And we have hit the home stretch boys and girls, the semester has drawn to a close, and with that we have our final project for Online Journalism. This time we are going to be looking a individual SoundSlides projects, which are exactly like our group projects but done on our own, hence the individual part. So the purpose of this assignment was the same as the group project, get some journalism done by interviewing people, do some photojournalism by taking pictures of those people, and finally storytelling and editing and technical stuff when we had to put it all together.
For this assignment I interviewed a band from Casper, The Antenacles. I went to a practice/recording session, got pictures and audio of them playing and then sat them all down to do an interview. I wanted to do a group interview because I thought it would be dynamic and interesting as they fed off one another, but mostly there were parts where it was just annoying because they would talk over one another, it didn’t seem so bad when I was doing the interview, but on playback it was pretty bad. So that was an issue, also the quality is ok, but my video camera still doesn’t make the best audio recorder. Even so I think the sound of them playing turned out all right, you just can’t hear the vocals too well. During the practice it was funny when Ben broke out his melodica, a breath powered keyboard, and started playing Legend of Zelda songs on it. Other than that just getting to sit and listen to them practice was fun.
As for doing this individually as opposed to a group, I’m pretty solitairy anyway so I prefer to do things on my own anyways. So I liked this project more than the group one, I didn’t have to worry about anyone else’s schedule to get photo taken, I was in charge of everything and if things went wrong then it was all my fault no-one else’s.
Also for this project I decided to try out Audacity, the audio editor most of the rest of the class has been using. Since I record on a video camera I usually just edit on Final Cut Pro, but since I had some more time I decided I would see what Audacity could do. Personally I was 50/50 on the thing, there were stuff I feel should have been in the program, like setting in/out points not dragging the little line where you wanted it to go as well as having to transfer the audio segments between two different projects. Those and the interface is not that intuitive, it took me a while to figure out how to move segments on the timeline. However I was able to do much more with fades, and adjustments on the audio in Audacity, so that was really nice. I would say I should have looked at the program sooner instead of deciding to do things my own way.
(Quick edit at 8:45 Dec. 10th) So I forgot to mention that at one point sean says “cheapass” now I feel that the people that would be reading the publication that a story like this would be in would not be offended by the term, I just felt that it was important to point out, plus I really liked what he was saying here and didnt want to cut that out, and I had issues trying to cut out “ass” to make him say cheap headphones. It was my call to leave it in and I decided to do that.
Since I can’t post a link directly to my project here is the link to the class project webpage, have fun looking at everyone’s project.
Well that does it for my semester in Online Journalism, so I bet that this will be my last post here, for well, probably eternity. Good Bye.