For the video storytelling assignment, I did a story about the University of Wyoming cowboys football team with sophomore quarterback, Tyler Vander Waal. We interviewed three key figures in the UW football program, senior linebacker Logan Wilson, head coach Craig Bohl, and Coach Eric, one of the strength coaches. The interviews and final product contain information about the team, preparation for next Fall, and expectations for the results.
A big thrill for me about the experience was getting to go into the new athletics building because I have never seen it. It was so cool to experience. Another thing that stuck with me was interviewing Coach Bohl. I had texted him to ask if he would be willing to do an interview for our video, and I didn’t get a response. Then, when Tyler and I went in to do the interviews with Logan and Coach Eric, Coach Bohl walked into the conference room unexpectedly and said “I heard someone wanted an interview. I’ve got like five minutes.” Sitting down with him was such a cool experience and a very intimidating one, too. He is such a nice man and very intelligent and proper, and it was such a memorable experience to get to sit down and interview him.
I didn’t like how we didn’t get very much time to complete this project. If we got to do something different it would definitely be to do this project a little bit earlier than we did, because it felt like it was rushed and that we could have gotten better footage for B-roll and things like that. However, I’m happy with the interviews that we got to complete; we got really good information from all three subjects.
Video is an extremely essential tool in the world of journalism and reporting. If possible, I believe that it would even be necessary to do all news stories or feature stories, what have you, with a video. Videos allow the viewers to see expressions on the subjects’ faces and hear the emotions in their voices. I think videos make stories more memorable and easier to connect with the public and the event that is being covered.
A.) For the most part, I think I expected to be doing a lot of video-based work. The reason for this is because in middle school I took a media production class and we did more videos and things like that than news stories and journalistic projects. Given the class is called “multimedia” production, I don’t know why I didn’t expect to do web stories and things like that.
B.) Since I expected to learn about video production more than anything else, within that area of production, I learned a lot of tips for making any sort of video. I learned tips anywhere from turning your phone on airplane mode to preparation for the video to tips on interviewing like don’t verbally respond during an interview. Preview an example of this post: https://jennacasasanta.home.blog/2019/03/07/reading-into-it-fines-fees-and-filching/
C.) I would say a good example of developing soft skills in this class was doing the raw and edited audio file on a subject. My project was about a UW college student who is very interested in politics, more so than your typical 20-year-old college student. Listen to his story here: https://jennacasasanta.home.blog/2019/04/02/an-uncommon-interest-raw/
This project helped develop most of those soft skills. Listening and showing my listening with my eyes and expressions rather than my voice was something I really had to focus on. Empathy and perspective-talking were some other big ones as well; interviewing different people is difficult in that you need to be empathetic and understanding towards their opinions and personal perspectives and even their privacy. Other examples of this can be found in these posts:
D.) The production and soft skills development will help me in every way in a future career. I think if I want to pursue a career in advertising, PR, or reporting, I need to be efficient in all of these skills, which this class was really effective in teaching me how to approach different forms of journalism. Journalists need to know exactly how to approach certain situations. There was a guest speaker from the Denver Post a couple months back who visited our class, and he said that it’s really important that you respect people’s privacy. He was on some extremely delicate scenes, shooting photos of reactions of devastated people, and he said it was hard for him to take the photos because he felt like he was being disrespectful, but he had to complete the assignment. So, being able to become strong in having soft skills and knowing when the right place and the right time to photograph people is very essential.
E.) The assignment that I found most meaningful was the audio profile assignment. The student I interviewed, Anthony Schaff, is my friend, and I know him well enough to know that he likes to talk and is really passionate about certain things that most people wouldn’t be. When I asked him if he’d be interested in doing an audio profile and speaking about something that interests him, his face lit up and he immediately started brainstorming things to talk about. Then, when I sat down to record him talking, I could see in his expression that he was happy that someone was sitting there and listening to him talk about something he loved. Completing this assignment meant a lot to me because I felt like I made him happy.
