Video of Wyoming Spring Game

I chose to do my video project on the Wyoming spring football game.  Spring football is always a sign that college football is right around the corner and that is something worth getting excited about.

The game went by fast because they used a running-clock system.  The game featured the number one offense vs the number two defense and the number one defense vs the number two offense.  The offense ended up winning the game pretty handily.  Its worth noting that the scoring system being used in the game favors the offense.  Inbetween quarters they had mini-games that the offense and defense competed in.

I enjoyed the atmosphere.  College football games are so much fun and are befit for video.  However the video does not do the atmosphere justice.  Going to a college football game  is such a great experience that everyone should have a taste of at least once.

Shot of WR Chris McNeil.  Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

Shot of WR Chris McNeil. Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

I did not enjoy having to remember and move around to get good videos.  This entailed me missing a few plays here and there.  I also did not have the best camera.  I could not get as many close-ups that I would have liked to.  Some of my video looked a little pixelated as well which was a little frustrating.  Having a better camera would have been ideal.

I learned that you really have to be active to get a variety of good videos.  Staying in one place will not get the job done.  I was surprised how much of a game one camera can miss.  This is why they have multiple cameras with multiple angles at college football games because many thing can be happening all over the field that need to get documented.   I wish I had a better video camera because I believe I could have gotten better shots.

Video is a medium that is going to become more and more dominant.  People want to be able to visually see things.  If I become a sports journalists I would take videos of big field goals, the entering of the field by the team, and post game celebrations.  I would tweet these videos and also link them to my story.

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Wyoming Spring Game

I decided to live tweet the Wyoming spring game.  I decided to do this because I love Wyoming football, and having seen people on twitter cover sporting events and was intrigued about the opportunity for myself to live tweet a sporting event.

I enjoyed going to the football game.  It has been a while since the Pokes have played football so it was good to see them.  Spring football is a sign that football season is right around the corner and I love college football.  The weather was beautiful for the game and a nice size crowd was on hand to take it all in.

I did not enjoy when a play was taking place and I was busy composing a tweet.  This would result in myself missing the play and that is never a good thing.  I also got a nasty sunburn while at the game, but all in all a great experience.

I learned that tweeting a sporting event is more about the facts then being clever.  Tweets about sporting events should just be the facts with a uniform hash-tag.  When just tweeting for fun I try to be clever and funny, but that mentality was completely flipped when covering the football game.

Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.

A shot of QB Brett Smith scoring a touchdown vs Weber State.  Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.

I wish I had more time to attach a picture to more of my tweets.  My first tweet had a picture of the stadium, but after that I was not able to, or did not have the time to, attach a photo to the tweet.  I was not able to because the picture takes up a portion of the allotted 140 characters and did not have the time because football is a fast paced game.

Well being a journalist with a geography background I will tweet naturally significant events.  Things like tsunamis and earthquakes I can tweet as soon as I hear about them and also post relief websites and things of that nature.  If I get a sports journalist job I would do exactly what I did at the spring game.  Tweet the game to my followers who may not be able to view the game for whatever reason.

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Wyoming Cowboys 2013 Spring Football

I decided to do my project on the Wyoming football team’s spring practices. I chose to do this topic because I am an adamant Wyoming Cowboys fan and I believe that spring practice gets over looked and maybe undervalued. It is very valuable to the players and coaches to get some work done before fall camp.

It is especially valuable to new players who graduated high school a semester early and can get work done on the field before the fall when the majority of freshman join the team. A perfect case of this would be our starting quarterback Brett Smith. His freshman year he was able to participate in spring ball because he graduated high school a semester early. This gave him a distinct advantage in the quarterback battle between him and Adam Pitsner. Pitsner could not join the team until the fall and the spring experience for Brett gave him an advantage going into fall camp.  This eventually may have been the reason Brett won the job.

Both audio interviews had some variables. For instance my interview with Dave Christensen was done inside the practice facility and there is some ambient noise during the interview process. I actually viewed this as a positive because I thought it added more character to the interview and this is what I considered to be my ambient noise. My interview with Brett Smith was done along with another reporter and it was hard sometimes to get rid of all of his voice. I could not catch Brett alone because he was very busy after practice and had to get to class.

My sound slide experience had very mixed emotion. Once I got sound slides to work on a my computer it was great. The program is very user friendly. Moving slides around, jumping to any point in the show was very easy and hassle free.

