15th March 2017 –
Today it is time to start researching and trying to source stories for my Final Major Project. Because I want to keep my FMP local to Sheffield I thought a good place to start would be on the ‘Welcome to Sheffield’ website. On this there was a list of the top 10 things to do and see in Sheffield (Link http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit/things-to-see-and-do/top-10-things-to-see). On this list was the Crucible Theater. When I was younger I used to do Theater work and I know a lot of people who still so a lot of acting work in Sheffield so I thought that there was potential for a story here. When I went to the Sheffield Theaters home page I saw this:
I never knew that Sheffield Theaters was the largest theater complex outside of London which got me thinking that I could do a story about how Sheffield is a good place for young actors to be. I have a friend who is a member of National Youth Theater and is currently auditioning for a load of top London Drama schools. I spoke with him and we’re meeting tomorrow to do and interview and just to have a bit of a chat because he definitely knows more than me on this subject. I feel like it would be better to earn a bigger understanding of Sheffield Theaters before I start writing about it.
I’m going to record the interview and pick out the key points when I listen to it back. Also, the questions that I ask will be things such as ”What makes Sheffield stand out from the rest” or ”What’s it been like for you being a young actor in Sheffield”. I plan to keep the interview as more of a conversation so I can lear things myself and put that into my article.
16th March –
The interview went very well. I learnt loads more about Sheffield Theatres and what it’s like to be an actor in Sheffield. Edmund told me about the many theatre companies that operate in Sheffield and how the crucible and lyceum are both major theatres. People travel from all around the world to see shows at the Crucible, whether this is for Theatre or the snooker it still made the Crucible very popular and award winning.
I asked him about what his next step are and he told me how he’s had auditions and been given interviews/been accepted into a few top drama schools inside or outside of London. Places like Mountview and Guildford which both are credited as being two of the best places in the UK for actors to study.
I feel as though it would be good to include this in the article as an example because this sows that from being in sheffield and doing acting work in Sheffield Edmund had made some big steps towards being an actor and truthfully one of these schools is most likely the best way to do that.
Contact details for Edmund:
Edmund Tooley, Tel: 07800527253
21st March –
Finally I’ve finished my first article for my FMP. I feel as though I am off to a good start here because I have completed this in a good time and I am not behind schedule for the rest of my FMP. I didn’t run into any problems when I was writing the article because I feel like Edmund provided me with loads knowledge and the information necessary to write the article. I’m going to start looking for more ideas for stories and trying to follow up them as soon as possible.
24th March –
I was looking though Facebook for article ideas and I saw a suggested group called STAG. This stands for Sheffield Tree Action Group. After looking at the group and becoming a member I’ve decided that this is a perfect thing to write an article about. There’s over 6,000 people in this group so it shouldn’t be hard to find some quotes from people or someone to talk to about what the group is about. I noticed that two of my Facebook friends are also a member of this group so I thought a good place to start would by asking them why there a part of the group and see what they can tell me about it.
My friend Isaac told me that he is a member of the group because his mother is very involved with it. He told me that there has been loads of trees been cut down in many different areas in Sheffield and obviously because Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the world people are scared that this is going to be tarnished. Because of this there are protests and this has led to people even being arrested on there land because they are protesting. My other friend Ted told me that they’re trying to cut down the tress out side of his house which in Netheredge which is going to decrease the value of his house, and the area as a whole. Not only this its going to make the area look a lot less appealing. I could use both of these as quotes if I wanted to but I think I’d rather try speaking to the person who created the group or someone who has been a member of it for a while and ask them for there opinion. I have messaged the person who is the only admin on the Facebook page if I can ask him some questions about the group and what they’re aiming to do and I hope to hear back from him soon.
