Stage 1 Planning: Research

With LGBT Youth, there are many focuses, such as Bullying, Mental Health and Homophobia & Hate Crime (not to be confused with bullying). These three focuses are the main aspects that gay men and women are targeted with.

Bullying in Schools

  • 95% of pupils hear the word ‘gay’ being used as an insult or something they don’t like
  • Only 9% of pupils thought that a pupil or member of staff would feel safe telling people they were LGB in school
  • Over half of pupils had witnessed homophobic bullying in school
  • 28% of pupils felt that homophobic language or bullying was dealt with well in school
  • 13% said that reporting bullying actually resulted in anything being done about it
  • 21% of pupils said they would report homophobic bullying or stand up for a pupil who was being bullied, this rose to 93% after students watched the play
  • 75% of staff had witnessed homophobic bullying in school
  • 58% did not feel that their school was a safe and welcoming place for lesbian, gay or bisexual pupils


Mental & Physical Health

  • LGB people are twice as likely as heterosexual people to have suicidal thoughts or to make suicide attempts
  • LGB people are two to three times more likely than heterosexual people to suffer from depression
  • Over half of gay young people deliberately harm themselves yet the NSPCC estimates that for young people in general its between 1 in 15 and 1 in 10.
  • 1 in 5 BME lesbian and bisexual (LB) bisexual women have an eating disorder compared to 1 in 20 of the general population
  • 1 in 4 gay and bisexual (GB) men report being in fair or bad health compared to 1 in 6 men in general
  • A third of GB men who have accessed healthcare services in the last year have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation
  • A quarter of GB men currently smoke compared to 22% of men in general
  • Across all age groups LGB people could be seven times more likely to take drugs
  • One in 12 LB women have been diagnosed with breast cancer compared to one in 20 of all women


Homophobia & Hate Crime

  • 1 in 5 LGB people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years, yet just 1 in 4 reported them to the police (Stonewall, 2008).
  • In 2011 just 194 reports were made to Greater Manchester Police, indicating a 6% decrease on the previous year
  • According to Home Office figures in 2011-12 Greater Manchester had the highest proportion of hate crime overall of any county. It was reported to have 17.9 hate crimes per 1,000 crimes, compared to 9.8 in Lancashire, and 10.82 in Cumbria.



LGBT & Social Media

Social media is a large aspect of LGBT, with many success stories being posted daily.  From daily instagram & tumblr posts of people ‘coming out’ to live videos on YouTube – LGBT success is seen everywhere.

Tom Daley – “Tom Daley: Something I’ve wanted to say…”

Rhodes Bros – “Twins Come Out To Dad”

Ellen Page – Coming Out Speech


Stage 1 Planning: Research

Stage 1 Planning: Guests

For this documentary I need to contact a variety of guests to gain different types of information to help keep the documentary interesting and informative.  For this documentary I need to contact;

  • 2 LGBT Charities
  • LGBT members

I’ve decided to try and gain contact with LGBT Youth Scotland, and Stonewall UK as my two charities.
LGBT Youth hold lots of information of the current Youth trends and I believe gaining their insight will help focus solely on YOUTH support.
Stonewall is a much broader charity, and focuses on all types of LGBT from many ages. However, I believe their insight on the media would be beneficial to the documentary. Stonewall has lots of support from many celebrities, and I believe gaining knowledge on how people are more open about LGBT subjects would be interesting.

UPDATE (19/4)
LGBT Youth Scotland are currently in talks with members of staff to see who is free for an interview. They were contacted via email. Stonewall UK are unavailable.
With this information, I will contact further charities to ask for more content.

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LGBT Members
For this documentary, I need stories. I need guests that can discuss their lives and their struggles, to understand the support they received.
For this, I decided that I need to contact university societies, as they include so many different people with different backgrounds, that would really help show a variety in my documentary.
For this, I will contact the University of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh, due to current connections at both universities.

UPDATE (17/4)
Dundee University have agreed to be involved and are currently arranging a suitable date. I have been in contact with the General Manager of the society, Kie regarding further information.

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Stage 1 Planning: Guests

Stage 1 Planning: Documentary Ideas

The Individual Radio Documentary
While looking at the documentary, I wanted something that would support members of the public and would help spread peoples stories of help and progress. My three key ideas were as follows;

LGBT Youth
I thought about creating a documentary on the youth of LGBT, and focusing on individual stories, and how their coming out has been positive. I wanted to look at the media, and how the media now portrays LGBT news and storylines, focusing on the changes from now, and 10/15 years ago. As this topic is more common in today’s society, I feel like this focus already holds a lot of identifiable knowledge, that can be portrayed creatively in a documentary. 

Start Up Business
I also thought about new businesses, and how a start-up business needs support to continue, through fundraising and possible government schemes to help a new business begin. I wanted to interview new start up business owners and discuss their struggles and how they have overcome them. This would help focus on people and their stories, as the world of business is growing vastly, especially in younger individuals.