Honestly I would not change much about this project. It is a good introductory into sound slides.

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Interwiew With Shane Ashe on His Hockey Career

I chose to interview my roommate Shane Ashe on the sport of hockey. I covered his hockey career and his thoughts on a key issue facing the sport today.

Editing my interview was a time consuming process. My subject used the phrase umm a lot in the interview so editing that out each and every time was a pain. Some parts of the interview were too quiet and I had to increase the sound on these parts. In contrast some of the interview was too loud and I had to quit that part down a bit. Mastering the time in between questions was challenging because I wanted it to be consistent throughout the interview and not too long so as it is an awkward silence, and not to short that the listener must keep up with what my subject is saying. All in all audacity was quite user friendly, except for a couple of times when it froze and I lost some of my work.

I learned that interviewing goes far past what meets the eye. First, you must find a relatively quite environment. Then you must devise questions that are intriguing and that will receive interesting answers form your subject. Sometimes you may nix some of your intended questions because the interview is going in a angle that was unforeseen. In this case you must devise question on the fly that fit appropriately into the conversation.

I enjoyed devising questions and conducting an interview about sports. I did not enjoy editing because of the amount of time it took to do so.

Some of the answers my subject gave were surprising. Knowing my subject pretty well kind of gave me an idea of the way he would answer but that was not always the case.

I wish audacity would not have froze as often as it did and I wish I had more time to find a basketball player and do an interview with them because I know basketball much better than I do hockey and my questions would have been much more in depth and intriguing I think.

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A Shane Ashe Spin On The Game of Hockey

I chose to interview my roommate, Shane Ashe, on the sport of hockey and his career in said sport.

The audio recorder I was very comfortable with using and the environment in which I interviewed was very quite and had very little distracting sounds.

This interviewed taught me the importance of really listening and understanding what your subject is saying on the fly. It is important to do this so that you can ask questions that you may have not written down that pertain to the answers your subject gave better than the questions you had previously written down. For example, I did not get to my last two questions that I had planned to ask because my subject led the conversation in a direction that required new/follow-up questions to be asked.

To be honest I wish that my subject would have been a little more talkative on some of the questions. Some of the questions my interviewee went wild and just gave in depth and loaded answers, and some of the questions were received with very dry uninteresting answers.

I wish I had more time to find an interviewee because I would have chose a basketball player. I would have chosen a basketball player because basketball is more interesting to me than hockey and I think I would have been able to come up with better descriptive questions that would have evoked very intriguing answers. Follow-up/on-the-fly questions would also have been easier to devise because of my vast knowledge of the sport.

All in all the interview went pretty well. On the first try I actually started to laugh which was probably attributed with the familiarity of my interviewee. Also the interview was a little short at first so I had to go back and ask a few extra questions than originally thought.

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Working With Noises

For this blog post we had to first collect several ambient sounds.  We were instructed to record inside, outside and in our living quarters.

The first sound I collected was from outside as I was walking to the library. In this clip one can hear the wind, my footsteps and people talking in the distance.

The second ambient noise I collected was of the door to my dorm. One can hear the knob turning, and later the door closing.

In this next sound of my sink in my dorm one can hear the running water and later in the clip the water pressure is turned up and that can be noticed in the volume of the sound the water makes.

This is the sound of someone typing in the library late at night. The spikes in volume is the person hitting the space bar with a little more authority probably due to a long stressful day of schoolwork.

This ambient noise is of a laundry room. In this clip one can hear the laundry being thrown around in the machines and the sound of the laundry machines door being opened and then closed.

My final ambient sound was of school supplies being used.  The first part of the clip is the sound of scissors and then the second part is of a pen being fiddled with.

The second part of this assignment was to record ourselves counting to ten, out of order, and then rearranging the numbers in order in audacity.

The purpose of this assignment was to get used to working with audacity for those who have not used it before.

This was indeed my first time working with sound editing. I am not going to lie I did not care for it too much. It is very tedious and sometimes stressful work.  Audacity is a good program to learn how to edit sound as it is relatively simple to use.  Pertaining to the journalism that I am interested in (newspaper) I do not see a big niche for sound. The ways things are going now though, everything is online, and if you can provide your viewer with some kind of sound clip that will only enhance your work.

