Reading the Image – Evaluating my final production.

My project was an online article about plastic sea pollution and its harms and it goes on to how we can resolve the issue, and attached with it was an infographic giving small facts in relation with the article.

The project was aimed for an audience aged around 13 years old or younger.  I have done the article in a way where one doesn’t see a huge chunk of text as soon as they look at it and it is divided into paragraphs and bulleted forms – mentioning facts as they would be the most intriguing to read.  This did help make the article more interesting and it did reach its initial aim which was to educate on what we should do to reduce this problem.  However, the infographics was there to help the article seem more interesting, to get the audience to be more interested in reading the article and finding solutions – but I don’t think it did it justice as it was made up of all relevant facts but not facts that will encourage you to actually do something, I feel as it didn’t reach its initial purpose.

I feel as if my strengths in this project were mostly in the pre-production of it all and retrieving information from experts in the field. The structuring of what my article needed to include and look and finding reliable sources.  However, the actual production I lacked in it.  The infographic as I mentioned previously shouldn’t have been done that way, I feel as if it included actual pictures of what the said topic is causing and showing the actual harm it would have been more affective and what is written at the end of the article would have made more of an impact.

Another factor I feel I should have done better was that I should have kept the target audience in mind throughout as in the beginning my article was more for an older audience so I had to re-think it all and put the information as like an outline, hence this put me back in the time I had to finish.

For the peer review I didn’t get much feedback, except for three people mentioning that they thought the infographics did meet the target audience – and I think that only the first part of it actually did.  Another two factors they mentioned where about the background music that it matched with the infographic and the voice over was done professionally and I did agree with this point as I feel that Mark (voice over) projected the facts well and gave them life, as he spoke them in a way that gives out meaning and pre-caution.

I wasn’t given any feedback on the article, I think this was because all I could do in the peer review was explain briefly what it was about.

My final thought on this project would be, a positive one regarding the article however of course it could have been done better.  But towards the infographics it is a negative one as I feel it should have included much more work and that as I said it could have been done different.

Final Project

Project Statement:

My main project was to write an online article for students ages 15 and younger, I thought that to make it seem more interesting rather than adding images like usual, I decided to include a simple infographic to get the attention of the younger ones, hence why it is done looking so childish.  For the article I decided to divide it into separate paragraphs and point formed so that when they have a first glance at it, it doesn’t push them away from seeing a huge paragraph.  Also, the wording had to be kept simple and not give out details but give out a general idea as if I had done that, interest would have been lost.

Article:

Plastic Pollution and it_s harmful causes to the Sea

Infographics:

References:

References for infographics and article

Article Progress 2

Update –

I started writing my article and I was trying to find research which included a lot of statistics and technical words, however again after having a tutorial with my lecturer today, I came to a realisation that I shouldn’t be doing this as my audience target is that of a young age and I don’t think they would find these to be of any interest! So basically I had to build another plan for my article, as well as limiting myself to have a certain word count and a different structure.

Article Progress

Research:

The main research for my article was going to be gathered from people I will interview, which offered to help me.  However when I sent the questions, not only one time as I send a reminder the only people who got back to me were Cane Vella and Juan Jose Bonello, which I got incredible feedback from both of them however they didn’t have the knowledge on everything I had to ask, as it’s not all in their profession.  After speaking with my lecturer in a tutorial I realised how fast time is going by fast, I decided to gather information online and Juan really helped in finding sites as he sent me some which were proven to have real information.

Update (16 January)

Gayle Murphy did get back to me however at this point I had already written the whole article, but she sent me a voice recording to answer my questions and as I heard it I went through my article and confirmed that what I was mentioning in it was in fact correct information.

Infographics Progress.

So the infographics is turning out to be a lot different from what I have anticipated, so far I have officially scrapped out the idea of having a talking fish, as I mentioned in a previous blog post because of the copyright and then I officially removed it because I was finding it very difficult for me to actually do it and make it synch.  Another thing I am currently encountering is that I decided to draw most of the stuff myself on AE itself to make it look cartoonish and very 2d. The part I am currently re-doing is the way I will show the pictures which I took in Marsalforn.

