Interview with Annabelle Lee-Assignment 4

Reflection:

I was grouped with Laura and Jaine for my last assignment. I couldn’t ask more with this group. We had a nice understanding since the beginning and we started brainstorming our heads for good interviewees. We all had nice ideas but we finally went for Laura’s person. We decided to take interview of Annabelle Lee. She is the producer at The Hui. It was amazing to have her as our interviewee. She was comfortable in front of the camera and very much cooperative. I was the director for this assignment. We, as a team, were great during our work. We discussed the questions before hand. Jaine was the reporter so we made sure she was okay with the questions and I was helping Laura with Camera work as well. Although we had our own duties for this assignment, it was good to see helping each other in their work. Our footage and interview place were good enough to lessen our editing pain. First, we decided the question and answer from the footage and then we edit step by step according to the requirement. I don’t think we had much trouble during this assignment but it was indeed a good experience. It was a good learning in terms of shooting and editing the story. When we edit the raw footage, we could actually see where we can improve next time. I like this particular assignment because of the editing work. It gave us the confidence to operate the Premiere Pro CC efficiently.

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Vox Pop- Local Body Elections

Reflection: 

This time for the Vox Pop, my partner was River. We decided to ask a question about Auckland Future Party. It was quite challenging to have people talking about election and that to about Auckland Future Party as their policies were considerably unknown. Many people seemed to be reluctant for big camera set up. This time, I was the interviewer and River was filming the footage. In the beginning, we faced difficulties to convince people to answer but later, it was smooth. But it took us more than two hours. We traveled quite a bit which was also exhausting. I found students more cooperative than professionals. Students were in fact having some good information. The major problem I later found was in audio clips. With the microphone, the audio become quite noisy with environmental sounds. I tried to edit it with denoiser audio effect and also audacity but the noise apparently cannot be removed. There is also some issues with video frames. Overall, it is not the best work but I learned some additional editing techniques and also an experience for vox pop.

All about Writing:

NewsWriting

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The best thing about this reading, I felt, is about the very first paragraph about Shakespeare. The way it is explained, using Romeo and Juliet is quite interesting and it swoops in the readers to read further paragraphs. We have all learnt about inverted pyramid for writing news but “Some reporters let the pyramid control the content so that news comes out homogenized” is the fact worth considering.

The process of writing has always been a challenge for cub-journalists. This reading offers a detailed process of gathering information, selecting, writing and editing it. Some information like “The writing can begin long before the writer commits the first writing process as revising sentences… it is done in the head, with the eyes and ears…” is easy to relate ourselves which makes us to keep reading this artcle.

Language of Journalism part of the reading gives the idea of how a journalist should treat the information to make the article worth reading. The reading offers example that helps to understand the information with more clarity.

“When writers write in chronological order, they invite readers to enter a story and stick with it.” It perfectly matches with this reading. The flow of this article is interesting enough to keep reading it. It is step by step and relevant that it gets more engaging with each section.

Style book provides information about a particular organisation’s requirement to write an article but this reading is providing the best general guidelines we have got so far.

The Cat Crusade by Ami and Jessica

Reflection

I come across a woman who is having 12 cats. She made me curious because I wanted to know how she was handling all financial costs of these cats and living her own life.
I gathered from the assignment that we need to be more specific when we do the video stories. It seems to be more complex in terms of structure because we have to deliver the angle of the story in just a few seconds and we have to be very specific.
The most challenging thing for me was to find a specific angle to deliver in 40 sec. After enough brain storming and with help of Jessica, we finally could make this story news worthy.
Also, the assignment was quite helpful to get myself familiar with the camera gears and also how to select frames and focus on the subject.
It helped me to understand editing software as well. Another thing, I liked about the assignment is that it would help me to visualise my future stories.
I am satisfied with my final video. Of course, we need to improve, but seeing the time frame and News Intensive schedule, I believe we manage to produce a fine video.

Climate Change Portfolio

Auckland has a fine structure for public transports but they are costly, less frequent and time consuming. The limitations of public transports encourage people to use their own cars which increase carbon footprints of individuals. Some of the Indian cities have quite an impressive public transport system which might be implemented in Auckland to encourage more people to use them.

All about Feature Articles

During our first semester, all we did was to find news worthy subjects and write a report about it. But when it comes to feature writing, it introduces us to a totally different style of writing.

Feature chapter gives basic information regarding feature writing. Three kinds of feature writing-news, profile and lifestyle- are explained interestingly. I used to read articles on various platforms but after reading this chapter, I am now able to distinguish between different styles of the articles.

‘Show-don’t tell’ adage caught my attention. I came to understand the fact that feature writing is more than just words. It is about drawing the whole picture in front of your readers. The examples which are provided in every section are quite useful as it is clarifying the theoretical part.

Brief information about structure of the feature article is also informative. I like the way Waikato Times’ feature writer Aimie Cronin quotes about a good feature article.

“A good feature, I think, comes down to a strong idea, a stronger interview, and writing with heart.”

Some tips are handy in the article which is appealing. For instance, the article says ‘features require several voices. A rule of thumb is that you should have interviews at least three people on top of your research.’

The article also gives an idea about structuring the sources in a different section. It is necessary because it has impact on the continuity of the article.

I like the idea of treating each section as a different chapter in the feature writing.

The article gives plenty of information to read, observe and learn different style of the articles. It makes us develop our own style of writing as well.

