The Deadline!

Tomorrow is the deadline for this project. After three months of research, interviews, writing and editing I can finally introduce the finished piece. I also want to thank everyone that’s been involved and supported me throughout the process. So here it is…

Redefining Homelessness.


To read the full length feature and see the finished layout and design click here

To watch the story of a poet who survived homelessness and addiction click here

To listen to the experts discuss the cause of homelessness and the solution click here

To learn about the current facts and statistics surrounding homelessness click here


Writing my Justification

To finish my project I needed to write a 1000-word outline and justification explaining why I did certain things. After finding it extremely difficult to get everything in, I’ve just about finished and am ready to submit everything.

Here’s an outline of things I needed to consider…

  • 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 style and tone do you bring to the project as a journalist?

Uploading Everything to BUZZ

BUzz is our university website dedicated to the multi-media journalism students. It’s to this website that I have to upload everything.

Within the website I need to have a clear navigation system for my project with relevant links (i.e. read, watch, listen and learn) to direct viewers to the different parts.

I also need to make sure that I have lots of SEO links and all the links to other sections run seamlessly.

This has taken me hours and hours of work…

But it’s finally finished! – well roughly anyway.

You can check it out here:



Read: Jeremy Corbyn highlights the ‘shocking rise’ of homelessness

A good read…

Jeremy Corbyn highlights the ‘shocking rise’ of homelessness in official Christmas message

The Labour leader said: ‘The fact is, in the sixth richest country in the world, no-one should be on the streets in the first place’

Find it here:


The First Drafts

So I’ve finished all my first drafts now – of the video, audio and feature itself.

To give you a taste of what the feature will be like here’s a couple of the opening sentence, see what you think…

Cascading down from the ceiling is an ornate gold sculpture. Delicate leaves swirl around the middle, with soft lighting illuminating them from behind. If you look very closely you can see small engravings on the leaves – words like ‘inspire’ and ‘thrive’.

We’re allowed to show our supervisor just one draft of everything so it was imperative that I completed as much as possible in order to get as much feedback as possible.

The feedback I got for my video and audio was relatively simple – which was great as it made my life a lot easier. 

My supervisor’s main points were that:

  • I needed to lower the audio levels of the background music in both pieces.
  • I needed to take out a few words in the audio piece.
  • And finally, add in a line describing why the chapel (the place I interviewed John for the video) was relevant.

For the feature it was a little more complicated but easily doable…

  • I needed to restructure it the article, my supervisor thought the interview with Gerard Lemos (who I included at the end) was more important as it gave vital contextual info, so I should move it up.
  • I initially decided not to include quotes I got from other charities on the House of St Barnabas scheme as they were all very positive, and I wary of the article turning into a PR piece for the House. However my supervisor made me realise I needed these quotes (regardless of whether they were positive or negative) to show I had asked external factors what they think of the scheme, and not just taken what I had been told by the House at face value. So I simply needed to add in a couple of lines with a few quotes in.
  • In addition to this I needed to make several grammatical changes – easily done.

Overall I was very happy with the feedback. The positive points my supervisor made were very reassuring that I was on the right track, and the constructive feedback was stuff that was relatively easy to change.


Down to the Edit 

And so the long process of editing begins…

I’ve got to edit together both a two minute video and a two minute audio piece using the interviews I have.

First I’m going to start with the audio – this will be a fast paced sequence getting expert views on homelessness and what should be done to tackle the issue.

I’ll use the interviews with the CEO’s of two different homelessness charities, Thames Reach and the Cardinal Hume Centre.

Then I need to edit my video which will focus on John Smallshaw as a case study.

Being such a perfectionist this will take me a long time so I’ll see you in a while…

An insight into the luxurious London private members club that's breaking the cycle of homelessness