WINOL: Features Archive

At the age of just 15, Paul Blackburn was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years. Presented, edited and produced by Tom Morgan.

Media Law - Year Three Notes Archive

A collection of posts looking at media law, including tips for journalists, case examples and information on the various codes of conduct. Click here for more.

American Election 2012 - US Embassy Report

Myself, Lee Jarvis, Sam Sheard and Kirsty McDonagh spent the evening at the US Embassy as part of WINOL's coverage of the 2012 American election.

Work Experience: The One Show

This blog post serves as a summary of what I got up to during my time at the BBC and also provides some information on how the One Show is run.

Work Experience: PC Advisor

After breaking up from University for the summer, I arranged two separate work experience placements to keep me occupied over the break. The first of these placements was at PC Advisor in London.

Work Experience: Basingstoke Gazette

After breaking up from University for the summer, I arranged two separate work experience placements to keep me occupied over the break. The second of these placements was at the Basingstoke Gazette.

HCJ Notes Archive: Year One and Year Two

A collection of lecture notes, seminar papers and seminar summaries from Year One and Year Two on the HCJ course at the University of Winchester

Thursday, 20 December 2012

WINOL Year Three - Weeks 1 to 9 - Review

In this post I'll be looking back at my time on the WINOL features team in my third year at the University of Winchester. This post will serve as a means of summarizing the main events each week during the term.

Note - This post will not serve as my critical reflection. My critical reflection covering the term can be found herehttp://tommorganwinchester.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/critical-reflection.html

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Week Two

The first main challenge for the WINOL team involved organising and filming the 2012 BJTC Awards. I was given the task of filming behind the scenes as the WINOL team prepared for the evening. I filmed the rehearsal process, along with some interviews of the students carrying out their own roles.

I wanted to make the feature feel as professional as possible, and I feel that edits made in Final Cut using on-screen text gave the piece a nice polish.

I filmed over the course of two days. My first day was spent filming the rehearsals and WINOL team meetings and the second day was spent interviewing the winners and gathering shots of the audience.

My final piece can be viewed here:


Among those interviewed in the final piece are:

1) ITV News Presenter - Alastair Stewart OBE
2) BJTC Journalist of the Year - Natasha De Silva
3) Journalist of the Year - Andrew Giddings
4) WINOL Editor - Ewan Kennerell
5) Producer - Henry Lewin-Titt
6) Graham Marshall
7) BJTC 'Best TV Newsday' Winners - Cara Laithwaite / Domonique Jenkins

The BJTC Awards kept the features team and a number of production members busy, so any content that went onto the website in Week 2 was related to the awards. At this point in the term, website progress was slow as we were only just getting to grips with implementing a concrete website template.

Kate Drummond also uploaded an image gallery to the website, which became the first of many on the website. Analytic data gathered over the following weeks later showed that the gallery gained some good traffic from across the web. The features board also had some strong content on it, so the coming weeks looked promising.

The News and Sports team were occupied with producing the first WINOL bulletin of the year. Among the headlines were stories on the BJTC Awards, a Southampton Sex Hotel and Rhinos at Marwell Zoo.


I thought it was important to emphasise the BJTC Awards in the WINOL bulletin and this was done effectively. Although I didn't edit the content that went into the package, I was glad to see my interview with Alastair Stewart was included. I feel I did well framing the interview, although the lighting was slightly problematic  I wanted to conduct the interview in the room where the awards were held, which meant having to put up with some blue lights above Alastair.

The package started with some footage of Alastair presenting for ITV, which was effective in showing viewers his background in the business. Alastair is a particularly strong and professional newsreader, so it complimented our bulletin to have him involved. Mentioning winners from the University of Winchester also looked very impressive.

As it was the first bulletin, there were a couple of technical issues with some of the packages. Obviously, this was to be expected, and I feel as a whole the bulletin was strong.

The first story from our Political Editor was well paced. We've covered Barton Farm many times before so ultimately the package served as an update on an existing project. The piece was slightly let down by recycled shots of the Barton Farm site. Clearly, the site is relevant to the story, but for viewers, having to look at different angles of an empty field was repetitive.

The story on the Southampton Swinger's Club was very strong visually. I thought the shot taken during the interview, which had both George and his interviewee in vision, was a refreshing variation on how we usually conduct our interviews. The VT was slightly let down at times by the audio quality. As far as I'm aware, this was the first time the News team had made use of the lip mics, so it was going to take some time to get the best out of the equipment.

