The event that I tweeted live was the Laramie River Rendezvous college rodeo slack performance, that began at noon today May 3, 2013. The rodeo was hosted here in Laramie, WY ending the rodeo season for most of the contestants, only those who have made it to the CNFR in Casper, WY will be able to continue their rodeo career for this year. The slack started with Barrel Racing, then moved to team roping, then goat tying, and calf roping . I posted 10 tweets during the entire rodeo, describing the contestants and their events. These particular posts would be relevant to those interested in the rodeo, but maybe couldn’t make it to the slack. This would provide a way to keep up through social media outlets.
I enjoy rodeo and I was planning on attending the slack regardless, being able to watch my friends compete and tweet about it. I also enjoy how convenient and easy it is to tweet, especially if you are in possession of an iphone. I don’t personally own one, but my friend attended the event with me had one that I used. However, I felt that the rodeo didn’t have much to tweet about, at first it seemed that it would be an interesting but it proved to be kind of boring tweets. I did the best with what I had though. I would have maybe picked a better more interesting event to attend, one that had more things and quotes to tweet.
I will use Twitter quite a bit in the future, part of my job at Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom is to tweet at some of our live events. This was a very helpful assignment, now I know how to register an account and the proper way to tweet for the future.
Nikki and I decided to report on the most popular news happening on the UW campus this week; the UW Crushes Scandal, the scandal began with a non University affiliated Facebook page called UW crushes. On this site students could anonymously post compliments about fellow peers they found attractive. Things turned for the worst when a derogatory comment about Megan Lanker-Simons was posted. Upon this post, the site was shut down and the UW Police began to investigate the source. View our video and find out what happened!
This was particularly interesting because after conducting interviews with our ASUW (our student government) President Brett Kahler and a fellow student Dyann Dierks as well as videoing a recent protest put on by Megan Lanker-Simons (the victim), earlier today April 30, 3013, we received news that she herself had posted the comment in order to gain attention. The link the the UW News page is below
I enjoyed this project very much not only was doing the video interviews fun, but the outcome was entirely different than we expected. We couldn’t have picked a better or more interesting story! Also I am very happy with how the end product turned out, I think the interviews were informative and professional, as well as personal. I can also say that my partner Nikki did most of the editing and she did a wonderful job the end product looked great.
I think that video was way more relatable than audio, visuals really connect and its easier to understand what is going on, I am thankful that Nikki caught the protest from yesterday on film as well that added a lot to the story. I learned that this assignment went a lot smoother due to the fact that there was real news going on and it wasn’t just a feature story, it was also something that had students fired up and something they cared about.
In the future I will be using video quite often in my job as Project Manager for Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom. Part of my job is to handle most of the new media such as twitter, blogs and Facebook, I also video a lot of our events and it is nice that I now know how to edit properly.
Blog Post 10 was a Soundslides Group Project, Soundslides is a program that we used to create a picture slideshow. To go along with the slideshow as a group we also had to conduct interviews and upload an audio track to Soundslides to provide background information about the event we attended.
I was partnered with Nikki, we decided that we would do the majority of the editing and slideshow together but we also chose what parts we wanted to do. I wanted to do the interviewing and the audio which worked perfectly because she wanted to take the pictures. We then had to choose an interesting and engaging event to attend and do our work.
Our initial event that we wanted to do was the Roller Derby going on last week, however a lot of the groups in our class had the same idea. So instead we decided to go to an Easter egg hunt put on by the athletics department. The hunt took place Thursday March, 21, 2013.
I think Nikki and I worked very well together, at the event she went right to work and took a lot of pictures. I did the same interviewing a variety of people. While editing I chose the three best interviews which happened to be Jackie Robins the Coordinator of the hunt, a mother, and a little girl named Emma.
I really enjoyed Jackie’s interview, she had a lot to say and I didn’t need to ask her a lot of questions, which was nice to edit. I do have to confess that the first time I interviewed her it didn’t record! oops! but I got in figured out and we redid the interview.
