Week 9- Newspaper page layout practice

Today, I have chosen a random page from a well-known newspaper and used the Adobe InDesign software to recreate it to look like the original. I have also done a critical comparison of them both (my one and the original)  and how I have ensured that my one meets the original one as much as possible.

newspaper page

 

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The page on top is the one I created on InDesign. The one on the bottom is the original one I used to create my page.

Comparison:

Looking at my newspaper page compared to the original, I feel that I have done quite well in recreating it, due the fact that I have got many elements of it almost identical such as: the overall layout of the page, headlines and columns; the style of font and colours for the text; the content itself and even the measurements for my page on the software.

These are all of the main features I’ve had to recreate to make my newspaper page look identical to the original I chose, and as a result, I’d happily say that the do look pretty similar to each other.

However, I do feel that, looking at them now, there are some elements of my one that don’t quite match up to the original copy. For example, the pictures aren’t exactly alike but I had no way of gathering the exact same pictures from the original. Also, when it came to the sports results columns at the bottom of the page, I couldn’t fit all of the information in them without extending the number of columns- which could possibly make my version of the page not look identical at the end.

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Week 9- Newspaper page layout practice

Presentation- Research and report

I have received my verbal feedback from my research profile presentation which I have considered in terms of how I can improve my presentation skills, ability, knowledge and even my research skills in the future.

First of all, I was told that my grade was a high pass (equivalent to a grade A) and that I showed “excellent presentation skills” such as eye contact and use of gestures. Another comment I got was that I had “good knowledge of research and the pros and cons” alongside it too. I was also told that I was “very passionate” about my topic of the refugees too.

This kind of feedback (especially my grade) was quite a surprise for me because I didn’t manage to fit in all my information within the 5-10 minute limit, but the fact that my eye-contact, presentation skills and the content itself must have made up for that. But with the feedback i was given, I can relate to them a bit because i did make certain that I was as clear, engaging and as professional as I could be.

However, I have reflected on this experience and I have decided that to improve the way i present, I would time myself prior to the presentation so that I can work out how I can cut down on any unnecessary information but still cary across the point I’m being marked on.

research profile presentation [Recovered]

 

Presentation- Research and report

Week 7- Video skills: shots practice.

Today, we put our knowledge of video editing/recording and shot types to the test because we went out and recorded different types of shots around he college which we edited using Adobe Premier Pro software. This also included writing a summary of our filming process outlining all the challenges we faced, evaluating the equipment we used and how we could improve.

Firstly, we created a shot schedule prior to going out and shooting. this was to help us gain the correct types of shots, the correct quantity of them and the duration of each shot we required.

Shot schedule

Shot schedule.

For our one minute long sequence, it will be required to gather at least two of each shot. For the first set of shots we will aim to make them total to around 30 seconds. This means that we know roughly how long the second set of each shot will need to total to reach the one minute limit:

Firstly, 2x establishing wide shot (each will be 5 seconds each- totalling 10 seconds)

Then, 2x tracking shots (each will be 7 seconds long- totalling 14 seconds)

After that, 2x 3 second sequence (each sequence will be 9 and a half seconds each- totalling 18 seconds)

And finally, 2x close up shots (each will be 5 seconds each- totalling 10 seconds)2x mid-close up shots (each 4 seconds each- totalling 8 seconds)

All of these shots so far total a time of 60 seconds.

 

shots practice (This is the actual video of my shots practice)

 

Summary of shot filming process

Summary of filming process.

In order to create our one minute long video piece, we were required to create a number of different shots which we will put together and at the end, will result in a well-orders video sequence.

But in order to carry this out successfully, we needed a sort of plan which we used when we went out and filmed out shots. This is when we created a ‘shot schedule’. This was because it would help us to work out the types of shots we needed, the duration of each shot and how many of each shot we needed. We took these notes and schedule with us when we went out. This schedule helped us to be organised, know what we were doing and help us gain the shots we require. Also, what we did was consider what our content our shots were going to feature in relation to their time period. For example, when creating the time-lapse we decided to make the whole shot around 7 seconds long. But in order to do this, we had to film the shot in normal mode for double the time which would come out in the time-lapse so that we came out with the correct timing for the shot. We were also advised that we film all our shots for slightly longer than planned like an extra half a second to a full second. This was because we would be editing our shots to fit into the one minute piece and if we needed to edit any mistakes out or rearrange any shots. This way, it would still add up to the required duration for the overall video piece.

Relating to the professionalism of the shots and considering this was our first attempt, I have very mixed feelings about them: For example, Some of the shots are of a reasonable quality because whilst shooting them, I placed the camera on a table or a hand rail to prevent the shot from shaking too much and therefore, improving the quality of it. Also, my partner had a feature on her phone which allowed us to use a time-lapse in the shot. I liked this feature because it’s the kind of shot combined with an establishing shot which many news stations and TV news studios use. This one shot would have a massive impact on our overall piece and make it look more professional too. However, I feel that some of the shots could have been of a much better quality. Examples include a minority of the close-up shots and mid-close ups. This was mainly because we didn’t have access to any of the more professional camera or tripods which would help us gain more stable shots. Also, whilst creating the final piece on the software, I accidentally deleted some of the video files before I had the chance to use them, so i had to use some other ones I took on my phone which definitely weren’t the best of quality but helped to reach the overall duration lightly more.

