Final Blog Post

I have learned many new computer and multimedia skills through this class during the semester. I have never been tech savvy, but I now feel comfortable uploading audio, pictures, and text to programs like SoundCloud, Audacity, and WordPress. I never thought I would be able to write an html code, but I feel like I learned the basics of the coding of an internet site.

I learned how to edit audio and make it smooth and clean as opposed to my choppy edits at the beginning of the semester.  I will most likely use uploading sound clips, photos, and text to websites in my future endeavors, as well as editing audio.

I want to write for a major music magazine one day, preferably Rolling Stone, so I will be using web reporting and “writing in chunks” in the future. I feel like I have developed the skill for online writing by using short and precise sentences, because online readers are more like online scanners.

This class did not necessarily help me choose a career path, but it definitely taught me many skills that I will most likely use in my future career, while boosting my confidence in the ever evolving world of technology.

The skill I wish I had learned in this course is video editing. I have played around with video editing on a minor scale for some projects in high school, but I wish I could have practiced more and become skilled at adding music to videos, creating smooth transitions, and timing certain frames to beats.

My favorite project this semester was probably this last one, because I got to choose a subject that I am really passionate about, and explore the live music scene in Laramie even further. I loved going to shows and taking pictures and experiencing the surprising amount of live music that Laramie has to offer.

Individual SoundSlides Project

Here is the link to my SoundSlides project. http://klandreville.com/smith/

My SoundSlides assignment highlighted the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Laramie, Wyoming. I interviewed the regional director, Barbara Humphreys, and the site based coordinator, Marsha Halbach. The purpose of the assignment is to provide basic information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, such as: their main goals, activities they participate in around the community, and how to get involved if one is interested.

Working alone for this project was definitely more challenging than with a partner. I had to work harder with the audio editing this time, because Caleb was more skilled at it last time. I liked working with a partner better than working alone because I felt more organized and at ease with a partner.

It was interesting to interview the ladies behind the Laramie branch of this organization; they truly care about making successful matches and seeing the children thrive. It was really inspiring to talk to such passionate people about the organization. It was also great to learn more about the organization that I have been working with for almost a year.

Barbara Humphreys and Marsha Halbach told me that their biggest problem with Big Brothers this year is that they do not have enough male volunteers. I was surprised to hear this, and hope that this project will inspire more men to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

I struggled with the second interview because the audio is significantly quieter than the first interview. I also struggled with pictures for this project. I ended up using older pictures from past volunteering experience that I took and thought were relevant and worked with the story. I would change some of the photos if I could, and go back and ask Barbara Humphreys to speak up in her interview. I would also work a little longer on the audio editing portion, because there are a few choppy sections that I was not completely pleased with.

Group SoundSlides Project Critiques

I really liked the photos of Rhanden Lind and Tracey Rosenlund’s “GrotesquesSoundSlide project. I thought the photo quality was amazing and filled with very interesting and relevant images.

  • Audio critique: I thought that there was quite a bit of ambient noise during the interview that made it difficult to understand what the interviewees were saying. I think they did a good job with the cuts;
    they were clean and smooth.
  • Photo critique: I thought the photos were extremely well done and very creative. The quality was amazing and the photos
    were synchronized with the audio very well.
  • Storytelling critique: I thought that the story flowed very well between interviewees. I think it ended well and not too
    abruptly.

I think the story and photos were really well done in Zak Bolender and Justin Trygg’s  “Wish Upon a Zombie“. The zombie walk was timely and a fun and interesting story.

  • Audio critique: I thought the audio flowed well and the ambient noise in the beginning was relevant. I could hear the interviewees clearly, and the cuts were clean. The only time the audio was off was at the end when someone kept talking and then it ended abruptly.
  • Photo critique: I thought the photos were fun and flowed well with the audio. The subtitles at the bottom were a bit small,
    but other than that the photos were well done and creative.
  • Storytelling critique: I thought the story flowed very well, and was easy to follow. However, the story ended abruptly.

I liked the subject of the story for Zach Greubel and Peter Stevens’ “Mitch Kunce: A Brewing Artisan in Laramie“. The Library Sports Grille and Brewery has been around for a long time, and I love it, so the story really interested me.

