Video Project- Finals De-stresser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyO96dBKf5g

For this assignment, we were asked to cover a newsworthy event and use the footage to compile an intriguing video for our audience to view. Trust me, it’s a lot easier said than done.

Excuse my hostility while writing this but I enjoyed this project up till the very end when we were asked to upload it to YouTube. My partner Lilly and I spent a few hours adjusting the video and adding little details to make it perfect. But somehow we were unable to get it to upload.

I did enjoy this project and I really liked working with Adobe Premiere, however by the end of this assignment, I found that I was so frustrated that I never wanted to use it again.

Aspects that I enjoyed were the many features associated with Premiere. I feel like if I had more time to work on the project, I could have added a lot more detail. I also like how the program was organized and how easy it was to add and remove different clips.

What I didn’t like was how annoying it was to try to upload the video to different accounts. I also grew very tiresome of how the program would stop running periodically during my time working on it.

If I could do things differently, I would try to incorporate more background noise. I did attempt this but it would not save to my video.

In the future I could see myself having to use this program again… But lets hope that never happens… Just kidding. Video’s are a great way to share news stories and personally I have always loved viewing them. I just didn’t realize till this project how much work it actually takes. I hope that I can become more savvy with the program and someday be able to use it in my career and not have the same, bitter emotions I had during this go around.

I’m feeling a little “twitter”-pated

https://twitter.com/ashwilliams011

For this assignment we were asked to “tweet” about a live event going on around campus. As I contemplated on what to do my assignment on, I found an exciting event being held at Prexy’s Pasture was a perfect activity to report on.

At first it was a little strange as I am not someone who frequently posts and follows the Twitter feed. However, after about my third tweet, I began to have a lot of fun with it.

What I found I really enjoyed was the short, simple sentences required to compose a tweet. I am not a person who has the attention span to read long stories so Twitter is the best way I can get my information quickly and simply. I also love being able to have the ability to hashtag keywords so if you’re looking for similar posts about the same subject you can do so quickly.

I’ve tried to think of reasons why I didn’t like this assignment and to be honest, I couldn’t come up with any. I thought it was super easy for starters and extremely simple. I mean I think a toddler could tweet in all honesty.

 I feel this assignment was very informative as I learned how to make appropriate, newsworthy tweets. It was also a great way to interact with classmates and see the events they were attending. I was surprised by the amount of information I was able to compile just at that one event. I could have had way more than ten tweets by the time I was through with the assignment. The thing I would have done differently was compile more tweets and make them a little more intriguing than what I did. I also might have tried to incorporate some video and photo footage as well.

As technology becomes more important as the years carry on, I could see myself having to use Twitter as means of communicating to whoever my audience might be. As a journalist it is very important to have quick and accurate information. I feel Twitter will be the most effective way to get the news out there and receive feedback from the public.

Soundslides Group Project… Oh Yeah!

For this particular assignment we were asked to create a Soundslide project which basically required making a slideshow full of audio and pictures to go along with.

I personally thought this assignment would be much more difficult especially after reading the first initial syllabus but after having a partner who was also very knowledgeable about the project, I found together we made a great team.

            From doing this assignment I learned how to make a news story unlike any other I’ve dealt with before. I honestly have a lot more respect for journalists who do these types of projects on their own because of the time and persistence it requires. If it wasn’t for my partner I probably would have pulled my hair out, seriously. As far as noteworthy experiences go, I guess our adventure to the Laramie Animal Shelter was one for the books as it’s something I probably wouldn’t have done on my own.

            I really like the Soundslide program as opposed to other programs I’ve worked with similar to this one in the past. I thought it was really easy to navigate around and very simple when it came to uploading images and audio. I think my biggest concern about the program was organizing pictures to fit the audio. However, once I was able to get the hang of that aspect it was all downhill from there.

            I can honestly say there isn’t really anything that I would change about our final version of this project. I think my partner and I worked very hard and did our best which I feel made the end result a successful one. I guess there’s always room for more creativity but there’s only so much time you can spend on a project before you lose your sanity.

