This research profile will include all of my research findings from recent processes I have carried out over the weeks along with all my primary and secondary research evidence and interview transcriptions as well.
- CRITICALLY COMPARE: Qualitative and Quantitative research, Unit 2-1.1
- Questionnaire (primary), Unit 2-3.1
- Questionnaire findings, Unit 2-3.1
- Target audience chosen for survey, Unit 2-3.1,
- Effectiveness and limitations, Unit 2-3.2,
- Compare primary to secondary research, Unit 2-1.2,
- The role of a researcher and your development, Unit 3-2.2,
- Jobs in the newspaper industry, Unit 3-1.1,
- How the internet has affected job roles, Unit 3-2.1.
1) CRITICALLY COMPARE: Qualitative and Quantitative research (Unit 2-1.1)
Quantitative research- This type of research is the type which mainly involves numerical results and is number based. This includes using statistics, facts involving numbers and percentages too. However, the data being researched or gathered must include closed questions. This would include questions that only involve a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, tick boxes or a limited number of set answers. As a result of this, the best way to gain these research findings are well-structured questionnaires and surveys. An example would be a question based on which political party people want to vote for next. This question would have a possible tick box selection of set answers. This is good because it means that people don’t go off the subject when answering and it makes it much more useful for analysing and putting into data format. Quantitative research is mainly a form on primary research because the investigator is designing the survey or other method of gathering their findings and carrying it out themselves.
The pros for Quantitative research are: that it provides a more fairer form of research since the questions are closed; the research is specifically designed to have its findings analysed; you can get a larger audience over qualitative research; it’s easy to create the method (survey, questionnaire) and the answers; the answers are a set response and a limited amount; and it is less time-consuming than qualitative.
However, you are less likely to gain more detail from the answers; it can be more expensive, particularly if paper is used; you can’t really explain the topic as well in a survey than with qualitative research; and you may not get all the detail that is required for the article/topic.
Qualitative research- Unlike quantitative research, this type involves much more detail within a respond or the findings and is used to gain more of an insight to a topic, reasons and is more literal and involves more words than numbers when carrying this out. Carrying out this research is a bit more complex because the responds and finding may be so too. For example, focus groups, one-to-one interviews and questionnaires which allow the respondent to express their full opinion on a question. And just like quantitative research, qualitative research falls under the primary research bracket, because the researcher is still creating the method and carrying it out from scratch and without the use of pre-existing sources.
The pros for this type of research are: since the questions are open, the answers will possibly be in more detail; there is a higher chance to gain valuable information and opinions which can’t be found through secondary research; the opinions and answers given may help the audience relate to the story more and in the end, the findings can mean more credibility within the data. It also creates more flexibility with the group sizes since they can vary to suit the topic, and finally, the answers can be more emotive since they are open for this detail.
However, due to the open questions, the answers may be biased or off-topic and as a result, the data may be harder to summarize in the article. This method can also be time-consuming and sometimes costly and the return rate can be slower since it takes longer to complete and especially if it involves group discussions.
2) Questionnaire (primary), Unit 2-3.1
A perfect example of primary research was when I created a questionnaire around my topic of the refugee crisis and handed it out to my target audience around the college, who were students and media students aged around 16+. The purpose of this survey was to gain as much of the general population’s opinions of the crisis as much as possible, which leads on to the questions I created for my questionnaire. Below, I have put up my survey questions with the response options under them:
1) Are you currently aware of the Syrian war resulting in the refugee crisis?
2) Do you feel any sympathy for these refugees looking for a new home?
3) To what extent do you agree that David Cameron will allow 20,000 refugees in the UK over 5 years?
I strongly agree
I strongly disagree
I don’t know
4) Do you think that our country will hold this number of refugees?
5) Do you think that the government should help them out sooner?
6) Do you think that this number of refugees will affect the unemployment rate in the UK?
7) If so, to what extent do you agree?
Not at all
I don’t know
8) Do you believe that it’s unfair for the Syrians to leave home because of a war that won’t stop?
9) Do you think that the government will be able to fund all 20,000 refugees?
10) How do you feel the refugees are going to be treated in the UK?
