Posted by: annabrader | October 13, 2010

Just A Piece to the Journalism Puzzle

The practice of interviewing, creating HTML, with new journalistic experience was full of potential for this assignment. Each student did above and beyond expectations; the task of a personality profile on a professor at The University of Wyoming showed the strengths we have as students have for future journalists.  I found that I had opened a book into someone’s life and wanted to know more. I felt a connection to each professor, though I had never having taken a class from them.

Ashley Hope Carlisle: Sculpting Her Life by Courtney Wilhelm.
This story intrigued me because when I hear the word art, I think of a painting. Instead, this story focused on Ashley Carlisle, an assistant professor whose area of interest is in sculpting. I have always been interested in art and as an outsider looking in; I find that Courtney really helped you feel the passion and dedication to her profession. The story was well-rounded which helped from the variety of topics throughout the story. For a story focusing on one person, I did think there should have been more quotes. This would have made the story more about the teacher instead of paraphrasing. The pictures helped me visualize the text, and I enjoyed reading the story overall.

A New Face in the Anthropology Department by Rachel Ross

Another story that I looked at was by fellow student Rachel Ross and was about the newest anthropology teacher, Ruth Toulson.  I have only taken one Anthropology class in my lifetime, and I loved the interest set from the beginning paragraph. Rachel had a good variety of photos as well, which helped you see who she was. There were not more any hyperlinks which would be my only complaint. Showing the viewers where she lived in England would have created more depth to the story. Reading the history of this professor, seeing all she plans to do at her time in Laramie,  all were well-written. This profile was intriguing, and had me wanting to meet Ruth Toulson in every question asked.

Disease control comes with a price by Faryn Babbitt

This last story I choose because it is not an area that I am not familiar with at all. And by far it is my favorite of all the three I read. The hyperlinks are done very well, and there are so many that you get a good source of information in each paragraph. The pictures are wonderful and help visually, and the diversity of them creates a complete story. It feels like an article I would read in the paper, and each quote is read without needing to search for them. The skill of the author is seen and the effort put into the story shows. I think that the author does an excellent job of painting a picture of the professor, and telling a story that you will remember. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.

I learned a lot about myself as an interviewer and writer for this assignment. I also found that I have a new passion for HTML, and can’t wait to start another website. It feels like a puzzle, you can’t see each the full picture until each piece is there. I found that I need to not be afraid of being different and adventurous with my pictures and my writing, and that is something I hope to improve on. Realizing that there are many professors in the University that I have never met helps me see that there are so many untold stories and their experiences are things we should hear about; they could help us in the future. A constant struggle in many of the stories, including mine, is that the information is a bit daunting and hard to fit in one thousand words.

I’m going to make sure to send my story to my professor so that she can see how it turned out.  The result is something that I can say I want more and more of. It feels nice to have a finished product that creates more interest for my future in journalism. On to the next!

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Posted by: annabrader | October 1, 2010

Geology

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Posted by: annabrader | September 25, 2010

Learning HTML

HTML is something I never thought I would learn or even make in my future. Discovering that Journalists will need to have this skill, and I admit, makes me a bit nervous. However I’m finding that I like the feeling and experience of creating a web page all on my own. It’s almost like a puzzle, and each word is important or it will not come out. Maybe I am getting bit by the HTML bug. This website is unfortunately just made from a Notepad document, but none the less it’s still legit for me! I have a about page and an index page.

The index page is basic and is the homepage for my evolving website. I’m looking forward to the day I can buy an actual website domain and fill it with stupendous HTML.  The about page has a little more information about what I’ve done in multimedia journalism so far, and hopefully it will get longer after my online journalism class. Stay posted and please enjoy the beginning of what will become a work in progress.

Posted by: annabrader | September 20, 2010

A Weekend Photojournalist

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Being a journalist requires good timing, and for this assignment I learned exactly that. Whether it was for a sports event, or a random happening in town, getting the right shot proved  harder then I imagined. Still, I had fun and found that an everyday occurrence is something worth capturing in a photo. 

Brown and Gold 

Watching the crowd come into War Memorial Stadium September18th creates excitement for a young Pokes fan, wearing Austin Carter-Samuels jersey number. 

Becoming a fan of the Cowboys sometimes starts young, and for this fellow it runs in his family. I took this photo because at the time before I shot it he was crying because of the heat, and once he put on the hat, he became enthralled with the surroundings. This photo was taken while the thousands of fans entered the Boise State versus Cowboy’s football game. The stadium was starting to get full of excitement, and this boy was interested in everything around him. Establishing lead space and the rule of thirds helped me create this portrait of the sports event and made for a cute and fun photo. 

Poke This 

A fan shows his game day spirit by holding his sign Go Pokes, with the back being a humorous play on words, September 18th at War Memorial Stadium. 