Pitch reviews.

After I presented my pitch, I did get positive remarks and so I will continue on what I have planned to do.  A thing which I plan to change from my article is saying that recycling is the solution as I have discovered I was making a mistake and in reality re-dusing should be done.  Also, after the pitch I might scrape the idea of having the talking fish, as I was thinking of having a talking Nemo as it’s a well-known character but one of my lecturers pointed out that this would be copyright, so I’m not keen on the idea of having a talking fish anymore as I wanted to use itN Nemo as I said because he is a well-known character.

Initial Ideas and final Idea.

This morning (15th) I went to Marsalforn Gozo, where Cane Vella was organising a valley clean up which leads to Marsalforn Bay, with some schools in Gozo, I was invited to go to get some knowledge about how plastic harms the land and from what he spoke to me about and with what he told the students about I changed my idea and focus a bit.

My initial ideas were:

  • To film rocky beaches and sandy beaches to focus on how they are both being harmed in different ways.
  • To write an article about the albatross picture I had mentioned in a previous blog post!
  • To create a short infographics to briefly show how it can affect different livings.
  • To do an article with photographs, and I collect plastic from beaches and out of the plastic that is collected I can create an iconic character such as Nemo. this would be along side an article and it will show how this can harm our favourite mammals as well. 

However after the clean up in Gozo I decided to change my ideas to focus even more on Plastic waste! However keeping the initial idea of focusing on the sea.

Vella, mentioned a lot the recycling issues so I thought about changing my idea:

Therefore my final idea came to be this:

I will keep the infographics which will include a basic knowledge to its harm on the living (Focusing on turtles, birds and human beings) – which will be supported by an online informative article.

The article will open with explaining briefly what plastic is!

Then  I will move on to the infographics –

  • Showing ways in which way plastic can be injected in either of the three mentioned.
  • Show statistics of : how plastic litter in the sea increased throughout the years

how long plastic takes to decompose

To mention how till 2050 there will be more plastic than fish.

Then I will talk about how this can be prevented if we choose the right recycling and base it on how us as consumers and the government are handling it.

The article will be kept biased – Having the negative – ‘how it currently is’ / the positive – ‘how it is/can be solved’.

Inspiration

The following are some inspirations:

YouTube. (2017). How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean | National Geographic. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQTUWK7CM-Y [Accessed 17 Dec. 2017].

Recommended by Ms. Dorekens.:

Facebook.com. (2017). ATTN:. [online] Available at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/attn/videos/ [Accessed 17 Dec. 2017].

 

Article:

https://www.britannica.com/science/plastic-pollution

Chosen subject

From the previous task, I had mostly discussed social issues, however one of them was an environmental issues, concerning the sea a subject which I’m very passionate about, so I thought about focusing on sea pollution.

After choosing the said subject along with a class mate we did a word to word brainstorm to see what reminded us of the sea.

SEA:  Blue, Fish, Calm, Waves, Rocks, Boats, Turtles, Sun, Moana, Jellyfish, Finding Nemo, Mermaid, Sharks, Tails, Rough, Plastic, Drainage, Fishing, Oils, Dirty, Fishermen, Coral, Fossils, Seashells.

After doing this little brainstorm I was sure that I wanted to focus on ‘Sea Pollution‘ – targeting Plastic Waste – and it’s effects.

Therefore after I did a brainstorm of my own about what comes up to mind when I think of plastic waste in the sea.

Turtles

Doesn’t Decompose

Kills

Transparent

Garbage

Fish

Seawater species

Waste

Harms

Dirties

Plastic bags/packets

Plastic looks like Jellyfish

Jellyfish = food for some species

Unwanted smells

More sickness

After speaking with Cane Vella, a lab technician at University, who is currently conducting clean ups for Action Planet, I  got more of an idea on my subject and I had a few topics on which I could focus on:

  • Focus on rocky beaches and sandy beaches in Malta – to compare and contrast.
  • Focus on micro plastic
  • Focus on how it’s hurting the life under the sea.