Audio Rough Draft

So for my rough draft I have conducted an interview with two people from The daily Evergreen. Nathan Howard, the Managing Editor and Zack Briggs, the Former ASWSU Reporter. I felt these two gentlemen were going to be the best to interview for my subject considering their long background at the paper.

Since one of the main focuses of this over-arching project is the day-to-day challenges student newspapers face, I wanted to discuss some of the ethical challenges that come up to editors as well as some of the challenges that deadline reporters face (getting their story in within a short amount of time after an event takes place).

One of the difficulties I ran into with this draft was interview time; I have close to 20 minutes of audio even after my editing. Another issue that I have, that I intend on resolving by the final draft is background music. I couldn’t find anything that was suitable so far that wasn’t completely cheesy but will find something fitting by the end of this section.

So far I have to say this is my favorite portion of class; I have an odd interest in scanning audio files for minor details such as overused “ums” or “like’s”. I plan on making the audio for these interview for my final draft more crisp and more colorful with music. Hopefully, I can figure out how to loop music so that I can have a more streamlined audio content for this section.

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Illustrator Rough Draft

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I’m not sure if you have ever been to a Buckle retail store, but my rough draft logo looks like something you’d see on the back of an $80 t-shirt from a company that off-shores from Taiwan. But that’s okay, it’s a rough draft. My inspiration for this logo came from the original Daily Evergreen phone app logo, which is a tree. And just a tree.That part was fairly easy as it is only three triangles stacked on top of another and then united together from pathfinder.

The design of this logo is fairly easy because I am still trying to get comfortable with Illustrator. Most of it is just star shapes with different point and a few rectangles. I found some of the vector symbols to be very useful as well. One thing I wanted to do though was bring a mesh of old and new which is why I used the font (the same I used for my Photoshop final) I did for banner text.

Something else I wanted to was include a shield like shape in the background to give a sort of coat-of-arms feel to the logo. This was inspired by some of the Cascadia (independence movement) logos I have seen in the past. My hope is to bring this before some of the editors at the Daily Evergreen to at least get a conversation started about improving the existing logo. If my luck pans out, I’ll be the one designing the new logo!

Photo Collection

The purpose of these photos is for submission requirement. All 3 were originally taken by me and may possibly be dropped and replaced for my future final project. These photos are currently my top pics for my Graphic Collage assignment. Thank you to the Daily Evergreen staff for helping me with this assignment.

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Photoshop Tutorials

Here are my finished Photoshop tutorials:

COM 210 Project: Functions of A Student Publication

For the next four months as a part of my COM 210 project I will be covering the functions of a student publication, The Daily Evergreen; the publication I will also be working at this semester. Having already worked at a student newspaper prior to Washington State University, I’ve seen some of the challenges that young journos face on a day to day basis. Be it finding reliable sources, editors insuring that reporters get their stories in on time or even fitting stories within the proper margins of the final product (can really be a pain sometimes).

Since this blog will be open for anyone to see, I think it could be interesting or even beneficial for others to see how journalism is done and turned into a final product by using the very methods they employ (so meta!). Throughout this semester I will be utilizing Adobe tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition and Premier. And with such you can expect me to upload collages of young journos hard at work, audio interviews with editors and reporters about what it’s like working at the paper and video of them performing their day-to-day routines; I’ll even make a new logo (but not official) for the newspaper!

Being a Journalism and Media Production major I hope to use this class assignment as an opportunity to share my love for this work with anyone willing to take a look. I personally feel that student print publications, regardless where, are grossly under appreciated. A lot of time and effort goes into running a newspaper no matter if it is student, local or metropolitan. Despite the long hours and the fact that most of us run on coffee or some source of caffeine, there’s a deep passion put into the work. It is my goal to capture that passion with this project.