SECOND ASSIGNMENT REFLECTION
These are the answers to some of the questions I had to reflect on for my work.
In what situations would a journalist choose video over still photography, and vice versa?
For me personally, I believe that a journalist may choose what they believe will fit the story best from whichever footage stands out the most to them. If the interviewee has made a quote that the journalist believes to be useful and add extra meaning to the work and it is recorded, then they may choose that over the photo. The same goes for a photo, if the picture displays more emotion, insight and depth, then the photo will be picked for sure. For my own work, I decided to only do photography and I didn’t add in any video. I feel like the pictures told enough and depicted the message I wanted to be sent out to my audience. However, if my subject had said something on video that I thought added more to the story than a photo, I would have added it into the slideshow in a heartbeat.
How does preparation for a video interview differ from preparation for an interview for radio or print?
Equipment needs to be checked, editing programs need to be working correctly, location needs to relate to the story being told, a quite place is most likely needed, people are going to be visually seen so they need to be comfortable in front of a camera etc. For mine, I had to think of all the above, the kind of scenery I wanted, a colour theme, what kind of emotions I wanted her to project to the camera. There’s quite a lot that goes into it that could otherwise be hidden in radio and print.
Where do we draw the line between journalism and art?
I think that’s a very hard question to answer. They are both art forms in their own way, one being traditionally based on words and the other on paintings and sculptures, things more visually seen. They both tell stories. I think one is just news based while the other raises issues in the news. They work together in a sense. I believe that mine was more artistic as I wasn’t reporting on something that has been in the major media as of late, it was more personal and close to home so to speak, something that could be sympathised with and make people feel something. Sometimes journalism reports too much and doesn’t make its readers feel anything, well the straightforward journalism doesn’t really. Art always makes people feel something, whether it’s anger, happiness, disgust or love.
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The article I’m reviewing is right here.
Basically, this article is all about native advertising, which is defined by Google as:
A type of online advertising that matches the form and function of the platform on which it appears. For example, an article written by an advertiser to promote their product, but using the same form as an article written by the editorial staff.
It’s something that looks like an article but is actually product advertisement – kinda sneaky if you ask me.
The author of this article has gone about a very humorous way of shedding light to this issue in journalism today. By giving the audience an analogy of the medium soy latte, it makes her point easier to understand and grasp.
The tone throughout is funny but contains just the right amount of seriousness to it. This helps with the embedding of John Oliver’s video as he makes serious issues funny and easy to understand.
There were just the right amount of embeds and written content, it was spread out evenly so that the audience can take a break and watch something or look at a funny GIF of a man metaphorically standing in the pouring rain, when he realises that there wasn’t soy milk in his latte.
Since 2009, eighteen year old Natasha Williamson has faced many medical battles that are not seen from face value.
To look at the young girl, one would say that she seems like your everyday teenager, partying on weekends and getting up to no good. However, little does anybody know that she pays a very high price for the everyday activities that she takes part in. There has been a plethora of bad luck that she has faced which started only six years ago.
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An artist and her garden
Personally, I thought that this story was wonderful. I have a love for art and have been doing it since kindergarten and I feel as if I have a lot in common with this woman after listening to this sound report. Her German accent is thick and strong which to me, adds to the authenticity of the interview. It gives a feel for who she is and where she comes from.
The ambient sound is lovely, you can hear the artist clashing paint cans, a paint brush being skimmed and birds chirping. You feel as if you are in the garden. A piano is being played in the background, in fact, I believe it is the song “To Build A Home”.
Rhythmically it works very well and it all flows together and feels like it is in place. You achieve an understanding of her life through the woman speaking about moving to Australia and what art and her garden has done for her.
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Somewhere I tend to go with my close pals is the Appin River. It’s about a 20 minute drive from my house, very scenic and extremely peaceful. To get to the river you must cross a tree trunk, with water right below you – so don’t fall and make sure you have good balancing skills. Cross a few minutes walk of bush land and you see the rocks, shortly followed by the river. We used to swim in there, till we got sick. There’s a cliff too, but I’m not brave enough to make the jump. I feel happy there, and free. Not a worry in the world. Continue reading
You’re finally in line after what seems like an eternity of counting down the days.
You walk across the fields, streams of people surround the grassy grounds of Maitland. You wait for your ticket to be scanned by the scary looking guard who wears a fluorescent vest as bright as the sun. They give you the all clear and you head on through, walking around people. You see stages and stalls, but most importantly you see your happiness. You know you’re meant to be here. You walk faster and faster to get to the stages and listen to the music blaring. You are carefree.
A Walk Among the Fields
At a first glance, I instantaneously wanted to choose my grandma as the character for my audio piece. However, she lives too far of a commute to be able to get this assignment done in under two weeks. I have therefore decided to lean towards my trusty sister.
My sister has a huge love for music. She especially loves the festivals and the feeling she gets when she is squashed like a sardine in the middle of a mosh pit. I hope to communicate this love and adoration for music festivals which have been something that she identifies with. How?
Through her narration of events that she has undertaken, ambient sounds and live music from the festival that we have recorded running in the background. Layering these sounds so that the busy and hectic vibe of the festival can be felt through the audio. I’d also like to incorporate some soft tones to represent the love and the feeling she gets when she’s at them and after they are over. I want it to feel very free spirited, just how festivals make you feel.
If this can be done well, hopefully it’ll sound like a dream land and make everyone want to attend a festival.
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Using ,my sister’s wonderful talent and face for the camera, I have created a Sound Portrait based on the place she likes to visit to relax and be free, the local pond.