Reflection: Online Journalism

Throughout the year, I was able to learn many techniques of online journalism that will only help me in the future.  My favorite part of the class was learning how to do a Soundslide project. Learning how to walk up to people and interview them was interesting in itself. I’ve gained the knowledge of how to interview people correctly and put those interviews into use with Soundslide. Putting together a project like that is awesome because many news sources like to use galleries on their web-page.  I’m hoping my future employer will use some of the things I’ve learned because I enjoyed talking to people and putting together a project that people could see and listened to.

In the future I hope to work in the sports or entertainment industry, hopefully inside an agency. My main goal is to work inside a sports agency and maybe one day become an agent myself. I know that most agents are required to have a law degree but working inside an agency may help me get a foot in the door, to be a agent someday. I think I have the skills to work well in the public relations aspect of a company and I’ll also look into that. I would enjoy making a company look good and provide them with what they need to keep good relations with their clients and other companies they work with. This class has helped me think about what I want to do in the future. If I could work inside an agency, putting projects together like Soundslide to get the word out about a client, I’d be grateful. Agencies are always in need of a new and different ways to have their clients shown to the world. Many people are talented but don’t have the skills to promote themselves in an effective way.

If I could have learned one thing, that we didn’t get to use in this class, it would be putting together videos. I think stand still galleries like Soundslide is a great skill to have but learning how to put videos up would only benefit people looking to go into journalism. I really enjoyed this class and feel like I’ve gained technical knowledge that employers are looking for now-a-days. Since social media and media itself is a growing industry employers are looking for people who know how to do the things we’ve learned in this class. I’m grateful that I took this class because I was able to learn a lot of things that will only help me in the future.

Individual Soundslide

The Soundslide I created “Hostile Jobs” was about Transpark workers and how students felt about the company. I interviewed two Transpark workers and a student at UW. I wanted to see how a Transpark worker handled students recieving tickets and how students felt about Transpark. Compared to working with a partner on the previous one, this one seemed to be a little more difficult. It was hard to go up to people by myself and ask to interview them as well as take pictures, when I didn’t know who they were. Once I started interviewing them it became easier to talk to them.  I enjoyed having a partner more than doing this work individually. Having a partner made that part easy because at least you didn’t feel too akward about the situation.

The first person I interviewed, Mike Mervin, was actually writing a ticket when I went to interview him so it was easy to grab a quick photo or two. The second worker was Tyler Noles. They both said that the worse part of their job wasn’t the people but the weather. Students receiving tickets from these workers do sometimes get angry but most people dealt with it in an appropriate manner. Both the Transpark workers were more than happy to do the interviews and were very nice. I feel bad for some of them that have to work there. The problems or difficulties I had when doing this project was the interviewing part itself. For the interviews of the Transpark workers, I had to do outside and the wind was blowing, so a lot of the audio has wind in it. Other than that everything went smoothly. I was able to upload the audio and photos easily. The main photo in the beginning I cropped and put text on it through Photo Shop. I think SoundSlide is a neat program that has l a lot of functions for many types of works and project. I’ll be able to use this program in the future and I’m glad I was able to learn the basics of it.

SoundSlide Critique

The first SoundSlide I viewed was “Wish Upon A Zombie Walk” by Justin Trygg and Zak Bolender. I thought the gallery was really interesting to view. I thought the noises and chants used during the video was cool, I thought it was a great wasy to give a sense that you were there. The only problem I had with the audio was that it seemed the interviews were done in a gym and seemed to echo quite a bit. All the photo’s that were taken made me put a picture to people’s faces and what was going on. They had many photos portraying what they event was all about. I thought the story flowed nicely throughout the whole SoundSlide, it at least made sense to me. Overall, I thought they did a really nice job on the project and the only things I’d consider doing is conduct the interview somewhere else.

The second story I viewed was “2011 Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team” by Cody Hess & Patrick Pajak. I could hear the interview clearly and thought the interviews were conducted in a fine manner. I was interested in what each girl had to say, you could tell that they were all enjoying playing for Wyoming. I really enjoyed the audio aspects of the interview with the Wyoming school song to start and end the gallery. Using sneakers on the floor was really smart and gave a great affect. The photo’s were interesting and mostly in-action photos. The only problem I had with the photos is that I couldn’t tell who was speaking because there weren’t different photo’s for different voices. I thought the whole story moved along well and made sense. I got the feeling that the UW athletes enjoyed playing at home in a loud atmosophere and have so far enjoyed all of there teamates.

