While working with guests and interviewing members of the public, it was important to sign Audio Release Forms for all members of the public involved in the 6 – 8 minute package, as well as the hour long show.
This was very important as it gave me permission to broadcast, edit and adapt the information given as well as the option to be acknowledged as a contributor to the project. A copy of the Audio Release Form was also given to each member of the project to keep in case of any queries. All members, including the LGBT Officer, the Dundee University guests and the presenter signed the Audio Release Form – as well as the guest used throughout the hour long show.
The facts and figures used within my documentary were also confirmed by the United Kingdom 2010 Census, which has also been published within many national media outlets. It was important to get the figures correct, as the facts were opening the storyline.
The music used within this package were also covered under the PRS licensing, used as a backing throughout the show and 6 – 8 documentary.
While working with the LGBT community, one of the biggest slip ups people can find is using the wrong pronouns when someone is transitioning. One of my biggest concerns was making sure not to unknowingly insult a guest but using the wrong pronoun. I made it very clear before interviewing each member what their preferred pronouns were and tried to stick to this while interviewing and introducing them in the 6 – 8 minute package.
With the Gender Recognition Act 2004 allowing transgender people to legally change their gender, it was even more important to make sure that I made no mistakes. While many members of the community understand it can be difficult and are very lenient about slip ups, I wanted to make sure I stayed professional and accurate.
Ethically, it was important also to make sure that I followed the Ofcom rules on fairness (Ofcom Section 7), making sure that the story told was non bias and showed a spectrum, not putting anyone unnecessarily in a bad light. It was important not to name and shame, while also showing as much privacy (Ofcom Section 8) as possible for each guest.
Health & Safety
When interviewing the LGBT Officer at Edinburgh College, I had no problems contacting and meeting with Caitlyn. As Caitlyn is a member of Edinburgh College, the fire exits were already in place, and a quick tour and guide around the Radio Studio helped show any problems and thoughts in case of an emergency. While Caitlyn was a stranger to me before this project, there were many other pupils in the studio, and within Edinburgh College itself.
Interviewing the LGBT Society at Dundee University meant that I had to travel up to Dundee alone. Luckily, one of my friends is at Dundee and in the society, which meant that I had a guide throughout my journey and something that knew all involved. We also held the interviews within Abertay University recording studios, which meant I was logged as a visitor and was informed of the fire exit drills by a member of staff.
Health and Safety was also important while in the studio, as thete were many of us broadcasting throughout the show. While the room was crammed with 8 people, all members of the room were aware of the fire exits, and the studio etiquette while working with electricals.