In Conclusion – Skills Development J2150

Throughout this class we have had the opportunity to develop many skills in reporting through multimedia. I am most confident in the skills of photo editing, audio gathering, and conversing with subjects during interviews.

I have a lot of previous experience with photography, but am fairly new to journalistic photography. I developed a good sense of planning to get wide, medium, and tight shots and I was able to edit my photos for the five photo project and the real person photo assignment to where every photo had a solid storytelling composition and looked good with the rest of the work in the piece. My real person photo project is the one I am most proud of, because all of the colors flowed very well and they were all framed in a visually pleasing way.

During audio, I was apprehensive at first. The new equipment overwhelmed me and I was nervous about interviewing. But I was able to get clear audio and edit my interviews down into concise thoughts that all contributed to my Vidwest piece, and I was very proud of it. I do wish I had gathered more of scene setting nat sound and that my reporting had established a place, but I know now to do that in the future!

Finally, I grew in my abilities to interview people. At the beginning I felt like my interviews were very clinical, a get what I want and get out type of situation. But this class taught me to really listen to and engage with my subjects, and I made many connections with the people I met and it inspired me to hear their stories. I also could formulate new questions based off of their answers,. which was really useful in composing a good story that seemed connected and seamless.

Af far as skills I would like to improve on, I would love to be able to feel more comfortable with the mobile video kit. I liked my TV style video piece but I did feel uncomfortable getting so close for tight shots, and I feel like that element would have added to the piece. I also want to improve on finding unique stories. I felt like I only covered events that were occurring around town, which are still newsworthy, but I wish I had found an interesting subject to do a profile piece on. I love those kind of stories and want to be able to execute one myself one day. I also want to improve on my caption skills in my photos. On my real person assignment I felt like my captions were very surface level and I had some AP errors. I feel like sometimes I just put the bare minimum of information for captions, the who what when where. But if I could work on gathering fun facts or compelling quotes from the subject that would really enhance my photos.

 

Blog Four – Water in Context

Link to Video: https://nowthisnews.com/videos/news/why-is-cape-town-running-out-of-water

For this assignment, I analyzed a digital news video by NowThis over the water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa. This video used well beyond four sources to build the story, most notably aerial photographic data from NASA, information directly from the government of Cape Town over rainfall levels, data analyzed by academic scholars from the University of Cape Town, and demographic data from both the national government of South Africa and the local government of Cape Town. Additionally, they used other articles published by the New York Times and BBC.

The technical data provided by NASA and the rainfall levels provided by officials at the Cape Town Airport provided excellent ways to help the audience visualize how drastic the change in water levels has been over the last few years. This emphasizes how dire the situation is in Cape Town and how quickly time is running out for the government and its citizens to make a plan to provide enough water for people to drink and use for showering.

But, this water crisis is about much more than the forces of mother nature. The use of articles from other news publications and the political information provided by the national government of South Africa adds a deeper level of understanding of the politics behind providing relief and funding for Cape Town and its governing party. The potential implications and shifts in political power that could result in acknowledgement of the crisis play a huge role in how the situation is being handled.

This video used very reliable sources in all facets, choosing reliable and resourceful news publications to draw facts from. The combination of all of these sources paints a complete picture of the different factors playing into the scarcity of water in Cape Town in just a concise six minutes and thirty seconds, making the information both interesting and impactful. It was an extremely successful piece that kept the audience engaged while learning about such a dire situation.

Vidwest music video festival: recognition and celebration of an underrepresented artistic medium

The list of summer music and film festivals is nearly endless, but what about celebrations of music videos? Creatives are pushing to commend this shorter artistic medium, and it’s not in Hollywood or the Big Apple, but right here in Columbia, Missouri. 21-50’s Liz Goodwin reports on the first festival of its kind, Vidwest, and how this showcase is bringing artists together.

 

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Filmmakers and musicians around the world have numerous opportunities to showcase their work, but now music videos are getting their shot. A new festival celebrating the arts debuted this weekend here in Columbia, with several stores and local shops hosting film screenings and live musical performances.

 

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Gabby Galarza works with other executives to host this unique event for the local community to come together and appreciate pieces from around the country. A Columbia native, she sees something special in a smaller creative community.

 

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Beyond viewing original works, this festival represents something greater for mid-Missouri. Melissa Lion Lewis, founder and director of Vidwest, hopes the event will help artists forge new connections.

