Reflection: Grammar Test Results

When doing the grammar test, I got some answers correct and others wrong. For each section completed I got different percentages.

Section 1: The Story of Journalism = 10 out of 10

In this section I found the questions simple and got them correct I guessed the fourth, eighth and the final answer but I just went with the answer I thought was correct and it paid off.

Section 2: How the Newsroom works = 8 out of 10

In this part of the quiz, I thought that it was challenging. It was challenging as some of the sentences in my opinion didn’t make sense. I got question 7 and 9 wrong in this section.

Section 3: Newswriting basics = 8 out of 10

In this section I found the questions simple and got most of them correct. The ones I got wrong was questions 7 and 10.

Section 4: Reporting basics = 7 out of 10

In this section I got three of the questions wrong- for instance; I put affect instead of effect, I put stationary instead of stationery and lay instead of lie. By getting these wrong I realised exactly where I went wrong and what I need to revise when doing a written piece of work.

Section 5: Covering the News = 7 out of 10

In this section I got three of the questions wrong. I feel this was more challenging than the others and got questions 1, 9 and 10 wrong. From going back over the questions I still don’t fully understand the phrasing of the information therefore had to make a response, which I didn’t get correct.

Section 6: Beyond Breaking News = 6 out of 10

In this section I really struggled and it took me a lot longer to answer each question. I feel this was my weakest area as I wasn’t fully sure where the commas needed placing within each sentence. The parts I got wrong where 1, 7, 8 and 9.

Section 7: Law and Ethics = 6 out of 10

In this section I really struggled and it took me a lot longer to answer each question. I feel this was another weak performance of mine. I just don’t fully understand how to word things properly within a sentence. This is something I need to revise and practices.

Section 8: Online Reporting = 8 out of 10

In this section I felt fairly comfortable with when whom and who should be used. I only got 2 wrong which was number 6 and 8. This is definitely something I need to make sure I’m writing correctly within my own practices.

Section 9: Broadcasting Journalism = 6 out of 10

This was challenging to say the least, I got confused over apostrophes and if S’s where needed after some words. As I found this really challenging I will speak to my tutor and see if there are any revision guides for this area of grammar. I got 2, 3, 5 and 6 wrong.

Section 10: Public Relations = 8 out of 10

This was fairly difficult and guessed on most of the questions. Sentence structuring is challenging for me and something I need to work on. I got 1 and 6 incorrect.

Overall I got 74% in the full grammar quiz, which is definitely better than I thought I would get. I wanted to try and make sure I gave every answer a response. Even if it was a guess. I feel that my writing aspect of the course is lacking and I need to keep revising and practicing the basic skills. I need to work on my homophones as I tend to get mix up and struggle getting them down correctly.

Humber Street Research

When creating my DPS on Humber Street, I needed to conduct relevant research to gain a higher level of knowledge about the history and what the plans are for the future. In order to try and make it audience appropriate and to gave the audience a good experience, I had to consider the things that they might be interested in knowing about the topic or what i believe the audience should know.

The first thing I did was develop/ changed a template on Lucidpress. To make it more appropriate for the task. I then thought about the amount of text to images

Out of interest I conducted a short survey/questionnaire on the topic of the Humber street. I went into the town centre to ask the public some of the questions on the survey. In reflection of doing this I believe it was really successful. I could create statistics based on my results and the other information i gained will help to point my research into specific areas based on what is of interest the the public.

  1. If you was to read a magazine, article or double page spread on the topic of Humber street, what information would be of interest and draw you in to reading more?

Some of the people I spoke to said they would be interested in knowing ‘when it started, was there a decline in trading, what the main trading items are  ( i.e. carrots, oranges and potatoes), what developments are happening, how are they going to make it match modern day society’

Tracy 54, said that he would like to know factual information on how the market started and what influenced the changes that are in construction. Also what was the biggest items that were traded.

He then went on to say “This topic is a personal interest as his uncle was one of the main traders in the 60’s /70’s”

2. what colours and design layouts would make you look at an article?

According to members of the public they said that they prefer simple language, not to much text and a fair few images. Images draw there attention.

Chris, 34 said that he likes more basic looking products as many people seem to over work, designs. He then went on to say “he likes contrasting colours like black, reds and yellows as the text needs to be easy to read”

The information, I gathered when speaking to local people was really useful and important to the project, as these would be my main target audience as they are locals and will be affected by the developments that are happening. Also, they would be the most interested by it as its a local street/ market place.

