‘Diabulimia: The Hidden Struggle’ – The Documentary

After months of research, interviews and editing, the documentary is finally complete!

Please give the documentary a listen and explore the rest of the blog to see how everything came together to create ‘Diabulimia: The Hidden Struggle’…


(1) Officially finished!

‘Diabulimia: The Hidden Struggle’ is officially a complete project!

I have spent today completing all of my paperwork to hand in and submitted everything for this project!

I am so grateful for all of the people  that have contributed to this project and have let me share their personal stories about their struggles with Diabulimia. My interviewees are what have made me so proud of the documentary, speaking to me about what they went through and sharing how important they think it is for there to be more awareness and more support to stop Type 1 Diabetics from falling into this life-changing eating disorder.

I am extremely proud of everything I have done towards this project. It’s been tough at times and there are lots of things I would change if I had more time, but I am still so proud and overwhelmed with how this project has turned out.

The main reason I feel proud is because of how serious and important it is to raise awareness for Diabulimia and I hope that my documentary can be helpful in accomplish this! Some of my interviewees have requested I send them my finished documentary so they can use it in their work to raise awareness and support for Diabulimia and I’m so happy my work could potentially help to prevent or support someone suffering with this!

Thank you all for following the project and for all the supportive comments I have received throughout! I can’t wait to share the documentary with you all!


(2)So close yet so far…

Only 2 days left until the deadline!!

It’s getting close to the end of the project and almost time to reveal the final documentary!

Today I have made the last few editorial changes to the documentary and it is now officially finished! I am extremely happy with the final product. There are a few things I would have done differently if i had had more time and more resources, such as completing some of my interviews in person rather than over the phone, but this was not possible at the time and I am still extremely proud of all the work that has gone into this project and the final piece.

I have also created the page for my project on Buzz – Bournemouth Uni’s Journalism website. This will be what my tutors will use to listen to my documentary and to explore my blog and Facebook page. I have also made a small infographic with facts and figures about Diabetes as an added value onto the Buzz page.

I now just have to complete the last few bits of paperwork to submit for my project, which I will do tomorrow, including my justification, interview release forms and all my copyright usage rights.

I’m excited to get everything sorted and share the finished documentary with you all!

2 days and counting…

(3) Editorial Guidelines

For this project, I had to choose a radio station which I would broadcast my station and I chose BBC Radio 1,  as this station produces documentaries about mental health and personal struggles. Also, the demographic for Radio 1 is aged 15-29, which is the age of most Diabulimia sufferers so it seems the most appropriate aged audience.

As my documentary is made to broadcast for BBC Radio 1, I had to follow the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines:

Section 3: Accuracy

  • The BBC is committed to achieving due accuracy
  • This commitment is fundamental to our reputation and the trust of audiences, which is the foundation of the BBC.
  • The accuracy must be adequate and appropriate to the output, taking account of the subject and nature of the content.
  • Accuracy is not simply a matter of getting facts right.  If an issue is controversial, relevant opinions as well as facts may need to be considered.  When necessary, all the relevant facts and information should also be weighed to get at the truth.

Section 6: Fairness, Contributors and Consent 

  • The BBC strives to be fair to all – fair to those our output is about, fair to contributors, and fair to our audiences.
  • BBC content should be based on respect, openness and straight dealing.
  • We also have an obligation under the Ofcom Broadcasting Code to “avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organisations in programmes”.

Section 18.10.1: Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights 

  • Intellectual property rights include:
    • copyright
    • moral rights
    • performers’ rights
    • trade marks
    • patents and designs
    • rights to prevent “passing off” and breach of confidence..

These 3 Editorial Guidelines were the main to consider during my project.

Accuracy will always be a consideration for a journalist i any work they do. We need to make sure everything we report and broadcast is accurate and is not changed or manipulated from it’s original meaning. For my project, I made sure all of my interviewees were happy with everything I had used in my documentary and approved of all soundbites used.

Fairness and Consent was a major consideration with this project as it is such a serious and personal topic. I made sure all interviewees were fully aware of the questions I would ask and that the interview was to be recorded and broadcast and I had consent from each of my interviewees.

Copyright is always a consideration with journalism, in particular in broadcast. For this project I was compliant in making sure all music and images were copyright/royalty free.

(4) Ethics

As a journalist, there is an expected ethical standard to uphold when telling a story. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has a code of conduct which sets out the main principles for a journalist to follow.

According to the NUJ’s code of conduct, a journalist:

  1. At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed.
  2. Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair.
  3. Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies.
  4. Differentiates between fact and opinion.
  5. Obtains material by honest, straightforward and open means, with the exception of investigations that are both overwhelmingly in the public interest and which involve evidence that cannot be obtained by straightforward means.
  6. Does nothing to intrude into anybody’s private life, grief or distress unless justified by overriding consideration of the public interest.
  7. Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work.
  8. Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge.
  9. Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
  10. Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed.
  11. A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare.
  12. Avoids plagiarism.

As a journalist, keeping to a high standard of ethics is one of the most valuable aspects of your career and duty to the public, and I pride myself on following this code of conduct in all of my work, including this project.

4 days and counting…

(7/6/5) Busy few days…

Hello! The countdown towards the deadline has hit a small bump as I have had a busy few days with other engagements! The past few days have consisted of packing, moving and working, so I have had to put the project to one side to organise the other parts of my life so I can spend the final days before the deadline focusing solely on the project.

I have gone back to working on the project today, collecting my interview release forms to put into the paperwork I will submit for my project. I have also made a list of the things I have left to complete for the deadline on Thursday 12th January, which includes:

  • Last minute touches to Radio Documentary
  • Set up Buzz Bournemouth page for MMP
  • Upload doc and links to Buzz page
  • Complete justification
  • List all copyright and links to pages


5 days and counting….

(8) Confidence boost

8 days left! Today I continued to write my justification, but I also went back and got in contact with my interviewees.

I have finished the draft for ‘Diabulimia: The hidden struggle’ and decided to send it to my interviewees to get their opinions and double check they approve of everything as it is a sensitive topic. And the feedback received has been a massive confidence boost for myself and the project (hence the title of this post)!


These are 2 of the comments I received from 2 of my interviewees regarding the draft of the documentary! Reading these made me feel so confident and proud of the work I have done, not just in this project, but for Diabulimia in general. Receiving positive feedback from people that Diabulimia has affected and having them show their support for the project makes me feel proud of what I have achieved and I hope this documentary can be used to help raise awareness and support for Diabulimia sufferers.

Still, there is a lot more to do and I’m excited to share the finished product with you all very soon!

8 days and counting…

(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…

(10)Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year!

The countdown to 2017 is over, but the countdown to my MMP deadline is just starting! The Christmas break is coming to a close and I must admit that I have taken a break from university work during this period.

The past few months have been very tense and busy creating my MMP, so I felt it would be a good idea to take a step away from the project and look at it again in the new year with a fresh perspective.

But that time is over and the countdown to the end begins! I will be posting everyday leading to the final deadline, sharing the last stages of completely ‘Diabulimia: The hidden struggle.’. Stay tuned!

10 days and counting…

Video: A day in the life of a Diabetic

I have created a short video package about the day in the life of a Type 1 Diabetic, to show how life-changing Diabetes can be for a person.

People know about Diabetes, but knowing about it and living with it are completely different.

I wanted to show the real side to Diabetes and how it affects everything a person does.