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ABJ 2 2nd Assessment

May 8, 2011

For the second assessment for Advanced Broadcast Journalism, we had to write, film, produce and edit a TV news story of 100 seconds long for the student journalism website NowUC.  The story had to contain three or more interview grabs (one each from different talent), some illustrative overlay shot that was edited by ourselves, a linking script and a piece-to-camera (PTC).

The story I chose to cover was a motion that was moved by ACT Labor MLA John Hargreaves.  He proposed that there should be a National Concession Card for Students, as the current State based systems are “discriminatory”.  The motion produced an extremely rare showing of tripartisan support in the Legislative Assembly, with the ACT Liberal and ACT Greens supporting the move.

Since I grew up in NSW and spent the first 6 months of University travelling between NSW and ACT to attend school, I understand the many disadvantages of the current system.  If I were to try to use my NSW Concession Card in the ACT, for example to board a bus, it would not be valid and I would become a full fare paying customer.  So I believe it is very welcome news for students around the country that a system that is supposedly meant to be aiding students, will actually do that without discriminating over the fact of where you study.

I decided it would be best to speak to the major players involved and lined up interviews with John Hargreaves ACT Labor MLA, Shane Rattenbury ACT Greens MLA and lined up an interview with a National Union for Students Association (NUSA) member, as I had heard that they were supporting the moves.  Jason Paris was to be the NUSA talent.

I used a Panasonic P2 camera which really are a great camera to use with simple features.

I am happy with the final result which can be seen here

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