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This week I chose to follow twitter accounts (relating to journalism and twitter) that had previously been #FF of my fellow COM 466 class mates!

@abcdude– John Berman “Correspondent, ABC News. Red Sox fan. Cosmic Power Broker. Nerf expert.”

@kingsthings– Larry King “CNN’s Larry King Live Celebrating 25 years!”

@TheMachineRaps– James Shahan “California MC/hip-hop artist. URB Magazine writer. Love meeting new people- talk to me!”

@Caroline_Hagood – Caroline Hagood “Writer of poetry & articles on film, books & culture; lover of words & pictures; fan of the weird; blogger at Huffington Post, Bookslut & FilmCatcher.”

@ckanal – Craig Kanalley “Traffic & Trends Editor for The Huffington Post. Into tech/journalism, social media, hockey & genealogy.”


Check out my final video story for COM 466, “A Dancer’s Fall From Grace.” See how it evolved from the first cut!

My (first ever!) video story is about a former competitive dancer and UW student named McKenna. McKenna no longer dances competitively, but takes UW dance classes and has taken a new turn in her dance life. She choreographs hip-hop dance routines for fraternity philanthropy competitions, teaches them to girls in her sorority and then performs them. McKenna calls her experience “a dancer’s fall from grace” when in reality her path in the dance world has just taken a different turn.

Editing the first draft of my video story

As this is my first video story (ever!) my main goal was to learn how to use the iMovie software to download video footage, photos and audio. I wanted to be able to incorporate different types of shots, transitions, captions, sound, etc. I also wanted a video that came together as a story instead of just a collage or jumble of different shots. My biggest reporting challenge was that I was unable to attend any of McKenna’s dance classes, which I originally thought was going to be the main part of my story, but it ended up working out since my story took on a new angle.

I believe I definitely succeeded in my goals as I learned how to utilize all above-mentioned aspects of iMovie (uploading video, stills and audio, using titles and transitions, etc.). I even learned how to do other things on iMovie that I had not originally anticipated, such as changing the coloring and lighting in shots as well as cropping shots. I met my goal of telling cohesive story as well.

If I had a chance to redo this project I would probably have selected a different location for McKenna to dance in (as opposed to the formal living room in the first few shots) although I am not exactly sure where I would have put her. I would have taken more shots from different angles while interviewing her and chose a brighter interview location. Additionally, I would have made sure to take stills before and after taking video (just in case!).

Five reporting tips from Chapter 9: Trolls, Spin, and the Boundaries of Trust

  1. Avoid anonymity! Always sign your name alongside your work. “Credibility stems not just from smart arguments; it also comes froma willingness to stand behind those arguments when a compelling reason to stay anonymous is absent.”
  2. Don’t feed the troll! What’s a troll?? I had no idea either. As defined by Ward Cunningham’s Wiki: “A troll is deliberately crafted to provoke others with the intention of wasting their time and energy. A troll is a time theif…Trolls can be identified by their disengagement from a conversation or argument. They do not believe what they say, but merely say it for effect.” The best thing to do when you have someone trolling your work online is to ignore it. That way the troll won’t waste your time and eventually give up trolling.
  3. Look out for spin! This was a term I recognized but in case you are unfamiliar with it, Wikipedia defines it as: “putting events or other facts, especially of those with political or legal significance, into contexts favoring oneself or one’s client or cause, at least in comparison to opponents.” Make sure to avoid directly advertising for your interviewee and include other opinions in your work.
  4. Use credible sources! If you find an interesting story or quote from an anonymous source, you should always check the information with a credible human source or document.
  5. Be careful for cutting and pasting! Make sure you get the main gist of the information if you choose to cut and paste from a source (try not to take out one viewpoint without mentioning the other) and always attribute your source. It is best to link to the entire article or source as opposed to cutting and pasting segments.

Who I’m following (related to technology, media and journalism) this week:

@TravelingAnna–  Annemarie Dooling “Brooklyn native travel blogger; Friend of bourbon; Former magazine editor turned digital producer; Eternal searcher.”

@skidder– Scott Kidder “director of editorial operations at gawker media, business guy at the hype machine, drinker of iced tea.”

@JustJon– Jon “Coder, Modder, Gamer, Blogger, Lego Builder, RonFez.Net Webmaster”

@palafo– Patrick LaForge “An editor at The New York Times. I post what I’m reading. Links and retweets of non-NYT content are not endorsements. Caveat lector.”

@hamsandwich– Dave Surgan “ Music. Social Strategy. Photography.”

Strike A Different Bargain With Online Video from Mark Briggs’ Journalism 2.0 brings up an interesting view on how video production is changing on online news sites. News sites are much more open to publishing lower quality videos (for example video taken from cell phones) than they would have been even a couple years ago.

