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9.1 Webzines Research

Webzine – A webzine is a website which contains the kind of articles, pictures and advertisements that you would find in a magazine.

Some online magazines distributed through the World Wide Web call themselves webzines. An ezine (also spelled e-zine) is a more specialized term appropriately used for small magazines and newsletters distributed by any electronic method.

What is the difference between a blog and a webzine/online magazine?

Blogs tend to include more informal writing, especially opinion writing. They also emphasis a personal relationship between the writer and the readers. Blogs also limit the number of stories on the front page. Online magazines are designed so that multiple stories are highlighted on the front page or the site. Both types of online publications can have multiple writers, although bloggers tend to emphasise engagement more than magazine writers.

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Characteristics of a Webzine

http://demo.touchsize.com/tempest/

Here is a link to a webzine template. All webzine templates are similar as they all use blocks for each individual post/article so when you are using a different type of device, e.g. a phone, it looks the exact same but smaller, it means it is responsive. If a webzine used different shapes to display there articles, it would transfer onto other devices and look identical to the other versions, for example a computer to a phone.

Webzine templates have features including videos, slideshows etc. Since webzines can be used on different sized devices, e.g. laptops, tablets and phones, a lot of the templates don’t have small buttons for the articles, they tend to use big images. This is because when you are using a small device, you can’t click and navigate around the site easily. Because they use bigger images they use retina graphics. This means taking a large image with double the amount of pixels as the image the will be displayed as, and then setting the image to fill half the space.

The content on a webzine can be fixed meaning it will always be there. An example of a non-fixed is shopping websites, they are continually refreshing there content and you can’t find a item of clothing that they were selling 10 years ago.

 

 

 

Webzines tend to use categories that the articles are put into so you can find articles easier. With a physical magazine it would be a lot more time consuming when looking for articles that interest you. To also make it easier to find articles that interest you, online magazine tend to have search bars. Online magazines also havScreen Shot 2016-09-16 at 11.04.18.pnge a subscribe/follow icon so you can follow them on social media or subscribe to the magazine so you get updates on new articles.

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Online magazines also tend to have a clickable side bar that has different article categories as well as other parts of the webzine site.

 

 

 

 

 

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Different magazines use different layouts, for example, Net-A-Porter use a grid layout for the homepage.

 

 

 

 

 Webzine Logo Research

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I like the simplicity of this logo as it doesn’t distract you, there isn’t too much going on. Also, the colours used resemble what the site is about and aren’t too out there. It also shows relevance to the website. I also like the font being it is basic and goes with the logo.

 

 

 

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I don’t like this one because you can’t really read the font. Also, there is too much going off in the image. Furthermore, I don’t like the lack of colour because it doesn’t draw your eye as much.

 

 

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I like this font because it is minimal but not a cliche and standard font like Arial. Since it is quite simplistic, I could add colours and an image to make it more eye catching.

 

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I like how this font looks like calligraphy and professional. I also like how it looks complicated but you can still read it. I would like to replicate this font for my site.

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I wouldn’t want to use this font because it wouldn’t match my webzine theme. Also, it is a little hard to read.

 

http://www.kylejlarson.com/blog/creating-retina-images-for-your-website/

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/webzine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_magazine

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-an-online-magazine-and-a-blo

 

11.2.1, 11.3.1 Reflective Blog On Mock Interview

Evaluation

For the mock interview I chose to apply for the position of assistant editor at Penguin Random House.

Before the interview I had to look up different jobs that I would want to do, I mainly focused on publishing. Once I had chosen a job, I then went and looked at my CV and cover letter so that I could tailor it to the job.  I then researched the company the job was for and took notes about the company and which authors they work with. Doing this made me more prepared for the interview.

I think my CV and cover letter was well presented and showed my experiences well. However, I knew it wasn’t going to be amazing because I haven’t had much experience and I am not fully qualified.

From my experience of interviews, I think that I did well because I was prepared and, because it wasn’t my first interview, I knew what to expect and didn’t panic. I think presented myself well with the way I dressed and how I answered the questions with confidence.

I thought it went well but I could have been more prepared. I think I answered the questions well but it would have helped if I had brought a physical copy of my portfolio. However, because it was during college time and I was doing work, I didn’t have time to print off my work. If it was an interview for a real interview I would make sure I have a physical portfolio.