Not so well
Not well at all
I don’t know
Because this survey was also a form of quantitative as well as primary research, I provided a set amount of very specific answers to each question to reduce the levels of biasness but also avoid the respondent going off-topic with their answers. This form, along with any of primary research definitely has its pros whilst being carried out but also has its cons as well. For example:
The pros of this form of research are that the information will not be the same as anyone else, so it is your own and it can be more up-to-date. It may result in more credibility, since it hasn’t come from just anywhere and, most importantly, you are in control of the research, so you can decide which method is best and will be the most fair in reducing one-sided arguments and biasness.
On the flip side, it can be very time-consuming and even costly (depending on the method). The research may also be valid only on the day of gathering it.
Primary research also means that a number of different research methods can be carried out in order to gather the necessary findings. For example, these include: Surveys and questionnaires, group discussions, fact-to-face/vox pop interviews and even email conversations. All of these may be carried out for different purposes but all for the same reason: to gain opinions, beliefs and even facts from different audiences abut a topic and, as a result, is likely to add interest and uniqueness to the final piece. Many of these research methods can be carried out in different ways such as: out in the open world, online or over the phone, and face-to-face with the (target) audience.
3) Questionnaire findings, Unit 2-3.1
Once I had carried out my questionnaire around the college, I collected the number of answers per question and put each question into a pie chart which shows the total number of respondents who answered each question. The total was out of 20 respondents who took my questionnaire.
But also, regarding my research findings, I feel that they will help to inform but definitely relate to any article around this topic; mainly due to the fact that they could add interest to the article since they are related to normal ‘everyday people’s’ opinions and that, in some cases, could even cause some minor debates. This is why I have provided a written summary under each table/finding to show how they will help to achieve this in a potential article on this topic matter.
The following pie charts show the percentages of respondents who responded to each question.
- Are you currently aware of the Syrian war resulting in the refugee crisis?
This chart shows that 95% of people who took the questionnaire were aware of the refugee crisis prior to answering it compared to the other 5% who didn’t know anything about it.
This piece of research would be useful in an article as it would educate the reader as to how many people have become aware about the whole impact and results of the war. It would also gently introduce the reader into the topic of the article, just like it introduced the respondent when they were taking the questionnaire.
2. Do you feel sympathy for these refugees looking for a new home?
This chart shows that 90% have some sympathy for the refugees looking for a new home against the 10% who don’t feel any sympathy for them.
This piece of research would form some interesting questions as to what may bring the 10% of the population to the conclusion that they don’t feel sorry for the refugees. This also applies to the 90% who do feel sorry for them and it could lead to opinions related to existing problems or problems likely to occur if carried out.
- To what extent do you agree that David Cameron will allow 20,000 refugees in the UK over 5 years?
My findings show that 45% (almost half) of the respondents didn’t know whether or not they agreed to David Cameron’s plan to allow the refugees in. Very few- as little 30% replied that they agreed or strongly agreed to David Cameron’s refugee plans.
This an interesting point to raise in an article because there are more people out of the total who don’t know whether or not they agree, at 45% than those who disagree full stop (total of 25%) or those who agreed full stop (total of 30%). This piece of research could be the opportunity to raise concerns or suggestions that could argue the purpose or overall effectiveness that the idea will result in, possibly causing some debate too.
- Do you think that our country will hold this number of refugees?
This chart clearly shows that over half of the respondents at 55% thought that the country wouldn’t be able to hold 20,000 refugees, compared to the 45% which believed it would be able to hold them.
This one would definitely make the article point out some of the existing problems in the UK as some of our population are currently struggling with, such as: housing payments, homelessness and relying on loans to pay for a living. If this is the case for some of our current residents, then it would be useful to relate it to the Syrian refugees too.
5. Do you think that the government should help them out sooner?
A massive chunk of the total respondents, totalling 85%, said they think the government should help out the refugees sooner. However, a total percentage of 15% believed that the government shouldn’t do this.
This statistic would become handy when writing an article on this matter because even though 85% of people are saying that we should help them sooner, the remaining 15% could raise issues as to why we shouldn’t and what problems could occur as a result.
