Feature Writing: The Message Enterprise Centre, Manchester

For my Feature Writing module in year 2, I was assigned to write a local feature on an event or news story in Manchester. I chose to report on a enterprise centre which was set up for ex-offenders, in order to give them a job and a second chance to get back on the right track in life.

There are three businesses, a cafe, a bicycle recycle shop and a hair and beauty salon, situated on an industrial estate in Sharston.

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Television News Reports

Reporting the news is something I am passionate about and dedicated to. As part of my degree and in my spare time, I create professional television reports on local news for Quays News, my university channel.

From year one of my course, I was taught the basics of filming and editing, and what makes a successful news package for television. As I moved in to my second year at university, I really felt myself develop with the work I was producing compared to previous. Now in my third and final year, I feel more confident presenting on camera, I know what kind of pictures to collect whilst out filming, and my editing skills using Avid Media Composer have improved drastically.

Being a journalist involves excellent time management skills, ensuring you work towards the deadlines you are given. Whilst participating in practice news days, I am now able to find a news story in the morning, source interviews, go out and film the package, edit and have a full package ready to broadcast on the evening show. This is one of my greatest accomplishments, as it has allowed me to see my growth over the years at university, and I finally feel almost ready to face the real working environment of journalism.

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Interview: Nicola White, Olympic Gold Medallist

For my Magazine Journalism module, I interviewed Olympic hockey player, Nicola White. I was creating a fitness magazine, making her an ideal interviewee to discuss her career, and training schedule.

The athlete and the GB hockey team won the gold medal in the Rio Olympic Games 2016. I felt extremely lucky to be able to interview such an inspiration to society, especially as we are both from Oldham, a town in Greater Manchester.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Celebrity Interview

Whilst in my second year at university, I studied a module called Celebrity Journalism. I was required to source and conduct my very own celebrity interview, which proved quite difficult finding a celebrity who I was able to contact myself. The brief explained that the interview had to be for either, print, online or broadcast, therefore I chose print and created a magazine article. I had to choose a publication that my article would be published in.

Fortunately, successful Emmerdale actor, Kelvin Fletcher agreed to an interview. I based the interview around not only his acting, but his career in car racingfletcher-interview and his success in fitness.

I feel this is one of my best pieces of journalism to date, and was graded 88%. The feedback stated:

“Overall your writing style, spelling, punctuation and grammar are excellent. It is newsworthy and has a clear angle, discussing his other career in car racing.”

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