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MSU’s Punk Rock Prom

Minnesota State hosted its first Punk Rock Prom

MANKATO, Minn. – Fishnet tights, black eye makeup, Converse shoes and multi-colored mo hawks were sported by the majority of the students who attended Punk Rock Prom Wednesday evening.  The free event was held at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Ballroom.

According to MSU’s music industry website, Concert Company Committee Chairman and Impact concert producer, Brittany McDowell is in charge of all campus concerts.  She produces one concert each month with Impact, the student programming board.

This month Impact teamed up with Chelsea Phillips, an MSU music industry major to bring Punk Rock Prom to MSU.

“This is the first time we have done this particular event, so we did a lot of marketing for the event on campus,” said Phillips. “We really don’t know how many students will actually show up.”

The two-hour event was warmed up with an announcer who played his turntables on stage for the first hour.  Within the hour over 100 event goers strolled into the ballroom to hear the local punk cover band, The SoldOuts, who performed for the second hour.

Bass and lead vocalist, Paul Wilson joined the SoldOuts in Mankato, where all three band members are originally from, about five years ago.  The SoldOuts perform on weekends in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Iowa. The SoldOuts cover five decades of music in the rock and pop classic genres, but personalize all of the songs they perform.

“We’re excited to play for a college crowd,” said Wilson, “we’re use to small coffee house venues.”

Punk Rock Prom included a free photo-op with a professional photographer and a prom-style background with guitars and drums.  Refreshments were also available.

To check out footage from Punk Rock Prom click this link

Unforeseen Legal and Ethical Issues with Online Journalism

Ethics, professional and personal, are a part of every career. However, some careers hold higher risks if they are not followed. For example, journalists and others in the media have to constantly monitor what they say and write because they are publications are about public matters and people.
Knowing your guidelines is important otherwise you may find yourself in a legal mess. I am aware of the obvious things to stay away from, like libel and slander, but there are some issues on the World Wide Web that I did not know would be problematic.
Comments posted on discussion boards and in chat rooms are considered to be published pieces, which I had no idea about. This means that if you post something on the internet that you could be at risk for libel.
In the past, Internet Service Providers have been found at fault for statements made by its users. I do not think it is acceptable for ISPs to be liable for remarks made by those who use its services. How are they to know what someone will express after paying for its functions? Thankfully this has been overturned in most cases.
Deep linking is a technique that I find very useful for many different circumstances. If you are referring to a specific article on a certain website it is nice to have a link that leads others directly to that page. However, this can be a problem. Some websites do not appreciate it when there are deep links to one of its pages. I can understand this to a degree. I realize that if a link sends someone to a specific page within the website, that website is losing valuable advertisement and recognition. For example, if you use a deep link you are skipping over other pages that you would normally have to go through to get to your desired page. With this, the website is not getting viewers to see its homepage and the following pages you would have to observe to get to that final page you are looking for. I can empathize with where a website is coming from and it deserve to have its pages looked at. Nevertheless, it is helpful to use deep links when necessary.
One ethical issue that I, as an amateur, have struggled with is certain editing done in images. I completely believe it is wrong to edit a page in any way, especially in a manner that would change the meaning of the story or image. The only instance that I would want to edit something out is if an object got in the way and is taking away from the photo. For example, if I had an amazing action shot of a goalie blocking a goal, but a fence post in the background is directly behind him making it appear as if he has a pole sticking out of his head, would it be that bad to edit the pole out? You would still have a great photo and no one would know the difference. Nevertheless, I grasp the simple fact that it would be dishonest. I have asked myself before, “but why does it matter?” There is only one answer to that: it is simply dishonest – no further explanation needed.
I have learned about a lot of ethical issues with this field which will prepare me for the future. I know and dread that there will be many difficult ethical situations that I will find myself in. I am confident in the lessons that I have been taught and in the person I am that I will get through them on top.

PR Week Flip Video Critique

I want to begin by expressing that I know it is impossible to use a Flip and expect to capture the same quality of visuals and audio that you would by using more hi-tech equipment.

Overall, I think the PR Week Flip video story was okay.  It could have been much worse considering it looks like it was done by an amateur.

The panning done at the beginning of the video was shaky and so fast that it looked blurry and made me dizzy.  I did not see how panning over people was relevant to the topic, other than creating chaos, which would have portrayed the overall atmosphere.

The music that was played, especially at the beginning, sounded cheap.  I can no’t think of any other way to describe it other than, it sounded like an old futuristic track. 