Throughout the interview the interviewer gave me pieces of feed back on my performance and how I answered questions. She said that I needed to bring a physical copy of my portfolio so that the interviewer would have more questions to ask. Also, I should have come prepared with more questions and to think of where the job is located so I would know how I would travel there and for accommodation. She also gave me feedback on my CV saying that I should put relevant work experience near the top of my CV as well as my blog, and to add all of the social media I use onto it.

From experiencing this interview I now know that I need to rethink the layout of my CV so that the information that is relevant would be at the top. I would also spend more time researching the company in depth. For future interviews I would print off a physical copy of my portfolio and research more into the company. I would also practice more interview questions to be more prepared.

Do’s

  • spend time researching into the job – what skills you need to have and what experience you need etc.
  • think of examples of impressive stories you have worked on as a journalist
  • come up with ideas including stories and angles for the company
  • make sure you ask questions
  • arrive on time and always turn up to the interview
  • have an idea of your expected salary
  • demonstrate that you have considered your career path
  • it is acceptable to pause and think of your response
  • take a notebook into the interview as a memory aid when giving examples
  • bring a portfolio of your work and in a suitable format

 

Dont’s

  • ask for feedback at the end of the interview
  • don’t ask too many questions

 

Look presentable – neat and professional

Be prepared – read over your CV or personal statement

Stay calm, be well rested and be hydrated

Sell yourself – only talk about your positives

Don’t talk too much

Use appropriate language

Don’t be cocky

Take care to answer the questions

Ask questions

Don’t appear desperate

http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/boost-your-interview-iq

 

https://www.journalism.co.uk/skills/how-to-prepare-for-a-journalism-job-interview/s7/a547546/

 

Tell stories in the job interview

Share anecdotes that provide specific examples of how you’ve helped solve business problems. Describe the challenge, talk about your process and actions, and outline the final results.

Be yourself

The key to making a strong first impression is to simply show the real you. Try to avoid rehearsed responses and fluffy jargon. Instead interact in a way that’s honest and genuine.

https://www.roberthalf.com/creativegroup/blog/5-interview-tips-to-help-you-nail-your-creative-job-interview

 

 

 

11.2.2 Digital Career Portfolio

Click here to view my portfolio

 

 

 

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11.1.1, 11.1.2 Evidence of UCAS Application/ Preparation for Employment

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11.1.1, 11.1.2 Personal Statement

Why do you want to do the course/ subject that you are applying to do?

  • really interested in studying the subject further
  • like the sound of the modules
  • want a career in either journalism or publishing

 

Which skills/knowledge have you developed whilst on this course/outside of college?

  • time management
  • organisation
  • analytical
  • the ability to use indesign
  • journalistic writing – able to write for a specific audience
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • photography
  • leadership
  • independence

 

How do the skills and knowledge you have learnt link to the course/subject you are applying for?

  • journalistic writing – able to write for a specific audience
  • time management
  • organisation
  • analytical
  • communication
  • photography
  • independence
  • teamwork

 

How did you develop the skills/knowledge? Refer to specific experience you have had e.g. specific projects you have done/ specific tasks you have done/ work experience you have done etc.

  • journalistic writing – writing articles for my FMP year 1, writing featured for Migration Matters festival and Sheffield Sharks
  • time management – meeting article, projects and FMP deadlines
  • organisation – planning when to do photoshoots and when to write the articles in order to meet deadlines
  • analytical – analysing news stories
  • communication – when working in a team for focus groups and when presenting my findings to the class
  • photography – when working on my personal blog and taking photos for my FMP and other projects
  • independence – working by myself to complete my FMP by using minimal help and my own initiative
  • teamwork – working in teams during photography competitions, presentations and focus groups.

 

What are your personal qualities? How will these help you to be a valuable/ good student on the course/ subject you are applying for?

  • Witty
  • Kind
  • Helpful
  • Confidence
  • Approachable
  • Bookworm
  • Determined
  • Friendly
  • Charismatic
  • Reliable
  • Motivated

 

What evidence can you provide for the personal qualities that you say you have?

