Final Story Pitch- Hayden Bach

I was just made aware that everyone in the group was required to post a pitch.

So as you are already aware we are exploring the town vs. gown controversy here at St. Edward’s. Specifically, the new operations building on St. Edward’s drive and how the local neighbors feelings are towards it.

Headlines: Hayden Bach

  1. Headline: Classroom Fire at Mallory College

Subhead: No fatalities but extensive damage done to classroom.

 

  1. Headline: Man Sentenced For Cross Burning At Mixed Race Couple’s Home

Subhead: The man sentenced was the first of three accused of the charge.

 

  1. Headline: Pencil Company Under Fire for Controversial Message on Pencils

Subhead: Fourth grader sees what Britton Pencil Company could not.

 

  1. Headline: Plane Crash Near Little League Baseball Game

Subhead: After losing control of his plane, pilot does well by steering clear of a baseball game happening just below him.

 

  1. Headline: Freeport Finally Gets a Taste of Winter

Subhead: With Fall ending weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before the weather turned icy.

Midterm Story Final: Hayden Bach

SXSW FOR FREE

by Hayden Bach

Want to attend SXSW but can’t afford a music badge? SXSW offers plenty of free shows all across Austin. This year a music badge to SXSW cost just under $1,000, but someone without a music badge could potentially see the same number of shows as someone with a music badge and pay zero.

On March 12, The Rustic Tap, on West Sixth Street, offered a full day of live music shows for free. The acts included The Jonny Gray Band starting off the day, Origami Ghosts performing in the afternoon, and Jane N The Jungle wrapping up the performances in the evening.

Jane N The Jungle performing their song "Walking Cleopatra".

“I’ve lived in Austin for five years now and I’ve never purchased a SXSW music badge,” said Corey Burnett while watching The Jonny Gray Band perform. “I am not interested in the big name artist that require a badge, the free performances are just fine with me.”

He is correct, if you are interested in seeing any of the big name performers, like Wiz Khalifa, Garth Brooks, or Kehlani, for example, you will need the music badge, but if you’re just at SXSW for the music and do not care who is performing, then the free shows are your best bet. Some people tend to buy a badge and attend the free shows anyway.

Origami Ghosts is an always changing band made up of Seattle natives John Paul Scesniak and whoever he decides to bring along.

“I buy a badge every year because I know there is always going to be someone I want to see where I will need the badge to get in, but I almost always go to more free shows where I don’t even need it,” said Marcus Garcia, another attendee of The Rustic Tap shows. Marcus is an Austin native who now owns and operates a graphic design business in Houston. “Besides, the big shows are insane most of the time, I really like being able to go to a show and relax and not worry about someone hitting or kicking me.”

This is also true for most free shows. You will very rarely see a free show where a line to get in is a block down the sidewalk or attendance is at the venue’s full capacity, but shows still see a good crowd with The Rustic Tap hosting around 200 people during The Jonny Gray Band’s performance.

“We love getting to play shows at SXSW,” said Jonny Gray, lead singer for The Jonny Gray Band. “The bars do not pay us a lot, but it’s more about attracting new fans for us. The more fans we attract, the longer we get to play music and SXSW is one of the best places to do so.”

The Jonny Gray Band covering Blink-182's "I Miss You" with Jonny Gray pictured on the far right.

So next year, if you’re running a little tight on money, but still want to enjoy the SXSW festivities, just take a stroll downtown and there is a good chance you will find a bar with live music and a band who would love you to come see them play.

Midterm Story Draft: Hayden Bach

Any photos of people who attended free events? I would add a couple of shots, if you have them, that aren’t bands performing. Also, place captions properly. Do you remember how you did them for the photo practice assignment? Also, these people who buy the badge, who are they? A thousand bucks! That is a lot of $$. What does Marcus Garcia do for a living? Where is he from? I want to know more about these people.

SXSW FOR FREE

by Hayden Bach

Want to attend SXSW but can’t afford a music badge? SXSW offers a plenty iful amount of free shows all across the Austin during the festival. This year a music badge to SXSW cost just under $1,000, but someone without a music badge could potentially see the same number amount of shows as someone with a music badge — and pay zero. and pay $0.

On March 12, The Rustic Tap, located on West Sixth Street, offered a full day of live music shows for free. The acts included The Jonny Gray Band starting off the day, Origami Ghosts performing in the afternoon, and Jane N The Jungle wrapping up the performances in the evening.

(Jane N The Jungle performing their song “Walking Cleopatra”.)

“I’ve lived in Austin for five years now and I’ve never purchased a SXSW music badge,” said Corey Burnett while watching The Jonny Gray Band perform. “I am not interested in the big name artist that require a badge, the free performances are just fine with me,” Burnett said.

He is correct, if you are interested in seeing any of the big name performers, like Wiz Khalifa, Garth Brooks, or Kehlani, for example, you will need the music badge, but if you’re just at SXSW for the music and do not care who is performing, then the free shows are your best bet. Some people tend to buy a badge and attend the free shows anyway.

