I think this is the last project update that I have to do since next Friday is stop day and there won’t be any classes. Yay! (I really should continue blogging though.)
This week was another productive week. I know I said I was going to edit the photos that I took of John and start writing the text story, but that didn’t get done. At least I’m honest. Lol. What I DID do though was set up an audio/video interview with Fred (the man that DOES use technology a lot). I was having some ethical dilemmas because I wanted to shoot photographs but it would have been falsifying information if Fred didn’t go out on a regular basis with his laptop. I asked him about it (before telling him about the problem) and he said he does go out and about. Thank goodness! I feel that have the part of being a journalist is getting lucky with who you meet and how things actually go down.
I’m also scheduled to do an audio interview with John tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 pm. Hopefully it goes better than the first time! Maybe I’ll also be able to do some editing while I’m at work (since I just work at the front desk of one of the residence halls).
All the time I took doing nothing I’ve made up for this week. Although the first part of my week was very busy I managed to fit in an interview with John, the man with little/no technology. Originally the plan was to do an audio interview and take photographs but I hadn’t reserved an audio recorder that I was familiar with so that didn’t really work out. I did go to the Journalism library and check out a recorder but it was very old school, and, like I said, I had no idea how to properly use it (ie, change my levels so I would have good quality). I got some good photographs, but I feel like I need to go back for more because it quickly turned into “and take a picture of this…and this” and that’s not going to work for my multimedia project. I’ll probably go back next Wednesday and see if I can’t have some good audio and take some more pictures.
Yesterday I was at Dobbs (the dining hall at Mizzou, not the tire place) and one of the employees that makes the omelets (Fred) and I were talking. Since I used to work there I know the employees and since I see Fred every day I’ve developed rapport with him. ANYWAY, I asked him if he’d be interested in helping me with this project (because I know he just recent got an iPhone 5 so he’s obviously keeping up with technology). He said he’d talk to his wife and get back to me on it but he really wanted to help. Today I talked with Fred again and told him specifically what I was looking for and how he could help me. He agreed and said that his only concern was that his family has accumulated a lot of clutter throughout the years and it would be better if we could go to another location for the project. If this other location is somewhere else that he normally goes I don’t see it being a problem and I told him that and gave him my cell phone number so he could contact me with a time that would be good for us to meet up.
While I wait on the other half of my project to get started I can start writing my news story for this project, edit the photos of John that will work, and RESERVE THE PROPER AUDIO RECORDERS! (Lol.)
So, I was productive at the beginning of the week. I’ve scheduled times to go to the Daniel Boone Regional Library to attend a few technology information courses. I got the contact information for the woman in charge of scheduling the classes. I had planned on going to visit John, the man who uses NO technology, yesterday but I was unaware if he worked or was retired. After talking with Alyssa I believe that he’s retired so I’m going to try to fit in a visit during this weekend (even though I’m going to be very booked).
I might have to skip a couple of my EPJ classes in order to get this project done. It shouldn’t really be that big of a deal since we’re just working on our websites and I’ve already finished mine (except for where my multimedia project is going to go). Feel free to view my website! I’d love to hear your comments.
If for some reason I can’t find an elderly person taking technology classes at the library I’m sure I could find one at Paquin Towers (where John lives). I know that’s probably a random thought but I was just thinking about worst case scenarios and that was one of them. I know I procrastinated a lot on getting this project started but I don’t feel like I’ll need that much time to do it; I feel like I’ll still be able to turn the project in on time.
I don’t know why (actually, I do) it’s so hard for me to remember to do these blog updates. It could be one of two reasons. A- I still haven’t done anything significant (partly because I’ve had to take two midterms for my online classes that I forgot about and partly because I’ve been stressed out about this jQuiery assignment). B- I’m always logged into my internship’s WordPress account so I don’t really think anything of it when I check all the information and everything.
Although I still haven’t conducted any interviews, I’m confident that once I get my butt in gear everything will work out smoothly. I was looking on the Daniel Boone Regional Library during my spare time this week (which there wasn’t really that much of) and I don’t think it would be that difficult for me to find an older individual who is tech saavy.
So, admittedly, I forgot to do the first post on my final project update. No one missed out on much because all it would have said is that I haven’t really started aside from choosing which sub-topic I’d like to cover.
I talked to one of my classmates (Alyssa) since she knew of a man who uses no technology. When she said no technology, she meant it. This guy doesn’t have a phone, or a computer, or anything. I’m literally going to have to show up at his house to see if he’ll participate in this project. (Good thing he lives in Columbia…although I still have to do a Google Maps search to see exactly where.) I’ll probably go visit him on Tuesday or Thursday next week since I don’t have class on those days.
I plan on going to the Columbia public library sometime this weekend and seeing if they have a technology course that’s open to the public. I know my public library back home does, but I also know that every city is different. Surely that would be the easiest way to find an elderly person that’s more involved with technology. But, this is journalism and it’s not always easy otherwise cavemen could do it. I haven’t really thought of a backup plan in case that doesn’t work, which I guess I probably should.
I chose to critique Sue Byran’s portfolio because she’s a nature photographer and that’s what I’m interested in right now. The first thing that you see are all of her portfolio categories when you click on her main page and I really like that because it saves me from clicking and doing investigative work when I just want to look at some pictures.
Another thing I noticed right away, and is something that we’ve talked about in my electronic photojournalism class, is that her email address is at the bottom of the page. The fact that it’s not a form you have to fill out made me really happy because that suggests that there might be a real person at the other end of the email instead of no one.
I really like the clean, black background because that screams professional to me. The font size is appropriate. I really like how her name is in bold in the header and photography isn’t.
Also, when you go into the different portfolios (say you start at “Nature in B & W”) you can either click yourself through the pictures or view them as a slideshow. When you’re done with one portfolio you can click “Next Portfolio” at the top of the page instead of going back and forth between the home page and other pages. That makes navigation super simple. I also liked that the photographs stay relatively the same size (of course there are going to be slight differences when going from a vertical photograph to a horizontal photograph). Some of the other websites I visited weren’t like that at all and it was very distracting and upsetting that I couldn’t see the whole picture at once.
I think the only thing I would change about this portfolio would be to have all the albums if you will on one page instead of having “Portfolios” and “Other Portfolios,” which is towards the bottom of the page and easy to miss.