  • determined – when working towards my FMP grade, determined to get merit or above
  • bookworm – writing regular book reviews on my blog
  • helpful – when assisting my peers with their work, photoshoots, teaching my peers journalistic terms
  • charismatic – naturally good conversationalist, confident in what I am saying when presenting my ideas to the class

 

Draft 1

I have always been passionate about a career in journalism but that was never solidified until I started my UAL Extended Diploma in Journalism and Social Media. I am incredibly passionate about learning about the industry further and want to expand my knowledge further by studying it at university. As part of my extended diploma, I have had to research all of the different fields within the journalism industry. This task helped me decide on what I want to do in the future which is work in magazine journalism or for a publishing house.

A journalism degree like this really intrigues me as the modules are related to what I want to do for a career. The modules also feature certain aspects of journalism that I don’t want to do as a job, but I would enjoy learning about them. Also, I would like to study the subject further at university so I can develop my knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Studying my extended diploma has helped me to develop a lot of skills and learn some new ones too. For example I have developed my time management and organisational skills with having to meet deadlines for projects and having to organise photoshoots. I have also developed my analytical skill when analysing news stories and readership statistics, research skill when researching different media companies for case studies, communication when presenting my ideas and opinions to my peers, team work when working with others in presentations competitions and focus groups. As part of course I studied how to use special software, including InDesign and Photoshop, to use when creating my final major project. Studying this aspect of the course helped me develop my design skill and confidence with using new software. Moreover, I have developed my independence when working self-sufficiently to complete my final major project and my photography abilities when working on my personal blog and taking photos for final major project and other projects. As well as this I have been able to develop my researching capabilities as every task I was set during my course I had some sort of researching to complete. For example, for my final major project I had to research my target audience and carry out surveys and questionnaires to learn how to make my product appeal to the audience. Additionally, I have been able to develop my creativity skill as I needed to design a magazine cover and double page spreads as well as take the photos to accompany the articles for the pages.

Also, having my own personal blog has helped work on creativity as I have to create regular interesting content and take photos to accompany the blog post. This hobby has also helped me work on my communication skill when responding and interacting with my blog readers, my photography as I need to take several photos for the posts and my organisation as I need to work out when I can dedicate my time to my blog in order to create content. My blog has also helped me practise my professional writing.

Furthermore, I have learnt how to writing professionally as a journalist when writing articles for my final major project and writing features for the Sheffield Sharks basketball team and Migration Matters Festival 2016. Taking part in these two work experiences and writing articles for my final major has helped my learn how to write for a specific audience. Working towards my extended diploma has also helped me become more creative as I would have to think of innovative article ideas for my final major project.

I love the whole aspect of writing articles. From thinking of an innovative and creative idea, to writing the copy and taking the photos to then seeing the finished product. I also love being able to write what I want and then design how I want it to look like on the page.

In my opinion, I am a confident and motivated individual who is determined to achieve the best that I can.  I am a naturally good conversationalist and am confident in that I am saying when presenting my ideas to my peers and when engaging in conversation in class.  I am incredibly passionate about learning and put 100% effort into all tasks. I believe that I am incredibly dedicated to whatever task I am doing and am a dependable and responsible person.

Draft 2

In my opinion, I am a confident and motivated individual who is determined to achieve the best that I can.  I am a naturally good conversationalist and am confident in that I am saying when presenting my ideas to my peers and when engaging in conversation in class.  I am incredibly passionate about learning and put 100% effort into all tasks. I believe that I am incredibly dedicated to whatever task I am doing and am a dependable and responsible person.

I have always been passionate about a career in journalism but that was never solidified until I started my UAL Extended Diploma in Journalism and Social Media. I am incredibly passionate about learning more about the industry further and want to expand my knowledge further by studying in higher education. As part of my extended diploma, I have had to research the different fields within the journalism industry. This task helped me decide on what I want to do in the future which is work in magazine journalism or for a publishing house.

A journalism degree really intrigues me as it covers a lot of aspects of journalism, from news reporting to the law and ethics of the industry. However it still includes the side of journalism I am interested in and want to do as a career. This includes the digital side to journalism and publishing.

