April 27, 2010

Response to Project

Posted in Assignments at 11:01 am by ahonan

I enjoyed working with iMovie I really thought it was going to be harder than it what it was. I think it was that we weren’t given a lot of in class time to work on the Project that made the idea of making a movie so daunting. While iMovie is easy to use I would have preferred that there was some PC equivalent, there are a couple of things that I would have liked to fix but I didn’t have access to a Mac outside of the computer lab.And requiring us to use the Macs when we didn’t pay the technology fee to have class in there seems to be punishing the students that don’t own Macs or are Mac savvy.

Working with iMovie was easy but the time it took to upload to YouTube watch the video, see that there were mistakes and then have to go back and rework the movie was tiring. Because the picture was so stop and go in iMovie it made the project take twice as long as it should have.

I know we said this in class but I feel as if I should reiterate it one more time: While the watching some of the slideshows and interviews in class was helpful I feel as if they took time away from when I could have been working on these projects. Having a week to learn a program is going to get us to produce the best that we could. Most days I paid little attention to the slideshows and videos because I didn’t feel as if I was learning anything more.

I like knowing that I can create slideshows and videos if I wanted to, but having done so little work with it I probably won’t try.

April 26, 2010

Response to Gatewatching

Posted in Assignments at 10:07 am by ahonan

In the section is Blogging Journalism I found a couple of points that definitely agreed with and there were some that I only half agreed with:

  • Independent bloggers aren’t journalists because no editor comes between the ‘author and reader.

I do believe that independent bloggers aren’t journalists, but not because there is no editor. I believe that journalists need to be credible and that it is their job to report on something. I won’t believe a story from a blogger the same way I would if it was written by a journalist.

  • Amateur Journalists are inherently biased

This is part of the proposed code of ethics for blogging. I do believe that this is true, that all bloggers have some sort of bias-ness in their work. Blogging is about telling how you feel on a particular subject, this isn’t going to give you straight facts but how the blogger believes the facts should be interpreted, altering the way the reader perceives the information.

I do like the idea of having a code of ethics for bloggers but I agree with the article, there is not way enforce such a thing.

April 13, 2010

5 Minute Video

Posted in Assignments at 9:59 am by ahonan

I interviewed Eagle Scout, I think it came out good. I didn’t think there was too much background noise, I bribed everyone else in the house with pizza to get silence.

Here is the second half:

April 1, 2010

Slideshow

Posted in Assignments at 10:32 am by ahonan

My slide show/ audio project is located here.

I am not extremely happy with it, I couldn’t use some of my original photos because they weren’t jpegs and the ones off of flickr are blurry. I think the audio came out really good, I was unsure was to use as background noise and in a couple of them you can here a kid crying but I couldn’t edit that out all the way, without taking some of the audio that I needed.

March 22, 2010

A 100 Years and Going Strong

Posted in Assignments at 8:57 am by ahonan

A hundred years ago, in 1911, American William Boyce was traveling in London. Boyce was lost in the fog, when he came upon a scout that offered to show him the way to his destination. When Boyce tried to pay the scout for helping him, the scout replied, “I’m just doing my term.” This Boy Scout made quite an impression on Boyce, for he brought the idea of scouting back to America with him. With help he started the first Scout troop in America. Boy scouts today are still going around fulfilling their ‘term,’ in other words, helping others.

To say boy scouting become popular is an understatement. In 1925, only 14 years after the introduction of the scouts, there were already a million members. This number only continued to grow throughout the years, reaching its 100 millionth member in 2000.

Only a small percentage of Boy Scouts go all the way to becoming an Eagle Scout. According to statistics from the boy scouts, out of every hundred scouts that join, 30 of them will drop out in their first year. Less than 3% of Scouts stick with the program and become Eagle Scouts, this can be seen in that even though in 2000 there were 100 million members, in 2009 only the 2 millionth Eagle Scout was installed.

Today, scouts are still joining the program and it is the schools and churches that are helping get kids interested in it.  According to Paul, an Eagle Scout I talked to, “In first grade, sheets of paper were passed around with information on starting Cub scouts.”

For several scouts it is a tradition in their family to become a scout. According two scouts that I talked to, they were both following in the footsteps of their family members. One followed after both his brother and his father while, the other proudly admitted to being a third generation Boy Scout. For both of these boys scouting has been a part of not only their lives, but their families.

“Parental pushing,” has kept some continuing in scouts early on, but it is the enjoyment of the activities and being with friends that are keeping them in scouts. The camp outs that the scouts go to are a favorite, even when it rains, the scouts still enjoy them. The scouts that I had talked to repeatedly said that scouts was fun, one stated that he is going to put it on his job resume because employers “Know you are a scout and you can get a better job.”

Not all scouting is fun and games, the scouts have to participant in community service projects, while these are not unbearable, they are not a favorite. The current scout leader stated, “That painting is the worst.”

The journey to becoming an Eagle Scout is as follows:

Starting as a Tiger Scout at the age of 6 or 7 the boys go on camping trips, learning to get along with one another. The next year, the boys start working on their first badge: the wolf badge, where they begin to learn what scouting is all about. Next the boys learn outdoor skill and about the environment to earn the bear badge.

Next is a two year program that teaches a range of things, from fitness to camping skills. In these two years the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Lights must be earned. The Arrow of Light badge is the highest award that can be earned in Cub scouting and is the only badge that a boy scout can wear from Cub Scouts.

To move onto the next stage in scouting the boys must learn the scout sign, the scout salute, the handshake, the scout oath and the scout law. The Scout oath comes from the 1909 when William Boyce received help from a scout. “Do a good term daily.”

