WKs 13 -16 Project B Reporting/Editing (Schedule & interim deadlines)

UPDATED 2019 – Sharron

You have 3 Reporting / Editing Weeks for Project B. The weeks run from the 22 April to 10th of May. This is followed by one reading week to ensure you have completed all readings and written work for both theory and practice modules. It’s also a chance to ‘polish edit’ your final submission.

During the project B Reporting / Editing Weeks, tutors will guide and monitor your progress in the field and during the editing stage via tutorials and by viewing drafts and revisions of your practical work. They will provide guidance and critical feedback on your work to help to develop your stories and projects. This process mirrors working with an editor in a professional setting in the same way working journalists check in with their editor from the field and go through a series of edits before their story goes to publication. 

In order to receive quality feedback and guidance, you will need to deliver your work in progress on set deadlines and to specific requirements. Please follow the instructions carefully. Students will not receive feedback on late submissions, or submissions that do not fulfill requirements or where the English level makes comprehension difficult. Please note, students who fail Term 2 practical modules usually do so because they missed interim deadlines and lacked formative feedback and guidance.

The editing stage is very important, you’ll go through a few stages: 

*Many students will be producing a video as the main medium – please remember our suggested workflow: IMMJ Video Workflow + Methodology. In facts, your entire project post-production workflow will be somewhat similar to the video workflow – in that you will have a logging stage as well as rough cuts and revisions.

1. Logging & Transcribing – View and selecting the best visuals, sound-bytes, and quotes; Transcribing and translating interviews. You must log during the reporting and production stage – this way you get a sense of what you have and what is still missing – if there are any important elements lacking you’ll know early and be able to do ‘pickups’. So after arriving home after each long days shooting and reporting – download, back up, organize and review footage and interviews, photos, etc. During the production stage, you should also be creating and designing your story/project platform and layout. You’d also be very wise to work on paper cuts and to start writing. 

2. 1st Rough Cut – Depending on your story/project, platform, approach and choice of mediums each student’s rough cut and workflow will vary. There should be a rough edit of your major mediums (video, text, photo etc). For all stories, we expect that at this stage that you have experimented with your platform, layout, and design, and have a solid idea for your approach.  The rough cut should include all draft media elements. If a certain element is still missing use a ‘placeholder’ to fill the spot so that your tutor (editor) knows what is still yet to come in the 2nd rough cut. 

If video is a major medium then we expect to see a rough cut that has already assembled footage in an order that includes the essential WWWW&H information of the story and has a narrative arc. The first rough cut should already flow reasonably smoothly story-wise with a clear beginning, middle and end. The first rough cut also needs subtitles. It will include crafted scenes and sequences with your best audio and visual material.

For those not including video as their major medium or for the non-video parts of your story, we expect to see you have edited and are working with your main mediums such as still images, graphics, and text.  

3. 2nd Rough Cut – Here you are refining the 1st cut. For the video, you might start trimming off some of the extra footage that’s currently making the film longer than intended, rearranging footage for a tighter narrative and paying attention to pacing and breathing room; Selecting music; smoothing audio, Proofreading subtitles. For the text, you will revise, proofread and fact check thoroughly. The images will be selected, adjusted and arranged in the best possible way in the layout. The platform will be revised and refined, you will make sure the audience has a smooth experience and that there are smooth transitions throughout the story. This is also your chance to discover any missing elements to be scheduled for filming or interview.

Very often students will need one final ‘pick up’ a visual or an interview to wrap things up. 

3. The Polish Edit  / User Testing – Think of the polish edit stage as the ‘Director’s Cut’ stage in a film – it’s a much higher quality edit than the ‘rough cut/edit’, it’s the final complete version of your entire project after revisions of your second cut. Shooting and reporting have been fully completed and you can focus entirely on refining your edits and smoothing out the overall story and design on your platform. This stage is important and you should leave a good ratio of time to reorder, remove, and make changes with extreme attention to detail. You’ll also want to find and work with a partner or two to check each other’s projects and test them. Ask a partner to view your project while you watch, see how they navigate, where they get bored or where they get really interested. Once they are done be sure to get detailed feedback from them. You can use the critiquing multimedia worksheet to help guide feedback. 

