Final Story Pitch-Flores

CHANGE-Our group is going to look at the expansion of the school and how it is affecting the surrounding neighborhood residents. One man in particular who lives across the street from the school has been a particularly loud protestor to the school’s construction. This story will have the underlying story of change across Austin and the fear it brings many long-term residents. This is a small look into a larger issue.

Headlines- Flores

Fire Causes Injury to Two Students

Two students attending Mallory College suffer slight injuries after attempting to put out a fire that caused $1,500 worth of damage.

A man pleads guilty to a “despicable” act of cross burning

Fred R. Thornton receives 9 months after burning pleading guilty to a charge of “bias harassment.” Thornton along with two other men, burned a cross on a racially mixed couple’s driveway two months prior to sentencing.

pencils recalled after fourth grader points out flawed anti-drug message

Fourth grader, Arthur Metzler, caused the Britain Pencil Co. to recall its pencils containing an anti-drug message after pointing out that once sharpened the clever slogan, “Too Cool to Do Drugs,” takes on a new meaning.

plane passengers survive crash into three cars

Pilot, Herbert Young, and passenger, Sarah Shields, survive after their Beechcraft Sierra propeller plane crashed into three parked cars near Stinson Airport yesterday.

delayed winter weather expected to hit hard

Below freezing temperatures are expected for the Metropolitan area after weeks of warm weather. Freeport highways crews are already salting roads and utility companies have been told to be ready in case of emergencies.

 

Audio Assignment & Script-Ana Flores

Flores: Dementia (pause) the slow deterioration of one’s mind. Individuals above the age of sixty are typically the ones who suffer from dementia.

There is little doctors can do to slow the process and many families rely on assisted living homes to care for their loved ones.

Jenifer Cantu tells us about her grandmothers from her mother and father’s side, both of which suffer from dementia.

Cantu: Introduction of her grandmothers

Flores: Her father’s family continue to struggle with the cost of the facility even with some assistance from the monthly payments.

Cantu: Explains costs of the assisted living home.”

Flores: Cantu can clearly see the difference between her two grandmothers.

Cantu: One is slipping faster

Flores: They cannot keep her grandmother in the facility.

Cantu: money is running out

Flores: They family does have another plan in mind should this occur.

Cantu: Medicaid bed

Flores: Cantu attends ACC and says the current situation has made being a college student much more stressful.

Cantu: Responsibility over her grandmother’s care

Midterm Almost Final- Ana Flores

*Link to my draft on Medium*

https://medium.com/@aflores.af151/the-music-within-ad76d9ab9447

The Music Within

Science and Spirituality

Its hard to describe a religious experience. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the actual definition of the religious experience is “vague, and the multiplicity of kinds of experiences that fall under it makes it difficult to capture in any general account.”

It feels like…

*Audio

A spiritual connection is often linked directly to the musical ministry of the religion at the time of the experience. Musical accompaniment is common in the Christian religion.

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Experts are able to draw the path of music in our bodies and apply scientific reasoning to the feeling of joy when listening to music. So, how big of a role does music play in the spiritual ministry of the soul? The line between science and spirituality may not be as defined as we think.

Music is not isolated to only the Christian religion. There are many others that use music to worship and influence the spiritual experience.

*Audio

Music is a large part of human history and can be seen in most religions around the world.

*Audio

The way music influences our brains is a scientific phenomenon. According to Here’s What Happens Inside Your Brain When You Listen to Music, an article by Tom Barnes, a writer for Music.Mic, music affects the four major lobes of the brain.

“The various structures involved with comprehension are constantly relaying information back and forth to one another and processing disparate information simultaneously in order to build one’s understanding and response to music,” -Barnes.

Its not usually what you would think about when listening to your favorite song, but Barnes says that once the physical delivery of the music through the auditory cortex has taken place, the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter or neuron messenger responsible for pleasure, accounts for the “chills” we get when listening to music.

Musicians, religious and otherwise, recognize this effect.

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“Our most powerful emotional responses are a result of prolonged expectations and a sudden resolution. Our finest composers all had an understanding of this principle…the longer an artist withholds the payoff, the more powerful the emotional cascade will be,” -Barnes.