I guess in this new age of journalism it is good to be familiar, and at-least know how to edit sound. The only thing I fear about this is people will rather listen to a story than read it and this could lead to a decline in the appreciation for value of the written word.

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The Things That Catch One’s Eye At UW

Richard Gilmore, junior, is fatigued from studying so decides to take a quick power nap in Coe Library.

Effects of Too Much Studying.  Richard Gilmore is fatigued from studying so decides to take a quick power nap in Coe Library.

I was walking through Coe Library for an evening study session when I came across this gentlemen sleeping on his desk with all of his supplies sprawled out around him.  The photo was easy to get because the subject was stationary.  I believe framing and viewpoint were used in this photo.  The man is framed somewhat in this picture by the desk and the view point from which I was taking it gives this photo a unique feel, looking down on the sleeping man.

Water Polo players, Willy Ratz and Christian Douglas, go hiking/rock-climbing near Laramie before a pick-up match with Colorado State.

Warm-Up Climb.  Water Polo players, Willy Ratz (right) and Christian Douglas (left), go hiking/rock-climbing near Laramie before a pick-up match with Colorado State.

I was out hiking near Laramie and saw a small group of people hiking on the rocks as well so I snapped a few photos.  The photos were somewhat tough to take because of the terrain being icy, and my subjects kept moving around.  This was my favorite shot because it frames the two subjects in the photo nicely and it shows their facial expressions when climbing , very focused and always looking down at their feet.  I think this photo utilizes depth with the rocks and the subjects in comparisons to the rocks.

Looking down the isle and onto the court of the women's Wyoming vs San Diego State game.  The battle for second place in the Mountain West

Battle for Top-Tier Seeding for The Mountain West Tourney.  Looking down the isle and onto the court of the women’s Wyoming vs San Diego State game. The battle for second place in the Mountain West.

I attended the Wyoming vs San Diego State women’s basketball game at the AA.  As I was walking down to my seat, I decided to take a picture of the isle leading down to the court.  The atmosphere when I arrived at the dome was quite mellow.  When the game got under way the crowd got into it and it made for a fun setting.  I really wanted to get a shot of the Cowgirls warming up before the game because it shows a shot of the game that the T.V does not cover and that many fans will not see if they do not get to the game early.  I believe that the railing leads one’s eye down onto the court where the players are warming up, therefore using the technique of leading lines.

Kyle Parker (left) and Billy Davis (right) talk over their group project whose due date is quickly approaching.

Getting Everything Squared Away.  Kyle Parker (left) and Billy Davis (right) talk over their group project whose due date is quickly approaching.

During a break in my Images of Wyoming and the West class, two of my classmates starting to talk over their group project.  I though this was a great photo because it shows one guy (Billy) talking to another guy (Kyle) who is writing down important information regarding a group project.  This photo was not that difficult to get because it was right in front of me and in a spur of the moment situation.  This photo in my opinion utilizes the technique of background because the background is a pale color with few, if an, distracting items and the subjects are wearing colors that really make them stand out in the photo.

Senior, Brett Casanove, studies at a desk in the basement of the geology library.

Geology Library, A Hidden Gem.  Brett Casanove, studies at a desk in the basement of the geology library.

This photo I took while studying at the geology library.  This shot was another photo where I just saw an opportunity for a good photo and snapped one.  This photo illustrates the idea of pattern and texture with the railing appearing to be just under the man’s nose.  This photo was unlike any other and my favorite.  It was really interesting that I only caught his upper face and the railing I think that adds an interesting element.

This project really help me understand what goes into finding and taking a good photo.  You must capture emotion, this is what makes a picture strong.  I wish I would have taken more angles of the photos, but that is hard because your subjects are always moving around and by the time you relocate your photo may be gone.  I was surprised on how many photos I took, and how many photos were worthy of selection for the assignment.  Capturing people really is great for a photo because people add so much to a photo.  Whether that be emotion, action or intrigue, people can add a lot of elements to your shot.

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Student Life, Laramie Style

For my photo project I went through my weekly routine of going to class, studying, hanging out with friends, and relaxing.  I attempted to capture, in pictures, what my life looks like attending the University of Wyoming.

John Denega comfortably watching another riveting Mountain West game.  The Mountian West is the nation's best conference (according to RPI) which makes for very entertaining and must-see television.

John Denega comfortably watching another riveting Mountain West game. The Mountain West is the nation’s best conference (according to RPI) which makes for very entertaining and must-see television.

