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Journalism task

For Uni, we were asked to produce an OOV (stands for Out of Vision). Basically  it is like when you see on the TV on the news. You can hear the voice of the journalist commentating some images but you can’t actually see it. To do so you have to learn how to edit, it exists thousands of editing software. At the begining of the year we were given the Audobe Suite but it’s pretty complicated and we need time and practice to nail it perfectly. So far I can use Audobe audition quite correctly without breaking everything  as soon as I touch to a button. But I wouldn’t say the same regarding Audobe Premiere, it’s a nightmare to edit on it, believe me it takes ages. The same amount of time as if you wanted to retouch Madonna on photoshop. I would rather advice you to use Final Cut Pro or even iMovie if the work demanded is not complex.

Coventry University held a sale of  vintage items.  To manage a student budget each  item could be acquired for a moderate price. You will found  jackets, tee shirts, handbags or even scarves. Some fashion students of Coventry are involved in the project.The idea is to recycle ancient stuff from old houses to give them a brand new life. The event is held  once a year at Coventry University but several times during festival in the UK. The money that is raised goes to a charity that help woman refugees.

You can watch my OOV below :

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Vintage clothes are a good occasion to find original clothes to stand out for the crowd, that you won’t find anywhere else .

PS: I was only joking for Madonna, she lights up my darkest moments!

 

Reflection:

As I had already experienced this format I was more confident to produce one according to the specific conventions. This time I have included still images and it’s not over the time limit. It’s very clear from the very beginning we know what it’s about; we don’t waffle and go directly to the goal. The voice over is clear, I filmed the hub with my phone and it was very noisy so I had to remove the noise while editing. The lights are also better on this OOV. I have used effectively the legend so it makes it clear to the viewer; he knows where  the story takes place.

Also regarding the targeted audience I think I have done a good job because, the target audience is students. Fashion is quite a big deal for them, along money so I tried to combine these two topics: how to find both affordable and trendy clothes.

 

 

 

Documentary – 72 Hours Challenge

In our Key Concept in Media and communication module we were asked to produce a 3 minutes documentary in 72 hours. Indeed within 3 days we had to shoot, to make interviews, to edit, to make risk assessment, find equipment, a lot of researches. But fortunately it was a group work, we managed our time and effectively  and eventually we met the deadline.

The subject was imposed , my group (the group B3) had to make an observational documentary about the history of Hillfields ( a sensitive neighborhood of Coventry) and the targeted audience was teenagers. We chose to cover Hillfields’s history of music

It was nice to work with them because everyone was very open minded to everyone’s ideas and listen to the rest of the team. We were organized since the very beginning and took all the decision together as a group. We decided that we would shoot the first day and that we would edit the second one.

It was my first “intense” shooting. We began our shooting from 10.30, we went to Hillz fm to film their radio show and came back to uni. We were supposed to go back there at 4pm to film but we were told thqt few others crew would be there to film as well. We decided to go back to Hillz fm in order to be the first. We waited there until 4pm and finished around 5pm. At the end of the day, all our crew was very tired but we were happy with the work we’ve done.

It was a very good experience, I’ve learnt how  important team spirit is. It was very interesting to work with people from other courses (some members from the crew were studying media and communication and others media and production) and share our knowledge and our abilities which tend to by complementary.

 

Critical Reflections

It’s been now a month since I started university, since I started Journalism and Media, since I settled down.

A part of being a journalist is being able to have a critical point of view on every topics but also about himself. A  professional journalism  shall be capable of critical reflexions, to look backyards and to judge if he took the good decision, why does he find it was a good or bad decision . What he would have done if he had to make the same choices but in the present time. This is a reflection upon what I have been doing so far.

Getting used to lectures, learn how to be organized : two essential things for this year

I wrote a letter to myself in which I explained what I wanted to gain this year. I wrote that I wanted to have more experience in journalism area, that I would like to try a brand range activities of this trade. I wrote that letter one month ago and by reading it again recently I realised that I had accomplished some of my wishes. Nonetheless there are some other things that I would have done better if I have had known.

I was very exciting about studying in the media world and I have to say that so far I’m not disappointed at all. I have discovered plenty of activities and I am dayly aiming to broad my range of skills.

I was afraid to be overtaken lectures ,homework, parties. But since the beginning I have been wise regarding partying, I try to have a balance life between studying and leisure. I have learnt that thanks to last year when I went out a lot: I have evolved and understood that this year was getting serious and that it was time to be mature and to work if wanted to succeed. I used to read a lot but last year I lost this habit and I’m glad because I am now reading again.

Coventry is a vast city, the university is huge. offers a lot of diffrent activities, a lot of parties!The fresher’s week was all about partying. There was so much to do that I end up with not knowing what to do. And I was confused about life. Getting used to a new city, new people, new personalities, new university. And at the beginning I wanted to do everything at the same time. My schedule was very busy. But I quickly realised that I had to slow down and take things once as a time.So I focused on gaining Journalism skills.

And also moodle was a brand new system for me: I wasn’t used to it at all. And at the beginning it was very confusing, I got lost and I didn’t understand my timetable.