F.) Definitely the most challenging assignment was the portrait assignment. There’s not much to say about this one; solely that it was difficult to go up to some stranger after taking their photo and telling them that you just photographed them, and “can I get your name and maybe where you go to school or what you do?” That was awkward for me, but it helped me grow in that for a future career, that’s really what reporters have to do sometimes.
G.) I think the most important piece of advice I would give myself if I could go back to the beginning would be to not be afraid to put myself out there. Great news, video and audio stories all come from fearlessness and creativity. You need to have the confidence to photograph the most important things, talk to the most interesting people, and choose the best topics to cover, and that is how you become a great journalist or reporter.
This assignment was quite fun, because I have been familiar with Instagram for the past 7 years, since 2012. However, recently I deleted Instagram for a while because I wanted to take a break from social media and focus on myself. But in re-downloading it for the purposes of this assignment, I was still, obviously, able to work it. I made a separate account for the assignment rather than using my personal one. You can visit it here!
For this assignment, I used Canva to create captions on top of my photos that I wanted to post, along with captioning them on the actual Instagram post. I used a lot of popular hashtags as well to try to get my posts more noticed since I created a new account. I used certain fonts, sizes and font colors that I thought fit the mood of the photo.
If anything, the only tough thing about this assignment was re-downloading it after I’ve deleted it to escape the media for a while. As I’ve said, I have been using Instagram since 2012, so I had no technical issues as far as getting it to work and figuring it out. The other time-consuming portion was creating the text over the photos on Canva, but even that wasn’t hard. It actually surprised me how quickly and smoothly I completed this assignment.
In doing this assignment, I explored around a little bit on Instagram and the discover pages, and I saw a lot of promotional posts using this media platform. Also, when we did the analyzation of companies on Twitter, FaceBook and Instagram, like Nike vs. Adidas, they are all promotional posts about launching products, commercials or campaigns. So, using Instagram in a real life career situation would be beneficial in a variety of ways.
This assignment was one of my personal favorites: it was extremely challenging and encouraged me to get out and report something as it was occurring. For this blog post, I chose to dive deeper into an event that was more personal and meaningful to me and my family. I Tweeted at the final mass hosted at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church on Easter Sunday, April 21. This is my family’s traditional church that we visit every Sunday.
You can visit my account and view my Tweets on the event HERE!
I used the PR approach because I was Tweeting about the facts of the church and the process of the Easter mass which is all factual and a proper, “set-in-stone” procedure towards celebrating His resurrection.
Something enjoyable about this experience is that personally, I really liked choosing an event that is really important to me and sharing it with others. Even though not everyone is Catholic, in my perspective, I think it’s interesting to learn about other religions and their traditions! This experience, however, was quite stressful I have to say, because for my event, I always had to keep my eyes and ears open to catch good quotes from the Priest or what have you. I also felt pretty bad about constantly being on my phone all during the mass to post my Tweets, and even though my parents were aware of my assignment, the others around me were not.
I learned that live Tweeting or live broadcasting is a very stressful thing to do, because you can’t have anything planned out; you have to report it as it happens, so you don’t know what to expect. With that said, it surprised me how creative I can be and how quickly I was able to come up with quality information that I thought was Tweet-worthy. If I could do something different next time, I would choose an event that I didn’t feel guilty about being on my phone at!
Nowadays, social media is the main form of communication and the most effective way for news and facts to reach people, especially some of the younger generations. I think social media is going to continue to grow and become more common as well – if that’s even possible – and so there will always be effective ways to use it in careers, especially my own that I won’t even start for another couple of years.
Colorado is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United States, with its beautiful Rocky Mountains with over 30 ski resorts, and of course, its amazing concert venues that even attract some of the biggest musicians in history. This post contains the top 5 venues in Colorado that you should be sure to visit at least once in your lifetime.
Map of Listed Venues
#5: 1stBank Center, Broomfield, CO
Like many other event buildings, the 1STBANK Center is a multi-purpose arena, functioning for sporting events, conferences and meetings, and of course, concerts. The venue, opening in 2006, fills a capacity of 6,500 guests, and is the premiere mid-sized venue in the Denver area. It is located 15 miles northwest of the Denver area in Broomfield, Colorado. Belonging to 1STBANK, a financial company since 2010, the venue is often referred to as the Broomfield Event Center.