  • Audio Critique: The first interview was fairly easy to hear, with just a bit of background ambient noise, but I could barely
    hear the second interview (of the bar patron) because there was too much background noise that it drowned him out. Other than that, I liked the ambient noise of the beer pouring.
  • Photo critique: I really enjoyed the photos in this project. I thought they were creatively done, and loved the ones of the
    individual beers; they looked so good!
  • Storytelling critique:  I thought the story flowed nicely, and I appreciate that someone highlighted the man behind the brews finally.  It was a very interesting story.  I think the story ended abruptly.

After viewing other student’s work, I learned how to set up more creative photo shots. Instead of shooting something straight
on, get a different angle or get someone while they are talking and look
natural.

Final Project

Here is our final project link!

http://klandreville.com/smith_tillapaugh

Final Project

The project topic that Caleb and I chose was a profile of two Laramie artists, Maddie
Costigan and Travis Ivey. We interviewed them about what inspires them, who
influences them, their specific styles, and where they hope their art will take
them one day. The purpose of this project was to highlight local artists and
inform people of their work.

Working with Caleb was a fun and easy experience. We had a great time exploring downtown
Laramie and taking pictures of all the art that is featured there. The
interviews went smoothly, and it was interesting to talk to local artists and
find out what goes into the work that they do. I really liked talking to the
artists themselves and looking around their apartments and seeing the art that
they have done in the past. I am not very creative, so it was really
interesting to see such an inventive and unique lifestyle in person.

Working with SoundSlides was a lot easier than I expected once I got started. I liked how
easy it was to work with the timing and organization of the pictures. The
titles and captions were easy to figure out as well. Overall, I think
SoundSlides is a really helpful and useful program for journalism majors.

We had problems uploading the photos to SoundSlides at first, so we had to go about it
a different way. We also had trouble exporting the project and posting it to
eCompanion when we were finished, but also figured out how to do that with some
help.

If I had more time, I would change a few of the pictures to go along with the audio a
little better. I would also have liked to tell Travis Ivey to give more direct
answers, as his interview was all over the place. Overall, the project went
smoothly and I am pleased with the final product.

3 Story Ideas

Caleb and I had one idea to feature and interview local artists.
We want to see what inspires them around Laramie, show pictures of their work,
and pictures of the process. I think this story would be interesting
because there is so much amazing artwork around campus and downtown; it would
be great to show the faces behind the art. We would interview a few artists,
an art professor, along with the vendors downtown that buy and display
the artwork.

Another story idea is to feature the Big Brothers Big
Sisters program in Laramie. We would interview people who work there, people
who volunteer there, and also some of the Littles. This story is important
because not a lot of people are aware that this program exists in Laramie, and
is a great way to help out someone in the community.

The last story idea is to cover the study abroad program at
UW.  We would find information about the
program like: what do you need to do to study abroad, requirements, how much
money it would be, and where you could go. I think this story is interesting
because the study abroad program is a great program that students should take
advantage of while they go to school here at UW. Not many students know how
easy and affordable it is to study abroad, and it would be helpful to bring the
facts to light. We would interview students who have studied abroad, Ruth
Shepard (who is the study abroad coordinator) , and some exchange students that
have chosen UW as their host school.

Audio Profile Critiques

Jessica Peck: I really liked your edited audio profile. I
loved the subject of why your interviewee loves her hometown of Denver, CO. It
was interesting, and it was very smooth. I could barely tell where you cut your
interview down; the transitions were very clean and natural sounding. There was
no background noise that I could hear which is a really good element of your
interview. I could hear the interviewee very clearly. I honestly did not see
anything that needs critiquing in your audio profile, great job!

Patrick Pajak: Your edited audio profile is really good. I liked
that your edits were smooth and clean. I could not hear any noticeable background
noise. I liked the subject of the interview because I am also a journalism
major, but everyone might not be as interested in the journalism field. Maybe you
could have had him talk more about the sports aspect of his internship because
more people are interested in sports than journalism. The volume on the
interview could have been a little bit louder; I had to turn the volume up on
my computer to hear the interviewee clearly.

Marie Smith: My audio profile was a lot choppier and not as
clean as I wanted it to be. I wish I would have left more time in between
questions so I could have edited them more smoothly. I also wish there wasn’t
as much background noise in my audio profile. I learned that I need to give
myself more time on my next edited audio profile so that I can be sure the edits
sound clean and natural.  What surprised
me most about this assignment was the amount of time that it took to properly
edit down a five minute sound clip. I underestimated the tedious nature of audio
editing.

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