Next time I do this, there are many things which I would improve on. For example, I would use the more professional filming equipment and definitely the tripods which would help us to balance the camera much more and make the shot look much more professional. Another thing to mention is that for this task, we weren’t actually pursuing a narrative; we were simply gaining an understanding of the types of shots used and how to practice filming them. During next time, I will ensure that the next set of shots tell a story/narrative.

Week 7- Video skills: shots practice.

Progression week: Summary of term 1

Summary of term 1:

For the first term of our course, I have learned many different types of skills which all have different purposes in the industry and throughout different parts of our course.

During the term, we have learned how to create a magazine cover on the Adobe Photoshop software as well as a double page spread and newspaper front page using the same software; The types of video shots that exist and how to capture them using the professional filming equipment as well as editing these shots using the Adobe Premiere pro software. We also learned how to capture the best quality audio and also edit this using the Adobe Audition software; how to carry out effective research methods and types for a project/topic and also what types of research types and methods there are.

For the first term, I feel that I have had a lot of new skills and software to deal with. However, after looking into the types of job roles and responsibilities available in the industry, I now realise that all of these skills have their purposes to journalists. For example, the research is carried out by the journalist themselves which may involve collecting audio interviews and even editing it together using a similar software like I did with mine.

Since I want to become a journalist, I feel that having all these skills from the beginning will not only help me reach my career goals but also help me produce the best work I can throughout the rest of my course. I realised this was because having these skills will help me out massively when it comes to my project assignments because all I need to do is show that I can carry out the skills I’ve learned during this term within them. Plus, I am now free to experiment with different ways of carrying these skills out depending on my project and my intentions of what I believe will suit my work and even interests.

Progression week: Summary of term 1

Final project 1: Completed summary and evaluation

Final Project completed summary and evaluation

Final Project 1: Completed summary and evaluation.

For my final project 1, I was to create a magazine cover and double page spread relating to a publication of my choice. This evaluation will be commenting on my work with references to the industry, published examples, job roles and skills which would have been used during the production (making reference to the industry throughout).

First of all, I am happy to say that the process of creating my magazine spread and double page spread was a success in many areas, including the final output of both creations. Although, there were a couple of errors made along the way such as one of the research methods not quite working out and the fact that I was slightly one-sided with the research methods I was carrying out (more focused on the secondary research). However, these were completely outweighed by the number of positives that I experienced during this whole process.

One example would be the research, which I carried out before getting stuck into any designing because it helped me to gain knowledge of what I needed to create, want to create and what it needed to look like and consist of. Because of the many benefits it gave me, it was essential that I did this- and in the industry, it shares the same purpose and justifications. They also have to decide on which research type(s) and method(s) would be the best for a topic, just like I did. I decided to mainly carry out secondary research but a little later on, I decided to include some primary research as well to even it out but also add some uniqueness and make it my own.

Even though the types of research I carried out were the same as in the industry, the presentation of my findings were very different; I used a physical portfolio book to present my findings from actual magazine issues and online sources in. but in industry, they wouldn’t go about that because it wouldn’t be useful for the purpose of research and they simply wouldn’t have time. But for the research methods, they may do what I did and look at pre-existing sources of information such as online websites and news/magazine articles. In relation to published examples of my magazine brand, those who work in this job role for the magazine may also research the work of professional to include in the issue. Also, many people (professionals and enthusiasts) send in their work to be included in the magazine, so they may also have the role of looking through all the entries and selecting the most suitable/ best ones for the issue and depending on the theme of the issue.

Job roles in industry which would carry out these processes and skills would tend to be the journalist, because even though they produce the articles for a project, the research as well. I was basically this job role in my own project! This also applied to the role of the magazine editor (for the cover and double page spread) and even the designer for them. Both of these job roles apply to when I created my actual magazine cover and double page spread.

I mainly feel that both my final outcomes were a success mainly because of how effectively I’ve use the skills to create my final outcomes such as: carefully measuring the page sizes; using my research to incorporate the suitable pictures, content, font styles and features and also using the software tools to include all the features found in my publication.Overall, using the tools available on the software (Photoshop for my cover and InDesign for the double page spread) was the biggest skill I face in the whole project because two-three months ago, I had no knowledge or experience with either of the programmes. But now, I managed to adapt to them more and produce my magazine cover and double page spread to a good quality and to make the look as if they were published by my magazine brand. The software skills for both allowed me to: apply the correct page measurements, font/colours of text, pictures, columns and other features such as the lines between columns, etc.

The skills I used are definitely used in the industry by magazine editors and designers for popular brands out there because they are responsible for producing the magazine covers and spreads that we read, just like I was with mine.

 

Final project 1: Completed summary and evaluation