The professional development plan – Section 1
Presenting the public with documentaries is a formative way of sharing content. Publications such as the BBC and Channel 4 broadcast factual documentaries that look at the issues inside individual countries. BBC is a corporation; I find myself drawn to due to BBC specifically BBC Three which is the channel that broadcasts documentaries discussing in depth issues. BBC Three channel is somewhere I would love to work because it showcases the subjects that I am interested in. The BBC itself uncovers the truth about the variety of issues. Even though, BBC Three is no longer a channel it still has an online revenue. The BBC broadcasts the type of journalism I want to be able to share to the public. For Example, the BBC showcases documentaries factual documentaries on issues within Third world and developing countries. Within these documentaries they share and educate those on issues that the public are not aware of. Documentaries can be seen to be more insightful as they delve into a particular issue relying heavily on factual information from those living with the problem itself. BBC is somewhere I would love to work as there aren’t many ethnic minorities within the media. The Documentaries showcased by the BBC use presenters that white males/females or black males. I rarely see black women presenting within a documentary. BBC is a media outlet that I have set my eyes on. However, I know that to get to where I want to be I have to work my way up. Documentaries are something that I’ve had my set on acknowledging that the BBC will not be the first journalistic job I will land. I understand that you need to work way up to the place you want to be. The journalism at the BBC covers a variety of issues which intrigues a majority of audiences. The issues that the BBC documents aren’t general issues but ranges from relevant matters that are affecting people within the UK. Being a black female presenter for documentaries for the BBC would be an achievement for myself as I will be working for a corporation that is predominantly white males and occasional females.
Stacey Dooley is a factual documentary presenter for the BBC. After working with Stacey Dooley while being a part of a children’s documentary “Show What You’re Made of” She has been someone I have admired from the age of 13. Knowing that Stacey Dooley became a factual documentary presenter after achieving hardly any GCSES and got into her job role through being a presenter for documentaries after appearing on a documentary series similar to mine. She has since then inspired me through her work as I feel I can relate to her work. Stacey Dooley’s work includes factual documentaries that put her in situations where is seen as a minority or differs from society. Stacey Documentaries work covers a variety of issues her “Stacey Dooley Investigates series” looks at issues that people are facing around the world. As well as having her “investigates series” she has documentaries that look at hard-core matters such as “Brainwashing Stacey “series of documentaries that explore controversial movements by trying to understand the psychology. Her documentary on the “World’s Worst place to be a woman” is a most recent piece of work that makes me admire her more. Dooley goes Honduras that degrades women and sees them only as sex objects. Uncovering issues in countries that have different views and concepts to those I’m comfortable with is something that Stacey continuously does within her work. She asks questions that give the in-depth public information, also curating content by looking at various angles with an issue. Dooley’s documentaries rely heavily on researching an issue and then interviewing those that are being affected by` a way of a deeper understanding. Not only does Dooley need confidence but she also needs to bravery to travel to countries where she might not be welcomed. For Dooley’s documentaries to be impactful she also needs to know about the issues within the country she’s been visiting in depth before she interviews those affected as this would cause great confusion. Access is something that Stacey Dooley is privileged to getting because she works for the BBC she is enabled to gain more access into speaking to higher class people, corporation and government representatives due to the BBC’s status.
The professional development plan – Section 2
Public interest journalism interests me as documentaries covers topics and issues in public interest. Researching and creating documentaries that cover topics that are relevant to the public is a sector that I feel I would thrive at. Working as an investigative factual public interest journalist would be my goal. Travelling to other countries and learning about issues that affect its citizens is something I have always had an interest in. Interviewing people and asking about their experiences to gain a better understanding of an issue is something that can not only impact me but the public. I would love to do documentaries in places that have yet to be covered, such as the concept of Skin bleaching in the Caribbean and India, colourism and common black issues. The United States is having a hard time with police brutality on black individuals and the fact that racism has not been eradicated but lays dormant. I would love to create documentaries that also includes issues that LGBT people face as well. Being that I’m a from an ethnic minority group, I want to uncover problems that happen here in Britain. Documentaries causing awareness around suicide, mental illness and LGBT lack of family acceptance. Being a freelance journalist will allow me to have time to fundraise, attend charity events and create links with people. As well as focusing on issues minorities face, I would love to broadcast topics within developing countries this is where I have a keen interest. Being a part of a documentary and hearing people speak to me with confidence and open up is commendable. By campaigning and volunteering at charity events will also help me understand issues in depth and help me learn more. This will then be reflected in my work as my passion will cause me to create work that will educate as well as entertain.
