Lesson 1
In this lesson we started learning about different photographers. We discussed in detail the works of James Nactwey and discussed other war photographers. I feel that during this lesson I began to realise that war photography was not something I was interested in, although some of the pictures shown were horrific and made me feel sad that the photographer was there and had to witness it all.

Lesson 2
We watched a video about a war photographer (I forget his name) and how he used an old style camera for his photographs, as he felt the picture was more pure. In the video we also learned that this photographer had come out of war and had began to take photos of peace because he had seen too little peace in the war. This lesson really interested me because I began to admire the photographs more.

Lesson 3
In this lesson we watched part of a video about feminism. This lesson taught me much about feminism that I have used in my essay, and also opened my eyes to modern day feminism, and I realised that feminism is all around me in places, from perfume adverts to clothing brands.

Lesson 4
Today we were told to look at some photographs on the website greatphotojournalism.com. I saw some photographs that were haunting, and made me realise how shielded we are from war and poverty. I really felt for some of the people in the photographs, especially for a young girl illustrated in a photograph taken by Christian Als from the Haiti Earthquake.

Lesson 5
Today we were given the brief for our essay, and started to look for photographs. I chose the picture of the young girl from Haiti, and a picture of a woman during a stage production of Medea, taken by Nanna Kreutzmann.

Lesson 6-10
During these lessons and at home I continued with my essay, speaking to the tutor if necessary. We had a check up on lesson 6 to make sure we were clear on the work. In lesson 9 we had a tutorial to make sure we were almost ready to hand in, and to discuss any final things we needed clarifying.


CATs Evaluation

I have found this module much easier than the first one, possibly because last year the module was focused around the technical side of the course, and this year the module was focused on much easier aspects such as the actual journalists, and people who have found their way in the world of journalism, for example, a war photographer.

I think that I have learned a lot this module, and that I have developed the skill to write reviews of photographs better, although I still struggle with writing essays; I can say what I want in very little words and when it comes to lengthening it, I struggle. I feel my confidence has also risen in order to participate in lessons, although I still feel a little shy sometimes.

I feel that the feedback I have received from tutors and peers has been very good, and I have taken the feedback in, and overall, I feel I have had a good year in terms of learning.

Review of “Undesired” – A Documentary

The film concentrates on the treatment of women in India. Women are shunned, ill treat. Women have a high expectation to give their husbands a male son; otherwise they are looked down on. The film gives us the shocking figure that over 7,000 female babies are aborted every day.


There is a major feminist view because females are not educated and looked after, therefore they are useless. There are some harrowing pictures taken by journalist Walter Astrada, who continues to show us the harsh reality of what life is like for a young woman. Some of the pictures include the family’s reaction to a baby girl’s birth, and horrible images of ill treatment of young females.


There is an interview with a young woman, who has become a pediatrician, about her life and her mother’s decision to keep her daughter. The pediatrician tells us that because of her mother’s decision to allow her to live, it has influenced the pediatrician to keep her daughters, and this has caused a movement against feminism. The film is hard hitting and shows us through pictures and horrifying statistics the truth about what goes on in India, both legally and illegally.

CATs Logbook

Here is my Logbook of all the lessons, and my evaluation of how I think they went.

17.09.12 – Today we went on a trip to Sheffield to look around the art galleries. We had to analyse paintings and pictures, and had to interview people about what they thought of the galleries. Because of a confidence issue, I feel I struggled to interview strangers and so I will work on my interviewing skills in the near future.
24.09.12 – Today we were introduced to CATs. I have to admit, this subject seems to be one I might struggle on. In the lesson we were introduced to key terms, and we had to do a vocabulary exercise where we had to think of as many words as we could that related to journalism. I could think of five words. FIVE! I think I really struggled in that lesson, and realised that I need to read more journalism related books in order to learn the key terms.

01.10.12 – Today we learned the history of journalism (see History of Journalism). The history of journalism interested me because I had already learned part of it in A level English Language, but I am also a historian so I like to see how that element is involved too. In the future I must learn to either write quicker, or learn shorthand, because I write too slow.
08.10.12 – Today we had a lecture on Semiotics. I had already touched on Semiotics in A level Media Studies. In this lesson I made a mental note to buy some books on Semiotics, which I have, because I do not understand the concept of messages being hidden in pictures too well.

15.10.12 – Today we had a lady from the library in, and we were told that we had to do a presentation on media milestone. The lady showed us some E-Resources that would be helpful, and we checked out the site. I think the lesson went rather well, except I realised how nervous I was to present in front of the whole class.

22.10.12 – Today we started researching out presentations. I was doing my presentation on the BBC and I admit, I found it hard to research. I realised that in the future I must research my work thoroughly and plan more before actually presenting.
05.11.12 – 03.12.12 – For these lessons, we learned more key skills and prepared for our presentations properly. We presented on the 03.12.12 and I have to admit, I was very nervous. I was second up and made quite a few mistakes. I spoke far too fast and flew through the presentation because I was nervous. I have learned that I should have perhaps prepared more and should have left the slides on longer, because people could not read through them properly. While we were not preparing for the presentations, we learned a little about Propaganda and how it was used in the media during the wars. We also discussed Media Ownership and how different organisations deal with ownership and censorship. This was easy enough, although I may need to do more research to understand it properly.

10.12.12 – Last lesson before Christmas. We discussed how we thought the presentations went and were given some work to do over the holidays. We were given a booklet that introduces us to feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis and formalism, all of which look really hard and complicated.

BBC Presentation


This is my CATs BBC presentation.

The script is here:

– History of the BBC
– WW2 and Ceefax
– Research department and Sound
– How journalism has changed over time/BBC CASE STUDY

History of Journalism

593AD – First printing press in China

700AD – First newspaper in Beijing

1436-1450 – Guternberg/the first actual printing press

1476 – The first English printing press/William Caxton

1709 – First copyright law and Worcester journal (longest running paper)

1702 – First daily paper launched

C19 – First modern press

1907 – National Union of Journalists formed

1910 – Newsreel at cinema

1916 – War news/propaganda advertised at cinema/”War News”

1922- BBC granted a license to operate (private at first)

1926 – BBC becomes public

1929 – First sound newsreel (“Movietone news”)

1936 – First TV shows

1948 – BBC’s debut newsreel makes first debut in Jan

1955 – ITV debut

1964 – The Sun is launched

1967 – Digital production with computers

1969 – News International acquire the Sun and News of the World

1971 – Printing presses becoming more common

1980 – CNN debut

1982 – Channel 4 debut

1986 – First colour paper “Today”

1988 – Sky News and World Wide Web debut/creation

1994 – Radio 5 live debut

1997 – Channel 5 debut

2010 – News International and Online Paywall content

2010 – iPad created