Week 6 live show review

This week’s live show did not go as smoothly as previous shows have, however, there were some ambitious ideas trialled that should be commended.

After reading an article in the Guardian about sex education apps I pitched the idea to my group to base our VT on exploring these apps and how useful they are. It was decided that I would present, Elle would operate the camera, James would edit the VT, and Olivia would be editor and write the article. We had great difficulty trying to arrange a time to all meet, however decided that Friday at 9:30am would be best.

Despite it not being part of my role as presenter I compiled all the research for the piece, including downloading the apps and researching each one. In addition to this I planned what we needed to film for the VT, and tried to arrange our expert interview. Prior to our filming day I also recorded the voice overs.

On the day of filming it was myself and Elle who turned up. Luckily, we were only filming on campus and so managed to record our PTC and GV’s swiftly. Despite ringing several sexual health clinics around the Southwark area all refused to provide us with an expert interview. However, on the day of recording, after speaking to several members at the Student Union we managed to secure a very good interview with the unions head of representation advice and insight.

James successfully managed to edit our VT into a good package complete with GV’s, voice over, PTC, and an expert interview. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any vox pops included which was down to both the time restraints on the VT and the fact that when we were filming there were no students willing/available to speak to us.

This week I was editor-in-chief of the show which meant I co-ordinated the heads of departments to ensure a smooth-running show. I think I had varying degrees of success in this role, however do believe that I could have done a better job.

The day began with a news meeting to discuss the VT packages and the upcoming show. My first job was to sort out changes in staffing. Due to illness, I had to find both a bulletins and sofa presenter. I decided to use Mariah as the sofa presenter and Nicola for bulletins.

After the meeting I sat with Charlie, James, and Nick to discuss the running of the show and set up and the running order in inception. We had some difficulty regarding which VT’s we should drop to ensure there was time for a two-way-interview and an on the sofa interview. In the end Charlie, as news editor, was very good at being decisive and ended up cutting the KFC VT as it was no longer relevant. Besides working with Charlie to sort out the running order and checking in with the other heads of department I feel like my role was very limited and I didn’t really achieve much else.

As seems to be the case every live show our rehearsal did not go well. It was incredibly disorganised, partly due to the fact that the scripts had not been printed, however there were also issues with Inception and trying the movement of equipment between VT’s.

2 minutes before the live show our VT wouldn’t work on the system as it had been incorrectly exported. This caused somewhat of a panic just before the live show aired, and the issue was not fixed before we went live. Luckily part-way through the show we managed to effortlessly fit the VT into a slot and play it.

There were many positives to this weeks live show. Theo in particular was a very natural presenter and came across well on camera. Nicola was excellent at filling in as bulletins presenter and came up with three very good and relevant stories. The skype call was very good and, despite a few timing delays, was an interesting segment to have. Additionally, we also had a guest on the sofa which provided the show with some additional content.

There were a lot of changes made by Nick as director. Some worked very well, such as having the bulletins presenter with the sofa presenters, however in the end it was slightly over ambitious. Additionally, we had a slight issue with sound due to diverted attention which is definitely something that needs to be looked out for.

Despite the slight issues the show was not the worst we’ve done. On the day reporters did well at getting their stories in on time, all presenters worked well in front of the camera, and the editorial team did a very good job at putting the show together with some very interesting VT’s.