As I am beginning to approach the end of my degree I am now in a position of transitioning myself from being a student to being a professional. I have been fortunate to experience lots of different areas from within the media industry from writing for ‘The Man Inside’, Directing ‘Dream Catcher’ , capturing sound for ‘Struggle with life and race against time’, plentiful editing and even the auto-cue for ‘Spontaneous TV’ to name some but whilst these have been for my university coursework to put myself in a better stead for the competition of the media it is vital for me to gain professional experience independently.
To be involved in and have influence over many different activities, is, according to BBC Jobs 2014, a more efficient and realistic approach to gaining work within the media industry. For example if you work in the production of television it is unlikely that for every shoot you play the same role. I therefore intend to push myself throughout my professional experience module and outside to gain skills in many areas.
Whilst variety is important, in order to hold an attractive level of expertise in a particular area I have decided to specialise in the production of television and film for children.
This decision stems from an interest in how the media can and currently is being utilised to educate young people. If we look at a typical schedule on the CBBC channel it is obvious to see how television aimed at children is a whole different type of media of its own calibre.
Children think differently than adults and with the media thought by many to be ‘shaping the behaviours of our young people’ this both brings new challenges and opens up new doors (Evra , J 2004). Programming such as ‘Newsround’ are examples of ways in which we can educate children about world affairs in a way which appeals to them. ‘Hit the stage’ a programme which offers an insight into the working world can encourage children to value hard work and ambition and even ‘The story of Tracy Beaker’ a fictional and a seemingly one-layered series to a child actually discusses real life issues that children encounter such as relationship breakdown and puberty.
With great power comes great responsibility
It takes a lot of experience to be in the position of working for a mainstream channel so in order to better my chances of reaching this ultimate goal I am going to search for any opportunities which will enable me to build on my weaknesses and utilise my strengths needed to become a good producer of media for children.