Next up was Thomas Baxter's VT on mobile glass collection schemes. There was no reason not to use a tripod for the shots of the bins, particularly as it was a stationery object that was being filmed. The interviews were also framed incorrectly. The first saw the interviewee looking straight at the audience, with the camera tilted slightly. The second interview, although framed better than the first, was also slightly wonky. The shot should also have been pinched in during editing.

The Sport packages in the first bulletin of the year showed good promise. There were some nice shots, particularly in the AFC Totton piece. I also thought that Liam Garrahan's use of a slow motion replay looked very slick. It's something that is used all the time on other local sporting shows, so it suits WINOL very well.

Our first 'and finally' of the year was on Marwell's charity campaign. I thought Ellen's piece to camera with the rhinos behind her was a nice addition to the bulletin.

Week Three

Our week three WINOL bulletin saw some major improvements from the reporters, with less technical issues and problems related to interview framing and sound quality.


Ali was in the newsroom delivering the script this week and I thought the change of scenery was refreshing.
Without the help of an autocue, which would be present in the studio, Ali did well to remember the script and deliver it with confidence.The presenter was well lit under the corner lights in the newsroom and the backdrop, with the computers and reporters partially in vision, looked professional.

This new setup gave audiences something new to look at instead of a stationery background, which is what the studio offers.

Our Political Editor's piece on the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Debate served as an effective way of profiling each candidate up for the role. The WINOL team was to cover the debate itself, so it was ideal to give audiences an idea of who they'd be watching on the night. The profile piece on Jacqui Rayment was well edited, but the sound quality dipped slightly during the fact card graphic.

The interview with Jacqui was also slightly blurry as the shot had to be pinched in significantly to avoid an issue with a car number plate behind her.

Week three's bulletin contained arguably one of the strongest sport packages WINOL has featured in a while, Liam Garrahan's piece on Fabrice Muamba and life saving medical equipment. I feel that what makes the piece so interesting to watch is the variety of shots, the interesting subject matter and the effective use of still photos and archive content. Both the interviews in the piece are framed well and sound quality is strong throughout.

Harry Parkhill's University piece was a decent story, but technically it was poor. The sound levels and quality in particular were inconsistent, which sounded odd to the viewer. The opening line of Harry's piece was recorded in two different locations, which explains the dip in quality. The piece also starts with a piece to camera, which we're reminded regularly to steer away from. Generally, a piece to camera fits well before the first interview in a package.

The story on the toll bridge was well constructed. This is a story that affects local people directly, so in this instance the use of vox pops was justified. The camera was very overexposed throughout the VT which was disappointing  It was pointed out in the debrief that the story possibly shouldn't have made it into the bulletin simply for this reason alone.

Overall, though, this bulletin was a vast improvement from the one before it. The reporters had clearly taken on board the advice from their first efforts and have done well to build on their performances.

Week Four

The WINOL bulletin produced during week four was slightly late getting onto YouTube and indeed the website, but featured some strong content including the resignation of a Southampton Councillor, a story detailing the outbreak of scabies at the University of Winchester, coverage of the US Presidential debates and a report on a local arson case.

The headline sequence for the bulletin, editorially, was strong. The leading story on scabies was vital to cover because the issue directly affected students on campus. I believe that our coverage of the event was professional, informative and well produced considering the time constraints.



Our 'but first' piece saw George Berridge in the studio to discuss the resignation story. George spoke confidently on camera and the 'I spoke with' line that led into the Royston Smith interview felt very professionally done.

Introducing an in-studio chat and combining that with VT segments kept the bulletin varied. This was the first in-studio piece of the term and it was well delivered. Our guest editor, Chris Coneybeer, also said he felt the setup was interesting to watch as a viewer and something that should be used again on WINOL in the future.


WINOL's Political Editor Lou O'Brien then addresses the camera in the newsroom in the same location as Ali-Al Jamri did during the previous week. Again, this PTC location is ideal when it comes to lighting levels. Crossing over to the newsroom gives the sense that WINOL is constantly producing and gathering content, which is true.

The package on Stephen West and David Goodall was effective in providing audiences with the information needed to form an opinion on the candidates key policies and political history  As with the previous week, the audio quality in the VT was slightly inconsistent. The scripting, however, was very well paced and delivered confidentially.

David Goodall's interview location wasn't ideal and it was pointed out in the debrief that talking to somebody by the side of the road should only ever be a last resort.

Our next story on the scabies outbreak at the University of Winchester made the most of still images and archive content. The images of the virus under the microscope were interesting pictures and gave the piece a nice opening. The interview with Harry Stow was well framed and well lit, which was encouraging considering some of the interviews we'd seen in the weeks before. 