- Do you think that this number of refugees will affect the unemployment rate in the UK?
The overall percentage of 85% tells us that this percentage of people think that the unemployment rate will be affected by the refugees, compared to the 15% who don’t think so.
If this piece was to appear in my article, it would kind of have two sides to it: it could definitely affect the unemployment rate in the UK according to the 85% but with how high it currently is, it may depend on the difference it causes between the previously and in the future.
- If so, to what extent do you agree?
This pie chart tells us that just over one quarter of the respondents think the unemployment rate will strongly be affected. But around half of the respondents simply agree that it will be affected, compared to the 20% who aren’t too sure how much it will be affected.
This statistic would me likely to cause some shock within the article because 0% (none of the population what-so-ever) believe that a staggering 75% of the respondents believe that it will be affected or strongly affected put together. This means that if 0% think it won’t affect the rate, it will make the reader want to find out the reasons behind them.
- Do you believe that its unfair for the Syrians to leave home because of a war that won’t stop?
Precisely 75% (three quarters) of the respondents do consider it unfair to the Syrians for them to leave their country, compared to the 25% (one quarter) who think the opposite.
This feature of the article would relate to some of the other questions regarding this questionnaire because of the opposing reasons as to why some people consider it unfair for the refugees and why some of them almost consider them as an ‘enemy.’
- Do you think that the government will be able to fund all 20,000 refugees?
This pie chart shows to us that over half of the respondents (55%) do not think that the government will be able to fund for all the refugees, whereas the opposing 45% think that they will.
Funding is already an issue in the UK for things like: housing, education, the NHS and public services. This piece of research has very little difference between those who don’t think so (55%) and those who do (45%). This could possibly question why people think the government will be able to fund with all the existing financial issues.
- How do you feel the refugees are going to be treated in the UK?
This pie chart shows very mixed opinions; well over half of the respondents think that the refugees will not be treated so well in the UK, s staggering 5% think they will be treated very well over here, with 20% believing they will be treated just well. However, 10% think they won’t be treated well at all over in the UK.
For the production of the article, this would cause some long discussions over the reasons behind also related well to the problems that exist now and which have been mentioned in other questions, such as the funding for the refugees and the unemployment rate. The evidence for this is the 60% who don’t believe that the refugees will be treated very well. and the 10% who don’t think they’ll be treated well at all.
4) Target audience chosen for survey, Unit 2-3.1
Since my survey was a form of quantitative research, I needed to ensure that all my questions fitted the characteristics of this form. Therefore, all my questions were closed and all had a set number of answers and tick boxes. That way, it would be much easy for me to analyse them at the end and put them into a data format. However, I still needed to make sure that all my questions related to my topic- David Cameron allowing 20,000 refugees into the UK over 5 years. I definitely conducted questions relating to this area but whilst I was thinking About it, I realised that there was much more to this topic than allowing them in and how the target audience might have felt, such as struggles that the government might face with funding and employment, and also introducing the topic with questions like ‘are you currently aware of the Syrian war resulting in the refugee crisis?’ These questions still related to the topic but introduced it almost in a gentle way.
As well as having to decide how to conduct my questions, I needed to do the same for my target audience. This was a little bit tricky because anybody could watch the news or read about it nowadays. However, I decided that my target audience would be college students and media students who were a mixture of male and female (aged 16+) and who study full time at the same college as me. This was because these are the types of people who are likely to have the most understanding of the topic and its new and/or understand the questions my survey had to offer a little more. And because of this, I felt that they were the kind of people who felt the most confident in saying yes to answering my survey.
5) Effectiveness and limitations, Unit 2-3.2,
Overall, I have mixed feelings about the effectiveness of my survey. Firstly, I felt like it was a success in many ways because everybody who took the survey understood the topic from the first question because I purposely conducted a question that introduced the topic “Are you currently aware of the Syrian War resulting in the refugee crisis?” I also conducted questions that related specifically to the topic of David Cameron’s plan to allow them in, the refugee crisis itself and what the target audience felt about the whole issue- even with those questions I managed to make them closed by the tick boxes for each answer. However, when I was receiving some of the surveys back, I had a few comments written on them which meant I had made a few spelling errors of that some of the questions didn’t make sense that much. But after reading these comments and the part of my survey they related to, I realised that they were right in a way and that next time I will double-check each question carefully before publishing/printing out my survey. But overall, I feel that the questions I conducted for my survey were easy to understand and were related to the topic I was investigating and, as a result, I managed to get a suitable number of surveys completed and all the answers on each one completed too.