Fans show spirit by making signs, and one fan made a humorous play on the football team’s name. The Poke This sign when facing forward pointed to his crotch area, and when I saw it burst out laughing. By focusing on the sign and making the background unfocused while still making it relevant helps the picture flow. The creative device here involves the rule of thirds and the focal point of the sign. The hard part was getting the right angle of the fan and capturing him holding it. Overall it’s a fun game day photo. 

Defense! 

The Cowboy’s defense work hard to keep Boise State back September 18th at War Memorial Stadium. 

The hardest part of this assignment was getting an action shot of the Cowboys during the game. It took determination finding out how to run my camera with the action shot, and feeling like a sports journalist. Each second there was something to catch which kept me interested in the game despite our loss to Boise State. The picture has balancing elements as well as color that help pop the picture and give it depth to the viewer. I learned that getting the timing exact was hard and made me constantly wanting a better picture. 

 Pokes Fans Cheer On 

Despite the Cowboys falling behind on Saturday, the Pokes fans still keep up the spirit at War Memorial Stadium. 

One of the best things about games is that even when we are losing, even the slightest good play makes the fans cheer. This photo is one of my favorites because of three elements: the two fans with their arms sticking out; the depth of the fans and the field; and the score board. It was pure luck that the fans had their arms out during the picture, and it make creates a focal point while keeping the depth of the stadium. Getting a picture while things are happening every which way made it hard to find one thing to take a picture of. 

Watching in Disbelief 

Residents near Roger’s Canyon watch the fire engulf acres of land, Sunday September 19th. 

Journalism involves the unexpected and on Sunday the unexpected happened. There was a fire in an area of Laramie called Roger’s Canyon. I drove as far as I could to the accident before the road was closed off to the public. I snapped the picture excited to get the action, but also felt sad for the onlookers in the picture. It made me nervous for what could happen if the fire was not put out, and kept my interest in what would happen next. This photo made me feel like a real journalist, and the photo creates framing with the smoke in the left with the bystanders in the right. Seeing the smoke from afar caused me to grab my camera and head out to investigate, and if that is what journalism involves, I am ready to get started.

Posted by: annabrader | September 13, 2010

Experimenting with Photojournalism

   

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Windmills and Clouds         

The massive clouds are almost shadowed behind the windmills on Happy Jack road near Cheyenne.         

 This first photo’s dominant device are the clouds in the back prove their massive size. The windmills, especially the one in the foreground, seem just as big and give depth. The feeling I get from the photo is foreshadowing by the clouds, and the power you have from the weather in Wyoming. This photo was hard getting the feeling of enormity because of the position of the windmills. I learned how to get color from a white background, which helped create the dark vs. light contrast.         

 The Rocky Mountains         

The contrasting colors of the sunset with the mountains make a beautiful view.         

This photo of the expresses the creative device of contrast. The flags and bridge are lighter than the darker shaded mountains. My favorite part of this photo is that the background looks like waves of shadows, and have different levels in the picture. From the flags and the bridge, the clouds, and then the mountains themselves the picture has a focus that looks like an ocean scene rather than what it is, and keeps you guessing. This photo was hard to decide what to focus on. It took some time to get the scenery just right, and the lighting to keep the texture of the photo.         

Rockies in the Outfield         

Rockies player Dexter Fowler stretches his legs waiting for action.         

Baseball is an American pastime, and this picture is one of my favorites. The creative device of symmetry and patterns explodes in the entire picture. The squares and chess board look of the field draw you in. The pop of green also make you look twice. The second creative device are the two Rockies players on the field, which give the balancing elements of the picture. Without them, the field would be a repetitive bland photo. If it was only one player as well it would feel like something was left out. Together the patterns in the grass plus the players make for an interesting photo. The hardest thing about this was having the players be in line with one another, and having it look right before snapping the shot.         

Library Leading Lines         

In the Coe Library at the University of Wyoming, the book stacks are never-ending.         

If anyone has ever been in a library, they know exactly what they see when looking for a book. The creative device here are the leading lines the book stacks give the viewer. It seems that the stacks continue forever because of the rule of thirds applying  in the corner of the picture. Your eyes know where to look; even though it is an ordinary view with the angle and exact line, it makes it unique. I found that by just moving a slightly you create a great picture.         

S as in The Shins         

In the Denver record store Wax Trax, CD’s wait for discovery by a fan.          

Perception is everything; particularly when you make focus on one idea and let the rest fall into place. This photo shows how many CD’s are in the store, and by focusing on only the letter S, you can imagine the vast amount that was not featured. The band names on the cards for the viewer, may find themselves recognizing one and searching the picture for more. The exploration in the photo is something I find intriguing and inventive. With all the amazing things in this store, it made it difficult to find a subject to shoot and make it look special.

Posted by: annabrader | September 7, 2010

The good, the great, and the bad.

