Week Two¦Project 2


We had a group tutorial with Jane on the 24th January where only Nikki and myself were able to attend.  It was unfortunate that neither Vanessa or Cameron could attend as they were both ill, however I do understand as it is that time of year where there is lots of illnesses flying around!

In the meeting we discussed with Jane the question we had chosen and she advised us to take a certain angle on the presentation as many other groups had also chosen our question.  We decided to look at the sensitive storylines from the audiences point of view and the ways in which they reacted to them.  In the meeting I mentioned Stuart Hall’s theory on readings (preferred, negotiated, oppositional) and I told Nikki I would include that in the research, including more research about the audiences perception of the storylines and would get the research back to her by the following Monday.  We also wanted to include some information about television regulation as we wanted to know why some particular soap storylines were allowed onto television, despite the controversy that they caused.

After the meeting I headed straight to the library to pick up some books on british television and regulation.  I was able to find several books on the topics and thought that the books would provide me with all the information I need.  However, I soon discovered that the books were rather outdated (post 2000) and most of the information did not apply.  Although I was able to find some information about audience readings from the books and apply them to the research, I found that most of my research had to be from online sources, including newspapers and journals, as these were the most current and applied to the topic.

The week continued with Nikki and I being in constant communication, looked over by the PM, discussing the script which Nikki had made and if any improvements were needed or if any more research needed to be done.  I found with being the researcher for this particular task, there were a lot of unknown unknown’s and were not known to be needed until Nikki was writing the script.  The Facebook group allowed us however to be in communication with each other and I was able to quickly research for Nikki anything that she needed. 

Overall, Nikki was a brilliant content creator!



Week One|Project 2


For our second project we were to produce an academic powerpoint presentation answering one of four questions.

After a meeting on 20th January, we have decided as a group to answer the question:

Are there some stories that are just too sensitive for soap operas to cover? Discuss in relation to specific examples from television and/or radio.

As researcher, I was really drawn into this question as when I first read it, I instantly thought of the Eastenders Baby Swap storyline and that we could easily find a tremendous amount of research on this.

After the meeting, I set about researching the two main soap operas on television – Eastender’s and Coronation Street.  We chose to include Coronation Street as during that week and the previous week, they had been airing a sensitive storyline over an assisted suicide. My research contained average viewing figures for both the soap operas, research on both the storylines and also general key themes in soap operas.

My research found that most soap operas are set in a working class society and found that more often than not, there is a strong female character in most major story lines.

We have a meeting on the 25th with Jane and I will hand my research to Nikki whilst I am there and see if she needs anything else.