Studying my extended diploma has helped me to develop a lot of skills as well as learning new ones. For example I have developed my time management and organisational skills with having to meet deadlines for projects and organising photoshoots. Some of the skills I have developed throughout my time at college are; my analytical skill when analysing news stories and readership statistics, research skill when researching different media companies for case studies, communication when presenting my ideas and opinions to my peers, and  teamworking when working with others in presentations, competitions and focus groups. Moreover, I have developed my independence when working self-sufficiently to complete my final major project and my photography abilities when working on my personal blog and taking photos for final major project and assessments. As well as this I have been able to develop my investigation capabilities due to researching tasks set for every project throughout my course. For example, for my final major project I had to research my target audience and carry out surveys and questionnaires in order to learn how to make my product appeal to the audience. Additionally, I have been able to develop my creativity skill as I needed to design a magazine cover and double page spreads as well as take my own photos to accompany the articles for the pages.

Having my own personal blog has also helped work on creativity and practice my professional writing skills as I have to create interesting content regular for my readers. This hobby has also helped me work on my communication skill when responding and interacting with my blog readers. My photography has also improved through writing my blog as I often use multiple photos for every post. Organisation is another key skill that has advanced though my blog as I have to balance both my studies and hobby simultaneously.

Furthermore, I have learnt how to writing professionally through writing articles for my final major project as well as writing features for the Sheffield Sharks basketball team and Migration Matters Festival 2016. During the summer I also volunteered at my local library as part of their publicity team. During my time there I wrote an article which was featured on their website and distributed to the local area. Taking part in these experiences has helped my learn how to write for a specific audience.

I enjoy the whole aspect of writing articles. From thinking of an innovative and creative idea, to writing the copy and taking the photos to then seeing the finished product. I also love being able to write what I want and then design how I want it to look like on the page.

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Draft 3

In my opinion, I am a confident and motivated individual who is determined to achieve the best that I can.  I am a naturally good conversationalist and am confident in that I am saying when presenting my ideas to my peers and when engaging in conversation in class.  I am incredibly passionate about learning and put 100% effort into all tasks. I believe that I am incredibly dedicated to whatever task I am doing and am a dependable and responsible person.

I have always been passionate about a career in journalism but that was never solidified until I started my UAL Extended Diploma in Journalism and Social Media. I am incredibly passionate about learning more about the industry and want to expand my knowledge further by studying in higher education. As part of my extended diploma, I have had to research the different fields within the journalism industry. This task helped me decide on what I want to do in the future which is work in magazine journalism or for a publishing house.

A journalism degree really intrigues me as it covers a lot of aspects of journalism, from news reporting to the law and ethics of the industry. However it still includes the side of journalism I am interested in and want to do as a career. This includes the digital side to journalism and publishing.

Studying my extended diploma has helped me to develop a lot of skills as well as learning new ones. I have developed my time management and organisational skills with having to meet deadlines for projects and organising photoshoots. Some of the skills I have developed throughout my time at college are; my analytical skill when analysing news stories and readership statistics, research skill when researching different media companies for case studies, communication when presenting my ideas and opinions to my peers, and  teamwork when working with others in presentations and focus groups. Moreover, I have developed my independence when working self-sufficiently to complete my final major project and my photography abilities when working on my personal blog and taking photos for final major project and assessments. As well as this I have been able to develop my investigation capabilities due to researching tasks set for every project throughout my course. For example, for my final major project I had to research my target audience and carry out surveys and questionnaires in order to learn how to make my product appeal to the audience. Additionally, I have been able to develop my creativity skill as I needed to design a magazine cover and double page spreads as well as take my own photos to accompany the articles for the pages.

My own personal blog has also helped work on creativity and practice my professional writing skills as I have to create interesting content regular for my readers. This has also helped me work on my communication skill when responding and interacting with my blog readers. Organisation is another key skill that has advanced though my blog as I have to balance both my studies and hobby simultaneously.

Furthermore, I have learnt how to writing professionally through writing articles for my final major project as well as writing features for the Sheffield Sharks basketball team and Migration Matters Festival 2016. During the summer I also volunteered at my local library as part of their publicity team. During my time there I wrote an article which was featured on their website and distributed to the local area. Taking part in these experiences has helped my learn how to write for a specific audience. I am also completing work experience writing for the local newspaper, The Star, which will also help me improve these skills further.

I enjoy the whole aspect of writing articles. From thinking of an innovative and creative idea, to writing the copy and taking the photos to then seeing the finished product. I also love being able to write what I want and then design how I want it to look like on the page.

