This week some of the skills I have learned are:
How to conduct vox pop questions and actually carry out an interview with these questions, like we did in the college. In industry, these skills can be applied to journalists because its actually part of their job when carrying our interviews for research. Examples of the skills used include conducting the questions used for the interview. We had to ensure that they were all open and neutral to allow the most detailed and honest answer from the interviewee. Also, the purpose of these skills were to enable us to appropriately gain information form the interviewees as part of our primary research. Starting our vox pops in the college also allowed us to build up and get used to the idea of walking up to people we don’t know and just asking them about practically anything. This would also help us build up to eventually going out to bigger places and asking people there. Also ensuring the questions were open and neutral meant that the interviewee wouldn’t have been afraid to give their opinion and express exactly how they felt about the refugee crisis.
More skills that I’ve learnt this week include learning how to analyse magazine spreads and covers, which are definitely used by people in the media industry. For example, magazine designers will most probably analyse already existing spreads so that they can get ideas for new spreads that they’re going to create. The same goes for the magazine covers too, for those who design the magazine covers; they will analyse them and all their different features in order to gain inspiration for their own. Examples of the skills used in industry can include analyzing covers and magazine spreads with all their features such s the title, subtitles and what images and photos are on the covers, what messages they carry to the reader and how they draw the reader’s attention relating to the theme or issue of the magazine. This can also include (for the spread) how the information is presented, what the layout is like and what the headline is. The purpose of these skills are to allow the magazine cover or spread creator to investigate what features may make a magazine article or spread intriguing to read.
This week, I feel that all of my deadlines have been met and to a detailed and good standard as well.