News Day

NEWSDAY BULLETINS

In words: Its 1:30 and Nana-Ama reporting

Airstrike Hits Gaddafi Compound

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 55 seconds (with audio)

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s private residence has been destroyed as allied airstrikes pounded Libya for a second night.

Smoke was seen rising from within the heavily fortified compound which houses Col Gaddafi’s private quarters as well as military barracks and other installations.

William Gortney pentagon’s spokesman made it clear that the Libyan dictator himself was not a target. “We are not going after Gaddafi” He said.

A Libyan official reported that 64 people had been killed in strikes at the weekend.

Libyan officials took reporters into three-storey building destroyed by shrapnel apparently from last night’s missile. It was unclear where Col Gaddafi was at the time of the missile strike.  Gaddafi’s forces have however continued despite a ceasefire announced by the Libyan authorities.

Downing Street said that Col Gaddafi remained in breach of his obligations under last week’s UN resolution.

Nuclear Plant Workers Evacuated

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 40 seconds

Workers have been evacuated from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after a plume of smoke rose from one of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Company spokesman Hiroshi Aizawa said the firm was investigating after the light grey smoke was seen rising from unit three of the spent fuel storage.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency reports that the Radiation levels however have not risen after the smoke was spotted.

Food products near the Fukushima nuclear plant were found to contain levels of radioactive iodine far higher than the legal limits. However, China and South Korea have announced plans to toughen checks on Japanese food.

Search continues for missing Swindon woman

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 30 seconds

Police are still searching for a young woman who went missing after leaving a Swindon nightclub on Saturday.

Sian O’Callaghan, 22, who is a recent of Swindon has not been seen or heard from since. Police are searching a forest area after it was thought a call was made from her mobile phone.

Ch Insp Mike Jones said officers were talking to Miss O’Callaghan’s family and gathering information about her.

Officers also say, they a have reason to believe she may have visited the Marlborough area after leaving the nightclub.

Miss O’Callaghan is 5ft 3in tall with brown asymmetrical hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black bolero-style jacket over her grey dress and flat boots.

Police say they are aware of previous assaults in a club toilet in 2008 but they are focusing on the here and now.

Two Children Found Dead In Bristol House Fire

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 40 seconds

Two boys, both under the age of 10, were discovered by fire-fighters tackling a serious fire that broke out at a property in Bristol.

Their parents and siblings manage to escape the house before the arrival of the emergency service at 6:30am this morning.

William Roberts, duty manager at Avon Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was fully developed and engulfing the first floor and roof space when the crew arrived.

Four fighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the fire using two fire-fighting jets, discovered the bodies of two children on the first floor.”

Mr Roberts described the children’s’ deaths as a “tragedy” and confirmed the cause of the fire was being investigated.

Blaze scorched

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 40 seconds (with audio)

The Belfast Giants won with a 7-2 against the Coventry Blaze at the sky dome last night and it was a thrashing.

Greg Owen scored both Coventry goals as they suffered their 10th defeat in their last 11 games.

With Sheffield Steelers being crowned champions and Cardiff Devils finishing second, Blaze and Giants will now meet in a two-legged play-off quarter-final.

The sides meet in Belfast on 27 March and return to Coventry on 28 March.

Library service budget cuts

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 20 seconds

Warwickshire County Council will ask people to give their views over the next 12 weeks as the council has proposed closing 16 out of the 34 building because of the reduced budget.

Councillor Colin Hayfield said a review of the libraries network and opening times was taking place, with consultations being held. A council spokesman said it must cut £2m from its £7.4m across all services.

Out words: That is the latest, Nana-Ama Akpoblu reporting

Reflection on Newsday

Newsday’s came with a sense of excitement and anticipation. I arrived earlier than the stated arrival time which was to come at 9 o’clock am. I was apprehensive about the prospect of working as real journalist for the day but all the same I looked forward to what the day will bring.

After signing in, we were briefed on the day’s task and allowed to get on with our work. I spent the time gathering news contents from CNN, IRN, BBC and SKY newsroom. The reason for using different news sources was to ensure all the news I reported run sequentially and all quoted figures on news reports were correct.

To give the audience an all round coverage of what was happening around the world, I gathered two international news, two regional news and two local news.

The stories were straightforward to gather however it was difficult to concentrate on writing them up. This was because there was a lot going on around me as everybody was busy preparing their news content. I regained concentration minutes later on because I knew the experience would be similar to what I would face if I working as a real journalist.

I read the stories as I typed and reworded them. Additionally I changed my allocated time slot to an earlier one because I felt I would be able to have my news bulletins ready.