But although the questions were what I believe was a strong part of this research process, there were some drawbacks with the distribution of the surveys this was because I had originally posted them via my Facebook account because I thought that many people would become aware of them and be interested to complete them. However, by the end of the week I saw that I only had a total of four responses when I required a minimum of 20. this made me realize that Survey Monkey probably wasn’t the best method of gathering my survey answers for a number of reasons: maybe people didn’t get much information about it through it just being posted and it could have also been due to poor or no access at all for some people online. This is when I was advised to create a paper hand-out version of my survey to hand out to the people in my target audience around the college. Whilst doing this I found that this was a much better version of doing it than online because I was able to get the correct number of surveys completed in a much shorter amount of time plus analyse the answers and put them into a pie chart that same day. But if I was to do this again, I would use this experience as a lesson to do the whole survey as a paper hand-out, like this time because I would be most likely to have the same benefits I did this time: receiving the results back quickly and of the appropriate number of respondents to the surveys too.
However, what I wouldn’t change would be the target audience of my survey because I still believe that my target audience of students aged 16+ and adults would have the most knowledge out of people who would have some or most knowledge of the topic, which would make it easier for them to answer the questions.
6) Compare primary to secondary research, Unit 2-2.1
At the very beginning of our lessons based around various forms of research, we have looked at two of the most heard-of forms of research. These are primary and secondary research. Here, I will be looking at the pros and cons of each form in relation to what I have carried out previously and about the biasness and influence of their primary research.
Firstly, Secondary research is a form of research that means that information is gathers for the user already. These include online news articles/reports, interviews, facts and even statistics. Whilst I was carrying out my secondary research, I looked at different online sources and websites for my information- which was based around the refugee crisis. Whilst doing this I also considered the pros and cons of this form of research:
The most obvious pro would be that the research already exists and so, is ready to use and tt comes from a variety of sources such as online, newspapers, books and in some case, even family trees. Also, nearly all pieces of secondary research contain different pieces of information so you are probably more likely to learn more about a topic which means that you are free to develop or expand on a piece of information to provide more facts and possibly opinions on it.
However, if it’s an online source, others could possibly end up with the same information, and it may only be useful on the day of publication. Depending on where the source comes from the information may not even be true and there could be some severe biasness within it. In some cases, the source may not contain enough or have very vague information and use of slang (particularly if it comes from social media).
We also looked at and carried out some primary research too. This form is very different to secondary because the researcher carries out the research to find the information themselves. The information they gather can vary from vox pops, face-to-face interviews to questionnaires and surveys- both of which can be put into statistical data. The research I carried out applied to nearly all of these; I went out into the city centre and interviewed the general public to generate my vox pops relating to the refugee crisis. And I also created a questionnaire which I handed out to various people around the college in order to gain responses to my topic which I could then put into a pie chart or other data format. In many ways, there are definitely a number of pros for primary research but on the flip side, there are always some cons too.
The research is your own so the pro would be that nobody else will have the same information as you; the information being received may not be available anywhere else too. Because it has been gathered by an individual and not come from any website etc, there may be more value and trust in the research. And finally, the research could definitely be an up-to-date version since it has been taken for recent use.
Some of the cons are: that it can be time-consuming and sometimes costly to gain the information (depending on the method) and also the information being given can sometimes end up becoming off-subject and even irrelevant to the topic.
With my primary research (my vox pop interviews) even though I was lucky and resulted in answers that were still related to the topic, it may not be good enough for another topic.
Interview 1- A group of ladies over the age of 60, not willing to give names.
Question 1- “Well if you’ve got the let them in, you’ve got to let them in haven’t ya? There’s nothing you can do. We’re going to the Eurotunnel tomorrow and I’m frightened in case they go on to the tunnel. I mean I feel sorry for them, I feel sorry for them. I don’t mind the genuine ones but they are probably not all genuine. Some of them are just taking advantage aren’t they?”