The music that transitioned while showing the runway should have been smoother.  There should not have been any silence in between the tracks.  I would have faded one while already introducing the next.

The visual shots of the runway featured a picture-in-picture, “pip”, like transition, which I think was creative, but could have been used better.  For example,  one of the “pip” boxes was covering up the model walking in the background shot.

It must be very difficult to use your body as a tripod and not move much, especially when talking simultaneously.  However, there were numerous times on the runway, and when interviewing, that people had the top of their heads cut off.  The space that should have been above someone’s head was nonexistent in many shots.

The interview with Jeremy Scott, fashion designer, had audio that was hard to hear.  The background noise was too loud at some points and impossible to drowned out and tune in on what he was saying.  The top of Scott’s head was cut off, but I understand that if you want to get close enough to be able to hear what the person is saying you might lose the nice visual you want.  I would have tried to get him in a quieter area if at all possible.

The interview with Paul Wilmot, CEO, Paul Wilmot Communications, had bad lighting.  His silhouette was dark and reddish.  I would have wanted the person I was interviewing to not look discolored so I would have found a spot with better lighting.  Also, it was obvious in comparison that by the end of the interview the recorder had zoomed in.  Zooming should not be done, especially by amateur photographers, and videographers.

Fashion week must have been so intense and fast-paced that it would have been difficult to find enough shots to make a short video.  Considering all the distractions and circumstances, I think the video was done pretty well.

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‘Arthur’ Author Reveals his Muse

The Inspiration of ‘Arthur’ led to ‘Arthur’ books
and ‘Arthur’ TV show

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Marc Brown, the “Arthur” author, has had a lot of success with the aardvark character he created.
He is sharing his inspiration of “Arthur” at 2 p.m. on October 2, 2010 at South Central College in North Mankato. The “Arthur” author appearance is open to the public with no admittance fee.
The “Arthur” author will talk about his ideas for the “Arthur” books and “Arthur” TV show coming from reality. Brown admits that the inspiration of “Arthur” characters mostly come from his childhood friends, classmates, and teacher.
A lot of young children in the past 35 years credit the “Arthur” books for helping them learning how to read. Many others have said that the “Arthur” TV show has relatable stories for its targeted audience, elementary students, and supplies information for situations they are likely to encounter.
The “Arthur” author expresses his concern for the trending topic of celebrities writing children’s books. He said that the necessary illustrations are lacking from the book shelves.
Hear about these subjects and more at his appearance on SCC’s campus.

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Understanding Elements in Photography

I completed the Language of the Image online course on learning visual language leading to better photos on the Poynter’s News University website. This online course teaches visual vocabulary that is helpful to know when speaking about images. It teaches you to express the journalistic value of an image and allows you to create better storytelling images.
The purpose of an image is to convey something; a story, a memory, etc. By completing this course, you learn how to enhance the message you are conveying through the image. In addition, you gain the terminology to better discuss such images.
The categories covered are photo types, single elements, multiple elements and different approach. The photo types segment involves the visual language that photographers use that takes an image beyond being simply informative. The different photo types include informational, passive, and active.
The single elements section describes the fifteen photographic elements that assist in conveying a story through an image. The fifteen different elements are graphic, quality of light, emotion, juxtaposition, mood, sense of place, point of entry, impact, rule of thirds, perspective, surprise, layering, moment, and personality portrait.
The multiple elements category explains how photographers involve several elements to improve a photographs ability to effectively express a story.
The different approach section describes the possibility of combining element to make a photo successful. With this you can put the focus of an image on someone or something else. Simply by combining elements you can tell a completely different story through an image than what would have been portrayed originally.
After completing this course I have learned a lot about photographs and the vocabulary used to discuss them. The elements referred to in the single and multiple elements sections were very informative. The quality of light, natural or artificial, element helps to grab a viewer’s attention and enhances the image. This element is used in a photo of two people in woods with sunlight streaming through. The sunlight gives a sense of warmth and makes the image appealing.

The point of entry element draws a viewer’s eye in to one place specifically and is shown in an image of a white kitten with bright blue eyes in a white background; the point of entry is the eyes.

The emotion element conveys an emotion and tends to be obvious. In a photo of a child crying it is immediately obvious that the child is very upset. The image and its emotion are so strong that it’s as if you can almost hear the child bawling.
I think the Language of the Image course does an amazing job of teaching its users about images and its vocabulary. The photos used for the examples are very helpful in making sure the user understands what is being taught. I now notice more and have more to say when looking at great photography.

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