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.
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@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.

Three exemplary video news stories:

Times Square Attack: Fireworks Purchase Caught on Tape? was produced by NBC New York. The story utilizes many different sources of video and photos, such as video from surveillance cameras, footage from press releases, as well as generic footage of planes and close-up shots of computers. The video is narrated through a voice over while the clips from the press releases use the actual audio from the original film. There aren’t any crazy transition and the clips are relatively short and fast paced. I believe the video story looked and sounded professional. The video is two minutes long which is long enough to get the information across but not too long to lose the interest of the viewer.

Man killed, allegedly over cigarette was produced and broadcast by CNN News. I believe it is a very well executed video news story. Many sources were utilized, from interviews to pictures to shots of the surrounding area. The story possesses many of the traits previously mentioned from the first example video story of why it is exemplary (professionalism etc.).

UVA Lacrosse Player Charged with Murder was produced and broadcast by ABC News. I found it to be a more traditionally produced broadcast story that is an exemplary video news story. Even though the story was longer than the previous two I have listed, there is an interview at the end of the story with a police officer working on the case that helps viewers know the latest updates on the story and why so many pieces of information have to be kept from the media.

Twitter

The five new accounts I am following this week of individuals that in some way, shape or form relate to journalism and/or twitter are:

@andrearosen– Andrea Rosen “Rocketboomer, fairweather associate of URDB, unmotivated freelance writer.”

@nmcglynn– Nick Mcglynn”Photographer for RandomNightOut.com”

@biz– Biz Stone “Co-founder of Twitter, Inc.”

@jkottke– Jason Kottke “Blogger, designer, man about internet.”

@waltmossberg– Walt Mossberg “Tech Columnist”

I found the last three twitter accounts by going to the “Find People” link at the top of the twitter page, then going to the “Browse Suggestions” tab and selecting “Technology.” This is a good source for any fellow 466’ers who are looking for accounts to follow!

After our group meeting last Wednesday, it was discussed that Emma and I would work on a story about the day in the life of a volunteer (on site). She will take photos and I will record audio to create an audio visual story. We need to find a day to visit a current Seattle H4H site so we can get our photos and audio. We also need to contact someone beforehand to make sure we are allowed to photograph and record at the site.

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My interpretation of Red Square included three topics: Suzzallo Library, an abandoned box and plant life. My goal was to incorporate the traditional aspects of Red Square with more alternative aspects. I feel this was accomplished through my photos of Suzzallo for the more typical images and both the cardboard box and limited greenery opened up Red Square to new visual interpretations.

Suzzallo

Suzzallo Library

A reporting/photography challenge that I was not aware of until class is that bringing a friend to be in some of my photos could be considered unethical. I had not previously thought of this because I was thinking more in terms of a photographer shooting a model, as opposed to a photojournalist shooting news. I now realize the difference between the types of photography and why I probably should not have brought along a “model”. Although I know there are certain circumstances in journalism (such as features or profiles) where those types of news photos are more openly accepted.
I believe I did a successful job of meeting my above-mentioned  goals. I found topics that fit the categories of photos I was trying to display and took many different angles and shots of the subjects.

Box

Abandoned box in Red Square, photographed while laying down

Even though at times I felt silly, I took photos while I was physically laying down on Red Square to get different perspectives. I learned that sometimes, you just have to go for it and experiment with new things while taking photos. If I had the opportunity redo this assignment again, I would take more photos. Once I hit a roughly over 40 frames, I called it quits. Looking back I wish I would have taken more so I  would have more options to choose from.

Key take-away points from Mark Brigg’s Journalism 2.0 Chapters 7 & 8

Chapter 7-Digital Audio and Podcasting

  • Audio formats
    -MP3 are the most universal compressed sound files
  • Buying a recorder
    -An Olympus WS-100 is the best quality recorder you can get for $100
    – An Edirol R-1 or a M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 are the recommended with “Excellent” quality ranging from $350-500. Both are Mac and Windows capable.
  • Using a microphone
    -Natural sound is NOT the same as background noise
  • Editing with Audacity
    -Edit and crop out bad noises such as awkward mouth noises and “umms”
  • Using time points for speed
    -On your notes, write down the times on your audio where you have good quotes
  • Podcasting
    -How to set-up podcasts

Chapter 8- Shooting and Managing Digital Photos

  • Benefits of digital cameras
    -You can take as many photos as you want and see what the picture looks like immediately after
  • Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image, PPI= Pixels Per Inch
    -72 ppi for web
    -200 ppi for print
    -300 ppi for glossy photos
  • “Cloudy and party sunny days provide the best light for photography”
  • Instead of relying on the zoom feature, get physically closer to your subject
  • Use automatic settings on a digital camera first
  • Editing photographs digitally
    -Always edit a copy, not the original
    -Crop and resize photos
  • Use photos to liven up your blogs or stories

    The journalism accounts I have decided to follow this week include:

    @gbakermariners– “Geoff Baker covers the Seattle Mariners for the Seattle Times and runs a wildly popular blog.” I love the Seattle Mariners and am going to my first game of the season this Friday! I already follow their official twitter account, but following an actual person who tweets about the Mariners should hopefully provide more in depth tweets.

    @LilyJang– “TV news anchor. Social media addict who loves to cook but lives to eat. Texas girl at heart. Seattle transplant. A friend to all. (Hook ’em Horns!)” Even though I am not a big fan of Texas (I do not appreciate her “Hook ’em Horns!” comment), I am interested in a possible career in broadcast journalism. Hence the reason I now follow her.

    @jennydeluxe– “New York Times tech reporter, ♥, nerd, hustler.” Jenna Wortham writes for the New York Times!

    @juliaxgulia– “Digital Learning intern at MoMA. Freelance social media consultant, organizer of the Arts, Culture & Technology meetup. Sometimes blogger at http://www.juliaxgulia.com” Julia Kaganskiy has a lot of sass in her tweets, I like her voice! I think it might be a New Yorker thing…maybe I should move?

    @brianstelter– “I report on TV & digital media for The New York Times.” Okay, after the third twitter account from a member of The New York Times staff, it is settled. I have to move to New York.

    My final audio story is about the University of Washington’s IMA intramural soccer team, “Snakes on a Field”. One of the team’s founders is the subject of the interview and she talks about the story behind the team and the team name. The dynamics of the team are also discussed. My goal was to use natural sound from the game in the story, although I had a major reporting challenge with this aspect of my story. Although I had just used the recorder to record my interview with Erica, a founder of the team, I forgot to make sure the sound was recording while I was on the sideline of the field at the soccer game. Big mistake!

    Soccer

    After recording minutes upon minutes of the sounds of the game, I came home only to find that the audio files were silent. Because games only are schedules for Tuesdays, there was no way I could get the sound in time for my Wednesday deadline. Unfortunately I just had to do without the sounds I anticipated using. Now I definitely realize how important it is to check that the recording is going smoothly on site (even when equipment just worked successfully beforehand), especially when it cannot be repeated. Evidently, if I could do this project again, I would check my recorder with headphones and using playback of a test sound bite before recording each necessary component.

    Through this project I learned how to use many different editing tools on Audacity. I used the envelope tool and amplify tool as well as the fade out tool. I experimented with many tools that I did not end up using in my final project (for instance changing the pitch). I also learned how to send audio files over the internet through You Send It.

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