Question 2- “Well it’s going to make it worse isn’t it. It difficult isn’t it because unemployment is quite high in this country and when you’ve got all these other people coming in, I mean where do you find the jobs? It’s difficult, you know.”
Interview 2- Richard Wells, age 57, Semi-Retired.
Question 1- “I haven’t really thought about it that much. Yeah, I wish there was a better solution but it’s a solution I suppose, I’ve got mixed feelings about it really. I feel sorry for the people but I don’t necessarily want them coming to this country because we only have a finite amount of space.”
Question 2- “I don’t really know. Not in great affect. Not in isolation but when you add them to all the other people coming then it’ a bigger affect.”
Interview 3- Tim Allen, age 54
Question 1- “Doesn’t sound like very many to me, there is a load of people out there that need some help and that’s not enough.”
Question 2- “Well if it is restricted to those numbers then not at all. That is 1% of the unemployment.”
Interview 4- Ronnie Garden, Ex-Serviceman
Question 1- “My opinion on David Cameron is zero, that’s all I’m going to say. I would like to say worse words than that but I won’t say them. He’s a piece of s**t.”
Question 2- “It’s already affecting it, they come here and pretend not to speak English, a lot of them can speak English. All they have to do is come in here, make babies, pump them out and they get 1 bedroom house, two bedroom house, 3 bedroom house, garden. I was in the military for this country, I’m a single man, I get jack s**t. I fought for this country in the 70’s way before any of you were born, I actually fought for this country and I get nothing.”
Interview 5- Shania Meah, age 20, Student
Question 1- “I don’t know what his plan is. Oh yeah! No actually I think there is some right and wrong to it. In a way I do agree with it but then again people are trying to get jobs and their going to take up so much room, actually they are going to have to provide for the families and then again so do we so there is bit of a pro and con to that one. I’m a bit neutral with that one.”
Question 2- “Yeah.”
7) The role of the researcher and your development, Unit 3-2.2
Below shows a job advert 1 job role and I have also written how it will help me in my own personal and future development.
This job role as a journalist will offer the worker the opportunities to produce their own written articles based around the current news going on around the world but also on topics they are passionate about and love. They will be able to research, interview, report and write about their findings which will be written that same day and at a minimum of 800 words per article. Work may be office-based and/or freelance but will involve leaving the office environment for elements such as research and interviews.
Roles and responsibilities:
The role of the journalist/writer includes: the ability to produce well-written and high quality articles and online reports, along with carrying out effective research and decide which research method is the most appropriate for the topic matter. Having knowledge of the different forms of research and how they could be/are carried out is essential along with physically carrying out the appropriate types of interviews effectively towards an array of different people, mostly those who have never been met before. The journalist must be able to use your own judgement when proof-reading the article and ensuring that punctuation, grammar and spelling is all perfect, and work as a team-member, and to meet strict deadlines for publication.
The ability to be able to work to strict deadlines for publication and sometimes under pressure is crucial in this work field as well as having a wide range of knowledge about the breaking news, news of the day and most recent stories. They must be able to use own initiative when considering the correct form of research and how you will go about carrying it out and work effectively as a team-player and in some cases, team-leader. Spelling, grammar, punctuation and use of tenses when producing the final written article must be 100% perfect and identifying the key facts, hidden details and essential information within a story and edit it to fit to date, link it to a previously existing story or both of these skills.
The worker should have proof of undertaken work placements and/or work experience within a media and or/journalism-related role.
A minimum requirement of a degree in any job-related subject for this role including: English, media, journalism and/or literature is required of any applicants wishing to apply for this job, as well as previously undertaken work experience and a portfolio of the applicant’s written work and skills shown within this.
I’ve feel that this advert is definitely going to help me within my personal development because it gives me an outline of the kinds of skills that I will definitely need as a journalist (but I hope to become a photojournalist). It gives me the chance to carefully consider which skills I currently have and which skills I need to develop further. But what else it makes me realise that people can also write about the topics that they are passionate about and find the most interesting. This means that I can truly develop my knowledge into what I find interesting and produce interesting pieces on that topic.
