J2150U Blog #5-Audio Slideshows

This week in lecture, audio slideshows were discussed. There are endless amounts of possibilities one can create for a slideshow which is why I like them. They allow a journalist to show their creativity by combining their photographs and audio clips they edited. I believe that by adding audio to a slideshow of  photos, it can give them a stronger meaning and make a deeper impression on the audience.

Until this course, I never really considered using an audio slideshow to tell a story. The first thing I would think of would be to just film different clips and piece them together, but now I like the idea of using pictures with audio. This allows the audience to still formulate their own interpretations of what they think is going on in the scene but a journalist has the ability to direct their attention in a certain way.

I was surfing the web after class trying to find more audio slideshows to watch to come up with more ideas for my own and came across this audio slideshow

The content of this audio slideshow is very sad but powerful. I thought the way in which the journalist had the pictures was very interesting. Some pictures stayed on the screen longer than others which I thought helped show the feeling behind them. I had never really seen any photos in which the face of the old man was blurry, but his bowtie was in focus. I have no idea how to do that, but I would be interested in learning! I liked the small details in this clip. I thought the white border around the photos made this piece look clean cut. I would have liked to hear some ambient sound, but I liked how this piece was narrated by the old man who it was about.

The photographer incorporated a lot of pictures that helped the audience see the old man’s past and present which I thought was important in understanding the content of this piece. I really enjoyed a lot of these photos and thought the quality of them was excellent. I also thought the way the audio slideshow was pieced together is an example of excellent journalism.

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J2150U Blog #4-The Decisive Moment

“But if it is possible to make pictures of the ‘core’ as well as the sparks, this is a picture story.”

This was one of the quotes that was used in the powerpoint during lecture this week. This one really stuck out to me because I completely agree with it. I think this quote is critical for a photojournalist. As mentioned in lecture by the guest speaker, a photojournalist has a job to tell a story from a picture. I personally believe that all stories should have a story because otherwise, how will one capture the audience’s attention? Maybe I’m a bit biased being a journalist and all, but I believe even regular photographers (who aren’t photojournalists) should make it a goal and priority to tell a story behind a photo.

Another quote that stuck out to me during this lecture about photography was from Henri Cartier-Bresson :

the decisive moment, it is the
simultaneous recognition, in a fraction
of a second, of the significance of an
event as well as the precise organization
of forms which gives that event
its proper expression.”

This is something I’m going to definitely keep in mind in upcoming assignments. I was thinking about how I can apply this to the project we’re working on. Since I’m doing my project about MU’s fencing team, I can really apply this when I’m photographing snapshots of the members during tournaments and practices. I really want to capture their emotions in my photographs because I quickly learned that a lot of passion and confidence goes into this sport. There is a great focus and dedication among the students and I want to make sure I’m able to portray this information through my photos and tell their stories.

After doing more research to learn more about how I can capture “the decisive moment” in my own photos, I stumbled across this website.

I scrolled through these examples and some of them really stuck out to me. I bookmarked this website so I can refer to it in the future when I need some inspiration. I hope that my photos some day will be able to capture such strong emotions like these examples.

J2150U Blog #3

In this lecture this week, Professor Simons gave a presentation about how to create and manage a successful blog. She explained some really helpful tools and techniques that I think I will be able to apply to mine and that will help me improve my blogging skills.

Before this class, I never had a blog because I didn’t have to. This summer when I interned at a social media firm, they wanted me to blog for some of our clients but I wasn’t really sure how to and didn’t. I always wished I was able to because I know it’s a skill I will need for my emphasis area, strategic communication.

I now feel a lot more comfortable and know how to run a personal blog as well as how to manage a more professional one for a client. I already e-mailed my boss and explained to him that I’ll be able to blog a lot this summer and he was very pleased!

I think blogging is a growing form of communication that more and more students should learn how to do. It may sound cliche, but I really think the Lynda quiz we had to do was actually helpful and taught me some quick and easy pointers I can use to improve my blog.