#4: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado is most popular for serving as the home field for the Denver Broncos American football team. The stadium has undergone many name changes, including Invesco Field at Mile High and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, to now, Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Notice the only thing that remains constant is the “Mile High,” due to its elevation at 5,280 feet. This venue is popular mainly for football, but proms and homecomings are also held here.
Frequent concert goer Danny Kowalski, 20, was a fan of last year’s Global Dance Festival that is held at the stadium every year.
“Global Dance was one of the best festivals I’ve been to. Tiesto was the best artist there, I mean he threw down man, it was insane. I’ll definitely be going next year,” said Kowalski.
Global Dance Fest is one of Colorado’s most anticipated annual festivals, where more than 20 different Dance/EDM artists perform. This year’s lineup will feature huge names including Illenium, Excision, Diplo, Kaskade, Galantis, Keys N Krates, ZHU and many others.
#3: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
The Fillmore Auditorium located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado is a big attraction for guests along with big-name artists themselves, because it is the largest indoor venue for general admission seating in Colorado with a capacity of 3,900 visitors. The Fillmore has functioned to host both public and private events since 1907. Since it is a smaller, more intimate venue where the fans are able to feel close and connected to the musician, almost every artist who has played the Fillmore has sold out the venue.
“I’ve only been to the Fillmore twice, but I really liked it because the artist is like, right in front of you and you’re in awe. It feels like a party since it’s smaller and everyone’s close together going crazy with the real-life artist right within arms length,” said Kowalski.
#2: Telluride Town Park Stage, Telluride, CO
Town Park stage in Telluride, Colorado is a beautiful scenic venue that is a huge gathering place, consisting of camping and sports facilities, a swimming pool, playground and ice skating rink. The summer festival venue has been a main attraction in the park since 1973, following the opening of the Telluride Ski resort one year earlier. The area is a huge tourist attraction due to the fact that along with the sporting events and concerts, it also offers a handful of nearby trails, softball fields, fishing areas and open fields for frisbee golf and a lot of other summer games!
#1: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
Located in Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks Amphitheater is the single most stunning, naturally-occurring event holder in the state. Since 1906, Red Rocks holds its rank as the second most beautiful concert venue in the world. The venue is also known for hosting “Film on the Rocks” as well as “Yoga on the Rocks.” It is also a popular destination for active people to run to and around; it provides an extremely productive workout. The venue is obviously most popular for its concerts; artists travel locally and internationally just to play this venue (see Fun Fact #2), and tourists travel from all over the world as well just to see their favorite musicians light up the rocks.
“There’s no question that Red Rocks is the best venue ever. It’s so insane when you stop and turn around and face the rocks and the audience with all the lights. It almost brings tears to your eyes, let alone seeing a musician that you love and hearing their music that you listen to every day right there with your own eyes. Just the thought of going back to concerts there this summer gives me chills,” said Kowalski.
This year may be the best yet for anticipated shows, starting with the hosting of two annual festivals on the rocks: Global Dub Festival, with Adventure Club and Bear Grillz, and headlining Gud Vibrations is NGTMRE and Slander. The rocks will also feature some of the most popular artists this summer including Florence and the Machine, Alison Wonderland, Big Wild, Whethan, Louis the Child, Zedd, San Holo, Zeds Dead and Illenium. Check out these shows along with many others coming up this summer at AXS.com.
Fun Fact #1: Red Rocks has a sound restriction for concerts in order to protect the natural rocks that surround the central venue and stage (equivalent continuous noise and sound pressure levels shall not exceed 123.0 dB bands for 1-minute averages).
Fun Fact #2: One of the biggest EDM (electronic dance music) artists in history, Flume, has just released his new 2019 album after taking a break from producing music since his last 2016 album. His only show in the entire United States this year will be held at Red Rocks in August, 2019.