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We have been to some of journalism task : interviewing art.We had to be in pairs and to interview people on the street about anything we liked. It was the first time I was confronted to such a task, but I took a real pleasure to do it. I found out that I really liked communicating with people and I find it quite easy: it’s the basic if I want work in the media area. In a personal way ,it  was a very beneficial activity. We learnt how to interview people, the way you have to talk to them and to be friendly, you can find below a rush of one of our interview :

This is me interviewing a student and  my classmate recording the interview. I was quite comfortable during the interview, the student was nice and was answering to the questions I was asking and was very fluent. All the interviews  went very well except one maybe, we were interviewing a manager of the university. I was asking the questions but despite the fact that  my colleague and I prepared some questions before the interview I run out of words and I had a blank. I really felt embarrassed on the moment but failure is only human. I didn’t know what to say and when finally I gathered my wits I began to ask questions on a whim . If I could go back in time I wouldn’t have done so because it end us talking about global warming whereas we start our conversation discussing about international students; there was no connecting thread,no structure and no transition from a topic to another. Nonetheless this was a very good experience, it helped me to understand  how important it is to  structure  the news. I know that I still have a plethora of skills to learn from this course but I have that day by day , by setting my heart on learning and expend my knowledge I am getting closer to my aim: becoming a journalist.

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I tend to be shy sometimes  and I didn’t dare talking because I wasn’t very self asserted but I thing that I’m becoming more and more confident. I have started a radio show with two friends of my class and I really like it, I really do enjoy it. One other thing I wanted to find out this year was which job will I do in the future and I think that after my radio experience I would like to be a part of it. I’m trying to get involve the much I can. A major difference between high-school and university is that we students, have to create our own opportunities, they won’t be brought on a silver platter and throughout  the year I’m willing to take all the opportunity and to try new things to see how it. works.

I will end up my reflection with a quotation of the American Author Margaret J. Wheatley in her book Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time : “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful“.

 

Letter to Self

Letters to self

A key part of the course is the ability to write creatively and to reflect upon the learning. So I wrote a letter to myself in one year’s time that outlines what I want to have done, produced, thought about, read, seen or heard and how I want all those experiences to help me in my personal and professional development .

Letter to self

Dear Nour,

  This year you took the plunge and plucked up the courage to leave your native country in order to study in England. A different country, a new culture and another language: you took the challenge.

You quitted your calm and peaceful life for an exciting and hectic one. You took your independence; your parents will no longer nurture you: you would have learnt to manage on your own. And it is here life is joining the course you chose you must not lean on others you have to find your own way; there will not always be people around you all the time. Some of them will help you sometimes but most of the time you will have to be clever and get by. I hope in one-year time you would have understood this, and that you would be less gullible. But I’m not very worried about it. I know somehow you are a pillar of strength.

You chose to add a step to this challenge by studying Journalism and Media, indeed get used to a new system in another European country will not be easy everyday. So you will have to be perfectly fluent and express yourself like your fellow classmates.

By the end of the year I hope you would have developed a vast array of skills that are this course demands.

You must know it, but what is making a journalist’s strength it’s his versatility: he should be able to react to any subject: sports, politics, entertainment, news, culture…Nowadays in any trade versatility is put on a pedestal.

You also chose to study a brand new language. As you know itbeing multilingual can stand you out when you will be looking for a job. Learning Arabic could just be an advantage moreover seeing that you want to become a reporter, speaking the language is a big part in understanding a culture and obviously it makes the communication easier.

Another point that is important in our society this days it’s sports. It represents an essential financial part on its own. I know that sport is not your all-consuming passion but it is important and considered by most of citizens nowadays. If you want to communicate with the world sport can be one of the master key so you made some efforts to try following the sport news, reading sports magazine and eventually by the end of the year you were able to explain clearly the rules of the off-side.

Obviously, by the end of the year you would have produced some piece of work that would have shown your commitment and all the progress you did throughout the academic year.

Another point that is also relevant in your study was confidence .I know talking in front of a large audience is not easy, how disturbing and awkward it can be. Nevertheless, I would like you to increase your self-confidence and trust yourself. You know what you are capable of, it is a part of the challenge you’re accepted: you must go the whole hog. 

You already had an insight of what the job of what the job of a journalist consists in. But sometimes it can be full of illusions. Do not delude yourself .It will be tough. You will be on the field, and you will see what is going on from the inside with professional journalists. Sometimes you’ll have to fight to find a place but it’s a part of the game. However I know you are willing to do your best to achieve you goal.

You made a very good choice by studying Journalism and Media, you have learnt a lot about the world, about people. It broadened your horizons. You have discovered so much; you rub shoulders with a new culture, a different ways of living. On the human side it was such a beneficial experience: meeting a very wide range of person that all come from different background. But also on the intellectual side, you’ve learnt how the attractive world of media is working and what you need to do to find your path.

To finish, I would say that throughout this year you kept in mind the most important which is the matter of journalism: the main purpose of journalism is conveying knowledge.  It is getting closer to people and help them to understand the world they are living in.

Nour”

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