Week seven live show review

I found this week particularly challenging in terms of filming the VT as I was working alone the majority of the time.  


After deciding before Wednesday’s lesson that I really wanted to do a VT package on International Women’s Day (Thursday) I approached my group to ask if they would be available to film on that day. Despite none of them being available I still thought that the story was too good to not do. This left me researching, planning, filming, presenting, and editing the VT.


I decided that I wanted to show a range of events that were happening for International Women’s Day rather than just show what was going on at LSBU. I was already attending an International Women’s Day breakfast on Thursday and thought this would be the perfect place to get some expert interviews and some good vox pops. Despite the company running the event initially declining my request to film the event, on the day they allowed me to conduct some interviews and get some vox pops and GV’s as long as a permission form was completed. This provided me with a really good base to build my VT on.


I did want to include what we were doing at LSBU in my VT and so set up a range of interviews with individuals and groups involved in the day. My first interview was with LSBU’s health and wellness advisor who gave me some really good information on what was happening around the university and how LSBU combats gender equality. Despite being an incredibly good interview, I only used a small part of what she had to say in the end VT because of time restraints.


I was granted permission to film a guest lecture that was being put on for International Women’s Day and an interview with the speakers. Periodical diaries were a soon to be charity that aims to eliminate the taboo surrounding periods, which is a potential VT in itself. They were incredibly open to speaking to me about their work and why International Women’s Day was important to them, which provided me with some incredibly useful footage.


My main issue with filming my VT came from doing everything alone. I was both camera operator and presenter on most of the filming days and found it difficult and slightly unprofessional to have to set up a camera in front of the people I was interviewing. This resulted in some not so clean shots and framing where you could only see half of me. I tried my best in the edit to fix these issues, however, it was incredibly difficult. I also found that I had a lot of good forage in terms of interviews and vox’s that I found it difficult to cut down to just under 2 minutes. All in all, I believe that my VT was a success and something that, despite doing alone, I am incredibly proud of.


Due to illness I did not attend the live show.


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.


Live show notes week 7

Live show opening week 7

This week I personally found the live shows quite difficult. Admittedly this is down to me being absent from the Monday briefing due to illness, and this therefore made the rest of the week harder for me to catch up with.

Due to me, and 2 other members of my VT team, being ill for the Monday briefing my team had no equipment booked out for filming. Despite me messaging them via slack regarding what out VT story was, who was taking on each role, and when we were filming, I got little to no response, expect from James who informed me that we were commenting on the Westminster sexual abuse scandal.  I, therefore, took the initiative to assign myself as editor, book out equipment, research the story, and arrange to meet my team on Wednesday at 2pm once I had collected our kit.  

When Wednesday arrived, I collected the equipment needed for filming and waited half an hour for my team to show up. I had slacked them several times to no response and was losing hope. Thankfully James arrived and we decided to travel to Westminster together to begin filming and the rest of our team could meet us there. In the short amount of time we had to film, as I had to leave for work that night, we managed to film a PTC and 2 GV’s. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to be recorded discussing the scandal that is Westminster and therefore out attempts to find vox pops were futile. In the end me and James had to admit defeat and come to terms with the fact that we couldn’t present a VT to the class on Thursday despite our best attempts.

This week has taught me that I am the organiser within my VT team who does the research each week and books out equipment. It would also appear that there is a lack of communication that needs to be fixed. Nevertheless I also realise that I need to prioritise university work before my part-time work as, had it not been for having to leave the shoot early, myself and James could have presented a VT. This upcoming week I plan to be a lot more organised with my team, and ensure that all of our filming has been completed by Tuesday for editing on Wednesday.

I was the assistant news editor this week which I found an exciting role. The previous two live shows I have been an on the day reporter which was a role I felt comfortable doing as it was simply writing a news story for the website. However, I have had no experience at being an assistant news editor and so felt like this role was pushing me to try something different.

Despite not being in on Monday’s lesson to write up notes from the VT meeting I was ready to throw myself into the role come Thursday. I began by looking on PA and in the news for any breaking news stories that we could report on that day before the VT meeting begun. At the meeting, my role was to write down notes, making sure to gather information about each VT, including the length of it. After the meeting, my job was to work closely with the editor of the week (Alice Heather) to make sure the show would run smoothly.

I focused a lot on working with Inception this week to make sure our auto cue was accurately set up for the presenters. Previous to Thursday, besides a one hour training session, I had never used Inception and was nervous to attempt to use it. Despite my nerves, and with the help of Alice, we managed to schedule in the show with all the auto cues and timings successfully. Besides working on scheduling the show I also helped Jacob with his social media content, looking at what was trending, and what would be of interest to our audience.