These 5 concert venues are 5 of the best located in Colorado. All different styles and genres of music are performed at each and every one of them. They are all used for other events other than just concerts, and they are all places that everyone should try to visit at least once if they get the chance.
University of Wyoming junior, Anthony Schaff, discusses a topic that is not usually of common interest within his age group. He emphasizes the importance of the Electoral College in smaller states such as Wyoming.
Interviewing Anthony was a very smooth and easy process. I am good friends with Anthony, and he can just talk and talk forever, so I knew he would be a great subject for this project. I have done numerous interviews for this class and other classes combined, so I was very familiar with the process of how to record an audio interview.
The audio editing experience was really difficult and stressful for me at first, but then I figured out how to use Audacity and it was actually very simple. I got on a roll and started editing super easily and finished the project in about an hour and a half. I liked how it was so easy to cut parts out, since all the project entailed was trimming it down to two minutes. I also liked how the software allowed me to expand the file so that I could cut out some really short or tiny pieces of the file. I will definitely be using Audacity in the future if necessary.
The portrait I took of Anthony was in his home in front of a fish painting done by one of his roommates. His personality is very dry and he’s a super quiet and independent person. He is not the typical college boy; he is interested in things that most people his age wouldn’t be, hence his decision to talk about the Electoral College. He doesn’t ever smile for photos unless he is forced to, so I think this photo of him captures his true personality.
I honestly have to say that nothing surprised me at all about this assignment, even the fact that Anthony wanted to talk about the Electoral College because I know his personality and he is very much interested in that sort of unique topic.
For the most part, everything went very smooth for my project. I didn’t have any trouble finding the right information to keep and the right information to cut to shrink it down to two minutes. If I could do something differently, I think I would ask a different question that would encourage him to talk about something more interesting, because in all honesty, the Electoral College is not something that a lot of people his age would see titled and want to listen to it.
I think as a communication and journalism major, there is a lot of opportunities to use audio recordings. Radio shows, online articles, sports interviews… it all can incorporate audio into it; that’s what makes good news stories is when you can bring your listeners or audience into the scene when they can hear the tone or mood in someone’s voice.
The purpose of libraries is for the public or specific patrons to have access to thousands of books library-wide. This could be for research or plain entertainment. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, containing over 167 million books. However, smaller libraries such as the Albany County Public Library, or William Robertson Coe Library at the University of Wyoming, only contain an average of about 8,000 books. With the implementation of modern technology, it is quite rare that a book might be stolen from a library nowadays, but it certainly happens.
“We frequently stop people at our security gates leaving the libraries, but more often than not, those are false alarms. Every once in a while you’ll come across someone who has something they haven’t checked out,” said Shannon Person, Coe library’s Circulation Manager.
Sometimes, it even happens more often than not. At Coe library, there is only one entrance and one exit that contains security gates. However, this is not the case for all libraries everywhere. For instance, at the Albany County Library in Laramie, Wyoming, there are multiple doors throughout the building, which the library’s head director Ruth Troyanek, has mentioned that this does sometimes cause issues.
“Theft here comes in spurts, I would say, a couple times a year, several times a year. There’s more than one exit from our building, and it’s an old building so we don’t have the greatest security, so sometimes people can sneak out alternative entrances,” said Troyanek.
Although people have library cards or have free access to their school library through tuition, some still feel the need to swipe books. Along with the Albany County library, Coe has experienced some interesting events of people stealing books in the past as well. People have found ways around Coe’s security gates to take books without checking them out.
“We used to have windows that would open along the older stacks, and it was very common that we would have people dropping things out the window and then picking them up and bypassing the security gates all together,” said David Kruger, Coe library’s Agricultural Research Librarian.
However, Troyanek and Person both mentioned that people are usually given the benefit of the doubt and it’s assumed that they simply forget to stop by the check-out desk when leaving.
Crunching the Numbers
Each library has their own fine policies put in place. For example, according to an article written by Betsy Megas, who has served on library boards for over a decade, she says that a recent report had been done on annual fines collected by libraries, and the average cost collected per year by the average library is roughly 182,000 dollars. This number does not include fines for overdue or damaged electronic devices, either. As for smaller libraries, like Albany County for example, that number is less, since there are fewer items.
