A different kind of conversation

25 02 2010

To be able to speak to a person and learn their story first hand is one of the most rewarding experiences. I did my first professional interview this past semester when I interviewed the new University at Buffalo football coach for Generation Magazine.  It was a great experience. Interviewing is like having a strange sort of conversation with a person, where they are willing to give you a detailed story.  It is so personal that many people can get the most candid information from a five-minute span of time.  The silence in between questions and answers can sometimes be a good thing, causing the interviewee to divulge even more.  Keeping your personal opinion about a certain topic away from the questioning can make the interviewee more comfortable in the situation. No one really likes to be judged, and if you are looking for a fresh & clean cut piece about the interesting life of a person, staying neutral is key.  I really enjoy interviews not only because it gives the people a chance to share stories, but also that I am completely interested in human lives. Everyone on this planet has a story of who they are, where they came from, and where the want to go.  It’s our job as interviewers to make their voices heard.

In response to Fieldwork chapter 7 by Bruce Jackson

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Smile for the Camera

18 02 2010

Oh the technical side of journalism. Not only must we write to our heart’s content about interesting topics, we must document it now too. Some people may consider this a heavy burden to have to cover so many outlets of the news, but I see it as an incredibly exciting adventure. As a student journalist, it is my duty to write about interesting stories and people, while capturing photographs or film in an engaging fashion. People want to look at images while they read (if any text is even included). The art of capturing a moment in time along with the story is not a new idea, but one that has changed since the beginning of reporting. As backpack journalists, we have shorter deadlines and more responsibilities than any other generation of writers.  With this comes the great opportunity to capture moments in time or short film work to accompany our stories. It is a fascinating concept. Getting different shots of the same object and working with interesting and new angles can be creatively inspiring. Messing up the focus could sometimes make a picture more meaningful than ever imagined. Conventional journalism, while still important, is slowly being eclipsed by new technology and innovation. Editing photos is easier than ever and the everyday student with no professional experience can make images beautiful. If you have a camera, you can create.

In response to Online Journalism Chapter 10 (Gathering and Editing Images, Audio, and Video)

Irish Dance Costumes (1)

12 02 2010

Irish Dance Costumes (2)

12 02 2010

Irish Dance Costumes (3)

12 02 2010

Old Fiesta Program

12 02 2010

Irish Dance Practice (1)

12 02 2010