Silently Connected

The digital Age. More and more people rely on technology every minute of the day: Sherry Turkle, of the new York times, wrote and interesting article concerning this phenomenon. The idea that “people are comforted by being in touch with a lot of people — carefully kept at bay” is shown throughout the article.

It was interesting to stop and think how true a lot of the, overlooked, conclusions were. People literally walk around with their headphones in and phones out oblivious to the world but “silently connected to it.” They are connected to a large online community.

Turkle pointed out that some people are connected to multiple people while having a single one on one conversation. The idea that people can talk and text, without looking at their phone, was highlighted. People are now so second hand at technology they can multi task their physical and virtual conversations. I’m not yet that skilled.

It was a really interesting article and is something that is a hot topic in news today. People are always wandering where technology is headed, what it does to the community and how it affects us. This article outlines a lot of these points. Technology connects us but at a distance. 

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Shark Attacks in Australia

Shark attacks: one of my biggest fears. That’s why when I stumbled across a news video on the BBC website I chose it as my blog this week. There is a beach in Sydney, Australia, that 3 people have been killed this year by a shark. It is triple it’s normal annual attack number and so has residents and the government concerned. Great white sharks are usually a protected species, but the government has okayed the capture of this dangerous animal.

            It has marine biologists and environment activists rallied because they say there isn’t a great concern for safety and it is almost impossible to determine which shark made the killings.

            Like a majority of people I prefer video and photographic journalism because it is more interesting. The BBC included a lot of video of the area, boats looking for the shark and interviews.

            My side in the controversy surprised me. I have had Selachophobia, fear of sharks, since I was very young, but I still think killing this shark is pointless. For one, which shark, for certain, is it? And two, if someone swims in shark infested waters, they have to take responsibility for themselves. It’s not the sharks fault.

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Titanic Blog

It’s been 100 years since the HMS titanic’s disastrous voyage. The Boston journal covered this event in it’s “The Big Picture” section of its website. Through 51 pictures, old and new, they showcase the luxurious ship, the iceberg believed to have caused the damage that sunk the ship, the people that survived, the building of the ship, what the wreck looks like now on the ocean floor and artefacts recovered from the wreck.

The old black and white photos are unbelievable. The pictures of the ship leaving the dock, the dining rooms, and the amount of men that worked on building it really show how massive the ship was. 1’517 people lost their lives on April 15th 1912 and this gallery really shows the impact of the event.

It was also interesting to me to see differences between back then and now. One picture in particular shows The New York Times news room. There wasn’t a single women in there. The photo, in context, shows how insane the newsroom was at the time trying to get coverage of the ships sinking. But to me, what stood out most the lack of women. It showcased how different the relationship with women in society was in comparison to today.

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Tweeting Experience

Sat at the back of the Scheidegger theatre with a camera, tripod and a boom micro phone I was already focused on getting footage of the show. I chose the pageant as my twitter feed assignment also: this was more complex than it looked. The i-phone was choosing words for me, I hear it’s called auto correct, and the show was happening so fast I wasn’t sure what to tweet. Things started off difficult but after a short while I got the hang of it.

One thing I learned from the experience was if I tweet a show again, I should have a program in front of me. Names were announced so quickly I couldn’t remember all the names, and wasn’t sure how to spell them. A program would have made my job a little easier.

Initially I really didn’t like tweeting. Not the actual physical aspect of tweeting but the feeling of using a cell phone in the theater. I felt like I was breaking some sort of theater code. I guess the rules will have to bend now technology is combining with journalism and creating more and more distribution methods.

One thing I think I could work on in this area is to create more exciting tweets. If someone is just reading a twitter feed I think the messages need to be a little creative than mine to hold their attention. I think for a first attempt though it was ok. I tried to message the important points that were happening and set the scene a little for readers.

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Content Review 2

One thing unexpected in the second half of this semester was actually getting out and filming, recording, taking pictures, and editing our work to create stories for the web. When I started the class “writing for converged media” I thought I would spend countless hours just writing. I was pleasantly surprised.

I found listening to Johnny Andrews really inspiring. Perhaps it was his unreal video and photographic journalism pieces. Perhaps it was the enthusiasm and love he had for his work. I literally left the talk wanting to go out and make something. We learned how he went about getting into his career and what we should be doing to work towards ours. Experience and passion were two key things.

This new found inspiration was paralleled with what we covered in the second half of the semester. We looked at different types of shots to make footage interesting and to convey a certain message. We looked at different types of stories and which was the best type of media that should be used to cover them.
The most challenging thing for me was creating a story entirely from quotes received through sources. It really tested your interview skills. Alan and I felt like we had to ask every question in the book to get a response useful to edit to compile a story.

Another thing I learned, and should continue to practice, is putting sound behind photography. It’s not complicated to add the sound but making your photos match the audio is another story. I enjoy getting the audio and speaking to sources, I also liked taking the photographs. Learning to combine them is something I think will come with more practice.

We also learned to use a new type of software. We edited on adobe premiere when I am used to using avid, learning something new was useful because I know not every company will use the same programs.

With regards to taking the photos there was a lot of useful information in the textbook. We learned that good photography requires different aspects. For example, time. Having time to go out to shoot is important. Leading back to Johnny Andrews, the textbook and class discussion really tied in with his presentation. Through him we learned the more we shoot, even smaller projects, the better we will become. His photographs were like evidence.

We also learned that the digital age requires journalists to know more about everything. As a journalist I have to be able to shoot, edit write, upload, to an extent program, and use internet effectively.

Throughout the course we have learned various types of journalism. Another kind we visited recently was database journalism. We learned how journalists use this type of journalism to construct specific types of news. We were shown an example through the Chicago murder victim site.

I preferred the second half of the semester because I really enjoy interviewing, and creating something with the information. The first half I did learn to use tools I was unfamiliar with that are now being essential in journalism. Twitter and blogging are just two examples!

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Video Journalism: LUTV

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