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11.1.1, 11.1.2 Fact File, Skills Audit & Action Plan

Fact File

I chose to do a fact file on 21st Century Newsroom as it is related to what I want to do for a career. To make it more related to the career I want, I decided to look into both magazine journalism and copy editor.

The traditional role of a journalist has changed drastically. At the start the main tools of a journalist was pen and paper, however now it is more advanced and technology based. In the 21st Century, journalist use a variety of different technologies from cameras and recording devices, to laptops and software including indesign, muse and photoshop.

Examples of journalism companies include BBC, CNN and ITV. Journalism companies that are related to my career include The National Magazine Comapny Ltd, Bauer Media Group and Conde Nast International Ltd for magazine journalism. For publishing, companies include Bloomsbury Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Little, Brown and Company.

A journalist writes for newspapers or magazines. They can also prepare news to be broadcasted on the radio or TV. Skills required for a magazine journalist include: excellent writing skills – for example, working for a broadsheet you would need to write professionally and formally where as for a tabloid it can be more laid back,  a proactive approach to investigating and good research skills, determination and persistence, strong interpersonal skills, IT skills and an ability to use software such as InDesign and Photoshop. As a journalist you can either for an organisation or freelance. With working for an organisation you have a stable job and wage and are told what you need to write about. However, with freelance you don’t really have a stable job or pay and you have to find your own work. Also, you get to write whatever you want and then pitch it to organisations.

To be a magazine journalist you can do a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related subject, however it isn’t essential. You can also do an NCTJ course which would also help you in magazine journalism. In this sector of journalism you can either work part time or full time and don’t have strict set hours. Deadlines may mean irregular hours.

A copy editor makes sure that texts are accurate and free from spelling and grammar mistakes before its sent to be published. Skills required for a copy editor are: a thorough knowledge of English language, concentration, accuracy and great attention to detail, as well as an ability to multitask, the ability to meet tight deadlines, self motivation and IT skills.

Having a bachelor’s degree in publishing, media or related subject would help with this career choice. Copy Editor working hours vary. In-house based copy editors usually work regular office hours but may need to work longer hours in busy periods. Due to the nature of the work, deadlines may be very tight.

Skills Audit

Job Title – Features Editor – Bauer Media Group Peterborough

Skills Needed –  an indepth knowledge of photography and magazine production, need to be ambitious; organised and versatile, excellent writing and communication skills, the ability to create brilliant feature ideas.

Skills I Have – my creativity and journalistic writing skills are evident as in my first year of my diploma I had to create a magazine front cover and two double page spreads. Also, I used communication skills when working in focus groups for feedback on my work. Furthermore, I used determination when working towards my final grade for my final major project. In my first year of college I also worked on my photography skill as I learnt how to use a DSLR camera and then used the skills I had learnt to produce photos for my final major project. Additionally, having to write articles for my final major project helped me develop my feature writing skill. During the summer 2016 I also took part in the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and volunteered at my local library as a publicising team member which helped me work on all of these skills. Also, having my own personal blog helps me work on my professional writing skills and photography.

 

http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Bauer-Media/jobs/Feature-Editor-bd4436a2ad88bb12?q=features+writer

Job Title – Editor – Harper Collins

http://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjobjk=211ea8b8d820b1d3&q=Commissioning+Editor&tk=1asmn4m9m9u0sb7h&from=we

Skills Needed –  knowledge of digital publishing processes ad workflows, excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills. Experience in publishing as an editor or assistant editor, project management and working with and managing a team.

Skills I Have – my creativity and journalistic writing skills are evident as in my first year of my diploma I had to create a magazine front cover and two double page spreads. Also, I used communication skills when working in focus groups for feedback on my work. Furthermore, I used determination when working towards my final grade for my final major project. In my first year of college I also worked on my photography skill as I learnt how to use a DSLR camera and then used the skills I had learnt to produce photos for my final major project. Additionally, having to write articles for my final major project helped me develop my feature writing skill. During the summer 2016 I also took part in the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and volunteered at my local library as a publicising team member which helped me work on all of these skills. Also, having my own personal blog helps me work on my professional writing skills and photography.

 

My Personal Action Plan

Career Choice(s)

My career choices are a magazine feature writer or a copy editor in publishing.