It also has influenced my research as I will try and put in information that the readers would like to know about.

According to – Designated by Hull City Council. 2005. Conservation Area Character Appraisal. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 December 15].

“Humber Street was also noted for being the centre for the local wholesale fruit and vegetable trade because of its proximity to Humber Dock and Victoria Pier. Fresh foreign produce arrived daily at Humber Dock and at Victoria Pier market boats laden with local farm produce continuously plied back and forth across the Humber. Despite the closure of Humber Dock in 1969, the Fruit Market remained in its adopted street and turned to road haulage for its deliveries of fruit and vegetables”

This is an important piece of information in my opinion, however I feel if I put this into the product I am creating it will end up looking to much. This will detract the audiences from reading as there will be to much text. As this is an issue, there is only one solution para phrase the text into more manageable and simple amounts.

For instance, My para phrasing sub-edit was 44 word long rather than 82.

‘Humber Street was the centre for the local trading on fruit and vegetables. It was close to the dock and imported daily goods. When the closure of Humber Dock happened in 1969, the Fruit Market remained its legacy and started deliveries of the goods.’

I then went on to research about the items that traders where selling and what the main items where. This seemed to be something most people where asking about and would be of interest to them. personally, this wouldn’t be of interest to me as, I would want to know more about current news whats happing now. However, it this is what the audience want to know then I will find out for them.

I wanted to include how the town is bring back the legacy of the market place in hull.

In the past few years Hull’s historic Fruit Market has been brought back to life thanks to a number of thriving new creative and cultural venues. With art galleries and live music, as well as boutique markets and fine dining, this rather retro location is now a hive of activity. Situated next to Hull Marina it provides access to fantastic restaurants, traditional pubs and stunning views over the River Humber.

over the past few years, Humber street fruit market has been brought back to life with  a 1.6 million investment to revamp the area. With more venues and projects taking place in the area is helping to bring back the vibe and levels of activity. Hull Marina it provides access to fantastic restaurants, traditional pubs and stunning views over the River Humber.

Other websites used to gain information


The finished product I ended up submitting was this 

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Personally, I found this task was interesting to cover. However, for me i am not a fan of the online software available, I much prefer the more traditional ways of InDesign. Having, more experience with the softwares in my opinion has a massive impact of the end product. Its definitely not my best work and I feel I could have done a lot more.


Creation of Humber Street 4 page spread

In this session, we have been set the task to produce a 4 page spread – with the topic ‘Humber Street’. To help me create the print product that has been asked of me i have used open sourced software.

Original Template

The title I changed to something much more appropriate to the subject “Humber Street”. I also got rid of the images and backgrounds, so that I could make them much more appropriate to the task.  There were to many pages on the template so I deleted some of the pages to make it fit the requirements of task.

The pages with some changes made (Not with actual text – place holder text) I will be using research to help me make it factual – the placeholder text doesn’t represent how much text will be on the page just there as a plan for where i want to put text. I want the overall project to look clean and very visual (lots of images) not much text , This means it will give the audience a better experience.

Follow this link to go to my Humber Street magazine

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Images used for project- Actuality and Secondary sourced 


This image was taken by me on KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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After putting the images into a rough plan of the template, I then manipulated the size of each image to match what I had in mind for the layout. After doing this it was about adding text – Title and body copy. In order for my DPS to be factually accurate I now needed to conduct market, background and secondary research.

In the slide of the secondary sourced,  images that I have sourced from a number of websites including that of

The task is now to find the key relevant research.

Writing for Purpose – News Story Exercise

In todays session we where given a handout of a story that was featured in the news a while ago. Before, we got the handout carmen changed and moved about sections of the passage.

The challenge was to place and rewrite the article. I had to take into consideration the skills and techniques already leant and put them into practice. For instance, the inverted pyramid, place the most important information at the top. So ideally the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where and why) and sometimes how. Also when rewriting it, it had to be factual, short and snappy to grip the attention of the audience. By doing this it is a lot more likely that they will read on. In the first couple of paragraphs the audience, should know exactly what the article is about. The ending paragraphs should be additional and less important information that gives more background to the topic. Also could give quotes that people have said.

