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Self Reflection

31 Mar

Since creating a Twitter account, I have been excited and unsure about the ability to publish my opinion for all to see, especially as I am following some very high status individuals and celebrities.

I can see how useful a Twitter account is to people working within the communication industry. Having a Twitter account shows that I am interested in communicating with those in the industry and keeping up to date with what other high status individuals are doing.

Within two days of tweeting that I had been given Charminster as my patch, I was tweeted to by a man who works for the daily echo, telling me that he had the same patch. That quickly increased my interest in Tweeting because I could see that it was a fantastic way to create useful contacts.

I have not been blogging as often as I have been tweeting, mostly because I don’t want to write something which offends someone. I am becoming more confident about publishing my thoughts about television programmes though, as I think this is safer ground than “real” life issues. It was exciting when I recently received a positive comment from someone agreeing with a point I made about the programme “Katie:My Beautiful Face”.

I think I will be likely to blog more over the summer when I am travelling and taking on new exciting experiences which I feel people might be interested in reading about. This has made me feel more confident about my writing and has encouraged me to write more similar posts.

I attempted to use Twitter to interview some important figures when we had the investigative report assignment, but I did not receive a reply from any of these, whereas emailing people got a really strong response. So from my experience I still don’t believe that Tweeting is the best way to get a specific answer from a particular person. I did, however, find it extremely useful to look through other journalists blogs and see if they might be worth emailing so I can definitely see why journalists keep an up to date blog.


Speedy Journalism

4 Feb

I had my second News and Journalism class today and discovered that the “patch” I will be working this semester, will be Charminster. This means I’ll be analysing everything that’s happening there for the next four days in order to find story eligible of being published in the Daily Echo. That means interviewing the people involved in order to provide a decent amount of insight for the readers…tricky stuff!

Before we can start that though, we were given an hour to roam the Uni campus to find out how the new semesterisation of courses have been working. We were able to work in pairs so I grabbed my good friend Sarah and we headed straight to the place where we felt students would be most chatty, the food court.

Late morning appeared to be a good time to be sent out to talk to students, as almost every table had at least one person sat eating, but there wasn’t the large hustle and bustle of people buying food and going to classes that there often is at lunch time. 

First we approached two very friendly looking girls, who we discovered we studying Advertising and PR, which gave us something in common and appeared to increase their interest in speaking to us.  After speeking to the girls we chose to speek to a group of guys who told us they were studying Journalism. They gave a very similar opinion to the two girls which Sarah and I felt could be due to their similarity in courses.

In an aim to find a more diverse range of opinions, we went to the library to speek to students studying different courses. Unfortunately, the people in there were far less interested in speeking to us than those in the food court. Rather than badgering more people who were trying to work, we went to “The Base” for some more informed answers. The guys in there were really friendly and keen to help with our queries which made a positive end to the hour.

After seeing journalists on television shouting at celebs and government officials, I always expect to be viewed as a nuisance when I approach people saying “would you mind answering a couple of questions?”. This doesn’t appear to be the case when it comes to fellow Media Students at Bournemouth as they’re sympathetic to our situation. I will try not to get my hopes up imagining that that’ll be the case when I do my Patch reporting, but I hope that it is!

Journalism ay?

29 Jan

From the minute I chose to study Communication and Media at Bournemouth Uni,  I knew I wanted to grow up to become a journalist…I wish!

The truth is,  I envy people who can say they genuinely know what they want to do when they’re older.  The reason I actually chose this course,  is because it offers a such a vast range of units, and therefore, gives me access to a range of careers. 

The perks of being a journalist, I think, are fairly obvious. A journalist doesn’t wake up in the morning knowing exactly what stories they’ll be reporting, who they’re going to meet, or where they’re going to go. Journalism involves constantly working under tight deadlines, to update the public on events as they arise.  Journalists get to meet new people, go to new places, and discover new information before anyone else! Unfortunately,  right now,  that excitement sounds a bit too daunting for me to get my head around.  

I am,  however,  feeling pretty excited about studying News and Journalism in my final term of University.  I hope that it will improve my confidence in my own ability to write (something that other people will actually want to read!),  and I look forward to learning more about the in’s and out’s of how journalists work.

I am also quietly confident that the job of a journalist will begin to appeal to me (so no pressure on Chindu there!).

I’ll let you know how it goes!