Homework: Vox Pop

Use Fetch or Filezilla to load your .WAV audio file into your folder on USC Story Space.

Now go to your folder on the live website, and click on the file. In the top of your browser, you’ll see the link to the file.

Leave the link in a comment here, along with a written Intro and Close.

Due: Friday, 11:59pm

35 thoughts on “Homework: Vox Pop”

    1. I like the audio. Nicely assembled. Good interviews. In some markets they would make you strip off the music bed you put under all of them. I know that occurred in one location, but in voxpop we expect to hear ambient changes because the reporter is moving around, interviewing people in various locations.

      Your close is good.

      I would change the intro slightly:
      The beaches of Los Angeles County (more accurate) each seem to have (clearer and less definitive because maybe someone from NY thinks they all look the same) their own individual personalities… One of the most famous is in Venice. We sent Joy Hahn there to find out how residents define their city by the sea. (Drop “quirky” in favor of showing us and not telling us what the place is like.)

      Nice job.

  1. INTRO

    IN THIS INFORMATION AGE WHERE YOU CAN GET THE ANSWER TO ANY QUESTION AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON, WE WANTED TO CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD AND GUAGE THEIR TECH-SAVVY, SO WE SENT STEPHANIE HANEY OUT IN CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA TO TAKE THE PULSE OF THE COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE ON THE CRYPTO-CURRENCY KNOWN AS BITCOINS… NO GOOGLING ALLOWED! HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE SAID…

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/shaney/Haney_voxpop.wav

    OUTRO

    HMMM… INTERESTING, RIGHT? AND MAYBE A LITTLE CONFUSING. NOW HERE’S THE CHALLENGE FOR YOU… DO YOU KNOW WHO WAS RIGHT AND WHO WAS WRONG? IF NOT, WE’LL CLUE YOU IN. WHILE MOST OF OUR SUBJECTS DID KNOW OF THE BITCOIN, IT WAS ONLY OUR LAST INTERVIEWEE, CHRISTOPHER REID, AGE 52, WHO GAVE THE COMPLETELY CORRECT DEFINITION OF THE DIGITAL CURRENCY. BRAVO, CHRISTOPHER! OUR HARD DRIVE’S OFF, TO YOU!

    1. Nice job. Watch out for wind noise when you record. That was a problem in some of the actualities. Also, check your edits. They need to be tighter. I could hear pops where you cut when there was audio up full. You really want to finesse all the audio edits or it can hurt your piece. Later, you will learn about audio fades and transitions that can help you easily smooth those edits out.

      Here are my thoughts on your copy:
      Intro: streamline the sentences and cut out extra clauses. Maybe something like:
      IN THIS INFORMATION AGE YOU CAN GET THE ANSWER TO almost ANY QUESTION AT THE CLICK OF A BUTTON. But WE WANTED TO CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD AND off-Google… SO WE SENT STEPHANIE HANEY to CULVER CITY TO Test peoples’ KNOWLEDGE of THE new CRYPTO-CURRENCY KNOWN AS BITCOINS…

      CLOSE:
      I like it a lot. I might have dropped his age unless you were going to make a point that it was not some tech savvy millennial who had the right answer.

      Nice work.

  2. Host Intro:

    Many of us grew up wanting to be astronauts, princesses, or olympic athletes, but few of us actually followed through with those dreams. We had Rasha Ali ask college students and professionals the childhood age old question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/rali/Ali_VoxPop.wav

    Host Outro:

    Various factors play in to why we abandon our childhood aspirations. We can become discouraged by our big dreams and change our path to something more “realistic”, or we simply become uninterested in being a princess. We encourage you to look back on your own childhood dreams… Are you happy with where are you are now?

    1. Nice work. In places the audio is a little low and some of the first actualities are a little short. You also need to watch out for rough edits. The edits need to be tighter. I could hear pops where you cut when there was audio up full. You really want to finesse all the audio edits or it can hurt your piece. Later, you will learn about audio fades and transitions that can help you easily smooth those edits out.