Edited Audio Interview

This assignment has by far been the most frustrating one I’ve completed… But once I figured it out, it wasn’t that bad.

So I present to you my edited version of my interview with Ricky Tabuchi.

From this experience I learned that I have a much greater respect for people in audio editing realm. It took me hours to finally edit this interview down to a 2:15 segment that I felt comfortable turning in. I also learned that this new branch of journalism is great in the sense that it allows more interesting ways of reporting and allows more creativity in different news casts.

I enjoyed having the ability to edit and rearrange my interview and placing things in places that without editing I couldn’t have done. It’s nice to know that I have that power but also scary in the sense that the power can and probably has been abused. I personally would never abuse the privilege but there probably so many fabricated news casts that are released each and every day.

What I didn’t like about this assignment was the tedious work that was required to complete it. I literally spent an entire afternoon making  a decent edited version of the interview. I guess if I were getting paid to do this I wouldn’t mind it, however, I’ll restrain myself from doing another audio interview unless it’s otherwise required.

I was surprised by the amount of options you have when editing an audio piece. If I had more time to play around with the program, I probably would have created a more interesting piece.

I would definitely have spent more time on this assignment if my schedule would have allowed for it. In the future I’ll make more time because the Audacity program is a rather intriguing one and it’s something you could play around on for hours on end.

Raw Audio Interview

Since becoming a journalism student and having to work for the Branding Iron publication on campus, there’s been a few times when I’ve been required to conduct an interview. However, as far as conducting an audio interview, it was a completely different territory for me.

I always feel a little silly when I am being interviewed by someone because I’m not one who really likes to talk about myself. As for interviewing others, especially for this interview I did, I love listening to other people’s story’s and life changing events. That aspect is a major reason why I decided to pursue this career path, I love listening and sharing the events that shaped someone’s life.

From this experience I learned I really hate the way my voice sounds through an audio recorder… Just kidding (well, kind of). What I did learn however is that to do an audio interview, you must be really prepared in what you’re asking and how you approach addressing the question. If you are disorganized when asking questions, it makes you look unprofessional and also makes you look like you’re not as interested in hearing the interviewee’s story. I believe it’s very important to make the subject know you are very intrigued with what they have to share which in turn makes them share the story in a more detailed and personal light.

I really enjoyed being able to listen to my subject and ask him things that have been so significant in his life which I would have not known otherwise. I didn’t like having the power to rewind and listen to myself speak; I found that to be really embarrassing. Other than that, I really had no other complaints.

If I could have changed something about the way the interview ended up going, I’d probably modify the way I worded some things. There were a few times I felt that I sounded unprofessional and ask I progress into my journalism career, those are mistakes I can’t afford to make.

What’s That You Say? Ambient Noise? Testing, Testing 123…

When asked to complete this task, my first and foremost question was what the heck is ambient noise?

“In acoustics and specifically in acoustical engineering, background noise or ambient noise is any sound other than the sound being monitored(primary sound). Background noise is a form of noise pollution or interference. Background noise is an important concept in setting noise regulations.”

That’s what Wikipedia says, however, my “simplified” definition is any background noise that is incorporated in different recordings.

This was something I’ve never experimented with before and because it was new to me, I made sure I had a lot of fun with it.

Woof.

For the first ambient noise I recorded, I figured I could classify my neighbor’s annoying dog under the “living quarters” category. This is a noise I put up with day in and day out and I would explain the noise but I think it’s an obvious one. To record this noise, all I had to do was stand by my wall with my phone recording (might I mention this was the first and only time time I was happy to hear the dog barking). As far as an audio journalism story that could go along with this recording, I’m thinking it could go along with barking dogs becoming a menace in different neighborhoods and apartment complex’s around Laramie or even around the nation.

Ring Ring Ring!