 This was my attempt

A Huddersfield pub goes up into flames and is a suspected arson attack

The Woolpack, on Deighton Road has been subjected to a history of trouble from a number of break-ins and arsonist attacks, over the years.

On Saturday morning the blaze broke out at around 12:30 am, according, to a member of the public.

Members of the public called fire services immediately, it took three fire crews over two hours to get the fire under control as the flames reached the roof and spread throughout the building.

Watch Commander, told police that he suspects that the fire was started from setting a mattress a light, upstairs.

Mr Bagley went on to explain the fire investigation officer worked alongside the police a treat the incident as suspected arson.

At the time of the fire the owner was believed to be in London and no one was injured.

“The pub was undergoing renovations and it looked to be getting towards being finished”

Self Evaluation

Overall I thought the task was fairly challenging. However, I do feel that I placed a lot of the most important information at the top. If I was to do this task again I think that there are things I could of changed and moved around to make more drama. This would draw more people into reading it.

Reflection on Court Snatch

In todays session we had a practical that require us to capture images of a defendant who was entering court. For reasons we couldn’t actually go down to courts and take real images of defendants so we set up a fake shoot out side of HSAD.

Before we went out to do the shoot i made sure the camera settings were properly set up. This meant i had to go into the menu, making sure the image quality was set to large and changed it from raw to a JPEG setting.

When actually doing the shoot it didn’t go exactly to plan. The images were pure white, this was because the shutter speed was open to long meaning lots of light got into the images. To avoid this happening again i will take a few shots before the subject arrived – more preparation time. This would minimalise the chances of this happening. I was disappointed with the results, however from this i know understand how important preparation is and how camera set ups have an effect on the overall project. Everybody has bad days, this was definitely mine.

These where the bad images

Better example


This image was taken by Danielle Hayes in our group

This was a good example from a member of the group. If my shutter speed was faster it would have caught something similar to this. The defendant appears to be hiding his face at the side where more photographers were at. this could symbolise that he is ashamed and mot wanting face shots. Because we where at the alternative side this allowed, the photographer to capture the face profile. The defendant has his head down which could imply he is guilty. I believe Danielle’s image was the best of the day as it had the subject mainly in focus and not the background. Also the image shows interest as other photographers appear to be wanting a good shot.

Reflection on creating an information graphic

In a recent session, the group was given the challenge of individually turning data into a information graphic. The information we were given were statistics of how male and female rate big brands of chocolate bars. When coming up with ideas, I knew I had to incorporate the genders, statistics and something to represent the chocolate bars. I wanted in my first attempt was to fill up the silhouettes of a man and woman with different colours, to visually show the social standings of each chocolate bar. I also included, the images and statistics surrounding the chocolate bars.

This as a reflection wasn’t a success in my eyes as it looked a bit amateur and not of a high quality information graphic. I then realised that the graphic needed to be easier for the audience to understand. In the image above I used multiple of image downloads from the internet as I needed to make sure the content was accurate and identifiable for the audience. This is important as it means that the data is of the same the brands used. This means that the ethos and the house styles are the same, making this information graphic more accurate and professional. For instance:

  • Mars,
  • Snicker,
  • Freddo,
  • Milkyway,
  • Lion
  • Toffee crisp

And maltesers[i]

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The information graphic had to look appealing and should communicate the data, in a visual and simple way. To help me create this next graphic, I downloaded multiple images from the internet

  • A silhouettes of a female and male
  • Chocolate[ii]

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I believe this turned out better than the first attempt however, there are a few things I could do to improve on. This would be use the gender symbols rather than the silhouettes of the genders and leave out the layer mask on the chocolate. I could also incorporate melting chocolate flowing now the tops of the circle, this would help make the information graphic, more appealing and more of a linear narrative.


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Basic Typography on Adobe Illustrator

In todays session we were given the assignment brief for this part of the course. This highlight what the project and things we have to do to make sure that we pass. Making the work to a high standard.