      The story briefly takes an odd turn when people seem to lament what they actually do now. That’s probably too much for a voxpop.

      The piece ends a little abruptly.

      I like your intro. Just a couple of small tweaks:
      Intro
      Many of us grew up wanting to be astronauts, princesses, or olympic athletes, but few of us actually followed through with those dreams. We sent Rasha Ali to ????? (Where were you? That tells the listener a lot about the story they are about to hear.) to ask college students and professionals the age-old CHILDHOOD question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

      The Close was a little wordy, needed some attribution, and could be streamlined some:
      EXPERTS? SAY various factors play inTO why we abandon our childhood aspirations. We can become discouraged by OBSTACLES TO ACHIEVING our big dreams and change our path to something more “realistic”, or we MAY simply GROW UP AND become uninterested in being a princess. THINK ABOUT your own childhood dreams… What did you want to be… and is it too late?

  3. INTRO:

    THE PC GAME “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS” IS PLAYED BY 67 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ON A DAILY BASIS. DESIREE DESARIO ASKED LOCAL PLAYERS AT CYBER CITY LAN CENTER IN LOS ANGELES IF A RECENT CHANGE OF THE HEAD-UP DISPLAY HAS HAD ANY EFFECT ON THEIR COMPETITIVE GAME PLAY.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/ddesario/Desario_Voxpop.wav

    OUTTRO:

    THE POPULAR GAME’S PRODUCERS DECIDED TO CHANGE THE LAYOUT OF THE GAME AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF THE SAME DESIGN…CREATING A CLEANER AND MORE SUITABLE DISPLAY FOR NEWER PLAYERS. THE CHANGE WAS NOTABLE FOR EVERYONE AT CYBER CITY LAN CENTER.

    1. Good work. The sounds all flow together nicely. The audio is a little low in places. Some of the actualities are a little short and fly by too quickly. Careful with the end. It’s a bit abrupt.

      Here are my thoughts on your copy:
      INTRO: (minor tweaks to tighten)
      THE PC GAME “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS” IS PLAYED BY 67 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD every day. DESIREE DESARIO ASKED LOCAL PLAYERS AT “CYBER CITY LAN CENTER” IN LOS ANGELES what they thought about A RECENT CHANGE made to the popular game.

      Outro: (A few tweaks to make it clear and shorter)
      League of Legend’S creators say they didn’t want to upset those who have made the game popular over the last seven year. Their goals was A CLEANER AND MORE SUITABLE(???) DISPLAY FOR NEW PLAYERS who discover the game.

      Very nice piece.

  4. Home ownership has long been part of the American dream. However, the milestone is more of a reach for millennials who struggle with student debt, limited job prospects, and flat wage growth. We sent Helen Zhao to ask USC students how owning a home figures into their future.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/hzhao/Homebuying%20Voxpop_mixdown1.wav

    Millennial attitudes toward home ownership may also have to do with the rise of a sharing economy. Companies such as Uber and AirBnb have changed how people share their space.

    1. Nice story. Your first SOT was a bit hard to understand. You probably don’t want to start with someone with a strong accent. And the shorter they are, the harder it is to get what they are saying and follow them.

      Thoughts on your copy:
      Intro:
      Home ownership has long been A MAJOR PART OF the American dream. BUT (WE NEVER USE “HOWEVER” WHEN WE CAN JUST SAY “BUT.”) THAT milestone is more of a reach for millennials… MANY OF WHOM struggle with student debt, limited job prospects, and flat wage growth. Helen Zhao ASKED USC students how owning a home MIGHT figure into their future.

      Outro:
      Millennial attitudes toward home ownership may also have SOMETHING to do with the rise of THE SO-CALLED “sharing economy.” Companies such as Uber and AirBnb have changed how people share their space… AND PERHAPS CREATED NEW VERSIONS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

      Very interesting views.

