Audio Story Responses

My response to the three audio stories is very mixed.

The tribal story related to me the most and had the most impact on me. I am half Cheyenne and receive many of the same types of benefits as mentioned in the story. It was so shocking to hear about disenrollment. I loved how it wasn’t just the reporter saying things about the people. He actually spoke to and with the people to actually get to the true story. I noticed the music to transition through small segments and how audio from the riot was used. I responded to this story mostly with sympathy. I can’t even imagine being disenrolled, and I understand their frustration with their leaders for not doing anything to help them.

The ASMR story puzzled me at first but then intrigued me. The way she described her “head tingles” made me want to know what it was really like. I almost felt as if I was missing out on something. I thought the analogy to pornography was extremely strange, but her strategy worked. She got me to feel an emotion and emotions help readers remember stories. I felt that she didn’t give enough information about what ASMR really is. She briefly mentioned a few things and how they’re doing research on it, but not enough that I could write a definition for it. That left me unsatisfied with the story. I liked how she actually used clips of the whisperers and sometimes even whispered herself.

The I Am Curious Yellow story was pretty exciting for me to hear. I really wanted to find out what was going to happen in her expose story. I enjoyed how she acknowledged the fact that she knew she was supposed to stay out of it but kept finding herself in the story. I appreciated how she said that her motives in the story changed as she got to know the characters. I think she should’ve stayed a bit more neutral in her storytelling and that she could’ve made it a little more interesting structurally. The story itself was interesting, but she needed to amp up the enthusiasm or provide more sound clips. It was mainly her talking with the exception of hearing the couple argue and that wasn’t as exciting to listen to as the previous two stories.

I’m overall impressed with audio being used for storytelling. I thought it was one of the least important platforms that would be fairly simple to master, but I definitely see how it is more than just speaking into a microphone.

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Story Leads

Anecdotal

1. When most students are hanging out in their dorm rooms, Taylor Freeman is hard at work helping her fellow students. After a day full of classes, she heads straight to Doc Bryan. Taylor donates three hours of her time every week to help students struggling with their coursework.

2. Running from the front of the store to the back, Cecilia Jones is always busy. She is in charge of catering to the customers, putting out new merchandise, and trying to maintain some order in the store. Cecilia Jones could greatly benefit from more volunteers.

Descriptive

1. Towering people, cramped space, and the smell of college students surround all who dare to enter Baz Tech at lunchtime. Deafening chatter of starving students and cackles of collegiate comedians drown out any hope of SOS signals. Students must consider if the fried food is really worth the battle.

2. The quaint house of Gertrude Moore has remained unchanged for the past 50 years. Periwinkle blue walls surround the massive stone fireplace. Tiny wooden figurines of painted Indians line the mantle, untouched and unmoved. Instead of a flat screen television, Mrs. Moore has a massive grandfather clock that has been chiming hourly since she first moved in.

Quotation

1. “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world,” said President John F. Kennedy.

I’m Just a Bill

The Bill

HB 1175

This bill allows law enforcement agents to travel out of their counties, and across state lines, in their emergency vehicles for certain purposes, mainly funerals.

This bill aims to promote interstate relationships between neighboring states’ law enforcement squads.

