The Washington Horse Expo offered equestrian events in three arenas on February 15 through 17, here at Vancouver’s Clark County Fair Grounds. My granddaughter and fledgling Tweeter joined me for the event. Read on for where it led.
Dreaming the dream at Washington Horse Expo
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Better organization saved my nerves and (I think) produced a better result
A story I interviewed for on Friday is going to be more complicated, and may serve better as a video piece. But the same afternoon presented the opportunity to report on Douglas Rushkoff’s visit to Vancouver and the story that goes with it.
I tried a different tactic for this audio piece. On previous weeks I’ve suffered over those illusive word gobs that skitter away or break off like wild horses.This week I decided to attack my nemesis with order. Here’s what I did.
1. I listened to the entire recording, transcribing parts I thought I might want to use. I wrote down the timer where each clip was located in the recording.
2. I went back and reviewed my results. I actually transcribed verbatim the parts I wanted to use, so that I would feel very confident of the content of my clips and the choices I made.
3. I reviewed the results on paper, and I felt I made better decisions about which clips I should use.
4. I dumped what I thought were the best clips into a table as you see below, and then started writing my script, which ended up taking very little time.
5. Finally I started depositing the sound clips onto the tracks in Audacity, and it too, took only a few minutes.
6. The hardest part was cutting the piece down to two minutes, because I had three minutes of material I wanted to use. But I learned that I could take out a repetitive phrase here and an interesting but non-essential tidbit there, and finally got it pared down.
I hope you like the result, and that I’ll see you at Rushkoff’s visit or out doing your part to share digital ethics within your sphere.
Here is the format I used for my table:
|Who:||Why:||What:||How:||Who cares/ So what:|
February 27: Community leaders help the Digital Technology program launch city-wide reads
Special thanks to: City of Vancouver, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC), Clark College, Vancouver Public Schools, Fort Vancouver Library Foundation, Evergreen School District, the Law Offices of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, AHA!, The Heathman Lodge, The Community Foundation, Washington State University and additional sponsors.
DENE GRIGAR, WILL LUERS AND A STUDENT TEAM OF DIGITAL TECH MAJORS ARE ROCKING VANCOUVER USA ONTO A NEW TRACK THAT COULD REWRITE THE CITY’S STATUS IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. ALONG WITH BUSINESS SUPPORTERS, THEY ARE PLANNING A THREE YEAR DIGITAL LITERACY PUSH.
IN: this is the first time in the history of this city…
OUT: … these groups have come together to do ANYTHING together.
THE PROGRAM’S OFFICIAL LAUNCH IS FEBRUARY TWENTY SEVEN WHEN DIGITAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN. THE WORKSHOPS ADDRESS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DIGITAL AGE THAT IS ROCKING OUR WORLD. THE CITY HOPES TO ALSO WIN RECOGNITION AS AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP ZONE.
IN: There are a thousand books…
OUT: … five hundred copies or so are going to be in the library.
CENTRAL TO THIS YEAR’S LAUNCH IS A VISIT FROM DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, MEDIA THEORIST AND PIONEER OF MEDIA ETHICS. HASHNEXTCHAPTER AND ITS SUPPORTERS WILL HOST TWO TALKS BY RUSHKOFF ON APRIL EIGHTEENTH, ONE ON THE WSUV CAMPUS AND THE OTHER AT FORT VANCOUVER’S MAIN LIBRARY.
IN: there are things that bind us together as human beings
OUT: … we’re trying to build a new vision of what community can be with these new tools and we’re sussing it out as we go
WHAT IS THE GOAL? HERE’S WHAT WILL LUERS HAD TO SAY:
IN: I think that’s what the whole book is about…
OUT: ..grounding in a digital world and in a, you know, social world.
GO TO HTTP HASH NEXT CHAPTER DOT ORG TO LEARN MORE.
DEB MCINTOSH REPORTING. THIS IS COUG RADIO.
There were so many high quality audio pieces on the University of Indiana School of Journalism website, that it was hard to choose one over some of the others. They all seemed excellent, and I spent way more time listening to them than I really had time for.
