Podcasting: “Embedded”

Podcasts have become a thing of particular relevance in the past 10 years. Podcasts offer on-the-go discussions and talks on almost every subject you can think of, which is one of the reasons they’re so popular-regardless of your interests, everyone can find a podcast for them. And podcast creation, usage, and listening, only continues to grow. According to Convince and Convert Media, in America alone, “Podcast listening grew 23 percent from 2015-2016”, an impressive statistic, one that absolutely surprised me. In addition, in 2016 it was measured that, “57 million Americans listen to podcasts.”

These raising statistics come as a result of the mobility available when it comes to both producing, but especially listening to podcasts. “In 2014 most podcasts were being listened to on a computer, which restricted consumption windows.” With the creation of portable cell phones such as iPhones, iPads, and tablets, you can listen to podcasts whenever and wherever you go. iPhones even have an application folder dedicated specifically to podcasts.

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In addition, there is also now freedom in terms of timing, or they time which you can listen to a podcast. In previous years, the time constraint which used to cause a lot of people not to tune in is no longer an issue. Consumers don’t have to wait at the computer while a podcast is delivered live. Instead, people are able to subscribe to the podcast of your their choice, download it, and listen to it whenever they please. Whether it’s in the car in the morning on the way to work, at the gym, or even while making dinner, the freedom podcasts offer is unmatched. There is no longer any time or environmental limit.

I, personally, do not listen to very many podcasts. However, one I enjoy and listen to religiously is NPR’s “Embedded“, hosted by Kelly McEvers. The show looks into news stories, bkmcevers_custom-75505d47b7fd0898af0b2b0b31594acf7d69f233-s200-c85ut goes into great detail and depth gathering personal viewpoints that large media companies will often brisk over. The podcast puts you in the shoes of people who went through it, or are going through it, and gives a background and viewpoint you don’t often get. Especially on topics you wouldn’t otherwise be informed about, at least in such a close, and personal way. Topics range widely, as the way news events occur, examples include police encounters, to high school closings, and suicide attempts. Regardless of the podcast’s subject Kelly McEvers keeps listeners entertained with the unique viewpoint she projects on her show.

Although all the subjects of the Embedded podcasts are interesting, one of my favorites has been a five day documentary ‘High Highs and Deep Lows’:Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan. Kelly McEvers actually traveled and spent a week in South Sudan at MSF (A doctor’s without boarders hospital) and her podcast explains her experience along with an interview with Jason Beaubien, one of the doctors on site. The podcast was very powerful hearing Doctor Beaubien’s reports of his every day life and what he experiences at the hospital, both the good and the bad. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t heard it, but I highly recommend tuning in and hearing for yourself!

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 After learning about podcasts, their history, and the creation of them my professor assigned our class the task of creating our own podcast. I evidently wanted to do something that pertains to me, and something I enjoy discussing, and a result I decided to do my podcast on my personal experience in Barcelona. Here it is! I hope you enjoy!

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Valenti Sanjuan

Valenti Sanjuan is a multifaceted with many interest and uses social media to broadcast just that. Originally beginning with short comedy shows on Youtube, Valenti Sanjuan had a great presence on screen and his comic bits received a lot of attention and praise. Having been one of the first people to live steam a comedy show, Valenti saw an opportunity for mass viewing via a free server that people used everyday. He was quoted during a presentation in front of our class saying one of his goals was to be one of the “Best storytellers on Youtube”

With more praise, and his continuously growing Youtube personality, Valenti began using his channel to expand it to include other interests. He began doing extreme athletically strenuous competitions such as “iron man” and documented it via his Youtube channel. He established himself, and his brand “Valenti Sanjuan” as an entertaining, lively, energetic, adventurous, and passionate storyteller.

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He became so successful in what he did that large brands actually pay him to endorse their products and use them in various parts of his videos. Hence, the brand continued.

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And that was only the beginning. Valenti continuously finds new material to keep viewers entertained, and I believe one of the reasons for his success is the authenticity which he has with his work. One project he showed us that I found especially powerful was his documentation of him pushing a woman in  Barcelona Marathon who suffered from Cerebral Palsy. Not only was the video touching in itself, the way he described it in class was what really struck me. He didn’t talk about her condition or how difficult it was to physically push someone 26 miles, he talked about her as a person, how beautiful she was and how amazing it was to get to know her during their journey together.  And that’s one of the best things about his job, the people you meet and the stories you hear, and being able to share them and broadcast to thousands of people around the world.

