This project required us to team up with a classmate and with combined efforts make a slide show with audio playing at the same time. Luckily thanks to the programs soundslide and audacity this project wasn’t nearly as hard as it initially sounds. Then again, it was fairly time consuming. I paired up with the very talented Eward Timmons for the project. We easily dispersed to work amongst ourselves in which I was responsible for the audio and Eward naturally was assigned to the photography for the project. Always remember to stick to your strengths. The angle that we ended up selecting for this assignment was a self defense course that was on campus and orchestrated by the STOP program here at the good ol’ University of Wyoming.
Since Edward and I are friends it was easy to work with him on this project. We both tend to be fairly laid back and that helped keep the stress levels down. It is also really great getting to work with someone that is so good at photography. I really enjoy shooting photographs but at the same time I understand my limitations as a photographer so to be able to team up with Edward instantly put my mind to ease about the quality of photos that would represent this project. Over the past several weeks I have become increasingly comfortable with gathering and editing audio and this was further supplemented by being able to interview two very willing participants. The first of the two women that I interviewed, Maria Almendares was just a blast to speak with. She had a lot of energy which makes my job ten times easier. The actual recorded interview that I conducted with her was just over five minutes but I spent about 12 minutes before and 30 minutes after just talking with her about almost everything under the sun. On a side note, she has a karate club that I believe that both Edward and I will at least attend one session of in the near future. That is the great thing about journalism, sometimes you are able to meet some really interesting people and further build your connections in this crazy thing we call life.
Working with soundslides was a ….unique experience. As with a lot of technological things, it was really easy for me to navigate this software then again it is pretty user friendly. The only real snafu that I had was when I went to export the project so that I could submit it. After about an hour of trial and error, I was finally able to track down some tech support and the problem was quickly remedied. If only I would have admitted defeat earlier then it wouldn’t have stolen an hour of my life. Regrettably, I will never get that hour back.
In the end my favorite thing about this project was being able to interview the great gals that I did. It often surprises me how dead on I can be with my gut feelings. That would be my advice to any journalism student. The techniques for gathering audio are one thing but what it really comes down to is having faith in yourself and your judgement calls. I just had a solid feeling about how my interview with Maria would go from the first email she sent me and it ended up being a really gratifying experience for me. The same went for when I decided that Heather would be the student that I would interview. My best advice will be to always follow your gut. I’m not saying that you will always be right but the more you do it then the more likely it is to find these meaningful experiences. And in the end isn’t that what it is all about?
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