 

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The benefits of a thriving artistic community are enormous. Aside from new musical pieces for the locals to enjoy, it promotes cultural awareness and recognition of other people’s lived experiences. Writer and director Juston Gaddis sees these effects firsthand.

 

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Creators and creatives alike now have a new channel to appreciate and collaborate on works in Columbia, with many more events just like it soon to come.

For 21-50, I’m Liz Goodwin.

 

Earn your stripes: highlights of the University of Missouri’s Journalism School

The University of Missouri holds a lot of options for people seeking higher education. Students flock from all over the world to pursue one of the over three-hundred majors the institution offers. For Clare Foley, Mizzou’s impressive curriculum and positive atmosphere was enough to hook her in right away.

 

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“Mizzou kind of spoke to me because when I came and toured it’s such a beautiful campus, and the people here are so nice, so it already felt like home to me the minute I walked on.”

 

Foley traveled over five-hundred miles, all the way from Texas, to be a Mizzou Tiger. She plans to earn her stripes in Missouri’s Journalism program, world famous for its “Missouri Method” of incorporating real-world experience right into their lesson plans.

 

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“I’ve found just through the couple of classes I’ve had to take through the journalism school that they’re very in depth and very thorough, so I leave a class with a whole head of information I never knew before. And it definitely feels like I’m getting my money’s worth every time I sit down in a classroom.”

 

And she isn’t the only one. The journalism school pulls thousands of out-of-state students to Columbia, Missouri every year, each student studying, working, and striving to be the cream of the journalistic crop. In a world of increasing access to information, Mizzou is making sure that there will be an army of reporters, columnists, and documentary filmmakers to keep us all up to date.

 

Liz Goodwin for 2150.

To honor and remember: Local Missouri residents celebrate at 30th annual Salute to Veterans airshow

Hundreds of families headed to the Columbia Regional Airport on Sunday, May 27, 2018 to watch military aircraft and parachuting teams take to the skies. Saturday and Sunday’s airshow and parade marked Salute to Veterans Corporation’s thirtieth year of hosting events to praise and thank veterans, living and dead, for their service and sacrifice. “We are so honored and excited to host this event” said Jessica Houston, Media Coordinator for Salute to Veterans.

This years show featured the United States Air Force A-10 II Thunderbolt aerial demonstration team for the first time since 2010. “It’s a full time job for up to two years” said Cody Wilton, a pilot of an A-10. “We do about 20 shows a season, which usually starts in mid-February.” Smiles crossed the faces of both young and old as planes roared down the runway every thirty minutes or so. Additionally, the pilots shared the skies with the United States Army Special Operation Command parachute demonstration team, Black Daggers. This USAOC group has members from several Special Operation Forces including the 528th Sustainment Brigade, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. “We practice every week, we have to make sure our landings are exact and scaled properly..” said Sargent First Class Nicholas Betty. Betty is a Special Forces Weapons Sargent and is in the last two years of his service. “This is sort of my early-retirement gig. It’s a lot of fun and the guys are great.”

Twelve honored guests were celebrated this year, a group made of both active and retired servicemen. Families applauded and cheered for all members of service and their families, passing by and saying “Thank you for your service” as the sun shone down on military grade aircraft on display and the various information tents for branches of the armed forces. As Memorial Day approaches, members of the local community will hold veterans in high regard and have immense gratitude for all those who have served.

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Russell and Susanne M., right, find some shade under a 290 aircraft while observing the pilots take off on Sunday May 27, 2018. Hundreds of people brought out their lawn chairs and blankets to mark their territory where they joyfully watched the demonstration teams take to the air.
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“My dad served in World War II,” said Mary Potzmann as she served snacks and drinks to the airshow crowd on Sunday May 27, 2018. “We grew up in Iran after the war ended..  he was nearly an English teacher for Iranian Soldiers, even though he didn’t talk much in his private life.” Potzmann and her husband have attended the airshow every Memorial Day weekend for 19 years.
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Pilot Cody Wilton, left, poses in front of his A-10 aircraft on Sunday May 27, 2018. “I used to go to airshows as a kid all the time,” said Wilton. “My parents served in the Navy, so I went in a different direction.” Wilton took to the air at 1:20PM on Sunday.
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Cadet Hope Adamson, right, 16, works the information booth with fellow cadets for Civil Air Patrol. “I joined when I was 14,” said Adamson. “I want to go into the ROTC program at Texas A&M when I go to college.. I am glad my brother recommended this program to me, it’s a great way to see if military life is a good fit for you.” The patrol hosts weekly meetings for members, ages 12 to 19, to develop leadership skills and test-fly potential careers.
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Black Dagger parachute team member Steve Travers kicks off the Salute to Veteran’s airshow on Sunday May 27, 2018. He flew through the sky with the stars and stripes of the American flag billowing in his wake as planes circled the airspace above him.

