Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For my next multimedia story I will be covering Towson University's effort to "go green". This story will focus on the enviromentally friendly action in which students and faculty have initiated which are trayless tuesday and the reusuable mug program.
Background Information-The university is working to reduce its impact on the environment by adopting new processes that decrease energy consumption and implementing new technologies that make more efficient use of energy.There are many campus organizations such as, Students for Environmental Awareness, Towson Campus Greens, Towson Energy Activists/Conservationists etc.
*The Glen Marketplace and Newell Dining Hall go trayless every Tuesday to reduce food waste, decrease the energy and water used to clean trays, and encourage healthier eating habits.
*Launched this fall, Towson University's reusable mug program enables students, faculty and staff to receive a discount on all drinks purchased in a 20oz. insulated Go Green mug, which is available at Brick Street Cafe, Arts Cafe, The Den, Fresh TRAX and Paws Cafe for $6.99. Refills with the Go Green mugs are $1.09 for fountain beverages, tea and coffee. Trade in your personal reusable mug and become part of the Go Green mug program, mugs sold at a discounted price of $3.99.
Possible Interview Questions:
Reaction to trayless tuesday/mug program?
Do they think its a good idea/bad idea?
Staff or faculty that initiated program:
How did you come up with the idea?
Is the reusuable mug/trayless progam is successful?
Pictures of students on Tuesday w/o trays in Glen
Picture of a student with a go green mug
Students talking about one of the programs
Professional enviromental worker speaking about Towson's efforts to go green.(programs)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Finding the Perfect Shot
Photo of the Towson University Tiger on the campuses main front lawn
Headshot of Amber Owens on the Towson University campus
Fall snapshots takeng on the campus of Towson University's in the Glen Woods
Getting a Better photo: There are many different great ideas to snapping a better photo with your camera. Some of the of the techniques I just learned helped me to look at what what I see in my viewfinder totally different than before. One of the many techniques is framing, which allows the photographer to use an scenery or another element as a frame around the object of your picture. Framing gives the picture another interesting addition to the photo. Another technique is perspective. You can explore your surroundings and take multiple shots from various angles. Look for focus points that capitalize on the best available light. Also,shoot from far away, get close, even closer, lie on the ground, use a ladder, hold the camera above your head, tilt it at crazy angles. These are just some of the tools that helped me take a better photo. Now get out there and try it for yourself!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
EXAMPLE: Woman, hit by falling tree outside condominium
lead-"A woman was killed yesterday afternoon when she was struck by a falling tree while emptying trash outside a Pikesville condominium, said a spokeswoman for the county Fire Department."
body info-"Armacost said someone called 911 and that firefighters from the Pikesville station arrived a few minutes later and removed the woman from beneath the tree. An ambulance crew pronounced her dead at the scene."
least impt.info- Armacost said that police were investigating the woman's death
Link to the full story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_county/bal-tree0930,0,4194652.story
Important things that I will have to look for:
*The size of the audience
*Important reactions among the audience
*Speakers; important figures that attend
*Details of performances
Questions I will Ask
1.) What goes into creating the pep rally performances?-Student
2.) How long have the performers been together?
3.) How important is this event to the students?
4.) How much does the event raise fiancially for the school?
I look forward to getting information from both audience members, performers, and important staffers that make the event possible. I'm off to make great news...wish me luck ;-)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Twitter.Com- The Internet’s newest phenomenon is letting citizen journalism reach higher heights. Here “Websters” and Internet fiends can continuously update their personal statuses letting the public know their every action, thought, and whereabouts. So why is this site so addictive you ask? I think it’s because of its convenience. Users can access twitter virtually anywhere when using its cell phone feature. It has become the newest and coolest source of news.
*I am very new to twitter however, it was surprisingly easy to get a feel of how users write effective news statuses.I feel the following clearly explain at least two of 3 5ws and 1h which is the who, what, when, where and how of the story. It gives you a clear understanding of what the story is about while also giving you a link to the full story.