March 30th –
The head of the STAG group has got back to me saying he’d be happy to help but when I replied with questions he has not got back to me yet. I think that I am going to give him some time to reply and if I get nothing soon I will ask him again. What I am going to do is research the group on their website (www.savesheffieldtrees.org.uk/background/) and Facebook and try to write the bulk of my stories using these sources and anything that I get from it. Once I have done this I will focus on my other stories because I have got enough time to wait for him at the moment.
April 4th –
today is the start of Autism Awareness week (or month in America). This is the perfect oppertunity to write a news article. Autism is a common thing in my family with both my brother and sister being diagnosed with it at a young age. I feel that a good place to start will be to have a convrstaion witb one of them, most likely my sister because she is heavily involved with autiskm awareness, and then try to see if I can work out a story or article after Ive had the converstaion.
After talking to my sister Demi I think that I am settled on a idea. She asked me if i was familiar with Autism Speaks. I told her that I am familiar with the charity but not the work that they do. It turns out that quite a lot of people within the autistic community have some serious problems with Autism Speaks and what they do. She advised me to goodle ”Boycott autism speaks” and see what comes up.
April 3rd –
After searching ”boycott autism speaks” I was met with loads and loads of different pages and websites with people listing the problems that they have with the charity. it turns out that autism speaks have been reaseching the effects that vaccinations have had on people and the rise in autism and they are also trying to find a cure for it. This has had a huge backlash because many people with autism feel that it most definitly isnt a illness and it doesnt need cured.
Another main thing that people seem to have an issue with is that the majority of their donations and funding goes towards reseasech and not helpinjg autistic people or autistic families. I feel like for a chairty to be this big this is somthing that needs to be adressed snd I definilty want to take my article in this direction.
7th April –
The first draft of my article is finished but there are some problems. I think that I got a bit carried away with the whole thing and ended up forgetting simple journalistic rules. My article at this point cannot be used because the majority of it is defamtion. I have also forgot to make it relevant to Sheffield which makes it not useable in the FMP anyway. What I am going to do is keep with the autism awareness idea but try to find a different approach for the article and try to make it relevant to Sheffield in the mean time.
8th April –
Today I had a look online for some autism charities that operate in Sheffield. This could be a small part of my article which would help it become relvant to Sheffield and fit in with the rest of my project. I found out about Sparkle who are a Sheffield based charity who work directly with young people with autism and decided these would be perfect to have in the Article. On top of that I also found out that Autism Speaks recently released a statement saying As of April 2017, Autism Speaks asserts “scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.”
This is perfect for my article because I can now focus on this point and turn it around to be a good thing. I am going to interview my sister about this point and try to make it more of a autism awareness is going in the right way kind of thing.
April 12th –
I have finished my Autism Awareness article and I am very happy with how its turned out. I was walking home from college and passed through Park Hill because I am going to write a piece about that and it’s normally a nice walk. When I was walking through I saw some very interesting Graffiti which read: ”What can you put in a box?” followed by a series of answers. This got me thinking about doing a photojournalism package on street art around Sheffield.
April 13th –
The biggest coincidence of my life happened today. Yesterday I got a text from my friend that I haven’t seen in a while Miro. He asked me to meet up and I said yes. Anyway, i was telling him about college and what I am doing and how I planned to do something on street art and he told me how he’s been doing street art more frequently. I knew he did it but I wasn’t sure that he was still active. It turns out that the art that I saw yesterday in Parkhill was done by him. I couldn’t believe it but this is so perfect. Instead of doing a photojournalism piece I can do a multimedia package about street art in Sheffield and interview Miro. He said he is happy to help but would rather not be on camera which is understandable. We didn’t do the interview today though because we got a bit sidetracked and I hadn’t prepared anything or even though about how I am going to do it. But he told me that he is free pretty much whenever so I going to think about how I am going to shoot the video taking into account that he doesn’t want to be filmed. In order to combat this I am going to have to think of other ways to make the video interesting to watch.