“Our annual materials budget is 75,000 dollars for both electronic resources and physical materials, and I would estimate at least 2,000 dollars, perhaps more, is taken each year,” said Troyanek.
Albany County library also does not fine patrons for overdue books. Methods there are a little bit different than the typical overdue book policy.
“Here, we don’t charge overdue fines for any items except DVDs for adults and board games. However, we hold people accountable for returning the items still, so what we do is send overdue notices to our patrons through email. Eventually, after 121 days of being overdue, if a patron owes 75 dollars or more for items that they have not returned, we send them to a collection agency,” said Troyanek.
Between theft, overdue books and materials and damaged items, it was agreed upon by Person, Troyanek and Kruger that the combination of both overdue items and theft contribute the most to the total cost of lost money each year in their libraries.
“Probably a combination of both theft and failure to return a book contribute the most to our lost average. The most painful thing for us is that sometimes, people will check out a book, and a period of time will pass, and we will buy a new copy of that book, and then the person will find the item and return it. When this happens, by policy, we have to refund the money they paid us for the lost item, so we definitely lose money when something like this happens,” said Troyanek.
Libraries do everything in their power to do good for the public, and a lot of times, give patrons the benefit of the doubt. Troyanek. Kruger and Person all agreed that the whole idea of a library is generally a very nice service, so there is really no need to steal when people can simply borrow.
“Our patron group is college students and the wyoming public, and we want people to have good feelings about the library, and if we block people with fees that they can’t afford to pay, they’re losing access to a really great service,” said Person.
In order to shoot “Catching Flight,” I thought it would be a good idea to go to the Half Acre gym to get some shots because I play intramural basketball myself, so I knew when the games were taking place and that I’d be able to get a few shots. Personally, I knew that this might be a popular location to shoot sports related photos, so I went into the other gym instead of the main gym and caught pictures of players that were warming up rather than actually playing in a game. It was quite easy to get this shot. I felt natural. Even though I didn’t know these people, I just crouched down behind them and in the corners where I wasn’t to disturb them, and just told them to ignore me when they asked. I wanted to get a photo that contained contrast with the yellow and brown walls, and I loved that I captured “Catching Flight” with the UW logo on the wall.
Waiting for you
This past weekend, I visited my home which is near Denver. I thought it would be a great idea to go to downtown Denver because there’s always so many people roaming around, especially on the weekends. So, I took my brother with me and started shooting in random places in Denver. I saw the featured subject sitting on a bench and I zoomed in a bit to snap pictures of her. It was fairly easy to shoot “Waiting for you,” because I was kind of hidden behind a pole and a fence, and it was also shortly after 5:30 p.m., so it was dark enough for me to stay hidden, but light enough for me to get a dramatic picture. This is my favorite shot I took for this project. Her facial expression almost looks as if she is posing, which I thought was very neat since she wasn’t. I felt good about taking these shots, because when I asked the subject for her name, she asked to see the photos and she said they were awesome. She was very kind and supportive of my position as a new student photographer with this project. I would also say I wanted to go for contrast in “Waiting for you” as well, because the second I saw her expression in my photos, I wanted to make it black and white.
I saw this opportunity to take shots of a best-selling novelist on a flyer that was hanging in the classroom building at UW. I went to his reading and sat right in the front row to take shots of him. “Eureka, Urrea!” turned out to be my favorite because it really captured the man he is. He was smiley and friendly the entire event. He had an extremely tragic life as he described it, but that was not the type of man that he appeared to be, and this photo speaks for itself. It was very easy to get this shot. It felt fluid and natural to just take shots and capture his happiness as he continued to share his story with the audience. I actually did notice myself feeling very sad when I was shooting photos of him, because as I mentioned, he had a very hard and tragic childhood, so seeing his smile made me feel a little bit as if he had learned to get very good at just “laughing it off” and putting a mask on his whole life. However, I could tell that writing books makes him happy, and talking about his novels makes him happy, so I felt honored to photograph him in his element.