The mother was also really great to interview, she had a lot of enthusiasm and was really fun to talk to. Her story about her youngest being afraid of the Easter Bunny was entertaining. I did notice while editing that her interview was very quiet. I could have turned up the volume but it was pretty windy outside and I was afraid the mike would pick up more of the wind sound. But at least I had some ambient noise!
The little girl named Emma was the only kid I interviewed that talked back enough to make a worthwhile interview, but that’s alright I know that most kids are shy when it comes to talking to a stranger with a microphone. She did a great job.
Soundslides the program was kind of difficult, at first we tried to do it in class but the computers wouldn’t let us. What we ended up doing was downloading the program onto Nikki’s computer and working on it Thursday afternoon. I think everything went smoothly and I am quite proud of our slideshow. The only thing that I am concerned about is how we uploaded the zipped file onto the course website, hopefully we did that part right, I did think the instructions were kind of confusing.
The advice I would give myself for an individual project would be to get a Mac computer haha, not really, but I would pay more attention in class and ask more questions about zipping and uploading because that is where I had my technological disconnect.
Here is the link to our slideshow enjoy!
For this assignment I took the raw interview from Blog Post 8 and did some editing on Audacity to create a two minute interview. In this new interview my questions were taken out so that only Carolyn’s voice is heard, this was done to make her the main focus and to make it sound more professional. After editing I uploaded the interview on to soundcloud, from there I was able to put the link (embedding is still not working) into this blog for your entertainment.
My editing experience went very well I think for the most part, I am becoming more and more comfortable with the program Audacity. The program requires you to pay attention to detail which is hard for me but I am getting better all the time. I wanted to choose bits of Carolyn’s interview that were the most interesting and went smoothly with the other parts. I think the end product was sufficient.
I am slowly starting to learn the ins and outs of Audacity, getting more comfortable has given me the opportunity to start to play around with the different tools available. For this assignment I used the zoom tool a lot, the interview had lots of little spaces and little specific things I wanted to keep and some that I wanted to cut. I was a tad hard to make everything cohesive.
I was surprised by how difficult it is to make everything work, especially when the spaces are too short and some clips I couldn’t get them exactly right and sometimes I clipped something too soon.
I wish that some of the clips didn’t cut milliseconds out but the spaces were too short for me to have a choice, that could have gone more smoothly. I also would have liked to give longer breaks between questions and answers, which is funny because in the last assignment I thought that my spaces were too long and now I realize they could have been longer.
So here is the edited version of Carolyn’s Interview, again I could only get the link to work.
For this assignment I decided to conduct an interview with an UW Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, this individual also happens to be my cousin and roommate Carolyn Hageman. My experience interviewing her was very pleasant. I knew she would be the perfect candidate for many reasons; she is very passionate about being an Ambassador this year and is always sharing with me the fun, interesting and important things this organization does, she is also quite the chatter box and can make a excellent story out of any topic 🙂
Another important reason I wanted to talk to her about the Ambassador organization was to promote a little bit of agriculture myself. I also come from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and share her passion of encouraging students to be a part of strong Wyoming heritage. I think it is very important for students to understand and appreciate agriculture which is the purpose of Ambassadors, and I would like other individuals to listen and read this blog to find out more about this organization.
I conducted this interview using an audio recorder, the recorder itself I borrowed from my teacher and it worked out perfectly. Doing the actual interview was very laid back and easy, I made sure to pick a topic that my interviewee could really explain and talk a lot about on the spot. For me the interviewing process was a lot of fun!
I really enjoyed the device I used, it was such an easy to use recorder and uploading was a cinch. I am not as technologically advanced as some other people so to find a device that I can handle was amazing. Also, it came with a cord but the exciting part was the SD card, it was so easy to just put that into my computer and save the files from there.
Interviewing can be hard and some of my pauses were kind of long and awkward, I was really unsure how long to wait in between questions. I wanted to give myself enough time to make editing easier but some of them may be a tad long.
Overall, I don’t think I would change anything. Hopefully more practice will better my interviewing skills to perfection.
Below is the raw interview, enjoy!