Young parents are now more common in the UK than ever. I wanted to interview young parents and discuss their struggles and support needed to raise a child while also focusing on gaining employment for themselves and making sure that their future grows.
Young Parenting is such a popular topic in television programmes and films, and showing light to the reality of this topic would be beneficial in educating audiences.

After looking at all three documentaries, I decided to go with the LGBT Youth package. I believe this was the right choice as our target audience is of 15 – 29 years old and for the BBC Radio 1 audience. This audience is cultured with the current media trends and understands the issues at hand. This audience is also the audience that needs more information, because its more common for them to experience coming out now.
I feel like this topic will give me the opportunity to make a nice creative piece and will be easier to gain guests that are more suited for our one hour programme.

Therefore, I will start planning the LGBT Youth documentary.


Stage 1 Planning: Documentary Ideas

Stage 1 Planning: Meetings


First Meeting (2/2/2016):
During this meeting we were placed into our groups and discussed our personal plans for the documentaries.

After deliberating the station style and target audience, we decided to go with a BBC Radio 1 feel. We decided to use this station style due to us all being within this target audience of 15 – 29 years old. Not only this, but we are all from different parts of the UK, and beyond – and BBC is known for focusing on not only local, but national affairs. The main key is that BBC 1 like to focus on social media, and while all our group use social media sites to research and browse, we believed that this station is best suited for us all due to its chatty and informal feel, yet still informative.

Using the BBC Radio 1 idea, we decided on a list of themes that we could use that would link into the station feel.

The themes discussed were as follows;
support – helping others and gaining encouragement
countries – local and nationwide findings to help educate audiences with different cultures.
student living – encourage students and pre-students to go into further education and show a balance to student life.

After discussing the possibilities, we decided to go with SUPPORT as we felt this fitted into our individual documentaries best. As some members of the team couldn’t attend the meeting, I then sent all our discussions to the team through our Facebook chat to keep all of the group notified and then make sure to hear their opinions. The rest of the group not in attendance agreed with our decisions.

Second Meeting (9/2/2016):
Within the second meeting we focused on the individual packages and how these would fit into our theme of support. After discussing each package, we then turned this into a running order for the hour long show, so that we had an overall feel for how the show would work.

ELI: Hidden Doors
CALLUM: Young Carers
NAOMI: Breast Cancer Awareness
MEL: Brewing Beer

We decided on this running order as it gave us space to have the more serious topics mixed in with the feel good content.

Third Meeting 23/2/2016):
In this meeting, we used the time to brainstorm possible guests for our hour long show. We wanted someone that would be able to connect to at least one of the documentaries, while also having their own support network or situation. During this discussion, I mentioned my friend had recently been on a 6 month adventure in South Africa and used this time for self betterment and a way to support her.
The group agreed, that if she was free we should have her in the hour long documentary – as she was also a singer, and adding her music would help break up the show from constant dialogue.

Fourth Meeting (8/3/2016):
We had a short meeting to make sure everyone was happy with their individual packages, in regards to the documentary pitch the following week. Many of the group seemed happy with this discussion and believed they were all on track for our deadlines.
As the only member of the group to attend all meetings, I’ve published all minutes to our Facebook group chat to keep everyone in the loop.

Fifth Meeting (15/3/2016):
I invited our guest, Sophie Stanistreet to the college to discuss the support documentary idea. This gave us a chance to pitch our show to her, and help find a way to fit her into the running order. The group seemed happy with the ideas being thrown around, and Sophie seemed comfortable with show idea. At the moment, Sophie is unsure whether she will be free for the documentary live show, and therefore we are currently finding a backup, in case Sophie cannot be in attendance. A few of our group members have a friends interested in the documentaries and we could use them if necessary.

Sixth Meeting (12/4/2016)
In this meeting we decided on team roles in the coming weeks for the hour long show.
For this, we needed to decide on specific areas that need focused on, so that we can all work together. The roles were decided between myself, Eli and Ellen – and then we discussed with the others on Facebook, as they were unavailable for the class.

The roles are as follows…
Jingle – Ellen
Scripting – Callum and Mel
Guest Segment – Matt
Bed Music selection – Naomi
Playlist & Synergy Production – Eli

Further roles will be decided on the lead up to the actual show, regarding presenting, producer and editor.


Stage 1 Planning: Meetings

Stage 1 Planning: Analysis of the Brief

For the graded unit, the brief states that we must create a 6-8 minute documentary, that can be placed into a one-hour long show, filled with other packages on a specific theme or subject. As part of the grade, I will need to create a package that can be devised, edited and produced by myself on a chosen subject, that fits into the theme that will be decided between the group.