The third SoundSlide I looked at was “University of Wyoming Student Workers”. The audio of the project was clean and done well. There was one interviewee who worked at the ice cream shop that sounded a little different and you could hear a lot of background noise but the other one’s were clear.  I thought the cashier noises were pretty cool and the photos were nice and gave description of to who was talking. The captions were all descriptive which gave me an idea of what they were doing. The storyline moved along smootly and gave me the feeling that even though these workers are busy, they are managing there time in order to be successful.

I learned quite a bit viewing other people’s SoundSlide. They gave me some idea’s of what to do and what not to do when it comes to a project like this. I realize that we made some mistakes in our group SoundSlide and I’ll know what I need to do to create a better project.

Cowboy Football Interview with Randy Welniak & Jack Tennant

Enjoy our first ever Soundslide project:

Cowboy Football Interview with Randy Welniak & Jack Tennant

SoundSlide Project

Andrew and myself decided to do our Soundslide project over the Wyoming football program. We interviewed Randy Welniak (former Wyoming football player 1985-88) and a newer football player Jack Tennant. He was with the program from 2006-2010 under Dave Christensen.  We wanted to give insight on how they both felt about the program now and in the past. I thought the interviews were really good and they both gave a ton of information. You can tell that they were honest and sincere with what they had to say. We had to spend a good amount of time editing the audio because we had a lot of information that they both provided. They both had great things to say so we weren’t sure what to use and what not to use. We enjoyed working with each other and thought the project turned out well.

The SoundSlides program was a little difficult for us at first. It was hard for us to upload photos and our audio because we had to keep converting files into different ones in order to upload the information. We finally found a way to get the photos onto SoundSlides and once we did that I enjoyed using the program because it was easy to get around and do what you needed to do. We ran into another problem when trying to upload our Project into the drop-box on e-companion. We found our exported file but weren’t sure how to get all the files downloaded. I think I’ll be able to use this in the future no matter what career I go into. You could do a lot of different projects with SoundsSlides and I could see why journalist like to use it. It would allow them to save a lot of time and is the program is simple.

Soundslide Story Idea’s

The first idea that I thought of was to do an interview with my sociology teacher and his aid on their views on education in the US.  My teacher has a lot of bright idea’s on why education is failing in America and how it can be fixed. This story is newsworthy first and foremost because of the education headline. Many people value education and it generally poises for an interesting article.  They both have interesting points and idea’s that would give people something to talk about. My 3rd source would have been a classmate.

The second story idea that came up was concerning parking at UW. Since parking is always a mess around UW and their have been numerous suggestion this would be a good story to get students inputs. I think it would be interesting to hear the displeasure people have with the situation. It would be newsworthy to Laramie’s local newspapers because  the parking on campus has been an issue for a number of years. We could interview students from around campus. Most likely students living off campus.

The third idea we thought of was to interview a football player who plays now and an ex-player who once played at UW. We had an idea to get their viewpoints of how the program was back then compared to now. I think it would be interesting to see how much things have changed and if there are any similarities. People would enjoy reading this because Wyoming football was once a pretty good venue to go to but nowadays it’s been on a decline. Reader’s could enjoy going back in the past and reliving the glory days but also take a look into the program now. We could use current players and ex-players that we know who played for UW.

Audio Interview Critique

The first interview I listened to was one by Otis Garrison on Sarah who is an Ag major at the University of Wyoming. I thought Otis did a great job on his interview. It was very clear and sounded smooth. There wasn’t any background noises that could be distracting. It was easy to hear what Sarah had to say. His cuts and edits ended up being very clean and transitioned well with what she was saying. The only critical advise I have for Otis is to end the interview with something different.  I didn’t think the interview would end where it did but other than that he did a great job.

The second audio interview I listened to was that of Jasper Fitzgerald. She interviewed Bridget Wilson from Cheyenne. I thought her interview was very well put together, I enjoyed listening to it because she seems like a sociable person. Most of Jasper’s cuts and edits were clean but a couple of them in the beginning could have been cut better. I could hear a couple of glitches but it got better as the audio piece went. Overall, I think she did a good job on her audio piece and I enjoyed listening to it.

