Blog #10 Video Story Telling Project

26 Nov

(Above is the project link to YouTube)

For this assignment, we also used the 2013 UW bred heifer sale to report on. We got video of the sale as well as interviews from people running or helping with the sale. The point of this assignment was to work with our video skills and to report on a live event. I really enjoyed catching video of the sale and the interviews. This was an event that is of interest to me and I thought it was really interesting to interview Austin and Maxine to find out more about it from behind the scenes. I felt really weird though capturing video at an event like this because everyone was staring at me and didn’t know what I was doing.

It really surprised me how simple it was to edit the video and photographs that we got on iMovie and then upload onto YouTube. I wish I would of gotten better videos. The interviews are hard to hear, but I also was using my smart phone so the quality wasn’t going to be very good. I also had a lot of background noise, but with a live event the interviews I thought really showed that there was a lot of action going on while I was doing the interviews. If I was putting together a video of a live event for my job, I feel like nothing can be perfect because you are reporting things as they are happening. Your interviews aren’t going to be perfect and capturing the right video might be harder than you think. I learned a lot though and had fun with this assignment.

I really don’t know if I would be using video in my future career. I am not very experienced with video and would rather stay away from it, but you never know what you will be asked to do in a job and you can really market yourself for a position if you have some background in everything.



Blog Post #9 Live Tweeting Event

25 Nov

University of Wyoming bred heifer sale


University of Wyoming bred heifer sale

I have never had a Twitter account so this was extremely new to me. I really had no idea how to run it on my iPhone so as the event was going I was also figuring out how to Tweet. I did live Tweets while I was at the University of Wyoming bred heifer sale that took place on Saturday November 23 at 1:00 p.m. To me it was fairly easy to tweet while the sale was going on because I could report on what the auctioneer was saying as well as the dollar amount that the heifers were bringing. If someone was following my live reporting on Twitter, this would be very useful information to know.
I enjoyed learning how to run Twitter. In my future career I might be asked to run the Twitter account or the social media account and because I do not have any form of social media, this was really good for me to learn. I didn’t enjoy feeling like I was being anti-social at this event. I felt glued to my phone and was listening for things that I could Tweet about instead of visiting with people at the sale.
It surprised me how quick you could get a Tweet out, if someone was following my live reporting they would of seen my Tweets right away and it would of been like they were actually at the sale. I learned how to Tweet as well as how to create a Twitter account and follow someone. (As you can see I am only following one and being followed by one :))

One thing that was a challenge for me was that I was not familiar with Twitter at all so I felt like I was trying to figure it out more than I was doing the assignment. This was a fun event to live Tweet on though because it is something that was of interest to me, and is something that ranchers around the state would want to follow me on.

Blog #8 Sound Slides Project

7 Nov

With this assignment, we had to create a sound slides project on an event or particular topic. We had to have at least two different sources to interview so that we would have audio to go along with our photography. The purpose of this assignment was to combine the skills we’ve gained through this class such as using photography creative devices, recording audio and then editing what you record, and then using sound slides with ambient noise. My partner and I decided to interview two students on the 2013 University of Wyoming rodeo team. We also went to a rodeo practice at the UW Hansen indoor arena and took pictures of the students roping. We wanted to focus the project on students and their rodeo experiences here at UW.

While working with a partner on this assignment, we had a lot of fun taking pictures at rodeo practice and getting to talk to the rodeo students. We worked really well together and helped each other out, I am not as familiar with Garage Band (the editing device we used) or iMovie as my partner was, so it was really helpful to learn as we went to see all the really cool stuff you could do with the device. Because there was mis-communication, my partner and I had to re-work the assignment on SoundSlides so it took a little longer to get everything uploaded and fixed. It was a really big challenge trying to get the files off of my partner’s computer. While we were taking pictures at rodeo practice, everyone was staring at us so we felt kind of awkward but it was fun going and watching and trying to get pictures. Also, while interviewing it was interesting to see the UW rodeo students talk about their passion for rodeo.