I want to be a storytelling journalist. Through providing the public with stories from citizens affected by issues. Conducting research and enabling those affected to tell their stories as well as using both sides of the issues to let the public form their opinions and start to debate issues. It can be said that the public has become desensitised and are taking information and not digesting it and developing their argument but rely heavily on being force feed their opinions. I want my work to cause debates between people as debating can also progress into a better understanding of issues that would make an impact on society. As the more we understand others, mind-sets can change which can lead to a better respect for others that are seen as different.
Producing and creating my work is an important aspect for me. Using scenes and issues that showcase my emotions, passion and feelings for particular topics are the reason why I want to curate my work. Growing up in South London, with barely anyone to look up to in the media. I want my work to be raw to appeal to all audiences and showcase issues that people have forgotten about or unaware exist. Working as a freelance journalist will allow me to produce work around problems that do not need to bias but are raw and insightful. My primary goal is to inform through storytelling; I want my work to help people and educate.
The professional development plan – Section 3
To enable myself to become a successful freelance investigative journalist, it requires me to have confidence and bravery. I would need to practice interviewing strangers and finding people to interview outside of my comfort zone. Another detrimental skill is to ensure that I develop the art of crowdsourcing. Finding out about topics through the use of social media will help me to curate stories that are potentially of public interest. Crowdsourcing will also give me a hand to create links with people. I also need to develop my presenting skills by speaking eloquently and informative to the camera. This will ensure that when in specific scenes while filming my work, I will be able to capture experience without worrying about how I sound. Knowledge is crucial when creating documentaries as I need to understand issues beforehand. I would need to gain knowledge about the on the guidelines that journalists have to follow when creating a documentary about what can be said and revealed as well as the journalism code of conduct. Because the BBC answers to Ofcom and it owns specific guidelines I need to ensure that when curating stories that it adheres to the set of guidelines that have to upheld.
To ensure, I have knowledge of issues before I help to document it need to sort out my media diet. I need to consume more documentaries from a variety of platforms. I need to use sites such as Netflix and vice to look at more under the radar documentaries. Netflix includes independent documentaries as well as documentaries from publications and corporations. Through a look at work from a variety of platforms, it will enable me to see the different ways documentaries educate their audiences. As well as the issues that they uncover.
- Vice is an important platform that needs to take up the majority of my media diet as it consists of news from a variety of sectors. Through providing information about underground issues on their website and snap chat. Vice in 2016 launched their channel on Sky which broadcasts a variety of topics.
- BBC World service is also a station I need to get into the habit of listening to as it summarises all the stories of the day. Black Entertainment Television (BET) is a channel dedicated to black people and ethnic minorities, their website and channel broadcasts information about celebrity culture and news about what’s going in the United States.
- The Voice is a black newspaper that covers stories about what’s going in the black community.
I need to follow a variety of people and companies on Twitter
- Stacey Dooley
- Reggie Yates
- Louis Theroux
- Seyi Rhodes
All of these people on twitter share an insight into their discoveries as well as advertising their work. Through keeping an eye of their posts they will educate me on stories that are undercover.
Choosing the right options is important as I want to ensure that I enable that I gain all the skills possible for my career. For year one I chose Consumer and lifestyle. I want to allow that I look at the variety of different aspects such as travel and consumerism. This seemed to the best fit out of the three possible options. For year two, I am thinking of choosing Multimedia storytelling and production. This will develop my skills for presenting and understanding production. I would choose the Broadcast pathway as I feel I will be able to establish and learn the skills needed for informative presenting. I would also love to choose the creativity cluster. As I want to help produce my own work, I feel like I could develop my creative media skills.
For year three I have thoughts on choosing: Data and investigative journalism as well as transforming audiences. I feel both will help me develop the skills need to ensure that I can transform audience’s opinions and mind-sets through my work by making sure my work causes a debate. The Data and investigative journalism option will allow me to understand the skills needed to conduct research as well as help me develop the skills I am not yet aware of.
– Journalism placements as a part of 4 Talent. This includes investigative journalism. Channel 4 broadcast documentaries so working with 4Talent will give me an insight into my field
– Vice television, online and social media outlet makes it a place I would love to do placements at the company as I feel it will be insightful to see what type of platform I would like to work for.
– The Press Association is known for where most journalists start their career. Doing a placement with the association will give me an insight on the types of real-life journalism.
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