Self-Critique

I am extremely pleased with my work on this project. I was pleasantly surprised at the responsiveness of Jessica Houston, the media coordinator for the show. She was able to set me up with an interview of Cody Wilton, and everyone else I talked to was happy to converse with me over their experience and connection the the various service branches of the United States.

The lighting was extremely challenging as I was there from about ten to twelve, right in the heat of direct sunlight. However, I think I made the best of the situation by using some shaded areas. I also wish I had gotten some tighter detail shots. I am happy with my wide scene setters and portraits, but I feel as though a detail would have added to my overall story composition.

Additionally, the crowds of people were somewhat challenging. I love my portrait of Wilton but the bright colors of the people observing the plane are distracting to me. I am unsure as to how I could have prevented this, but I tried to make do with the situation.

A Mid-Missouri May

A short break from my journalism assignments, I wanted to take the time to post some shots and thoughts reflecting on a lovely evening with lovely people I had this week.

I am testing the waters of adulthood and independence, working, taking classes, and living in an apartment with some of my best friends. It’s strange not seeing my family every day, but I am definitely loving being on my own. I can’t even describe what it is like to finally have my own kitchen again, for my love affair with food is strong, and we have already gone through about a carton and a half of eggs in a week but who is surprised?

This summer is the summer of us, which means living in full force and making the most of every experience accessible to us. I am focusing on health, my future career, and spending intentional time with the people I care about. This is something I have been thinking a lot about, being intentional. I feel like so often our time is spent with the people we love in a half hearted way, and our heads are often in other spaces. I have made it a goal of mine to only focus on the person in front of me when I am with them.

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I spent some intentional time yesterday with this awesome group of women, just eating and talking and being both amused and disgusted by the amount of bugs that wanted to take a bite out of our pasta salad and chocolate almonds. Sometimes all it takes is a little fresh air and good food to make a good memory.

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As May comes to a close, I am excited to see what the coming months hold for my friends and I, and am increasingly thankful I have these people in my life.

Multimedia as a Tool of Immersion

For this assignment, I analyzed the article “From Sea to Sand” by Peter Gwin and photographed by Anastasia Taylor-Lind, published in National Geographic.

This article was extremely successful in using the multimedia elements of text, photo packages, and video in immersing the reader into the story. The first person narrative the author uses as well as his own personal antidotes peaks the viewers curiosity and places his own fascination into the imagination of the audience. The historical context in the article also clarifies the importance of Arabian horses on a global scale, and shows what sacred meaning they have to middle-eastern culture.

The photo packages in the story are simply exquisite. The technical elements of the photographs are extremely strong from quality of light to contrast, and beyond their visual excellence the subject matter adds details to the story. The verbal descriptions of the horses as well as their riders are elevated by visual accompaniment the pictures provide. Personalities of dedicated stable owners are given a face, and the viewer can see firsthand the engorged muscles that allow magical Arabian horses to fly over the desert sands like magic carpets.

Finally, the short videos in the piece puts the reader in the saddle, right there with the journalists and the photographers. The horses kicking the dust in the wind and the scenic views of the small villages add yet another level to the placement of the audience in the middle of the experience. However, I would say that this element is the least successful out of all the multimedia facets. I would have changed it by adding sound to the videos, some slight ambient noise or recordings of the riders talking and chewing tobacco would have added another level to the story. All things considered, it is still a successful element, but could have been heightened with audio.

Overall, this was a very strong piece. I am personally very intrigued with this part of the world and would love to travel there myself one day, but reading this made me feel as though, just for a moment, I was sipping coffee overlooking an Arabian valley rather than at my kitchen counter on a rainy day in Columbia, Missouri.

Article Link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/far-and-away/sea-to-sand-arabian-horses-oman/

 

Real Person Photo

Hello all!

Over the next few weeks, I am taking a multimedia journalism course here at Mizzou. I am already loving it and will be posting several assignments on my blog for my instructors and peers to see. Feel free to read along and leave some comments along the way. I am very excited for this opportunity to learn and grow!