Working with Garage Band and iMovie was interesting becuase I really didn’t have that much experience. After re-doing the project though in SoundSlides, it was interesting to see the similarities between the two programs. SoundSlides was fairly easy to use.

Our biggest struggle with this project was having the mis-comunication about what program we could use. We had our project completed in iMovie and then realized that we were required to use SoundSlides so that was kind of a challenge trying to get everything transfered over. Other than that everything went pretty smooth.

I actually really like our project, it is something that I think is interesting. I think we had good engaging interviews, relevant country rodeo music and pictures that really captured our topic. Overall, I think this was a fun assignment learning how to piece all of it together.

Blog #7 Edited Interview with Larson McQuary

24 Oct

I had never audio edited before so this was kind of a challenge. I feel a little more comfortable with audio editing now that I have done it and I think that it is a really cool tool to know how to do. I thought that the coolest part of editing my interview that I had recorded was deleting pieces out of the recording, not just my voice, and it still sounding good. I was piecing together an entire interview conversation and if Larson paused to long or stumbled over a question I could edit it out and it was like it was never there.

I learned how to use the editing tools available to edit audio. I learned that when you are doing an interview and you pause before asking the next question and if they pause before answering it makes it really easy to edit. I also learned how to look for the beginning and end of someone saying something, that way you can delete the extra sounds that you don’t need.

Like I had said before it really surprised me how editing out certain parts of the interview not only made my audio profile really cool, but it was like I hadn’t edited anything out at all. It amazed me how you could just piece together what someone says and make it sound good. It’s exactly like someone is just telling their story and that’s what makes it interesting to listen to.

I don’t know what I would have done different. After I had edited the first time, my interview was still almost three minutes long which was way over the time we were allowed. After searching through the audio recording and looking for the pauses, or where she had stumbled over a word, I was able to get rid of that and make it sound a lot better. After I had edited it for the last time, I timed it and I was exactly two minutes and fifteen seconds. Lucky! Overall I think this was a fun assignment and I would imagine that having this audio editing skill will be a great marketing tool for myself when I am looking for a job.


Blog #6 Audio Raw Interview with Larson McQuary

21 Oct


This is an interview that I did with my roommate Larson McQuary. I wanted to interview her on her experience working on a guest ranch as a horse wrangler. Recording an interview wasn’t anything new to me because I have had to interview people for articles or press-releases and recording them is the best way to make sure that all of your quotes are accurate. This obviously isn’t going to be an article but having to record an interview was something I was familiar with. We did it in our kitchen so I thought that we did a good job eliminating the ambient noise. I used my smart phone and just set it on the kitchen table so I felt that it was less intimidating then having to talk in front of an audio recorder that people aren’t used to seeing every day. When I got interviewed, it was sometimes hard to give Sarah a good response to her questions. I had to think about the questions but at the same time answer them in a timely manner without to much hesitation. The same thing went for me, because she used her phone it wasn’t as intimidating to get interviewed because I didn’t have an audio recorder in front of me.

I learned how to record something, and then get it downloaded onto my computer, put onto sound cloud and then to my blog. I had never done that before and found that it was a lot easier than I had imagined it to be. Any time I have ever used my phone to record an interview it has been completely for my own benefit, so this was definitely an experience. I enjoyed learning how to use sound cloud and how easy it was to get stuff recorded and uploaded. I think it is an extremely useful tool. I also enjoy interviewing people because I think that what a lot of people have to say is interesting and can make for either a good article or in this case a good audio profile.

I honestly don’t know what I could have done different, I thought that the interview went extremely smooth. I only had to record it twice because the first time we were like 10 seconds to short from being in the 30 second range of 5 minutes. After I asked her to expand on one of my interview questions we were able to get a good recording of the interview that met the time requirements. I am curious to see how editing will go!


