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Martial Arts Training at Hutton Hall

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Today I went down to Hutton Hall to record a piece for my Online Journalism Masters course. I spoke to Mohammed Zahir who runs the classes about how he became involved and what the classes entail.

Update: You can read my full posting on the Commpact:Europe website here.


Written by Andy Watt

August 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Editing the Turkish video

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As the final project on my Online Journalism Masters course, I am creating a website for community group Commpact:Europe.

During a recent visit of a delegation from Turkey, the guests were given Flip cameras to record what happened during their trip.

I recently got hold of the footage but was disappointed to see that they had regularly turned the cameras on their side, as you would with a mobile phone, meaning a large proportion of the film was recoded sideways on and when rotated, had a very narrow view.

This meant that a lot of the film was unusable, but using some footage I had previously shot, along with the film I could use from the Flip cameras, I managed to put together a short review of their visit which you can see below.

Written by Andy Watt

August 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Funders Conference at Hutton Hall

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Today, a funding conference was held at Hutton Hall with local MP Liam Byrne in attendance. I was there as part of my Online Journalism Masters course to record what happened for the website I was developing.

As well as videoing the start of the meeting, I also audio recorded the event as a backup in case the video was corrupted or the sound was not of a sufficient quality.

After the meeting, I interviewed Mr Byrne about a recent news report regarding academic achievement in his constituency and also about the meeting he had just attended.

As I was planning to use audio and video recordings, I set the camera up on my tripod, framed it and then stood with the field recorder to conduct the interview. However, once I had set the camera up, he stepped forward, meaning his head was outside the screen area. When I watched it back, I was disappointed this had happened and that I hadn’t been able to monitor it while conducting a fluid interview while holding the audio recorder.

To make the framing better, I cropped the screen so the main focus for the display was his face which made to cutting off of the top part of his head less obvious. The uploaded video is below.

Fortunately I had the audio backup which I could use instead and the nature of the interview meant that it would lend itself to video or audio equally.

This would have been an ideal opportunity to have someone live Tweeting what was discussed at the meeting for the benefit of those who could not attend but were interested. Unfortunately, with video, photographic and audio to contend with, I was not able to do this myself.

Written by Andy Watt

July 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Designing a page of quotes

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For a page I am designing for the final assignment in my Online Journalism Masters course, I have been asked to create a page showing statements from participants in one of Commpact:Europe’s programmes.

I was asked to take photographs of the people involved and turn them into Polaroid style photographs to display with their statements.

To achieve this, I downloaded an iPhone app called ShakeItPhoto and used this to create to Polaroid effect. Then I resized them on the computer to ensure the size was relative to the length of the quote and added their name onto the blank while section at the bottom of the photo.

You can view the finished page here.

Written by Andy Watt

July 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm