Week 12 – Project 1 Complete News Diary

Timeline of major news stories

Week 1 – Muslim boy accused of ISIS connections for saying ‘eco terrorist’

Week 2 – New right given to consumers to refund “faulty games”

Week 3 – League of Legends to be streamed on BBC Three

Half Term -Nintendo set to release first ever mobile game

 

Week 7 -The Million Mask March

Week 8 – Fallout 4 launches with 12 million copies world wide

Week 9 – Paris Bombings

Week 10 -Game fails to reach to reach crowdfunding target

Week 11 -Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 won’t ship worldwide due to sexism issues

When picking the major stories I went for articles that most affected the games industry as a whole as well as big game releases. This is mainly because the games industry has evolved so much in recent years and changes so drastically with different genres and being affected by issues that do not usually affect the general public in the same way.

The exception to these are week 1, 7 and 9. These are mainly due to the fact that there was very little going on in the games industry that week and those particular stories related to the world in a much larger sense. In these situations I found these stories dwarfed those of the games industry and therefore should be included instead.

In terms of how the stories link together the majority of gaming related stories are fairly isolated from each other, as the industry has such a large spectrum of content and categories.

I believe week 2 and 3 link together well as they both are covered in a more traditional sense when compared to the usual conceptualised idea of games journalism. These are both stories where games are being taken more seriously by the general public and more accepted in general society, being both in a legal framework and public television. Being portrayed in a more mature setting and being treated more seriously than has been in the past, were prior there has often been a very clear lack of understanding from those reporting it (especially in the case of BBC). This shows how the media is beginning to treat the games industry as an industry and less of a gimmick for stories about people the general public don’t particularly understand.

Week 1, 7 and 9 all link as they combine these hyper alertness people have after the refugee crisis and previous ISIS attacks. There was already cases (such as in week 1) before the Paris bombings where people were mistreated based on their race. The Paris bombings having severely damaged race relations with many people in Western society. Week 7 ties in due to this idea of animosity and using this as an excuse to do what they wish. However, primarily I have linked these as I think they were stories that affected the country quite a bit more than the gaming news in those particular weeks and show strained relationships between people. The media clearly picked up on these stories due to all showing strained relations with groups of anonymous people and also has this underlying political feel – the march being heavily attended by those upset with the government, the outcry over the boy questions due to be Muslim and using the world eco terrorist and finally the government of various countries reactions to the Paris bombings.

The rest of the stories are more isolated stories that shaped the industry or were a big change for the industry and shows a marked change. Such as Nintendo announcing the development of mobile games. Each time the media pick up on a gaming related story it does not necessarily have to be a big story. Often they will write about any game that has been released or any small part of the industry. Often there are large gaps in news where there is little going on and therefore there is always this constant flow of almost filler news content (often discussion pieces or feature articles) that plays off previous bigger news stories.

Games journalism is something I am very interested in and so follow it regularly, however often all the big news stories will occur around the same time. Such as announcements at big conventions like E3.

For the majority of games journalism outlets (especially the ones I have sourced my stories from) have all had the main purpose of either directly informing the viewer with no really agenda, entertainment purposes or making a statement about the industry as a whole. Often the latter is one persons opinion but is usually backed up by solid logic and a clear understanding of the intricacies of the industry itself.

 

Week 12 – Project 1 Complete News Diary

Progression Week: Summary of Term 1

Over the term I have learnt many skills and have definitely improved significantly improved my ability as a journalist. There have been 3 main areas of skills that have been covered this term: production, research and interview technique.

In terms of production I have very much enjoyed all the work set and tasks completed this term. This included learning new software in order to create double page spreads, front covers as well as video and audio skills in order to use different forms of media to present information. I have found all the software relatively easy to learn how to use. Adobe audition and premiere easy to understand due to a background in both video and audio editing as a hobby. Therefore I picked up the new software relatively quickly and had no real issues. It did take a bit of time for me to get used to the different hot keys for actions as they are different when compared to Sony Vegas – which is the software I use at home. Photoshop I found very user friendly and did not take me long to pick up. Anytime I had any problems or wanted to do something specific I just looked up a tutorial online. InDesign was probably the only production related skill set that took me a while to get a grasp on. It took me about 2 months of continually use before I felt confident using it, however, how I have put in significant practise I am happy with my ability to use it to create professional looking layouts.

These production skills will be very helpful going forward into the next module which will focus on video and audio much more heavily than this term. Also helps greatly with projects I am involved with outside of college and with this skill set allows me to begin creating a portfolio for future employers and university applications.

The research skill set I found very useful as it allowed me to learn how to effectively determine what information is essential and how to use information and present it in a way to portray a certain angle. This will be very useful especially when combining this with production skills in terms of how to use layout to present certain points more than others. The tasks we did extensively covered research skills and how to use a mixture of both secondary and primary sources to cause my writing to be much more reliable and credible.

These skills will be very helpful next term when combined with various other skills such as portraying a certain perspective or angle. This will also work well when used in conjunction with the interview skills I have learnt.

While I thought initially that interview etiquette was fairly straightforward there were a lot of skills I was able to learn through research and tasks. This helped greatly with my recent presentation. I incorporated my previous skills of research with the body language and personal presentation skills taught to me in lessons relating in how to conduct an interview appropriately. Using these I have now conducted several successful interviews and used it to gain an insight into games development for independent developers for my final project. While I can still have a tendency to be informal it is something I have worked hard to improve as well as improving my overall posture in general and presenting myself in a more professional manner. This has helped to make me more approachable when working with others and has helped tremendously with my interviewing style.

I am not sure how this will fit into next terms curriculum but the presentation skills will continue to help improve the overall professionalism of how I present my work and by extension myself. These skills will benefit me very much in future, especially in a career relating to the media and journalism industries.

Progression Week: Summary of Term 1