Breakdown of Brief

For this assignment, I have been asked to find a news worthy story and create a VT package that lasts around 1 minute 40 seconds long. The story could be on anything as long as it’s new and accessible. We have to take on the role as a video journalist meaning that we have to do the following tasks

  1. Find,
  2. Gain access,
  3. capture footage,
  4.  Interview,
  5. conduct piece to cameras or voice overs,
  6. edit it all into a package,
  7. Get it done on deadline.

 I also have to consider sound quality, angles, picture quality to produce a high quality product. In order for this task to be a success we have to gain permission to film and make sure that more footage is captured then what will actually be used. By doing this allows options when editing the piece together. As a journalist this is as important as this is a skill that is transferable in real working life within this industry.

The Brief for Writing for Purpose 1

In the first semester we were handed our module handbook, this outlined the tasks that were mandatory for the hand in for marking.

Within, this module I have to complete the tasks. My submission will include the following written pieces:

  • News Story 1: Research and present a 350-word news story for an identified publication. This should include text and image, headline and picture caption quotes.
  • News story 2: Attend an event or meeting and write a 350-word news story for an identified publication. This should include text and image, headline and picture caption quotes.
  • Piece of Online Journalism: style, content and use of multimedia appropriate to platform.  This may be HyperFruit or our own news platform. Wordcount: 350 words.
  • Reflective blog, with notes, research and reflections on the material coveredLinks to my work for this module need to be clearly signposted from your blog. The blog  will be used to reflect your personal journey through the module, including notes and initial drafts of material i produce.  It will also be used to demonstrate my blogging skills through production of blogs relating to the journalism industry.  My blog entries will also provide a body of research, news and opinions about the industry.
  • Minimum of three independently sourced articles posted onto Hyperfruit. These articles should be independent of newsdays and include at least one form of multimedia. Minimum wordcount: 200 words plus one piece of multimedia.

My Current Idea Development

News Story 1:

  • It will be a factual news story
  • this will include the following: text and image, headline and picture caption quotes.
  • The total word count for this is 350. 10% allowed either way
  • This will be based on a large amount of research

I have got an idea for this task which is to write a piece based around the unemployment rates for those with a disability. This will be done from a different angle to what has already been done before as, i will conduct relevant research, interviews, phone conversation. speaking to people who are affected, to get a more personal account. It needs to be spoken about as it is still a massive issue, with declines in the amount of disabled people in employment. I will be including all mandatory elements needed to make sure i complete the task correctly.

Before i start writing anything i will make sure it is suitable for the task by speaking to the relevant tutor.

Piece of online journalism:

  • It will be a piece of online journalism.
  • This will be a follow up/ new angle on topics at hand
  • It will include some of these: text, image, audio, slide show or video.
  • The total word count for this is 350. 10% allowed either way
  • The piece should include quotes and interviews. (celebrities/friends/experts and others that may be useful)

I have got an idea for this task which is to write a follow up piece on the hate crimes people receive in conjunction to them having a disability and the benefit cuts for disabled people. I will include text, an image (tweets) and possibly a poll at the end. This gives the audience an interactive element, allowing a better user experience. Also hyperlinks on key words which will allow users to get lead onto a different webpage that is relevant to the word.

Before i start writing anything i will make sure it is suitable for the task by speaking to the relevant tutor.

Deconstruction of the Assignment Brief

When given the assignment brief, it outlined the key mandatory elements for the task. The task requires me to develop and create information graphics, using elucidated examples where possible. The task asks me to investigate a topic of my choice. Highlighting key information and apply the skills I have gained to apply visual aids to help generate a larger viewership, also giving the audience more of an experience.

Mandatory elements of the assignment brief are:

  • To Explore brand information graphics, to gain more of an understanding (market research required)
  • To Investigate typography, how this works, what it means and how I could use this skill
  • To Investigate graphic elements, how this works, what it means and how I could use this skill
  • To experiment with graphic elements and typography
  • To Investigate and experimented with compositions and layout. This will enhance the skills and knowledge. Will help me also find a style that works for me.
  • To make sure that when practising my own work that it is appropriate. Making sure language and the theory side is accurate

When creating my own infographic designs, I will need to conduct and depicted multiple methods of research about the chosen topic. This could be that of, market, background, audience, secondary, qualitative and quantitative research. The research that I need to identify and look at will include:

  • history about the subject
  • brands and logos surrounding the subjects,
  • ideologies and views on the subject
  • audiences (physiographic’s and demographics)
  • and key data that might be important

For me as a aspiring journalist is is key for me to be able to develop my creative skills and to keep up with current trends of giving out data to an audience. By following the mandatory aspects of the brief will allow me to gain more understanding on how I can use data graphics, and designs to gain much more appeal for audiences.  When developing my skills I have to demonstrate what I have learned and make sure that the data is factually correct, the tones and connotations behind the subject and the ways I put the information across to the audience.

This is also a learning process; I’m not expecting everything I produce to be perfect, to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes twice I will highlight where I went wrong. This will allow me to understand what could have been done to make it of that high professional standards I aspire to achieve.