Framing was used in this photograph.  My lounging legs were used to frame the focal point of this photo, the T.V..  My legs framing the T.V. takes attention away from some of the potential distractions in this photo (Xbox, “MARLEY”, etc).  I think this photo is unique because the only thing the viewer sees of me are my legs.

The octopus tree casts a shadow over sidewalk on southwest corner of  campus UW's.  The octopus tree is famous for the tradition that, one is still a freshman, until they kiss someone under the octopus tree.

A tree casts a shadow over a sidewalk on the southwest corner of UW’s campus.

Leading Lines were used in this photo of the sidewalk.  The sidewalk leads the eye through a part of campus and then off-campus.  This photo also shows a type of contrast between snow covered ground and bare ground.  The leading lines give the viewer an idea of the type of setting a UW students goes through in the winter.  It is usually sunny, but always a presence of snow appear on UW’s campus.

Shane Ashe, junior, is blowing off some steam playing Playstation in his dorm.

Shane Ashe, junior, is blowing off some steam playing Playstation in his dorm.

Experimentation was utilized in this photo.  As I was returning to my dorm one day, I realized my roommate, Shane, was playing Playstation and saw a unique opportunity to capture him in the reflection of our mirror.  The door being cracked is a nice touch that shows the perspective I had when taking the photo.

Wyoming vs Fresno State game heading into OT.  Both teams struggled to score in regulation, but the fans are on their feet anticipating the tip of OT.

Wyoming vs Fresno State game heading into OT. Both teams struggled to score in regulation, but the fans are on their feet anticipating the tip of OT.

The rule of thirds is well represented in this photo of the Wyoming basketball game.  One of the sections is the dome’s roof, which extends downward until it meets the thin layer of windows that allows in natural light.  The second section is composed of the fans.  The third and final section is the court consisting of the players, coaches and referees.  I think the rule of thirds does a good job representing all facets of a basketball game.  It shows the floor the Cowboys play on.  The fans which come and watch the game.  Finally, the roof which is the lid on the entire setting of the basketball game.

Photo of the Coe library bookshelves.  These books rarely get used and many are collecting dust because of the resources available online.

Photo of the Coe library bookshelves. These books rarely get used and many are collecting dust because of the resources available online.

This photo represents the rule of contrast.  Different colors of books that are contrasts each other allow each book pop in the viewers eyes.  Another rule that is utilized in this photo is leading lines.  The book shelves lead/direct the viewers eyes down the isle.  The book shelves with the books also show symmetry and texture

Something I learned that surprised me was how much searching and how many attempts it takes to find a good photo.  Many pictures that I took were not that great, and the select few that I did choose to use could still have benefited from some editing.

I wish I could have set up some of my photos.  Placing objects in certain places and in certain ways would have made much better pictures in my opinion.

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Maybe Next Year

The Wyoming Cowboys men’s basketball team got off to a surprising 13-0 start this year.  It was the best start in school history (a history that includes a 1943 National Championship) and was garnering a plethora of national attention.

Andy Katz (ESPN writer for college basketball) said, “Wyoming surprising start was unseen, and Larry Shyatt should be in the discussion for National Coach of the Year,” said Andy Katz in a public chat on ESPN.com.

Then, something unexpected and unfortunate happened.  Luke Martinez, the team’s second leading scorer, got into a bar fight breaking his hand.  This lead to an investigation.  It turned out that Martinez had punched and kicked an unconscious man in the face.  Martinez is currently waiting his court date.  Martinez has been suspended/injured since the incident.

So the once promising start has turned very sour.  Since the 13-0 start, the Cowboys have gone 3-7.  A team that was as high up as an eight seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology is now not even an afterthought.

Thus, it is never too early to look ahead to next year’s Cowboy basketball team.

Seniors Graduating

Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

Leonard Washington. Photo courtesy of ESPN.com

Wyoming will be losing three seniors.  Leonard Washington, Darrius Gilmore and Luke Martinez.  The one senior that will really be missed in Leonard Washington.

For a small isolated school like Wyoming to land a big fish like Leonard Washington was remarkable and somewhat lucky.  Leonard is a 6’7” 220 “hybrid forward” from Lake Charles, Louisiana and transferred from USC (University of Southern Cal) because of some legal issues.  He has flourished since coming to Laramie.  His athleticism, leadership, and go-to scoring ability, will be sorely missed.

