Here’s a finished Soundslide I made in class today, using an audio file by Corinne Smith and photos by Saturn de Los Angeles. I’m very happy with the end result. Enjoy!
View the Pumpkins on Parade soundslide here.
For my Storify, I had originally planned on doing a report on an anniversary event – a plane crash that had occurred 50 years ago near Laval, Quebec. As I sat down to write and compile the article on Saturday night, I noticed on my Twitter that reports were coming in saying that actor Paul Walker had died.
Immediately, my interest was piqued. I have never been the biggest fan of Walker, but I’ve seen plenty of movies that he’s been in and know how big of a player he was in Hollywood action movies.
My experience with Storify was certainly a positive one, and I found it very similar to the live-blogging I did with ScribbleLive. It was less stressful as there was no real-time aspect to it; I could take my time finding material and context to make the story interesting. I definitely found that I had to know what I was looking for, as well; looking for a good tweet to use in a story is like finding a needle in a haystack. The main issue I had with Storify was not directly related to the program itself, but rather the timeframe I decided to work in. Since I began my Storify as the news of Paul Walker’s death was just beginning to surface, I found it difficult to find information at the beginning. I was constantly refreshing my Twitter to see if any of his costars had reacted to the news thus far, coming up without much luck until I was 2 hours into my article. Next time I do a Storify, I think I’d like to wait a little until more news has surfaced, so I’m not working ahead of the story.
Here’s a link to my CartoDB map, looking at Canada Parks. The map looks specifically at the park names, their regional population, and the number of visitors they get annually.
Since it won’t let me embed the map itself, here’s a photo of it:
Click the map to see the CartoDB in action!
As a bonus, click HERE to see a map I made of New Hampshire election results, sorted by party colour.
As an example of precision journalism, we’re working through how to gather and sort data in an excel file. I sort of followed the tutorial, but also created my own function to add up all the different types of crimes in each province, and display one total amount.
Here it is!
In row C109, we can see the total amount of crimes in all of the provinces in Italy in 2011. (Retrieved using the =SUM function, adding the total of all the different types of crimes per province).
Maybe it’s Photoshop!
Done with Adobe Photoshop spot healing brush tool.
A photo of a man playing a piano, cropped using Adobe Photoshop. Watermark added at the bottom right.
A photo of a busy city street. Originally crooked, was corrected using the crop tool on Adobe Photoshop.