My time at Southampton Solent University helped me experience the ins and outs of television and video media when it comes to Sports Journalism. I hold many of the television media I have on my YouTube channel and my Vimeo channel, which can be accessed by all. The posts below are sorted from newest at the top to oldest at the bottom:
#VarsityIsComing – Solent Ladies Varsity Preview – May 8th 2018
Following interviewing Solent Ladies manager Rafa Citron and some of the players I edited this video as a preview to their Varsity game against Bournemouth on the 9th of May. I really enjoyed experimenting with different effects and editing to music. The fact that the video was a fairly long one too meant I could change up the effects and music, highlighting how I now have some variety in my videos. The only negative point however is the fact that one of the microphones failed to pick up a lot of the audio for both of the girls sat on the left of the shot, which meant their interviews did not come out as sharp as their teammates’ did.
Solent Ladies – Ending on a High – February 13th 2018
During the second term of second year we were required to make news packages in a similar fashion to first term, however this time it had to include a music segment. I have really enjoyed editing to music and when given the appropriate shots feel I can produce effective pieces. The above package is the best work I have produced so far this term in my opinion. As part of a group project I was the producer and so became responsible for the finished piece. The above video features an edit that was largely composed by myself, alongside my own voiceover and a lot of my own shots used. Often I find I can become the lead figure in group projects due to my need/want to get things perfect. In terms of improvements some of the shots needed focusing (my lecturer pointed out the Rafa interview was slightly out of focus), and the voiceover at times became too quick. Overall however I am very pleased with the edit, particularly the music segment.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post Winchester – November 26th 2017
Another defeat and interview with Rafa Citron. We had to rush this interview but I felt I still came out with some insightful questions.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post Uni of Brighton – November 22nd 2017
The latest Rafa interview featured a combination of the standard questions (“your thoughts on the game”) and the challenging ones (“is that your best team?”). Of course due to the game being a convincing victory it was easier to make the interview of a more conversational manner, which I enjoyed.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post Uni of South Wales – November 15th 2017
This interview was different from a majority of the interviews I had previously conducted with Rafa as I steered away from the safer questions. This was mainly due to the frustrations of yet another defeat, and the want for answers of a more precise nature. The answers I got were very similar to previous weeks (suggesting Rafa himself is media trained), however I felt he could tell the frustrations were there.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post New Milton Town FC – November 12th 2017
Another post match Rafa interview that was in a similar mould to that before. You can tell my interviewing skills are growing progressively strong week by week through both my own self-confidence and a great bond with the coach himself.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post Southampton FC – November 8th 2017
Another interview with the Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron following a game. This time I felt my questioning was much more refined and picked out key topics that arose from the game. I can already see my confidence with interviews increasing with every one I do alongside my enjoyment in doing them.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post UofG – November 1st 2017
Another ‘off the cuff’ interview with Rafa Citron following a Solent Ladies game. I felt my questions were far better this time compared to the last video as they focused on certain aspects of the game and came in a more professional manner (less personal opinion). The more I do this, the better I will become.
Changes to Solent’s Mens BUCS Team for 2017/18 Season – Assessed Newsday – October 31st 2017
Password for Video: newsday
This was the piece I edited and worked on with 3 other guys for our first ever assessed newsday at Southampton Solent University. My role during this piece was to arrange the Liam Dell part of the interview, record the cutaway phone shots and of course provide the voice-over. Personally my voice-over skills need improving, I exaggerate the wrong words and speak far too quickly. Naturally this will something that time on this course will help improve. In terms of the edit I feel its clean, professional and tells a good newsworthy story. I also wrote an article on the video which can be accessed by clicking here.
Meet Rafa Citron – Solent Ladies Head Coach – Practise Newsday – October 23rd 2017
This was the first feature I had edited myself at Southampton Solent that I was truly proud of, mainly due to the work that went into it all. That work started from the beginning of the previous week, whereby I messaged people via text and email trying to gather interviews. I managed to sort out and organise all of the interviews featured in this clip. I then, whilst the filming was taking place, was in charge of the training shots which I shot on my iPhone 6s. Some of the shots have too much glare due to the camera lens being dirty which is annoying, but something I can easily fix for next time. As for the edit as a whole I felt it looked clean and got a good, interesting story across. In terms of improvements I would resist the urge to use the same training clip twice as I did at one stage here, and I would also attempt to improve the lighting on some of the outside interview shots. Overall though I am proud of this work and look forward to producing similar pieces in the future. This video was posted by myself on the Solent Ladies official YouTube, alongside a personally made Canva thumbnail.
Reaction – Solent Ladies Head Coach Rafa Citron post Chesham – October 22nd 2017
This was the first time I had interviewed a sporting figure on camera for an official YouTube account. As part of the Solent Ladies media team I was required to conduct the post game interview with the Head Coach Rafa Citron. I used the ‘off the cuff’ interview technique, whereby I referred to my own knowledge and the comments from Rafa in order to gauge the questions. I felt the questions I selected in this instance were good ones that provoked answers with many good quotes to use in a write up. In the future I may prepare some questions as the game is coming to a close; picking out specific styles of the play and particular moments. The interview is part of the media work I produced for the Solent Ladies YouTube channel.
Solent Ladies BUCS Season Preview – October 16th 2017
Password for Video: SolentMedia
At the start of the second year of my time at Southampton Solent we produced a feature on Team Solent Ladies, and how they were preparing for the upcoming BUCS season. This video was completely edited by myself. As part of a group of three my role was both to organise the interviews (due to my links with the team) and also produce some of the shots used as a backdrop during the feature. Personally I feel this was not the greatest piece of work that could have been produced as the audio levels were quite low, and the lighting on the interviewees needed to be increased. These are just two things we will look to improve next time.
5 Minute TV Sports Bulletin Assessment – May 25th 2017
This 5 minute sports bulletin formed part of my assessment during the second term of the first year at Southampton Solent University. I worked as part of a group of 5 to produce a bulletin which included an Upsot, an underlay and vox pop. My main role was to produce the rugby segment during the bulletin which I narrated and edited together. I also created the script and oversaw the whole final editing process.