I believe that as a class we are getting better at the live shows. Our VT’s contain better content which address a greater range of topics, and are generally shot better. The actual day of the live shows runs a lot smoother now also with our presenters being a lot calmer and more charismatic on the sofa, and the director really leading the rest of the class on what needs to be done and by when. I would say that there is still an issue with sound in our VT packages, however believe that with more practice using the various different microphones this issue can be fixed.


Week 4- live show write up

I greatly enjoyed taking part in the first live show of the year. I found the whole process incredibly exciting, at the same time as being incredibly stressful.

The process began on Monday when we had our first meeting to discuss VT packages and begin researching and planning our filming. Myself and my team firstly decided on which roles we would like to take on. George was editor, Barbara was camera woman, James was VT editor, and I was researcher and reporter. The next step was to decide on a story. George came up with the idea of work load at university, targeting freshers in particular, and comparing the workload now to what it was at the beginning of the year. We agreed on this idea and began researching who we would talk to, what statistics to use, where we would film, and I scripted my PTC and voice overs.

I had booked out equipment to be picked up on Monday prior to the day which meant we went out and filmed straight away. We had secured an interview with the student union president for that Monday so headed straight to the SU. We began with our interview, getting some good GV’s whilst in the student’s union, before filming our PTC outside the building. The interview ran fairly smoothly as I had pre-prepared questions to ask, and had a good idea as to where I wanted to conduct the interview and how I wanted the camera set up. Myself and George both assisted Barbara with the camera work regarding setting up the tripod, angling the camera, and assuring that all the shots were nicely framed, but ultimately, she had the final say.

In regard to difficulties within our group they were purely technical. Each member worked hard on the VT and, although we did dip into one another’s roles, each person was successful in their job. We did have some issues with the sound on our VT which I take responsibility for as the reporter. We used a hand-held microphone as I had booked out the wrong camera, and was holding the microphone too close to my mouth which made the audio distorted and too loud in certain parts of the VT. James tried his best whilst editing the VT to lower the sound levels and did the best he could, however it still sounded harsh when shown on the live show. Additionally, I had difficulties remembering my PTC and it took multiple attempts get a successful take.

As ever vox pops were difficult to find as nobody wanted to be filmed on camera, however we did manage to get 3 decent voxs- 2 third years and a first year. This gave our VT a good balance as we got a view of workload, and dealing with workload, from a university beginner, and 2 students coming to the end of their university life.

My role in the Thursday live show was on the day reporter. I was required to find an international news story, localise it, and write it up to go on the Journalism London site. I began my process by doing some research regarding what was in the news that day. I found an article about International Gin and Tonic Day and, since the live show was quite heavy, decided to write my story about it.

The article was about how Gin drinkers had the same tendencies as psychopaths, so I did a little research into the article and the research used in it, and then planned out some questions for vox pops. Rather than asking boring straight forward questions I devised a ‘psychopath test’ as part of my vox’s to add some fun into it. I found it difficult to find people to actually take part in my survey though as it was 12pm in the afternoon when I went to collect my vox pops and there weren’t that many students frequenting the SU. I managed to get three people to take the test, one of which was particularly enthusiastic. While getting my vox’s I got a featured image for my article which was taken by Nick. It was a close up shot of myself poring some tonic water into a glass of gin, and a secondary image of myself from a side angle sipping my gin and tonic.

I returned to the classroom, wrote up my article, and had it posted on the Journalism London website by 3pm when the show went live. I decided to use the close up of my G+T as my featured image as I thought it visually showed more clearly what my article was about rather than my secondary image. I found the writing and uploading process fairly easy as writing is what I would term my ‘comfort zone’. However, after receiving feedback on Monday, I do think I need to spend more time researching my stories as it was revealed that the Guardian had written an article discrediting the research mentioned in my primary article. On reflection, I would definitely have done more research into my article, and added more of myself into it to add to the fun of the piece.

In regard to my thoughts on the actual live show I was lucky enough to be more of an observer as my role was completed by the time we went live. Overall, I think the show went very well for a first attempt. The presenters did very well for their first time and, although beginning slightly awkwardly, by the end of the show had relaxed into their roles and were delivering the auto cue with minimal stumbles. Despite their being a curse word said when introducing a VT with no auto cue, the presenters recovered particularly well when a VT cut half way through, immediately apologising and swiftly moving onto bulletins and social media. Both presenters of bulletins and social media did particularly well, with James delivering the bulletins in a very calm and well-spoken manner.

Despite some of the VT’s not playing at the correct time I think the show was run smoothly and any issues were well recovered from. Issues to beware of this week would include audio on VT’s, headroom in the sofa shots, getting more accurate stills for the bulletins, and leaving a few seconds at the beginning and end of each VT to give the vision mixer time to switch between the studio and VT’s.