Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

SoundSlides Proof of Concept

SoundSlides proof of concept. Names are linked to COM466 post and title is linked to the SoundSlides project on your UW servers.

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The Biltmore Apartments: Issues Neglected

The Biltmore Apartments: a local, Seattle apartment building with problems.

This old building is rustic and kind of charming in a way but a building like this takes upkeep. There are many problems that arise here but the management doesn’t seem to take them seriously. Here are some photographs and a story to explain show what kinds of problems arise here at The Biltmore and just how they affect the tenants.

The building has a large room in the daylight basement where the dumpsters are kept for the use of the tenants. The problem is that there are too many tenants and too much garbage for the number of garbage cans and pick ups per week. There is so much trash that it ends up overflowing in the basement before pick up day and on the sidewalks outside on pick up days. The overflow is inconvenient to those living in the building because it smells by pick up day. Additionally, the overflow is unsanitary and unsavory when the trash overflows onto the street and is left for people to step on. This photo story shows just how the building acknowledges this problem every week when they put out the dumpsters and yet they do nothing to solve the problem.

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‘Light Railing It’ to Sea-Tac

Seattle’s link light rail isn’t the most comprehensive comuter system in the country but it does simplify the process of getting to the airport. Click on the link below to get a first hand account of one person’s experience and feelings about the link light rail trip to Sea-Tac.

Link Light Rail

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Free Admission To The Wing Luke Museum

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is one of the premier museums in the city, and the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the Pacific Northwest.  Now you can enjoy this great resource for free on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month. Wing Luke is a participant in the First Thursday program, which encourages local museums to allow visitors to view their collections for free on the first Thursday of each month.

Not only does Wing Luke have an excellent collection, the museum itself is located in the 100-year-old East Kong Yick building, which among other things served as a hotel for minorities shutout of the cities white-owned boarding houses. To best take advantage of its unique location, plan your visit around one of the guided tours that gives you access to parts of the building normally closed to the public, including the restored hotel and Yick Fung Co. storefront. Let this audio slideshow whet your appetite for a trip to the Wing Luke Museum.

Tours are normally offered hourly on the half hour between 10:30 and 3:30, but you can contact the museum at (206) 623-5124 ext. 133 to check the times for the day you plan on visiting. For more information, visit the Wing Luke Museum website.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

719 S King St Seattle, WA 98104

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A Relaxing Walk Through the Market – Not Necessarily So Relaxing

A 15 minute stroll through the Pike Place Market on a rainy Sunday during the Cheese Festival… Sounds exciting, no? Really, it wasn’t too bad. As a city-dweller, I tend to avoid the Market on weekends, unless absolutely necessary, but a little bit of rain and something going on outside the main stalls makes for somewhat less crowded meandering (and at least a few less tourists). Take a walk with me and enjoy the sights and sounds of a beautiful Sunday at Pike Place Market.

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Wes Miles on Songwriting and Discovery

Ra Ra Riot — a Syracuse-based band from Syracuse, NY and signed to Seattle-based label Barsuk — released their sophomore album, “The Orchard,” last August. Following in the footsteps of their acclaimed debut, “The Rhumb Line,” the album features string arrangements, terrific songwriting and soaring vocals provided by frontman Wes Miles. While the album was just released in Europe, Ra Ra Riot was recently announced as a headliner at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party in July. In this interview, Miles discusses songwriting for “The Orchard” and his side-project, Discovery.

Watch the soundslide (1:42)

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An Anxious Senior, Loi Leou, is Ready to Graduate

What does it feel like to be a senior who is mere weeks away from graduating from one of the nations most prestigious universities?  Ask Loi Leou, an art major who is ready to flip the tassels and celebrate his completion of college.  Loi is not the traditional student, however.  Coming from a family who is from Vietnam, Loi has made his family proud.

Watch the Presentation (1:34)

Download the Presentation (5.68MB)

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Raise Money For Juvenile Diabetes – Can You Beat The Bridge?

This past Sunday, May 15th, Seattle had record-breaking rainfall.  That same day, the 29th Nordstrom Beat the Bridge fundraiser to beat diabetes went on without a hitch.   While the weather could have shunned people away, there was still a great turnout.  This particular event had 4 different activities to choose from for participants.  There was an 8k run, 4 mile family walk, one mile fun run and a diaper derby for toddlers.  The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge fundraiser is an annual event to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  Diabetes is treatable but there is no cure.  JDRF provides education and research on finding a cure for diabetes.  People of all ages and walks of life were in attendance who helped raised close to a million dollars.

For a showcase of photos of the event as well as an interview with a child who participated click here:  SoundSlides and audio of Beat the Bridge event.

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Seattle Artists Being Evicted For Alaskan Viaduct Project

Seattle artists who rent space in the artist community building located on 619 Western Avenue will be evicted from their studios in preparation for the Alaska Way Viaduct Project. Artists have been renting studios here for the last 30 years and a long-standing community will be temporarily displaced until the Viaduct project is complete. There is no indication at this time whether the artists will return after their year-long hiatus.

Experience the photo-audio project [ 1:46 ]

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Do You Make A Difference To Someone? Rally and Relay!

If you ask most people what is the meaning of life, you’d get various answers but you would find that most people want to have meaningful, reciprocal relationships, to be happy, healthy and to make a difference in the world with their life. The Relay For Life is a fundraiser that can do just that and YOU can get involved today! When my best friend Hope was diagnosised at 37 years old with breast cancer, I couldn’t believe it could happen…to her, to someone so young, to a mom, wife, sister who was NOT done living. The words “you have cancer” changed her life forever. She has since beaten cancer and takes time to turn her journey and fight into giving hope and promise to others through her participation in Relay For Life, benefiting The American Cancer Society. You too can join the fight through fundraisers like Relay For Life or donations!!

The Relay For Life, as told through my soundslide project, was held in Auburn, Washington May 13-14, 2011. What makes it different is that because it goes from 6pm on Friday through the night until Saturday at 11am, walkers must be on the track the whole time. Because of this, people form teams so people take turns walking and in between, share stories, nosh, laugh, cry and make new memories with friends, family and others that have survived cancer and those who honor those who didn’t.

Enjoy my Rally for Friends! Rally For Life! SoundSlides presentation!

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