Next up was Harry Parkhill's story on American voters. Although the package started with a piece to camera, which we're told during debriefs not to do, I thought in this instance it worked well. It was nice to see a reporter do a piece to camera right in front of the action and Harry's PTC with the audience behind him, visually, was strong. The walking piece to camera was also a nice touch.

The report on the arson case was a powerful package, made even more engaging through the use of the photos of the burnt flat. It was vital to the VT that still photos were included, and Christina Michaels did very well in delivering the report. The piece to camera outside of the scene of the incident was well delivered and the inclusion of a mugshot was also very effective.

Week Five

The headlines this week included the Ford factory closure, vulnerable residents during Halloween, the Basingstoke Bison and the 'pub bus'. 'The beers on the bus go down in rounds' line in the headlines was a nice play on words and something that would put a smile on the viewers face. It's a light-hearted story, so it was right to have some fun with it. Another gem courtesy of Sam Ashton!

Our first story saw WINOL's Politcal Editor in the studio to discuss the upcoming Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner debate. Much like the previous week, the focus went from an in-studio chat to a pre-recorded VT. Again, this process worked well.


The interview with Simon Hayes was framed nicely, but Simon was in front of a plain, white wall. It goes without saying that this was an extremely boring backdrop to a fairly interesting interview, which took away from the clip slightly.

Faith's story on the Ford factory closure was well structured, considering that it's the type of story where gathering shots can be quite tough. The quote that appeared on screen wasn't ideal and obviously an interview would have been better, but in saying that the quote wasn't on the screen long enough for me to get bored of it. It was an interesting, relevant quote that needed to be included to bring balance to the story. The ending PTC was also well delivered.

Our story on Hurricane Sandy featured a strong, emotional interview with a student affected by the storm. Our guest editor, Graham Bell, said:

"The best thing about today was taking the US storm story. It's taking that national story and making it local. That's getting a real understanding of the audience which is what Winchester news is all about".


The next report on the car park boycott opened with a voiceover that was severely lacking in terms of audio quality. The interview with the Councillor was also unintentionally amusing due to the long pause in one of the answers. Ideally, this would have been the perfect place to use a cutaway shot to hide the edit.

Week Five marked some major improvements in terms of the WINOL website. A strong selection of features have appeared on the site and it seems the web team have decided to stick with a particular Wordpress template. This is great news, as now we can work off this base to expand the website further.

Our first competition launch is also gathering momentum. With the help of social media, we've been able to plug the competition in a number of places where it'll be seen. I also helped to hand out advertisement slips with Ben Hatton.

Week Six

Week Six on WINOL saw Myself, Lee Jarvis, Sam Sheard and Kirsty Phillips spend the evening at the US Embassy as part of WINOL's coverage of the 2012 American election.

My full report of the evening can be found here: http://tommorganwinchester.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/election-2012-winol-visits-us-embassy.html

The final behind-the-scenes package I produced can be viewed below:


Week Seven

This week on the WINOL bulletin we changed things around in the studio and had the presenter sat on the desk during the headlines. Looking back on this alteration, I don't think it looked as professional as we had hoped. Although the script was delivered well by George, he looked awkward and uncomfortable in the position he was in. It's worth noting that perhaps it would be better for the presenter to stand up during the headlines, much like Channel 5 News.

In the headlines we had a story on the debate, a continuation on the Ford story, Basingstoke Bison and Winchester graduation ceremony.

We began the show with Ali Al-Jamri in-studio to discuss his work on the 2012 WINOL American Election special. It was a strong idea as it gave us a chance to show off the efforts that had gone into ensuring the show was a success. The content we produced on the nights building up to the election and on the day itself were very impressive and made front page news over at Journalism.co.uk.

Our Political Editor's package on the debate was visually very strong. Lou did very well to pack out the Stripe building on the night, and overall the evening was a huge success. On a personal note, I'm proud of my work manning the camera at the front of the room. From that location, I was able to get some great reaction shots from the audience as the candidates fought their corners.


The next story, looking at the Ford closure, began nicely with a shot of the closed factory gates. The package also made use of creative commons content in the form of pictures of George Osbourne. These stills added to the piece and helped provide the audience with some context. The interview clip featuring Ray Finch contained some strong, emotive quotes.

Ellen Milliard's story on the Ash tree disease was a well structured piece that made use of some nice visual elements. I thought the walk and talk with the interviewee was a good idea, but it would have made more sense to have him walking towards the camera instead of away from it.

