claim as imp...

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Week 3

Week 3

In the morning session with Michael we began looking at facts and statistics and the ways that publications and companies pick the data that they want to use according to the idea they want to portray. We looked at averages, medians, means and modes and how they can be used to manipulate different datasets. We also had a look into percentages, percentage points and the differences between the two....

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Week 3

Week 3

This week we had voice training instead of our regular class. This meant that we were split into 2 groups, where we worked on pitching, pronunciation, pace and projection. We were tasked with either reading or writing a script (according to which field of journalism we want to go into), then we practised reading them out to a partner practising the techniques we learnt that class. 00

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Infographics and the State of the Union Speeches

Infographics and the State of the Union Speeches

The Washington Post interactive dataset about Bill Clinton and the words he used in an annual address to Congress that no other president had used. This is interesting as the public would want to know why he is the only president to use these words and what context he had used them under as many of these words would tend to stand out alone. It would also be interesting to know why they chose these...

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Week 2

Week 2

In the morning session with Rebecca, we started looking at VT’s, what they are and what makes a good one. We then started discussing GV’s and after looking at examples, began to the purpose fo having one in a broadcast. We then split into our VT groups and were instructed to come up with an idea for a VT around student life, and then to go out and film said VT. The idea my group came u...

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Week 1

Week 1

We were introduced to the iPod touches and the sound equipment and were given a brief tutorial by Sam on how to use them appropriately. Sam then went through each of the microphone types that were included in the kit bag, making sure that we knew which microphone would be best used for individual scenarios. We were also shown how to connect the microphones to our mobile phones incase we wanted to ...

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Week 2

Week 2

This week in Michael’s class we had a look at the different ways infographics can be presented to an audience. We looked at Static infographics (print + web), Standalone charts / charts as stories, Interactive charts, Interactive data visualisation, Scrolling stories (scrollitelling), Interactive tools and dashboards and animations. We then looked at the ways in which textual ...

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Finding stories in datasets – Gapminder Income Chart

Finding stories in datasets – Gapminder Income Chart

From looking at the dataset on the Gapminder income chart, it can be concluded that the higher the income that a country has, the higher the life expectancy for a country will be. Norway and Brunei for example, have an average income of around 64-76k(ppp$) per person a year which is on the higher end of the scale. The life expectancy for these two countries range...

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More blood shed on Peckham’s streets 18 Years after Damilola’s Death

More blood shed on Peckham’s streets 18 Years after Damilola’s Death

Almost 2 decades after the death of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor, levels of violent crime in Southwark have more than halved. In October 2000, just a month before his death there were 854 instances of violent crime. By October 2018, these numbers had dropped to just 346 –  according to UKCrimeStats.com 18-years-ago to the day, Damilola was fatally stabbed by two teenagers in Peckham. Sin...

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Mary Edouard: Smiling in the face of adversity

Mary Edouard: Smiling in the face of adversity

Being a mother of 3 young boys sounds like hard work in itself, but for Mary Edouard – this is only a small part of her life. Parenting a child with special needs, surviving an abusive relationship and becoming a published author – Jada Scott went to meet a woman who learned to face adversity head on and come out triumphant. Just after her university graduation in February 2000, Mary lost he...

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Becoming A Teen Mother – Deanna Webb

Becoming A Teen Mother – Deanna Webb

Being a mum in itself is a challenge. Being a teen mum however, is a different type of struggle that I cannot begin to fathom. I spoke with Deanna Webb, mother to 10-month-old Laniya-Rose about her life through teen pregnancy, motherhood and the obstacles she encountered on the way. Deanna found out she was pregnant aged 18 when she began to experience the typical symptoms. She had just moved into...

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Harlesden Christmas Lights Switch On – REVIEW

Harlesden Christmas Lights Switch On – REVIEW

This weekend I attended the Harlesden Christmas Lights switch on Event and what a sight it was. Hosted by Brent Councillors Dawn Butler and Muhammed Butt, Harlesden High Street was transformed into a winter wonderland celebrating the switching on of the Christmas tree and Christmas lights. Filled with music, dancing, food and socialising the event was something that I believe should be of regular ...

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