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Miriam Cocuzza

Multimedia Journalism – Audio – Critical Evaluation

Since the day I knew my next module would have been “Multimedia Journalism” I have been straightly curious to try both video and audio.

The six weeks passed really quickly and I felt I have learnt a lot about many things. Not only how to use such difficult programs like Audition, but also various techniques that made me enjoy this part of the module. During the six week we had the chance to work singularly or in small groups and to experiment various kinds of radio programs, thing that I particularly enjoyed from the beginning.

For the part of the module regarding audio we had two assignments:

  • Feature: I decided to talk about the referendum that Italy is going to hold on the 17th of April 2016, dealing with the chance to abrogate a law that allows to use drilling platforms until the oilfields and gas fields are exhaust. I have find the final product of this assessment quite satisfying, introducing an interview with Sara Viele, an Italian ecologist, and vox pop as well, with Italian students living abroad. However, I think some editing on the volume could have been done better.
  •  Paper Review: for this assessment I decided to talk about the two girls that last year brutally tortured and murdered a 39 years old woman and they will be processed tomorrow. In this case, while I think that the review covered the main english newspapers, the background noise is quite too loud instead and sometimes could distract the listener. Moreover, I think that there were too many things too say about this news, so I have find difficult summarise everything in 1:30 minute.

In any case I had the chance to make my knowledge deeper on new softwares and new techniques, improving my skills, things that I appreciated and that made me like this module.

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Multimedia Journalism – Audio – Paper Review

 

Paper review of the 6th of April 2016 dealing with the two teenagers that tortured and murdered a 39 years old woman.

The newspapers analysed have been:

The Daily Telegraph

The Sun

The Guardian

The Times

Multimedia Journalism – Audio Feature

 

Reporter: Miriam Cocuzza

Target: 20 – 35 age group

On the 17th of April 2016, Italy is going to hold a referendum which will determinate the future of the oil and natural gas drilling platforms currently in the Mediterranean see.

The referendum has been asked by those Italian regions that are most damaged by them, such as Sicily, Emilia Romagna, Puglia or Basilicata. The referendum will ask to the population if they want to abrogate the law which allowed to use the oilfields and gas fields as long as they will be exhaust.

If YES will be in majority the law will be abrogated and the platforms from five to 10 years will be closed and not able to be used again. If NO will be in majority the platforms will be allowed to drill oil or natural gas until the fields permit.

 

 

 

Multimedia Journalism – Week 4

 

Today we made a bulletin for a London based – speech only radio for a 45-60 age group.

As a group we decided to report the most important news such as the Brussels attacks linked with a London Key as the help Cameron is going to offer in this situation.

Other news we covered were about the refugees crisis and we added some voxpops as well.

MJ – Week 3

 

The audio file is a short radio news about Little Mix’s outfit for their new tour, Get Weird. While I am the speaker of the radio, introducing the news, Dorota pretended to be the girl’s stylist, talking about how Little Mix feel comfortable wearing those short dresses that allow them to move freely on the stage.

Multimedia Journalism: critical evaluation (video)

I really enjoyed this module and what I have learnt from it. I have always been passionate about filming and editing and I took the chance to make my knowledge about the topic deeper.

The module gave us the chance to experiment various kinds of filming, from Vox-Pop, to multimedia packages and documentaries as well. These were the choices for the final project indeed.

During the six weeks we learnt the right way of filming and the documentaries that have been shown were interesting and inspirational. I had the chance to make my knowledge about editing deeper as well, and it is something I really appreciated.

For my final project I decided to choose the documentary option, filming five minutes dealing with a topic I personally find interesting and newsworthy. My documentary’s title is “How Tinder changed the way we communicate”, and the short movie is made to highlight how our society has changed. The Vox-Pop of youngsters helped me to understand how people watch at this dating app, and the intervention made by Doug Specht offered a more academic point of view.

I reckon I could have done something better. Lights were not the best and the audio is sometimes disturbed by background noises. However, I like the final result of the video and I enjoyed being in front of a camera, but also editing the project, making all those single videos as one sensed documentary, with a storyline, opinions and academic point of view.

Miriam Cocuzza

Documentary: how Tinder changed the way we communicate

 

When I decided to record a five minutes documentary, my mind has been crossed by social networks and how they changed the way we communicate with each other. In particular I decided to talk about Tinder, the dating app, and how popular this app became in from the begging of 2015.

The documentary goes throughout various topics, from the history of the app, to statistics that show the success of Tinder, and also curiosities about it. In the documentary I inserted Vox-Pop as well, to show what youngsters think about the app, and in what way they use it, if they use it. Another thing that can be found in the short movie is the academic point of view by Doug Specht, professor at the University of Westminster, that highlighted how this new way of ‘matching’ with our soulmate is considered as a game and it takes off the anxiety of meeting someone face to face for the first time.

We don’t know if social networks will alienate us completely in the future, or we will find a way to come back to the old fashion way of dating and communicate; in the meanwhile I hope you will enjoy this documentary.

Miriam Cocuzza

Progress Reports

When shooting the Vox Pop the questions asked was: “If you could choose a country to live in which one would it be and why?” While shooting the location was the University of Westminster, with particular attention to the outside background that gave brightness to the scene.

The aim has been of finding what people really enjoyed about different countries and cultures and see how sometimes being in a foreign country makes feel the need to go back home.

Once the shooting part finished the editing process began. To cut not necessary scenes from the quotes is essential in order that the video has pace and clarity. Not all the quotes and people interviewed have been used due to the choice of the same place or not enough explanations about why they would have choose that particular country. Costa Rica, Italy, Bulgaria and USA are the countries I decided to insert in my video.

To make the video more interesting I decided to insert some images while the interviewed person is talking about the topic. So if the country on the screen is Italy and the person interview is explain how good is the food in that country, a picture of a plate of pasta or a slice of pizza will appear on the screen, just in the angle of the screen so that the interview is it still visible.

MC

Multimedia Package Exercise

The question asked to the people interviewed has been: “If you could choose a country to live in which one would it be and why?”

The aim of the question was to be curious about what people enjoy about other cultures and countries and when, sometimes, the only desire is to come back home in our home-country.

 

 

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