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

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Presentation Reflection

Richie Benaud Start Screen

Richie Benaud – Immersive Web Experience

After my presentation this morning, I thought it only right that I reflect on how I felt it went.

Being first up was always the way that I’d planned it, so that I could get it done and dusted and out of the way.

I was acutely aware of the time constraint of 15 minutes to get as much of the presentation in as possible, and I made sure of that by having a clock next to the computer, so that I could assess how close to my run through I was.

By splitting my presentation into two, the Prezi, and then the InVision mock up, I was concerned that the technology would not work correctly, but thankfully it worked correctly.

After the tech issues of last week, I made sure that I had a backup plan, including printed screenshots, and a offline powerpoint presentation just in case.

By doing that, I felt a little more relaxed going into the session, but knowing that everything was working, I felt that the level of work I had put into the assignment would shine through.

I had some feedback from Sally, some good, and some pointers to change once I get to the 2nd year, when we make the product for real.

I will be taking those on board, and ensuring that I learn from this assignment, and the semester as a whole.

So, I’m fairly happy with the presentation, the assignment is handed in now, and I can do no more.

Immersive Web Experience – Richie Benaud – Presentation

This is my presentation for my Richie Benaud Immersive Web Experience (IWE).

It has been a very enjoyable journey for me, to learn more about one of the great commentary legends who has now sadly passed away.

The IWE was at times frustrating, but my skills in Photoshop, InVision and Mindomo have been greatly enhanced by this assignment.

Prezi Presentation Front Screen


My presentation is available to view on Prezi, via this link





CATS Presentation

I’ve worked with Prezi during my Creative Futures assignment, so I thought that it would be good to use those skills in my CATS presentation.

Looking at the work of Rageh Omaar and Kate Adie has inspired me to look further into the work of War Correspondents, both historical and present, and compare their work.

My presentation is due on Thursday and I’m really looking forward to sharing my findings with the group, during our session.

If you would like a little peek into what I’ll be talking about, then please feel free to click on this link

CATS Semester Reflection

Over the semester, I have been very fortunate to have learnt more about journalists that I have come across, but also to encounter work by people that I had not has the pleasure of knowing.

There has been a wide variety of presentations in terms of video, print and photo journalists, from Pulitzer to Bell, Pilger to Woodward and Bernstein.

By looking at these respected people within the journalism profession, It has allowed me to try and get into the mind of these men and women, to see what drives them on in an industry that is facing an uncertain future, certainly in the print media, with newspapers trying to cut costs amid declining sales.

Without the drive and determination to get the story, Woodward and Bernstein may not have the profile that they have now, but something that gets forgotten is the backup from the editor and publisher of the Washington Post.  Would that happen today?  It’s certainly something to consider for some of the national newspapers in the UK.

As always, the introduction to these people is just that, an introduction, and I will be reading further over the summer, to try and learn more about them, to drive me on in my journalistic career, and maybe one day, Hull College can be proud of a Pulitzer award-winning journalist.


CATS Presentation – Adie and Omaar

Now that I’ve completed the first draft of my comparison of 2 war correspondents, it is time to start thinking of the presentation that is due to be given next week.

I’m thankful that I have researched two well respected journalists who have a portfolio of work online to make the comparisons with.

I will again be perceivering with Prezi, so that my skills gained in the Creative Futures strand can be explored further.

Video Presentation – Emma Massey – Feedback

Having presented my video presentation, there were a number of points that Emma made, so that I can change the film, and create a better finished product, prior to final hand in.

The comments were extremely useful, coming from a Video Journalist of many years experience, and I will work over the next few days to ensure that I have taken the feedback on board, and add to the initial film.

The 10 point plan to work on is:

  1. Take out voice introduction of interviewee
  2. Break the interview up – Not just 1 minute of straight talking.
  3. Try again to get Vox Pops.  This was something that the featured community were reticent to do, but I will attempt again to do this.
  4. The extro needs to be extended.
  5. Avoid cliches such as “Time will tell” etc.
  6. More voice over clips are required.
  7. More general video clips to set the scene.
  8. Rotate the interview – the end part is stronger than the start point.
  9. Think about how the presenter will introduce the piece.
  10. Shorter sign off is required – just name and Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD).

There looks a lot of work there, but when you drill down, most of those are easy to remedy, so over the next couple of days, I will return to the community to get more raw material before returning to the edit suite next week.

Creative Futures Semester 2 Assignment 1 – Dave Eccles – Export of Booklet using InBooklet

To print the booklet out at home, so that I can check for errors and omissions, I used InBooklet so that the Facing Pages option would be shown.

In the images below, you can see that the booklet prints out using 1,8 – 2,7 – 3,6 – 4-5 on each of the four pages that print out.

The print information is located on each of the pages.  Colours at the top left and Greyscales at the top right, with the Filename, Spread x of x, so in this case Spread 1 of 4, 2 of 4 etc, the pages that they correspond to, 8/1, 2/7, 6/3 and 4/5, and the date and time that the file was created.

As shown above, I have left the radio button for All Spreads as selected, together with all the tick boxes for Crop, Registration and Bleed Marks.  The margins, bleed and slug are confirmed in the second image as per the original setup of the document.




CATS Assignment – Initial Thoughts

Comparing two journalists in 2000 words to an outsider, sounds like an easy task, however the first step is to select two journalists, and that is proving more tricky that I initially thought.

The main issue for me, is choosing two from the wealth of journalistic talent that has gone before.

As part of the guidance issued, we have been told to think carefully about the range of work that is accessible.  Journalists from the early 20th century may not be as easy to work with as their work may be less in-depth than say war journalists from Vietnam, or political journalists from the last 20 years.

Over the next few weeks, I will be looking at various journalists that have “made a difference” to outcomes in their field, and comparing and contrasting the things that they have influenced, either in terms of Governments or the general public.

I have initially looked at the work of war journalists Don McCullin, Max Hastings, Orla Guerin, Rageh Omar and Martin Bell, who have all covered their craft in different ways. I need to ensure that I focus on the difference they have made to public perceptions of their coverage.