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Monday, May 4, 2009

Reflection..

So we had our first proper 'live' run of our podcasts on wednesday last week! it was great fun, very informal, yet we all seemed to be acting in a professional space. I really enjoyed and am enjoying that aspect of radio 3- how we're all part of an agency, but friends in a team too.

I think our group did really well consideing it was our first proper time together. Phumi's reading and anchoring in general is great, easy to listen to and her voice makes you want to listen to the story. There was a slight misclick in the technical side of things, but Ama managed to patch that up and no one would ever have known :)

So we had our first proper podcasts on wednesday I felt the stories were really well put together - having not been here for the first week, i had to do my best to try and pull a credible story on the founders challenge together, but luckily managed to find a decent source or 2. It ended the news package informally and lightly, not taking away though from the rest of the gangs work. The start with the election packages was very nice to listen to...short and sharp inserts of a wide range of people.

The prostitution story was a definite - it meets our agenda well, as not many people know about it, and it is something that should be covered. The fountain in the background when Matthew Mpahlwa is speaking had to be filtered out, thereby reducing the quality of the sound a little bit. Not a big deal but something to remember when i next interview too.

Overall i enjoyed the experience, loving learning more and more actual skills, and looking forward to the next recording!

Over n out :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Narrationless pieces

Putting together a piece without narration, and a whole 3 minute one too, is pretty difficult. Especially when your interviewee answers the questions briefly.
Mama Pam was interesting to interview; everyone knows her but no-one knows about her. A lot of the interview was in Xhosa, and bits that were in English - which is what our piece has to be in -were simply answered.

What i found difficult was trying to make my piece flow from focus to focus and making these focuses link with what had been said before. If she, the interviewee, didn't mention thiings specifically then it is hard to make that link.

One example is of Mama Pam's kids. I asked her how many rolls she sells a nightand she just replied: 150 on wednesday, 200 on fridays and saturdays. She answered the question, but when it came down to the package, i couldnt bring that n because at no point did she mention 'wors rolls'. SO people listening would be confused if i just chucked a soundbyte in there with numbers.

I learnt quite a bit on the interviewing side of things, especially having done it wiht someone who isn't fluent in English, or for whom English isn't mother tongue.
Questions had to be asked differently, syntax sentences had to be simplifed and reconsructed. Narration allows the producer to link things to each other and clarify soundbytes for the listener.

It was and is a challenge, but one that i am thouroughly enjoying taking up.

Friday, March 6, 2009

objectivity-as seen through MY eyes..

hi again.
so..objectivity.
I wrote a whole lotta notes about it somewhere but forgot where they are.
So anyway..objectivity is one of the more bizarre concepts i have encountered. We have up til now been taught to stick by it as a law. What i do know about objectivity is that generally it is unattainable. Well glasser tells us this. He makes a good point about how even if a reporter just reports the facts, they see those facts from their standpoint, their position. When writing the story, their language wil show their personal agenda surely?

In some cases i feel being objective, well striving for it anyway, is ok, or right. Some things that are reported arent the business of the reporter, however some stories need to be told to the public-this is the duty of the journalist.

Personally, i find myself quite an opinionated chap, and thus see my future years as taking a standpoint on situations and battling it out with those opposed. Some of these situations are bound to be toughees, in which case im sure ill find myself battling it out with the technicalities of objectivity itself-that is striving for it. As an engine for democracy and general information to all, i believe attempting to be fair and tell both sides of the story is right. Whetjer thats what objectivity is remains up for debate.

However, there is so much out there that i feel passionately about, and want to share, whether its through a lens, mic, or pen. Such things are more of a self-agenda, my take on things, take it or leave it, than they are a careful attempt at achieving something, apparently, unattainable.

Well..thats just my opinion!

Friday, February 27, 2009

why i want to be a journalist

howzit. My name is andy and im sitting on robberg beach in plet, holiday destination to many a south african, and the chill spot i happen to find myself in. Sorri if the punctuation isnt all as great as it should be, but im over it to be honest coz im typing a 300 word assignment on a small fricken piece of technology, a nokia something something. My nails are so long aswell so im finding it hard to direct the surface pressure that is my nails onto these small keys.

I dont quite know exactly what 'a journalist' is.

Basically i have an amazing unspoken love and passion for africa and its people-i dont know what it is but its there; unpinpointable.

i have a message i need to communicate!

journalism is the most epic thing ever. Its so broad and open. open to whatever. My arms are going numb coz ive been lying on my elbows so as to avoid sand getting on my girlfriends dads phone.

I love writing and expressing how i feel about things and places! not just writing though-there is so much to journalistically document out there. I wanna be a journalist so i can change peoples minds about the negative. I wanna travel beautiful places and share the beauty. I want to make radio shows about the guy on the street, take photos of the bee on the flower, the sunset. I want to make the films of truth, the ones that get people thinking.

I want to challenge the mass movement, the globalising world and mindset.

for me, journalism is all around me-its the waves crashing on the shore, its the catch neil mckenzie took yesterday, its also zuma and his trial. But im more in it for the beautifully important places and people that are out there waiting.

Ok now im off to swim!





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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Test

hello my name is andy and ill be ur host this evening. welcome to andy radio kiff
 

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