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Brainstorming Ideas October 13, 2011

Filed under: Online Journalism — mellio10 @ 11:46 am
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As our next assignment quickly approaches, brain storming is essential in order to have a successful audio story.  I’m really excited to work with Sara Whittle again on our next group project.  We began discussing possible ideas that would make for a great story the other day in class, but what better to capture our ideas than to put them online?


For our first possible story we began talking about The Curiosity Shop in town.  Sara already knew about the giant Trollbead event that they will be hosting in town later on this month and thought it would make for a great story.  Apparently Trollbeads are beads that are much more representative of charms that can be added to bracelets.  They have a huge cult following and are very popular amongst a variety of Laramie residents and would be a great way to showcase some of the collection of some of the colletors’ in town.  Possible resources include getting in contact with The Curiosity Shop and photographing their Trollbead event as well as possibly interviewing the owner of the shop, or the Trollbead glassblower that they will be featuring during the event.  We also had the idea of getting in contact with a few of the collectors in town and interviewing them as well as photographing their collections.


Our second idea was to report on child care at the Early Care and Education Center (ECEC) the University of Wyoming. Sara is on the board and it would give us great access to a lot of different interviews with other board members as well as parents of the children.  There is also a great opportunity for some ambient noise as well as some pictures of the children playing.  Some possible problems that we may face though are limited access to the kids.  A disclaimer would have to be signed by the parents allowing us to photograph their children which might be a tad bit difficult, but I think this would be a really great interview and showcase the child care within the university.



For our final idea we thought showcasing some of the bands at Suite 107 could provide us with a great band profile as well as give us some great photos to use in the story.  There are a few different shows that we can attend before our final project is due.  We have a few different options with this story as well.  We could always go in the direction of showcasing one band in particular which would be a really great way of spreading the word about local talent, or we could just showcase Suite 107 in general which would also be a good way of just showcasing local concerts.  We would of course try to meet with some of the bands and attend their shows as well as try and attend their rehearsals.  This would give us some great pictures as well as some awesome ambient noise.  And of course at the rehearsals would be a great place to conduct an interview and possibly add some ambient noise of them playing acoustically in the background.