February 2016

6.3.1 Evaluation (video)

Research and planning

After being given the information that we were going to be creating a video around a minute long, I had to start researching different types of mobile journalism. In order to do this I watched quite a few different types of videos, some for YouTube and some from news websites. This helped with a few things. The first thing was putting videos into categories, ones that were meant to inform and others that were meant for entertainment purposes and if I wanted to make something to inform or to entertain. Another thing I noticed was the amount of work and effort that goes into videos like this. Professional mobile journalism videos have to think about things like lighting, angles and the script that they are going to follow, a lot of thinking goes into them. Another thing they have to think about is legal aspects such as media regulations, if they were to use somebody in their videos.  Although there are types of mobile journalism videos that don’t have much work, for example news video clips, those just happen because it is a sudden thing. I do think my research was effective because it made me think about what I needed to take into account when creating my video.

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6.2.2 Developing Video

Once I had gotten my video footage, the next step was to start editing all of the footage together. The first thing I did was select “new movie” when imovie opened, I then imported all of the videos from my phone into the library.

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Once the clips had all imported, I started watching them and then thought about which ones I wanted in the final video. To do this, I pressed ‘I’ where I wanted the clip to start and ‘O’ where I wanted it to finish. After I did this, I then dragged the clip down to the bottom bar where I would be able to piece them all together.

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8.4.1 Reflective journal and final evaluation



The first thing I did during this week was reflect on the past units. I had to do this in around 100 words and because of that I found it quite difficult as I had to talk about all the skills I have learned and how I will use those skills in my FMP, I found myself constantly wanting to elaborate and explain myself more. I will be able to add more to my project proposal as I go along, as I will have to explain how I’ve used the skills I’ve learnt throughout the first units and how they have helped me with my project proposal.

For our FMP we have to create a front page and four pages of a magazine. For this I decided that I wanted to make two articles, spread across two pages this splitting the four pages into two pages each article. When I was thinking about what I would like to do I thought if I do something that I actually have an interest in, I will enjoy what I’m doing and it will be a fun experience, therefore my work will be of a better quality. So then I thought about my interests, which are things like home décor, reading, fashion and beauty etc.

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8.3.1 Annotated design screenshots and final product

The first thing I had to do before making the magazine front cover and two page spreads, was plan the design and sketch them out. This would make it easier for me later on when I work on the magazine in InDesign.

The first thing I planned out was my front cover,  I had two ideas for this. The first sketch is one that would be fitting for an indoor image, and the second would be fitting for one outside. I thought about indoor and outdoor images as it would add a little difference to the images I use if the front cover was one took outside, as the images used for the a ctual main feature, would all be taken indoors.

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8.2.1, 8.2.2 Research Portfolio


Moodboard 1: Vintage home décor

(click here to view moodboard) 

My magazine is going to be a lifestyle magazine, so the first idea i came up with for a double page spread was vintage home décor and how to transform your home into something inspired by vintage or retro.

When creating the moodboard I was looking for photo inspiration, like how I could take the images and what I would take them of, I’ll place a few images below.

When I was looking at these images, I kept in mind the things that I could photograph when I was at the place where I was taking them and found that I could indeed do something like the images above.

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8.1.1 Proposal (including action plan)

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Throughout the first 7 units I have developed a lot of skills that I didn’t have before. I am now able to use software such as InDesign and adobe Muse, which will be a huge help when I complete my FMP as I will be able to use all of the skills I have developed. Other skills I have developed would be in photography, I know now the basics of what makes a good image. I’ve learnt all about depth of field, the rule of thirds and white balance etc. I have also improved my writing, being able to write according the the audience.

Project concept 

For my FMP I will be creating a magazine front cover and two double page spreads. The genre I have chosen is lifestyle. I have decided to do a feature on vintage home decor and a advice section on books.  Throughout the project I will be referring back to my research and adding to it as I will need to develop more knowledge throughout the process.  A large portion of the home decor feature will revolve around photography as I will be taking images of the products and then putting them into a collage layout, possibly labeling where they are from and how much they cost. For the book advice section I will be focusing more on the text design. This is because I want my magazine to have a variety of things that are focused on, not just one aspect. The front cover of my magazine will have a main focus image of a room, which will link to the main feature. I will also be using a professional camera to take the images as they need to look as professional as possible.


To evaluate my work I will look back on everything I have done to see if it was a success, I will do this continuously throughout and log it in my reflective journal as it is important to keep up to date with my work and see if it is working.


Bauwens, Liz and Campell Alexandra (2009) thriftychic: Cico Books

Casson, V (20/09/2012) Codes and conventions of magazines (online) (14/03/2016)

Chapman, C (28/02/10) Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The meaning of color (online) (12/05/16)

Conde Nast, (ND) Vogue (online) (15/03/2016)

Conde Nast (ND) About Us (online) 15/03/16)

Hearst magazine, UK, (ND) Cosmopolitan (online) (15/03/2016)

Hearst magazine, UK (ND) About Us (online (15/03/16)

Kidston, Cath (1999) Vintage Style: Ebury Press Random House

McNulty, J (01/07/2011) The generic conventions of magazines cover (online) (14/03/2016)

National Readership Survey (14/03/2016)

Nothern & shell (ND) OK! magazine (online) (15/03/2016)

Orwig, C (ND) Video tutorial: Create a contact sheet (online) (10/05/16)

UKCS (17/04/15) UK Copyright Law (online) (09/05/16) 

Walsh, G (30/09/2012) Codes and conventions of a magazine front cover (online) (14/03/2016)

Yi, D (04/11/2015) Lucky magazine shuts down once and for all, here’s why it failed (15/03/2016) 

7.2.2 Building my website

After I had decided on a layout, it was time to build my website further and add more and more content. I decided that for the main pages I was going to use the metro design, because it was the one that appealed to me most and a lot of websites I liked used that design too.

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After I added all my content, I had to add buttons so that the images would be hyperlinked the the pieces of work that I had included on my website. I did this by clicking on the image and then going to the top of the screen where it said “hyperlinks” once I clicked on this, a drop down bar appeared and I had to select the piece of work that I wanted it to link to.

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7.3.1 Evaluation (Website)

Planning & research

The first thing I had to do before making my own website was research. The idea of creating the website was to have somewhere where I could display all the work I do in an interactive way and by doing this, I will be developing technical skills. The first thing I did was look at other websites and the technical aspects, how it generally works, and its purpose. You can find this piece of work here. For this, I looked at the features that were commonly used within websites and how easy they were to use. The next thing I did was a comparative analysis of two websites. This helped me to understand how different websites cater for different audiences needs and the purpose of them.

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5.3.1 Evaluation (Audio)

Because we were going to be creating a radio news bulletin, the first thing I need to do was plan. My action plan was to gather some important news stories that were big in the news at that time for the first two and then have a softer news story for the last one, something that was more light and feel good. The next thing we planned was which story we would want to interview somebody for. The story I was going to use changed, here is a link to my story sourcing.

When going out to do the vox-pop, we worked in groups because it was more convenient. The question we asked was “Do you think the sale of sugary snacks and drinks should be banned in colleges?” we got a wide variety of answers, from different people.

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