50 People, 1 Question: San Francisco

I absolutely love these Vox Pop videos. There are “50 People, 1 Question” videos from all over the world. I liked the San Francisco one for multiple reasons: I love the personality and diversity each person brings to the video, I am from the Bay Area and it is always nice to see videos/articles from your home town, and it is shorter than the other 50 people videos and therefore keeps my attention better.

In my video editing class we talked about the length of videos and how shorter videos are bound to keep an audience better than longer videos. This one is a perfect example. Although I would sit through a 50 People, 1 Question video that was longer than 3 minutes, many times people lose interest after 2 or 3 minutes and don’t watch the video through to the end. I feel as though this video holds attention and isn’t so long that it loses the viewer’s interest.

What do you think? Do you like this style of video editing? What didn’t you like about the video?

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Jour 303


no Tomorrow for Today co-host Meredith Vieira

It was confirmed today that one of America’s favorite morning news anchors, Meredith Vieira, will be leaving NBC’s Today in order to spend more time with her family. Entertainment and news sites alike have been discussing the possibility of her departure since April, but it was only this morning that Vieira confirmed the rumors on today’s broadcast. Vieira explains, “I really hope to stay in the NBC family, that’s my goal, it just won’t be sitting at the couch everyday.” Vieira, who took over when Katie Couric left the show in 2006, will co-anchor the show for the last time on June 8, 2011. (Side note – Katie Couric is also leaving the CBS Evening News. Read the CBS announcement here.)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

The Today page on MSNBC’s website has an article explaining Vieira’s reasoning behind leaving the show. The article, which includes an image of the Today team as well as links to videos, photos, and reports by Vieira, explains that Vieira would like to spend more time with her family. Speculations about declines in her husband’s health have been circulating the media recently, however Vieira explains that he is currently in good health and that she is looking forward to spending more time with him and their three children.

“Time is one of those weird things,” says Vieira. “You can never get enough of it. It just keeps ticking away. And I know that I want to spend more of mine with my husband Richard and my kids Ben, Gabe and Lily.”

Although MSNBC was, of course, the first news site to report on Vieira’s departure, other news sites such as ABC, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, and many more have posted similar stories. Entertainment sites such as People, the Huffington Post, and even Perez Hilton have also posted stories about the popular anchor. Many of the articles posted by other news and entertainment sites include short articles about Vieira and her decision to leave the show, as well as information about Matt Lauer and the rest of the Today cast. Most of those sites have a copy of the AP article about Vieira, and perhaps a photo of Vieira (some with Vieira and the rest of the cast). None are as in-depth as MSNBC’s report, however.

Local NBC affiliate KSBY has released their own video clips of Vieira’s announcement, along with commentary on the announcement from Daybreak co-anchors Richard Gearhart and Carina Corral. Other local news station KCOY has not covered the story at this time.

Vieira’s departure will bring along some changes in the organization of Today. It was announced that Ann Curry, an anchor and foreign correspondent for Today, would be taking Vieira’s co-anchor position. Curry’s position will, in turn, be filled by Natalie Morales. Curry explained of the reorganization of positions, “we get to keep it in the family.” Although there have also been rumors that Matt Lauer will also be leaving the show, the Today co-anchor denies those rumors and explains that he loves his job and won’t be going anywhere soon.For more information on Vieira’s departure, visit any of the sites listed above or simply type “Meredith Vieira” into your search bar.

Fun Fact: Meredith Vieira and soon-to-be-ex co-host Matt Lauer share a birthday – December 30

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Jour 410


Video Editing – Liz Layton on Cal Poly

A short video displaying some video editing techniques. Keep your eye out for more videos I post as my skills develop!

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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Jour 410


Fox… Noos?

Check out these spelling mistakes made by Fox News during the breaking news story of Osama Bin Laden’s death… No, I am not talking about “Usama” – that is how it is spelled phonetically. I’m more talking about words like “Landen” and “Confrims.”

This screen shot of Fox News right after Osama Bin Laden’s death was confirmed displays the importance of checking and re-checking stories you are posting on the web.

