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Reflection of Project

I feel throughout this project that I learned a good amount of time management. I really enjoyed how things were due over the semester and not all at the end. But I mainly learned that I really want to get a good outline of what I want my story to look like before I go and interview people because sometimes I felt that my story would have flowed better together while writing if I had different people quoted.

Reaction 5/3

                   I chose to take a look at The Whale Hunt multimedia project. I really enjoyed this project because it’s clean and simple. The navigation is really cool and easy to use. I also really enjoyed the use of pictures in this project. With the pictures and the captions, you really got a sense of what the trip was all about. I think that the coolest part of the project though was the slideshow. I think the pace of one picture to the next is good for what the slideshow is trying to get across.

Reaction 4/20

According to gathering audio, photojournalism is moving with the times and is changing the digital revolution. The use of audio added to a set of photos is in all ways beneficial. I like the benefit of audio adding a voice to the subject. I think that it gives the project a much more emotional feel for the topic whether its focused on a tragedy or a a comedian. I feel that the audio gives a more in-depth feel to what the reporter is trying to get across. Sometimes still pictures give a false image and captions can only say so much, but if there is an explanation of details, maybe communication will come across more clear.

Reaction 4/12

The first map off of 10,000 words is titled “Junta Holds Back.” I don’t think it’s actually interactive though. Yes you can click on it to take you to an article with maps about the topic, but there isn’t any activity for the viewer. It would have been cool for the map to be linked to maybe pictures or something that gave more detail. The second was a map about a camper attacked by a bear at High Point State Park. This can give people a sense of the area the attack happened. The third map about the mix up shows that a map can explain confusion of places that may be mixed up and cause a lot of questions. The best thing is to make sure the reader understands what is going on.

Budget Balancer

The Budget Balancer is an integrated part of Minnesota Public Radio website. MPR is one of the nations premier public radio organizations operating 38 stations that cover Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Michigan, Iowa and Idaho. It is also the country’s largest station-based producer of national public radio programs. This site has attached to it a budget balancing section. Mainly, this portion is to get a feel for what the nation has to say on what we should be spending our money on. Who doesn’t love to figure out new ways to save money? You can create as many different budgets as you like and match different expenditures and revenues together. This interactive site is a way for people to decide what they feel is really necessary and how they would minimize the deficit. I liked how the site has a link called “How to play.” For many people, like myself, budget balancing is a confusing topic. However, with this site, it makes balancing fun and easy to understand. I feel that this is a good way to get more people interested and concerned about the nations deficit. On a side note, I kind of enjoyed the little sounds they applied to their website when changing around the budget. Something really small made the site that much more appealing. Though I found this content in general pretty boring, the way they made it interactive and were able to put the power in your hands made the information more interesting. Lastly, I found it clever for them to ask users to leave comments about why they made the choices they did.

Reaction to Cardstacker

I chose the flipbook slideshow, “Cardstacker.” This one really caught my attention. At first I didn’t enjoy the flipbook method. I found it hard to look at and difficult to watch and listen at the same time. However, further into the slideshow I realized why they chose this flipbook method. If they had chose to do a video it would have either been days of video to watch, or would have missed a lot interesting information. The flipbook method worked well with what he was doing. It actually looked like he was building the card stacks and by using that method we got to see the process in a semi sped up kind of view. The narration went well with it to. I think this slideshow was thought out very well and done appropriately for the viewer to really get a sense of the “Cardstacker’s” artistic ability.

Reaction 6

The site I visited was The Sonic Memorial Project. This site was very easy to use. It was easy but different. I like the way they have a short paragraph on the main page summarizing what the website is about. The summary was short and straight to the point leaving the links as the focus of the site as opposed to a bunch of text. My favorite part of the intro is the way they made the links pop up with a brief detail about that link. With out having to actually click on the link to see what it’s about, scrolling over the word with your mouse you can read what that link consists of. This site was very visual media based and I enjoyed that. They have a lot of opportunities to listen to peoples stories and I found that beneficial to a viewer as opposed to just reading someone’s story. I enjoyed this site a lot and can really see how the audio makes a difference.

Reaction 5

The first part of this blog was about brevity and I wasn’t sure what it was going to say that I couldn’t have guessed on my own. The portion that I did not know was that people read a 25% slower on the computer screen. I think that the idea of breaking up a longer article into sections is a good idea so people can enter the article or video where they want and it’s easy to find.

The second part is definitely very informative for today’s working journalists. Being able to adapt to all the different fields of media is really important for job searching. You will have better chances if your knowledge is broader. I didn’t find the section of making the content adaptable easy to understand. I think he is saying that the content has to be able to work with the internet as well as the reader. Making your content easier to view for the reader makes it easier to understand through that media.

Part three really hit home for me. I don’t think I have ever gone to a website without scanning for the specific thing I’m looking for. I think this section made it clear that headings and subheadings are more than okay, if not a better way to set up your content on a webpage.

In today’s society, everyone wants the fastest and easiest access to everything in their life. Through interactivity the journalist can give the reader control. Networking is a big part of life. Making it convenient for teachers to get ahold students material through email, or a boss being able to get their employees work through a download makes media an important and growing development.

I think that community and conversation could go hand-in-hand. Having one is hard to have with out the other. Basically its just being noted that community is most definitely important for journalists to know what’s going on. Paying attention to the conversation throughout the community is a strong point in getting useful information.

Ira Glass

I think Ira Glass is a very perceptive writer. This interview was very interesting and entertaining to watch; really able to keep the viewers attention, even through all the four parts.

Ira begins with talking about anecdotes and described different ways of using them that aren’t the same every time. It was interesting to listen to him use the example of a man walking through his quiet house. When he was done giving his example I found myself wanting to hear more of it to see what happened next. He proved his point in the example by stating that an anecdote took a boring story and turned it into suspense. He touched on the usefulness of the anecdote and reflection. I never thought of how well the reflection and the anecdote can be used together. The way Ira explained there relationship to the whole story showed the viewer a different way to twist a story.

An important issue in our class that Ira discussed was that half the battle is finding a story. He’s inspirational in saying that you have to “kill” the story and get rid of the boring parts.

 I really enjoyed watching his interview and found his techniques very useful.

Reaction to TV blog

The blog I chose to look at and discuss was the television blog named Lost Remote. The author has been blogging for the past 8 years on the same topic. The topic of choice has been the Television industry doing dumb things. The blog consists of one main blog page of posts and the ability to comment on those posts. Each post has links that lead the reader to a page associated with the topic giving the reader more information on that topic. The posts vary from television updates for the readers and ideas for television as media. The updates tend to focus more on factual information. The ideas for television are more opinionated from the author and the others who have commented on that post. I like how the blog was written. Most posts were short and easy to read. His opinion posts really showed his funny and down-to-earth personality, that make it enjoyable to read blogs like this one.

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