Final Project Wrap-Up

The final link to our website is lerxc9.wix.com/parkingatmizzou. Please check it out and share!

I have very happy with the way our project turned it out. I feel that while it met the requirements, it also went beyond that. It is a practical website for all Mizzou students to learn more about parking on campus. While we didn’t cover all parking on campus, we highlighted important parking ideas: permit parking, metered parking, and free parking. We also gave links to help students find even more information on parking. Most of these links connect to the MU website, but we linked specific sites, so students do not have to search around on the confusing site.

I think our major problem with the project had to do with the platform we originally chose to present our project. We started off on creativist.com. This site has a great idea behind it, but it hard to use and tended to be glitchy. We wanted more freedom to customize our site, so we switched our project to WiX.com. I am so happy we did because I feel that our site is much better on this platform. WiX allows for almost complete customization for free, and it is very easy to use.

As for collecting our actual content, I am thrilled I had Libby as my partner! She was very easy to work with, and she was always on time. Not mention, she had some great ideas to contribute to the project.

Our content, I think, is very beneficial to MU students. We included  a point of view from a parking enforcer, Maggie Teson. I think this is very important aspect of our project because generally, students hate those who write them tickets. This provides her perspective and why she thinks her job is important to students and the university. Next, we also highlighted different options of parking. I would have loved to have a site like this when I was looking for parking options at the beginning of this year.

I created the site design. I feel that it really reflects and enhances our theme and information that we provide. The yellow color is often seen in traffic signs. The blue is a complementary accent to the yellow that provides the second color. Then I chose to stick with simple black and white for the last two colors. I used the fonts Mueso, Museo Slab, and Helvetica Light as the different font levels throughout the site.

Overall, I am thrilled with how our site turned out, and I am excited to share it with my peers. Since the MU parking site is confusing and ugly, I think this site will help students become much more informed on parking at Mizzou. This project allowed me to really grasp all aspects of journalism, while working under a theme. I think this project is very important because of this reason.

Again, here is the website link: lerxc9.wix.com/parkingatmizzou. Please share!

The Network Review

Network_PosterOver Thanksgiving break, we were assigned to watch a movie that largely was affected by or was about journalism. I choose The Network. This documentary is about the recent growth of media present in Afghanistan, specifically Kabul. It covers a variety of mediums: radio, TV, soap operas, news coverage, and it even sprinkles in women’s rights. What I found to be most fascinating storyline through the whole piece was how little hope each of the interviewees had for the future of Afghanistan. But they were all dedicated to staying and helping media thrive.

At the beginning, the movie discusses how there was zero media present as recently as the year 2000. With the Taliban in control, the country was in complete havoc and under extraordinary  harsh rulings. This was amazing to me. While I was safe in my home watching cartoons as a 5 year old, there was a country that was unable to have any kind of media available to them.

The next part moves into to the introduction of radio. It became an instant hit with all of Kabul, and one of the radio shows is still the number one radio show there. The fact that the country could go from no media at all, and then have radio explode into the country in such a short amount of time is another amazing thing.

Tolo, the TV station in Kabul, was the next to be created. It started with 1 station and 9 people a few short years ago, and now the company employees more than 900 individuals. Its growth and popularity is unbelievable. It shows how much the people in Kabul yearned for the access to media, but were never able to have it. There was a section of the film that focused greatly on the creation of the first soap opera in Afghanistan. The producer brought in professionals from all over the world to help train individuals. The professionals are still there today and have a great bond with whom they call “the kids”. They are teaching them a variety of positions and hope to soon let them all take over.

The second half of the film focused mostly on women’s rights in the Afghani media system. While women are held in a different standard of living there, than they are here in the USA, they are still fighting, sometimes for their lives to participate. It was so motivational and encouraging listening to them speak about their passions. Even though so many people are against them chasing their dreams, they are pushing forward. While Afghanistan has improved overall, it still one of the most high risk places to live in the whole world. By these woman putting their lives on the line to bring all types of media to the country is amazing. It makes really think about how many times I have complained about simply getting an interview from some one because they are half way around the world fighting for their simple right to do so.

Overall the movie was a little slow, but it made up for it with the eye-opening factors. I recommend this to anyone who is borderline about their journalism career. To me, this will push you right back into your place. We have the right to report and entertain, and that is something that we should not take for granite.

Watch the trailer here: 

PS It is available on Netflix!!

Figure Skater Teaches Kids with Disabilities How to Skate

By Lauren Rau

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JEFFERSON CITY– Courtney Norgen, a Mizzou figure skater, gives skating lessons to children with disabilities at the Washington Ice Rink in Jefferson City, Mo. Adaptive Figure Skating is a program offered to children with disabilities ranging from down syndrome to severe autism, and while Norgen does skate for the Mizzou Figure Skating team, there is no skating background required to volunteer. “I love seeing the kids being able to do something they can’t do in their normal lives. They come to practice with no expectations and achieve so much,” Norgen said. Norgen uses bubbles as an incentive to help the kids skate. By blowing the bubbles and telling the kids to chase them, they skate without even thinking about it. “Working with the kids and helping them feel more normal is an amazing feel,” Norgen said. While the Mizzou figure skating team is only a club team, it is still a large commitment. The team travels for competitions, and practice is in Jefferson City at 5 AM on Tuesday mornings. She shares how the adaptive figure skating program has helped her skating. “I believe it is always harder to teach a skill, then to learn a skill. By helping the kids learn to skate, I get to go back to the basics with my own skating skills,” Norgen said. “It is essential for me to continue to master the basics, so I can continue to learn more advanced skills.” The adaptive program runs every Thursday night from 6:15 until 7:45 at the Washington Ice Rink. Kids ages 5 to 13 are eligible to participate.