In my interview with Ariel Wesler he explains that there is a fine line between the importance of being first and the importance of being right. In the news industry it is very important to break the story first – however it is also important that you have the correct details and information. Some would argue that you can always go and update a story and correct facts as the story develops, however it is never okay to have spelling errors.

In my opinion, the spelling mistakes that Fox News made on their initial Breaking News headline are not justifiable. Spelling and grammar are immensely important and if you don’t make sure they are correct you diminish your accountability.

I was glad to go on to the Fox News website a few minutes later and see that they had correcting the spelling mistakes.

Just to clarify – this is not an attack on Fox News. It is just an example of a mistake that every single news organization makes at one point or another. It is unfortunate that it happened to Fox right in the middle of one of the most important breaking news stories of the past 10 years.

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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in News


Barack Obama: Address about Bin Laden’s Death

The president’s address to the American people.

What are your thoughts on how this will affect the number of troops we have around the world? Will some of them get to come home? Thoughts?

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in News


Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden Dead

Recent breaking news has stated that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US troops in Pakastan. His body in US custody and is awaiting DNA testing to confirm that it is him. Bin Laden is the leader of the Al-Qaeda and has been in hiding since the September 11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. He has been number one on the United States Most Wanted list since 2001. News stations throughout the entire world are reporting on this story. Although there are not very many details, news stations will keep us updated on any new details throughout the course of tonight and the days that follow.

Osama Bin Laden

Facebook and Twitter users have also started updating their statuses about the Al-Qaeda leader’s death. The updates include everything from “Osama is dead” to “AMERICA. Nothing else need be said,” “For everybody interested in the royal wedding, this is what REAL news is,” to “Osama is dead, can we please bring our troops home now?”

President Barack Obama is giving a special address to United States citizens about the most recent attack on Osama Bin Laden, an attack that took place after receiving information about his whereabouts and carefully planning the best way to deal with the information. As previously stated, the carefully executed plan as successful and Bin Laden’s body is now in United States custody. In Obama’s address (which is currently happening on just about every channel on television) he says, “the death of Osama marks the most significant event in this nation’s fight against terrorism… but that does not mean that our fight is over.”

More updates to come.

Update: 9/11 families feel some relief and closure following the announcement of Bin Laden’s death. Although families feel some relief that this man is gone, they are also worried about what his followers will do. What will retaliation be like?

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in News


In Defense of the Royal Wedding

Want to know what I am more sick of than hearing news about the royal wedding? People saying how sick they are of hearing news about the royal wedding.

Now, I might not be the best person to speak out about this – I absolutely love weddings and everything about them – but I am not quite sure why people are getting so angry about hearing about this major event. These people will one day be the king and queen of England! Even if they are just figurehead positions, that is a role that comes with a lot of social responsibility. I, for one, love hearing about a famous couple who really has no choice about whether they are famous or not – he was born into it and she just happened to fall in love with him – and are dignified, sophisticated, and elegant in the public eye. Cut them some slack.

We had a conversation about this at work the other day and one of the women I work for made a great point: our society is so centered around “celebrities” – Jersey Shore, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, the Kardashians, Charlie Sheen, the list goes on and on – what is so wrong with England and the rest of the world being excited about one of the biggest weddings of this century? The royal family and the importance of weddings goes back many, many generations. It is a tradition – a solid, important, and beautiful tradition. I mean, hello, 750 million people watched Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding while 600,000 more people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple. Not to mention that we still talk about that wedding – the dress, the enormity, all of it – and it’s 30 years later!

So will I turn on my TV at 2 a.m. tonight to watch the wedding? Well, probably not. But do I look forward to reading articles about it and will I check entertainment websites and watch TLC tomorrow to see photos and videos of the wedding? You better believe it!

As far as celebrities and media obsessions go – William and Kate are probably on the bottom end of the “ridiculous” scale. I would much rather hear about them than some of the other crap that is covered by our media.

And hey, what girl doesn’t fantasize of being a princess? She is living every little girl’s dream. (Not to mention – look at that ring!)

Prince William and Kate engagement photo

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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Just for Fun

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