Blog #5 Photojournalism

8 Oct

image (1)The college life

This photo was taken when I was eating dinner at the new library. I was a total creeper and snatched a photo of this kid named Preston when he was enjoying a few beers with his friends. They are in deep conversation so I thought it was a good opportunity to get a shot of these college kids just hanging out. I wanted to use view point along with color because the colors that are contrasting Preston and the wall really stand out. It was weird because I was at the table next to them and I took it on my smart phone. I stumbled upon  this photo because I was right there next to them and thought it would be a great shot to really capture the “college life” of hanging out and drinking with your buddies.

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Shooting pool in style

Shooting pool the college way

This photo was also taken at the Library Bar when we were up hanging out and enjoying ourselves. This was taken far away with my iPhone so its blurry and I don’t have the name of this person. But there are two pool tables upstairs and it was really hard to get this shot because I didn’t want to mess this person up with their shot. I tried to zoom in from across the room and get a picture of them focusing, but decided to use the creative device of cropping. It’s not really cropped, but because there is no face, you can really get a feel for what their face looks like when they are obviously focusing on this shot.

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Shots in focus


This shot was also taken at the Library Bar, and you might think that I spend to much time at the bar but people at the bars just fascinate me. This particular person named Spencer Northrup was shooting pool with his friends. This was also really awkward to take because I didn’t want to mess up his shot. These boys come here frequently to shoot pool, drink beer and hang out. The Library Bar, since it has recently re-opened has become a really popular spot for college students to come and just enjoy themselves. I really wanted to use viewpoint when I shot this. He is in complete focus where your eye is drawn and really gives you the sense of intensity.

IMG_0499A night on the town

I was also being a creeper in this picture. As I was eating my dinner, we were looking over and the colors and lighting of this I thought was really interesting. Every one of these people is in a conversation with each other, but yet still close to each other, and to us is just a long line of people. I just really liked capturing the interaction between people and the bright yellow wall behind them. This wasn’t extremely hard to shoot because they all had their backs to me so they couldn’t see me taking their picture. I think it adds when people don’t know when you are taking their picture (which is this assignment) because you can really capture their real facial expressions and capture the moment they are in without them feeling like they have to pose.


Casual walk through the Pasture

Pasture Walk

A This photo was taken on campus when I was walking to class. I was also far away so it is kind of blurry but for the most part you can get the idea that they are headed to the gym. They were just walking along the Pasture and I thought it was a funny picture. The color of the grass really stands out to me, they are really a strong view point against the grass, along with a contrast. This is just a feature photo for me because it is capturing these two guys walking along during their daily lives to head to the gym (I am assuming). Being a college student, it is fun to see the different students walking around and heading to their classes or heading somewhere different.

I think overall what I could of done different is just capture different scenes. It was really hard for me to take pictures of strangers and I didn’t like it. I don’t like feeling like I am creeping on people. When you are trying to capture an interesting shot, it is harder than it looks when you are trying to just get what is “natural”. I think I just need a lot more practice when it comes to photojournalism. This was fun though to see what I could get, I just ended up getting them all mostly from the same place.

Blog #4 Creative Devices of Photography

30 Sep
Stacy Engelbrecht takes catches a shot of the Lingle/Ft. Laramie football team on the September 28.

Stacy Engelbrecht catches a shot of the Lingle/Ft. Laramie football team at the September 28 homecoming game.

This picture I took at my little brother’s homecoming football game in Lingle Wyoming.
To me, this photo is an example of viewpoint. The opposing team, the Cokeville Panthers, are in the background but the eye is drawn to this woman who is shooting a photo of our home team. I thought it was interesting because everyone’s eyes were on our team as they were announcing the starting line up but I was able to capture this photo of Stacy.
Another creative device that could be used in this photo would be symmetry and patterns. The Cokeville team is completely uniformed the same and Stacy really stands out of the group.

