ASSIGNMENT: 100 Words

Need you to put together a 100 word piece on why you choose your story and what it was like to work on it, this is a first person piece. Will be sent along with the photos to Billy Chism.

Email it to me by Friday morning.

Covering Appalachia

Your classmate Gina Yu sent along a link to a recent piece on the Bitter Southerner titled A Love Letter to Appalachia which reminded her of the work you did in White County.

Worth the time, a different way of portraying the communities.

Workshop Wrapup

I managed to get all the images off the seven computers we had in Helen, sorted into folders and distributed across the lab. When you come in today, here’s the breakdown – the number matches a computer in the lab and the folder name on the desktop.

01 – Beech
02 – Blinder
03 – Cannon
04 – Hardy
05 – James
06 – Kazmierczak
07 – Kent
08 – Maldonado
09 – Pap Rocki
10 – Powers
11 – Schafer
12 – Schick
13 – Sutton
14 – Thompson
15 – Wilder
16 – Yu

Some of you were working on your own machines so I didn’t have many/any files of yours. On each desktop there is also a folder marked “17 Unknown” – please see if those are yours.

We will start Tuesday’s class with a debrief – how it went, how the editors did, what can we do better for next year. Then you’ll be free to work on your images – I’d start with backing them up onto your own drives or DVDs. Some of you will need a lot of DVDs …

You have three assignments from this weekend plus a service piece:

  1. Sense of Place: This is one image that gives us a sense of what White County looks like. File name needs to include PLACE.
  2. Face of the County: This is one image that shows us who the people/a person of White County looks like. File name needs to include FACE.
  3. The Story: This is an audio slideshow of your main story from the weekend.
  4. Service: You shot a lot of images and the folks at the White County News went well beyond what we could have asked for in getting this weekend to happen. Our tradition is that we provide them with a selection of images we shot throughout the weekend. In a separate folder, please crop, tone and caption your best images from the weekend – this should include places, faces and the photos from your story. As many as you have.

Due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, are the following then:

  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and PLACE in the file name
  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and FACE in the file name
  • 1 folder with your legally exported audio slideshow
  • 1 folder with your best images from the weekend, including the place(s), face(s) and images from your slideshow

You will have all the time after today’s debrief until the class ends at 4:45 to work as well as all of the time on Thursday. Lab hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are off to the right of this post. (Remember that on Friday the intro kids will have a deadline so it may be hectic in here then.)

Note that the deadline time on Tuesday, March 18 is 2:15 – if you work on your images over break, I’m giving you 15 minutes of class time to upload them to the server. We’ll then watch the slideshows.

I’ll talk about this in class today, but the editors comments to me from the weekend were all positive – they loved working with you guys and were thrilled with the growth every single one of you demonstrated over the weekend.

Nice work, kids – you did well.

How To See

Nice piece on NPR’s web site today looking at how Russian Valeriy Klamm and other photographers view their home country. What from this can we apply to White County? How do we not be tourists but journalists?

Russian photographer Valeriy Klamm felt that foreign photojournalists who came to work in his country arrive with the pictures they want to send back home already in their head: Bleak images of a cold and desolate place where autocrats lord over drunks.

“They already know how to take pictures of Russia, and that’s how they arrive,” Klamm said. “It’s always a wild country that’s in some kind of difficult transition period.”

ASSIGNMENT: Weekend Workshop

As noted in yesterday’s email, all of the photos from the eight Macs we had in Franklin County have been moved into the lab. (Nothing has been deleted off of those machines, so on the off chance you are missing something, let me know and we can search.)

We will start Tuesday’s class with a debrief of the weekend, then you’ll be freed to work on your images. Here’s what you need to produce and how to turn it in:

  • The Story – This is your audio slideshow from the weekend. Length is open, but you need to export it from a licensed version of Soundslides, it needs to be set to the large size, needs to be on a black background AND you must go to Template -> Shell and set it to iOS_html5 so it will play on phones and tablets. Your renamed, exported “publish_to_web” folder should go on the server.
  • Singles – All of the images from your show, cropped, toned and captioned, plus your Places and Faces images and any additional single features you want to submit should go in a separate folder marked with your last name and the slug “workshop_singles.” So, mine would be “Johnson_workshop_singles.”

All of this is due on the server by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. We will watch the slideshows during class that day.

