Cycle #5 Blog

poi_gallery_image-image-9e436dcb-f4af-4965-9fd6-d526b1af1758    Over the duration of this cycle, I have made a couple mistakes but i found it as a good learning experience. So to start off with, I started making joint packages with Evan, which made things much more easy and enjoyable, as well as efficient. Also I have started editing my own packages after being trained how to use Premiere Pro sufficiently by Trevor.  So I think that in the future, I will do much better in the way of not needing help from my editor, and helping to teach others entertaining the possibility of getting the job next year that Trevor has now.

Then, I had the opportunity to go to the Journalism Conference in Seattle, which was a blast. Also I got to meet more of the people who are not in my section as well, which is great because it makes communication easier. Plus I got the chance to take classes made by teachers and professionals who have an unbelievable amount of knowledge about the field of Journalism, which was fun to hear about. Finally, I managed to mess up one of the shows by forgetting the SD card, which will never happen again, but still sucks. So in conclusion this cycle has been a great learning experience.

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Tom Mallory Lecture

central content team member Tom Mallory, came in on Tuesday, March 6th and told the class a little bit about what he does. I have learned that as the internet advances as well as other technology, the news industry has to adapt to survive. They used to make a large profit off of advertising, but because of websites like Ebay and craigslist most of that opportunity has gone down the drain. This is because while putting an ad in the newspaper costs a lot of money Ebay and Cragslist are completely free. Plus they company Tom works for now, Tronk, does not make stories but instead promotes other stories they find to the Apple News. These stories can qualify under a number of circumstances, including if they are a story on a international topic, if they are on something anyone can enjoy, or if it is on an international subject. As someone who has worked in the journalism industry he was very knowledgeable and could solidly answer any of our questions. Another thing I realized is that news is not a dying industry, but in fact an expanding one, but they have just started using the internet to their advantage.

Cycle #4 rotation blog

For my final rotation I was put into the Mav Life Sports broadcast group. This is the most fun group, so of course I was happy to hear that this was my permanent station. Recently things have been going smoothly. Even if I do not get a package played sometimes, it gets either done or almost by the due date. I have made 2 almost 3 packages recently and even if only 1 was played, they were done to a decent quality. Although I have learned to play B-roll while the interviewee is talking, so I’ll make sure to do that in future. So that shows rotation has been a good learning experience. Plus with this group of people I will most always get help when I need it, especially if my package is one of the two being played that week. Going on to the scheduled for show releases, It has finally become more reliable which is a relief. Getting back into the rhythm of creation and release is good. Although I do feel that me and Evan West have to make all of the packages which is a majority of the work, but in a way that is good. This is because it gets us ready for next year when we will have to teach others how to make the shows packages.nz5axtts

Cycle #3: Mavlife Sports

Over the course of this last rotation, things have been quite a rush in the MavLife Sports Broadcast. All together this last station has been a good one, and a nice change of pace from the web stories.  I got to do a rugby package in which I got to talk to some of the rugby team which was cool. I likely just barely finished it by the deadline though, so that wasn’t great, but otherwise I thought the package went fairly smoothly. Although, one aspect of this rotation I thought was difficult to adapt to was the schedule. In station #3 the random days off we had including winter break made the class time I had very scarce at some points when it was much needed. I learned that it is essential that in a broadcast stations when a package is being made the next one is being thought of.

If you Can’t Stand the Heat… Fire Story

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Last Tuesday, during second period culinary arts, four students watched as excessive heat lead to a grease fire growing out of control. This conflagration occurred while the students were learning to bake pancakes, and though the fire was burning grease, a student worsened the situation by trying to drown it out with water. This only led to a rapid spike in the size of the flame. But thanks to the quick thinking of one student, Cole Dean, this horrifying experience only ended up being no more than a safety lesson.

The partners Jill Carter and Mya Harrison did not listen to instructions carefully enough and had the heat too high on their burner. This lead to the start of the flames, which caused property damage .

“I was cooking pancakes and the pan caught fire. The pan was too hot” Carter said.

Harrison took action as soon as she saw the flames and tried to drown out the flames with water, but this only led to more destruction.

“Little did I know that it was a grease fire and I put water on it, grease fires and water do not mix well,” Harrison said.

Luckily for everyone at the event, one student Dean remembered the training the class had experienced at the beginning of the year.

Dan Stuart, Dean’s partner, was there for the fire too, and unfortunately for him, the fire’s extinguishing meant smoke.

“When Cole threw baking soda on the fire I inhaled the cloud of smoke, it was quite traumatizing, I will never eat pancakes again,” Stuart said.

The fire may has been stopped, but it had already taken it’s effect, burning the room and causing damage to almost anything in the area.

Because the fire was so large, it melted the counter and destroyed the burner, as well as resulting in burn damage on the cabinet and ceiling. so it will cost around $10,000 to replace,” the teacher in the room, Mrs. Hardcastle said.

My Experience with Web…Rotation #2

During my time in web, I have found many things to be different than my last group, but I did take away some key lessons from it. Even if i did not really write as many stories as i should have, I learned that your group leader will not always tell you what to be doing. Most times because it is your story; the writer has to take thing into their own hands and write the story without any ideas from the rest of the group. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ask for help of course, the web group is very supportive and always helpful in terms of finding stories for other people and helping proof read and spell check. So I would summarize my experience with this group was a good one, and I learned much, but I was not as efficient as I probably should have which was my fault sadly. The only things I dislike about the station are the lack of prompts which can really have an affect on people who do not gossip often, also the 1 story a day seems quite unrealistic if you have anything to do outside of class besides interview people and try to find details. These pros and cons should accurately describe my connection to web and why I would not do it again if I could choose, but am glad I did it at all. For next rotation I would like to try Sports print because I haven’t done a normal print section yet, and I like doing stories on sports because that is one of my major hobbies. Sports print or Mav Life Sports because that station is awesome, and the group works well to make a decent sports show.

Experience with Story Corps Interview

For the Story Corps interview assignment I interviewed my father Clint Roberts. His story was about the fact that he was raised in a lower-middle class environment and how he worked hard to achieve his college diploma. This put him in a position to grow into another economic class and easily support a family with a good environment. This story had a good message in that if someone works hard then they can achieve their goals no matter how high.

While producing this interview I learned that if you don’t talk as much as you could and let them feel the awkward silence then they will try to fill it all the while adding details to their story. Also, the story people have are always very different in that they could be about something sad, or something serious, depending on the circumstances the person was put in. The best stories will be ones that the interviewee feels strongly about and will do their best to make it relateable. I also found that people are very willing to share their experiences if you let them. No one has had life so boring that they won’t have anything that an acquaintance couldn’t learn from.