Republican Party of Arkansas

Arkansas State Legislature

Sebastian County Senators and Representatives

Representative Terry Rice

Vote- Yea

Phone: 479-637-3100

Email: terry.rice@arkansashouse.org

Representative Eubanks

Vote- Yea

Phone: 479-438-0533

Email: Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org

Representative Douglas

Vote- Yea

Phone: 479-632-2187

Email: douglasforarkansas@yahoo.com

Representative Altes

Vote- Non-voting

Phone: 479-646-8981

Email: denny.altes@arkansashouse.org

Representative Malone

Vote- Yea

Phone: 479-452-4554

Email: stephanie.malone@arkansashouse.org

Topics and Stories

Topic 1: Dorm Life

  1. Safety of Dormitories
    1. Video
    2. The story will be about the overall safety of dorms on the Tech campus, the safety measures in place, and how public safety enforces security on campus. I plan on interviewing the head of public safety on campus and using a video clip of the interview with him next to the emergency response towers. I will use a video so students will be able to identify the head of public safety and because the towers are hard to visualize and explain without viewing them first hand. I will also talk with a couple resident directors or the head of the Residence Hall Association about safety policies in place at Tech.
  2. Co-ed vs. Same Sex Dorms
    1. Photo
    2. The story will cover the differences and similarities between the different dorm types. I plan on documenting differences with pictures of things such as community bathrooms, suite style rooms, and single rooms. I plan on briefly discussing the common areas in co-ed dorms such as the lobbies. I will do a small poll and figure out what students think is the better choice of dormitory.
  3. Roommates
    1. Print
    2. The story will discuss ways to pick the best roommate and tips to get along with them continuously throughout the semester. I will talk about the benefits and drawbacks of choosing to live with your best friend and also about the random roommate selection. I will talk with the counseling department at student health and find out the best tips to get along with your roommate. I chose print because it will best relay the information and show the right amount of detail.
  4. Benefits of Living On-Campus
    1. Info graphic
    2. The story will state the benefits of living on campus as opposed to living at home or in an apartment. I plan on using statistics, so the info graphic will be necessary to relay that information. I will research the top reasons why living on campus is best for students and talk with university housing about their policy of incoming freshman to live on campus or at home.
  5. Resident Assistants
    1. Audio
    2. This story will cover what a resident assistant is, what their job is, and how they are chosen and trained. I will interview the resident directors of various dorms and discuss the qualities of the best resident assistants. I will also interview a resident assistant and learn what they are trained to do and how long training takes. I chose audio because I plan to use a sound bite from the resident director stating how important resident assistants are to the functioning of a dormitory.

Topic 2: Health and Fitness in College Students

  1. Freshman 15
    1. Print
    2. This story will detail the causes of gaining weight when in college and how to avoid them. I will meet with the nurse on campus and talk about her recommendations for staying healthy. I chose print because there is no action or audio necessary. Print will show the causes and ways to avoid them best.
  2. Nutrition on Campus
    1. Photo
    2. This story will show the difficulties of eating healthy on campus, how healthy foods cost more, and how to eat better nutrition on a budget. I wanted to use a photo to show the costs of a bag of potato chips compared to a cup of fruit. Seeing the two side by side will give the reader a sense of their own discovery.
  3. Effects of Sleep Habits and Stress on the Body
    1. Info graphic
    2. This story will show the effects of too little and too much sleep and stress on the body. I will interview various instructors in the Health and Wellness department and compile statistics from research that I will convert into an info graphic. The info graphic will show the information in the simplest form for better understanding.
  4. Dorm Room Workouts
    1. Video
    2. This story will show a few workouts for students to do in their dorm room. I will show how to find multiple workout videos online for free and talk with the trainers in Tech Fit about how to make your own workouts. I will show the interviews with the trainers in a video, so the workout moves will be easier to see and do.
  5. Free Health Screenings
    1. Audio
    2. This story will explain the free BMI, cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings available in the Health and Wellness Center on campus. I will interview the nurse and use the audio from that clip to explain how the process works. I chose audio because the nurse knows most about this subject and will be able to explain everything eloquently.

Topic 3: Community Outreach

  1. Reasons to Volunteer
    1. Print
    2. This story will explain the best reasons why to volunteer and the importance of it in the community. I will interview various students to see why they think volunteering is important and compile a poll. I will use the results of the poll for the story. I chose to use print because it will be a numerated list of reasons to volunteer and show the in depth impact of volunteerism in the community.
  2. The Crossing’s Impact on Russellville
    1. Video
    2. This story will show everything about The Crossing such as their location in Russellville, how they help the community, and what their goal is. I will interview the owner and videotape the interview. I will show where it’s located, what the giving wall is, and how they help the community. I chose to use a video to highlight where The Crossing is located and what the actual inside is like as well.
  3. Tech’s Monthly Service Days
    1. Audio
    2. This story will explain Tech’s community involvement and how the university encourages volunteerism. I plan on interviewing the head of civic engagement at the university and have her explain how Tech accomplishes their goals. I chose to use audio so I can use a direct quote from a representative of the university.
  4. Poverty in Russellville
    1. Info graphic
    2. This story will show the severity of poverty in Russellville by statistics and charts. I plan on talking with the Russellville city hall about what they know of the poverty and what their plans of action are. I chose to use an info graphic to make the information about poverty more appealing and seem more like usable information than just words.
  5. How to Help Your Community
    1. Photo
    2. This story will detail specific examples of activities Tech students can do to help their community. I plan on interviewing managers of local thrift stores and Goodwill stores about what they see as the biggest need in Russellville. I will photograph the activities students can do to demonstrate their simplicity. A photo will best convey how volunteering can be simple and rewarding without a lot of time and money being involved.

