Multimedia StoryTelling

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Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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This video was taken from the annual Ice Harvest Festival in February of 2009 on the Green Lake of Tully, New York, which is about an hour south of Syracuse. The festival originally started with Ice Farmers that moved to Tully to find work. They would come from all over the world just to harvest the ice found here.

The video, narrated by Gordon Howard, a volunteer at the festival, shows the process of the harvest of the ice; from the clearing of the snow, to the scoring into 18-inch square blocks, to the transporting via horse-drawn carriages to the ice house.

Howard proceeds to discuss the history and economical impact that the festival has on the town, along with the importance of the help of the townspeople and invites any and everyone to come out and attend.

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May 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

Progress in HIV-AIDS Prevention

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This is a story from the New York Times discussing progress being made in finding a cure for the HIV and AIDS viruses. The video starts out with Deputy Health Editor Michael Mason giving examples of cases around the nation in which the victim has seemingly been “cured” of the virus.

He then brings in Donald G. McNeil Jr. to explain more the unusual cases in which the virus can be not necessarily cured, but more controlled. McNeil emphasizes that there has not been a definite cure discovered for HIV or AIDS. He explains exactly what happened in the incidents described by Mason in the beginning of the video, in which the victims got over the epidemic without the help of drugs.

The video worked really well. It was well structured, organized, and professional. The information was to the point, and was very enlightening.

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May 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

Strange Clouds in Panama City

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This weather report from The Weather Channel discusses a picture taken from Twitter of the beaches of Panama City, Florida in which uncanny clouds have mysteriously formed over the skyscrapers along the beach in a wavelike structure.

The picture was taken by a man from the Panhandle Helicopter Company in Panama City.

This video does not really work for me for a couple reasons. Being that this is the Weather Channel, the weather anchor doesn’t seem to really understand what’s going on with the weather. He doesn’t provide any any insight as to what might have caused these strange cloud formations, and basically comments the whole time about how weird it looks. The whole thing is done more as a commentary of the picture, and doesn’t address the issue of the actual weather.

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May 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

Jason Collins Comes Out

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Professional basketball athlete Jason Collins recently shook up the sports world, with his recent announcement of his homosexuality. Collins, 34, is a 7-foot-tall African-American center for the Washington Wizards and made history by being the first American male athlete to openly admit that he is gay. Collins first went public with his lifestyle in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

In his past, he has dated many women, even getting engaged at one point. In his interview, he stated that he first thought about coming out in 2011 during the NBA lockout, and that the Boston Marathon Bombing reassured him that “things change in an instant,” and that he shouldn’t wait. The quote given in the video reads “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand saying ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would’ve already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

This video is an anchor story from ESPN that refers back to the quotes from Collins from the Sports Illustrated interview. The anchor then throws the story to field reporter LZ Granderson, a gay black man himself, who talks from the phone. Granderson discusses Collins’ personal life, and his family’s views on the recent events. Granderson adds that being a gay man himself, society shouldn’t be so shocked with this news, with the state of the world today. The story worked very well. I liked how ESPN had used Granderson in this story, with him being homosexual as well. It gave a very unique insight on the news.

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May 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

Obama Opens Up

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President Barack Obama shows a little more of his soft side in an interview with the Today Show‘s Savannah Guthrie in this interview. He talks about the legacy that former president George W. Bush left upon Obama taking office and, while admitting that the two have conflicting interests on policy, he shows a great respect for Bush’s character and his cooperation with Obama and his team.

As the interview deepens, Guthrie pushes more of the personal side of the president, directing the conversation towards his family. She brings up first lady Michelle Obama‘s statement of feeling as if she were a single mother. The president agrees that often times she is left to raise their two daughters on her own. She asks about his relationship with his daughters and how he stays in touch with their sense of pop culture. He says that his girls keep him pretty well in the loop of what’s cool and what’s not.

He ends the interview with a parenting tip from he and his wife on the issue of tattoos. They told their daughters that if and when they get a tattoo, both he and his wife will get the same tattoo in the same location, in an effort to prevent this in the future and save his daughters some embarrassment.

In my opinion, the interview itself went well, but on the technical and structural aspect, it could’ve been better. Throughout the interview, the were strolling among and outdoor corridor, and the camera was in front of them and it seemed as if the camera man was walking backwards while holding the camera, and it was therefore a shaky image. There were some noticeable edits and cuts that could have been improved as well. One would think that an interview with the president of the United States would be top notch in all aspects.

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April 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Jessica Sanchez Discusses Upcoming Events

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American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez has been quite busy as of late, with a new album debuting and being casted in the Fox television series “Glee.” In this video from AssociatedPress, Jessica sits down to talk about her new album and career as an actress, along with discussing some of her musical influences.

Mixed in with the sit-down interview are clips of Jessica in her new music video with fellow pop star Ne-Yo. She talks about working with him and how she enjoys his personality.

Sanchez, 17, was contacted by Ryan Murphy, the producer of Glee, shortly after finishing American Idol about creating a role for her on his show. This will be her first time as an actress and she has been taking acting classes in preparation for her debut on the primetime television series.

One thing I noticed about the video was the editing. I understand what they were trying to accomplish, with fading her in and out with the music, but it all seemed a little choppy to me. The interview consisted of only her answering the questions, with the questions themselves omitted. Maybe it would’ve worked better had we been able to see the interviewer as well instead of just her.

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April 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Boston Bombing Victim Reunited With Hero

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This video from CNN news features heralded British journalist Piers Morgan interviewing Tyler Dodd, a man who rescued a girl who was injured as a result of the Boston marathon bombing.

Victoria, the injured girl, had put out a public appeal to seek out her rescuer. She didn’t know his name or anything about him, only that he shielded her, supported her, and helped her in her time of need. Dodd got word of Victoria’s inquiry and went to visit her at her bedside in the hospital.

In the interview, the two discuss the moment when the two finally encountered after she had searched so long for him. Dodd describes the moment as “one of the most amazing spiritual moments of his life.” He recalled being at a loss for words when he saw her, and that there was an immediate unspoken bond between the two. Dodd’s tone in the interview was that of a genuine, pure happiness and gratitude of what had unfolded in the hospital room. The interview was done marvelously and Piers Morgan knows how to handle an interview and how to control the conversation.

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April 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm