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As mentioned previously, the article first sparked into life whilst our year were working as writers for the Universitys Informer newspaper, and from there took off. As a member of the sports desk the article was mentioned to me, before being delegated on my shoulders by another second year at a later date, very close to the deadline at which articles were to be handed in.
Overall i feel that the article which i wrote was finished to a high standard, starting off with a first draft, before undergoing subsequent editing checks from members of the second year who were acting as editors for the paper before it finally being cleared to be 'Ok' at the thrid attempt. This I feel made me sure that the article was a news worthy piece which was written in a suitable fashion.
The subject of the article is obviously the Universitys netball team, and their success at the time. In order to gain a source for the article I checked via the universitys webpage for anything related to the netball team. I also checked on the University sport league tables website bucs.org.uk. After failing to find a contact number in this attempt, i found that the netball team had their own social Facebook page, following up a paper trail put onto the University's Facebook page highlighting sports clubs.
I sent a message to the admin of the page, who was the captain Naomi Mc Grath, as well as Zoe Andrew and Georgia Roberts, who were also highlighted on the page. From this i gained a reply from two of the three members, and subsequently based my article on their response from messages sent back and forth. I feel that i used this method of interview for a number of reasons.
Firstly, due to the time constraints and the distance involved in travelling to Lancaster, where the team was based, as well as the financial issues, i chose not to follow the face to face route. Furthermore due to the fact that the members would type their responses i would be able to directly quote them, easier than over a phonecall. Lastly, i think that at this time i was nervous about interviewing one of my peers on a subject that i had had only a little time to prepare for, and therefore chose the messaging route, at the end of the day as an easier option.
The sources proved useful to the overall finish to the article, and helped me complete the article in time for the deadline.
I feel that my article, although not the most solid in its construction or the time frame that i was given turned out successfully, as i was able to produce a piece of Journalism that i would be happy to call my own following a stressful period of working on it. It may not be the greatest piece ever, but it is one that i was proud to have completed to the standard that it was, given the restraints i was under.
Thanks for reading,