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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

University Election Package

Presidential Candidates
Students at the University of Winchester have the chance to vote for their next Student Union president this week, writes Daniel Mackrell.

Three candidates are running for the position this year, and the results will be announced Thursday 29th at 3pm.

Presidential candidate, Sam Quested said at the Q&A session on Tuesday evening 'Taking on something so big would be a massive challenge'.

All three of the campaigners have been greeting students around campus, handing out leaflets and promoting their manifesto.

Harry Stow said while campaigning on Tuesday: 'I'd be so happy if I would be able to achieve this role'

Candidate, Andrew Teale said on Tuesday evening: 'I know it's not a 9 to 5 job, and i'l put everything into it, even if it means working long hours into the night'.
Current SU President, Seb Meill will be stepping down at the end of this semester which has left the position available for a new president.

The online AV voting system is running between 10am Monday 26th until 3pm on Thursday 29th.
Candidate List
President Candidates
Samuel Quested
Harry 'Kodak' Stow
Andrew Teale
Vice President, Activites Candidates
Jonny 'Bizzle' Brason
Jack Griffiths
Daniel lockwood
Francesca long
Daniel McAtarsney
Chris Watson
Academic Affairs (HSS Faculty) Candidate
Thomas Lowe
Communications Candidates
Megan Magrath
Jennifer Pringle
Entertainments Candidates
Megan Magrath
Jennifer Pringle
Entertainments Candidates
Gemma Carden
Chelcie Peryer-Davis
Lauren Williams
Equality & Diversity Candidates
Will Kelly
Akil Morgan
Ethical & Enivironmental Candidate
Alexander Walker
International Students Candidates
Kora Kirby
Eleanor Liverakos
Participation & Volunteering Candidates
Aston harrison
Kaily Nathan
Kristian Pigeon
Welfare Candidates
Sophie Farmer
Abby Paige Jeffery
Tor Radjen

To find out more about the candidates, and to vote for your preferred candidates, go to www.winchesterstudent.co.uk

Winol Semester 2 Week 9

Week starting 26/03/2012
In this week's debrief, I recieved some good feedback from my lecturers.
Mainly for my ability to construct a package, and be able to pack so much into a one minute package in terms of content, and also for good scripting.

This week I had two ideas for a story. The first dipped into my 'news beat' of Science and Technology, it was a new 3D machine that is expected to help tackle lung disease, and was being developed at the university of Southampton, visually it could be very interesting.

My other story idea was to cover this years University elections. I soon decided to make this my priority, because it would appeal to one of our key audiences (students). Leaflets and campaigners were all across campus, so it was clear that this was something most students would know about.

I managed to arrange an interview and general filming with one of the three candidates for tuesday afternoon, and was just waiting to hear back from the other two.

Today I was able to meet all 3 candidates in the afternoon, two let me film them campaigning. I followed one campaigner as they travelled through campus, and through the West Downs student accommodation where they were handing out flyers and knocking on doors.

Later in the evening, I filmed the election Q&A which took place in 'The Stripe' building on campus. It gave me a few good shots, such as the three candidates sitting next to each other. I was also able to interview the two candidates that I hadn't yet interviewed, which allowed me to have a balanced/fair story.


This weeks bulletin

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Olympic Hopeful Package


Winchester resident Louise Damen is hopeful of earning a team GB marathon spot for the London Olympics, writes Daniel Mackrell.

She will take part in this years London Marathon, and if she can impress, she may be selected to compete beside Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi.

Louise, 30, said on Friday 'It would be a dream come true'.

The PE teacher finished under the olympic qualfying time in her debut appearance in last years London Marathon.

The marathon, taking place on 22nd April, is likely to have a big influence on the decision of the final member of Team GB's womens marathon team.

The Olympic torch route through Winchester was announced on Monday, and it will pass places such as Hyde Street, the Winchester Cathedral and the upper high street.

Winol Semester 2 Week 8

Week Starting 19/03/2012

Friday. Today I went to interview Louise Damen, a Winchester athlete.

Me and Flick met her outside the River Park leaisure centre, and then walked over to the field to shoot the interview, as well as various gvs, and sequence shots.
I was quite pleased the responses I got from the questions.