In the air studio, I started the news bulletins very confidently however I stuttered once and that ruined the rest of the reading. I was however happy that I did not stop amidst the reading because of my mistake. The reason for my stuttering was because I only rehearsed the first three bulletins and was confident with them however the last three I brushed through before going on air.

Additionally I lost focus because at a point I thought to myself how well I was doing on air hence the inner excitement threw me off balance therefore I have learned to keep the excitement for later.

New days on the overall brought with it a sense of achievement. I was however disappointed I went over the required minutes. I do realise that if I was hosting a programme on air and I went over, that would be eating into someone else’s time slot therefore I would do my best to keep to the required time limit the next I go on air.

As mentioned earlier, stuttering in my airing left me really disappointed about my day and my performance. I have learnt that to be an effective broadcaster, I need to be confident and not lose focus when reading, work to meet the deadline and also rehearse thoroughly before going on-air.

 

NEWS PACKAGE

 Nana-Ama Akpoblu                                                            Total duration: 2’47”

Cue:

“Then she rode forth clothed on with chastity:

   The deep air listen’d round her as she rode,

   And all the low wind hardly breathed for fear.”

 Lady Godiva the legend still lives.

The poem of Alfred Lord Tennyson that made lady Godiva the legend she is today.

Nana-Ama Akpoblu reports

Lady Godiva is described as a noble Anglo-Saxon woman who has existed for a hundreds of years. The legend has it that she rode naked through the streets of Coventry. The legend is kept alive with the celebration of the lady Godiva festival celebrated annually in July.

Despite the controversies surrounding her existence, Paul Thompson keeper and collections Coventry heritage argues the Godiva was not only a real person but an important figure to Coventry:

[GO TO AUDIO

NAME: PAUL THOMPSON

IN WORDS: Godiva was a real lady…

Out words: ….Coventry was the biggest one

DURATION: 1’06”]

Ali Wells keeper and collection of social history and natural history from the Herbert art gallery explains that lady Godiva could be seen as more than a representation of the earliest histories.  

[GO TO AUDIO

NAME: Ali Wells

IN WORDS: She represents some of the earliest history…

OUT WORDS: …put Coventry on the map.

DURATION: 0’20”]

Andrew Mealey, Senior Librarian at the Coventry historic centre stated that the people of Coventry are aware of lady Godiva and her statue is also a strong reminder to them: 

[GO TO AUDIO

Name: Andrew Mealey

In words: Coventry people have always been aware of…

Out words: … connection is with the city. 

Duration: 0’17”]

Nana-Ama Akpoblu reporting, with the story if Coventry city’s most prominent historic figure.

http://soundcloud.com/natablaze/news-package

Reflection on News package

Lady Godiva is an important historic figure to the people of Coventry and most often the story of Coventry is not told without her.  My news package was therefore centred on her to recapture the story of this amazing Anglo-Saxon woman who has lived through the centuries.

The legend is she rode naked through the streets of Coventry to relive the tax her husband Leofric had imposed upon the people. Nonetheless, there are controversies surrounding her existence as some still doubt if she rode naked or even existed at all.

Visitors to the city centre are always amazed by her statue which stands in Broad gate. Therefore my chosen topic was of news value as the Lady Godiva festival is celebrated annually.

Speaking to three expects at the Herbert Art gallery I was able to gather enough background information to help me construct my news package. Initially I wanted to go to the city council to see what information I could be provided with in regards to my news package however I realised the Herbert Gallery is enriched with a variety of experts on my chosen subject.

I was anxious about going to the Herbert to speak to speak to anyone let alone ask for an interview. I have been to the Herbert on a number of occasions but that was solely as a hobby to explore the art display.

Finally, I summed up the courage to go as the work had to be done. The lady at the reception was extremely help and friendly. She directed me to the right person to speak to. After introducing myself and telling him my reason for coming I booked an appointment to see him the next day if possible.

Fear and disappointment began to kick in when I started to get an out-of office automated reply from the other experts I needed to speak to. The hope of meeting the deadline for my package was shuttered as this messages stated that they were on annual leave.

However, I had a very successful interview with the gentleman I met earlier on named Paul Thompson who is one of historians in the Herbert gallery. I was lucky enough to obtain a second interview from one of his colleagues who willingly spoke to me even though it was short notice. The open questions I designed were useful in soliciting the response I needed for the package.

By the end of the day I was regaining my confidence which was lost. Two days later, I received an email from one of the experts I had to speak to saying they would be back to work on Thursday. The email also said, even although his designated area of work was closed to the public, he is willing to give me an interview if I can make the appointment. By this time things were looking brighter and my package might meet the deadline after all.