Before deciding on a chosen theme, the group must decide on a specific radio station and time of broadcast that can help us obtain a feel and understanding of the type of show that will need to be created. To do this, I will need to listen to different stations, and multiple shows to gain a broader understanding of the type of show necessary. For this, I will need to take into consideration the target audience of the station, the general likes and dislikes, along with the stations location. This is necessary to help create an hour long show, that will stick to a specific station and feel to make the magazine programme entertaining for the listeners.

As the listeners are the importance of each show, focusing on a target audience will also be required. I’ll need to look into what type of listener would want to tune into my magazine programme to help rearrange the content to their likings. To do this, I will need to think of the type of person tuned in, and focus on their age, gender, location and interests.

For my documentary, I will need to focus on making sure I research the topic I have chosen. The information must be precise and correct to cover the full 6 – 8 minutes that I am limited to. As part of the graded unit, I require 3 guests (minimum) to bulk up the documentary and help give insightful knowledge that I will need to record and interview. I will also need to decide on relevant music and sound effects to help keep the audience enticed. Once I have decided on an idea, and researched the programme, I will then need to pitch this to my class and sign all form releases.

I must also make sure that I have access to the equipment to create the documentary before pitching. I need to make sure I have access to the radio studio already installed with Synergy, as well as the microphones, audio clips and guests – along with an audio editing software such as Pro Tools to make sure all the work can be completed. I will also need to make sure I focus on all costings, such as hiring studio space and actors, in the case of being unable to use the student studio.

Before the show, I will have the audio release forms ready, as well as making sure the areas used for interviews are Health and Safety verified for the guests and I. As well as making sure all ethical guidelines are met before interviewing children.  As the hour long show approaches, changes may need to be made. Therefore, I must have a Plan B in case of any problems, such as a failed appearance of a guest or a technical fault.

The documentary must then fit into a one hour magazine programme, filled with multiple documentaries edited and produced by other students. As a group we must decide on a specific theme for our hour long show, making sure that the content is all similar and that the show runs smoothly. The style must remain the same throughout, based on the station style previously decided, as well as making sure the extra guest not included in the documentaries is timetabled into the hour long show, yet still in line with the theme of the whole hour.

With this group, we must decide on specific team roles and understand everyones strengths and weaknesses to create an hour long magazine programme that runs smoothly. While each member must create their own documentary – presenting and interviewing, along with producing the show can be decided as a whole to script the programme correctly and help things run efficiently. With this group, we must attend meetings and create minutes on plans to help prepare for the show, making sure that we work together.

For budgeting, an hour at Banana Row Studios in Edinburgh would cost £30, and an hour with a presenter would cost, £125 – making the total spend £155. This would not include travelling expense which would be dependant on location of each guest.

Our show will be live on the 17th of May 2016, however there are many things we need to plan before this, to make sure that the hour can run as smoothly as possible.
To do this, we must set deadlines on creating the documentary, planning and scripting as well as extra jingles and effects all set for the day of broadcast.
To keep on track, these meetings will help create check points and a Gantt chart should be used to visually show our current situation.


Planning Timeline

Start Date Duration End Date
Brainstorm Ideas 01-Mar 7 07-Mar
Team Discussion 08-Mar 7 14-Mar
Brainstorm Guests 15-Mar 7 21-Mar
Story Arc 22-Mar 7 28-Mar
Pitch 29-Mar 7 04-Apr
Contact Guests 05-Apr 7 11-Apr
Organise Questions 12-Apr 16 28-Apr
Interview Guests 13-Apr 15 28-Apr
Edit Interviews 29-Apr 4 02-May
Organise SFX & Music 26-Apr 7 02-May
Record Presenter 02-May 1 03-May
Edit Audio 03-May 5 07-May
Final Edit Package 08-May 2 10-May
Stage 1 Planning: Analysis of the Brief

The Guests

After contacting multiple guests, I received a reply back from both Hugh Lockhart, the producer of the first Robert Burns musical ‘Rabbie’ – and Peter T Hughes, the president of the World Burns Federation.

Last year I directed a production called ‘Rabbie’ and worked with the World Burns Federation on portraying Robert Burns in the right way. Therefore, having this contact made it a lot easier.

Peter T Hughes has been part of the World Burns Federation for many years, and has attended many events and speeches, and therefore I knew that he held a lot of knowledge from overhearing others and from his study. The website, holds lots of articles and clips about the world around Burns, and Peter T Hughes has broadcasted his knowledge of Rabbie on many occasions.

For this documentary I needed someone who had extra knowledge about Rabbie that was obscure, and I knew that he had a lot of information on Robert Burns, including specifics on dates and names. Therefore, I believed having him on this documentary would be beneficial as I would be able to educate the public on things they probably didn’t know about Robert Burns and the traditions behind the Burns Supper.
I made contact through the reception of the World Burns Federation – and was given a mobile number to make further contact.jigs0p8

and received the following reply;




The Guests