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.

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Research 4/12

This blog is discussing the issue of retail. Many stores are seeing an increase in customers that is a change from this time last year. The blog links to websites that discuss the retail metrics of this on-going worry. It’s a short blog, but basically gives hope to look forward to in the next couple months for business all over the country.

Reporting 4/12

I interviewed one of the employees from the daycare who got laid off. I was curious to what she was going to do now with having to deal with losing her job and the care for her kids. I was thinking that she could maybe start a blog that was attached to the multimedia project that gave supporting advice to people going through the same problem. Kind of like testimonials.

Kia Jones- “I would tell people not to get frustrated and just take one day at a time. It’s always better to keep things calm and not stress out because then it’s brought back on your home life and no one wants that.”

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.

Research 4/5

This blog is about the tools of pitching your business. It is basically a how to pitch your business to the media. It is also a how not to. The second paragraph starts with examples of pitches that were horrible and what went wrong with them. This blog gives insight on what to focus on when pitching your ideas, such as keeping track of who you’ve already pitched to and the publications associated with a specific outlet. Even thoguh this blog says some things that people should all ready know to do, such as double check your work before you press send, it gives a lot of insight on things many people may not think of when it comes to pitching your business. The main focus this blog points out is DETAILS!

Reporting 4/5

For my slide show I am pretty certain I’m going to focus my story on Julie Rogers Dance Studio. I have gotten pictures of the girls dancing in the studio, teachers teaching, and the studio its self. I have gotten some of the girls quotes on my recorded to have as podcasts and running during the slide show. I am also debating on incorporating an interview I did with an alumna and how she used her experiences at that studio to move on into the world after high school dancing.

Christina Barton:

“We danced on a tile floor that covered concrete,” Barton said. “Not really the best floor for a dancer’s knees, but because I was so used to jumping on tile, now when I’m on a spring floor I feel like I’m flying.”

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.

Reporting 3/29

I interviewed a frequent customer of J.P. Ink to get more insight of the consumer perspective. She basically gave me many reasons why she goes to the store. Reasons like needing a last minute present, needing somewhere to pass some time or just to have a friendly conversation. Melissa Gertz has given me great quotes to use from a consumers point of view.

Blog Research 3/29

This blog discusses the finer side of consumer spending. While personal income has fallen about $29 billion dollars, consumer spending has jumped .2 percent. However, recent price changes have changed consumer spending to decrease and have people focus on savings. These changes in savings will allow more spending to be done when the economy turns around. This is an important issue to business owners showing that there is hope to keeping the customers coming back eve though there is a recession going on.

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.

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