Dissertation proposal presentation

The CATS session today was my chance to put forward my dissertation proposal ready for next year.

The presentation was one that forms part of the marks for this years CATS sessions, and I felt that the preparation I had done for it reflected in the quality of the delivered content.

Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation Proposal

Further research will be carried out over the next few weeks to ensure that the title is as tight as possible

Dissertation Proposal Final

Initial Dissertation Mindmap

By looking at the different aspects required to create a dissertation, I felt that a mindmap was a particularily good way to try and get everything down in once place to formulate a structure for the next few months.


Initial Mindmap – Dissertation

This mindmap will be one of a series created throughout the dissertation, to ensure that I have investigated all possible sources, and kept the planning stage as tight as possible.

Self Initiated Project – Week 11

I have been researching into magazine layouts and trying to make the content for the as yet untitled West Hull FM listener promotional magazine.

After looking at magazine layouts, I have decided to keep the page count to 4, which will allow for a quick turnaround for the station, and it is something that can be built on in the coming months with further issues.

I would be happy to keep the count at 4 for the first 3 issues, before moving to multiples of 4 going forward.

Another item that needs to be addressed is the name for the publication.  I feel it needs to be something that reflects the community that West Hull FM serves, and I will be canvassing opinions in the local area to try to nail down a name in the next few days.

The Media Pack project is continuing, and I have started adding more content to the InDesign layout, using inforamtion from West Hull FM and also from the OFCOM documentation used to apply and gain the FM licence back in 2007.

Filming has also continued, where time and weather has allowed, and I have organised the raw footage using the Creative Cloud application available through Adobe Creative Suite.

By doing this, I want to be in a position to edit the videos in the next week or so, as there are a lot of videos to produce and upload to either Vimeo or YouTube.


Dissertation ideas

During the CATS session on Wednesday, I was given the task of looking into ideas for my third year dissertation.  This has been a process that has made me focus on where I want my research to take me over the next few months.

Here I have outlined my ideas for potential subjects.

  1. The BBC is in a privileged position where it is funded by the licence fee for its TV, Radio and Online offer.  What changes can be made to the corporation to make it fit for the 21st Century?
  2. Print newspaper sales are declining as more people are accessing their news online.  What can legacy products do to survive in an ever-changing marketplace?
  3. TV and radio audiences are changing, how can an ever expanding number of outlets compete for an audience?


The BBC is in a privileged position where it is funded by the licence fee for its TV, Radio and Online offer.  What changes can be made to the corporation to make it fit for the 21st Century?

  • BBC is having to make cost savings across its entire output.
  • TV channels are going online, BBC Three already gone, rumours of BBC News Channel to close, shrinking audiences for local radio.
  • Sports coverage gone from regular coverage to more niche sports, or paying over the odds for football.
  • Impact of participation of sports as less sport seen on free to air television.
  • Licence fee – will this be abolished in favour of advertising/subscription?
  • Radio stations merging to cover larger areas, or simulcasting to save money?
  • What do other countries do? Do they have a huge national Public broadcaster?
  • Would people fund a higher licence fee? Do they know what they actually get for their money?
  • If News channel closes, what are the implications of journalists who are in the four corners of the world?
  • Will TV news go back to just 1, 6 and 10pm?
  • Impact of Five Live potentially merging with BBC Local Radio

Print newspaper sales are declining as more people are accessing their news online.  What can legacy products do to survive in an ever-changing marketplace?

  • Adverts to fund newspaper websites – people hate them, but they pay for the online offer.
  • Will people be willing to pay a higher price for a print version?
  • Online apps to offer the same copy as print?  Metro/Mirror already do this.
  • Why did paywalls not work for the biggest selling daily newspaper, The Sun.
  • Will more newspapers close?  Independent going, Johnston Press putting 59 newspapers on alert for costs savings or closure?
  • Bloggers?  Can legacy papers tap into hyperlocal websites?  Content or journalists?
  • Newspapers – more untrained journalists?
  • Legal issues, with smaller numbers of staff being stretched, dangers of legal issues with stories.
  • When is enough enough?  Independent ran at a loss for years, Guardian has multi million pound losses year on year.
  • Will local newspapers cease to exist?
  • As the population ages, can anything be done to reverse the decline?
  • People with slow broadband speeds – particularly rural areas – may struggle to access news where local newspapers are closing/closed.