When it comes to stories in a newspaper, there are limitations. You have text, a picture or two, and that’s it. The process of moving online gives unlimited options for the writer and the reader. Writing a story no longer just means text; pictures come to life, videos and audio are entertaining, and the reader is now interacting with the story. Not everything that is online is up to par of course, but the ones that make you want to keep reading and listening  are great multimedia stories.

The Good

Searching the internet for the one story that has all elements for multimedia is hard. The first one that caught my eye did so because it was a video. This story from NPR includes photos and audio which are not only creative, but add to the narrators story. The article also has a playlist containing songs talked about in the video as well as a humorous  interactive graph. Aspects shown in the video that are present in the text offer a special touch. This aspiring journalist is quirky without being annoying. Being the music guru that I am, I love it when I see passion for music in another writer. To feel that connection to an online journalist is possible and I thank Lindsay Sanchez as inspiration for my career. Besides, we all have our guilty pleasure songs, why be afraid to hide it? Keeping a reader interested in the story without being hard news, makes it a winner for me: Losing my cool: A Musical Confession.

The Great

The next multimedia story was labeled in the Dance section of the New York Times as an interactive feature, which immediately caught my attention. The outline of this feature includes a picture slide show and accompanying audio. The journalist made the story as a get to know the interviewees and it nailed it. A question and answer article is the main choice for all writers. Instead because of the audio, he gives you a conversation to each person. The setup gave me the option to choose a person to listen to, and gave me multiple sides of a story. If it had been a text, showing quote after quote, in the end it would have turned me off.  I like that the writer shows you that an ordinary person can become a dancer, and maybe you have something in common. I was a dancer for 13 years, and stopped because I felt like it wasn’t worth the pressure to be the best. These interviews are more reasons for me to get back out there without judgements. This could be the future of an interview: The First Step: Dance, Basically

The Bad

The typical style of a multimedia story has in its layout a photo slide show. For a quick and easy way to show the story, it is useful. The trick is to keep the reader engaged and interested. I could easily put pictures in a click and go format; that doesn’t mean it’s inventive. The slide show I found is from the Las Vega Sun in an article about an abandoned subdivision. The reason I find it a so-so example of multimedia is that it is lackluster and the pictures aren’t great. If they were moving or eye-popping, it might have been better. Maybe I’m just being picky (I am not the best photographer either) but I don’t think taking pictures and putting them up in slide show make for an interesting online story. All I do is click, look, and leave: Desert Mesa Ghost Town.

Use Technology

An online story when given the right amount of effort, is best shown when the technologies are working for the writer. Being a journalist in this generation has multiple media outlets to use: videos, photography, audio, or mixture of all three. A story seen as well as heard contributes to the success of the future in online journalism. It makes me excited to get started on my career, to create and explore the mediums of my storytelling.

Posted by: annabrader | September 2, 2010

My News Diet

From the early hours of the daytime, to long nights filled with homework, my busy schedule keeps me from knowing what is going on. But the one news source that fills every hour: NPR. Ranging from the BBC,  or music interests, entertainment, and stories from around the nation, NPR keeps me updated. I can rely on everything reported due to the fact that they are diverse. All things have two sides, and NPR is doing what journalists do, tell the story. I also love the options that are available to the listener. There is hard news or soft news. You are not being forced feed entertainment if you don’t want to hear it.

They make you aware of what is happening in the world, and most times I’m surprised about what I didn’t even know was going on. I often feel ignorant of the issues around me, until I hear NPR news.  I think I even annoy my sorority sisters when I put it on in the bathroom radio, but at least they are getting educated. I find myself not going a day without hearing one story from NPR.  I have always listened to NPR and it is the reason I am majoring in journalism today.

However, no matter how long they will be around, good-old-fashioned newspapers are also a way I keep my news diet in check.

The feeling I get while reading the paper in the morning is something online reading could never give me. The only downside is that local papers are often biased with a towns political and social views. Especially growing up in Cheyenne, and reading the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, the paper reflects or even make the town judgement on events and issues. Based on that aspect, sometimes the paper and the writers themselves keep me from reading. Still I find myself grabbing The New York Times, Casper Star, and the Washington Post. It truly is an oldie but goodie.

Entertainment is just what it states; it is there to keep us entertained. I do like to watch CNN Entertainment News or E News…but never do I watch the late night shows. I find that even thought they are humorous, it is not “news worthy”.

My concern with what my news diet has is a variety of sources. I have a hard time watching news on T.V, or even going to their respective online sites. To be better informed I should have a view of every side. Some days though I never get around to the newspaper, or turn on the radio, and look up online news. Life of a college student gets very hectic, and it is disheartening that I can’t keep up with the world news. My biggest improvement on my diet is that everyday I should read the news. To be a journalist, I have to put it into practice; night or day.

 

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