A Virtual Theatre Experience from News On Stage
News on Stage is an academic research project investigating the relationship between the public and journalists by putting them in the same room, albeit in this first instance via Zoom.
I was brought in to help create a simple website to host all the relevant information but as the project developed I loaned my expertise in digital platforms and video production to create the series of videos above.
We were very lucky to have Ben on our team to carry out a variety of jobs which made the event possible. His role expanded as the project progressed and his wide-ranging skills became evident. He created and set up the WordPress blog site for the whole project, produced and edited audio-visual materials and served as our technical consultant. Ben acted professionally throughout, demonstrating excellent technical skills in web and video production. His impressive media experience and up-to-date knowledge of online and offline production was invaluable. He also contributed in terms of creative input to the overall presentation of the event. His commitment, support and enthusiasm for the project was second to none. He took on jobs willingly and could be relied on to submit work when it was needed, always communicating effectively with the Director and supporting other members of the team. He was always willing to try out new things and research problems as they arose, while alerting us to any limitations or potential hazards. Ben continues to support the project in a voluntary role and we are indebted to him. I would happily recommend Ben for any similar role in the creative industries.Catherine Adams – Director
The placement was an opportunity to be part of a ground-breaking project in journalism performance, working in Covid19 lockdown in the new medium of Zoom.
Work included: Designed an original website for the project and continued to update and maintain the site long after the initial live event was over Helped to contribute logos, icons, artwork and branding for website and social media accounts Acted as technical consultant for the project, advising and assisting the director on many aspects of the production, from lighting sets to screen-sharing on Zoom Engaged actively and positively with the team and the audience before, during and after the event Attended all relevant meetings, rehearsals, performance and post-mortems Helped to publicise the event via social media Produced and edited audio-visual material to be shown during the event Produced and edited videos of the event (including excerpts and a highlights package) to a professional level Completed a post-event survey to contribute to the academic research part of the project.
The event comprised a director/host and 5 journalist/performers, working with actors. This is the first show of this kind in UK, where journalists ‘tell their stories’ exclusively to a live audience using drama. It’s part of some practice-based research into performative journalism. Here is the background to the project. https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/01/putting-news-on-stage-bringing-journalism-back-to-the-theater-as-a-public-space/