Final Flash Project

Our project was a rollercoaster ride.

We started off having trouble with our sources, the domestic violence topic we chose made people become very private and not wanting to talk to us. The was a major issue, that we were able to handle after a friend of mind used social media to reach out to people she knows and ask for someone to come forward and tell their story.

A woman named Melissa said that she would tell her story, but didn’t want her last name in the project and didn’t want it on YouTube as well.

We also had major issues on the final day getting it published to the web. Right now, we’re still trying to figure it out.

The project played great in Flash Professional, but once published to the web, only our Soundslides chapter was playing. Chapters 1 and 3, which are videos didn’t play.

This is a problem I hope to solve soon.


So turns out that we weren’t the only ones with the same issue. All is ok in the world.

Here’s our project!


Woodward and Bernstein: Then and Now

First off, After reading a story about Woodward and Bernstein appearing at a university to speak.

I just want to say how cool it would be if Woodward and Bernstein could come to UCF, Hofstra University is lucky.

Telephones, typewriters and note-taking were the tools of trade for these two back during the Watergate scandal.

Imagine, the same scandal now. With email, internet and social media.

During an appearance  the two agreed that the same reporting style can still be used today.

Be wary of the Internet

Be a good listener

Were two key points to their speech. The story is a good read, and I suggest you guys take a look.

Storify: Another great Multimedia Tool

Storify is a social media tool that lets you create a live blog using status updates from Facebook, tweets off of Twitter, photos shared through Instagram, videos posted to YouTube and much more.

Some have said that it’s the future of multimedia journalism.

I have yet to use this Storify yet, but after reading a recent story from a fellow journalist who discovered how easy covering an event was thanks to Storify, I am now sold.


My journey with Flash

I was browsing the internet and thought I would look into what we’ve been learning so far about flash. I found some pretty good websites that not only teach you more, but show already made videos that you can learn from as well.

Adobe Tv, is one of the websites I visited and it has all the information for every program that Adobe makes, including all the ones we’ve already learned and are currently working with now. Some of the videos are very helpful and give you step by step instructions.

Hope this site helps, it helped me learn a little more than I already did in class.

How can a single story hold a reader’s attention?

I found a helpful interview with New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary.

She was asked, What are the challenges of adapting long-form journalism for multimedia platforms?

O’Leary said that she believes the written word is often the most efficient way to tell a story.

“Multimedia is also expensive and time-consuming, so it should justify itself and do something the written word cannot, O’Leary said.” “For example, hearing the emotion in someone’s voice in an audio recording can communicate something that is more difficult to convey in print. The trick is figuring out which formats make sense for the story you are trying to tell. All too often multimedia techniques are used as bells and whistles that end up being distractions from a story.”

She was then asked, What outlets have done a good job of integrating multimedia and long-form stories?

O’Leary said that she likes Mediastorm, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Atavist.

“There’s a lot of experimentation with multimedia right now, and with experimentation comes failure. It’s hard to find, frankly, a work that sings as great journalism, but makes you feel something is possible that you hadn’t thought of before. People are hungry for a lodestar project they can look to and steal from in a good way.”


Just a real-life Converged Crisis

My project partner Sophia and I had issues with our video files. When they came off the camera, they came as .MOV files.

We then discovered that Windows Live Movie Maker doesn’t accept those kinds of files and we needed to figure out how to convert them to the acceptable .AVI files.

After staying up till 6 a.m. converting all 40 video clips in .AVI files, I finally figured it out.

I want to give a big shout out to Online Convert, that helped us greatly.

I am sure there’s an easier way, and when people start responding to my help email I sent out I will probably feel stupid when they tell me an easier way, that wouldn’t have kept me up all-night.

Oh, Well #Lifeofajournalist, #tryingtofinallygraduate.

Till next time bloggers.

Another amazing video….

While I was doing another typical weekend search for the perfect blog post, I came across a video done by the N.Y. Times.

They followed an autistic man in his 20’s for a year, who was preparing to venture out into the world as an independent person.

I know we only get a few weeks to focus on our video and to think that they had an 11-minute video and spent a year with Justin is incredible.

Show us how precious time is when working on these videos for class, and that we need to make sure we have all the right clips and sounds in order to make our two plus minutes count.

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