I decided that it would be good to combine both my interview with Louise and the announcement of the specific torch route through Winchester, because it would add more to my package, which I felt was needed.
After speaking with Brian, he showed me the BBC's coverage of the torch announcement on Mondays 'News at 10'. It gave me a few ideas of what I could do with my package.

Today I finished my package by just tweaking a few bits of the voiceover after angus and brian looked over it.

I also helped Graham to film some of his package about the fuel prices, for our budget special bulletin this week.

It included trying to get some vox pops from the public about their feelings towards the possible fuel related announcements in Wednesdays budget.

On the day, the fuel announcements were different to what we expected, which meant Graham had to alter the angle of his story late in the day, which he did well.

Overall, I was quite pleased with my package this week, as it

Feedback notes.
This week, Angus Scott gave me some feedback on my news package on the olympic torch route and local marathon runner.

This week's bulletin

Logical Positivism

The Vienna Circle

Wittgenstein - Language games - Everything you've ever thought takes place in a series of rules.
A situation bound by certain rules.

Personalities associated with the movement.

The meaning of a word is determined by the way it is used in a particular language game.

'We speak how we do because of what we do'.

Wittgenstein was a mechanic, eventually felt there was no point in language.

Wrote 'The Book' and 'The Other Book' (also known as 'The Brown Book' and 'The Blue Book').

Art - Paul Klee - Modern abstract art.
'A house is a machine for living in.

Logical Positivists generally admire Hume.
People in the Vienna Circle were hated by Nazis.

Inductive propositions about humans impossible (Freudian Influence)
Social Darwinism/progressivism - 'Social evolution'.

No dialectics, no hegel, no necessary processes in nature.

Most deductive/ analytic propositions are not valid ('emotive' - Ayer)
Some 'revisionist' Marxist principle accepted (partic-ideology).

Wittgenstein - Emoting and thinking are not the same thing.

Marxist - 'dialectical materialism' rejected as metaphysical dogma.

Pragmatism and provisional truths - the method the scientific laboratory.
Technical work on logic.

The Verification Principle
(most important aspect of the movement)
It is the view that a statement or question is only legitimate if there is some way of determining whether the statements true or false.

If you speak of doubt you can't speak of knowledge.

To say you have an idea of pain is senseless.
Don't look inside yourself, look at the use of words in everyday life.
Linguistic, mathematical, religious problems - No philosophical problems.
Philosophy is a biproduct of misunderstanding language.
In philosophy they try to give things a physical form when it doesn't have one. Eg- Soul, Pain etc...

Freddy Ayer - Language, Truth and Logic.

The previous debate about what is true and what is not true has been a waste of time.

Statements that cannot be verified are rubbish.

'The method of verification is the truth of a statement' - says Ayer.

'Of that which we can not speak, we must remain silent' - Wittgenstein.

Karl Popper - A statement which is unfalsafiable can never be scientifically valid.

Russell - Invisible teapot proposition.

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

1 - The world is everything that is the case.
2 - What is the case, the fact, is the existence of atomic facts.
3 - The logical picture of the facts is the thought.
4 - The thought is the significant proposition.
5 - Propositions are truth-functions of elementary propositions.
(An elementary propisition is a truth-function of itself)
6 - The general form of truth-functions is - This is te genera form of proposition
7 - Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Bloodhound Package


A car hoping to reach 1000mph was on display in Southampton last weekend, writes Daniel Mackrell.

The team behind the Bloodhound SSC hold the current land-speed record with the Thrust SSC, which broke the sound barrier travelling at 763mph in 1997.

The car, to be driven by Andy Green (the current record holder) would be faster than a bullet if the speed is reached.

At an impressive 13.4 metres long, the hope is to inspire future generations to pursue interests in science and engineering.

Member of the Bloodhound team, Jo Finch said on Saturday: 'To see a car with those kinds of dimensions, that long and yet so sleek was just jaw on the floor time. It was brilliant.'

With 3 engines and a hybrid rocket, the super sonic car should be capable of reaching 1000mph in just 42 seconds.

