My Charleston Adventures

It’s been nearly a month since I moved to Charleston, SC, and I’ve been loving the city so far. There’s definitely plenty to see and do in the city–from museums to the market on Meeting Street to the nearby beaches–that I still find plenty to do each weekend.

To get to know the city and its people better, I’ve spent every weekend so far going to different areas and taking pictures (like a tourist).

And like a tourist, I spend most of my time walking the Battery. There was one weekend I went where there was a wedding in the park and I was able to get a photo of the ceremony. There were five other photographers, aside from the wedding photographer, snapping pictures of the bride’s gown and of the flower petals on the gazebo, so I decided to take a few.

But as I walked through the park, I immediately fell in love with the charming old houses that face the park. I think my new obsession is the doors/entryways to the houses. Each entryway has as much character as the house they’re attached to. I found myself taking more photos of the doors than of the houses themselves!

This led me to the most colorful area on Bay Street, Rainbow Row. I’ll make no secret of it. The purple house is my favorite. Although my favorite find is the Printer’s Row sign with the beautiful white flowers next to it.

I walked back to the Battery to move my car, and I kept taking pictures. There were more beautiful houses to be seen, and then once I got up on the walkway, I could see the water.

I took a quick detour to King Street, or as I’ve soon realized, the busiest street in Charleston. I’ve seen more people walk this street than any other area so far! The buildings are just as beautiful as the ones near the Battery. I tried to take a few without getting lost in the crowd!

I’m still learning about my new city and the wonderful things that are in it, but I wanted to share some pictures of my adventures so far!

 

 

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Final Video Project

For my Photojournalism final project in December 2016, I had the opportunity to interview and edit this VO/SOT about Andolyn Parrish, a student at Auburn University who is pursuing her dream of being a singer/songwriter.

This is probably one of my favorite (and most difficult) video projects I’ve done so far. I had to sync the audio and the song’s recording manually, recolor the video to brighten the picture and tailor the video to meet the project’s requirements of changing angles every five to seven seconds.

I later learned about external programs that automatically match the video and audio, but I felt proud to have done it by hand. It was more time consuming, but it taught me how to be patient with Adobe Premiere and Adobe Audition.

Rope Mill Park

I’m a native of north Georgia, which is probably why I love fall the most. Seeing the leaves change color in late October/early November is probably my favorite part.

But one of my favorite places to go to, both in fall and year round, is Rope Mill Park. Even though the South has been in a drought this fall, Rope Mill Park retained its natural charm and beauty. The water level is low, but the color of the leaves didn’t disappoint.

I went out for a walk with my father and our dog, Oliver, this weekend and snapped a few pictures. Since then, half of the leaves have blown off the trees, so I’m glad I brought my Canon along.

Here are some of my favorite shots from this weekend.

The Tichenor Cat

Our Photojournalism class pushes us to document various subjects in their true form. We seek the truth and try to capture it to share it with others.

On Auburn University’s campus, the occasional cat can be found roaming the grounds. It’s typical for students to see at least one cat walking by the Student Center each week.

There’s the occasional rustling of the bushes, the random food and water bowls scattered throughout the grounds, and subtle sound of purring emanating from the large vase by Tichenor Hall.

If you’re lucky, like I was, you can spot the Tichenor Cat.

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This elusive cat may appear friendly but can become skittish if you approach it too quickly. It is a goal of many journalism students to photograph, if not pet, the Tichenor Cat.

And now, I can triumphantly say I’ve done both before I graduate. Here are some photos of the mysterious Tichenor Cat that roams Tichenor Hall.

 

 

 

My next big project

I have recently started to build a website for one of my classes. The professor asked me to build a Wiz website to present our class’s work to a large organization in January, which means it has to look as professional and be as interactive as possible.

One of the things I’ve learned about digital readers is that they like “distractions.” They love videos, social media plug-ins, photo galleries and interactive maps to name a few. Now that I am going into this project and starting to build the Wix website, I’m looking for different ways to present the class’s information and make it interactive.

Each student (including myself) has to write two to three stories on their assigned topic. This class is Community Journalism, so each student went out and shadowed a community newspaper. My job is to help them present their information in a way that engages the digital readers without it becoming too much or “information overload.”

One of the things I will make for our website is an interactive map. I’ll be using Google Tables to construct the map that will eventually go on our front page and help viewers see where each student went. My goal is to have the map set up so that a reader can click on any of the points on the map and see what newspaper is there, which student wrote about them and have their stories link from the map.

I’m excited to have this opportunity in this class because I love digital media. I’ve enjoyed using social media and having it tie into my stories, and I’ve built a website in the past for a multimedia story, but I am excited to create an interactive website. When it is complete, the work of 12 students and their coverage of 12 community newspapers will be displayed on a website as if it was a single feature story.

Within the next month, the website will be finished. I hope to post it (or at least link to it) on this website.

The Auburn Plainsman Social Media Information

Initial Start Date:

August 14, 2014 to May 3, 2015 (Reporter for The Plainsman from Aug 2015-May 2016) Returned to Online Duties: August 16, 2016 to Present

Skills learned through this position: Facebook scheduling and analytics, TweetDeck, Trello, Slack, Hootsuite and Buffer. Google Analytics and HTML skills as well for operating the backend of the website (Gryphon).

Initial Numbers:

Facebook: About 5.2-5.3k likes (Metrics Shown below are Jan 2014-June 2015)

By Dec 2015, FB had 6,089 likes

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Twitter: About 15k followers in Aug 2014. By Sept. 6, 2014, Twitter was at 16k followers.

May 2015 Numbers

Facebook Likes by May 6, 2015: 6,455

Facebook Reach: Highest Number was 50,394 on Oct. 29, 2014 and Lowest Number was 1,419 Dec. 28, 2014.

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Twitter Numbers are unavailable for May 2015.

Since August 16, 2016:

Facebook Likes: 10,047 to 11,868

Facebook Reach: Highest Number 718,147 on Sep 25, 2016 and Lowest Number 2,525 on Sep. 5, 2016.

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