Where I work, I find that all my co-workers, myself included, all own iPhones. Normally I’d find the trend fascinating but it’s actually quite annoying when someone receives a phone call. Everyone scrounges to pick up the phone but in the end it’s only one person’s cell ringing. What’s even more annoying is that it usually is never mine. To record this ambient sound in my “work place”, I just whipped out my cell phone when someone next to me was getting a call. I thought this tone might be an obvious one to record, however, I think you could tell an interesting audio journalism story to go along with it. Maybe about how cellphones seem to be an essential accessory in the 21st century or maybe about the harm they do to humans socially.

We’re in Wyoming After All

I was walking through Prexy’s Pasture one day and came to the realization that I could record one noise from outside that everyone would be familiar with. So as I sat out on a bench, I pulled out my recorder and listened to the wind blow through the tree’s. Most days I hate the wind but it was a beautiful afternoon and something about it was soothing. Since we live in such a windy state, I guess an audio journalism article could be constructed based on wind energy and its pros and cons.

Cry Baby

I was blessed at the beginning of last November with a beautiful baby niece named Lilly.

Lilly

Just like any baby, they cry, a lot. So when I just recently went to visit this beautiful baby girl, I found an opportunity to take advantage of one of her temper tantrums to get another audio bit. Maybe a piece could be conducted on the rising number of children being born today or maybe even something about the mistreatment of children could be developed using this sound.

Who Loves Laundry?

As I was walking around my living room the other day grunting and complaining about having to do laundry, I had a thought cross my mind… Why do I put it off for so long? Just kidding, I just actually took a moment to listen to the water fill the machine and wondered how much water is wasted with the millions of those who do laundry on a weekly basis. I recorded the sound because as we conducted a post from the website Powering a Nation and learned about the water waste, especially here in America, I found myself feeling a little better inside because of my procrastination to do laundry.

Conversation Always Fills a Room

Last but not least, I found myself sitting at my favorite cafe in Laramie named Coal Creek to record my final audio bit. I always find conversations in cafes interesting because everyone is whispering but with all the whispers combined in such a small proximity, it always sounds like you’re in a large arena filled with dozens of people talking loudly. As far as stories go that audio journalists could formulate, I’m sure something about the so-called “bad effects” of coffee could be talked about or how cafes are good for the mind and the soul.

Now for Part II of the assignment…

123… See I Can Count

For the next part of the assignment, we were instructed to pretend like we didn’t know how to count then edit the audio bit to make us sound smart again. I’ve counted to 10 several times in my life, many of which probably out of order, but I’ve never had to do it while playing around with an audio device. This unit was the first time I ever explored the audio download Audacity and I had a lot of fun doing it.

Here I present the original version of myself counting to 10 but doing so out of order…
Now here’s the edited version, I knew my parents sent me to college for a reason!

The Day I Attempted Photojournalism…

As I continue to progress in my journalism career, I have found that my favorite aspect of it has turned out to be photojournalism. This year I have been fortunate enough to work for the Branding Iron publication on campus which has allowed me to pursue this aspect of journalism in ways that not many people get to experience.

When strategizing what photos to take and how to shoot them, I really had to get my creative juices flowing as I began thinking of which methods would be most effective…

So without further ado, I present my five photos that show the inner photojournalist in me.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Cast members from the University of Wyoming's hit play "Marat/Sade" get into character as they captured the interest and attention of their audience.

Cast members from the University of Wyoming’s hit play “Marat/Sade” get into character as they captured the interest and attention of their audience.

For this first picture, I chose to categorize it as my “non-sports feature” photo. I attended this play that the University held no too long ago and photographed various pictures for it as I was fortunate enough to have a press pass for the event. This was one my first experiences of shooting a “non-sports” event and to be honest, I thought it would be a lot worse than it actually was. Although I have to admit, the play was quite strange, having the privilege to capture scenes from the event was quite an honor. While I’m aware our feature photo was supposed to be of a genuine event, some might consider a play to not be “genuine” scene to capture. I felt this picture was a genuine image as it captured the plot of the play in one of the most powerful scenes during the performance. You gain a lot of knowledge about each character’s role by just taking a look at this photograph which is how I would classify photojournalism. I mean isn’t a picture worth more than what words can state? It was a little awkward photographing this event but after getting used to the fact I was capturing the event’s highlights, it felt that much more empowering to me. The creative device I concentrated highly on using in this was “viewpoint”. I felt the image depicted the play’s main focuses while exhibiting each characters different role.