After discussing the assignment brief ‘David’ moved the session onto typography, this is seen everywhere, it helps the audience to identify and familiarise themselves with specific language, branding and visuals. By having typography, it helps companies to sell products as it convinces the audience to buy into the brand visually and ascetically. Typography is much more complex and complicated in comparison to signs and symbols. Within this session we had a tutorial on the different ways to used simple typography in illustrator. These are some of the simple ways to add design to the ways text sits within a document and what can be done.type practice original text with strokeThis image showcases my knowledge on how to insert a simple text box and typing my name. also that I can change the colour of the text and add a different coloured stroke to the lettering. This is useful to know as I will have to use the text box tool a lot when designing things.

type practice, ungroup letters and mainuplate pointsI did the same things as the first image, however with this one, I then highlighted all the text right clicked and ungrouped. This meant that I could move each letter around individually. It also meant that I could play around with other tools, to change the appearance. This can look unprofessional so I would be careful to keep my designs simple but yet creative. my designs have to be audience appropriate.

type practice blending background into text

In the image above, it shows an image/ pattern through the lettering this was a very simple process. Basically, i got an image and created a text box and typed my name. i then placed the word above my image and highlighted both then right clicked and pressed make clipping mask

type practice 3D

This is a 3D perspective of my name, it still has a fill colour and a stroke colour. To do this i went to the 3D settings and manipulated the angle in which we see the letters from. This In my opinion can be useful but only for specific audiences and platforms. This would work as well on a more professional basis. Out of all the tutorial this was my favourite one to change as  it isn’t that complicated and there is so many options on how much or little i could change it too.

type practice adding text to a shapetype practice manipulating text into a shape from own designtype practice adding text to a normal box

This image highlights that I learned how to fill a basic shape with text this can be a very effective way to make boring text into that more digestible. This also might help to pull out important information in a design. By having this knowledge if need be I could use this technique within my own work. This can help to change the appearance of a lot of text. This also shows that i can create a shape and get text to mould to the desired shape. This is a useful thing to know as i can use this to my advantage if i wanted to text wrap around an image or another infographic.

Just from this session I realise the importance of typography and how it can help to sell a product, service or person. There are so many different ways to create attractive and high quality typographic’s. i actually feel like this could be fun to learn and develop my creative skills to produce my own work.

Reflection -Aperture and Angle of View

In today’s session, as a group we discussed the importance of aperture and how the angles in which we take an image can change the whole tone, distance and professionalism of the image. Aperture is a massive part of the exposure calculation, when taking my own images I will have to consider this as it will have a great impact on whether the image is of a high professional quality. With the aperture restricting the amount of light entering the lens and image can become over exposed or under exposed. For my images, I have to make sure I have the right light balance as it changes the appearance of an image. Today, I learnt that the F.stop number refers to thickness of the black shutters within the camera which is there to blocking out certain amounts of light. As the aperture gets smaller there will be more depth, When the hole if restricted the light gets more focused. This means that as a practitioner I can decide what I want in focus and get rid of distractions if you want.

in these images i change the F.stop to create and develop different scenarios. in the first image on the left the camera focuses more on the right hand side hedge. The rest of the image seems much more in the distance and became blurry. The camera settings was set up on F3.2 and the image on the right is all in focus which doesn’t draw the eye into a specify point in the image, this looks much more basic and not as interesting. this image was taken at F8.

Angle of View, Occurs when using different lenses or the zoom feature. From participating in the practical I noticed when I used a wide angle lens with an aperture of f.stop 5.6, the subject can become distorted and will make things look further away than they are. The internal parts of the lens change the angle of the light being captured. The angle of the light when taking my own images is important as I can manipulate the surrounding area and make things appear further away or closer the the lens. to show my understanding i had experimented whist out and about. See the images below

In the image on the left it is a lot you can see a lot more background, the pole seems further away and the ducks near the pond. By changing the angle of view it makes the image on the right appear much more sharper in the face and makes the background appear closer to my subject. I personal like this technique as you can create an illusion to the viewer and they would be no of the wiser. it also helps to take something not so good into focusing much more on the main focus point and not on the background as much. another really good example was the images below, these was taken when we were doing the practical, however our tutor David took these to give a few of us in the group more of an insight into the impact and change it can have on an image. i personally prefer the image on the right as the face doesn’t appear as elongated and there is less background seen within the image and appears much closer to what it actually was. Also i believe it has more appeal as it is much more pleasant to look at as the subject is much sharper.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

