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Audio Assignment #2

A)    The New York Times has an article by Dennis Rosen, M.D. titled Without His Mother’s Milk, a Haitian Boy is Lost. The story was very heartfelt to me because Haitian women don’t breast-feed their babies because they believe in “bad milk” — “lèt gate,” in Creole. As Rosen explains it is one of the main reasons for the premature stopping of breast-feeding in Haiti, often with deadly consequences for the infant deprived of safe and dependable nourishment. This story really caught my attention and so I wanted to interview someone on this to get their opinion, particularly someone in the medical field/social worker.

My goal is to draw attention to the problem of malnutrition in Haiti and what it is doing to the babies. I didn’t have any reporting challenges except to find someone to interview.

B)    I prepared the lady I am interviewing by giving her the article and some questions that I want to ask. I met the goals I wanted to because I like this topic better than my original one on Donald Trump potentially running for president in 2012. I learned that being a reporter is very challenging and time consuming, with all the tools you have to use to edit the interview to make it sound interesting. If I had a chance to redo this assignment, I would have looked for a better editing tool than audacity.

What’s In A Photo?

I think this photo is very clear, crisp and to the point. The woman in the photo is wearing a green shirt that says “SAVE TREES” and she’s reading the Seattle Weekly. The photo from Seattle Weekly tells it all, with the color scheme and the way she’s posing.

This photo from CNN Miami is very poignant and shows readers the disaster that is happening and someone was there to capture it. It evokes a sadness in me as I look at it.

This photo is very intense, even though it is fuzzy, it shows a mother who can’t breast feed her son and therefore he could die without her milk. Here’s a link to the story from the NY Times where the photo is clearer.

I think this photo from Foxnews.com is plain and does nothing for me. It’s a photo of a homeless woman charge with larceny. Just a photo of her is not effective for the story. I think it would have been better to see her in handcuffs or outside the courthouse.

Effective and Non-Effective Multimedia Stories

“Good” stories:

The Science  of the Spill by Rob Harris & Leslie Kaufman. I think this is a good multimedia story because as the reporter is telling the story, the video is also capturing the story, which I think is very effective. The video also shows a helpless bird covered in oil, which I think would make anyone’s heart ache.

Planes collide on Tarmac at JFK as posted by a Seattle PI reporter. I don’t think this story could have been told any other way; without showing a video of the crash. It was helpful to have commentary while viewing what was going on.

CBS Evening News reports on Children of the Recession. I think this is a good multimedia story because the video shows what the recession is doing to the classroom of this high school in California. The video features a couple students explaining what the recession has done to their lives. So often we just hear about the people who were working and how it has affected their lives, not how it is affecting the lives of their children. I thought it was very poignant for the viewer.

“Bad” stories:

Floating debris from Japan will wash up on U.S. coast (NPR) I  of thought that the photo that went along with the article really didn’t show me much about the debris, since it was computer animated. A live shot or video of the debris would have been more helpful to see how it’s affecting the coast.

Dr. Oz Continues to Make Gains With 700-Pound Woman
This story only caught my attention because of the headline, but an image to go along with this story out have been the icing on the cake. I would like to see what this women looked like at 700 pounds and a photo of the progress she has made since.

Kids Claim Abuse and Violence at Juvenile Lockup Thompson Academy This story didn’t have any impact on me. I think a video of the children claiming abuse or images of these children would have been beneficial. There was just two images of male representatives, which I don’t think tied into the effect the story could have had.

Dinner, Family and a Movie; Bonding in the Living Room

I thought that the article “Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape” by Henry Jenkins made really valid points about social media today and I’d like to focus on some of the points made. Sociologist Linda Stone summed it up best about what she calls “continuous partial attention,” shifting focus between mediated and face to face inputs as different needs arrive. I think because of how much social media has overtaken our lives people’s attention spans are shorter and concentration is harder to maintain. Even family lives nowadays I think have contributed to people’s attitudes and attention spans. (more…)

Social Web Shopping

A new site called Fashism, is for those who need fashion advice. Ashton Kutcher helped fund the site through his fund, A-Grade Investments. Fashism is a social shopping site and mobile application that has gained followers because it give me an immediate answer from fellow fashionistas who can give an answer to “Would you wear this on a first date?” or “Do these leopard shoes match my jacket?” Those who are members of the site can leave comments and rate and outfit by clicking “I like it” or “I hate it.” “We wanted to get mobile and social people who understood what we were doing as well as fashion people,” said Ashley Granata, co-founder and chief marketing officer of the company. Read more of the article at nytimes.com

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