My Target Grade for the UAL Course

My target grade for this course is a Distinction/Merit

My Course Choices

BA – Journalism (Joint Honours) with English Language at De Montfort Leicester University

Entry Requirements – DMM – DDM

I chose this course because the modules for this course sounded really interesting and focused on the type of journalism I wanted to do. Also, studying joint honours will allow me to combine to areas that interest me. Furthermore, during the course there are many opportunities for you to do work placements in the UK and abroad.

 

BA – Journalism/Journalism with English Language at Chester University

Entry Requirements – DMM

I chose this course because the modules sounded really interesting. Also, studying the joint honours courses gives me more options for careers once I graduated.

 

BA – Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan Univesity

Entry Requirements – DMM or 104-112 tariff points

I chose this course because it specialises in more than traditional journalism and teaches you about all platforms.

 

BA – Media Production: Journalism at York St John University

Entry Requirements – 96-112 tariff points

Although I don’t like the sound of all the modules, I chose this course because it covers all aspects of journalism.

 

BA – Journalism at Leeds Beckett University

Entry Requirements – 120 tariff points

I chose this course because the modules sounded really interesting and mainly focused on the platforms of journalism I am interested in.

 

Work Experience

Migration Matters Festival – Feature Writer

Sheffield Sharks – Feature Co-writer

Ecclesfield Library – Volunteer

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English-language_book_publishing_companies#L

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/magazine-journalist

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/publishing/job_roles/4267_copy_editor

 

10.3.1, 10.3.2 Reflective Report

For unit 10 I had to produce copy for my portfolio and The Star Project. This included a minimum of five news articles, two photojournalism pieces, a blog, a media package and a review. Although that was all we had to do, I chose to produce more copy so that I had more articles to work with for my final major project. In this report I am going to explore how professional my portfolio was written and sourced. This includes the copy, photos taken to accompany the copy, interviews. I will also critically evaluate my portfolio and explain its strengths and weaknesses.

Creating the portfolio allowed me to learn how different the types of journalistic writing is – news, features, photojournalism and online. Journalists tend to write differently depending on the type of copy they need to produce. If they were writing a news story then they would use formal language and mainly talk about the key facts of an event, where as if they were to write a feature, they would use informal or formal language – depending on the audience.  With photojournalism they wouldn’t need to write as much as they would for a feature or news story, they would only need to write a image caption and then a 50-100 word article to accompany the image. A journalist can use the same story and use it to write all different types of copy –  news, feature and photojournalism – but adapt it to fit the type of copy.

To source my stories I interviewed my peers and people who were had an opinion on about the topic, but I also made sure that it wasn’t just one sided. I also used YouTube videos to get peoples opinion on topics without an interview in case they didn’t want to be interviewed or didn’t respond to my questions. To get a further understanding into the subject I used websites and social media, depending on the topic of the article. When choosing what articles to write I decided to create something that I could use in my final major project, but also something I was passionate about/interested in.

To choose which articles to write I brainstormed all my ideas and then chose one at a time. I took into consideration my own personal interests, but then thought about how I could tailor it to my audience so that it would interest them. For certain articles, like the film reviews, I decided to choose films that I enjoyed but also films that were heard of and were popular.

Before writing my articles I planned out when I would want them to be completed by, so that I could have enough time to edit and add images or multimedia to them. I also planned when to do my interviews and who I would do them with beforehand.

After looking at my copy, I think they have a lot of strengths and weaknesses. One weakness would be that some of the articles were hard to have a relevant photo to accompany it. Also, the media package video was filmed the wrong way, portrait instead of landscape.

A strength would be the range of topics I covered from beauty to films and books. Another strength would be how the copy is written. In my opinion, the articles are written quite professionally. I also think that exceeding the amount of copy that was asked is a strength because it shows that I planned my time for each article well and didn’t miss the deadline. Although, this can also be seen as a weakness because some of the articles weren’t as good a quality and lacked images. If I had stuck to the amount asked for, then I could have had a photo or some form of media to accompany the article.

A problem I faced when creating my copy was with thinking of photos that could accompany my film reviews. To over come this I brainstormed ideas of how I could take a photo that was relevant to the film but was legal. An example of this is my The Girl On The Train review where I took a photo of a friend on a tram instead of using an image from the film.

