December 2016

12.1.1, 12.1.2 Specialist Study Proposal


An Investigation Into The Changing Role Of A Journalist 



By choosing to do an investigation of the changing role of  a journalist for my specialist study, I will be looking into how journalism began and how it has changed from being predominately print to being taken over by digitalisation. I will also be looking into how journalism companies use the digital platform to reach a wider audience.

I hypothesise that the role of a journalist has changed due to digitalisation over the last few decades, changing journalism from predominately print to both print and digital.

I will be using books from the college library for academic research including books . I will also look into doing primary research by interviewing someone who is related to the industry, e.g. a journalist.


Covering this topic for my specialist study will help me with my final  major project because will show me how a physical copy of a magazine is changed to suit a different media platform.

For my final major project I am going to make my webzine based around entertainment. I will be creating content based around books, films.  My webzine will target any gender and mainly 16-24 year olds.

This specialist study will help me understand how the role of a journalist has changed but also how my role has changed as journalist has changed as it is mainly online. From studying this topic I hope to see how journalism has progressed from print to digital and the differences between the two.

Research Sources

Alejandro, J (ND) Journalism in the Age of Social Media (online), 07/02/2017

Bradshaw, P and Rohumaa, L (2011) The Online Journalism Handbook, Pearson Education Limited

brick web (2011, updated 2016) The Internet and It’s Effects on Journalism? (online),, 11/01/2016

Conboy, M (2013) Journalism Studies: The Basics,Rutledge

Harcup, T (2015) (3rd Edition) Journalism Principles and Practice, SAGE

Jewell, J (2013) How Twitter has helped the emergence of a new journalism (online),, 03/02/2017

Lambert,T (2012) A Brief History of Newspapers (online),, 03/02/2017

Marsh, D (2012) Digital Age Rewrites the Role of Journalism (online), 11/01/2016

Murphy, K (2015) (Vol 25, Issue 2) The Changing Role of a Journalist(abstract) (2015), 10/02/2017



Lesson Evaluation

Since our online magazine will be featuring multimedia content, videos and audio, we spent a lesson creating a promotional video. For the lesson we were set the task to create a 30 second video about the Hillsborough college including interviews and snippets of the college.

For my video I chose to set it out as a sort of tour of the college by going up to a floor in the lift, then cutting to a room on that floor, and then walk up or down the stairs to the next area of the college. I also chose to take longer clips of video so that I could use different parts of the clip in my video, e.g. walking into the canteen to a shot of the canteen to walking outside.

Allied Film Review

Allied is a romantic war thriller about Max Vatan, an intelligence officer, who in 1942 meets the French  Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a mission behind enemy lines. When reunited in London their relationship is threatened by the suspicion of Marianne being a German spy. Starring Brad Pitt (Max Vatan), Marion Cotillard (Marianne Beausejour) and directed by Robert Zebecks.

In my opinion, the film was great and intense. I was initially put off by the fact that Brad Pitt stars in the film as I don’t like him as an actor, but my mind was soon changed when I watched him in Allied, and even though I don’t enjoy films about war and history, I was really excited to watch the film and wasn’t left disappointed.

Even though I don’t enjoy films about war and history, but  I was really excited to see it and wasn’t left disappointed. I really enjoyed that it wasn’t just a war film, it had more thriller elements, and that I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I also really loved the intensity of the film and how it always made me second guess whether Marianne was a spy or not. I think Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard portrayed their characters amazingly and were incredible throughout.

The film was released 25th November 2016. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, especially if they enjoy war/historical films or thrillers.



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