This week’s WINOL is out now, and I’m only just blogging about my contribution to last week’s. But at the moment, when I’m not doing amateur journalism I’m doing very amateur DIY, so I hope I can be forgiven. I’m too busy repainting to be repenting.
So last week I got stuck in to Hampshire’s ongoing rural crime issue. It wasn’t exactly a red-hot story, although I did include a recent ram-raid. I think perhaps my package would have been better if the headline was the ram-raid, with the background story as a sidebar.
My actual journalism wasn’t bad. I began by contacting the ram-raid victim, Mr Nettle, who agreed to an interview. I asked him for any pictures he had of the raid itself, which arrived in my inbox the following day. Another example of the additional content that can be gained by simply asking for it; the same simple method of information-gathering that made my bottle attack package what it was.
Next came the farm visit, where Mrs Harper-Adams was most helpful and an excellent interviewee. Again, simply asking for a police contact resulted in an officer making a special trip to give an interviewee. Always ask.
In terms of technical execution, it wasn’t bad, but there is plenty of nitpicking to be done as well. I was generally happy with my interview with Mrs Harper-Adams, it was fun to talk with the cows in the background and added an interesting element, while making it clear that we were on a farm. The cows were mercifully quiet and still, as a lot of moving and mooing would have made it hard to edit.
The interview with PC Williams was interesting and it’s unusual to get a police officer to talk to a camera. Unfortunately, the failing light (and the rush to make the most of what little light there was) resulted in a sub-standard picture.
Mr Nettle was an excellent interviewee, and the picture was clear with a nice background. I do wish I’d got more GVs though.
The whole thing was put together in plenty of time for the bulletin; my work experience at BBC South Today taught me to be more ruthless with my editing to speed it up; slow editing was a big weakness of mine last semester and i’m working hard to speed it up.
Three great interviews across two locations made a rich news package. The story could have been hotter and my camera work still needs work, but it wasn’t difficult to watch and I am improving.
I’ll blog about this week’s effort shortly.