Word cloud of the article

Briggs compares video productions from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, both well-known and respectable news sources. The videos produced by the technology columnists are the focus of his comparison. The New York Times produces a high-quality and professional video that also appears on cable television while The Wall Street Journal is produced by only one man who uses a web cam to create the video. Briggs states that both types of video are acceptable in today’s media environment.

For my video story I plan to interview the dancer McKenna Dean as a “day in the life of a dancer” type piece. I will hopefully be able to film at one of her dance classes if I can get permission from the instructor. Otherwise I will have her dance outside of her classroom or studio setting. I want to get extreme close up actions shots of her feet or other body parts while dancing, close up shots of her face during the interview, medium shots of her dancing and scene setting shots if I am able to attend her class, otherwise I will get a scene setting shot at where ever else I film her dancing.

*Addition in class:
Possible title idea- A day of dance
Possible lede- McKenna Dean isn’t motivated by UW credit, she’s motivated by her love for dance.

The five-shot rule (from this BBC video) as evaluated in the NBC New York video news story Times Square Attack: Firework Purchase Caught on Tape?

  1. An extreme close-up (detail) of action (movement)
    CHECK! There is a close up shot of hands typing on a computer and a hand on a computer mouse (to signify research).
  2. Close-up of the face of the person doing the action
    CHECK! There are close ups of individual people speaking at trials.
  3. Medium shot, face and action together
    CHECK! There are many of these shots, to name a specific example there is a shot of a man speaking in a room and then bowing to the floor in prayer.
  4. Over-the-shoulder view of the action (gives viewer the point of view of the person doing the action)
    ? I am not sure if there is this type of shot in the video, there might have been one or two but I feel that the film was being shot too far away behind the person’s shoulder to be considered this kind of shot.
  5. Another (different) angle
    CHECK! There are many different angle shots, such as a birds eye view shot of the suspect’s house.

@ESPN_Michelle– Michelle Beadle “Co-Host of Sportsnation with her good buddy, Colin Cowherd. Airs on ESPN2 daily. Loves eating, tv, basketball, Leroy Jenkins and waterfalls. You pick the order.”

@suzanneyada– Suzanne Yada “Journalism/biz student at San Jose State. @SpartanDaily online editor, @SVSJBizJournal web girl & @SFPublicPress social media strategist. Hire me in May!”

@SI_PeterKing– Peter King “News about pro football, coffee and some other meaningless drivel from Sports Illustrated’s senior NFL writer.”

@web20classroom– Steven W. Anderson “Technology Educator, Blogger, Co-Creator of #edchat, Character at the #140Conf, Winner of 1st Ever NOW Award, Trying to Change The World, One Tweet At A Time…”

@andersoncooper– Anderson Cooper “A behind the scenes look at “Anderson Cooper 360°” written by Anderson Cooper and the show’s correspondents and producers. Watch AC360° M-F at 10 p.m. ET.”

Komo 4a CNN

The local site KOMO News, the national cable site CNN News and the national broadcast site ABC News all are relatively similar in their home page layout. They all feature their logo at the top of the page with a search bar along with a bar with tabs for different topics of news.

KOMO showcases a feature story with a photo while the top stories of the day are linked in a box next to the featured story. Currently, KOMO is featuring a local crime related story ($2 million bail set for 3 Craigslist murder suspects) and the majority of the 10 top stories of the day relate to crime, violence or auto accidents. There is also a “Where You Live” box to the right of the day’s top stories where viewers can choose their city and get the top stories related to their area.

CNN has two stories featured and a “Don’t Miss” section underneath with little thumbnails of stories with videos or pictures. Currently the featured stories relate to the economy (Dow soars 400 points for best day in 14 months) and an obituary (Remembering Lena Horne, 1917-2010). The news displayed on this site has a much more serious tone in comparison to other news sites.

ABC has one main story featured relating to a government investigation regarding a major U.S. corporation product (Gov’t Launches Investigation of Toyota Over Fatal Steering Rod Flaw). Above the featured story is a horizontal bar titled “Watch Video” that has thumbnail links to featured videos. The bar is on a loop of four pages with four stories, and the first page contains videos mainly related to entertainment news (stories about SNL and Mel Gibson are the first two videos on the loop). To the right of the feature story section there is a section titled “World News”  with top stories that have a more serious tone.

Of all three of these TV new sites, I find CNN to be my least favorite just because I am least interested in cold, hard news. Of course if I was looking for an article as a reliable source directly relating to news I would go to CNN, but not in my own spare news viewing time. In regards to KOMO and ABC news, I would go to KOMO while looking for local news but if I wanted to view news for entertainment or in my spare time I would be more likely to go to a national broadcast site like ABC news.


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