Monday, April 17, 2006

2nd RCADE Lecture


I have never been very successful with photoshop. When I found out that a class was being offered through the RCADE at Fairfield University Media Center, I decided that it would be in my best interest to learn how to use the software.

Peter Sarawit is a great teacher, but despite that I still came out of the class with my head buzzing a little. I decided not to go to the second workshop, Advanced Photoshop, because I thought that I would fall behind the rest of the class. The first class had moved a little too fast for my taste. It would have been better if Sarawit has stopped a few times and asked if everyone was following around. I know that a few of my neighbors were having trouble too.

However, I did put what I learned to good use. When I was co-hosting a birthday party for one of my friends, I sent out Facebook event invitation using a photo that I had played around with in photoshop (Invitation pictured above). It is definitely something that I would not have done before this class. I give the Photoshop Lecture a B for an overall grade.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

RCADE Lecture

I did not know quite what to expect when I went to a "Shooting Video" RCADE lecture on March 28th, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. John Thomas, with the media department, was helpful in teaching students how to shoot video using mini dvd recorders.

I was the only ENW350 student in the class, the other 8 were biology students. They were taking the class because of a final project requirement, where they would film animals at a zoo for twenty minutes. Their teacher was also present and it took a few minutes to explain that, yes, I had signed up for the class, even though I was not in her biology class.

Fairfield offers students the ability to sign out audio visual equipment for projects or even just for fun. But there are rules, Thomas explained that equipment must first be reserved a day before it is borrowed, and it must be returned on time, or a student will be fined. And be careful, students who break cameras and other equipment will have to replace it. Some of the smaller cameras cost up to $2,000. So do not lose it, break it, or have it stolen. The media department is strict, your grades will be held until you pay up.

All in all, I came out of the lecture with the ability to shoot video and with the knowledge of how to use the new mini dvd cameras and having gained some new friends who are biology majors. Thank you John Thomas.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jeff Gralnick

News Veteran

Jeff Gralnick is NBC's Special Consultant for Internet and New Technology matters. A graduate of New York University, he has over 47 years of experience in several journalistic fields, including broadcast, print, and online media. Gralnick has reported on presidential elections, space flights, the Gulf War, and many other important events. He has won five National Emmy Awards for his work. Gralnick is considered an expert on online news reporting (Gralnick is pictured above).

Question: What are the next developments in online news reporting? Will users be more likely to have to subscribe and pay for their online news in the future?

This is important because online news websites are becoming more and more acceptable and successful on the web. People no longer expect all information from the web to be free. If online news starts to edge out traditional news media, companies can capitalize on the web.

Question: What are the best traits a journalist needs to become successful on the web and in other news media?

Gralnick has worked in all different journalistic fields. Online journalists seem to need to have a different background than other types of journalists. The internet offers a call for different types of writing as well as a need for a more interactive presentation style.

Wikis on the Web

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Wikis have become very popular on the web as people find that these databases are both fun and useful. Because these sites are constantly edited by any user they contain highly accurate information. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that has one million articles, that are never finished. There are many wikis on the web and many are worth a visit.

Wikitravel is a wiki that allows its users to view and create a world travel guide. They can write about their town or other places that they have traveled: what places are the best to visit, good restaurants, activities, and the like. A user can also search for descriptions for where they would like to visit.

I played in the Wikipedia sandbox to practice some of my own wiki editing. Before I could edit, even in the sandbox, I needed to create my own account on wikipedia. I followed the simple instructions and found that editing in the sandbox was easy and not complicated. I wrote a simple test message and after, I searched the site to find if there were any glaring errors that needed to be fixed immediately. I did not find any, so Wikipedia is safe from my intervention for a little while longer.

Stovall Finito

Last section of Chapter highlights for James Glen Stovall's book Journalism on the Web. Overall, I believe that Stovall is a good read for students and others who want to learn more about writing on the web and how it differs from traditional journalistic medias.

Chapter 12: Stovall writes that people need to become aware that they are responsible for what they put online. Federal Regulations apply to the Web, similarly to how they apply to other forms of media.

Privacy has always been an issue on the web because there are very few laws governing what can be shared with the world wide web. Users need to be wary of what information that they give to collectors, because even individual information can be transmitted around the internet.

Illegal music downloads are occuring in record numbers on the internet. Even though the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998) forbids such use, downloading remains popular and a problem that threatens record companies.

Chapter 14: Newspapers are immediate, but the web offers news even faster, rivaling television and other broadcast media.

Journalists can become masters at more than one type of reporting, but is it reasonable to expect them to become experts at all of the types of media necessary for good web journalism.

As the web continues to grow, it also evolves. People need to stay up to date not only with news reporting, but also with trends and new information and technologies.