Thanks Obama

From term to term, presidents always get the blame for anything awry in the country. Rising gas prices are the latest thorn in the sides of Americans. Facebook is flooded with complaints of Mr. Obama raising gas prices and ruining our lives. Many of us accept this as fact immediately. Upon further research, Mr. President himself has nothing to do with how much we pay at the pump. Mulitple charts and statistics straight from the White House website show that prices worldwide fluctuate with the cost of oil. No offense to the President, but not even Obama could influence the cost of gas.

Furthermore, making more domestic oil has no effect on the price of oil worldwide. Oil prices are based purely on supply and demand worldwide. Upon comparing our gas prices with other countries, we actually pay less for our gas. The myth of the president setting gas prices is just another myth from the G.O.P., according to the New York Times.

Blaming the president is just another form of political mudslinging. NPR also points out how Obama said in a campaign speech how much gas prices were when President Bush was in office. Politicians themselves perpetuate the conspiracy when they make offhand comments to gain voters.

This myth will probably be around forever, but don’t buy into it. Arm yourselves with knowledge and do research before accepting anything as fact. Presidents have no more to do with gas prices than you or I do.

Be fierce and make your higher gas prices work!

-Auty.

News Comparison

In class we’ve been looking at the way stories are told through different mediums. Some stories are conveyed better through pictures than video; some stories require an information graphic to help break down the content. Our assignment was to compare two separate stories from two different news outlets on the way they use the multimedia and layered approach to storytelling.

I chose to stay within the same topic of stories to help better compare the two. I used this story from CBS News and this story from NBC News. Both articles detail the shooting of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was murdered last week at a Texas shooting range by a former Marine with a mental illness. The CBS article was focused on the fact that the shooter, Eddie Routh, was formerly in a mental institution. The NBC article is focused on the fact that Kyle was pursuing his passion when he was murdered, more of a general overview of the situation.

The CBS article used mainly print as a medium with two photos and links to videos on the page. I liked that they represented Kyle with his gun in the photo, but did not appreciate seeing the killer first thing when I clicked to read the article. I also think the content of the article was more objective in telling the story. It was not very detailed with other people’s perspectives; it just had the typical police officer comment and a few other quotes. The videos could have been embedded into the story instead of taking you away from the article. I did appreciate that they chose print more than video because I think the video as a main medium would not be appropriate for this story.

The NBC article is almost the exact opposite of the CBS article. The main mediums were print and video. They did not include any photographs whatsoever. The print in the article was more detailed and had multiple perspectives from people who knew Kyle and could give insight into his personality. The article had videos directly in the article for consumers to watch, which I think was their downfall. Crime stories, in my opinion, have no business being represented by videos. There’s nothing that needs to be seen in detail through that medium. I think print is the best way to report on crime; it keeps the consumer safe from unwanted images.

The NBC website was not very easy to navigate. The homepage  is jam-packed with as many news stories and links that they could fit. The stories are not organized very well in lists or patterns; they seem to be stuck wherever they would fit. It’s difficult to see what is the main headline and what is not. The columns are uneven and not visually appealing. The NBC website was not easy to navigate. I was linked to multiple videos and advertisements before I found the actual content.

The CBS website was very simplistic. The main story was bigger than the rest and in a central location. Secondary stories are listed in smaller columns to the side and underneath the headlines. The CBS website was very navigable. I easily found the story I wanted to use. I think CBS pulled off this story better than NBC.