Reason behind my first story for the OOTS website 

The reason I chose to write about organ harvesting in the UK, is because we had a Q&A session with out client (Prof. Gary Craig) and one of the things what was asked led him to say: “Organ trafficking is one which a lot of people forget about or don’t realise it’s modern slavery, it is happening still to this day in the U.K..” 

Of the back of this I thought it would be a subject area that is taboo and not many people know much about, therefore as a journalist it gives me the opportunity to inform, educate and produce content. 

Plan for story

  1. Research subject area
  2. Pull out key facts 
  3. Put in FOI if needed 
  4. Draft piece 
  5. Make changes due to the feedback 
  6. Think about making it visual 
  7. Create or produce visual content 
  8. Interview relevant people and edit content 
  9. Put everything together as a finished package
  10. Submit 

Shot Plan for Video

Shot Plan –

  1. Establishing shot of new building
  2. Coach one to one with a boxer. (punch pads) – 3 angles
  3. Boxer– punching towards the camera (ducking)
  4. People training on the weights
  5. People running on the track (from behind, side angle, and footwork shots)
  6. People skipping and on punch bags (long, mids, close-ups and facial expressions)
  7. Foot work shots – many different angles – people
  • Side angles
  • From the back
  • Stomp
  1. Low angle shots looking up at boxer either punching the punching bag or training with coach boxers
  2. Coach doing demonstration to a group
  3. Coach talking to the group/ or individual person

Interview with Coach

  • What does it mean to have the new facilities, what impact do you think it will have to the club, what are your hopes for the future of the club
  • How much did the move and new facilities cost, how much of that was funded by the lottery.
  • Sign off – quote something like “it is incredible to have the new space and I have high hopes of a couple of the lads moving forward”
  • What is boxing? Team sport, pulling together and supporting each other, close nit environment

Interview with boxer

  • What does it mean to you as a boxer to have these facilities? Ie gives routine, focus, challenge, fitness and discipline
  • What advice would you give others if they want to get involved?
  • How many days of the week do you train and what’s your targets within boxing?

Key facts

  • Each (-) means pause before continuing to talk
  • Each single shot to last at least 10 seconds
  • Use the key codes and conventions – not breaking the 180-degree rule
  • Looking space on interviews and using the rule of thirds

Sound – Timeline and Timings

Show Outline

Here’s is my idea for my show timings

– Show intro monologue (who you are, what you’re going to talk about): 20 seconds

– Intro music jingle (if I was to make a sequence of shows I would repeat for each show so listeners identify the jingle with your show): 15 seconds

I want to create a pastiche jingle – this is a tune that sounds like another but is a way to get around copyright issue. I really need to find an upbeat, sporty and catchy tune which I could adapt. My first thoughts was to use Birdy wings. It’s catchy and inspiring to say the least.

– Topic 1 – Interview: 3.15

– Topic 2: Interlude (music or break): 10 seconds

– Topic 3:  Interview: 3.15

– Closing remarks (thank audience, thank guests, and talk about the next show): 20 seconds

– Closing music jingle (suggest same as Intro music jingle): 20 seconds


This structure is a rough outline to what my pod-cast will actually be.  It follows mandatory elements that we have to have in our piece and the timing or it runs approximately 8 mins long


Mind map of ideas

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We have been asked to plan and create a 3-minute video that reflects on any topic we choose. I have chosen to focus my 3-minute video on Disability sports and the aspirations for getting involved in sports. Before conducting any filming, I have to do lots of research into the different disability sports available in the local area and research that will help give my video factual and accurate information. Also to gain more knowledge on people I have potentially lined up for interviews, this is important as when in an interview I want to be able to build up that rapport and keep the conversation flowing with ease. If the interviewee brings up a good point and I haven’t done the correct research I will struggle to have a follow up question that may be crucial for my video.

Some of the things I am hoping to include are

  • Actuality footage
  • Archive footage from my previous work
  • Interviews
  • Titles
  • PTC’s Piece to cameras
  • Royalty free music

In the interviews I conduct will all follow the same structure, for instance ask similar or the same questions. For me this is important as when coming to edit the video together, I can montage interviews, picking out the key sound bites.

From experience of doing projects before it takes a lot of planning (pre-production). This makes the filming process much more clear and easy. Some of the documentations I will be providing is:

  • Camera shot list. This is crucial as it plans out the different types of shots I will need to capture when out on location. Having planned this out means I can get exactly what I want. Having a mixture of shots will help when at the post production stage, as it will allow me to pick and chose the best.
  • Recce and Risk assessment will be done of each location as it will ensure a safe work place, and highlight any potential risks making me aware so I can minimalise risks and danger.
  • Storyboards will be done to help me plan and map out the video structure, when editing it will cut down time as I know where I want to place each piece of footage.
  • Edit decision list will showcase all footage taken and if I will be using it or not and reasons why.
  • Talent release forms will need to be signed by any interviewee so that it gives me the right to use all footage taken

All the pre production documents will help me to prevent any risks, save time and make sure I don’t get in any sticky situations. I think it will turn out really well if I do all the right research, plan and leave myself time to edit it to the best standard.