April 14th –
In order to keep in line with the codes and conventions of being a journalist it’s important that I don’t get Miro into any trouble. After doing some research (http://ethics.npr.org/tag/anonymity/) I have decided that the best way to do this is to keep him off camera and not show any of his work. This worked out to be perfect because we did the interview today and Miro was very upfront with the fact that he didn’t want to show his face or his work on film because he didn’t want any trouble, seeing as the act of graffiti is illegal. What I have done is photographed pictures of street art around Sheffield and filmed a long wall outside of the train station that is covered in graffiti. Miro’s words are what makes this video good in my opinion because what he has to say is very compelling. The video is finished and its time to move onto something else.
Contact details –
Phone – 07598429101
April 18th –
I work in a bar called the Viper Rooms which is one of Sheffield’s best known bars. The amount of new bars that keep opening up is staggering and it seems that Sheffield is slowly becoming a bit of a hot spot for cocktail bars and things along the same line. I figured that it would make sense to do a photojournalism piece on some of the best bars in Sheffield. I have visited a load of different places and have a good knowledge of that these bars have to offer. So what I am going to do is take pictures of some of the most popular bars from the outside and caption them telling people where they are and what they have to offer.
April 22nd –
I took photos of the front of six of the best bars in Sheffield and have finished my photojournalism piece.
April 23rd –
I put a post in the STAG Facebook age asking if anyone would be willing to speak about STAG and what they’re doing because the head of the group has seen my message asking him questions and has not responded to me. I’m a little upset by this because getting his word on it would have improved the story greatly. I am a little worried though because time is running out and I have still got things to do. Hopefully someone will respond to me and be willing to speak about it.
April 24th –
I managed to get a response from someone who I know vaguely, he went to my school but I never really spoke to him. His name is Charlie and he said that he’s been to the silent protests and is passionate about the cause. I’ve decided that I’ll use charlie for my interview because he seems really eager and full of good information. I’ve set up an interview with him sometime next week he told me he will let me know.
April 26th –
I noticed that when I was coming into college there was a lot of signs advertising this Camerados thing that I’ve never heard of. After doing some research by asking my tutor Tracy what it is I have found out that Camerados is kind or orginisation that is trying to get people to talk to talk to each other and be friends kind of thing. Basically they’ve set up these places where people can go and sit and just be a friend to one another. To me this is perfect for another multimedia piece. If I can just find someone who’d be willing to speak about it and what it is that would be perfect.
April 28th –
In college I spoke to loads of different people in the Camerados booth asking if they know what it is and what it means but no one had a clue. I guess I’ll just keep trying I find it hard to believe that no one knows what it is for. In other news I am meeting Charlie on Monday to talk about STAG.
May 1st –
The interview with Charlie was really good he gave me loads to work with. I recorded him on my phone and have got more than enough to transcript and use for my article. I am going to finish the article tomorrow in college and I can finally tick this one off the list of things to do
May 2nd –
I tried again to find someone to speak about Camerados but I still found nothing. It seems as though people are just using the place because it’s got a nice looking settee. I’ll keep high hopes that someone knows what it is but pretty soon I feel like i’m going to have to think of something new because I am running the risk of falling behind schedule. I added Charlie’s interview into the STAG article so now I have to brainstorm other ideas. for articles.
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May 3rd –
Still no one to help with Camerados video.
May 9th –
I’ve had a pretty unproductive week and fell behind schedule. I’ve been trying to find ideas for videos and articles but nothing had come to fruition so far. I spoke with Tracy and she told me about a polling booth that will be coming into Hillsborough college for a few days. I am in college Friday so hopefully I will be able to speak to whoever is running the booth and if they are up for it interview them on video and make a Multi-Media package about it. Whilst researching online for story ideas I saw this article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/08/council-house-residents-could-banned-smoking-homes/) which was only published yesterday. I grew up and currently live on a council estate so again if I can write an article about this finding sources should be easy.