 

A time traveler city- Oamaru

Day-2

I did not want that night to be over and hence I decided to go for an early morning walk and set my alarm for 6:30 am which was a task for me but to my surprise, I did wake up and saw outside. It was dark and freaking cold. I set an alarm for 7 am. Again, I could hear only a sound of the sea waves and birds. I slept for another half and hour but it was still dark. This was the limit of my patience and thus I jumped out of my bed (!!) and got ready to get out from our RV. A cold breeze welcomed me and I started walking towards the cliff. As I started walking, I could see a shred of light in the sky. It was like a group of colors-Blue, Orange, Yellow- were stripping away the darkness from the sky.

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A group of colors were stripping off the darkness of the night.

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A few minutes later…

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There you are! It was 8:00 in the morning

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Can you see the sunshine at the back?

I was so content with this morning that I was not expecting anything more from rest of the day.

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After having breakfast at bay, we headed to the Oamaru CBD. The town gives you goosebumps as you may feel you have reached to an ancient European century.

The town is small yet a lovely place to spend a few days. You feel like to be in an isolated, ancient place to discover the untold truth (about your self perhaps??!).

In other words, it resembles some romantic movies’ set. You don’t have to use different modes in camera or you don’t have to edit the images when you click in Oamaru. It is blessed with the natural lights and colors.

We also visited a very creepy museum called Steampunk HQ Museum. It was full of weird stuff. You can read about it here: http://steampunkoamaru.co.nz/

Some glimpse of it,

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I was walking down to a street when I saw a giant wheeled bike. But it was a bait for us. We happened to see a bakery that has amazing bread and baking items. The man who owns the bakery was himself an interesting person. He migrated from Netherlands and started baking here some really delicious bread and croissants.

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Our bait 😛

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Here is the famous baker in Oamaru

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There is a lot more than this!

The best thing about roaming around in such towns is they give you a sense of surprise and pleasure at the same time.

I seriously thought that this was it for this day but I was again wrong. The next place we went was incredible and amazing gift of nature.

Till the next time!

A Journey to remember

Have you ever thought about the Big Boss house? How would you feel if you have to stay, eat, sleep, wake up, live in a certain space for a long-long time? Well, it was not at all like a big boss house but slight a taste of it.

My crazy family and I decided to travel South island during this chilling winter. We were 5 people and we planned a road trip of the south island for 8 days.

Our route was something like this,

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We manage to cover the southern part of the South Island. As I have marked, our road-map was Christchurch-Oamaru-Dunedin-Invercargil-Milford Sound-Queenstown-Lake Tekapo-Christchurch. It was more than 1800 kms of a journey and just so you know the distance between Surat to Jammu is approximately 1673.6 km.

My family (Dhabuwalas) is a little bit adventurous. So we decided to make this trip more exciting by travelling in a Campervan. It is also called RV which means Recreational Vehicle. “Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be ‘fun’.” And this really defines our journey with RV.

Day-1

After the 1.5 hours of a flight from Auckland to Christchurch, we began our journey from Christchurch. We decided to stay at Oamaru that night which is 250 km far from our base camp (Christchurch). We chose Winter season and it has its own limitation and one of those was shortness of the day. Your day potentially end by 5:30 in the evening. So when we reach at our camp site, we could only hear the sound of a roaring sea and birds returning to their nests. It was very difficult to see the beauty of that place but the atmosphere created by natural sounds is hard to forget. The sky was dark and full of stars. We could see the clusters of the stars and the moon with a sound of the waves in background.

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Luxury is to listen to the sound of sea waves and drink a glass of rum in your bed when the outside temperature is around 2 degree Celsius.

You might have pictured yourself in a room with three dead walls or some imaginative mind would have pictured this near a window where you can gaze the sky with full of stars and the moon.

But I was not in a concrete jungle, I was so close to the nature that everything else suddenly seemed so negligible to me. I was in my RV and my window was covered with the mist. I went outside and looked up in the sky. A clean, beautiful looking sky.

Everybody loves to be loved by people but some are different. They treat nature as their lover and they feel to be loved around it. They talk, smile, fight or sometimes literally fall in love with the nature and Oamaru was the place where you can feel that the nature is embracing you.

A cool breeze, clean air, sound of the waves and the beautiful sky. What else we really need?

RV is the way to get close to your self at the same time with the people you travel and the nature of our  earth.

A night stay wouldn’t be complete without this perfect bay location.

 

 

…struggling, but I am good!

Apart from having a less-childhood-photographs regret, I was always wondering, ‘what is it like to be born?’

How badly did we struggle that time? How did we feel to be dependent? Who gave us some sense of relief? How were we dealing with the fear? How tough was it to learn something new, something unknown to us? How often did we lose faith and leave everything aside  just to cry out loud?

Well,  I was lucky enough to get answers of some of these questions. It’s been a month in Auckland and strangely I am not at all missing my land. When you are in a foreign land and travelling alone or with your home town friends, you are going to love every bit of a change. Sometimes you may compare certain things and sometimes you might feel blessed to be in one of the top 3 livable cities. But as long as you start to mingle with the youth of your age (sometimes younger than you), you might feel an invisible barrier in between.

Suddenly, the terms like, ‘Age difference’, ‘Generation gap’, ‘Culture shock’ make so much sense to you.  You practically understand the problem of your mom about using Facebook.

You tend to think about the idea of Humanity and so-called boarders that is dividing the whole world. Out of nowhere, you feel old, compare to these rap junkies.

It is like literally opening the doors of a whole new world in front of your eyes and you are not sure how to deal with it.

Everyone is asking me, ‘How are you doing today?’ and I am saying, ‘I am struggling, but I am good.’