P.S. I also linked the soundcloud page so that if the embedding doesn’t work you can still listen to the track
Part 1: Ambient Sounds
For this blog post we were instructed to walk around our surroundings and record the normal everyday noises, sometimes referred to as ambient noise. The instructions were to record at least twelve sounds from the three categories; outside, workplace and living quarters. We had to have at least one of each. After this we had to pick six of the best sounds and upload them to this blog using Soundcloud. The second part of this assignment is to record ourselves counting to ten out of order, we then have to use Audacity to put them in order and then upload into the blog. So here it goes!
I am truly sorry but I could not for the life of me get the tracks embedded. I hope that the link will be sufficient, I am not one who is technologically inclined so when instructions fail I am out of luck haha.
Ambient noise is noise that stays in the background but is vital to the story. When recording, without background noise the interview or story won’t seem or feel real to the audience. Emotionally audiences tend to get more out of a story that has depth. Which, is really all ambient noise is really.
I recorded mostly at home, the typing and the household noises came from my house. The kitchen noises came from my roommates trying to find baking sheets for dinner, and the blinds I was closing when it got dark it made an interesting sound. The car honking I recorded on my way home from school Friday afternoon.
Part 2: Counting Out of Order
Again, I am so sorry but I couldn’t get the tracks to embed. If you look at the link it should have both my original and my rearranged counting to ten. I first fixed it on soudcloud then uploaded it, but I have been having trouble with soundcloud.
Hope everything sounds alright!
It was time again over this past weekend for the long awaited annual High School State Wrestling Championships, every year high school wrestlers from all across Wyoming attend this event in Casper, WY in hopes to being a champion. Wyoming is broken up into three divisions; 2A, 3A and 4A. Each division has their own regional tournament, qualifying only eight finalists per each weight class to attend the state championships. During this two day tournament these determined individuals are challenged to give it their all in hopes of being this year’s Champion.
I was awarded with the opportunity to watch this year’s tournament, as it proved to be a very interesting and entertaining event. Here are some photos to provide insight.
A Buffalo wrestler shows discontentment on his face, as he walks back into the center of the mat to face his opponent. This photo took place Saturday afternoon in Casper, WY at the Wyoming State Championship Tournament. Buffalo is a 3A school.
This action photo depicts one individual in the process of pinning his opponent. The referee is down on the floor to get a better angle on the situation in order to make a good call. The wrestler in the red singlet won the match about 30 seconds later. This photo was taken in Casper, WY at the Wyoming State Wrestling Championship Tournament.
This photo represents action between wrestlers in the previous photo, this position may have taken place a period before. The referee shows immense focus on the athletes to ensure safe, fair and respectful wrestling. This photo was taken in Casper, WY at the Wyoming State Wrestling Championship Tournament.
Opponents start wrestling seconds after the handshake. The referee circles the two individuals to get better angles during the action. This photo was taken in Casper, WY at the State Championship Tournament.
Lastly is a Feature Photograph that I have taken for this assignment, this photo however is not from the state tournament but is from a street corner in Cheyenne.
Non- Sports Feature
Hard Day in Advertising
This women stands on a street corner in Cheyenne, WY Thursday morning in her advertising attire. It was a nice enough day but probably still a little chilly for her.
From this assignment I learned that I need to get a better camera, the Event Center in Casper is a huge building and from where I was sitting it was impossible to get any shots that weren’t fuzzy. After walking down to the front row and putting it on the “Sports” setting it got better, however if you can notice my pixels are still not the best. As a side note I got my camera when I was a freshman in high school so it’s about eight years old.
I was surprised at how hard it is to get an action shot. I at many times was either to slow or to fast and ended up missing good shots. I wish that I was a better photographer because there were some pretty interesting matches that went on that were pretty eventful. My photos don’t hardly capture the intensity of the State Championships.
I would have moved around more if I could have, again I would have liked to get better shots but with all of those people and no place to stand or sit these shots were difficult.