  5. The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act was received with a mixture of opinions throughout the nation. So, we sent Lamarco McClendon out on the streets of Los Angeles to gauge residents’ perspective on the ruling.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/lmcclendon/McClendon_Voxpop.wav

    The latest poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation paints a different picture. Forty-six percent of people polled found the Act unfavorable compared to the 40 percent who found it favorable. It still remains that majority of resident’s don’t how the ruling affects them.

    1. Interesting story. Your first actuality is a bit ragged. The edit needs to be tighter and smoother. The others hang together pretty well. The piece has a nice flow of sound. Ends good.

      Intro: (minor tweaks for clarity and tightening)
      The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision upholdING the Affordable Health Care Act GENERATED a mixture of opinions ACROSS the nation. We sent Lamarco McClendon out to gauge Los Angeles residents’ thoughts on the ruling.

      Outro: (Again, minor tweaks to tighten and help with clarity)
      The latest poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation paints a different picture than what Lamarco found. In that surgery, Forty-six percent had unfavorable views of the Act while just 40 percent found it favorable. (I’m not sure how you say this based on the numbers above. Is this a different question from the same poll? You might cut this: It still remains that majority of resident’s don’t how the ruling affects them.)

      Good work.

  6. Host Intro:
    Everywhere you go you’re bound to see computers, tablets and cell phones. Technology has birthed a whole new world of communication. With so many social media apps to choose from we want to know, which is the most popular? Cindy Robinson asked students on U-S-C’s campus which is their preference.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/crobinson/Robinson_voxpop.wav

    Closing:
    With a variety of social media to choose from it seems like the fan favorite is SnapChat, not surprising.

    1. This was a good idea, but you might have too many questions and angles here. The story moves away from what people prefer to WHY they prefer and HOW they use it. We may hear too many of your questions and because so many topics are covered we don’t get a real sense of the voxpop. This is a good story, but you would have been better served to have focused the questions and answers.

      Some of the audio is low and the edits need to be sharpened a bit. A few have pops or are jarring.

      Intro: (need to make it shorter)
      With so many social media apps to choose from these days… it can be hard to know which is the best for you, your business, or your hobby. Cindy Robinson asked students on U-S-C’s campus which apps help they stay connected to their social scene.

      Closing:
      THIS IS A LITTLE SHORT AND WOULD BENEFIT FROM SOME SOME CONTEXT THAT GIVES US A SENSE OF THE POPULARITY OF SNAPCHAT. FOR INSTANCE, ONE RECENT FIGURE IS THAT THERE ARE A BILLION SNAPS A DAY. SO, YOU’D NEED TO REWRITE THIS: With a variety of social media to choose from it seems like the fan favorite is SnapChat, not surprising.

      Not bad, but a little more focus would have made it better.

    1. Funny subject for a voxpop. It would be great if it had a news peg. Your editing could be a little tighter between actualities, but overall this was edited really well. It ends a little abruptly, but that is something that will change when you learn audio fades.

      Intro:
      YOU NEED TO SET THIS UP A BIT MORE. I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE YOU WERE GOING UNTIL I STARTED LISTENING. YOU NEED A LAST TRANSITION LINE.
      YOU MAY HAVE (DONT’ SAY THIS: We’ve all seen — BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE MAY HAVE SEEN THAT.) SEEN THE MAJESTIC CREATURES THAT CAN FOUND ON Animal Planet, National Geographic or some sort of animal feature on television or the web. AND YOU MAY HAVE wondered what it WOULD BE like to be that animal ON THE SCREEN. OUR TY HAWKINS TRIED TO FIND OUT WHAT ANIMAL ANGELINOS WISH THEY COULD BE IF THEY HAD THE CHANCE…

      Close:
      THIS IS A BIT TOO SHORT. YOU’D NEED A NEW CLOSE HERE. Regardless of age, or demographic, people’s imagination are alive and well.

      Nice job. I wanted to hear from more people what animals they would be and why.

  7. Donna Granata – VOX POP
    8/7/15

    Intro:
    Downtown Culver City is bursting with art galleries and fine restaurants. We sat down with folks at the Helms Bakery to ask the question…. Why is art important?