8) Jobs in the newspaper industry, Unit 3-1.1
I have located 3 job adverts which are involved in the newspaper industry and included all the skills, qualifications and job responsibilities that came with them, along with their sources.
Research Associate, Journalism
“The Journalism team employs a variety of empirical research methods to analyse whether people are getting the information they need for a functioning society. It publishes research on who is reporting the news and what new players are emerging; what is being reported on and what gaps in coverage exist; how news is consumed and how the economic models for news are changing. In addition to reports on these topics, the team produces the State of the News Media report, which examines key questions facing the industry. Its goal is to help the public and those in media, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the revolution in the news and media landscape.”
“The Research Associate will contribute on all aspects of a wide range of its research projects. This includes development, original research, analysis and writing – and managing involvement in a number of different projects at once including regular participation in Journalism’s Daily Briefing report. This Research Associate will need to be familiar with a number of different research methods including but not limited to topic modelling (such as LDA), manual and computer-assisted news content analysis, and survey design. Additionally, the Associate should have experience pulling data from APIs and querying data in SQL databases, with a preference for candidates that have done research using social media data and have worked in Python and R.”
Many of the primary responsibilities of a research associate includes: “Research design, implementation and data analysis (55%). Determine the best research method or methods to answer the question at hand which could include content analysis, survey design, interviews, algorithmic-based analysis or other methods. Project design and development; Conduct/Implement original research; Coordinate with outside collaborators or data suppliers; Data management and statistical analysis; Number checking; Stay abreast of trends in news and information and in new kinds of data methodologies.”
However, very commonly, the research can also be the journalist themselves and produce the written articles themselves. More roles related to this include: “Writing and Communication (30%); Write and/or edit in-depth analysis for research reports; Write short form posts related to project work; Write blog posts; Special analyses, projects, responding to external requests for information; Attend internal meetings as the representative for the journalism research work as needed; Represent Pew Research Centre Journalism work to media and external groups; Assist as needed in social media needs; Other Project Needs (10%); Create project timelines and manage deadlines; Update senior staff or other Pew Research Centre members as needed; Daily Briefing work; Other general “team player” contributions.”
“PhD or MA degree or extensive research experience in a media, communications, social science, statistics, or mathematics discipline” as well as “Proven experience in multiple rigorous research methods including using SPSS, Excel and big data software tools.” “Research experience on and working knowledge of news and media” along with “Experience in managing research projects, including working collaboratively with other researchers.”
Skills and knowledge required are: “Strong background in Social Science research; Interest in news media, journalism, and communications; Strong quantitative skills, including an ability to use various statistical programs to organize and analyse large amounts of data; Ability to work with large data sets using query languages such as SQL; Ability to access social media data through GNIP or the Facebook API; Ability to conduct data analytics in NodeXL, R, Python; Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in Pew Research Centre’s style in both verbal and written form.
Some of the workplace requirements are: “Familiarity with the web, drafting charts, graphs, using our CMS program and photo shop, and more; Detail oriented with exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products; Ability to work independently to carry out special projects from start to finish; Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and ability to work well in a team setting.” Also, a “Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.”
The reasons that someone may want to go into this job role within journalism may be because: they are curious to find out themselves about information to do the world and latest news stories; they may want to feel as part of a team and a part of the whole project as it comes together- since it all begins with the research!
“A new Philanthropical online publication is looking for a Journalist / Editor / Writer & Researcher who is passionate about writing and charity. The role will offer the opportunity to really make your mark, shaping a new publication, building a brand and importantly, writing about a subject that you love.”
The Role and Responsibilities:
“Research, write and edit content for a new Philanthropy website. You will be involved in all aspects of editing the website including sourcing and writing news and feature articles. As part of the role you will be responsible for managing and adding content to the website so some knowledge of Word Press or other content management would be useful but not essential. You will be expected to do the following:”
“Write new articles every day, articles will be approximately 1000 words each” as along with providing “full references within articles, via hyperlinks, to original sources” and also copying and editing “the work of other writers.” “The role could be performed partly remotely and partly office based in central London and you may also be responsible for managing a number of freelance writers.”
