Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Pi Kappa Phi Softball a Big Hit in IMA

The story of the Raiders softball team is meant to be a reflection of how far the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has come this season in intramural softball and their hopes and expectations for the future. The story explains in the beginning how although most softball teams are reoccuring from previous years and usually have a group of pre-committed players, Pi Kappa Phi’s team this year was created “on the spot” right before their first game. The significance is then explained, how although it started out as a random group of guys who would seem unlikely to win many games, turned into a solid team after their first game and has now moved on to go 4-0 so far in the regular season. The story includes natural sound from an actual softball game, as well as interviews from three of the team’s players- Jack Lansford, Trey Coyle, and Wes Drilias. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thoughts About Final Project

We were thinking that the clip about population growth we saw at the begining of the quarter was interesting, and maybe we could so something along those lines. However, we haven’t been trained. But we were then thinking, we now have expirience with audio, and next week we’ll have exprience with photos — so, maybe we could create a soundslide. Maybe one narrator, and two or more interviewees. About particular subject: Community newspapers, perhaps? Final thought: Each of us could interview a different source in a different form of mass media, and then we could combine our interviews into a soundslide.

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Ryan Boulanger: Audio Story

a) My audio story gives emerging bands advice on how to use the Internet to get signed onto a record label. For this story, I interviewed Matt MacDonald – lead vocalist for The Classic Crime – to get feedback from someone that successfully used these techniques.

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Small and Cozy Beats Commercialized

Seattle’s Coffee Culture Examined

Coffee makes Seattle go - but Seattlelitles like it cozy. ©pc britz

Coffee makes Seattle go - but Seattlelitles like it cozy. ©pc britz

For my latest audio story, I have explored Seattle’s coffee culture.
My goal was initially to tell the story of struggling coffee shops in the economic situation. While I worked on the story the focus shifted. I found it more interesting to focus on the the different kinds of coffee culture (global-commercial v. local-communal) and to show why people prefer “The Local” over Starbucks.
I wanted to use some natural sounds, but I didn’t want them to be the focus of attention like I had done in my story before.

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UW Squirrels – audio story

My audio story is about the UW squirrels.  Walking around campus I notice them everywhere from in the trees, to the bushes and along the sidewalks.  I decided to use the topic of squirrels in my story because they have a relevancy to people who attend the UW and/or visit our campus.

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Adam Eucker: A glimpse into the life of a fraternity gardener

For the audio story assignment, I originally did my story on a member of my fraternity, Adam Garrison, who was recently appointed house gardener.  As one might imagine, the plants outside of the frat have historically not been taken care of, and most were in terrible shape or dead at the end of winter.  Some parents volunteered to plant new plants outside of the house at the beginning of spring, and Garrison has pledged to make sure their efforts do not go to waste.  In the audio story, Garrison describes his initial interest in gardening, having to balance school work with his gardening responsibilities, and the unique challenges of taking care of plants at a frat.  He hopes that through his hard work, he can encourage future residents of the house to take pride in its appearance.

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Andrew’s Awesome Audio!

Andrew’s Audio Story and Assessment.
(mp3 after the jump)

Audio Assessment (part a)

Kyle (wearing orange hat) wishes he was a snow angel.

Kyle (wearing orange hat) wishes he was a snow angel.

I doubted my subject for the audio story after reading that we would be given extra credit for news relevance. But even with the opportunity to redo the assignment, I stuck with my initial subject, my friend Kyle. I don’t know if Kyle has ever done anything news worthy. But the way I see it, not everything has to be hard-hitting news to be a story. This subject would challenge me to find a story not painfully obvious. Plus, Kyle was pretty excited to get an interview.

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Audio Story – Shamrock Shootout

I did my story on “Shamrock Shootout,” a philanthropy event organized by the Kappa Delta sorority this past weekend.  Teams pay to participate in a basketball tournament and all the money goes toward the Children’s Trust Fund.  This year’s event raised over $5,000.

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Matt Fast: “November 4th was the Happiest Day of My Life”

My story features a man from West Seattle who was extremely into the past presidential election. The piece begins with the overall concept of how many middle-class Americans all around the country were excited about the prospect of Obama winning, as he induced optimism, hope and change for the country. The story intricately describes how the subject, Matt Fast, was completely enthralled with the election November 4th. How he glued himself to his TV for the whole 15 or so hours of the election, totally entranced. It describes how Fast handed out campeign literature to his community, created bumper-stickers, and wore “Barack Obama Mama” tee-shirts.

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Week 5 – Wednesday

  • Making Those MP3s Playable In Your Blog
  • Thinking About Photojournalism
  • Group Project

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