Evaluation of my audio assessmen

For my assessment I decided to do a feature about the variety and healthiness of our canteen food (University of Westminster). I chose this idea because I did not think that the quality of food offered in the canteen was good, and I wanted to find out more about what other students had to say about it, and whether they felt the same way as me.

As a starting point I bullet pointed my own opinion about the issue, ready to record later on. Then I went to the canteen at lunchtime and got vox pops from various different students. I was careful to interview both genders and people of different ethnicities and students at different stages of university life, in order to get a fair and balanced view. I interviewed about eight people in total. Next, I needed to interview someone from behind the scenes at the canteen, so that I could get their opinion about the food that they offered. I managed to get an interview with the ‘head chef’ of the canteen, the man who was in charge of supervising and making the majority of the food in the canteen.

Once I had recorded all of the pieces of my feature, I had to think about how to make my content tell a ‘story’. As most of the students thought that the variety and choice offered in the canteen was average or even good, I made my feature about how although I was unsatisfied with the quality of the food, other students seemed content. Perhaps I was being too fussy, and simply needed to learn how to cook. As the head chef backed up this view, I also incorporated his opinion.

Some difficulties I faced whilst producing my feature was the fact that many students gave me the same view about the food. I did not have a variety of opinions, and a lot of content sounded repeated. I dealt with this by cutting down on the number of vox pops that I used in my feature, to make them seem varied and not similar opinions being regurgitated. Another issue was that I could not get much access to people who had more insight into the canteen. The catering company’s protocol meant that the canteen staff at the university were reluctant to allow me to record their opinion, in the fear that they would say something that would upset their employers. In hindsight, I should have tried harder to get in contact with the company and get permission to record, as I may have obtained more interesting content. This is something that I would bear in mind next time.

I have learnt that preparation is essential in order to reduce the challenges that you face while producing and obtaining content. I also feel more competent in using ‘Audacity’, although I was moderately educated in how to use it before the assessment. One final thing that I learnt is how to use music to successfully complement an audio piece, and adjust the volume in order to make it more effective.

The joy of university canteens

Having survived on mainly canteen food since moving into University, I decided to investigate whether other students were as frustrated as me at the lack of choice offered by our caterers. The audio piece includes interviews with fellow diners and the ‘head chef’ who prepares the food for The University of Westminster’s students. 

two way audio assessment

This is my audio assessment, where I talk about the day’s stories in the newspapers. I chose to go with the Lindsay Lohan pregnancy rumour, the arrogant Work and Pensions secretary story and teachers boycotting new literacy exams being introduced for 11 year olds.

Evaluation for video project…

For my video project I decided to do a multimedia package about colour blindness. I found it interesting that although it is an issue that affects many people, hardly anybody knows much about it. Therefore, I decided to make a video that would educate people about the issue.

Originally, my video was going to consist of vox pops where I asked people what they understood about the term ‘colour blindness’. However, I encountered a lot of problems getting people to agree to be filmed talking about the issue. After two days of trying to get vox pops from people on the high street, I only managed to find one person that had anything worthy to say about the topic. So, I chose to include an interview with someone that is colour blind aswell. I found someone that is colour blind, and filmed an interview where she spoke about how it affected her life, what things it prevented her from being able to do etc…

Putting the piece together was what I found hardest about the project. At first, I tried to tell the story by adding text to my footage, but that didn’t work very well. In the end, I just put the vox pop and the interview on in separate parts of my online piece. My interview went after some facts about colour blindness and explaining my idea. My vox pop went after text that explained how my filming revealed that hardly anybody knows what colour blindness is. I was trying to get the text on my post to be more narrative, due to the fact that I only managed to get very limited footage.

If I could the project again, I would definitely ensure that I got a wider variety of footage. This would make my video more interesting, and make them more narrative. If I had anticipated the problems I encountered trying to obtain vox pop footage, I would have changed the topic or style of my video from the very start. Another thing that I would include is the input of an expert on colour blindness. My video/project lacked the expertise that it required to make it more successful. Viewers might have benefitted from more information about the matter, so that they felt ‘enlightened’ about colour blindness, rather than just being slightly clearer about it. More shots of my interviewee going about daily life would have made the video more aesthetically pleasing aswell.

The myth of colour blindness…

Facts about colourblindness:

  • 8% of Caucasian men are colour blind
  • There are 2.7 million colourblind people in Britain
  • Red/green colour blindness is the most common
  • Colour blindness can be genetic and passed on by parents
  • It is something that stays with you lifelong

How many times have you checked a traffic light to see whether to stop or go? Plenty of times right? Now, imagine that same situation from the perspective of a colorblind person who cannot differentiate between red and green. Not so easy now is it?

Many people are under the illusion that colour blindness is not common, and hardly affects anyone. In reality, it is an issue that many people live with. Just because it is something that is hard to understand, people choose to believe that it must be rare. Colour blindness is not very common in women, but Romana Khan is one of the few exceptions, and in the video below she briefly explains how it affects her life. However, colour blindness is a serious matter for many males, and something that can even restrict their employment opportunities. Becoming a police officer, engineer, pilot etc… becomes a much harder task when you are colourblind, due to the jobs need for correct colour identification.

I asked approximately 25-30 people about what they understand by the term colour blindness, and surprisingly, only one person actually had any idea about what it meant. Most people simply shrugged their shoulders and looked blank when they were asked about it.

Graham Hodson, a colour blind gamer from Stockton-on- Tees was frustrated at the lack of consideration video game company’s show towards colourblind people. As a video game fan, the fact that playing Call of Duty was made harder by the use of red and green, prompted him to campaign for more colour blind friendly features to be added to video games. The current colour coded format of Call of Duty mean that it is difficult to see which players are on your team and which ones are on the opposing team.

A surprising fact is that even artistic genius, Van Gogh, might have been colour blind. Kazunori Asada (a Japanese medical scientist and poet) viewed some of Van Gogh’s work through a optical filter which reduced the spectrum of light and colour. He found that it made the paintings look different ad softer. The vibrant colours had transformed into subtle, delicate paint strokes, suggesting that Van Gogh was indeed colourblind, and saw his paintings how they look through the optical filter.

To see how a colourblind person’s view of something differs from someone with normal eyesight, click here

I hope that my video has allowed you to open your eyes to what color blindness actually involves, and made you appreciate the scale of people that suffer from it.

Colour Blindess: not as black and white as it seems…

My video for multimedia journalism would be about colour blindness. It is a major issue that affects a lot of people (particularly males), but is almost ignored by everyone. My video would have vox pops of people, with me asking them about how they think colour blindness affects people. It would also have a minute of me talking to the camera, explaining how colour blindness occurs and what implications it has. I would include black and white shots as well to convey the message. I would also use shots of bright colour to show the contrast between not being able to differentiate between certain colours and seeing colours vividly. I think that it would open people’s eyes to the issue and get rid of stereotypical attitudes towards colour blindness.