A Blast From the Past: KOMU

I decided to watch a segment from four years ago from KOMU 8 News at Ten. For one, it was fun to see Jim Riek from the past to see how he has improved as a journalist over the years. Secondly, I enjoy local news, even if it is outdated. It was when I wasn’t a resident, so it is interesting to see the evolution or similarities of the community as well.

There were multiple segments throughout this piece ranging from the Treveon Marshall shooting incident to the alleged iPhone that sent an electric shock that killed a 23-year-old girl in China; however, I am going to focus on the specific coverage of those pieces so I am able to comment on the video usage.

To begin, the Treveon Marshall video was short and sweet for the small space broadcast has for each story, but it was impactful in multiple ways. The coverage showed the vigil that was held for the boy. With that, the reporter took a reactionary video, detail of the candles, while also explaining the significance, and a general overview of the vigil. The coverage of this as a journalist brought in all accounts of what happened and all prospectives. The reporter talked about the incident as a brief what happened. He then talked to the family on what they were hoping to do with the vigil. In turn, they want help raising $6,000 to bury their son. There were also comments of police officers attending the vigil, and also, the investigation of how the police are going about this incident.

The second news I would like to feature is the girl that was allegedly shocked by the iPhone and died. The video coverage of this piece contains images of an iPhone store, a burned iPhone and an electrical cord. These three distinct videos show us the what happened and the who did it. The combination of the Apple store, tying it to the iPhone and finishing with the cords connect an image in the head of the accident. Looking at a journalistic perspective, the main who, what, where, when and how were answered in the minute long brief.

One thing overall that I noticed with this segment was the originality of video is sometimes unavoidable. When there are top stories trending, any news organization would want to cover them; however, how does a local Columbia organization go to China, for example, to get original footage and an interview when there is a language barrier? I thought the journalistic presentation of the accident was a great way for viewers to get interested while also getting a taste of the story. I also noticed that KOMU tries to bring visuals away from the reporter’s face for more than a couple of seconds to help keep the audience interested and help viewers visualize the content. KOMU is also very factual, unlike other news organizations. I began watching a Fox News segment, but it quickly became a debate, and that did not interest me as a journalist or viewer.

 

Homes for More

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Rainbow House is located in Columbia to help with homeless children, teens and young adults. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

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Rainbow House’s family area for the children, teens and young adults to play, draw or hang out. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

 

COLUMBIA – Boone County is the leader in Mid-Missouri for homelessness, most of whom are sheltered.

Rainbow House is a shelter in Columbia for homeless children, teens and young adults. Mark Kirchhoff is the Homeless Youth Program coordinator at Rainbow House. The rate of homeless children, teens and young adults in Boone county ranges from 180 to 220, Kirchhoff said. The number is hard to identify because kids do not want to admit they are homeless for fear of foster care or other consequences, Kirchhoff continued.

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Mark Kirchhoff, the Homeless Youth Program coordinator, poses in front of the play area at Rainbow House in Columbia, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

Rainbow Houses offers a wide range of programs such as: crisis care, child advocacy, emergency shelter and homeless youth. The difference between the other programs and the program Mark coordinates is that the Homeless Youth Program is for the “transition” ages, 16 to 21 years old, Kirchhoff said.

The teens and young adults in the Homeless Youth Program stay at Rainbow House for about 18 months, Kirchhoff said.

“I love seeing that breakthrough moment,” Kirchhoff said.

He recalled a recent memory where a young woman was staying in the house and needed to find employment. She was not allowed to stay in the house unless she found employment. Kirchhoff said they were close to asking her to leave until she came up to him and said she had a job interview. Now Kirchhoff is helping her practice for her interview.

As Boone county leads in homelessness, there are shelters and volunteers happy to help them get back on their feet.

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Ashley Tallent, Homeless Youth Program resident, smiles during her shift at Rainbow House in Columbia, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

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A teen tries on a pink hat at Rainbow House in Columbia, Monday, March 13, 2017, while Ashley Tallent, 20, laughs. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

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A resident at Rainbow House in Columbia watches a movie on Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

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The piano located in Rainbow House encourages children, teens and young adults to actively learn, play and listen to music. (AP Elizabeth Quinn)

 

 

The Rise of Anti-Seminism

Disclaimer: I have chosen this article due to my photojournalism project that was also about anti-Semitism. I wanted to see how similar my questions were with another school’s student’s questions.

Jewish communities continue to receive threats and are attacked by anti-Semitism. The University of Texas San Antonio’s newspaper The Paisano interviews a Jewish Hillel student on her thoughts and feelings about these recent tragedies.

The newsworthiness of this piece is evident with the current and continuous threats and attacks to Jewish communities. To get an inside view from a university Jewish student is a great way to frame a story. It is a first-hand attack, but in this case, it is not a first-hand experience.