Our story that ran just before this weeks 'and finally piece', which covered the Winchester graduation ceremony, was very important for us to cover as a local news team. Visually, the event was particularly engaging for audiences and the shots of the students emotions during the event were well captured.

This week on the features team the focus is on our December edition of WINOL Here and Now. There's some strong content in the pipeline that has been placed onto the planning board, and if these projects come through, we'll have an editorially strong magazine ready to showcase.

I edited and uploaded onto the website the features highlights of the American Election. Despite the fact the election has been and gone, it's the sort of content that will still gain traffic. Surprisingly  a clip I uploaded of Russell Watson singing the American National Anthem has already gained over 400 views.


Week Eight

This week I missed the filming of the WINOL bulletin as I was in Southampton at an Innocence Project talk. I rented out some camera equipment and with the help of Lee Jarvis, travelled to the event in the hope of getting an interview with Paul Blackburn, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years.

Originally, I travelled to Southampton with Brian Thornton and a group of students to see a guest speaker called Ray Krone, an American man who was serving a life sentence on death row. Coming away from the talk, I felt inspired by Ray’s story and knew that exploring the subject of miscarriage of justice cases would be ideal for WINOL features.

Ray’s story was particularly interesting, but it wasn’t relevant to the UK’s legal system. This was when I decided to talk to Paul Blackburn, who was at Southampton the week after Ray. I'd been informed prior to the talk that filming in the building in which Paul was speaking was prohibited, so I went to the event with Lee Jarvis prepared to conduct the interview outside the venue if I had to, even though I knew this wasn’t ideal. I wanted a confessional interview and carrying that out anywhere other than a quiet location inside would give the wrong effect.

I decided to approach Paul at the end of his talk and asked him if an interview at Winchester would be possible. He said he appreciated the fact I’d asked him in person instead of via email and agreed to talk to me in Winchester.


Week Nine

This week my main task was arranging and filming my feature interview with Paul Blackburn.

The interview itself went well and what Paul told me was genuinely heartfelt. It was both the hardest and most enjoyable interview I've done for WINOL. In the end, I spent almost an hour talking to Paul about his experiences.

I feel the three-point lighting configuration, built with the help of Graham Marshall, gave the interview a nice visual polish. We were somewhat limited by the room we used in terms of space, but the way in which we positioned the cameras ensured this wasn't noticeable at all. Lee Jarvis and Dan Mackrell worked well on the cameras and framed the interview nicely.

If I'd had more time to work on the feature, I would have liked to produce a mini-documentary studying Paul's case and possibly more on the Innocence Project and its work as a whole, using other contacts at the Southampton Innocence Project and Paul's solicitor.

Since editing and uploading the interview with Paul Blackburn, the video has reached around 700 views and 34 likes on YouTube. It has become my most popular piece for WINOL and has also managed to generate the most views of any video uploaded to the WinchesterJournalism YouTube channel this term.

My final piece can be viewed below:


Our guest editor this week, Ben Mitchell, was thoroughly impressed by our WINOL bulletin. He said: "I was very impressed. I felt like I was watching a real TV broadcast that would work very well at the BBC, ITV or Meridian. I thought it was a great piece of Journalism."

Friday, 14 December 2012

Critical Reflection

Photo: Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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My time on WINOL this term has been thoroughly rewarding for a number of reasons. Myself and the features team have developed and put into place an effective template to publish content to and our work has gained some of the highest view counts of the term. Audience figures across the entire WINOL site for both news and features have improved significantly.

The addition of a new, professional-looking website has certainly been beneficial. Initially, deciding on a website design and the form it would take took longer than it should have done, however, which affected the work of the entire team.

During the opening weeks, the WINOL website didn’t have a confirmed form, which limited what myself and the rest of the features team could produce. It also hindered the news reporters, who didn't know how to put their stories onto the site.

As news stories and feature ideas were discussed during meetings, knowing what form they’d take on the website was difficult because the website wasn’t finished. The initial week or two where we were experimenting with website design was the least productive for the features team.

On reflection, I don't feel that enough was done to plug individual news stories. On the features team and indeed for the weekly bulletin, every effort was made to gather views from Twitter, Facebook, online forums and through direct emails to people who we felt would appreciate the content.

On average, each WINOL bulletin this term has achieved around 158 views, which should be higher considering the quality of our output. YouTube statistics show that each bulletin last term averaged around 359 views. Our viewing figures have dropped slightly for the bulletin but the number of hits on the website are increasing, which suggests that more needs to be done to plug the bulletin on our homepage.