Real Person Photo – J2150

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Sam Mitten, 21, waits out the end of his shift at Broadway Diner Saturday, May 19, 2018. “I just passed my one year anniversary of working here,” Mitten said. “This is my first week on the day shift, I usually work from 10pm to 6am. One time a very drunk woman proposed to me, she tried to slip a ring on my finger and everything.. I had to decline of course.”
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Adelyn Swift (cq), 7, wanders around Lucky’s Market as her mother does her weekly grocery shopping Saturday, May 19, 2018. She filled her cart with vegetables, cheeses, and fruits as her mom took the majority of the haul.
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Jeremy Santiago, 21, serves ice cream during an early evening rush at Andy’s Frozen Custard Saturday, May 19, 2018. “I always try and serve with a smile.” He handled the crowd of about twenty people with grace and ease, cranking out concretes with gratitude and a laugh.

Making The Most Of It

As I have started my first photojournalism class, my professor Mr. Rees has provided me a new way to look at photography. He always says “making pictures” rather than “taking them”, and this weekend gave me some insight as to why that is the correct phrase to use.

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I love planning out shoots. I love seeing a location and coming up with an idea, posing my model, and capturing something unique and creatively designed. But sometimes the best photographs come out of moments that spontaneously arise. Our hair was messy and we were wearing no pre-planned make up or fancy clothes, we were just driving around on winding back roads and enjoying our beautiful Saturday. We sang loud enough to disturb the grazing cows and went to bed feeling lucky to have found each other by the strongest stroke of luck.

 

When I photograph something, I am not trying to take it from the world. I am trying to capture a brief moment of time and make my audience to feel what was happening, whether it is my friends, my mom, or a stranger. Life unfolds before you without warning, and when it gives you a moment full of sunshine and laughs, you want to make sure you can savor that memory long after it has passed. You make a picture because your audience views the pain, the pleasure, the struggle and the strength through you. It is a photographers responsibility to be eyes for someone else and allow them to experience the sides of humanity that they witness. They have to make the most of the emotion that is occurring in that moment so it can be conveyed to and understood by others.

I can only hope that these pictures can accurately portray the joy that these women bring into my life. We can be total idiots together and I have never been more grateful to have such accepting and fun people by my side. I hope everyone gets to experience the happiness and security in their lives that I feel now because of the people Mizzou has brought into my life. And that desire to make others experience what I am lucky enough to see is the essence of photography, the desire to see the world and let others see the world through you.

 

 

Onward and Upward: A Year in Review

If I had to pick one word to describe 2017 it would be nomadic.

It was filled with crucial changes, some pleasing and some painful. I met some of the most amazing and influential people that changed me in ways I didn’t think possible, and I grew away from negative forces in my life. Moving half way across the country caused me to be severed from my roots and challenged me with an environment drastically different than the one I had grown up in, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

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Mizzou has proven to be the best decision I have ever made. College (and being a kind of adult) is challenging, and self-discipline has become much more prevalent in my life than it was before I lived away from home. There are so many areas in which it is easy to lose yourself, and being on my own has taught me to stick to my guns and be true to myself through trial and error. You are who you are, and you can only alter yourself for so long until you drift back home. I made plenty of mistakes and I know I will make plenty more in the year to come, but those mistakes, along with some very loving and supportive friends, have taught me what it means to forgive yourself. We are only human and by very definition, we screw up. Learning to grant myself the same grace I would grant others was and is challenging, and I still have a long way to go in that department. This year will be a year of pushing myself to be better at this and many other things.

It was filled with many adventures with the best friends I could have ever asked for, and I am so lucky to have them in my life. I now know that God had them lined up to make their entrance right when I needed them most, and I am so excited to be taking on this next year (and many more after) with them.

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Moving forward, there are so many wonderful things I am taking with me in 2018. I have a girl gang that is strong as titanium, and it is so lovely to feel so secure in the people that surround you.

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I am fortunate enough to be pursuing my passion in my studies and am so excited to dive deeper into what it means to be a photojournalist, and I feel so lucky to have such supportive friends and parents cheering me on. I have no doubt that this year is going to be the best one yet, and am committing to loving myself and others more than I ever have before, and constantly challenging myself to be better than I was yesterday. Things will knock me down, but I am ready to stand up and move head-on into the rest of my life.

Thanks for the memories 2017. 2018, here is to many more. M-I-Z!

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