Monthly Archives: August 2012

Practise Research Project 6


In May I went to meet Chris she was extremely interested in my project she has done a lot of work for guide dogs, from helping on the tours, giving speech’s about being a Guide Dog owner, and has been on TV for the charity.

            Chris was diagnosed with Retina Pigamentosa many years after seeing something on daytime TV explaining about symptoms that were similar to hers; she is now completely blind and has had 5 Guide Dogs since then as well as completing 2 degrees and raising 2 children.

            Chris has a best friend called Shane he’s a golden Labrador retriever cross. And she has 3 grandchildren who came round whilst I was there. And they have agreed to be in my documentary. ‘My Life, My Nan and Her Best Friend’ 



Practise Research Project 5


The series My Life, is in my opinion a hidden gem on the CBBC channel it is not something that too many people know about in particular adults (some who actually work for CBBC) don’t know that there is a documentary series for children about children but in many cases the children who actually fit into the channels target audience they don’t know either.

I know this from some research I carried out with some groups of 9 year old children out of 8 only one had actually seen and knew of the series.

The series is not actually made by the BBC’s in house team it instead is made through independent production companies for the BBC because these are themselves based across the county it means that the contributors of the documentaries also are. 

Documentary series following the highs and lows of a group of youngsters. Tackling a different subject each episode, the strand provides an insight into the lives of different children across the UK, each with a unique story to tell.

 The series’ have seen many amazing children contributors with incredible stories to tell, there have been episodes about disabilities, sports, traveller children’s, children’s whose parents are in Afghanistan and whose dad’s are in prison, over coming their stammer, children with alopecia, children with prosthetic limbs, narcolepsy, dwarfism, and to a child getting a kidney transplant from his dad.

I have seen them all and can tell you that the series is extremely diverse and as you can see covers some very serious issues.

It was at this point that I realised that from knowing the concept for the series you could see the programme themes fitting on BBC2, BBC3, Channel 4 or Channel 5. And even with their contributors being children the programmes would still do extremely well if they were appealing to a older target audience. So I wondered how it was possible to make the series about complex issues suitable for children if the CBBC channels target audience is 6- 12 years old.

 I set myself the research area and question Looking into CBBC’s series My Life what factors are important to make factual programming about serious subjects suitable and appropriate for children?

It would be through making my own version of a My Life episode I would endeavour to answer to this question. 

Practise Research Project 4


2nd August


(We are looking back and it’s about May time now.)

 Now that I am a volunteer for guide dogs, I have learnt so much not only about the charity and the great work it can do but also about the amazing partnerships that have been made.

 My Job role, is as Media Assistant so I have written several press releases one that I am particularly proud of because I wrote it as though from a guide dog Edward, through this I learnt that it costs on average £50,000 per dog that Guide Dogs fund, this figure I think is astonishing but so worth while.

 I have also decided that I would make a couple promotional videos for Guide Dogs to help promote the charity and hopefully encourage people to volunteer or perhaps even donate to the cause.

 Through out the process of becoming a volunteer, I met Janet who works for the charity and she put me in contact with Chris, who is a guide dog owner that might just be interested in being a part of my project! 

Fingers crossed.