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Valenti is extremely interesting in that he’s truly one of a kind. He took what he was passionate about and what he enjoyed-comedy and sports-two completely unrelated topics and combined them to make it work for him. The underlying passion and interest is the same in everything he does which is what makes it so entertaining. However, he was able to create this own “brand” or image which supports all facets of his life and that’s what makes him truly unique. He loves what he does and it is seen in his work. I look forward to seeing what else he comes out with. I may have to make a Youtube account just to follow him!

 

Mobile Journalism: The New Media

Mobile journalism is a recent form of media that has emerged as a result of our advancements in technology. Nowadays, almost everybody has a smart phone, and if so, they carry it around with them wherever they go. As a result, people are constantly giving live updates to applications such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and even through text messages and email, to name just a few. These updates are often posted as they occur in real time and can take various forms such as text, video, audio, and photographs. The smartphone really does it all!

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Mobile journalists, or mojos, as they are often referred, have used these developments to their benefit. Instead of having to bring bulky tape recorders, or oversized video cameras  to events or interviews, they can just simply bring their iPhone out. Neal Augenstein, a radio journalist stationed in Washington D.C. expresses this perfectly, “Since 2010 I’ve been doing all my field reporting just with my iPhone and iPad.” Applications have even been created to assist in smart phone editing, recording, and posting, to make news reporting from a mobile device that much easier, and the presentation that much more professional. Applications range from Call Recorder, which records phone calls and interviews, to shooting and editing software applications such as Splice, and Magisto that assist in delivering precise and relevant content.

In addition to smart phones’ many features and capabilities, another advantage of the hand-held device is it gives journalists the ability to capture anything that may occur while they’re out and about. If something happens when journalists are on the move, they can simply take out their phones, capture it, and then share it with their audience. This accessibility is most likely one of the biggest advantages of having a smart phone. Anything can be posted to an online newspaper or application directly from a phone, as quickly as possible, or even live, as it is happening. Journalists no longer have to wait to get back to the office or to get to their computers to record what occurred because they can explain it and even show it as it is going on. Stephen Quinn, an experienced mojo, defines mobile journalism, “mojo is editing on mobile phones as well as the shooting..It’s also captioning, putting headlines and credits. Real mojo, true mojo is doing everything with a mobile phone.” And it’s easy! With the availability of smart phone access and with apps that allow us to record and capture events in real time, journalism coverage has taken a whole new form, and, it is faster and easier than ever before.

All Hail-Storify

Storify! The social media tool that combines everything, all in one. I have long waited for a service that would be able display and allow me to make use of all my daily used applications-Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, all in to one area, and I have now found it. Storify allows you to create a wall type outline, or timeline, which shows you updates of what is going on throughout all your applications . It is up to date, and is a great tool for things such as blogging. You can easily pull from multiple sources pertaining to your topic, in an easy to use, fashionable outline. Not only is it fast and efficient, but Storify also allows for interaction, collaboration and feedback from others. You can get realtime responses and feedback from others users, something recently coined,”Live-blogging.”

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Storify’s website gives a clean outline of everything their service offers users. Features include “Real-time collaboration”-which allows you to publish, edit, update, and review your story from anywhere, anytime. “Create stories wherever you find them”-there is now a Storify app which allows you to post content as things are taking place. “Immersed, engaged audiences”-which allows you to pin content and key stories along with notes, allowing feedback from others and also a direct link back to your site! And lastly, Storify is free! However, there is two options or versions. Storify Free and Storify 2 which you evidently have to pay for. The website clearly outlines the features of both to see which better fits you as a blogger and user. Storify is unique in that it provides an area to post about what interests you, whenever you want, and wherever you are, and even more importantly using all your favorite sources and applications to do so. The large search bar with various options such as “recent” and whether you want results to include “links” and “retweets” helps to narrow down the large amount of content that is readily available. Content can also be narrowed by which applications you wish to use, and from there allows you to easily drag and drop the desired material from other sources to your timeline. Once you’re ready, you can then choose which applications you want to publish to in addition to your Storify timeline. Users can simply click to post to all social media, or choose specific applications such as Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, or Facebook, depending on the content. Storify is truly is the wonder tool of social media, incorporating essentially all major applications and sources in one area. If you haven’t used it yet, its’ absolutely time to start!