April 11, 2010

Video Basics 3 Response

Posted in Reading Responses at 1:13 pm by ahonan

I wished I had known that this Reading was going to be as helpful as it was. I read this after I had shot my Interview, thinking that this was going to be as unhelpful as the rest of the readings. I was wrong.

Since I already shot my Interview I thought I use the reading to go over what I took to see if there was anything that I would have done differently.

I wish I could have had a more interesting background, but when I tried to shoot outside most of the audio was covered by the wind. I did notice after I uploaded the video to iMovie that shooting near a window probably was the brightest idea. I could see the picture darkening and brightening as the sun hide behind clouds and came out again. The reading does day the object do the moving and I hope that goes for the background too.

I think I did place Ian in the video well enough, there isn’t too much space above his head, and I didn’t place him in the center of the frame.

I think this Interview was  a lot better than the first video I shot with the camera, I kept playing with all the buttons using the zoom, moving it around and I couldn’t keep my hands steady. So maybe this was a success.


April 1, 2010

Video Explosion Response

Posted in Reading Responses at 12:51 pm by ahonan

I was expecting this article to help me get an ideal of how video has helped or not helped get a story across. I didn’t get that.

I got a story with links to other pages, that made the article more confusing than it should be. Are the links pertinent to the story? Do I have to go to them to know what the rest of the article is talking about? I spent more time on the story about the violinist in the subway than I did reading this article.

Then when I finally did get back to the story I found conflicting statements but no answer was given as to which was correct:

  • “.. many small and medium-size papers “don’t seem to think long-form videos are worth the effort.


  • “Virtually every paper in the country is, if not diving head first, at least dipping their toes into video.”

Maybe this article was meant to be helpful, but all the links throughout it kept distracting me from actually reading it. I would get to a link, click it, scan through that, and by the time I got back to the original article I had forgotten everything that I had read up to that link.

March 24, 2010

Response to Here Comes Everybody

Posted in Reading Responses at 10:47 am by ahonan

It was very tiresome to read through this one, professional is this and professional is that…it made me confused and I rushed through reading the rest because I didn’t care what a professional is.

  • The same idea, published in dozens or hundreds of places, can have an amplifying effect that outweighs the verdict from the smaller number of professional outlets.

I liked the story of the senator that said something that wasn’t picked up by the media, but bloggers were able to bring it in to the public eye. The danger here is that just because everyone is saying something doesn’t mean that it is true but it can be spread around as truth.

  • If everyone can do something, it is no longer rare enough to pay for

I agree with this, if everyone is posting the news to their blogs, social networking site, or the newspaper’s own website, what would be the purpose of going out and buying a paper?

And to ask the question of who is a journalist? Journalists are the people that are getting paid to write their stories, not the blogger who is working out of their parents’ basement, writing their opinions.

Bret Schulte’s The Distribution Revolution

Posted in Reading Responses at 9:09 am by ahonan

At first I thought this was going to be about the evils of Facebook and Twitter. I was relieved to see that this article was about their positive aspects. I have used Facebook for a while and while I do not follow any news stories through their I do get info on TV programs and books that are coming out.

  • “Maybe in earlier eras [news organizations] needed proof of concept to do anything; now nobody’s waiting for proof of concept”

This quote is from the beginning of the article, I definitely agree with it and think that this is something that should be fixed if news organizations are going to continue using social networking sites.

If they want to be trusted and have a greater number of followers, they are going to have to have proof of what they are saying it true. No one is going to listen to someone who only gets their facts right half of the time. It will only take one time of someone repeating their false information and making a fool of themselves to get them to move on to another source.

So if the number of people using Twitter and Facebook to get their news is indeed on the rise, then these news groups are going to have to come up with a new way of verifying information quicker.

And of course to make life easier they posted a way to link the story to your Facebook or Twitter account. Ridiculous.

Story Site: The Distribution Revolution

Response to the three multimedia articles

Posted in Reading Responses at 8:57 am by ahonan

I liked the amount of photos that were displayed in the Long Haul and Sides of the Wire but I wasn’t crazy about the way they displayed them. None of the photos had a lot of caption to it, so it made it easy for me to continue scrolling down through the pictures. I hate having that click for more button, I want to know how many pictures there are going to be, so I know how long it is going to take to look through them all. I didn’t finish looking at either site’s pictures.

For the Long Haul there were a lot of great pictures, but I didn’t like that most of them were in black and white, there were some that would have looked better in color. I like having the pictures in color because for some reason they seem more real to me, the black and white shots make it appear as if they could have happened in the past, not something that is happening right now. Some photos were too large to see all at once and I would have to scroll up and down to see the rest, that took away from some good pictures.  There was one collage of photos that was amazing, they were pasted together to create one huge photo, I think that had more effect then posting one photo of the same thing.

The writing in The Long Haul was very easy to read, even though there was a huge paragraph in the middle of the story that should have been broken up. It looked daunting to read just looking at the size of the thing. The Sides of the Wire wasn’t as easy to read about halfway through it I had to struggle to get to the end.

I really liked How I cover the Afghanistan War was set up. I liked having everything on the one page, it made me feel as if I wasn’t seeing some things over again. This way made the video and photos seem more connected to the story.