The Pressure is On

Sophomore Cowgirl basketball star Kayla Woodward lines up for a free-throw shot as they battle in a close game against border rivals Colorado State University.

Sophomore Cowgirl basketball star Kayla Woodward lines up for a free-throw shot as they battle in a close game against border rivals Colorado State University.

I selected this image as my “sports-related” photo for many reasons such as its representation of sports action and intensity felt it that very moment in the game. Currently, I’m the sports editor for the Branding Iron publication on campus which allows me to take part in these games as well as photograph the memorable events. While photographing this game, the atmosphere was a very wild and rowdy one. The fans made photographing this event an exciting one as they encouraged all the shots being made in the game as well as all the shots being taken with my camera. I felt that the creative device I used for this particular shot was to “create depth” as I wanted to exhibit the players watching the shot being made, the player making the shot and the fans anticipation for her to make the shot.

Win or Lose, UW Fans still Represent

Students from the University of Wyoming cheer on the men's basketball team in their most recent home match-up against rivals UNLV.

Students from the University of Wyoming cheer on the men’s basketball team in their home match-up against rivals Air Force Academy.

For this first optional photo, I felt that the image of the crowd I caught in the game against Air Force game was a great one to display as it exhibited a lot of enthusiasm that is represented from fellow UW fans. The atmosphere of the event was intense as their was a lot of encouragement for the team to win, which might I add they did! It was easy to shoot because the crowd was all for being photographed representing the brown and gold. I guess as far as creative devices used to classify this photograph, I’d say I used “experimentation” because it was something out of the range I’ve ever tried capturing. However, despite going out on an edge by posting this, I felt it turned out pretty well considering it was a new limb for me to go out on.

Patience Grasshopper

The group of monks who recently visited the University exhibit both patience and persistance as they created various sand designs to find themselves finishing the design, brushing them away and beginning again from scratch.

The group of monks who recently visited the University exhibit both patience and persistence as they created various sand designs to find themselves finishing the design, brushing them away and beginning again from scratch.

Practice Makes Perfect

A closer look at the concentration and determination it takes for the monks to create such beautiful masterpieces that within seconds get swept away.

A closer look at the concentration and determination it takes for the monks to create such beautiful masterpieces that within seconds get swept away.

For these last two images I captured, I figured I’d combine the posts since they both were captured from the same scene. They were taken when the group of monks visited the University to exhibit the diversity of religious practices and how the patience behind their practice showed a lot about how humans should live their lives today (I found this to be very inspiring for the record). The atmosphere was very calm as everyone was so drawn behind their concentration to create such a masterpiece. It was very easy to take these two shots because everyone was so welcoming and so eager to share their story’s.  In these two events, I’d have to say I used the creative device of  “viewpoint” because I was trying to capture the thoughts and feelings based on the scene of the event. I think with these two images, viewers can get a good feeling about the environment and the mood behind the event.

From this assignment I learned that photojournalism is  a lot harder than it appears. Plain and simple. While taking a picture might seem easy, trying to convey emotions from the scene to your viewers isn’t an easy task. I was surprised by the difficulty it was to find the right image to put what words couldn’t in other’s minds. I have a lot of newly acquired respect for photojournalists that I never had before, especially because it’s something I don’t think I could do at a professional level.

If I could do something differently, well… I guess I would learn more about photography so I could make adjustments to my photographs to make them better to my viewer’s eyes. I don’t think my pictures are horrible by any means however I think everyone has something to learn. But isn’t that the best part about life, always getting the chance to  improve and learn from past mistakes and mishaps?