As for the explainer videos, many of you discovered a problem with importing the Kodak files. I am still working on a solution to that, so don’t worry about it until you hear from me.

As I had planned on being at the NPPA’s Northern Short Course on Thursday, March 7, I believe I told you we would not have class that day. Even though I will not be traveling, I will stand by my word and we will not meet that day as I suspect some of you have already made travel arrangements.

Perhaps we will have an optional class and a screening of either The Paper or Good Night and Good Luck, both relevant to your journalism education. Leave me a comment if you would be interested.

Kavi Story Ideas

Franklin County is the top producer in the poultry industry within Georgia. When I heard this, I could not be more excited because I have been wanting to do – for so long now – a project that highlights a chicken farmer’s life. I know this sounds absurd and I probably sound kind of weird right now, but I’ve never really had a chance to just stop life and just indulge on storytelling for a whole weekend– especially a story that is so close to my heart.

 

I could talk chickens for days because after having lived on multiple chicken farms for about 10 years now, there are so… so many stories behind farming that just aren’t told.

 

It’s just meat, right? There’s really nothing glorifying about waking up at 6 AM, riding the four wheeler out to the farm, checking each house to make sure the feed is running and the correct amount of fans are on, but I’m sure that it’s a life story that could go untold as the world devours the new spicy Chick-Fil-A nuggets and knows nothing of the life of the farmer who devotes all of his time to those chicken.

 

And it’s a touchy subject – something like farming and slaughtering animals – and PETA always has something to say about chicken farmers keeping the chicken too cramped or killing them just to meet quota when the reality of these farms (the farms I’m going to visit and interview) is the exact opposite.

I want to hear it from the farmers themselves. I wonder if they are as serious as farming as my dad, who doesn’t even leave the farm for Thanksgiving dinners or vacations.  I have contact information for farmers who my dad got me in contact with as well as farms that Tyson’s supervisors helped me with. I did some scouting myself, too, so that I could get a very wide range of farmers and from different companies. I want to visit at least four farms – and I really want to visit at least one Vietnamese family.

 

Our chicken farm supervisor (in Americus, GA) says that around 60% of chicken farmers in southwest Georgia are Vietnamese and I find this fascinating. This could potentially be a theme, but I also just want diversity within my project.

One family I talked with doesn’t know much English, so I could do subtitles if I choose to interview them – I’m not sure if you would like that, but that could be another element I could tackle – a language barrier and what that could do to the business.

 

While I know that this is going to be a 3-5 minute audioslide, I would really love to shoot some video and, one day, make this a project that goes across Georgia to talk about the poultry industry. I think that getting contacts for the rest of Georgia would be so easy after I already talk to the state’s top producers.

Two people have agreed for me to come into the farm with them, as I assured them I have plenty of experience, though one farm said “we’ll see”… Do you think that it would be okay for me to have multiple farmers from different farms in my audioslide, or should I keep it at one so it’s not confusing?

Story Ideas – Heather Pitts

1. Auction House.
Darby has owned this auction house in Cannon for 26 years. It is a local spot for regular auction attendees. It is a place of very colorful people. I hoped to take an angel that focused on Darby. I would interview him to get his story, about life and the auction house.  There is a lot of stuff there. I would like to see how these things being bought and sold affect the community. Thus, I would also like to interview some of the people and get their opinions and thoughts about Darby and his establishment. -This takes place from about 5-11pm Thursday through Monday.

2. U.S. Olympic Archer Selector.
I met Rodney Estrada in Lavonia. He works with Emmanuel College and helps with Olympic selections for archery. I am following up more on this Saturday morning to see to what extent it can develop. He claims to do private lessons and team practices at the school. He did have something going the last Friday I was there.

3. Mayberry Tire.
I met the owner of this establishment while in Royston. He owns three different Mayberry Tire Companies. He is very friendly, a UGA Terry graduate who had never done anything with tires before opening his business. He was packed the Friday I was in town. He has lots of people who stop on there way to the lake. I would be looking at the service he provides this community. I would hope to interview regular customers of his, as well as him. And pinpoint his role in the community. (He dates the owner of a shop across the street, it’s precious…no not story worthy but you should know!). Oh, his store has a Andy Griffith theme. It is even playing on the TV when you come in in the waiting room. I would love to parallel his business and the treatment of his to the town and townspeople!