Headlines- Kristen Chambers

1) Students suffer burn injuries from fifth floor college fire
Subhead: Mallory College classroom fire results in two students with minor burns and $1500 in classroom damage. Fire began at 6:30 pm and blazed for 30 minutes until put out by firefighters.

2) Man sentenced to jail for racially motivated cross burning
Subhead: Fred Thornton pleaded guilty to burning cross in interracial couple’s driveway and is sentenced to nine months in jail. Other men involved pleaded not guilty and will be tried next month.

3) “Don’t Do Drugs” pencils recalled
Subhead: Fourth grader finds that anti-drug message on pencil becomes pro-drug message as pencils are sharpened.

4) Plane crash leads to minor injuries and damages
Subhead: Novice pilot and passenger crash-landed near little league baseball game and hit three cars. Passenger was sent to hospital for possible concussion while pilot walked away with cuts and bruises.

5) Prepare for severe winter weather approaching now
Subhead: Below freezing temperatures will lead to sleet, snow, and freezing rain this weekend. Highway crews have begun salting roads and utility companies are anticipating emergencies.

Midterm Story Final: Kristen Chambers

Converting to a different religion isn’t a typical life decision made by a 14 year old girl in America. However, Rhianna Quiroga spent her freshman year of high school exploring Buddhist practices and ultimately made the decision to convert from Christianity to Buddhism. Where is Rhianna from? Where did she grow up and go to high school? How old is she now and what is she doing?

Only 1.2% of the American population practices Buddhism. Rhianna Quiroga first discovered Buddhism while reading articles online and stumbled upon testimonials on the benefits of introducing Buddhist practices into one’s life. The spiritual practices such as meditation and mindful breathing are known to generate a sense of peace and liberation in those who apply the practices to their everyday life. Rhianna felt drawn to the possibility that these practices could have a positive influence on her life, and so she began to practice them in secret.

A basic belief of Buddhism is that the body is comprised of seven major chakras that meet up to create an energy channel within the non-physical body. A chakra is an energy point that can be individually focused upon to induce healing in the affiliated part of one’s life. Some of the seven chakras include the third-eye chakra which symbolizes duality, and the throat chakra which symbolizes growth through expression and communication. The concept of chakras is the first Buddhist idea that sparked Rhianna’s personal interest in Buddhism. She began to practice Buddhism in an effort to heal and develop into a better person.

Buddhism focuses on three central concepts: Dukkha, Rebirth, and Karma.

Dukkha focuses on the idea that humans crave to cling to impermanent states and experiences that consequently cause suffering. The basic insight of Dukkha is that we can never truly find happiness as long as we allow ourselves to be attached to the ultimately unsatisfying nature of temporary states.

The second concept of Buddhism is Rebirth. Rebirth describes the process that a person’s consciousness is constantly evolving and experiencing rebirth, rebecoming and redeath.

The third concept of Buddhism is Karma, which implies that everything that happens to a person is induced by karma. The bad deeds that humans commit reciprocate either later in our current lives or after rebirth.

Rhianna has been practicing meditation and mindful breathing for the past four years since she made her conversion to Buddhism. She feels that Buddhist concepts are a guide to happiness and encourages others who feel at unrest to find out more information about Buddhism and it’s its peaceful practices.

Midterm Story Pitch KRISTEN CHAMBERS

Sounds interesting. Do you have women lined up? Where is the first draft?

or my midterm story I would like to interview women who support Trump. A lot of people question the loyal support Trump receives from people he mistreats, so I find it interesting to hear first hand why those people continue to support Trump. As a woman, I find it personally hard to understand, so I would like to hear the other side of the story. I would like to interview several women separately on his most controversial topics such as building a wall, the travel bans, his inappropriate comments towards women and possibly more.  I would like to take videos of each interviewee and either edit them together into one video or take separate videos of each and disperse and embed clips throughout the written story.


PHOTO Kristen Chambers

Love this shot. These are good, Kristen. Varied and lively. Now, 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 Kristen Chambers

“Vice News Millions March” is a virtual reality news broadcast by Chris Milk on dragons.org. The purpose of this work was to present a news story that “allows the audience to see, hear, and feel the news.” The ‘virtual reality’ is achieved by a 360-degree video camera system that was kept in constant motion throughout the march. The directors of this work wanted to bring “a new dimension” to coverage of the recent protests in New York City against police killings. The 360 camera moving within the protest provided an extremely personal perspective of the protest that I had never experienced with broadcast news before. The virtual reality immersed the audience into the passion of those who are walking in the march beside the camera. The “virtual reality” becomes interactive as the viewer can pan through the full 360 degrees by simply clicking their mouse and dragging in any direction to view a different angle. The audience can view any and every aspect of the march, the people in it, and the city surrounding them.

There are 8 minutes of multiple scenes of the different elements of the march that add more dimension to the coverage. The first scene is protestors in a group chanting against police brutality. The raw emotion of the group members and their message that they continually improvise leads to a “live” feeling for the viewer. In the next scene, the camera is being held by an unspecified Vice employee, while Vice journalist Alice Speri is talking to the camera as she is walking in the protest. They finally walk to a “die-in,” where protestors are lying in the street to emphasize their right to live peacefully in their city. Alice Speri interviews a woman that was lying on the ground. The woman is passionate, angry, and enthusiastic. Her intense message could not be delivered as effectively if this was a written story or an edited interview.

The strengths of this virtual reality news coverage is the personal perspective that an audience cannot experience through a written story, pictures, or even regular video coverage. However, the weakness of this virtual reality coverage is the length of the story. An 8 minute video offers enough content for a more full experience of the protest, however, I would assume that many viewers would not have the attention span to watch the full video. Similar to the importance of having an introduction that hooks the reader in written journalism, I believe the same guideline applies to this form of journalism. Unfortunately, the most compelling and intimate content is the interview of the girl at the end of the story, so many viewers might miss it. The story completely favors the marchers’ point of view and not the police, but the march’s message was the story that the directors wanted to tell. It would take away from the passionate story of the protestors if the perspective of the police was included in this story. The virtual reality aspect of this story was successful in providing a unique, extremely personal and interactive coverage of news that hasn’t been done before.

Thought Exercise 4 KRISTEN CHAMBERS

1. Identify two quotes, one direct and one indirect (you may include partial quotes), from Mr. Cardenas that appear in the passage. Write the two quotes below and identify them as direct or indirect.

Direct Quote:  “If they call me for a shift on the same day I have to pick up my daughter, I can’t do that shift, and therefore I’m not going to get paid,” he says, “so it’s very difficult and to then be a parent.”

Indirect Quote: Sometimes, Cardenas says, he doesn’t make enough money to feed himself and his daughter, which feels strange, working at a place like Google.

2. Write down one question you imagine the reporter asked to get one of these quotes.

What difficulties arise from being a parent working a low-income job?

3. Identify a potential source for a news story of your choosing (think back to thought exercise #3). Write down the source and four potential questions for your interviewee.

For the news story about Austin, I could ask my grandparents questions about Austin’s past as they have been living here since the ’80s. Normally you would not interview your own family for a news story. But let’s assume you’re doing a first-person piece!

-How has the worsening traffic affected your life in Austin; what changes have been made to your lifestyle over time due to traffic?

-How would you describe Austin’s culture in your beginning years living here as well as Austin’s culture today?

-What do you feel are key differences between Austin in the past versus Austin now?

-What changes do you see happening in the future of Austin?