Lingle/Ft. Laramie highschool football team

Lingle/Ft. Laramie high school football team

This picture was also taken at my little brother’s football game. This is the team line up during the Pledge of Allegiance. I thought this photo was interesting because it demonstrates the symmetry and patterns creative device. The players are lined up all wearing the exact same uniform so it shows a definite patterned photo. This photo to me is aesthetically pleasing because not only does the green grass and lighting really make the uniforms stand out, but it is obvious that the Pledge of Allegiance is being sang which is very honoring. Another creative device could be “leading lines”. The team is in a straight line and from our angle, it is a line of players that you don’t know where it ends.


Lingle Cop sneaks a peek at a baby during the Lingle game on Saturday

This photo I really love. Also while at the Lingle football game I spotted the town cop looking in at this baby. I was far away so I grabbed my mom’s really fancy camera where I was able to zoom in really far and get an extremely clear photo. This photo has the creative device of rule of thirds. The main focus of the picture is not completely centered but it is the center of the attention. You can get a good idea that the picture is taken at some kind of event because you can see the bleachers in the background but at the same time it doesn’t matter where it is taken because the eye is drawn to the cop and the baby carriage. This is aesthetically pleasing because it makes me think that the cop is protecting the child. That she is watching over making sure nothing happens to the baby. I think that other creative devices that are displayed in this photo are “viewpoint” because the cop and the baby carriage is in complete focus. There are other things in the background but really aren’t that noticeable because the cop really stands out.


Hageman Ranch at sunset

This photo I took at my family ranch outside of Ft. Laramie Wyoming. I took it with my phone so it’s not extremely good quality but you can still get the idea that the creative device displayed in this photo is contrast. There is a huge contrast between the tractor, some of the road and the sunset. The sunset is the main idea of the photo and it stands out even more because of the dark contrast with the rest of the photo. This photo to me is aesthetically pleasing because in my opinion, there is nothing prettier than a sunset. Especially one that has such beautiful colors. It is also meaningful to me because I took this on my ranch as I was headed home and luckily had my phone with me to capture this beautiful sunset. Another creative device that is portrayed in this photo I could argue would be color. The color in this photo is very bright and really catches the eye.


Harney Streets long line of beautiful fall trees.

This photo was taken by my apartment here in Laramie. The creative device in this photo is “leading lines”. The trees are in a straight line and so is the street and the sidewalk on the side. It is leading the eye to the end of the row, but you physically can’t see where the end of the tree line is. It could be miles but you can’t tell. It is aesthetically pleasing because the fall leaves have a really pretty color and the sun going down in between the trees gives the photo an interesting look.

The thing that surprised me the most about this assignment was how hard it is to get pictures that have a creative device. I have always taken pictures just for my own pleasure, but I love having them posed pictures of my friends and family and I. Trying to find creative devices and looking at something in a completely different way, without being able to pose something was really challenging. I think  what I could of done differently was spend a lot more time getting a variety of photos, I took A LOT of photos but none of them were appealing to me and that fit into any of the creative devices. I think I would also really look for the specific devices, I just took photos. This was a fun assignment though, I never really thought so deeply about the photos that I shot.

Blog #3 Meat, it’s whats for dinner!

18 Sep

Among the different opportunities that the University of Wyoming has to offer students, working in the meat laboratory isn’t one that would be expected. The meat lab is located in the Animal Biology building where a learning experience of a lifetime is available for full time college students.
Kelcey Christensen, who has been the UW meat lab manager for 5 years, not only runs the meat lab but is also responsible for teaching students the entire process of a packing plant. Christensen hires roughly ten students during the year and generally only two students during the summer, “99 percent of people that work in the meat lab have no experience in the field” said Christensen.

