My audio assignment is based on the rampaging press coverage of the highly anticipated wedding of Prince William of England and commoner, Kate Middleton.  The story offers a brief introduction to the wedding, the excitement leading up to the event itself, and a brief encapsulation of the groom-to-be’s parents’ nuptials, and how they relate to this more current event.  Reporting challenges weren’t really apparent, with the exception of the fact that the story will be completed before the actual event occurs, making the story is anticipatory, as opposed to covering the event itself.

I feel pretty good about the outcome.  I ran into some unexpected challenges in that most of my audio recording was completed in a relatively quiet office environment, which really provided some pretty good quality sound, but even minor variations in space and interviewee provided challenges to keeping the sound level and background consistent.

I learned a lot about Audacity and sound mxing (which I didn’t really enjoy; I’m definitely a word person, I think), but I found it interesting.  I also learned a lot about my phone, which is helpful.  If I had to do it over again, I might choose a different, more “newsy” story, or I might have preferred to be able to wrap in actual observations at the time of the event, or people’s comments and responses to the way it actually happened.

The UK’s Independent… runs some great images:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-doctors-hid-signs-of-torture-at-guantanamo-2275214.html

National Geographic’s the Daily News always has amazing photography, although lots of slide shows, too:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/04/pictures/110426-china-wetland-revolution-water-dams-develop/

U.S. News & World Report online has beautiful photography as well: http://www.usnews.com/science

I hate to say it’s news, but bad news photography can be easily highlighted by the online news magazine http://www.people.com/people/.  Ugh!

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Posted: April 26, 2011 in Assignments
Day 1:  Something related to Nature
 

"Sunlight in the Woods," Elizabeth Sandvig Through Palm

It’s actually a really enjoyable task searching out new news photojournalist sites.  It’s interesting sometimes, to note, that there are compendium sites (as opposed to indivdiual sites), but still and all, it’s a cool exercise, and I get to see some really great work… So, this week’s Follow Fridays are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

I’m not a regular listener to audio news.  I get most of my news from CNN or MSNBC (either online or as I’m dashing around the house in the evenings), so this was an interesting exercise for me.  I listened to a variety of news organizations online, and came up with three very different stories, one local, one regional, and one national that I found to be what I consider good examples: Read the rest of this entry »

Task for the day was to figure out five more digital journalists to follow on Twitter… after Wednesday’s class I was feeling a bit inspired by some of the photojournalists, but I also need a little bit of color commentary, too. :)

So, first up, Jim Dwyer (@jimdwyernyt).  He is a columnist for The New York Times and author of “Subway Lives: 24 Hours of the Life in the New York Subways.”  Very cool.

Next is Nick Kristoff (@NickKristof).  He’s another well-known columnist for The New York Times  and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner… ‘enuf said.

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