Now the scouts become Second Class scouts where they must become self sufficient in the outdoors. At this stage scouts must learn to tie different types of knots among learning the skills to live outside. As a First Class Scout they must be able to camp out of their own, and begin earning merit badges. According to the Scout leader, “These badges were the easiest to get, most of them involving seating down with the other scouts and just hanging out.”

As a Star Scout, 6 merit badges must be fulfilled out of the 100 different kinds of badges available, and as a Life Scout an additional 5 badges have to be earned. To complete scouting and become an eagle scout another 10 badges must be completed for a total of 21, along with a service project to finish scouting. The badges involved in boy scouts, ranged from shooting at clay discs to knowing how to fingerprint to keeping track of personal finances.

Even though that is the end of Scouting, most still go to meetings and participate in Scout activities after they have earned their Eagle Scout badge. For these individuals scouting is not a chore that is being forced on them, but a decision they make.

Neil Armstrong and Gerald Ford, our 38th President were both Eagle Scouts, while Buzz Aldrin didn’t make it to Eagle Scout he too was part of boy scouts.

March 4, 2010

Better Interview

Posted in Assignments at 8:45 am by ahonan

Paul is an Eagle Scout, this was the better interview that I was able to get.

March 3, 2010

Interview 2

Posted in Assignments at 11:42 pm by ahonan

This is one of the interviews I did with the Boy Scouts, this is the scout leader. He is currently leading the troop through meetings.

So I learned that I hate hearing myself talk, and it was actually easier to get the boys to open up when they knew the camera wasn’t on them. I just shot video of the floor.

February 22, 2010

Boy Scouts of America

Posted in Assignments at 10:51 am by ahonan

This year represents the 100th year that the boy scouts have been around, starting in 1911. I had had no idea that the Boy Scouts had been around for that long, it wasn’t until my cousin’s Eagle Scout ceremony that this was brought to my attention. As we said in class: It is amazing that the boy scouts have been around for that long.

It was William Boyce that brought the Boy Scouts to America, first encountering them in England. Boyce was in London lost in the fog, when he came upon a boy scout that offered to show him the way. When Boyce tried to pay the scout in return, the scout replied, “I’m just doing my term.” This Boy Scout made an impression on Boyce, who brought the idea of the scouts to America. With help he started the first Scout troop in America. Boy Scouts today are still going around fulfilling their ‘term,’ helping others

Here are some important Dates:

  • 1912 the first Eagle Scout
  • 1912 Sea Scouting was established for those that were interested in boating
  • 1925 membership in the boy scouts reaches 1 million
  • 1930 Cub Scouting begins
  • 1952 Membership is up to 3 million
  • 1965 40 millionth scout registered and 500,000 Eagle Scout badge is awarded
  • 1969 Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong walks on the moon (Buzz Aldrin another former Scout)
  • 1982 One million eagle Scouts
  • 1982 Tiger Scouts for 7 year olds is offered
  • 2000 100 millionth member is registered
  • 2009 2 millionth Eagle Scout

As you can see from these numbers only a small percentage of Boy Scouts go all the way to become an Eagle Scout. Less than 3% of Scouts stick with the program to become Eagle Scouts, 30 Scouts will drop out in their first year. The journey to becoming an Eagle is as follows:

Starting as a Tiger Scout at the age of 6 or 7 the boys go on camping trips, learning to get along with one another. The next year, the boys start working on their first badge: the wolf badge, where they begin to learn what scouting is all about. Next the boys learn outdoor skill and about the environment to earn the bear badge.

Next is a two year program that teaches a range of things, from fitness to camping skills. In these two years the Webelos badge and the Arrow of Lights must be earned. The Arrow of Light badge is the highest award that can be earned in Cub scouting and is the only badge that a boy scout can wear from Cub Scouts.

To move onto the next stage in scouting the boys must learn the scout sign, the scout salute, the handshake , the scout oath and the scout law. The Scout oath comes from the 1909 when William Boyce received help from a scout. “Do a good term daily.”

Now the scouts become Second Class scouts where they must become self sufficient in the outdoors. As a First Class Scout they must be able to camp out of their own, and begin earning merit badges. As a Star Scout 6 merit badges must be fulfilled out of the 100 different kinds, as a Life Scout an additional 5 badges have to be earned. To complete scouting and become an eagle scout another 10 badges must be completed for a total of 21, along with a service project to finish scouting.

Even though that is the end of Scouting, most still go to meetings and participate in Scout activities after they have earned their eagle Scout badge. For these individuals scouting is not a chore that is being forced on them, but a decision they make.

February 11, 2010

Summary

Posted in Assignments at 8:49 am by ahonan

I am going to be doing my story on the Boy Scouts. I am going to see why they join, what they hope it will achieve, and who it was that pushed them into boy scouting. I am going to try to get some pictures of what they have to do to become an Eagle Scout, the highest one can go in Scouting. I’m also going to get an idea of what the boys have to do as they work their way toward being an Eagle Scout, the different stages they have to go through, the badges they earn, and all the different things they have to learn.

February 2, 2010

My Story Ideas

Posted in Assignments at 10:53 am by ahonan

I had hoped reading this weeks article would help me picks some interesting topics that I could really get into, but I was disappointed. I feel that the topics that I did pick are unoriginal, but I could not think of anything else.

Print Media Dying Out

Social Pressures to be Thin / Obesity: A Disease?

Internet Addiction

Yawns are Contagious

Military’s use of Animals – seems more of a research paper topic

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