Monday, April 18, 2016

Visiting speaker: Journalism professor

We are very lucky to have a Dr Sumaya Alnahed, a lecturer in journalism at the University of West London, visiting us to give a lecture on the impact of new and digital media on the news industry. 

The talk will take place on Wednesday in the Lecture Theatre during periods 3&4.

The impact of new/digital media on News is the Year 13 exam topic so it is essential for all A Level Media students.

The talk will focus mainly on the changing nature of news as a result of new technology and social media. Dr Alnahed is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree at UWL and her doctoral research compared the news agendas of Al Jazeera and the BBC. Some of her other research interests include the influence of geopolitics on news production, the political economy of news media and Arab media.

This is a brilliant opportunity to hear a university-level lecture just weeks before your final exams. It is open to all A Level students so do encourage Economics, Politics and Business students who are free to join us in the Lecture Theatre.

Make sure you are there!

Revision: MEST1 mock exam

Your full MEST1 mock exam is next week on Wednesday 27 April.

We've collectively produced some stunning coursework over the last few months and now we need to match that top-grade performance in the exam.

This mock exam will be in your normal Media lesson time so you will not have to miss any other lesson. Make sure you attend ALL lessons before and after your Media exam - I do not expect to hear from any colleagues with reports of truancy or lateness.

However, due to the two hour running time of the exam you may miss some of your break or lunch - but it WILL be worth it in the long run!

You need to be revising EVERYTHING you've learned in Media this year. These PowerPoints may help you:

Film Language unit

MIGRAIN Introduction to Media unit

MEST1 Section B - Film Industry / Ill Manors unit

Remember to look closely over your feedback and learner responses for previous MEST1-style assessments. You need to make sure you acting on your feedback and improving key aspects of your exam performance. And remember the most important thing for BOTH Section A and Section B:

READ AND ANSWER THE QUESTION!

Good luck with your revision - this is your last formal practice before the real thing next month. Take it seriously!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Coursework deadline: Friday 15 April

Your A Level Media coursework deadline is Friday 15 April.

You need to submit the following before you leave:
  • A completed candidate record form to send to the exam board
  • A minimum of 12 pages of research and planning in your coursework folder
  • Printed copies of your Little Picturehouse print brief in your folder
  • PDF copies of the print work submitted to Mr Qureshi electronically
  • An exported video file submitted to Mr Qureshi electronically
  • A printed copy of your evaluation, 1.5 line spaced, in your folder
  • An electronic copy of your evaluation posted to your blog
You will have any Media lesson time on Friday to submit this work or can attend Media at lunchtime, after school or during free periods.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT miss lessons in any other subject in order to work in Media. This will never be requested or sanctioned by the Media department.

Good luck getting the work in - there is an impressive standard across both classes already and this could be the best set of grades yet!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Level Easter sessions confirmed

We now have confirmed dates for BOTH A Level Media Easter coursework sessions.

The sessions will take place on:

Thursday 31 March 9am-3pm - Mr Bush
Friday 1 April 9am-3pm - Mr Qureshi

Mr Qureshi and Mr Bush have VERY kindly agreed to open up the Media department on those days between 9am and 3pm. Media computers and equipment will be available but if you want feedback and an idea of what grade you're working at on the Friday you will need to email your coursework teacher or speak to Mr Bush when he is there. Mr Qureshi will be on hand for advice and guidance but will be running the session single-handedly so please bear with him.

I won't be running any sessions this Easter because baby Halsey is due on 31 March so I'll be very much needed at home!

Good luck with the coursework and keep working to those phenomenal professional standards we know you are capable of!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Post-16 Easter sessions

We have managed to arrange TWO A Level Media coursework sessions during the Easter holidays.

Mr Qureshi and Mr Bush have VERY kindly agreed to open up the Media department on Friday 1 April between 9am and 3pm. Media computers and equipment will be available but if you want feedback and an idea of what grade you're working at on the Friday you will need to email your coursework teacher. Mr Qureshi will be on hand for advice and guidance but will be running the session single-handedly so please bear with him.

Those key details again:

A Level Media coursework
Thursday 31 March 9am-3pm - Mr Bush
Friday 1 April 9am-3pm - Mr Qureshi

I won't be running any sessions this Easter because baby Halsey is due on 31 March so I'll be very much needed at home!

Good luck with the coursework and keep working to those phenomenal professional standards we know you are capable of.

MEST2 Evaluation

Deadlines are fast approaching and you now need to be working on your MEST2 Evaluation. This is worth 20 marks and will make or break your overall coursework grade.

You can find the evaluation guidance here. You don't have to follow it exactly but you DO need to address each aspect in some way if you want to achieve a top mark.

The original MEST2 2016 brief is here. Remember, we have done Brief 1 (The Little Picturehouse) and within that (a) Broadcasting and (b) Print. You must make this clear in your introduction. Remember your evaluation also needs to address the third brief, e-media. This means writing in detail about what you would have done for the e-media task which is a film blog. 

You will have one tutorial giving you final feedback on your evaluation on Wednesday 13 April. If you miss this deadline, you will not get any feedback on your evaluation.

The FINAL coursework deadline for all planning, production work and evaluation is Friday 15 April.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March PPE: learner response tasks

Your March PPE result will hopefully show progress from January in your response to MEST1 Section A.

The most important aspect of any mock exam is making mistakes and learning from them. You need to closely analyse your performance across each question and identify specific ways you will improve for the full MEST1 mock exam after Easter and the real thing in May. Complete the following learner response tasks:

1) Type up your feedback in full (you do not need to write mark/grade if you do not wish to).

2) Read through the mark scheme. Pay particular attention to pages 5-8 that has anticipated content for each of the questions in Section A. How many of these potential points did you make? Did you successfully answer the questions?

3) Which was your strongest question? Why did you do better in that particular question?

4) Which was your weakest question? Again, try and identify why this happened. Did you misinterpret the question? Did you run out of time?

4) Read the Examiner's Report in full. For each question in Section A, would you classify your response as one of the more successful or less successful responses the Chief Examiner discusses? Why? What could you do differently next time? Write a reflection for EACH question in the paper.

5) Choose your weakest question in Section A and re-write an answer in full based on the suggested content from the Mark Scheme and Examiner's Report. The original clip from the exam is here

Your blog answer needs to be comprehensive and meet the criteria for Level 4 of the mark scheme. This will be an absolute minimum of three well-developed paragraphs (and may be more) with specific reference to elements of the clip.

Complete this during the lesson you are given your paper back before continuing your independent Section B case study.