With construction ending at the end of this year, the plan is to launch the car in South Africa at the start of 2013.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Winol Semester 2 Week 7

Week Starting 12/03/201

Saturday (10/03/2012)
Today I got aranged a press pass for a Science and Engineering Day at the University of Southampton.
We've been told that if we go to event, the focus should not be on the event itself, instead we should find a story within the event.

Before heading their, I already knew that my main focus would be on a model vehicle called the Bloodhound SSC, which hopes to reach 1000mph. I made sure to get a number of shots, as well as shots of a special 'bloodhound experience' that they had on the day for people(mainly children) to use. I asked permission of some parents to record some of the footage, but the media officer assured me that generally it was ok to film the public as their were signs informing them that filming would be taking place.

One of the most interesting parts of the day was that I was walking around with the press officer alongside two ITV journalists who were filming the whole event itself.It was interesting to see how they decided to interact with the public, and decide on their shots. They moved to multiple areas before deciding on a place to shoot one of their interviewees.
When at the bloodhound, I managed to find a good spot to film some of the 'bloodhound experience', and one of the itv crew asked me when I was done so they could stand in my spot. I felt quite good that I had found a spot that ITV wanted.

I also filmed some Vegetable Orchestra, but it wasn't quite what I had hoped. I was hoping for a touring orchestra that uses vegetables as their instruments, but it was more simply a small workshop for families to construct their own vegetable instruments

Today kind of replaced Tuesday, in that I was editing the majority of my package together, including the majority of the voiceover. We also had the usual news meetings and debreif where we analysed the previous weeks bulletin.

This morning I helped Louis with his 2 interviews in Southampton, including one with the head of the Southampton City Council. Unfortunately the two stories Lou had fell apart, but when we returned to the news room in the afteroon, I was able to record the final piece of my voiceover, to finish my package completely.

As usual. today was very busy.
I was first asked to edit together an oov on a planned biomass plant in Southampton. A similar oov was developed the week before by Graham using stock footage, but the oov wasn't used in the end. I made it a bit fresher from the week before, so it was still usable.

This weeks bulletin

Tom Wolfe - The New Journalism

Later 1966 - when you first started hearing people talk about the New Journalism in conversation
Wasn't a movement - no manifestos'.
Mid sixties - 'Some sort of artistic excitement in journalism and that was a new thing in itself.'

What is new journalism?
From 60's and 7-'s -  astyle of journalism that was considered unconventional.

Mainly found in magazines instead of newspapers/.
It can deal with form and technique.
1972 article by Dennis Chaser identifies it as emphasizing truth over facts.

Mixing journalism with literary techniques.
(most likely inspired by Dickens and Zola)

Tom Wolfe seems to really enjoy the structure of novels, and seems inspired by novelists.

Writers weren't worrying about political bias or emotional connections to the story.
Existentialism - Eg: 'Fear and Loathing...'

Items around a person - tools for social autopsy.

'Best fiction is better than any kind of journalism'

Gonzo = The modern new journalism' - Theroux is a modern example - easier through human interest stories.


The Penny Papers in America- deeply partisan - merchants and politicians.

Mid-19th Century objectivity became a factor in journalism because of the creation of wire services.
The Associated Press (AP) -  needed objectivity to be profitable (also now Press Association)

The wries were like wholesale news - People trying to sell news to newspapers.

The (first) new journalism - The Yellow Press - late 19th Century.

The world of William Randolph Hearst of the New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World.
Cartoon - 'The Yellow Boy' - people loved it.

Sensationalism - huge, emotive headlines with big striking pictures.
Eg- Sun on Sunday - Exclusives, dramamtic stories, romantic stories, shocking stories and crime stories.

America of the 1960's and 70's was similar to the time of Heart and the Yellow Press. Their was a lot of political and social upheaval - fighting foriegn news, with even more serious military threats building overseas.

Journalists recorded the events of the day - normally in a formulaic way.

Five Ws - news pyramid etc... but the new journalism was an attempt to record events mirroring the language and the style of the events. Letting it bleed into the copy.

1960's was particularly turbulent - great hope of JFK, destroyed with assasination in 1963. Disastsrous war in vietnam - controversy of the day Muhammed Ali refused to be conscripted - 'I ain't got no quarrel with them viet cong'.