The purpose of this assignment was to use the key elements of photography in at least five photos that I have taken the past week. Most of these photos were taken on my walk to and from home to campus, however one was taken this past weekend when I visited my family ranch.
This photograph was taken on my walk home, the dominant element in this picture is Experimental. However, this photo also has a Leading Lines element to it. I could also argue that because its a puddle it could also have depth in it as well.
The dominant element in this photo that I used was cropping. I know that we were not allowed to use any type of photoshop for this assignment, but because cropping was one of the creative devices on the list I figured it was ok. I thought this photo was interesting because it takes an everyday experience and turns it into an intriguing image.
The creative device in this photograph is the Symmetry and Pattern device. This photo was taken right out front of the Engineering Building on the UW campus. Not only is it amazing how many bikes are lined up, but it is a very colorful site. I also thought this bike in front with the cow bike pack on it was quite hilarious.
This is a picture I took of the side walk in Prexy’s Pasture. These side walks have always amazed me. Legend is that the side walks were made that way because someone looked out of the top window and noticed the patterns that the students were walking in. The dominant creative device in this photo is Leading Lines. However, this picture also shows depth.
This Photograph was taken horseback on my family’s ranch in south eastern Wyoming. I had traveled back home this past weekend to help my dad and brothers move cows. The dominant creative device in this photo is Viewpoint, but I also think that the sunlight and the colors are amazing.
One of the things I learned from this assignment is that I need to get out more. I took many pictures but they were really all of the same thing, a lot of campus and a lot of the prairie where I am from. I think that in order to get a good shot you need to be at the right place at the right time and always have your camera, I however am really unlucky.
I was definitely surprised about how hard it was to find good substantial objects to take photographs of. I would have done things differently by maybe planning out certain places and events to go to, that way I could have more variety and more interesting pictures. I also would have started taking my camera everywhere with me sooner.
UW Club Attends Humane Society Speech at Colorado State
February 11, 2013 by Jamie Hageman
Animal welfare is an extremely critical and controversial issue, especially in Wyoming where the second largest industry in the state is agricultural. Most of this industry relates to that pertaining to animal production for consumption. Due to this, a particular club on the University of Wyoming campus thought it was important to attend an event by opposing side.
The Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association (WCCA), a club on the University of Wyoming campus, attended a Speech by Wayne Pacelle the president of the Humane Society (HSUS). The speech took place on January 30, at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. For those intersted there is also a video of the speech on the WCCA website, see link above.
Those who attended were club president Aubrey Gray and additional member Joe Deeney, as well as two other individuals from the College of Agriculture. Both members were interviewed on their experiences; Deeney will also be submitting an article on the speech to the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
Gray gave a brief background on the club saying that WCCA is an organization whose main purpose is to advocate beef production and consumption in a positive way. It gives members a chance to learn positive advocacy practices, while also giving them the opportunity to face those who disagree.
“I thought it would be a great way for WCCA members to get some ‘real world’ experience in advocating not only for beef but also for agriculture” said Gray when asked why it was important for the club to attend this event.
She also stated that it was important for the club as well as other advocates of agriculture to attend these types of events in order to understand and relate to the other parties backgrounds. With that knowledge we can become better advocates that can correctly and efficiently argue with them in a respectful manner.
Pacelle took the office of the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society on June 1, 2004. He had been involved in the organization for the past 10 years serving as chief lobbyist and spokesperson prior to his presidency. Since then he has been responsible for a substantial growth in membership as well as a large influence on public policy.
According to both Gray and Deeney, the main focus was to address the concern of animal welfare, and he gave examples of bad producer practices. They stated that they were expecting a battle between the two influences, but were surprised when instead Pacelle focused mainly on cooperation.
Incidents like the investigation of Wyoming Premium Farm’s pork production facility in Platte County Wyoming, when the Humane Society had to intervene and shut down the facility due to their unfavorable practices. This particular event won a lot of publicity and was very controversial for all Wyoming producers. This is one example of how we need to reform and be aware of some poor producer practices.
“I really enjoyed the use of his speaking abilities and how he addressed the audience. Pacelle used great examples to get the overall message across to the audience” said Deeney.