4. The Final Cut – Once you are satisfied with the Polish edit, you will do the final sound and color correction for your video, and any last tweaking of other elements. This final cut is the one you will submit. (In Term 3 tutors will need to see your polish edit, in T2 you are responsible for final revisions)

*Note, you are of course welcome to ask for extra feedback, advice, and support when urgent matters arise. Your tutors are here to support you – but you will need to take responsibility to hit deadlines and to reach out to tutors and peers when needed.

T2W13 Project WK B1 (22-26 April 2019)

  • Reporting all week
  • Mon 22 April  Open tutorials for those in need

T2W14 Project WK B2 (29 April – 3 May 2019) TUTORIALS

  • Wed & Thurs 1 & 2nd May – 20-minute we-chat tutorials with Sharron and for an update on your first weeks reporting. Please prepare for this. Tutors need to know in clear and concise terms what you have achieved and any problems you are having. You should also upload some work to give tutors a sense of what you have captured so far. Sharron will email appointment times.

T2W15 Project WK B3 (6 May – 10 May 2018) ROUGH CUT 1

  • Mon 6 May – Revised Production Briefs online in the dropbox with all sections complete and revised. 
  • Mon 6 May – Rough Cut submission – Upload and email (on the thread sent to you) selected media assets to you online URL story link. Assets may include items like video rough cuts of footage, or even clips sequenced together to give tutors an idea of visuals, interview transcribes and images. It should be the first rough version of your story on your platform with an idea for the kind of a layout you want to attain including placeholders for missing assets and assets in progress.
  • *Due to the diverse approaches, students will be working in different ways – aim to upload the best presentation of your project to date. The more that tutors can see, the better they can feedback. An email thread will be sent on Sunday for you to reply to with URL links. (Do not send folders that tutors need to download – tutors won’t do this). Sharron to feedback within 72 hours.

IMJ T2W16 Reading & polish editing (13 May – 17 May 2018) ROUGH CUT 2

  • Mon 13 May  2nd Rough Cut submission. Email the Second Rough Edit of your story/project on your platform URL. Work should be fully complete and at a high-quality draft stage, all text, including subtitles must be fully proofread. You should have looked through and addressed all points on the Common Errors to Avoid Term 2 2019. Tutors will simply give feedback for final polish editing and refining, we will not look at work that is not complete or in poor order on your platform. Each student is only allocated 30 minutes per tutor. This means work needs to be clearly and coherently presented on your URL. In addition please attach your text feature as a word document so that Sharron can easily view and feedback. Sharron will feedback within 72 hours.
  • Sat 18 May Final deadline. All projects online by midnight 

*NOTE: The editing and feedback stage is akin to the kind of professional editorial process that you would go through with an editor. This is your chance for a thorough editorial review to give you the feedback you need to polish your work. Very often students fail Term 2 or Term 3 projects, simply because of polish editing issues. They may have done some great reporting, but External Examiners assess work based on student’s stories/projects delivered online at final URLs as the final outcome – so if things are not well edited, presented and delivered online, students risk failing. The work for this ‘rough edit date’ means that your work will all be in place on your digital platform and edited to a high standard. Please make sure you have gone through some basic editing steps and of course that you have thoroughly gone through the Critiquing Multimedia checklist with your peer proofreading & editing partner. Any text needs to be thoroughly proofread to good standard English. To be blunt – If your English is poor, we will not review it and you will lose valuable feedback. We are here to review your journalism, not your English. If your English is still poor on your final submission, you can expect to fail. (This includes written work for text, video subtitles or infographics). Do not hand us in text without having it thoroughly proofread. ALL VIDEO AT THIS STAGE MUST BE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH (unless the speaker is speaking English).