Skills & Competencies:
“Excellent ability to source and select news stories” along with “excellent ability to identify new angles and contexts to, and relationships between, stories.” More skills include feeling “fully confident and capable in referencing/fact checking and excellent time management and ability to meet daily deadlines.” “Excellent level of written English/
Good portfolio of writing.” Are all essential for this job role.
“Please send your CV and links to 4 of your articles online varying in length, style and content.”
“Thanks for your interest in being part of our exciting new media start-up. Please have a read and get back to us with any questions.”
This may be a role that a journalist would want to work in within this industry because it is a very hand-on job which means the journalist may enjoy the involvement with going out and conducting the research, putting the article/report together and in a way, calling it something they’ve created. It is a job that is very demanding, busy and makes the journalist disciplined but in many ways, it can also be rewarding at the end.
Graphic Designer, Visual Journalism
“Visual Journalism provides all the graphics for BBC television news. It is a 24-hour, 7 days a week operation based in New Broadcasting House.”
“You will be responsible to a Senior Graphic Designer. You’ll design, execute and produce motion graphic design work for the full range of output across BBC News. With support from your Senior Designer you’ll work directly with producers, 3D designers and VizRT programmers to create broadcast and multiplatform graphics.”
The Ideal Candidate
“We are looking to fill a number of continuing and attachments, and fixed term contracts with people with professional experience of graphic design work and a relevant design qualification. You’ll have experience as a motion graphic designer with television or multi-media production.”
“You will need to show a competent understanding of 2D motion design using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator. Familiarisation with 3D packages such as C4D and VizArtist would be useful but not essential.”
“You will also need to be able to demonstrate innovative creative solutions in the area of motion design branding and/or information graphics, with a keen eye for detail. You will need to show practical and technical creativity with an interest in news and current affairs.”
For somebody who wants to carry out a job role as a graphics designer within journalism, they may want to take this up because it will give them the opportunity to challenge and unleash their creativity skills and come up with new and exciting designs and layouts for websites, articles and reports.
9) How the internet has affected job roles, Unit 3-2.1
The newspaper industry is the kind of industry that holds many job roles for many different purposes. Some of them include: The researcher and journalist who investigates and writes the articles and reports; The newspaper layout designer who creates the newspaper and how they’re presented. The graphics designer creates the visual effects and graphics for different forms of mediums. More job roles include the photographer, speed editor (who can edit any work or piece to meet sudden deadlines along with the main editor. The web content manager, website blogger, and reporter are all job roles which can be affected by the internet.
However, nearly all of these job roles are being affected or will be shortly affected by the rise in technology and the demands of/for the internet. Here’s why and how:
The way that technology is changing in our world and our world itself is having a massive impact on many things: the way we use it, what we use it for, the way we depend on it every day and even some of our job roles within any area of work but also the journalism industry. Firstly, the use of machines and mechanical robots are known to be raising the level of unemployment due to their abilities to do what us humans could do as well- including doing our jobs. This has been known to raise unemployment, redundancy and even people’s ability to earn a living. This was believed to soon turn our society into a place with a lot of production but not much work. However, there has been some known positives within this constant evolution: for example, as a journalist you were required to travel far away to many different places just to gain research. But now we have the internet, phones and Skype to get our information; we have voice recognition on our mobile phones/devices to help with work and reminders, not to mention the technological voice translations we now have whereas before, we always needed another human to translate for us. But apart from job role benefits, it means that we will have more free time for other things, will save time (particularly for journalists) and produce a more viable economic society and even produce more good quality good and/or quality of work.
All of these points prove that as journalists it means that we are required to be much more up to speed and up to date with all the latest technology as it is constantly and rapidly changing and the news is being displayed to us in all of these forever-changing ways. We can be more financially and viable and efficient within many businesses and our own company. As a journalist, it frees up much more time for research, travelling to obtain research and also for video/audio-editing; technology nowadays is evolving to the point where we can now edit video and audio to a good quality on our computers, laptops and, in some cases, our phones.