May 12th –
Everything went perfect today. Thomas Wilson was the person who ran the polling booth and was willing to be recorded on camera and talk about why it’s happening. After the Interview I edited the video and finished it before the day was done. On my way home I went to walk through Park Hill but realised it’s all been fenced off. I had written a piece on Park Hill previously and I figured that I could use my knowledge to write a new article about the history of it, the homeless problem and why it has been cornered off. I know quite a lot of people who used to live there so finding someone to talk about it should be easy and this could definitely be an article.
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May 13th –
Because I am behind scheduled I decided to write my Park Hill article now. Because of previous research and knowledge I knew this wouldn’t take me long to write so I figured I would just do it. here is a list of websites I used to help write it:
For my source I asked a girl I know quite well who lived on Park Hill when she was younger. What I did was send her what I had written for the article and she responded witch what she found fitting and it turned out very good.
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May 18th –
Again I’ve been asking people about the camerdos thing yet no one seems to have a clue what it is. I don’t want to give on this video because honestly I am out of ideas and I want to produce something good. I have began to write my article about smoking in coucil houses. I figured that because I live on a council estate where if I am honest the majority of people smoke it will be easy for me to find people to talk to about it.
May 19th –
I spoke with a friend of mine called William who had no idea about the subject. He had some really strong views and I have to filter through quite a lengthy interview to find quotes to use. He got distracted quite a lot but there is content there for me to use for sure.
May 21st –
The article is finally finished.
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May 24th –
We’ve not been in college so I haven’t been able to get anything for the Camerdos video and with people doing exams and stuff there seems to be less people around the college anyway. I am calling a stop to this video and trying to find something else before I run out of time.
May 25h –
I have discovered that I can use the pictures from my video about street art as another photojournalism package. I am going to put this together and use it as a back up if i cant find something else to do in time. I’d rather have that on the website than miss something out causing me to fail. The images are good and there are unused ones from the video that I can use so in the mean time I will do that. But I have still got a website to put together and a audience survey to do so I am going to prioritise those over finding something else to do.
May 29th –
I have put together my website and made it look fully presentable and functional. All I have left to do now is an audience survey on my work to see if my work appeals to the target audience.
June 2nd –
My survey is written I just need to find people to take it. Questions that I have included are as follows:
Do you think the website is appropriate for the target audience of 16-25 year old?
Is the website functional and appealing?
Which feature did you find most appealing?
How old are you?
What is your gender?
June 9th –
I posted the survey in the sheffcoljournos Facebook page and asked people to take part. It’s deadline day and I am on track to finish so I have just got to wait for responses and then write up my final evaluation of my work. Then I am finally finished!
Summative Conclusion –
Overall I am pleased with what I have managed to produce. Producing something with time constraints is always hard especially when you are left to your own devices. I feel as though my planning went okay, although I could’ve stuck to my action plan better. I believe would have been able to not rush certain aspects of my project had I created a better action plan. Unforeseen circumstances are something you cannot predict or plan though, and because I have outline why these things happened in mt production diary I am still very pleased with what I have produced. My primary and secondary research is strong and fully justified but I believe it could have been stronger. For example I would have loved for the head of the STAG group to get back to me but he didn’t. The positive to draw from this for me is how I was able to use my initiative and still make what I believe to be a strong piece of content work.
I believe my final website is of publishable quality. It looks good and operates well. The tiled theme with pictures along side the content makes the website appealing to the eye and something that people of my target audience would appreciate. If I was to improve my website I would’ve taken more pictures of Sheffield and incorporated these into it. However, whats more important is the content so I definitely feel as though I prioritised that over the look of the website. If I had more time I know that my content would have been better, but everyone always says that. Regardless of this, I am extremely pleased with what I have produced in the time that I was given.
My aims that were outlined in my proposal have been met and I don’t think that I can raise any issues towards this. What I have produced is a portfolio on content that is presented on a Sheffield theme lifestyle website. In conclusion I feel as though I have developed my abilities as a journalist very well during the project and my work represents this.