St. Louis

This weekend I am in St. Louis for my cousin’s wedding and to see my grandpa. I have been travelling to St. Louis all my life to visit my mom’s side of the family. I’ve visited all the key sites- the Arch, Grant’s Farm (love it, wish I could go every time), and Ted Dru’s. Many people I know from school grew up here in St. Louis, and most of them are very attached to the city and as I grow up I can see why. It’s the most Eastern West town and the most Western East town you can get. I love that combination of geographic cultures. The many different ethnic cultures create a bustling, diverse environment. Although I don’t believe I want to live in St. Louis permanently, I think it would be really fun to get an internship here. Maybe I could even stay with my grandpa and get to have some quality time with him to deepen our relationship. I will try to apply for internships in St. Louis this year!

Quidditch… in real life

My group is doing our final project on the Mizzou Quidditch team. Today I photographed their first-ever home match.

How awesome is that?! A real life quidditch team? I love Harry Potter and watching them play the wizarding sport made me want to go home and have a Harry Potter marathon. Even though it seems hard to take the idea seriously, the game was anything but lighthearted. Just like any other sport, the team was serious about competing, working together, and gaining possession of the quaffle. It takes a lot of energy– I was out of breath just watching them! Mizzou won all three rounds of their match, even when they traded some players with Webster. The game was complete with seekers and a Snitch– of course, there is no such thing as a flying ball with its own personality.The Snitch has to be played by a very fit person, because they spend most of the game running away from the seekers. Just like in Harry Potter, catching the Snitch ends the game.

Covering a quidditch match has to be one of the most fun things I have ever done at Mizzou. I wasn’t the only one- several other photographers and videographers were there, along with broadcasters from the MU TV channel. One of them even put on a British accent during his coverage to make the game that much more legitimate.

Over all, it was a great way for this Muggle to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Final Project Budget

Headline: MU Catches the Snitch

Slug: MU Quidditch
Text story: As a sport from a fictional book, we will explore how MU began a Quidditch team, who the players are, and who they compete against. We will also follow them during practice and see how they adapted the fictional sport to be played on the ground.
Writer: Katie Roach
Editor: Luke Leonard and Jessica Salmond
Due date: April 20th, 2012

Stills Slug: Photographs will depict the team practice and interaction. Detail shots will include pictures of equipment, and wide shots showing the Quad, where they practice and shots of some of the players in action.
Photographer: Jessica Salmond
Editors: Luke and Katie
Assignment dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 5pm (time of team practice).
Due Date: April 20th, 2012

Video Slug: Film will show exactly how the game is played. By filming actual Quidditch matches, we can give our audience a better understanding of the rules, strategies, and team interaction. Close up shots of the equipment and play will also be included.
Videographer: Luke Leonard
Assignment dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays at 5pm.
Editor: Luke, Jessica and Katie
Due Date: April 20th, 2012

Final Deadline: April 22nd, 2012
Copy Editor: All team members.
Web page designer: Primary – Katie Roach. Jessica and Luke as secondary designers.
Usability Testing: April 22, 2012
Finish Date: April 22, 2012

We’ll need to have all members involved in the publication to consent to being shown in photographs and in video for our project. After we speak to the team we will ask whether they are okay with it and if they want to they can sign to the following agreement.

I, as a person depicted in the web publication “MU Catches the Snitch”, give permission for my photographs and opinions to be published to public domain. I also give permission for the use of footage I am depicted in, in the publication, to be used as necessary for the production of “MU Catches the Snitch”.


Behind the ad sheet

Everyone’s seen him standing at the end of Lowry Mall, passing out Columbia’s signature ad sheets. “No matter rain or snow or shine,” Troy Comley, 49, with a laugh. For two years he has passed out ad sheets in winter, spring, snow, or fall. The students and other pedestrians begin to look familiar as he watches them walk by every Wednesday, he said.
But that’s not all Comley does- he has been an active volunteer for the Grow Grass Organization for five years. This organization seeks to aid the working class by lobbying for working conditions, such as a higher minimum wage and lower pay-day loan interest rates. “They fight for justice,” Comley said.

Troy Comley, 49, passes out an ad sheet to a MU student. McComb worked until 1 PM.

Troy Comley, 49, passes out an ad sheet to a MU student. Comley worked until 1 PM.

Group final project post

For our final project, my group has selected a Columbia resident who makes his own violins. He sounds so fascinating! I have found so many interesting and creative, unique individuals in my journey through the J-School. I am also interested in this subject because although I do not really play any instruments, I have always had a great desire to learn to play the violin. I think it can make the most beautiful music possible. I could sit and listen to someone play for a very long time.

The three of us work very well together and each have a separate talent to bring to the table. We are each specialized into videography, photography, and writing. I know that our combined skills will help us attain a successful final project.

Our mission statement is:

Quality craftsmanship and tradesmen skills are disappearing with the growth and advancement of industrialization and technologies, so it is important to retain the passion and care that characterizes traditional production.

Five general questions we hope to answer with our project are:

1. How does a traditional craftsman compete with mass production?
2. Do people still appreciate handcrafted products or is general modern society content with something made by a machine with thousands just the same?
3. What kinds of new skills does he have to develop to keep up? Advertising, social media, using the internet?
4. What are the differences between a mass-produced product and a handcrafted product in terms of quality?
5. Who makes up his customer-base? Is interest in handcrafted instruments decreasing with each generation?