The climax of a song brings about these emotions. From there, Barnes says that both the motor and visual cortex are triggered when listening to a song. This is what brings people to want to dance to a rhythm or have visual experiences with music.

So, can this explain the religious sensation sometimes experienced during worship?

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The use of music in these religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, is to give praise.

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*Audio

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states that “a feeling of elation, for example, even if it occurs in a religious context, does not count in itself as a religious experience…to account for the experiences qua experiences, we must go beyond subjective feelings.”

This is what those invested in their religions will tell you, a spiritual connection is made.

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*Audio

 

Midterm Story Draft- Ana Flores

*The Audio Quotes will all be recorded as well as ambient songs and sounds for the story this week. I have the people I will interview scheduled. I was considering adding some visuals, possibly some video of the services. This sounds great. Remember that all elements, the interactives and written story, should work together to tell the story you want to tell. 

I love your lede. It is simple and conversational and kind of lulls me into the story. You need a nut graph to help settle me in and tell me what you’re writing about. See my comments below.

Its hard to describe a religious experience. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the actual definition of the religious experience is “vague, and the multiplicity of kinds of experiences that fall under it makes it difficult to capture in any general account.”

It feels like…

“Audio Quote from Rene Rodriguez and Mona Rodriguez (Christian Religion)”

“Audio Quote from Muslim student”

“Audio Quote from Carol (Jewish Religion)”

A spiritual connection is often times linked directly to the musical ministry of the religion at the time of the experience. Musical accompaniment is common in the Christian religion. Nut graph here: Pull the camera back and tell us what this story is about. It’s about the way music influences our brains and, thus, a religious experience? Just connect your lead with the overall theme of the story.

“Audio quote from Rodriguez couple”

But is not isolated to only that religion. There are many others that use music to worship and influence the spiritual experience.

“Audio Quote from Muslim student”

“Audio Quote from Carol”

Music is a large part of human history and can be seen in most religions around the world.

“Audio Quote”

The way music influences our brains is a scientific phenomenon. According to Here’s What Happens Inside Your Brain When You Listen to Music, an article by Tom Barnes, a writer for Music.Mic, music affects the four major lobes of the brain.

“The various structures involved with comprehension are constantly relaying information back and forth to one another and processing disparate information simultaneously in order to build one’s understanding and response to music,” said Barnes.

Its not usually what you would think about when listening to your favorite song, but Barnes states says that once the physical delivery of the music through the auditory cortex has taken place, the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter or neuron messenger responsible for pleasure, accounts for the “chills” we get when listening to music.

“Our most powerful emotional responses are a result of prolonged expectations and a sudden resolution. Our finest composers all had an understanding of this principle…the longer an artist withholds the payoff, the more powerful the emotional cascade will be,” said Barnes.

The climax of a song brings about these emotions. From there, Barnes says states that both the motor and visual cortex are triggered when listening to a song. This is what brings people to want to dance to a rhythm or have visual experiences with music.

So, can this explain the religious sensation sometimes experienced during worship?

“Audio Quote.”

The use of music in these religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, is to give praise.

“Audio Quote from Rodriguez”

“Audio Quote from Muslim student”

“Audio Quote from Carol”

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy states that “a feeling of elation, for example, even if it occurs in a religious context, does not count in itself as a religious experience…to account for the experiences qua experiences, we must go beyond subjective feelings.”

This is what those invested in their religions will tell you, a spiritual connection is made.

“Audio Quote from Rodriguez”

“Audio Quote from Muslim student”

“Audio Quote from Carol”

Midterm Pitch-Ana Flores

My idea is to do a story on the Texas School for the Blind and the church that sits across the street from the school. The church bells ring every hour and at seven, the bells chime out a little tune. Due to the nature of the school, the acoustics of the campus allow the bells to resonate throughout. I would like to possibly interview and film the students when the clock strikes seven to see how the church’s presence affects the students. I may also interview the church leader. I am still awaiting permission from the school principal to film the students and will need their parent’s permission.

Ok. Great idea. Remember we talked about filming a student each day over, say, five days at exactly the time the bells ring? To get a sense of the rhythm of that student’s day? And use that to tell the story of life at this school and how the bells help blind students anchor a moment in their day?