The platform migration from Joomla to Wordpress was another strong decision. Wordpress proved much easier for the whole team to use, as it has many functions similar to 'Blogger'. Wordpress also has the ability to allow users to install custom plugins and templates, which the web editor, Jason French, made the most of. Using the Wordpress plugin tool we were able to add features such as an article viewer counter, social networking buttons and footnotes visible only to authors and site admins.

External links and embedded players continue to have a major role in drawing traffic to the website. Alexa shows that the main WINOL page has 61 traffic sources that can be traced back to websites including The Student Room, Journalism.co.uk and YouTube. ELL has over 400 external website links, however, so if WINOL wants to compete effectively, efforts must be made to ensure our site is linked across the web.

Our work on a number of 'specials' this term has also helped to improve website circulation. The American elections made the front page of Journalism.co.uk, which was an impressive achievement proving that our content on the night was top quality. The Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Debate was also a huge success, selling out on the night. Most recently, our work on WINOL 99 has gone one step further in putting an innovative spin on local news.

At the time of writing, WINOL has a British traffic ranking of just over 10,000 and a worldwide traffic ranking of around 477,000. The Hampshire Chronicle has a UK ranking of 40,000, so for the WINOL team to outperform a genuine local news team made up of paid professionals is outstanding work and proof that the content we're delivering has importance on both a local and national scale.

The performance from the news team has also improved throughout this run of bulletins. In our opening weeks, interviews were poorly framed, a number of reporters had issues with sound quality and often the stories weren't particularly interesting. As the reporters continued to contribute to the WINOL bulletin, however, the quality improved. It became standard procedure to include some NATSOT in a piece or a well-delivered PTC. The inclusion of a 'coming up' belt also gave the bulletin some added polish and was a brilliant addition to the show, as it served as a means of stopping viewers from clicking off of the bulletin.

I feel one of the highlights of this term from the news team was Faith Thomas' continued work on the Ford factory closure. It was vital that the team did well to cover the story as it was of significant local importance, so revisiting the story as new developments arose was very effective. Lou O'brien's weekly look at the Hampshire Commissioner candidates during the build-up to the debate was also very well produced.

This term one of our main competitors was East London Lines and statistics show we managed to put up a strong fight. In September, WINOL had a UK Alexa ranking of around 50,000, which was poor compared to ELL's 38,000 (approximately). Undoubtedly, one of the reasons explaining our poor start was the lack of an established website design, but this was soon fixed and once it was, rankings improved.

This month, WINOL has come out on top with a UK Alexa ranking of around 10,000, compared to ELL's 25,0000 (approximately). This, in my opinion, is one of the key signs of WINOL's success this term. We have a new and improved website, higher viewing figures, well-established news and features and a dedicated fashion magazine, all of which draw users to the website and engage our audience.

The WINOL fashion magazine, Absolute:ly, looks highly professional. The striking animated banner at the top of the page is an effective means of showcasing the best content on the magazine. Sophie Webb's Legacy photoshoot and Georgia Spears' Dr Fashion feature have both been produced to a particularly high standard. Furthermore, Kate Drummond's work on the website has resulted in some impressive, eye-catching photography, which wasn't something that WINOL excelled at before this term.

The fashion magazine is updated on a regular basis which is important, but I feel that the content is not advertised enough. A dedicated Twitter and Facebook account for the fashion magazine would help it establish its own identity and make it stand out from the main WINOL page.

Our competitions have also proved very successful, with the first of them receiving over 30 unique entries. They were plugged extensively on the WINOL Twitter account, which now has over 1000 followers. Myself and Lee Jarvis have also been maintaining a dedicated WINOL Here and Now Twitter account throughout the term, which in itself has reached close to 100 followers.

Before officially beginning work on the features team, I attempted a piece titled '48 Hours Without a Mobile Phone’. The article took the form of a typical two-page magazine spread with some still images of myself and a mobile phone and described my struggle without the technology over that time. At this point, it was thought that on our return myself and Lee Jarvis would be producing a monthly online magazine accessible through a .PDF file.

It was decided soon after arriving that this format would not work. Looking back on this editorial decision, it was wise to abandon this idea. The structure myself and Lee were backing was too plain and had been done many times before, so we decided instead to try for something new, fresh and innovative. As a result, the mobile phone feature was not uploaded to the website.