The first thing that I notice about the questions asked were the audiences for the questions. Isaac Serna moves from a broad, national, audience to a specific, university, audience and back to a broad, national, audience. The way this frames the story is to allow the Natalie Steiner, the interviewee, to not feel attacked right off the bat. This national view can help Steiner think and begin to concise her thoughts and feelings for when the university questions are asked. Serna asked these questions to inform UTSA and the readers of The Paisano to understand how anti-Semetic acts are affecting the country and the campus.

Secondly, I do believe Serna is informed about the anti-Semetic acts. This is seen through his comment on the rate of anti-Semetic acts and the types of threats towards Jewish communities. On the other hand, I believe he is not well-informed, at least does not appear to be, because he only mentions some of the many threats and attacks to Jewish communities. He also only slightly mentions the cemetery attacks without naming any locations in the beginning of the story. There have been a multitude of locations, and that is important information to include in the story so the audience understands the immediacy of this piece. It is also not just Hillels,  JCCs and cemeteries that are threatened. There are synagogues. I am sure there are even neighborhoods or houses that have experienced anti-Semetic attacks that Serna does not report on.

If Serna’s intent was to understand the feelings of one Jewish member, he has succeeded; however, I would have found this interview more interesting and engaging if Serna had asked about her personal feelings on this. He should have also asked what way the Jewish community is reaching out to others in this time of unity. For example, is the local Hillel communicating or sending best regards to those universities that have experienced anti-Semitism. Lastly, what does she think the best way to call attention to this problem to ensure that these acts do not reoccur.

Our Friends to the East

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Jan Brykczynski’s collection of photos in “Boiko” were taken in Karpatskye, Ukraine. The images closely follow the village in Karpatskye with their culture, customs and every day life.

Brykczynski says that since he grew up in a big city, he was attracted to small cities, which leads him to photograph in the smaller cities. His collections are seen here. His works have been published in New York Times International, Der Siegel and Le Monde. Meet him here.

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This is the first picture that caught my attention. It tells a story even when the subjects are posing. The pig shows the action of hunting without showing a freeze frame of the actual action. The lines of the river bring your attention to the central part. The subjects are in the rules of thirds. The males are not completely in the rules of third, but they are enough to be off-centered. There is a large depth of field that shows the creek and housing. It is hard to tell the shutter speed since the subjects are still; however, it can be implied that the speed is fast due to the cat looking as if it is moving but shows no visible movement like it would with a slower shutter speed.

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The first two things I noticed about this shot was the colors and the use of light. It seems as if this house had a lot of windows because it is very lit. This must have presented a challenge for Brykczynski. There is a window behind the man in this photo, but the photo was set up and aligned to where his body covers any bad light that may shine through. The exposure is quite bright, but again it comes back to the lighting of the windows. Secondly, the table that surrounds the couple acts like a frame and also lines them.

Here are a few other photos I thoroughly enjoyed.

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While this last one can be seen to have a shallow depth of field, I believe the purpose of having a shallow depth of field worked here. It shows the lifestyle of this man. The man is also slightly to the left, not perfectly centered. Rules of third are not correctly followed, but I do believe it works with the way the white background creates a rectangle. The stove would be covered up if he shifted left or his body would be cut off to the right. He also is in action with holding the rabbit and the cigarette. The shutter speed had to be fast because the bunny is not blurred in any sense. The man is also making a nice facial expression that helps form the picture.

Brykczynski’s personal decision to focus on one subject per photo is expressed through his use of depth of field, lines, exposure and framing.

The Hillel for All

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Sydney Delin, vice president of social action for the Jewish Student Organization, poses for a photo in the Mizzou Hillel chapel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

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MU junior Nathan Ker stands behind the library in the Mizzou Hillel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

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Senior Engagement Intern Gabe Raskin makes a silly face in front of the Mizzou Hillel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

 

While emotions continue to rise after anti-Semitic acts occur around the nation, one incident affected MU and its students.

The Mizzou Hillel is a place for MU students to come together as a community. Hillel holds programs and socials such as bagels every Tuesday or dinner every Friday. Many students come to the Hillel between classes for a support system or to be a “social Jew” as Sydney Delin, vice president of social action for the Jewish Student Organization, put it.

However, sentiments have changed recently due to the rise in anti-Semitic actions. Two MU students were arrested after oral and written anti-Semitic comments were made.

“Whoever is doing [these acts] is a bully and does not respect Jews as a whole,” said Senior Engagement Intern Game Raskin.

These actions hit close to home for one student in particular. Nathan Ker’s grandparents are resting in the St. Louis cemetery that was recently vandalized. Ker said that these attacks and threats have always been prevalent, but feelings change when it is personal.

Delin and Ker hope these events are isolated. Due to these occurrences, Mizzou Hillel has increased security and kept doors locked.

Through it all, the laughter and community at the Hillel have not stopped.

Delin, Ker and Raskin want students to know Mizzou Hillel and its community is open to anyone who is confused, needs someone to talk to or is interested in learning more.