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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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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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The Chron.com v. The LA Times

The Houston Chronicle and the LA Times are about to go head to head.

The Nieman Journalism Lab recently compiled a list of the Top 15  newspaper Web sites according to the number of unique monthly visitors. From the bottom five I chose the Chronicle, because I lived there for so long, and, because the Chronicle is a city paper, I chose the LA Times from the top five to compare it with.

The LA Times’ front page is much cleaner than the Chronicle’s. Chron.com looks very busy, cluttered and even a little intimidating. The Times utlitized more pictures on the front page and spaced out separate items. The Chronicle has a lot of little pictures on their home page, adding to the cluttered look, and bunches a lot of the links for their stories together. The Times was much more pleasing to look at.

Chronicle: 0, Times: 1

I really like that the Chronicle has all their links at the top of the page. If I know what I’m looking for, I can get there without scrolling. The Times put their links to different sections on the side, descending down the page. This isn’t a huge inconvenience (just a minor one), but it does take longer to get around this way. As far as ease of use goes, the Chronicle has a slight edge.

Chronicle: 1, Times: 1

Both the Times and the Chronicle told you in the link, before the jump to a story, whether there were pictures or a video to go along with it. That was nice. In addition, the Chronicle has an entire section on their home page dedicated to videos, photos and readers’ photos – one place where I can get it all. Terribly convenient. The Times had links on the side of the home page, one for video and one for photography. Also, very convenient.

I’m going to have to call this one a tie.

As far as quality of multimedia, both Web sites have good video and photos, but I wasn’t able to find soundslides or anything beyond very basic videos at either site. I think that the Times did, overall, have slightly better photography. So. The Times takes this one.

Chronicle: 1, Times: 2

So, overall, I feel the Times has a better Web site and makes better use of multimedia than the Chronicle. But just a little better.

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Soundslides, Take 1

I worked on gathering the audio and pictures for this Soundslides assignment, my first ever, with Abigail Thatcher. She was comfortable working with the recorder, I was confident working with the camera. It worked well.


We decided to try to find a student playing pool at the Syndicate. Our first interviewee was somewhat Spartan in his replies. But we kept talking to people and ended up getting a pretty good interview, and some great pictures.

Once we began putting our separate Soundslides together, I realized our audio was soft. Very soft. With the volume all the way up, I still had to pay close attention to understand everything. I also realized I need to work on my photo captions. I’ve never really had any practice writing captions before.

Despite the quiet audio and my inexperience with photo captions, I think my Soundslides turned out well. I really liked putting the assignment together; I’m already planning out more of these projects in my head.

At the Gates of History was exactly what I would want to see and hear from an inauguration story. Gathered from the back of the crowd, this Soundslides presentation really captured what it felt like for the majority of people who braved the cold to see President Obama sworn in.

Apparently, this journalist had a ticket to get in to the inauguration, but wasn’t able to get through the gates before they were shut. As unfortunate as that is, I think it helped him get a better story.

Though the beginning audio was a little confusing, I like how the journalist got tidbits from several people, but didn’t introduce anyone. Without knowing each person’s name, I felt as if I could have been any one of them. It became an experience I could have had, rather than that individual’s experience.

The journalist did a great job of matching his audio to the action in the photograph, his timing was perfect. This is most evident when Obama is giving his speech and the pictures show people listening on radios and cell phones. Absolutely perfect.

The only thing I think didn’t work here was the garbled audio in the beginning. The first time I listened to it I couldn’t understand any of it; it took a second and third listening to understand it.

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