TV and radio audiences are changing, how can an ever-expanding number of outlets compete for an audience?

  • More channels pitching for the same audience.
  • Increased fees for TV packages, Sky, Virgin, Talk Talk, BT.
  • How will the likes of Freeview and Freesat compete when they don’t receive any extra money from the viewers?
  • Will good quality investigative journalism be lost to a minority channel, whereas it used to be shown on the major channels, BBC/ITV/C4?
  • How we access TV/Radio has changed, will the people be less informed?
  • Impact of music streaming services – No news output
  • Stories that may have been covered previously, will they be lost as audiences find alternative news or not at all?
  • What impact will media ownership have as to journalistic output?
  • 21 news channels on Sky, but only 4 on Freeview, does this mean that poorer people will not be able to access as much news?

David Whitfield – After assignment planning reflection

I have reviewed my planning over the assignment as detailed in the early stages, and after careful consideration, I am fairly happy with the progress that has been achieved.

I will be covering this section in more detail, in my 1000 word reflection, to be carried out as part of the brief, and is typical of an after project review.

The planner has allowed me to stay on course, with a little leeway for unexpected issues, such as the weather, and work commitments.




David Whitfield – Flatplan – 2nd version

After consultation with Sally, regarding my David Whitfield pullout, I needed to create a new flatplan to accommodate the changes I need to make.

The initial 12 page flatplan helped to formulate my ideas, so that I could work with that to create the initial version of the document.

With the changes, I initially thought that the document would grow by a couple of pages, but having worked with the InDesign project, I realised that it would double in size from 12 to 24 pages.

I completed an amended flatplan to work with, and having completed the magazine plan, I have made a final copy of the flatplan and is shown below.

Amended 24-page flatplan for David Whitfield magazine

Amended 24-page flatplan for David Whitfield magazine


David Whitfield – Flatplan – 1st version

As part of my planning, I created an initial 12 page flatplan to help me focus and formulate my ideas.

By keeping a track of my plans, I will be able to ensure that the magazine matches exactly with the flatplan, and I can then reflect on the process and, ultimately, the final product.

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Initial 12-page flatplan for David Whitfield magazine




Filming Considerations – David Whitfield

When planning my filming time in and around Hull, I have many different factors to consider in the process.

As all of my filming is to be done outside, the weather conditions are something that I need to look at.

Generally the weather in November can be changeable at best with days of sun, rain, wind and cloud.  Those can all happen in the same hour.

Looking at the forecast over the next couple of weeks, there are a couple of days where the weather looks favourable.

Permissions for filming is another factor to look at.  I have chosen locations that do not require permission to film.  They are all in public places, but even these need a little forethought.  By taking a little extra time to film, I can make sure that members of the public aren’t in the finished video.

I have my own kit in the form of video camera and tripod so the usual planning of kit availability isn’t required, but I am a little concerned about the quality of the audio, so I will be sourcing an external audio recorder to make sure that outside audio sounds as good as possible.

Voice over audio, if required, will be done at home using a mixer desk and microphone and then enhanced using audio editing software.

Storyboarding – David Whitfield

Whilst researching the David Whitfield story, I am very mindful of using storyboarding to plan out the 3 minute documentary pitch.  My plan is to hand draw the storyboard freehand, before using online technology to properly formalise the storyboard into a form that is accessible online.

I have started to read From Word to Image – Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process, which I hope will give me further skills in the art of storyboarding.

In the book, it talks about the 5 A’s which are crucial in terms of storyboarding an idea.

  • Assessment of the narrative.
  • Ability to express vision.
  • Attention to the frame.
  • Awareness of movement.
  • Agreement between text and image.

By keeping these in mind, even in a small way, I hope that I can show due process in all aspects of planning during the pre-production stage of my pitch video.

These 5 A’s, go hand in hand with the usual 5 W’s, Who, What, Why, When and Where.