(Origami Ghosts is an always changing band made up of Seattle natives John Paul Scesniak and whoever he decides to bring along)

“I buy a badge every year because I know there is always going to be someone I want to see where I will need the badge to get in, but I almost always go to more free shows where I don’t even need it,” said Marcus Garcia, another attendee of The Rustic Tap shows. “Besides, the big shows are insane most of the time, I really like being able to go to a show and relax and not worry about someone hitting or kicking me.” Garcia said. You only need the attribution once for this quote.

This is also true for most free shows. You will very rarely see a free show where a line to get in is a block down the sidewalk or attendance is at the venue’s full capacity, but shows still see a good crowd with The Rustic Tap hosting around 200 people during The Jonny Gray Band’s performance.

“We love getting to play shows at SXSW,” said Jonny Gray, lead singer for The Jonny Gray Band. “The bars do not pay us a lot, but it’s more about attracting new fans for us. The more fans we attract, the longer we get to play music and SXSW is one of the best places to do so.” Gray said. same error as above

(The Jonny Gray Band covering Blink-182’s “I Miss You” with Jonny Gray pictured on the far right.)

So next year, if you’re running a little tight on money, but still want to enjoy the SXSW festivities, just take a stroll downtown and there is a good chance you will find a bar with live music and a band who would love you to come see them play.

Midterm Story Pitch Hayden Bach

 

This has potential. I used to love going to the free stuff .That’s back when SXSW didn’t feel like an invasion of Alien Hipster Hordes from Planet Los Angeles. Who are the characters in your story? What’s the beginning? The middle? The end? What is the multimedia? Read the assignment carefully!

For my story I was thinking about covering the free music performances aspect at SXSW. This would include interviewing some of the performers as to how they land a spot performing at SXSW and talking about the differences between the free performances and the paid ones.

PHOTO HAYDEN BACH

Nice shots, Hayden. Great light. Now, try at medium and far distances. And please do this: Write AP Style photo captions for each of them. Click on the photo. Up will come a template w/a little pencil icon. Click on it. Up will come THIS template. Write your caption, choose your display settings and then click Update on the bottom right.

Media Critique Hayden Bach

On January 18, 2015, Dan Zehr, reporter for the Austin-American Statesman, published a piece titled “Inheriting Inequality”. This is an incredible three-piece story combined into one big news story using many interactive media elements to highlight the steps taken by city and federal government 75-100 years ago to successfully segregate the city of Austin, TX and how it is impacting the cities’ minorities today.

The main page of the piece is where we see the majority of the media elements. It begins with a timeline of the processes taken to segregate minorities and low-income families away from the rest of the city. The article uses a photo slide show of maps to provide a look at how African-Americans and Hispanics were dispersed across the entire city in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. However, a second media element, a “slider” as the article refers to, was used on another map to show how new laws and policies put in place by government separated white and minority communities in 1928. When you slide the bar to the left, you are able to see the minority neighborhoods, but when you slide the bar to the right, you are able to see the white neighborhoods. The slider was used again to show the “hazardous” areas of town was where minorities concentrated at. The final media element on the main page is another photo slide show of a third map, providing racial densities across the city of Austin over a 70-year period. The rest of the interactive media elements primarily deal with videos and photos. The author used these with the other three pieces when going in depth on the impact of minorities today. Zehr conducts video interviews with the people he is highlighting and photos of the communities they live in.

When assessing the interactive media elements, I find many strengths but very few weaknesses. The biggest strength, I believe, is the uses of the slider and photo slide shows. These are not just pictures or videos that can only be viewed, it allows you to be physically involved with the story by dragging the bar across the photo changing the perspective on it, or clicking through pictures to see changes in the picture over time. Another strength I find is Zehr’s use of videos. They allow you to really connect with someone struggling with the impacts of Austin’s long history of segregation. It is especially helpful for someone like me, a white male, to connect with someone in a position unfamiliar to me. The only real weakness I find with the media elements is the different maps used on the main page. The maps make it somewhat confusing to tell if the same neighborhoods being highlighted on the first map, are the same neighborhoods being highlighted on the second and third maps.

Looking at the overall structure of the news package it is clear the author favors only one point of view. The entire piece focuses on the negative impact years of segregation has brought on to minority citizens today with nothing being mentioned about possible positive impacts. Even the interactive media elements only offer one perspective. They focus primarily on minorities perspective on the situation and nothing about a white upper-class citizen’s perspective. That being said, because of the statistics and visual aspects they provide, I do believe the media elements are essential to the news package. Without them, I do not believe a reader fully understands the impact of the segregation laws and their effects today.

Overall, this piece uses a wide arrange of great interactive media elements. The story would not be the same if not for these elements and would likely lose a great deal of the message the author was trying to convey. Although there is only one point of view and perspective, I believe, because of the message being told, the other point of view and perspective is not needed.