Sexual revolution - sexual freedom, the pill, Reichian free lane. The student movement - worldwide protests of 1968 - Civil Rights - Black power - Use of LSD.

Anti- establishment feeling - 'There is a policeman inside your head - he must be destroyed' - began to seep into journalism.

- Journalists began to focus on setting, plot, sounds, feelings, direct quotes and images while still being as careful as before with facts Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, and Maller are examples of this new breed.

* New journalism changed the focus of the stories.
* Seeing instead of telling
* It was about telling the story, but it moved to seeing.
* Shift in form of narration from Diegetic to Mimetic.
* New Journalism = Showing you instead of telling you

Objectivity was moved in favour of subjective experience.
'Gonzo Journalism'

Ultimate new journalism piece is 'Fear and Loathing'
'Performance Journalism' - (Eg Supersize Me, Michael Moore, Louis Theroux)

Tom Wolfe
He was a huge fan of Emile Zola.

Natural Realism
Was fascinated with the idea of status.
Saw us as nothing but parts of a greater societal structure.

'I was by no means the first person to get excited by webers status'
Wolfe enters into journalism first thing he notices is the status competition.

The competition varies through - the reporters are in the 'scoop competition' - Sky-  'First for Breaking News'. BBC - 'Updated every minute of every day'.

Ambulance chasers - stories about power and catastrophe.

The other is the 'feature game' - 'A stroy that fell outside the category of hard news'.
The game was to hold your own in the competition.

Reporter needs to be there to see it, to collect the data first hand. Once there it is only a small step.

Problem of narrator -  sounding like a pale biege.
Make the narrator more interesting by making the situation influence the narrators style.

New Journalism - Page 46 + 47

Can be considered two of the most importnant pages about features that you can read.

It lists the 4 key aspects to writing features.

1 - Scene by Scene Construction
Telling the story in scenes and not in a sheer 'historical narrative'. Journalists needed to be cut at the event to witness it.

2- Realistic Dialogue
Involves the reader more completely than any other single device - it also defines character more quickly and effectively than any other single device

3 - Third Person Point of View
'Giving the reader the feeling of being inside the characters mind'. Need to interview them about their thoughts and emotioncs along with everything else.

4 - Everyday Gestures
Gestures, habits, manners, customs, styles of furniture, modes of behaviour towards children, superiors, inferiors and other symbolic details that might exist within a scene. Symbolic of peoples states in life.

Winol Semester 2 Week 6

Week Starting 4/03/2012

I already knew that my story was falling apart, but Tom was slowly running short on news stories, and had asked me to try and make an oov out of what I could get, considering I already had an interview arranged.

I went to interview a local councillor about the recent power cuts in Winchester. It wasn't the best of interviews, I soon realised that the oov would generally be quite week, but because of Tom's desperate need for content, I made an oov nonetheless in case he needed it.

I was made script editor this week, which originally meant knowing everything about every package. But I was put on script writing duty along with Tom, which halted my attempts to look through what people had and understand all the information and context of the packages. I then had to print the scripts, help people with links, look over packages, keep communication between the newsroom and gallery, and assist Tom with News Editor dutys when he was busy. Juggling lots of responsibilities made it difficult to keep on track. It also prevented me from fully achieving my role as script editor.

This week's bulletin

Mathematics in Logic and Language

Natural numbers - words used to count things. To count is to create an abstract category or group.
On average, natural numbers go up to 7.
A number such as 73,962 is abstract and mysterious, impossible to visualise or recognise.

Any complex number can be analysed

Analytic philosophy - idealist or synthetic - breaking things down to find their logical basis.

Plurality - more than one
Plurals of plurals. Eg: 9 = 3 x 3

'Special words' - have been used in the past by tribes to count stuff.
Eg- 'one thing', 'more than one thing' and 'many things'
All that would be needed is those 3 phrases.

Syntax and Grammer - Symbols = progress

Zero = Nothing = Something which cotnradictrs Aristotles law of contradiction, the foundation of all logic.
Bertrand Russell says '0 (nothing) is impossible'.
0 is not nothing, for example it can mean 'there is nobody in the room'.
0 + 1 = 1 but 0 x 1 = 0 ---- Could this be considered a contradiction?