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Mobile Journalism Assignment

Finally

My classmate, Libby Hudson, and I are partners for our final project in this class. It is essentially a culmination of every thing we have learned so far, including video, still photography, audio, and text. Here is our theme proposal:

Our theme is on Maggie Teson. She is a student here at Mizzou, and she writes parking tickets. This being one of the most hated actions by students, we thought it would be interesting to get her side of the story. Every student has gotten parking tickets, so putting a face to a person who is writing them is important.  We would like to capture the emotion of her daily job, as well as get a point of view from a student receiving one or what the student tries to do to get out of one.

We would be following her on the job, so in parking garages and parking lots mostly. We could also explore what she does to get ready for a cold day or see what the parking ticket office is like. We can speak with her boss and co-workers. We can also speak to students about their experiences with getting tickets. Cars have great sounds, as well as students yelling at Maggie to stop writing them tickets.

Since we have expensive equipment, it won’t be logical to capture her in the rain so that could pose a problem. Also, we need to meet with her at times none of us have class, but I’m sure that will be easily worked out.

I am excited to work with Libby because she is always on top of her assignments She thinks differently than I do, so we can collaborate on our theme and make sure we are not missing out on anything that would be important to cover.

Can’t wait to share our progress and the final project!

News Channel 2150

Reviewing our last project, we went over some reminders:

  • Your tripod locks should be all the way off or all the way on
  • There should be no jerky or unnecessary movement
  • Must have a reason to have movement in your shot
  • You must keep the camera level at all the times
  • Make sure you record at least 10 seconds of video without zooming
  • If you do use the zoom, the act of zooming should not be seen in your final edit

Next, we discussed points that will be important for our next project, a short TV style video:

  • Use a zoom recorder to record your narration
  • With your narration, make sure you are providing direction
  • Be aware of the place you are recording your sound
    • Room with high ceilings can have echoes
    • Don’t be in a space that has a lot of places for the sound to bounce off of
  • Be sure to include at least one 5-shot sequence
  • Here is an example of a great TV style video: http://origin.kare11.com/news/investigative/extras/extra_article.aspx?storyid=842364
    • This video has a great variety of shots
    • There were lots of people and lots of tight shots
    • The sound had good depth — people in the background having conversations and jazz music playing
    • At no point did the sound seem like it was competing
    • The mood changes in the story. They do this by changing the setting (he is in his house), the tone of the narrator’s voice, and the absence of jazz music playing.

While the 5 shot sequence is very effective, there are many other types of sequences you can use in your video. Action-reaction is when the camera focuses on something, shot changes to the reaction to that something. An example is names of victims of a school shooting to a crowd and then the reactions of the crowd. Another is the action-cutaway-acton. The camera focuses on an action, the shot changes to something else, and the shot changes back to the action. An example is a teacher writing on the whiteboard to students taking notes and then back to the teacher writing on the blackboard. Match on action sequence is when the camera films an action, shot changes to the same action but from a different example. An example is a shot during basketball game see from different angles.

We finished the class with the mention of our final project! Excited to get it started!

Putting it all together

This week we learned about editing video. It was interesting for me to pick up a few new skills because since I was little I have been editing small short videos on iMovie. Now that I have moved to more professional equipment and software due to this class, it amazes me how many things you can do.

We discussed the difference between transitions.

  • Crossfade: (in sound or movie editing) make a picture or sound appear or be heard gradually as another disappears or becomes silent. 
  • Straight cut: A basic cut; Shot A abruptly ends and Shot B abruptly begins.

We talked about the use of lower third super.

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I am excited to use the filming techniques we learned last week and put it all together. I have always loved editing and making a finished product, so I am happy we are to this point. Here is my short 30 second video clip I made about the Flying Cow. They are a small t-shirt printing company located in downtown Columbia, Missouri. This video gives a short explanation about the process of producing a shirt.

Lights, camera, action

This week in class, we learned about videography. We are using Canon camcorders with tripods. Some general rules for filming are:

  • Hold a shot for a minimum of 10 seconds
  • Don’t tilt or pan while the camera is rolling
    • You should do this as you set your shot
    • Exception: if there is movement and you have good reason to capture it (i.e. following someone)
    • If you’re going to break this rule, know where you’re going to begin and end before you shoot
  • Instead of using zoom, move closer to your subject
  • Shoot from a variety of depths
  • White balance every time you change light conditions
    • You should carry a piece of printer paper with you
  • Try to use a B-roll instead of having a talking head stay on the screen forever
  • Practice makes adequate video

We also learned about the 5-shot sequence:

  • Shot 1: Extreme close up (hands)
    • a close up of the hands doing something
    • example: the receiver’s hands on a football
  • Shot 2: Close up (face)
    • shows who the hands belong to
    • example: head shot of the receiver’s face and helmet
  • Shot 3: Medium (hands and face)
    • gives us a better idea of what’s going on
    • example: receiver’s face, chest, arms catching the ball
  • Shot 4: Over the Shoulder
    • this is probably the toughest shot
    • make sure you get a good balance of shoulder and background
    • example: POV of receiver being thrown to
  • Shot 5: Something Else
    • medium or tight shot
    • get down on the ground or up on a table
    • example: a low-wide of the revere running sprints

You should also include a establishing shot. This is a scene setter, gives a sense of place, and usually shows up first.

Here’s an example of the 5 shot sequence.