Hey guys! The required blog topic for this week is the three hardest things I had to do in media this year so far. For me, editing and recording radios were hard for me, along with morning announcements, and our first quarter project. Some of these don't’ seem very hard, but we haven’t been given many tasks. If you read on you will see why these things were challenging for me.
The first thing that was really challenging for me was recording radios. Since I am the returning partner I have to write and edit another radio. So, that just added extra work for me to do. Did I mention we had to record each radio twice! The first time we recorded we used regular mics and a zoom recorder. But, the audio sounded really weird and we had to do it again. The second time we recorded we had to use the Yeti because Kolten and Napua were recording voiceovers with the equipment we used before. The only thing with the Yeti is that it records straight into Audacity so if you accidentally delete it you can’t get it back, at all. I actually deleted our Wednesday radio on accident, which meant we had to record the same radio for the third time. I felt really bad because I made Taylor M. record over and over again.
Morning announcements wasn’t that hard, I just had to get back into the swing of things. I was assigned technical director which is the person that switches the cameras between announcers. The part I would screw up when we practiced was putting the right camera on preview. I didn’t know which announcer would start or I would forget and put the wrong announcer on preview. Another, thing I screwed up while we were practicing was putting the camera on program instead of preview. I always got that part mixed up, so while we played the intro, the camera would switch when it’s not supposed to. Thankfully that was just during practice and I didn’t ruin the actual announcements.
Another, thing that is giving me a hard time is my first quarter project. If you don’t know, Taylor N. and I are working on a news story on, big chain businesses versus small local businesses. I will post a link to my project page below if you want to check it out. Anyways, Taylor and I have been having a hard time getting interviews and getting permission to shoot b-roll. Taylor keeps calling places and they don’t answer, or they say “no”, or they say “we are closed that day” when they really aren’t. We are thinking that after school one day we might just interview teachers, as customers of big chain businesses. So they can explain why they enjoy shopping at these places. Also, we need to balance it out and not make these big chain companies sound bad. We are also really struggling on getting interviews with local businesses that are affected by the big companies.
As you can see, it’s been quite a challenging first few weeks for me. With recording radios, to morning announcements, and our first quarter project. Don’t forget to look for my free blog. It will probably posted tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed reading! Bye!