    Outro:
    Bryan, an artist, Connie, an art historian and Daniel, a musician all agree; art is essential to their lives and important to the human spirit.

    ftp://Summer2015@uscstoryspace.com@uscstoryspace.com/dgranata/Granata_VOXPOP_Why%20is%20art%20important_FINAL.wav

    1. I can’t open your sound file. Can you reload it with a non-FTP URL in a response here? Thanks.

      In the meantime, here are my comments on your text:

      Intro:(SEE MY EDITS IN CAPS)
      Downtown Culver City is bursting with art galleries and fine restaurants. OUR DONNA GRANATA sat down with folks at the Helms Bakery to DISCUSS the question…. Why is art important TO A COMMUNITY?

      Outro:
      I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE TO NAME THEM. Bryan, an artist, Connie, an art historian and Daniel, a musician all agree; art is essential to their lives and important to the human spirit. SOME WAY TO BRING THIS BACK TO CULVER CITY WOULD BE NICE.

  8. Intro:

    Open mic nights draw many kinds of aspiring singer-songwriters, some of whom probably spent the entire week rehearsing in their bedrooms. But maybe listeners don’t come just to appreciate the nuances of inflection or style. Jonathan asked people why they came out to see the show at Cacao Coffee.

    uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/jshifflett/why_do_you_like_live_music.wav

    Outro:

    Coffee shop strummers learned that night, it wasn’t just about closing a record deal or wooing miss lonelyhearts over there in the corner. If you just drip sweat, bleed from your heart or look like someone famous, people will swoop in to watch.

    1. Very nice piece. Really enjoyable. Nicely edited and structured. Some outlets would not want you to use the same bed of music under the entire piece (because we assume the reporter is bopping around at different times interviewing different people), but other places would have loved the way this worked.

      Intro: (edited for clarity and brevity)
      Open mic nights draw many kinds of aspiring singer-songwriters, some of whom probably spent the entire week rehearsing in their bedrooms… AND LISTENERS MAY BE ABLE TO HEAR THAT LACK OF EXPERIENCE, BUT THEY STILL COME. (THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE SO I CUT IT: But maybe listeners don’t come just to appreciate the nuances of inflection or style.) Jonathan SHIFFLET asked people why they came out to see ONE RECENT SHOW at Cacao Coffee IN XXXXX????. (SET US GEOGRAPHICALLY.)

      Outro:
      Coffee shop strummers learned that night, it’S NOT just about closing a record deal or wooing miss lonelyhearts over there in the corner. If you drip sweat, bleed from your heart or look like someone famous, people will STOP AND LISTEN TO WHAT YO HAVE TO OFFER.

      NICELY DONE.

    1. Nice sense of Venice. Some of the actualities are a little long, but they flow well. The editing was good. Watch out for wind noise. The piece ended a little abruptly, but that will come as you get more advanced.

      INTRO:
      If you’ve ever wondered if the STEREOTYPES ABOUT Venice Beach have any truth TO THEM, but never had the chance to check for yourself THEN fret no more! OUR PAIGE PARKER HIT BEACH TO to ask the locals (DO YOU ONLY TALK TO RESIDENTS?) to describe THEIR VERSION OF Venice Beach for you…

      CLOSE:
      THIS IS A LITTLE SHORT. I THINK THERE IS A BETTER CLOSE HERE. So there you have it, the insider’s perspective on all the weirdnesses and authenticity that is Venice Beach.

      Good work.

    1. Very nice. Well edited. The actualities flow nicely one after the other and tell a good story.

      Intro: Art is one of those things that everyone has an opinion on. Our Caitlyn Hynes asked people in ??? (WHERE ARE WE GEOGRAPHICALLY?) about how they VIEW ART… SHE GOT A LOT OF INTERESTING IDEAS… sprinkled with a just a little bit of sass.

      THIS IS PROBABLY TOO SHORT AND NEEDS JUST A LITTLE MORE TO PLAY OFF THE LAST ACTUALITY. Outro: Not to worry listeners, talking about art with a stranger doesn’t necessarily make you pretentious.

