(9) The countdown continues…

There’s just 9 days let until the deadline, so the next few days will be about organising all of my documents and paperwork to submit!

Today I started my MMP Justification, a 1000 word academic essay about my personal perspective of the production process creating my documentary and blog.

This is the official guideline for what to include in my justification:

1000 words, 10% of overall mark. You may wish to examine the following:

The journey:  Re-visit the pitch materials and the feedback you received from the pitch. Consider how the final project conforms to the original ideas in this presentation and how you have responded to feedback and how your own thoughts have developed through the experiences of making the project. This should be evaluative, rather than descriptive.

The audience/market: How have you made this something that they want to read/watch/listen to? How do you hook them in and how easily can they navigate their way around?  Consider the chosen angles on the story and how you have ‘unpacked’ the original idea to produce material for all the different platforms.  Show that you listened to/read/watched the target publication/programme and that you engaged with the website that you are pitching your own project at.

The cast list and research process: Why did you interview the people that you did and how did you find them?

Editorial issues: e.g. did you interview children? Consider impartiality remit of BBC, editorial guidelines, taste and decency, etc   Refer briefly to these if relevant to your project, to show that you have considered your responsibilities to the story, the interviewees and the audience.

Creative/production issues; how did you make this a creative piece of work and how and where is it original?

Looking to the future: How have you improved upon the existing publication/website/programme?  How might you develop a mobile format for this work e.g. an app?

And finally:  How does the whole piece hang together? How is your voice heard?  What do you bring to the project as a journalist?

Style and tone:  remember this is a critical evaluation, so it should be reflective and critically analytical, rather than descriptive.  You should reference any academic books or editorial guidelines that you refer to and list websites (e.g. BBC Editorial Guidelines) that you have accessed in a short bibliography at the end.

It is worth also adding a list of your online extras/added value, so we can be sure we’ve seen everything,

9 days and counting…


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