Week 8- Evaluation of skills learned this week:
There are a couple of vital skills I’ve learned this week which are both used massively in the media/journalism industry. One of them is also what I’ve done this week: creating a 45 second video piece which we filmed using professional cameras and equipment and edited together using the video-editing software Adobe Premier Pro.
Firstly though, we had to create our video and shots plan which we used to help us remember what shots we needed, how many we needed, what types of shots we needed and the duration of each one. After that, we managed to gain access to the more professional filming cameras to film our shots. These were incredibly useful to us because they created a much more clearer image for our shots and came with other features and equipment to help us maintain this quality: the tripod allowed us to attach the camera to it so that when we wanted to film an over-the-shoulder shot or rule-of-three shot, it didn’t create any wobbly movements whilst filming. Also, the tripod has a long handle on the side which allowed us to move the camera for any tracking shots we needed. This made our tracking shots look very neat and of a good quality due to the elimination of uneven camera angles and movements. These three pieces of equipment put together helped us to gin good quality shots and made the overall video look of the same quality too.
After that, we used Adobe Premier Pro to edit out shots together and apply any audio (which we recorded separately) to create our final 45 second video. These skills tend to be used by many people within the media industry and some of those people are actually journalists themselves because they have to be keeping up with all the latest ways of presenting the news. For example, TV news, online news videos and radio all use video/audio-editing skills. However, more job roles that require these skills include broadcast journalists, TV news crew and also radio editors. It also turns out that all of these job roles use at least one of the skills mentioned before. These skills include using the professional cameras, editing all the shots and audio so that they fit in together and gathering the required shots. All of these skills have their own purpose but in a way, share the same. For example, they are all used in order to create one news video that has a narrative and makes sense to the viewer. However, the cameras we used and which are probably used in industry too are used to capture the shots at the different angles and of a clear picture whereas the Adobe Premier Pro software allows the editor to apply all the shots and audio piece in their order to create the piece but ensuring it is not longer than the set time (in our case, 45 seconds).
Another skill I have learned this week actually relates to the survey I created last week in order to gain my quantitative research on the refugees. I created my survey using Survey Monkey online but after a week I only managed to gain four responses. This meant that I had to recreate my survey, whilst using the same questions, on a paper copy for me to hand out. But this is more about what I’ve learned from this that is important to me: I’ve learned that the online survey may possibly have not been the best because not many people because they didn’t have access to the survey online or didn’t know about it that way. I’ve learned that the paper hand-out survey allowed me to get the responses back almost straight away, get the required number of responses back in a much shorter period of time and alongside getting the responses back, count up the answers, put them into a chart or pie chart format and analyse them.
So overall, I’ve learned that hand-out surveys are miles more convenient and less time-consuming. This may also be a reason why journalists in the actual industry may use this method for quantitative research too, because they need the results in the quickest time possible in order to meet the deadline for their topic/article. This simply form of research involves many different skills to complete, and this also applies to qualitative research. These skills are conducting the questions which are related to the topic but relevant to the form of research; deciding which form of collecting data is the best; publishing or handing out the survey in the appropriate way and finally, analysing the results and putting them into a statistical form. The purpose of this skills set is to ensure that the research is carried out effectively but is still related to the topic of the report. Also, these skills mean that the research will be carried out at a suitable time rate and will have the responses returned at a faster than usual rate and possibly in time for any deadlines.
In terms of my deadlines this week, I know that I have completed the majority of the. But I do need to complete the rest of my research profile- which actually isn’t too much of a problem for me because I know what I need to do and I know that I can get it done in about a day or so.