Links to original stories: The Long Haul , Sides of the Wire , & How I Cover the Afghanistan War with the 5dmkII

March 1, 2010

Response to Interviewing

Posted in Reading Responses at 9:18 am by ahonan

This is my least favorite part of this assignment. I hate talking to people, asking them questions. Just coming up with questions to ask them as been a chore on its own. I had hoped after reading this questions would just come to me, but even then I was still unsure if my questions good enough.

There were a couple of points that really stood out to me, like not getting so caught up in capturing the images that you forget to be a part of it. I think that happens to me when I am getting pictures, most of mine of others interacting, all far away, none of where I am next to them, getting a close up.

My favorite part of this reading were the rules at the end, they really summarized everything that was talked about, making it easier for me to see what should be avoided.

I definitely had trouble getting some people to talk, they really wanted to stick with one word answers, and I didn’t know if I was talking too much.

I still wish he had added some tips on where to come up with questions or how to modify them to a situation.

February 20, 2010

Response to Online Writing Styles

Posted in Reading Responses at 2:21 pm by ahonan

Yes, there is a difference in styles when reading something that is in print versus reading something that is online. Maybe it’s having the ability to edit the content that makes people willing to write less formally online. Once a story is in a newspaper it is stuck like that, archived and uneditable.

  • Writers weren’t shy about expressing their opinions, but the best  writers still backed up those opinions with solid reporting and well-documented facts.

This is a quote from the reading, while I agree that all journalism, whether print or online has to be based on facts, I don’t think that it is. To me online journalism seems less reliable. I always try to double-check what I get off of the Internet but rarely do I try to double-check a printed article.

  • The size of a newspaper – the computer screen is limited in size and cannot offer the quantity of information found on a newspaper page

This is so not true. This really made me doubt how reliable this article is. The screen may be fixed in size but the quantity of information is still the same. A newspaper cannot fit all their news on a single page and neither can online news fit all their news on the screen at once.

This reading did bring up a couple things that were useful to know but weren’t necessarily weaknesses. Eye strain from staring at the screen for a long time is a worry but it won’t really stop someone from reading text off a screen. Another that I didn’t think was a weakness but a change in design was shortening the blocks of text. Just breaking up a story into more paragraphs isn’t a weakness, it isn’t changing the content only the look.

February 13, 2010

Response to Gathering and Editing

Posted in Reading Responses at 1:46 pm by ahonan

There was a lot in this chapter, that I didn’t think pertained to what we were doing in class. . . Maybe I misunderstood what it was that we were supposed to do for our project, but this didn’t seem to help much. I keep waiting for that one reading that will clear up all my questions and uncertainties in completing this project.

The only thing I took out of this reading was the rule of thirds. I looked back through the photos that I have already taken, not just for this project but others that I have taken. This rule definitely worked, the ones that I liked the best followed this rule. I agree that having the person’s head dead center leaves all this space at the top of the picture. I ended up cropping a couple of pictures because this space, preferring have the person or object taking up the whole picture.

I haven’t tried either those yet but they seem like added something to the pictures that were in the reading: Framing the shot so that there were both background and foreground elements, looked like they really added depth to the shot. With the added foreground element it broke up the photo so there wasn’t just water taking up a lot of the picture.

The last thing that I liked was the suggestion of shooting pictures from a different level, so everything wasn’t as eye level. This has proven harder to do then I thought.

February 9, 2010

Response to PhotoJournalism

Posted in Reading Responses at 9:14 am by ahonan

This entry seems to be the most blog-like, no connectors between thoughts just whatever came to mind:

I couldn’t believe when I read that photojournalists would give pictures of their contacts to their contacts as a way of getting tips from them. . . . It just seems unreal that that would be all it would take.

In the article they talked about getting pictures from different angles, this is something that I thought I was doing, but in reading it I saw that I never even thought about taking a picture from a lower angle. For some reason that, is unbeknown to me, I don’t pictures from below an object, either straight on or from above. Weird.

The last thing I wanted to comment on was “biases towards words.” I really do believe that this is true. Even in the photo page of the Buffalo News there are still lengthy captions, not letting the reading take what they can from the photograph. I like being able to look at photographs without any explanation, it leaves me to see what I want, maybe something that the writer doesn’t see when entering in the caption. With the caption, you only tend to see what the words are telling you are there, not bothering to look beyond them.

February 2, 2010

Response to Story Ideas

Posted in Reading Responses at 10:45 am by ahonan

A lot of the points this article brought up sounded like they would work, but trying to put them into practice was very difficult. I looked over these ideas countless times trying to come up with some story ideas, I kept getting stuck.

Most of these ideas seemed better for helping get a story started if you were already writing and had an audience to solicit. I don’t have an audience that can help give me ideas, I don’t have any stories that need to be looked at in a different way, I need help in thinking of stories. There was one group of ideas that suggested some places to start looking: Blogs, search engines, and discussion groups all seem like good places for me to start. I didn’t like the other options it gave me for looking for new ideas, it seemed too much like stealing another person’s idea.

I did like the section that showed how to make a weak story sound interesting. Taking the points that you thought made the story weak and using that, in a way, as a challenge to prove yourself wrong.

Overall this chapter had some good ideas, but I don’t think they pertained to me and trying to find a story topic.

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