In comparison to professional journalism work, I think that my portfolio isn’t to the same standard for many reasons. One reason is due to the lack of experience I have with writing journalistic. Also, because my stories weren’t news stories, they were mainly features, they didn’t have a lot in common with what a news journalist’s work would look like.

If I was to recreate my portfolio I would have done a few things differently, one being images. I would planned what articles I wouldn’t be able to take photos for, like film reviews, and would have done something else to accompany it. I would have also included a news story to make my portfolio a little different and so it didn’t have many features in it.

 

 

 

10.1.2, 10.2.1, 10.2.2 Portfolio and Production Reports

10.1.1 Focus Group Report

Since the readers of the Sheffield Star are aged 16-25 year old, 7585 out of 433856 in Sheffield, they want to target the newspaper more at that age range. To do this they are dedicating two pages of the newspapers to the Journalism students of Hillsborough.

 

Focus Group Findings

To help us work out what we could add to the newspaper we did a focus group and analysed one of the newspaper issues. Here are my findings:

After looking through the newspaper we collectively said what we liked and disliked. One thing we liked was the striking and bold bright colours on each of the pages. it caught our attention and pulled us to different parts of the pages. Also, the simple language used in the news stories and articles made it easier to read. The informal format of newspaper also suits any age. Furthermore, the non-traditional layout made it easier to follow and made it look more like a website. This would attract a younger readership. Moreover, the local stories give you a personal attachment to the newspaper.

As well as this, there was lots of different articles e.g. weather, sport, entertainment etc. There is something for everyone. Also, the articles are suitable for all ages. Furthermore, there are lots of large images that draw your attention to the newspaper and the different articles.

However, we didn’t like the fact that there were too many adverts on the page. It made the pages look cluttered and there was too much to look at. Since the page is cluttered and unorganised people can lose interest and want to read something else. Also, the texture of the news paper made it feel cheap. The content in the newspaper wasn’t interesting to 16-25 year olds, so we wouldn’t choose to pick up The Star and read it.

To improve The Star we thought adding more local based stories would grab peoples attention because they would want to know what is happening around us. Also, we would like to see more reality and gossip because it would attract a younger audience. Additionally, a page that promotes local businesses, such as restaurants, bars and clubs would attract a younger readership. This is because 16-25 year olds want to know where they can get a cheap meal near them or where to go on a night out. As well as this, we think that having a list of Sheffield based events and concerts.

After taking what I have said into account, I have come up with three article ideas. One idea is to do an article of places to visit in Sheffield. These can include places in the city centre and on the other edge, and are either historical or a place relax. For this I could interview different people and ask them where they like to go in Sheffield, I could also ask different age ranges to get a varied response. Another idea is to do a feature on body confidence and fat shaming as it is one of the most important issues. For this I can interview people and ask them on their opinion. My final idea is to do an article on Pokemon Go which became a popular app this summer. For this I could interview other Pokemon Go players and ask them on their opinion, why they started to play it etc.

 

Portfolio Focus Group

  1. What were your thoughts on the topics and do you think they targeted the audience?
    1. I believe people within the target target audience would be interested in topics related to the articles
    2. There’s a wide variety so it would target a wide audience
    3. The listicles, features and reviews were good but the articles don’t appeal to the target audience
    4. They targeted the audience and were a good mixture of topics
  2. What topics do you think would appeal to the target audience and why?
    1. I think the topics were very interesting because it gave facts and quotes which shows that you really did your research
    2. The listicles and blogs – quick to read and relevant/fun
    3. Listicles because they’re easy reading and helpful towards our age range
    4. Film, they give you ideas of what to watch
  3. Which of the articles would mostly likely read and why?
    1. The film reviews. I love the cinema and would personally take a huge interest in these reviews
    2. The listicles and blogs about mental health – my interest
    3. Listicles because they are topical
    4. Both film reviews, 10 films to watch on a girls night in, book to movie adaptations and the mental health article. They sound appealing and are relevant to what we enjoy

 

Evaluation

After conducting my portfolio focus group, I now have a better understanding on the range of articles and topics that would appeal to the target audience.  I have also found out what type of article is most popular.

Taking this into account, when creating my webzine and future articles I know that the target would enjoy more listicles and film reviews.

 

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