Features is a production led process that requires an established, concrete system to feed ideas into. This took a couple of weeks to fully form. Finally strengthening the board during the features meetings and dividing it into specific sections gave myself and the team a much clearer idea of what was being asked of us.

The first feature I produced for the website, Appsolutely Fabulous, was made before an effective features system had been implemented. As a result, it took longer than it should have done to produce as I kept changing the appearance of the piece. Despite this, it managed to become one of the most shared pages on the website during WINOL's opening weeks.

'Top 10' gaming lists have been done many times before by writers more experienced than myself, so my original idea wasn't very strong. I don't feel my first feature was innovative in the slightest and looking back on my performance, combining text and interactive video segments instead would have improved the feature significantly.

One of my proudest achievements this term has been towards my work with the wrongfully imprisoned Paul Blackburn.

Originally, I travelled to Southampton with Brian Thornton and a group of students to see a guest speaker called Ray Krone, an American man who was serving a life sentence on death row. Coming away from the talk, I felt inspired by Ray’s story and knew that exploring the subject of miscarriage of justice cases would be ideal for WINOL features.

Ray’s story was particularly interesting, but it wasn’t relevant to the UK’s legal system. This was when I decided to talk to Paul Blackburn, who was at Southampton the week after Ray. I'd been informed prior to the talk that filming in the building in which Paul was speaking was prohibited, so I went to the event with Lee Jarvis prepared to conduct the interview outside the venue if I had to, even though I knew this wasn’t ideal. I wanted a confessional interview and carrying that out anywhere other than a quiet location inside would give the wrong effect.

I decided to approach Paul at the end of his talk and asked him if an interview at Winchester would be possible. He said he appreciated the fact I’d asked him in person instead of via email and agreed to talk to me in Winchester.

The interview itself went well and what Paul told me was genuinely heartfelt. It was both the hardest and most enjoyable interview I've done for WINOL. In the end, I spent almost an hour talking to Paul about his experiences.

I feel the three-point lighting configuration, built with the help of Graham Marshall, gave the interview a nice visual polish. We were somewhat limited by the room we used in terms of space, but the way in which we positioned the cameras ensured this wasn't noticeable at all. Lee Jarvis and Dan Mackrell worked well on the cameras and framed the interview nicely.

If I'd had more time to work on the feature, I would have liked to produce a mini-documentary studying Paul's case and possibly more on the Innocence Project and its work as a whole, using other contacts at the Southampton Innocence Project and Paul's solicitor.

Since editing and uploading the interview with Paul Blackburn, the video has reached around 700 views and 34 likes on YouTube. It has become my most popular piece for WINOL and has also managed to generate the most views of any video uploaded to the WinchesterJournalism YouTube channel this term.

I feel other items I have published to the WINOL website have been produced to a high standard too, including my 'Behind the Scenes at the BJTC' piece, 'WINOL Merch' and my work as part of the U.S. Embassy team.

Myself, Lee Jarvis, Sam Sheard and Kirsty Phillips spent the evening at the US Embassy as part of WINOL's coverage of the 2012 American election. We were one of the first teams into the media room on the night and were tweeting and gathering video content throughout the event. The location in which we set up our equipment wasn't ideal, however.

As the election results came in, the lights were dimmed so the monitors around the room were more visible. This was something we should have anticipated before the day, as we could have taken additional lighting equipment to make sure this wouldn't hinder our performance.

Within less than 15 minutes, we were gathering interviews for WINOL's 2012 American Election Special. By the time our night at the Embassy had come to a close, myself and the team had worked together to edit and upload over 30 GV's, 4 interviews and a number of as-live PTC's. Not only was our work showcased during WINOL's election special the morning after, but it was also well received on the features section of the website after myself and Lee Jarvis produced a video package containing the highlights.

The performance of the WINOL team this term has been outstanding and as a result our website is looking the best it ever has. Despite lower viewing figures on the bulletin and Sportsweek, our content remains consistently professional and engaging. Alexa statistics prove we are one of the top teams of student journalists in the country and if we continue to work at the level we've established, this will remain the case for a long time to come.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the WINOL features team and the team as a whole, and look forward to seeing the website and bulletin go from strength to strength in the future.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Paul Blackburn : Wrongfully Imprisoned for 25 Years


At the age of just 15, Paul Blackburn was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years.

Paul was convicted for the attempted murder of a 9 year old boy, despite the fact that there was no forensic evidence linking him to the incident.

It has been 8 years since Paul finished his sentence.

Presented, edited and produced by Tom Morgan.

For more, visit http://www.winol.co.uk


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