I now feel confident applying for an internship with Akira which is somewhere I’d love to work when I graduate. Akira is a fashion line that is based in New York and Chicago. I really want to do PR work for them and think it would be amazing to help plan events. I know that right now they’re looking to hire interns who are able to write, do social media work, event plan and write for their national blog: http://blog.shopakira.com/

This is the kind of blog I’d be interested in writing for because it is about something I’m passionate about, fashion; and it would be promoting clients.

I really do feel more confident in my blogging skills after this course and know they will only continue to get better the more I blog and get practice. I thought Professor Simons’ presentation was resourceful as well as interesting. She used language that was easy to understand and examples that were relatable.

J2150U Blog #2

Today in class we watched A Thousand More: Mediastorm. As professor Rice explained, this was an excellent example of what makes good visual storytelling, which was today’s lecture topic. The way Philly’s story was told really allowed me to see multiple sides of the situation and his story. The creator of the video made sure multiple perspectives were provided for the audience. Philly’s parent’s were included in the video which really allowed me to think about his life through their eyes.

Other than providing a well rounded story, the situation made it a touching one. Philly is very young and to hear about his degenerative disease, SMA was extremely sad. The creator of the video showed Philly’s positive outlook on life and silly personality. I felt empathy for his parents from the interview portion the creator provided in the video clip.

The way the video was composed also really interested me. I thought the way the pictures were taken in addition to video clips of Philly doing every day activities was very unique. I also liked how there were video clips of him progressing from a young kid to his current age of 9 years old. The photography was wonderful, I could really notice the rule of thirds that we discussed in lab yesterday. The music the author included also fit perfectly and made transitions flow smoothly.

I also heard about another touching visual story that was posted on The Missourian website: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/01/24/from-wife-to-widow-living-without-arch/

This story is about a woman who lost her husband, Arch to a different degenerative disease. This video, like the one I watched in lecture today showed snapshots of her life through photographs as well as video clips. I thought the framing was very interesting as well as her story about her life with her husband and how she is coping with his death.

I am excited to work on a video project and these clips gave me some really great ideas on how to make mine a good visual. I’m looking forward to learning different techniques and enhancing my knowledge about how to create a good visual for storytelling myself. I also found the powerpoint professor Rice presented to be very useful because now have a structured list on components that will make my work well done.

J2150U Blog #1

I’m Allison Goldberg, a sophomore at the University of Missouri. I’m majoring in journalism and psychology. My emphasis area I want to focus on is strategic communication. I’m really passionate about writing and being creative. I spend my time on campus reporting and event planning for HerCampus Mizzou, an online magazine; working as an intern for Rent the Runway, a fashion firm in New York; and being an active member of my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.

This summer I spent my time at home in Chicago working in the city at a social media firm, BCV Evolve. At this firm, I used Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and other means of social media to communicate for clients. I was able to sit in on business meetings and pitch my own advertising ideas. Some of these clients included restaurants, hotels like Fontainebleau in Miami, The Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay, The Peninsula Chicago and New York; and several other businesses in Chicago, New York and California. I am still working for this firm even though I’m back at school. I am glad I was able to be an intern there because I feel extremely comfortable now using social media like we will be doing in this class. I’ve learned from working there that our world is changing and it’s especially important as a journalist to be able to keep up and to be familiar and comfortable with a variety of forms of communication. I am looking forward to our Twitter quizzes seeing as how I’m a Twitter junkie.

I’m very excited to take this course. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and I’m not intimidated like I was for J2100. I feel that this class will allow me to show my creativity through my work and to learn a lot of useful information that pertains to my emphasis area. I didn’t feel any connection to news writing and reporting and it didn’t interest me. I’m fascinated by all of the information I’m going to learn about how to be an excellent photographer, video maker, writer and overall; an excellent journalist.

Here’s a link to BCV Evolve’s website so you can see more about what this company does: http://www.bcvevolve.com/