Gray and Deeney both agreed that the thing they liked the most about Pacelle’s speech was that he focused on cooperation between producers and those organizations concerned with animal welfare. That coming together and working toward the same goal would be more beneficial to both parties.
He also put an emphasis on giving many other strategies that producers can use, things like; sow gestation crates, docking the tails of dairy cows and group housing for chickens instead of caging them.
“Pacelle did a nice job of not attacking WPF for their practices, but instead used it as an example of how producers should not practice and gave some examples of appropriate and humane practices that producers could take” Said Deeney.
When asked what she disliked about the speech Gray replied,
“Mr. Pacelle insured us that when looking at HSUS budget the largest percentage goes to shelters and animal sanctuaries with policies and politics being a close second.” Said Gray
“I found that when asked questions on budgeting and money matters he answered them vaguely and never answered with real numbers but words such as ‘majority’ and ‘most of’” Said Gray.
However, according to Deeney when asked about the things he did not agree with he simply put that he didn’t disagree with anything that was said. He also noted that he now has a different perspective on how HSUS conducts their business and now has more respect. Deeney understands that there will always be misunderstandings between animal welfare activists and agriculturalists but this was a step in the right direction.
“But by working together with the HSUS to establish and ensure humane treatments, consumer demand for animal agriculture products will remain high” stated Deeney.
Photos courtesy of Google Images
For Blog Post 3 I conducted a usability Test on the website http://www.poweringanation.org/water/.
When I first opened up the website the first button I clicked on was of course the video, I did this because it was the main focus of the page and the other icons on the page would not cooperate. I watched the video all the way through, it was a very interesting and powerful video. I then again tried to get the other icons to cooperate but they did not, I then opened up the same webpage in Mozilla and found that indeed that was the problem and everything started to work properly.
I then clicked on the “Why?” icon out of curiosity and found a short statistic that came up, it was kind of disappointing. Still curious, I clicked on the “About” icon and it opened up a new window with another website with a short paragraph explanation. There was then a very simple follow up to the link that lead me to the contact information and the “About the Team” page. This page was by far more interesting, oh and I was mistaken, the contact us was just a place to write the team a comment. I had to return back to the about the team page where there was a side bar with the names of the members and the links to their own personal pages. The team members were in these categories; fellows, student contacts, leadership, coaches and the consultants.
I then exited out of this window and went back to the original webpage with the video on it. Just playing around, I accidentally clicked on the video again. Realizing my mistake I paused it, when I did this captions showed up explaining the scene and giving statistical information. I did this a couple times to see if it was just that moment when I paused or if it would happen again, I realized then that this was meant to be an interactive video and felt silly for not coming to that conclusion sooner.
The video when I interacted with it the second time proved to be very captivating, there were videos inside of the video as well as stories, captions and facts. Right after playing around for a while and learning some water trivia, I found the “How to View” which I should have explored at the beginning because it gave a description on how to watch the interactive video. At first I was not impressed with the website, I felt like I had to investigate quite a bit and did not really understand the focus of it. But after learning how to work it and after actually interacting with it the right way, I think it is a pretty amazing site.
I had my cousin/roommate conduct another usability test on the same website. After it opening it up she looked over the site for a couple seconds, when I asked what her initial thoughts were she replied that she thought the color scheme was appealing but she wasn’t sure what she was suppose to do.
She then started to explore the site a little bit, she watched the video all the way through. After that she clicked on the “About” icon and went to the staff page, she explored many different options and links from this page such as the “Stories” and the “Contact” pages. She then went back to the original website and finally clicked on the “How to use” icon, after reading the directions she played with the interactive part of the video. When I asked about her overall thoughts she replied that it was a really cool website with a lot of information. But, she also said that it didn’t make it easy to understand how you were supposed to use the site.
Overall I agree, I think the site would be much more successful in the interactive part if the instructions were the first thing you see. Otherwise, both Carolyn and I spent most of our time exploring other parts of the site instead of the main attraction.