“Towson loses to Richmond while away 45-14 after many missed opportunities. http://tinyurl.com/6xs8sb” -(Who, What and how) –Blake Musicboy232
“Towson fumbles a victory in a turnover battle allowing Richmond to take advantage of Tigers miscalculated plays. http://tinyurl.com/6xs8sb” (Who, what, when, how)-Brian Bwrig5
“The hiring freeze is due to budget cuts. At Towson, hiring freezes applies to all faculty and staff positions. http://tinyurl.com/5pxv3h” (Who, what, where, how)- Amber akowens
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Press Release vs. Original Report
“Really, dahling, you're looking awfully stressed. A treatment at the new Pearl Spa will fix you right up. It's so lovely there, all that aqua and soft music, and those water features everywhere.”
Link to full story:
"She's thrilled," the spokeswoman said. The woman, a North Carolina native, mother of two and grandmother of three, had planned to move and now likely will build a house. She also has plans to purchase a 2009 Lexus truck. The store owner will receive $25,000.”
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This weekend we all read about the tragedy of Hurricane Ike. Whether we read it in the newspaper, internet, or watched the numerous television news stories, we all can agree that it was a story worth being told. Many news medium varied on how they delivered the results on the catastrophe, but their main goal was to attract the reader.
*Short reports were very common in the print news; for example this was the opening for a front page Baltimore Sun article.
“Rescue crews in high-wheel trucks, helicopters and boats ventured out to pluck people from their homes Saturday in an all-out search for thousands of Texans who stubbornly ignored warnings of "certain death" and tried to ride out Hurricane Ike.”
This is a considered a short report because basically the readers gets a brief overview of the most important events of the story. This short report also is used in past tense by using words like ventured and ignored and also by using time elements.
“Hurricane Ike barreled across a wide swath of Texas on Saturday, deluging the city of Galveston with a wall of water, flooding coastal towns and leaving extensive damage across metropolitan Houston.”
What- Was left with extensive damage
Where- metropolitan Houston
How –Hurricane Ike; barreling and deluging the city with flooding waters
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
*The following three stories were featured in the Baltimore Sun on September 9, 2008. I chose these following articles because they contained important news values that made the article worth publishing.
1.) The first story that I chose was titled, “Man, 25 fatally shot in East Baltimore”. There were many elements of news value that I discovered; one of which was timeliness. The article explains that the 25 year old man was shot earlier in the day, which shows that the article was worthy to be printed because of the time of the event. Another news value I discovered was human interest, which relates to the emotional content of the story. The article clearly explains how and where the young man was shot by using several adjectives involving the shooting. This gave the article more of an emotional feel.
2.) The second story that I chose was titled, “Florida Woman fatally struck after jumping from Car”. Here are the following news values that I discovered with in the article.
*Conflict-this story utilized conflict to make the story news worthy by explaining that the woman killed had experienced a quarrel with her boyfriend moments before the accident.
*Proximity-the article was very close to home stating that the accident happened in Baltimore County. That was a very important value to use because most of the Baltimore Sun’s audience resides in Baltimore County
3.) The last article that I chose was titled, “Fire destroys city playground. Here are the following”. Here are the following news values that I discovered.
*Unusualness- this story was out of the ordinary because a playground is a place for children to play. The fire was set by an unknown arsonist, which also intensifies the strange events of the article.
*Prominence- this story consisted of famous or well known people, which is an influential aspect of news. The article used such names as the City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake and the Mayor Sheila Dixon.
Monday, September 8, 2008
After looking at a few outstanding portfolios I chose Meranda Watling. Also, after getting a jest of Watling's style of writing I learned that she focuses on education and devotes her time to blogging and reporting. For instance, in Watling's article "School Immigrants Adapt Over Time", you get a feel of her true, honest, and consistent writing because she speaks about how foreign students adjust to American schools. Like wise, most of her articles deal with education with topics such as, "One School four Generations", "Students now cautious about the internet", etc. Her portfolio brings me to the conclusion that she uses traditional equipment in her journalism kit. I believe she carries an audio recorder, pen, notepad, digital camera and laptop. I think that this traditional style kit helps Watling to remain true to the topics in which she focuses on.