Personally, I’ve learned a lot from this assignment. I know that audio editing isn’t the easiest of things so being prepared before any type of interview is essential. Having a room where ambient noises aren’t going to distract the interview are key to having a good interview. Giving the interviewee time to answer questions and think about what they want to say is helpful too. As for the editing goes, learning the simple tools are very important. I would have been very confused on where to even start if I didn’t take a few minutes to figure out what I was doing and how the program worked.

Interview Final

This audio editing stuff can be pretty confusing but once you get some of the tools down it becomes much easier to edit audio pieces. I’ve never had to edit an audio piece like this before so this was all new to me. I think I did a pretty good job of editing my piece of audio. The only problem I had was when it came to converting the file to a MP3. I was able to convert and save the file as an MP3 but when I went to to upload it, it wouldn’t read the MP3 file so I had to keep it as a big WAV file. I enjoyed figuring out which pieces of audio would make the cut but I was frustrated when I could not upload to file as an MP3. The thing that surprised me most was how easy it is to edit audio and all the ways you can change the pitch of a voice or clear out ambient noises. I think for the most part everything in my interview went well and the audio editing was pretty easy. I’m interested to see how an individual would edit something that contains background noises. It would be difficult to cut that kind of stuff out but with these types of audio editing, it seems that you can make any audio piece a little clearer. There are a ton of cool features that I wasn’t able to use but I could see if you don’t know the basics of the program it becomes difficult to do anything else. I’m surprised by the new programs and how easy it is to edit pieces of audio right from home. I’m glad I was introduced to this type of work because I think it will only help me in the future. I’m excited to see what other programs and types of journalism we will learn next.

3-Audio Stories

The first audio story I listened to was from One in 8-million dealt with Jack Fortmeyer of NY city about his hobby collecting bottles. He is a retired NY fire-fighter looking for a hobby. His hobby was collecting bottles but he was having a hard time doing that now-a-days because vacant lots they used to go through are no longer vacant. He’s had to go door-to-door and ask people if he could search there back-yards for bottles.

The second audio story I listened to was from the NPR about, Hostile Crowd Forces Libyan Jew Out Of Synagogue. I thought this piece was very dry and kind of boring. I can see the concept they are trying to get across, they are more about information than entertaining the viewers. I find it to be somewhat interesting because of the seriousness of how they sound. I would rather have some more entertainment to go with the audio. Maybe some pictures would help so I could actually put a face on who is talking. It seemed to me to be more of an audio story from a book than actual news.

The third audio piece I looked at was from One in 8-million. It was about Tika Chapagai’s move to the Bronx, NY from a refugee camp in Bhutan. This story caught my eye because it describes a struggling immigrant who still has goals and dreams for himself and his family. You can really get the feeling of what he’s going through just by how he talks. Viewers of this audio will be able to tell that he is struggling but still has hope for the best outcome. I chose to listen to One in 8-million again because I really like how the work is done. I love how you can put a face to every person talking and they give you pictures to go through, of what’s happening. Everything relates to each other and forms really well together. I like how you were able to sample a piece of audio before going into the whole thing.

5 Good Minutes

Overall, I thought the interview with Andrew went as smooth as it could have gone. I’ve never had to do a sit down interview with anyone before so this was a first for me. I learned that stating questions clearly really helps in the interview. Having a silent room and having the recording device a proper amount of inches away helps. We were able to grab a study room in COE library on campus and that seemed to help with getting rid of the ambient noises that usually float through a room. We took a few minutes to set up and go over some of the questions we would be asking so we wouldn’t be caught off-guard. I couldn’t imagine going into an interview and being asked something I wouldn’t want to be asked and wouldn’t answer.

I actually enjoyed doing the interview and thought it was a fun way to learn about somebody. I think that everything in our interview went according to plan but if I had to do anything different, it would of been to give myself a couple more second after he answered the question to ask another one. I enjoyed getting quality answers that I didn’t think I would get. I figured if I found a subject that is interesting to me and the interviewee, the whole process would be easier. Andrew was easily able to answer the questions I had laid out for him because the subject at hand related to him. Sometimes I could feel myself getting stuck in certain spots but would know what to say while he was answering a question because he would bring up something new or interesting that I’d want to find out more about. There are many factors that can ruin an interview and the whole experience and knowing those factors beforehand helps. I think that viewers of this audio will be happy with this piece.