Nearing the end

This may be my last blog for class. As always, I’ll write about the lecture. Judd told the class about storytelling techniques on Monday. Storyboarding is a planning tool I am familiar with because of high school. However I have never been too fancy with it. There are free and costly software programs available for storyboarding. But that seems a little much for projects of short duration. Usually my notes are a shot sheet or a mental reminder of what bases I need to cover.

Now I know the terminology of two types of storyboarding. Back End is for reporting and documentary filmmaking. It is when you use the footage you already shot to organize, outline and tell a story. Judd mentioned how logging each scene is meticulous but will pay off. I have never logged my footage in Excel. I jotted down quotes and times in my small notepad when I listened to our final project audio interviews. I wrote when the good bytes happened and ignored the bad.

Front End Storyboarding is used by animators and ad agencies to make commercials and other expensive projects, like a film. I have seen early renderings of computer-generated movies characters. Workers often draw out every shot before cameras even arrive. It’s a narrowing down process so there’s less to throw out later after more money has been spent. It is interesting how even the sketches of Finding Nemo were labeled “medium” shot or “close up”. You can see that by going to the link below.

The speaker also showed us how we could make a Google document and assign a specific person to get each shot. This also seems tedious. Yet I understand it is important to have people know what they are responsible for. A working progress report would be more essential in larger teams, like for A Thousand More.



Eggs All Day Educates and Feeds Guests

The Culinary Discovery Series held Eggs All Day on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Students attended this upscale dinner that took place in the Culinary Development Kitchen in Columbia, Mo.

The menu was salmon pastrami, scotched eggs, stracciatella Italian egg drop soup, steak and Mille feuille for dessert. Sioux Chef Brent Mannebach talked about and performed cooking demonstrations for each egg-themed dish. The dishes were distributed after each lesson.

“[The students] are going to leave here not just with an education but with a palette,” said Mannebach.



Sioux Chef Brent Mannebach shows students how the pastrami was prepared on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Mannebach volunteered to cook for the Culinary Discovery Series event Eggs All Day.



Students wait for the next dish in Eggs All Day on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. 30 people attended the reservation-only event.


Radio Friends with Paul Pepper

The following are my comments on viewing Radio Friends with Paul Pepper.

I attended a showing on Tuesday, April 7 around 4 PM. In the control room there are a lot of computer screens and devices which are intimidating and perplexing when you don’t know what they do. Travis told me the basics. The shows are about eight minutes each with five minute breaks in between. Paul and James arrange the guests. The pre-show process is similar to how MUTV 23 News works. (Last Wednesday I operated the teleprompter.) Camera shots had to be adjusted so the subjects were in frame.

It was kind of odd to see Paul say the day was May 1. I thought he messed up at first, but then I remembered that all the shows are recorded before they are aired. Travis is really quick at the TD board; he has to be to get the best angles. Vera especially used body language that couldn’t be contained by the medium shots. There’s a cool touchscreen for graphics. Also the control room has nice chairs. But that’s irrelevant.

For a time during the second show, Paul was holding a package of pins. The erroneous noise was picked up by the microphones. Travis didn’t know what they were at first and wanted Paul to put them down. Paul made the shows funny.

Paul’s conversation is all ad-lib. “You learn what to ask by listening to your guests” said Pat at audio. He and Travis both complimented Paul on his ad-libbing skill. It certainly seems like something that takes practice and focus. I’ve never been good at it. Then again, I haven’t been taught it. Perhaps I will learn in the coming years.

I also learned that Travis receives what advertisements to play live before the clip from KBIA. It isn’t his preferred method. It looked like Travis was muttering under his breath, but of course he was talking to Brendan. Seeing Brendan there makes the J school, at least the broadcast section, seem a lot smaller. I like that about it.

I got to see the server room before I left. What a sight. There were so many specific devices. They all came together to make a loud hum.

Lastly I met Paul Pepper, who had nothing but compliments for Travis. He seemed nice and knowledgeable. In the studio I couldn’t help but notice the stands for the table. Travis said they were insulation padding inside Shakespeare’s cups. Hey, whatever works.

Here is the site for the daily show:


Judd Three Times

Judd Slivka was the lecturer this week for the third time I believe. This time the discussion was on mobile journalism instead of social media. We all know mobile journalism kits are a lot cheaper than traditional reporter kits. The bad thing is that the video quality produced with cell phones is sub par. When Slivka told the class how a media company had fired all their videographers because they were only going to use mojos, I thought how foolish. Sure enough, they learned their lesson and hired some camera people back. I did think it was impressive how a short story of a grass fire was shot on a phone and used in the newscast. You have to be ready when newsworthy events happen around you. I did not have the same respect for the car commercial. Yes they shot on iPhones and iPads, but they used thousands of dollars worth of extra equipment and software. Seems a little like making a false claim.

The downside to mobile journalism for me is that I do not have an iPhone or Android. That’s right. I have a Nokia windows phone. Hey, they’re cheap and practically indestructible. I can still have apps, but I do not have access to all of the same ones that you can find in the app store or google play. Hopefully I’ll be able to perform well in the upcoming mobile journalism assignment. I have used the Mizzou mojo kit before, so there’s that.

Another thing Slivka showed us that was really cool was the collection of unique “cotton candy content” packages, such as Steller and Storehouse. I would be interested in reading feature stories in those nontraditional ways. People love interactivity. If I can control which segments of information I see, that’s a plus.

On Steller’s website, you can view projects other people have created: Note that the majority of creations are not journalistic. Journalists can repurpose the app so that it will benefit their readers.