      Nice job.

  9. Intro:
    Smoking pot is a hot topic in the United States right now.

    Since 2012, four states have legalized the sale and possession of marijuana for medical and recreational use. These changing laws have led some people to predict the eventual federal legalization of all uses of marijuana. It has ignited a federal debate on the topic.

    Annenberg Radio sent reporter Neha Wadekar to ask Los Angelenos how they feel about the federal legalization of pot for recreational use.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/nwadekar/Wadekar_VoxPop_Final.wav

    Closer:
    The views vary widely, but the majority of people we spoke to agree. By the time the smoke clears, we may see the legalization of marijuana across the United States.

    1. Very good piece. Nicely edited. It works really well. I wanted to hear more from the guy living in the van. You picked good sound and cut them down to their essence. Now do the same thing with your intro and close.

      INTRO (edited for clarity and brevity– needs to be much shorter):

      Four states now have full legalization of the sale and possession of marijuana for medical and recreational use. The loosening of pot policies across the county have some people predicting the federal government will eventually legalize marijuana. Our Neha Wadekar asked Angelenos about the possibility the feds could one day allow recreational pot use.

      Closer:
      I THINK THERE IS A BETTER CLOSE HERE. DO THE VIEWS VARY WIDELY? MOST POLLS SEEM TO SUPPORT SOME FORM OF LEGALIZATION. I THINK THERE WAS A BETTER CLOSE HERE. The views vary widely, but the majority of people we spoke to agree. By the time the smoke clears, we may see the legalization of marijuana across the United States.

      Good work.

  10. THIS SUMMER, THE LOS ANGELES STREET VENDOR CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN PUSHING THE CITY COUNCIL TO LEGALIZE STREET VENDING.

    SO FAR, THEIR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL.

    WE SENT REPORTER CARLA JAVIER DOWNTOWN TO ASK ANGELENOS WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT CREATING A LICENSING SYSTEM FOR THESE SIDEWALK STORES.

    http://uscstoryspace.com/2015-2016/summer/cjavier/Javier_voxpop.wav

    THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD TWO HEARINGS NEXT WEEK TO GATHER INPUT FROM VENDORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

    THE STREET VENDOR CAMPAIGN SAYS OVER 900 PEOPLE ATTENDED SIMILAR HEARINGS HELD LAST MONTH.

    1. This is good. Well edited. It is a nice explainer of the issue.

      INTRO (edited for clarity and brevity):
      LOS ANGELES STREET VENDORs have BEEN PUSHING THE CITY COUNCIL TO LEGALIZE their sales. But so far, the council isn’t buying it.

      WE SENT REPORTER CARLA JAVIER DOWNTOWN TO ASK ANGELENOS WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT A possible LICENSING SYSTEM FOR THESE SIDEWALK STORES.

      CLOSE:
      Those selling on the street still have a chance though. The LA CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD TWO HEARINGS NEXT WEEK TO GATHER INPUT FROM VENDORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS (WHY? IS THERE A VOTE COMING UP?).

      THE STREET VENDOR CAMPAIGN SAYS OVER 900 PEOPLE ATTENDED SIMILAR HEARINGS HELD LAST MONTH.

      Nice work.

      1. Interesting voxpop. Always nice to hear from those celebrity wannabes. There were some ragged edits and some uneven audio levels. Hopefully, you will continue with this and learn to smooth those out using audio fades/transitions.

    1. Your link doesn’t appear to be working. Please repost it.

      Meanwhile, here are my thoughts on your text:
      Intro:
      MANN’s Chinese theater in Hollywood is an iconic landmark that draws tourists from around the world. Our Gina Presson asked some street performers portraying classic Hollywood characters about their roles as tourism ambassadors,…and about the changing face of Hollywood movies.

      In part two of our series, WE’LL share what the tourists WHO VISIT MANN’S THINK about Tinseltown and modern movies.

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