“For Wyoming Leonard is a once in a decade player,” states Robert Gagliardi, beat writer for Wyoming Athletics.

Darrius Gilmore, starting point guard, is a JUCO (Junior College) transfer who is originally from Baltimore, Maryland.  He is the starting point guard and is a “jekyll and hyde player,” Gagliardi said.  Some nights he is great and other nights, not so much.

Luke Martinez is the third and final senior.  Since he is indefinitely suspended, and has not played for the last month and a half, one can already see what the team will look like without him.

Returning Starters

Currently in the Cowboys’ starting lineup they have the two aforementioned seniors and the three other fellas are two sophomores and a freshman.  Coming off the bench and getting significant playing time are a junior, two sophomores and two freshman.

Photo of Larry Nance Jr. courtesy of usatoday.com

Photo of Larry Nance Jr. courtesy of usatoday.com

One of the sophomores that starts is fan favorite, evident by the chants reigning through the AA every time he does something positive, Larry Nance Jr..  He is the son of famous NBA player Larry Nance, who won the first ever dunk contest.  Larry Nance Jr. is 6’9” forward who can play around the rim and also hit the occasional outside shot.  According to Coach Shyatt, he is still a little undersized, but with an off-season of bulking up, he should be as big as some of the better centers in the Mountain West.

“I expect great strides out of Larry Nance Jr. and anticipate him being an All-Mountain West selection next year,” Gagliardi predicted.

The other sophomore starter is guard, Riley Grabau.     “Riley is a pass first kind-of player,” Gagliardi said.  His assist-turnover ratio is one of the best, not only in the Mountain West, but in the entire nation.  His shooting percentage suggests he also posses a decent shot, both from inside and outside the arc.

“His shooting will improve and expect his decision making to be even more pristine next year,” Gagliardi predicted.

The final starter is freshman guard, Josh Adams.  Josh has tremendous athletic ability, which is on display each and every game with his high-flying dunks.  “He shows tremendous poise out on the floor for only being a freshman,” Gagliardi proclaimed.

“He does have the best shot in the world, but what he lacks offensively he makes up for on the defensive end,” Gagliardi stated.

The Bench 

Coming off the bench and getting significant minutes are a junior, two sophomores, and two freshman.

Junior, Nathan Sobey, is a JUCO transfer from Conchise College in Arizona and was born and raised in Australia.  “Nathan posses decent size for a guard at 6’4” and has a decent shot, but sometimes can be a little careless with the ball,” Gagliardi explained.  He comes off the bench and is at his best when he is slashing to the hoop.  Lately, he has not been getting a lot of playing time.

“Other players have practiced better than Nate, so they will see the floor first,” Shyatt explained.

Photo of Derek Cooke Jr. courtesy of trib.com

Photo of Derek Cooke Jr. courtesy of trib.com

One of the sophomores getting good playing time is Derek Cooke Jr. who is 6’9” 210.  Derek is new to the whole basketball thing as he has only been playing organized basketball for the past 3 years.  Before that he was a football player, which can be seen in his “rugged, blue-collar playing,” says Gagliardi.  He is originally from Washington, DC and played JUCO ball at Cloud County Community College in Kansas.  Lately, Derek has been seeing more playing time because of his rebounding efforts, and his offensive game is coming around too.

“The game is still new to Derek, so he can only improve, but the raw ability and athleticism is there already,” Gagliardi proclaims.

The other sophomore is walk-on Jack Bentz from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  Jack, being a walk-on, does not receive a lot of minutes.  But, lately, as the Mountain West season has worn on, he has seen more playing time.  Jack is not a scorer, but a distributor.

“If he can work on his offensive game and keep his ball-handling prowess he will see the floor much more next season,” Gagliardi predicts.

“He plays within himself.  I never see him out there trying to do anything he does not do in practice,” said Larry Shyatt in a phone interview.

One of the two freshman that has seen the floor more than once in Austin Haldorson.  Austin is from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and is a long, lanky forward at 6’8”.

“He posses a good shot from outside and on some occasions has shown his craft to score in and around the hoop.  He needs to bulk up so he can defend and rebound better,” Gagliardi stated.

“Austin has the most upside of any player on the team,” according to Coach Shyatt.

