Monday, February 21, 2011

Week 7, Feb. 21, 2011

I need to catch up with technology, but is that even possible? For my Online Journalism class, we’re taking a few weeks to learn to upload our video creations to various online sites and formats. Linking and embedding them to blogs was easy since I’ve already done it, so that wasn’t a problem. As a class we’re pretty familiar with YouTube, so the next step in preparation for our final (which is a live newscasting) was to create our own channel on and manage our videos there.

Now uploading videos of others is one thing, but recording myself online LIVE is another! Luckily our assignment was just a simple 5 minute interview with someone else over any topic, so we could focus more on creating the storyboard and messing around with the various options Livestream Studio offers. Thank goodness for tutorials. At first glance I was extremely confused with all the options and gadgets, (like how to turn the camera off) but continual attempts at creating a webcast proved to be successful.

I can see how this would be handy for tutorials or webcasts within a classroom and can be easily incorporated into Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I don’t know how interesting my own channel would be, but learning a new skill is always helpful. After watching some extra tutorials on YouTube I realized that I’m far from knowing all types of technology and as soon as I learn one program, there’s another one to replace it!

Click on the to link you to their site. I hope to get a link to my own channel set up here soon.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Week 6, Feb. 17, 2011

Last Tuesday I was able to go to a public screening of an upcoming documentary called “Abused” by Luis Argueta. The film covers the close to home Postville, Iowa incident in 2008 where 389 undocumented workers were arrested. The film covers the past two years and follows the individuals as they go through trial, imprisonment and the journey of returning to their home countries.

It was an emotional showing and the film proved to be an intense viewing of these worker’s lives. Though often in Spanish, their stories told of the frustration and unfair treatment they were receiving while working as well as after the raid. It was sad to see them uprooted as many had children born in the U.S. and had acclimated to life here. In an interview of a woman sent back to Guatemala, she mentioned her daughter didn’t grow any more since there was no milk to drink there as she did in Iowa.

The film’s two year span shows the before and after effects of the raid and where the workers and Postville, Iowa are today. I appreciated the extent that the director went to to follow up with these individuals. Argueta noted that he’d been back to Iowa 30 times since the raid and that he called it his second home despite of what happened here.

I think it’s an important film to watch that covers the issue of illegal immigration but also the families behind it. I’ll leave the link to the film’s website here:

*Photos were taken from the Abused promotion pamphlet.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Aha Blog #2: Killing Us Softly 3

In my Visual Literacy class we recently watched the short film ‘Killing Us Softly 3’ by Jean Kilbourne. After watching this intense short film I found myself questioning the advertisements I see everyday but don’t pay much attention to. I realized just how much we are being bombarded with images- and how many of them I don’t seem to notice! I think now is a time when we’re having an overload of images thrown at us.
Part of the statement made in the film was that society doesn’t see these images as harmful because we’re not thinking about it. We’re not focusing on the message behind the ad, but looking for the next image to come our way.

I found an interesting article through the New York Times by Louise Story called
: 'Anywhere the Eye Can See, It’s Likely to See an Ad' explaining “sensory overload” and where that’s taking the marketing industry. The article discusses that now there are more ways in which products can be advertised (ie: the internet, to small children, cell phones and through product placement). It made me realize that while reducing the number of images I see everyday may not be in my control, I can
be more mindful of what I’m watching or reading and learn to decipher these messages.

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