The world needs more cow…girls!
I would say aside of going to Denver to take photos, this part of the project was the most fun. I am not a horse person; I know nothing about them and I have never ridden one. So, it was super interesting for me to step outside of my box and go visit a lifestyle that I’ve never exposed myself to before. That being said, “The world needs more cow…girls!” was very easy for me to take. I must have spent an hour and a half at the stable snapping photos of people with their horses. It was so fascinating to me. I love this photo because it actually looks like the horse is kissing the subject, and it is so adorable. Shooting at this location made me super happy and everything felt easy and go-with-the-flow. All the subjects I shot pictures of were so friendly and happy, so it was hard for me to choose a shot from this portion of the project.
“Starstruck” came along naturally while I was attending Urrea’s book reading intending to shoot “Eureka, Urrea!” I was shooting and listening to Urrea during the reading, and I noticed how intrigued the subjects in “Starstruck” were, so I shifted a little bit and tried to get a natural shot of the subjects. This shot may not look like a lot, but it was a good shot to me because I was so in-the-moment at this book reading, and after feeling my personal reaction to Urrea’s story, I wanted to capture the faces of other listeners and see what they thought of the event. I also liked how the colors of the red chairs and bright green wall in the back pop out at the viewer. All the colors looked wild, but at the same time, they definitely defined such a strong literature setting.
This image of a Snake Plant represents an example of the symmetry and pattern photography device mostly because of the zebra-patterned leaves. It is almost like an illusion; the eyes are drawn from the bottom leaf into the center hole of the plant, and then as you look at the hole, it looks like the stripes on the the leaves are moving. The tiny thorns on the edge of each leaf are almost perfectly spaced from one another. Its a beautiful zebra pattern that flows down every leaf on the plant.
This photo of a Bird’s Nest Fern displays a visual of the background device because the viewer’s eyes are immediately drawn to the bright, shiny green leaves, and then slowly they scan around the image to the back drop of the dark, wet rocks. This photo also incorporates a little bit of the contrast device into it as well, as the colors of the plants are all very bright and happy, and the rocks are dark and cold. It shows a beautiful combination of both unique photography devices.
This snapshot of a gorgeous Bromeliad flower screams color. It is most noticeable that the whole surrounding color is different shades of green, however, as the viewer’s eye is quickly focused on the multicolored flower, it somewhat mutes the background of different greens and merges them all into one big blob of green. There are tiny little purple petals in the upper left corner as well, which is another subtle addition of color to the Bromeliad that takes most of the eye’s attention.
This image represents texture, one of the unique photography devices that makes the viewer build an attachment to the image because they can actually visualize what the texture would feel like. The well-spaced spikes on the plant show off their pointy texture along with tiny water droplets on each individual spike. This photo also has a little bit of the leading lines device because as the viewer’s eye starts on the clear and focused part of the plant towards the bottom, the long tubes start to lead the eye up towards the blurry base of the plant in the back of the image.
This photo symbolizes the photography device of establishing size quite well. It has a lot going on, but in this context, that’s a good thing. The immediate reaction to this image is to notice the giant green plant and it’s long delicate leaves bursting out in every direction. The viewer’s eye then roams the rest of the photo down to the smaller plants at the bottom, which helps to notice the comparison in size between the little plants and the giant plant overseeing the others.
All of these images were great ways of showing some of the many unique photography devices. The assignment was really relaxing and enjoyable in getting to spend some time in the conservatory looking at the beautiful plants and flowers. Something surprising was how amazing some of these photos came out on just a cell phone camera. The assignment taught great steadiness, clarity and focus. I always love taking photos, especially when I am happy with the turn out. If anything could’ve been done differently, next time I would try to use a real photography camera with a bigger lens that allows for more light.
I am so excited to start this new journey on a new media platform to me through blogging! I know that it may potentially cause my other media accounts to become more noticed, so I am anxious to see if that actually works! I am very familiar with most forms of media, but I have never had my own website, channel or blog before, so this is a really exciting step for me! I can’t wait to learn more about how to manage my own site and see where it will take me.