Presentation for History in Journalism (milestone) 

Originally, I had chosen to do my presentation on the history of BBC radio broadcasting. After, speaking to the tutor he informed me that the topic was to broad and had to pick a specific event that had social and political impacts on journalism.

Original presentation

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I picked this topic originally as I had a fairly good knowledge on the topic and is of interest in how radio has developed over many years.

After, hearing that my presentation was wrong just 24 hours before having to actually present the presentation for real put me in a really bad place.

After the panic set in I knew I had to come up with a solution to this problem. In the end just hours before the deadline, I changed the full topic to the leveson enqury. This was difficult as I had to scrap the old content and start right back at the beginning. Research had to be do, PowerPoint had to be put together, a script had to be formed and rehearsed.

New presentation

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This presentation was in the right context to the brief, however wasn’t full realised to the standard I wanted to produce. When rehearing the PowerPoint presentation  I noticed that I didn’t have enough to say as it only lasted around 6 minutes. The mandatory element of the task was to produce a 10 minutes long.

On some of the slides it had lots of information on which, if i had more then a few hours to create it, i would have bullet pointed more as in a presentation its more about the speech then the amount of information on the screen behind.

CATS – Milestone SELF Evaluation of Presentation

After completing the powerpoint presentation I felt extremely relieved, it was super nerve racking and a VERY stressful process. Overall, I think I did do well considering I completely messed up on the original topic I had chosen. It was to broad and not specific enough, I had really spent a lot of time and thought on that presentation however, finding out I missed the mark just 24 hours before the presentation I realised that I needed to pull something else together so I had something to show.

To be totally honest I fell apart, wasn’t sure how I was going to pull something together in time and honestly I was ready to throw in the towel. It felt like I had the world on my shoulders, no been very well, having family issues and now having 24 hour to start basically from scratch.

What pulled me through was thinking of my twin brother and how i want to make him proud. After, gaining my composure I realised I had a bit of knowledge about a more specific topic that was useful and met the brief. Therefore, I started to research the topic more and created a half decent powerpoint. I also created a script, however had no credit to print it out so tried my best to memorise the content. If i was to do this task again, I would have made sure i could print the content out needed and created cue cards, also made the presentation a lot tighter and better. On some of the slides I feel that there was to much writing. This should have been shorter and more in a bullet point format. This is more appropriate in a presentation. Also, it would have been better if i had the time to rehearse the presentation.

Overall, I was pleased but know there was a large margin that could be improved upon.