Wednesday, June 16, 2010

And the beat goes on...

It's Wednesday, unofficially "hump" day and once we got past our reporting experience critiques, I think many of us felt a bit more settled and ready to move on to what turned out to be another very busy day.

Writing opinions is very difficult and has a purpose which is to give the readership a chance to see issues from a different perspective said an opinion writer for the Arizona Daily Star and adjunct faculty of journalism at University of Arizona.

Susan Gasson, who has been involved in journalism since her sophomore year in high school and opened envelopes when hired at the Arizona Daily Star said, "The chief duty of its practitioner is to provide the information and guidance toward sound judgments that are essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy."

Susan Gasson and Nunn Winship discuss editorial and opinion pieces.

Ours was a working lunch as we met and were mentored by an impressive list of journalists. My group, Opinions/Editorials, had the opportunity to discuss our articles with and get feedback from Le Templar, the Director of Communications at Goldwater Institute.

                              Le Templar makes a point with Leona and Jerry.

The lunch meeting ended way too early and soon, we found ourselves back in the media labs preparing for Brian Snyder's lesson on shooting
video. "Steven Spielberg's you are not," he said in an attempt to settle  some nerves as we learned about shot types, interview shots, creating a meaningful video and then getting ready to take to the streets in small groups to practice these techniques.

Brian Snyder assists my fabulous video partners, Elaine and Jenese,  with the tripod.

After dinner, we gathered in the media labs for one last time today to learn about editing on Final Cut Pro, wait for our blessing from Brian, and get our instructions for shooting the Living With the Heat videos tomorrow. It seems easy enough but maybe it's because I've had more experience doing this than writing in journalistic style.

Her Secret is Patience is a public art sculpture designed by Janet Echelman. I saw the crescent moon almost in the center of the inner circle and wanted to capture it.

Nicki Yokota
St. Margaret's Episcopal School
San Juan Capistrano, CA

1 comment:

  1. Nicki,
    Thank you so much for all of your contributions! Your enthusiasm for learning and teaching is inspiring.