TV Documentary Journalism assignment – ‘Recovery: The Stories of Eden Gate’

This is the 10-minute TV documentary I made for my 3rd year Journalism assignment, about the Newport charities Eden Gate and Newport Night Shelter who work with homeless people and addicts in Newport. This is the first documentary I made by myself and while I have briefly learned how to film and edit on the Journalism course, this is the first time I have had to film and edit a whole production by myself. I have to admit to feeling very much out of my comfort zone during the whole process, but I feel very proud with the end result and proud in myself for taking on this challenge on my own. However, I could not have done it without the help of my friend Jack Buckley who guided me through the whole editing process and somehow managed to put up with me. I’d like to thank Eden Gate volunteer Helen Shephard who helped introduce me to everyone at the charity and made the filming process much easier, and (of course) both Eden Gate and Newport Night Shelter for letting me film them, as well as the inspirational people I interviewed.

The whole process was very eye-opening for me and gave me an insight into just what these people go through, and I was privileged to meet some of the amazing people the charity has helped who have turned their lives around as well as the incredible volunteers and Caroline Johnson, who started Eden Gate.

This is my first documentary so it’s not without its flaws, but I’m very proud of the end result and hope that you enjoy it just as much.