The UW meat lab is just less than 10,000 square feet and it is a full packing plant. Any full time student at the University of Wyoming can have the opportunity to hire on and get the full experience that will be with them the rest of their lives. Christensen stated that, “There is a huge need for people in the food industry. Not just meats but in any food industry. It helps to have that experience”.
The meat lab gets most of their animals from the University of Wyoming farm outside of Laramie. “Typically we do around 50 head of beef, 50 head of hogs and 50 head of lambs and that is solely for teaching purposes, some extension work, and when it comes to research the number could vary,” said Christensen. All animals are dropped off the night before or in the morning and then the meat lab will slaughter all animals every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 a.m.

“Those carcasses go directly to the cooler, we chill them and they are used extensively for teaching purposes”, said Christensen. “Our beef will hang between 21 and 33-34 days in the cooler before it’s frozen. Pigs are a maximum of 21 days. Lambs are a little bit less (18 days) they tend to dry out in our climate here”.
After the meat is frozen, it is taken to the fabrication room and cut into steaks, roasts, hams and bacon, while the left over trim is used to make into ground beef or pork sausage. All work is done by undergraduate students who are able to work through the entire process.

Photo from the University of Wyoming Meat Lab

Photo from the University of Wyoming Meat Lab

“For the most part I over see what the students do and I teach them but I cannot be out there all the time,” said Christensen, “they are out there and they do all the work for the most part.”
The meat lab packages and sells meat to anyone and everyone from the community or around the state. Not only does the lab supply for the public, but is heavily involved on campus. It supplies some of its meat to resident life and dining services at UW, along with contracted work for the UW meat judging team selling them prime rib, and rib eye steaks.
“The meat lab processes all of that and then the meat judging team pays the meat lab to produce all that, then they turn around and sell it to make a profit and that allows them to travel and stuff” said Christensen.
They also are responsible for putting on all the state FFA and 4-H meat judging contests. The lab prepares meat for a practice contest for students and also provides for the actual state FFA competition which is held in here in Laramie.
“I’ve never worked for the meat lab officially, but I’ve been on the Meat Judging team before. I’ve helped with slaughtering, fabrication, doing dishes, vacuum packaging cuts, setting up FFA and 4H contests, leading those contests, and then grading those contests, and anything else that needed to be done” said Jennifer Anders who has been a member of the food science club at UW for three years.
The food science club at UW plays a large role in working with the meat lab for different functions. Every year the meat lab works with the food science club on campus to prepare for the annual Agriculture Day Barbeque, which is a huge benefit for all organizations in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I have been the food science club president for the last two semesters. I started in January and my term will be over in December,” Said Kayla Foster who has worked in the meat lab for two years, “In the past some of my duties to prepare for the Ag day BBQ include shopping for the food and supplies needed, making sure we have enough members to work at the barbeque, as well as cooking and preparing the food.”

Safety is a huge factor the meat lab has to consider. “There is an inspector in the plant every day. He’s there all day with them, and this is to make sure that they are doing what they say they are doing.” Said Christensen. “I am certified for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), which is a system that the government and some corporations have put together to identify hazards within the plant, and those hazards could be anywhere from biological pathogens to physical hazards or chemicals.” Although the students are not HACCP certified, it’s an enormous responsibility for the meat lab manager to do safety training with all employees.
Learning the full process of a meat packing plant not only gives students the opportunity to learn a unique skill, but gives them life long experience and knowledge in the food industry. For more information on the meat lab contact Kelcey Christensen, Meat Laboratory Manager at

Blog #2 Usability Test

4 Sep
Picture from Powering a Nation website

Picture from Powering a Nation website

I visited the website Powering a Nation to do a usability test on myself and another person. When I first opened the page, I thought that the color was appealing to the eye. At first glance I wasn’t really sure what the website was trying to portray. I had to do some clicking around to figure out the purpose of it.The first thing I clicked on was the play button for the video. It caught my attention before anything else did and videos can not only be entertaining but I really like visuals. Because I didn’t really know what the website was about, clicking on the video seemed to be the easiest way to get more information. I had to pause the video to let it load, and when I did that there was a caption that showed up with the paused video scene. I wouldn’t have known that there was more to read about each scene in the video if I hadn’t had to pause it. I think that the website could have done a lot better job with its navigation because there were some cool things (such as that) that you wouldn’t have any idea how to navigate to unless it was an accident.