The first manipulable number was 2, in Greece.
Greeks believed the number 3 had magical powers. Even basing a religion on worshipping the number 3.

Geometry - Platonic theory of numbers
The world consists of geometrical shapes.
Pie is a retio derived from a geometrical idea.

Music - Every note is defined by a ratio length.
Eg- From middle C

RUssell thought that number and arithmetic were neither Platonic ideal forms, nor empirical generalistion.

Principia Mathematica
Founder - Campaign for nuclear disarment

His intellectual career began as a dedicated Hegelian idealist, he retains some of this in social theories, especially his popular scientific work.

Mathematics appeared to be a contradiction of idealism, because numbers appear to have an objective in some sense, and their nature is not apparatnly determined or affected by the act of obseriving them.

Peano's Axioms
0 is a natural number (it is not nothingness)
x = x - Every numver is its own equivalent
Every natural number jas a successor number.
But no natural number has 0 as a successor.

Russells Paradox
The key terms Russell uses are class and belonging to a class and similarity

Number in general is 'the class of classes similar to a given class'

So number three is a word nominally corresponding a logical class composed of all possible classes.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

WINOL Semester 2 Week 5

Week Starting 27/02/2012
Debrief Notes

Today was the first time I was struggling in terms of securing a story for the week, I had made a few attempts on the thursday and friday before this week hunting for a story, and had a few ideas, but because of interviewees being unavailable, I had to scrap them.

When Monday arrived, I was still unsure on my different ideas, some weren't enough of a story, and others just wouldn't work as a video package. In the end I settled for a report on the proposal to add more fluoride to the water supply of areas of Hampshire, particularly around Southampton.

I made a few calls, to try and speak to someone from the Hampshire Against Fluoride group. I got hold of the wife of the Chariman of the campaign, and while she was unable to be interviewed, she said she would try and find someone else that could.
After not recieving any contact for the rest of the day, my hopes were down, the only good thing was that I had recieved a statement from Southern Water.

Today I woke up very pleased, as I had recieved a text at around 7:30am from a member of Hampshire Against Fluoride, telling me that they would be available for an interview today at 3pm. This immediatly put me in a happy and determined mood. So I went down to the newsroom for 9am, picked up my camera and tripod, and started to shoot various shots for my package.

I knew that I would struggle a little bit for pictures this week, and would have to be creative with my shots. I first went to the terrace bar, and found a person that was willing to have me film them drink a glass of water. I filmed it a few times with different shot distances so that I could form a sequence. I then went home and filmed a sequence of my kitchen tap being turned on to start my package with. Because I was limtied with shots, I decided to also film a river to continue the link of water.
Just before I left the news room for my interview, I recieved a call fromSouthampton Lib Dem Councillor Maureen Turner. She was available for an interview at 4pm. I wasn't certain if I would need the interview, but felt it was worth my time to see what she would say considering I would be in Southampton at that time anyway.

I then went to my interview with Arshad Sharif, a member of Hampshire Against Fluoride.
This morning I recorded my piece to camera, and then just touched up my package, and was finished by 11am.
I then returned to my role as Deputy News Editor, while Tom was working on the script and preparing to present this week.
Their were a number of tough decisions this week, the first arose when Chris approached me with the proposal to include a short in-studio discussion with Rachel about her new feature. While I do really like the idea, we agreed that it should be post-poned until next week, so we have more time to prepare from both a news aspect, and a production aspect.
The next decision came when Ewan had told me that we had more packages than we needed for this week, and would greatly go over our target of 12 minutes or less. The final decision was to remove the oovs from this weeks broadcast,

This week's Bulletin
Rob Kirk Interview

Fluoride Package

Winol Semester 2 Week 4

Week starting

I arrived at the eco home with Lou at 10am, and the devloper, Nick Price, was at the gate and lead us to the homes.

He was very helpful, and because he was quite busy, I decided to interview him first, so that he was then able to get back to work while we filmed around the home.
The interview went soothly, and had a nice looking background as it was inside the house