in case of cold

in case of cold, listen to this.

(which is also this -> )

wonderful mix. really cool Web site.

good luck thawing out.


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oh, summertime

Over the next couple of days I’ll be adding more pictures to my photo page. I took these about a month ago on a little day trip to Galveston, which is still hurting, all these months later, from Hurricane Ike. Some are of that enduring damage, and some are just of my lovely time on the beach. I think I might try for a photo a day…? We’ll see.  Enjoy!

This poor little guy (and his buddy, a little ways down the beach) washed ashore, never to swim again...

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My final project for Multimedia Storytelling, a look at how the recession is affecting college Army ROTC enlistment. Enjoy!

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of visual interest

41All right, I’ve finally done it. I have a new page just for my photography. I knew I’d get to it eventually.

Just click the link at the top of the page or the picture here to follow him to the new page. And enjoy. I’ll try to keep it updated…

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A time for silence

Steering throughWe’ve been working this semester on video and adding audio to our photos, but we were assigned a silent, black and white photostory over the break. I was so excited to get back to just pictures!

Now that I know that unique element audio adds, however, I go through the story and see all the photos and think, “Ooh, if I had some natural sound here…” Bummer.

But, I still love the photos. Check it out here!

And…I’ll be posting some of the pictures I didn’t end up using for the photostory soon.

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The findings in the State of the News Media 2009 Report are sobering, to say the least.

I knew the numbers were bad, I’ve been hearing it in every journalism class I take and reading it in print and online. But a look at the actual numbers says things are worse than I thought. One out of every five journalists gone? That would be two, possibly three people from our class alone.

I see much of the problem the media face coming from public attitudes toward them. If only 8 percent of Americans have “a great deal of confidence” in the news media, why would we expect the other 92 percent to pay any attention to us? Why wouldn’t we expect that the only way the 18 percent who have “no confidence at all” would read or listen to our news would be for free, if that?

I think this ties to the increase the report found in the power of individual journalists. An audience that has found the media as a whole untrustworthy turned to individual journalists they felt they could trust or with whom they shared a bias. I really think this is where media are headed: key players, not key teams.

The failure of the media to adapt early on to the web and to be the industry that set the model and pace for others is an integral part of the current crisis. The game of catch-up and the struggle to turn our current work to on-demand has only fueled the fire of negative public feelings in the media because we provide inaccurate or biased information. I think the catch-up needs to end and real evolution of how we present the news will have to happen soon.

People tend to paint journalism and newspapers as one entity, but the truth is, newspapers are only one part of journalism. They are, in fact, a shrinking piece of a growing whole.

And while several parts of journalism are shrinking, two facets, online and cable, are growing. Just looking at online journalism, I believe there are a multitude of possibilities, especially for a young journalist, trained for the web and ready to work individually, who recognizes the problems and failures of the current and past news media.

I think this only provides more opportunities to young journalists, and I actually look forward to creating and working in a role that maybe hasn’t been filled by any journalist before.

I highly recommend reading this article about the reality of newspapers and online journalism.

In other news, I spent Spring Break this year in (and getting to) Seattle. Here’s beautiful Seattle by ferry at night.

[bokeh] Seattle by Night

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Progress to date

Here is my work to date that hasn’t already been linked to on my blog.

Tim Best works on a sculpture for an upcoming show

My second soundslides assignment went well, I got it completed much more quickly than the first one. I feel like I was able to get a pretty good interview, but I had some trouble with the natural sound for this piece. It was pretty quiet when I went to see Tim Best at the workroom, and his sculpture was actually pretty far along. He was just waiting for some fabric to come in, so his sculpture was on hold and he didn’t need to use any of the machines.

That also meant that there wasn’t very much for me to photograph. I ended up with a lot of very similar pictures. But, the editing process went much faster this time, which was probably the most important part for me.

Partner Edit

This is my first assignment with video. My partner, Abigail Thatcher, shot this footage of the girl studying, then I had to edit it into a story. So. If you can’t tell, here’s the plot: Girl is writing, girl forgets what comes next, checks her notes, sees what she’s missing, goes back to writing. Not the most interesting story, I guess, but I think you can tell that’s what happens in the movie.

This editing was easier for me than the previous audio. I played around with the speed and reverse, and I think it turned out pretty well.

Stencil Artist

This is a story I did on a fellow UNT student who makes and spray paints stencils.I thought it was pretty cool I’ve never seen such intricate stencils. When I got there, I realized there was a whole new (crazy) development to his story. Watch it, it’s pretty interesting.

This editing took a long time, because my audio was a lot softer than I realized, and I had to edit around a lot of stuff with music in the background. When I exported it, the video, which had been a little dark, became a little too light. I’m looking into a way to fix that, but I haven’t found anything yet.

Flash Template

Say hello to my first attempt at Flash. It is missing a video on the first button, we can’t figure out what happened there. It works in Flash and testing it and just pulling it up, but it won’t work on the internet. Flash was a little confusing, but I think it would be a lot of fun to work in once I’ve played around in it a bit.

I still need to work on gathering my audio, I’ve had problems with that every single assignment so far. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty well acquainted with Final Cut and Soundslides, though. Now I just need some time to play around with Flash.

The skills I have learned (and am still working on) will help me get a job in the future, hopefully pretty soon after I graduate. Especially in journalism, technology and multimedia are becoming more pervasive and necessary. I doubt I’d be able to get a job in journalism after I graduate if I didn’t know these programs and have these skills.

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