Final Reflection

My audio piece was based on my friend John and his connection to local Wollongong nightclub HostageX. I found it challenging to record his music at the nightclub and other ambient sounds, such as glasses clinking at the bar, people ordering etc. as it was so loud and the music wasn’t the best quality when I uploaded it onto my computer. This was really frustrating but the Wednesday before the assessment was due I was able to effectively record his set without any trouble. I think the bad audio was due to the style of music that was being played.
I also struggled with the quality of my interview recording. I tried several techniques to make the audio clearer and less “muffled” however none of these methods worked. However there was one or two parts of the interview where the audio where the sound was very clear (this is evident at the end of the piece.) I have no idea why this was the case but I attempted to even out the sound as much as I could, even though it is still very obvious that it is of better quality.
I really enjoyed working with the Hindenburg program as it was something very new to me. Even though I had no experience with it, I liked the challenge of working with new technologies and figuring out how to use all the different widgets on the program.
Overall, I found the audio task was a very rewarding and enlightening experience that allowed me to view a place that had a form of meaning to an individual. I believe for many individuals it must be so difficult and confronting to allow someone else into their place of serenity and comfort, and I thank John for letting me experience a small part of his world.

Testing Ambient Sounds

I recorded two ambient sounds, accessible through here and here.

The audios I have captured are the music that John plays from his set at HostageX. He has remixed a variety of songs and makes them all his individual work. The pieces show how experienced he is as a DJ and all have a sense of originality.
I had trouble recording a few of the audio pieces due to how they were remixed. The quality wasn’t very good and it was very frustrating to try and incorporate it into my audio piece. On the first Wednesday night I recorded the sound, I accidentally stopped it 7 seconds after recording and that 7 seconds was the best quality I had. Once again frustration as stress took over the project and I waited a couple of days before resuming the project.
The next Wednesday I got 3 very good pieces of audio which I ended up using in my final project. It was clear and of good quality, and I liked how during the pieces the listener is able to hear the audience singing along, laughing and cheering. I think this accidental inclusion of human presence adds a sense of authenticity and truly encapsulates the atmosphere of Wednesday nights at HostageX, and those are the elements that I wanted to emphasize and express in my piece in order to tell the story of John and his connection to this place.

Reflection #1

For my audio assignment, I’m interviewing my friend John, a DJ from Kenne in New Hampshire, USA. He came over to study at the University of Wollongong and when he went out one night to a local nightclub, HostageX, he told the managers that he is a DJ. They asked him to come in one night before opening to play them one of his sets and, after hearing it, they hired him for a Wednesday night shift, from 11:30pm-1am.
In my audio piece, I want to capture how John has adapted to DJing in such a different landscape, and how hostage has allowed him to do so. I also want to record a few of his sets so I can incorporate them into my piece.

Is Print Dead?

As the desire for technology grows, so does technology itself. Social media is a main aspect of the ever-increasing demand for technology. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook provide constant updates for their users allowing them to use only the most recent technology.

However, this constantly growing impact of computerized and televised communication has caused several issues in the world of print journalism. So is digital broadcasting the future of journalism or is social media becoming the main platform of broadcasting? Are we going backwards by continuing to use print journalism? UOW aspiring journalist students Jarrah Bowley, Ryan Speed, Mathew Robinson and Dylan Nicholson told me their perspective on the issue.

BCM student Ryan Speed scrolls through his  Twitter Feed

BCM student Ryan Speed scrolls through his Twitter Feed to get his daily news.

I asked all of the journalism students whether they wanted to pursue a career in print or digital journalism and why. Ryan, Mat and Dylan all agreed that they wanted to become digital broadcasters, and their responses were very similar: Dylan stated “Journalism is moving to a much more digital-centric platform: everything is mostly online even if it is also featured in Print, so there will be much more opportunity in this area.” Mat responded “Digital journalism seems a lot more flexible.” Ryan told me that Digital journalism was more “socially interactive” than print. Jarrah however told me that she wanted a career in Print, explaining “I’d much rather go out and gather information myself rather than finding existing articles online and rewriting what they’ve already written. Part of the appeal of journalism for me has always been becoming involved in the creative process.”

This shows that only one in four journalist students are willing to continue with the traditional form of print. So if we cannot stop digital journalism from overtaking print, maybe we just have to change it somehow in order to improve or encourage it.

Dylan stated “I think I would change the nature of the stories that receive attention. There needs to be more in depth global news on the front page of News websites.” This would perhaps draw attention away from social media and focus on issues that really matter. The concern of credibility is also a growing concern in digital journalism, as everyone wants to be the first to cover a story. This can lead to false or no evidence, Ryan explains “One report talked about how compelling the stories were around MH370, on the Guardian App, even though they had no evidence or facts.” Jarrah, from a conflicting perspective, states “I’d change the distribution of major publications. The newspapers in Australia are monopolised by a few key figures leaving a lot of print media vulnerable to biased opinions.”

So are social networking sites not the main source of bias online? Despite this subjectivity, many readers and viewers of social media enjoy the format and easy access of social media to get their daily scoop of news, as Mat tells me “I barely ever read the newspaper, and consume all my news via iPhone Apps or online. I love the structure of the Apps and online news sites, it’s very easy to navigate and find the most important news.”

All interviewees agreed that as a result of social media and citizen journalism, the audience’s behaviour has changed dramatically, from being merely a spectator to being an active participant – technology is an essential medium to conveying news as soon as it happens, whether unreliable or not.