The other freshman is a fan favorite, Wyoming’s own, Jason McManamen.  Jason is a wing-type player with good size at 6’5” with a nice three point shot.  During his senior year at Torrington High School he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Wyoming.

“He is a smart, talented player that just needs to get more comfortable and confident in shooting that great shot of his.  That will come with time, expect great things out of the Wyoming boy,” states Gagliardi.

Incoming Freshman

Wyoming has four open scholarships for next year and has already filled three of them.  The class so far consists of two forwards and a guard.  The last scholarship will most likely be filled by a “wing-type player,” Gagliardi predicted.

One of the the forwards is Alan Herndon.  He is 6’8, but needs to hit the weight room to bulk up a bit.  “He is a project so a red-shirt may be in his future,” said Gagliardi

The other forward is Keonte Vernon.  He is 6’6, and has a big frame and evident by his high school numbers is ready to contribute immediately when he gets to Laramie.

“Keonte is unlike many incoming freshman at Wyoming in that he is college ready,” Gagliardi stated.

The final commit is a guard Trey Washington.  He is a small guard at 5’10, but has a very good perimeter shot.

“Trey could help out immediately with the departure of Gilmore,” said Gagliardi

“It is hard to speculate on these high school kids because the college game is so much advanced.  One thing is certain, the commits so far fit the system and the persona of a Wyoming Cowboy,” Gagliardi explained.

The X Factor

Charles Hankerson Jr.

Photo Courtesy of al.com

Charles Hankerson Jr. playing for Alabama. Photo Courtesy of al.com

He is a 6’5”, 220 pound wing.  He is a transfer from Alabama and will be eligible to play as a junior next year.  He fits the role of a “slasher” something Wyoming does not have and as Gagliardi says, “brings more size to the wing position.”

“Hankerson Jr. is the most physically gifted on the team and potentially the best player on the team a team that includes All-Mountain West performer Leonard Washington,” Gagliardi proclaimed.

Gagliardi thinks Hankerson will jump right into the starting lineup next year and be a huge factor from the get-go.

Wyoming, despite its off-the-court issues, has had a very good year so far.  The two seniors, Leonard Washington and Darrius Gilmore, will be missed next year.  But, there is enough talent, through recruiting and developing players, to expect great things out of this Cowboy team next year.

In Shyatt we trust.

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How User Friendly Was Coal?

Coal: A Love Story was a very interesting and not your everyday, run-of-the-mill website.

I first scrolled through the entire website, , not clicking on anything just looking at all of the pictures and headlines.  I did this mainly because I was intrigued by the website and the design the creator chose.  He used big pictures and interesting headlines to entice me to browse the entire page rather than click on one story and read it all the way through.

The navigation was simple.  The only negative about the navigation process were all the choices I was presented with.  The lack of navigation at the top of the web page, through the use of tabs, could be confusing to some, but I liked it, it was different.  The links to the stories were very large which helps the user click on said story and prevents searching for the link.

Navigational buttons were different than what I used to.  For instance if you clicked on a story and wanted to return before the story video was over the back button was not an available option.  The options were either click on the large X in the top right hand corner of the story or click anywhere outside the video and that would also take you back to the main page.

Finding the contact information was not that easy.  Most commonly the contact information is at the bottom of the page, but that was not the case.  By clicking on the, foundations or companies under the “about” tab at the bottom of the page, this would open up a new tab and from the company or foundation’s website you could find the contact information.  As you could imagine finding this information was not ideal and as easy as I wanted it to be.

Picture of the Top of the Website.  Photo Courtesy of "Coal A Love Story"

Picture of the Top of the Website. Photo Courtesy of “Coal A Love Story”

My friend that I chose to view the website was my roommate Shane.  He said that he liked how interactive the site was and how some of the links were videos.  When I asked him to try and find the contact information he could not and said quote “that’s not very professional”.  He noticed the cord which leads your eye more easily down the page, which he thought was clever.

Some things that I liked about this website were the easy to find and large links to each story.  The stories that I viewed or read were informative and engaging.  The vertical orientation or “verticality” of the site was different and preferred in my opinion.  Finally, just the design and structure of the website was interesting and enticing.

One thing that I would like to change about this website is the placement of the contact information.  I would like a very direct (email, phone-number) placed at the bottom of the page, under a tab simply named “contact information”.  Other than that there was nothing else that was a glaring weakness with this website.  It is a very well-put together website.

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