I then clicked on “why 100 gallons” because I still needed more information as to what the website was about. I then finally clicked on “about” to give me my answer. I saw that the “about” link was there when I first started to explore but I was more intrigued with the video and other things to click on that I didn’t think that I would finally have to visit the “about” page to read more about the site. “Water powers life” is basically what I got out of the website and I think that because I know that now the video and stories make sense but before I had all different kinds of ideas about the main purpose of the website.

After exploring, I think that the website did an ok job following the navigation tips. One in particular was that they made it easy for the readers to easily navigate back to where they were before. It had the same “how to view”, “why 100 gallons”, and “about” links with every link that you visited so you could easily get back to where you were before. I think that the labels were clear and pretty self explanatory. If you click on “about” you would expect to read more about the website and all the links were pretty clear, I just don’t think the actual content was very clear. It just took more exploring to figure things out, I had to explore for 10 minutes, but someone else who just was visiting the site because they came upon it might not spend that much time trying to explore.

After clicking the “about” on the navigation bar which I already knew where it was because I explored it, it says “see more about our staff here” so when I clicked that it took me straight to another page in a new browser and I could see all the staff and who was in what position. There were email addresses, names and pictures of each of the creators/producers/reporters of the website.

I did the same test on my roommate Larson McQuary and she looked at things completely different than I did. All she did was use the progress bar and clicked the white bubbles, and then she read some of the text. She really liked the color and thought that the look and feel was “cool and modern”. When she clicked on an icon it took her to pictures with descriptions and she didn’t like how that layout was. When I asked her to find the contact information she found it right away and said it was extremely easy to navigate to.

She thought the navigation was really easy. I thought it was easy but I still had some questions as to where to go and what the website was about. We discovered different things, I feel that I explored around a lot more than she did. We both really liked the style and the look of the website though.

The three things that should not change about the website would be the color and style of the site, the video with the descriptions when paused, and the link on the about page to the actual contact and staff list.

The three things that should change about the website would be to have the “how to use” navigation a lot easier to see so that you click on that first and figure out all the cool things you can look at. I think there should be some description on the main page of what the website is actually about and have more information to read. I also think that the “why 100 gallons” should have a bigger spot on the main page such as a bigger description right there to read when you first visit the site.

Blog #1 My News Sources

3 Sep

I think that keeping up with the news is extremely important especially in our world today. I watch Fox News because it follows a lot of my political beliefs. I trust this news source because I feel that I can trust and follow what is being said on this news channel along with the people that give me my information. With the political conversations I have with my family and the people around me, the information matches up for me. I would say that it is slanted and bias mostly because it follows republican/conservative believes but that is exactly why I watch it. Because I am very involved in agriculture as a whole, another type of news that I look at revolves a lot around agriculture. The two main newspapers I look at for agriculture news is the Tri-State Livestock News (because I write for them) and the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. To me these are very informative on what is going on in the agriculture world, and are full of important issues that agriculture is facing. I think that some entertainment sources can be informative if you are interested in all of the Hollywood gossip. It is informative but might not be something that changes your life. Something like Yahoo news can be informative because it tells you all about what is going on with different famous people.

I mostly talk to my friends and family about news. We talk about agriculture issues, or just things going on in our industry. We also talk politics and get really good discussions in. I always learn something even if it is something I don’t really understand or something I don’t agree on I love being able to listen to other people.

My news diet could use a few improvements though; I really need to make sure that I am keeping up. I get really bad about not reading and keeping up with as much as I should. There are a lot of things that I care about and it’s important to stay very updated!