As missed a few sessions for Creative Features – design, I had to catch up. I caught up with the tutor he said to have a go at using illustrator. Straight away when opening the software, I noticed that the layout and navigation appears to be the same as ‘Adobe Photoshop’. This was a good thing for me as I have used Photoshop many times so understand the software to some degree. All the tools and pallets were in the exact place within the software. I did wonder why there was two software’s nearly identical to each other, however from speaking to the tutor, I gained more of an insight into the difference between Photoshop and Illustrator. Illustrator uses a vector system in which is a more mathematical way in using plots in different places (co-ordinates) to map out the image. Like a formula because of this it means that the image can be enlarged and swapped about without the image losing resolution. This is important, as it will not look pixelated and not to that high professional standard. This system and software is measured in (PPI) which means pixels per inch. Photoshop is different in the sense that it is a raster-based programme, this means it is measured in dots per inch (DPI). This means that it works on colour and in some circumstances it will be pixelated if needed to resize.

By having ago at using the software, I learned how to set up documents based on the specifications required for each individual project. For print, I noticed that there is a bleed area, this is space out side of the document, when printing it makes the edges smoother when cuts are made and gives it a more professional quality. The same thing is used in other software’s like InDesign. When I have used InDesign in the passed I set the bleed lines to around 5mm, I presume this would be similar on Illustrator.  From talking to the tutor I gained valuable information, that illustrator was first created to allow people to trace things. Also that it is similar to Photoshop in the sense that layers of detail can build up an overall project file that you can be happy with. As I have had more time on Photoshop, I find that it is easier to navigate my way around but with time and practice I believe I could be quite good on the software.  To show my understanding, of the software I recreated the logo that was used in my TV studio project for Estuary TV. This was originally designed by the people who was on the productions team.  This ‘Positive Outlook’ brand was designed for the programme and concept I came up with, to pitch to Estuary TV. The original brand logo was not as good as this one. This was the one I put forward.

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Some of the key tools that I used was the ‘Black pointer’ tool this allowed me to scale, move and turn things around to the rotation that was best suited. This tool is very similar to that on InDesign, along with the white pointer tool which is used more to change paths, points and the angle that things run. There were other tools that I found I recognized which was the pen tool and flares. The pen tool can be useful when creating outlines and shapes. This tool is a bit more complicated and takes some time to get to grips with.

As a practitioner of media and journalism, it is incredibly important to have skills to allow me to create graphics, brands and logos. Not only for myself but for client’s. This software will allow me to do this to a high professional quality.

Photography reflection -Shutterspeed Challenge

Within the latest session of photography, we participated in a practical challenge in which we worked in groups to put our new learned knowledge about panning, low and fast shutter speeds to the test. To do this it was about changing the F. Stop to the correct setting. When taking a slow shutter speed image, it allows more light into the image giving it more light exposure and adds blur into an image if something is moving. This helps to highlight movement. The best settings to take a slow shutter speed image is lower than 125 nths. I found this out by changing around the settings on Digital SLR camera. To show my understanding, I captured water flowing quickly and cars moving fast. The car itself was going at the natural speed limit for that area, however the settings of the camera make it appear to be going faster as it is blurry. Personally, I like using slow shutter speeds. I think it is really effective as it can help to capture the speed of something and can help to highlight and make something to appear with more movement. However, it can also be not so effective with things like water as seen in the image I have taken because of the slow shutter speed it makes the flowing water of the fountain appear like a milk mess. I was given a scenario to either make the traffic appear to be natural or to make it appear like they were speeding. If we wanted to make it appear like the cars are speeding, then I would be for getting more speed bumps.

Photo source: Taken by me Photo source: Taken by the group

I also have taken some images in a fast shutter speed mode, this makes much images simpler. It helps to capture a specific moment in time, it just freezes a scene. When making my images I do like the water flow better than in the slow shutter speed image as you can see more detail in the water, you can see it crystal clear and individual droplets. The images of cars didn’t turn out to be blurry when I used a fast shutter speed which I thought was really boring and wasn’t affective at all. If I was to use the same scenario, then it would be against getting more speed bumps as drivers would appear to be going slower. I actually didn’t capture this perfect as it should make the car look static however the camera setting wasn’t set properly, therefore showed some movement still. If I was to do this task again then I know were I went wrong so would make sure it was on a better setting.

Photo source: Taken by me


Photo source: Taken by the group