After all the interviews were obtained, came the dreadful task of uploading them on Adobe audition. I kept fiddling with strange buttons on the Adobe soft ware and putting the final product of my news package together seemed impossible. The software was sophisticated and high-tech and the more I panicked whilst using it the worse my results turned out.

Paul my technician lecturer was very instrumental in taking me through the procedure on how to operate Adobe. More so, I realised that although we had gone through using Adobe audition in class, we didn’t have as many clips to practise on therefore when it was time to uploaded and operate an original clip from scratch, I was found wanting. When I gain composure of using Adobe, I operated the normalise and level adjusting function with ease. This was to keep the voices in my package consistent.

Having successfully done it all, I feel a deep sense of accomplishment. Also I found myself helping some of my course mates who were also encountering difficulty operating Adobe audition. On the overall, the use of sound effect was effective because it tied in well with my package.

Court Report

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An underage young man appeared in court charged with armed robbery.

Nana-Ama Akpoblu

Duration: 26”]

Court report

A young man who was found guilty of attempted robbery and theft was today sentence at the Coventry Crown Court.

The juvenile who cannot be name for legal reasons has been sentenced to eighteen months detention and training.

Presiding Judge Gregory took into account the difficult circumstances surrounding the child’s upbringing which could have subsequently resulted in his delinquent behaviour.

The trail was seen as a fair one and the hearing was successful.

Nana-Ama reporting from Coventry Crown Court

Reflection on Court report

Going to court and filling a written and an audio report was not something I thought I would have the opportunity of doing on a Journalism module. For a few weeks, I felt I was attending a law class instead of journalism one. Hearing about people’s past experience about going to court left me really scared about carrying on. However it needed to be done as I couldn’t fully participate in the module without a court attendance.

Prior to going into court I found myself thinking if somehow I unknowing breeched the court’s code of practise and got a fined or winded up in jail that would be the end of my university education. The prospect of that happening made me more fearful. Nonetheless the legal aspect of the lectures was very helpful in calming me down. I attended my lectures religiously and I knew if I paid close attention to what was been taught and adhered to the code of practice in court then my university education would not be short lived after all.

The day in court was a tensed one as the whole atmosphere was not something I was accustomed to. However I was not apprehensive while going through security checks at the court house. This was because I had nothing to hide neither was I carrying anything I wasn’t suppose to such as hidden cameras or secret recording devices which were definitely not allowed in court. The Edirol I was carrying was taken from me which I expected and I also handed over the camera I had in my bag.

I met a few of my course mates on the day I went to court and that was helpful as it calmed me down. My course mates spoke to the clerk and I stood and listened because I didn’t have the courage to approach him. The clerk was very helpful as he made it clear which hearings were taking place that day hence I was able to make a clear note of the ones time would allow me to sit through.

Sitting in the pressing bench and making notes like a real journalist I’m aspiring to be was an amazing experience. It gave me an idea of what to expert in my professional world. The look on the faces of lawyers and other court attendants was definitely intimidating. I assumed they were thinking why a number of students were in court that morning.

Being shouted at to sit down did not make it any better. I mistakenly stood to speak to a course mate just as a trial began. The judged called the name of the accused and coincidentally then was when I stood to speak to my course mate. I walked back to my seat deeply embarrassed and not knowing where to hide my face as I could feel everyone in the court room was staring at me.

I attended more than three hearing however I decided to filled my report about 15 year old was guilty of robbery. Knowing he was underage I was careful not to name him in my report. The clerk was also very helpful in providing us more background information about the trial.

I found the trail of the 15 year old very shocking the charges levelled against him were unbelievable for a 15 year old. This exposure brought to my attention the harsh realities of life which was a miles away from court trials on TV.

Additionally the ‘killer’ stares from the young man on trial’s family were very frightening therefore I was cautious about leaving the courtroom the same time as his family. Nonetheless I knew if I complied with the journalist code of practise, I should not feel threaten in anyway.

Filling the audio report was another experience I found extremely exciting. Standing outside Coventry court with onlookers passing by while I read out my report was somewhat embarrassing but yet amazing. In order not to be in contempt, I filled my report contemporaneously. The recorded script was within the 20 to 30 seconds limit as required by the assessment criterion and after a few takes I decided on which audio recording to pick for my portfolio.

Using west midland as my border I could have gone to other court hearing in different cities to see what it also had to offer. However, in retrospect, I’m proud of my achievements. The exposure has given me a little more confidence and brought to my awareness that to become a successful journalist, it takes a lot of practice.