The University of Indiana seems to have a very strong journalism program going there with many high profile internships available to their students and it would be well worth it to return to the site again and again.
Before deciding on one of these student pieces, I also considered a clip from “The Kitchen Sisters“. It is an NPR show and also has some wonderful work.
One reason I chose Austen Williams’ audio piece, “Fighting Parkinson’s“, is because I loved the way she mixed her background noise in with her story. It served to give the idea of action and activity just outside the listeners view.
I also like the way she involved several people in the piece without it getting confusing. It was easy to understand each person’s perspective, even when she wasn’t necessarily going into a lot of explanation about who was who.
The content clearly communicated the depth of the struggle these people were going through, yet without anybody getting into a pity party. Their statements served to make the listener keenly aware of what the people with Parkinson’s go through day after day.
The way she threw in the plays on words about fighting back was cute, but restrained, so that it wasn’t overdone or trite.
Where was the newsworthiness?
T – timely because submissions for enrollment are about to close for the 2013-4 academic year
O – is academic excellence odd? Is it odd when a student is identified as a candidate to conduct research?
P – proximity? Honors students are in our midst and we all have the opportunity to be one.
I – impact?
C – conflict?
A – about?
L – larger issue? Alienation real or imagined felt by people outside a narrow spectrum?
Involving a second source presented a logistics problem for me. I’ve started working on a solution to that problem by planning stories further ahead, but that didn’t help for this week. I wanted to either talk with another honors student or talk with a faculty person involved with the honors program. If I had extra time to spend being social on campus, this problem would be reduced. The big lesson learned here was to start earlier.
Other than struggles with the newsworthiness of my piece, I really struggled with my voice. I recognized that my voice was very different when recording the voiceover portions of the story than it was while I was engaged in conversation during interview. By the time I was ready to record, it was way after my bedtime and neither my brain nor my mouth were working right. Fortunately, I conducted my interview early enough that I still had another day and could record my voiceover again, but I wasn’t that much happier with it the second day either.
I also struggled with the background noise. We interviewed outside a Starbucks and it seemed quiet there until I had to compare it with the stillness when I recorded the voiceover. I did watch a tutorial about how to level out the background noise throughout an entire piece, but my effort almost lost the entire clip so I abandoned it.
BROADCAST SCRIPT: Nevada Scholar Values Honors Program
IN: The honors program at washington state university is …
OUT… the honors college does function on other campuses.
IF YOU ARE OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT AND RESEARCH ORIENTED, LISTEN UP. THE WSU UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPLETE ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROJECTS UNDER THE MENTORSHIP OF CAMPUS RESEARCH FACULTY
WILLIAM KICE DIDNT HAVE RESEARCH ON HIS MIND WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO WSU FROM A COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN NEVADA BUT DURING HIS FIRST SEMESTER HERE A FACULTY MEMBER HAD A CHALLENGE FOR HIM
IN I received a solicitation once I transferred that asked if I was
OUT:…and how could you contribute
ACCORDING TO WSUVS ACADEMIC AFFAIRS ANY STUDENT WITH A CUMULATIVE GPA OF THREE POINT FIVE AND A RECOMMENDATION FROM A FACULTY MEMBER CAN APPLY TO THE PROGRAM. ACCEPTANCE INTO THE HONORS PROGRAM IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT DIGGING THROUGH THE STACKS FOR OBSCURE ACADEMIC JOURNALS, ITS MORE ABOUT COLLABORATION MENTORSHIP[ AND EVEN TRAVEL.
IN: .. It’s a very diverse group
OUT: we all have faced some of the same challenges
IF YEARLONG RESEARCH AND WRITING ON ONE QUESTION SOUNDS LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS MIGHT BE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE. TUCKED AWAY UPSTAIRS IN THE DENGERINK ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, HONORS FACULTY ARE THERE TO HELP, AND THERE NAY STILL BE TIME TO TURN IN AN APPLICATION FOR FALL TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN.
DEB MCINTOSH REPORTING THIS IS COUG RADIO