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Lost Interview…

Posted in Reporting on May 3, 2009 by danbastian

I posted a while back about an interview I conducted with my old boss regarding Facebook. I also got a chance to interview my old mentor, Jaime Sykes, who is the Research Director for the media agency I interned for.

While I was there, I was introduced to some really interesting research software that I didn’t even know existed. Similar – but far more advanced than MRI – I wanted to know more and gave Jaime a call to inquire. I also wanted to see if I could maybe uncover a story for my project – which I wasn’t able to – but I did still conduct a proper phone interview.

I wasn’t disappointed with the information I received – I just made a judgement call that it wasn’t newsworthy enough for me to do a story about it. Basically Jaime told me about new updates that are coming out for this software (called Stradegy). He told me some more intricate details about how the information is gathered and such, and what he thought the future held for research.

Technology is indeed changing our lives in many, many ways. I tried to gear my project in unusual ways that it’s doing so. I didn’t realize it when I did it, but I just put this story aside, thinking to myself it wasn’t unusual enough.


My Slide Show

Posted in Reporting on April 28, 2009 by danbastian

Slideshow Reporting

Posted in Reporting on April 26, 2009 by danbastian

While collecting photographs for my slideshow, I spoke with a few bar owners and liquor store clerks about ID scanners. A few of them seemed to have been shying away from questions while some carried on a conversation with me.

I wasn’t able to talk face to face with everybody that I wanted to simple beacause there are too many establishments in Towson, so to save time, I called a bunch of the establishments to find out if they used the scanners.

I called Top Shelf Liquor and spoke with one of the managers named Linda. She was very helpful and friendly as she answered all my questions thoroughly. I actually got to record most of the phone call, after her permission. I am going to try and fit some of the sound bites I got into my slideshow.

Top Shelf Liquor is a new place on York Rd. Linda told me about the preparation and decisions management put into before opening. A big part of it was the ID scanner.

She also told me she was advised by a lawyer to do so just incase a situation played out where an underrage person used a fake ID, she could say that she has a state of the art ID scanner.

I asked her if I could come in and take pictures, and she gladly obliged. They will be featured in my slideshow.

Reporting for Module #3

Posted in Reporting on April 19, 2009 by danbastian

Adjusting the layout of my project, I have decided to use to the ID scanners in bars for my slideshow. For my third and final module, I am going to report on the story I uncovered Easter weekend about the man who had a Easter egg hunt with GPS trackers.

I reported last week that I interviewed my neighbor, which lead to this story. I waited a few days for a call back from Mr Tortolla and I finally got one, and it was a pleasant one. He informed me that the gentleman who purchased the GPS trackers didn’t mind if Mr Tortolla gave me his information.

His name is Lee Gaitsburg. Lee is from Port Washington, NY, husband to Joanna Gaitsburg, and father of six. Mr Gaitsburg works on Wall Street as a trader.

With no time on my hands to get up to New York, I phoned Mr Gaitsburg. We spoke for around an hour, I had a set of questions that I asked him which lead to a bunch of other conversations.

Interview with Gavin Tortolla

Posted in Reporting on April 12, 2009 by danbastian

Mr Tortolla is my neighbor in New York. He works for BrickHouse Security in New York City. I asked him some general questions about his profession and company to see if I could uncover something I could use for my last module.

Low and behold I have. I found out that BrickHouse Security manufactures mini GPS tracking devices, and I also found out from Mr Tortolla that a family in Port Washington bought 28 of them from him. With a hefty price tag, I was curious to know why somebody would need 28 GPS tracking devices.

“I actually wondered the same thing. The dad told me that he was planning a unique Easter egg hunt this year. They’ve gotta be rich and have a huge property to do this. But yeah, can you believe that? An Easter egg hunt with GPS tracking devices.”

It’s hard for me to see any fun in that. But Mr Tortolla told me that the man said the Easter egg hunts he’s had in the past haven’t worked because his backyard is too big.

Mr Tortolla told me about some other interesting stories that I might consider if I can’t get in touch with this guy. Mr Tortolla couldn’t just give me his information, so he said he would see what he can do and told me to call him this week.

Hopefully it all works out because it would make for a great story.

Are ID scanners working at local bars?

Posted in Reporting on April 5, 2009 by danbastian

My slide show section of my multimedia package is focusing on ID scanners and the effect that they are having at bars here in Towson. (When you swipe a drivers license through an ID scanner, it tells you how old the person is. The police use it also)

I can already assume that the majority of college students oppose ID scanners in bars because the majority of them are underage and the majority of them want to go to bars.

I was interested to see what a bouncer or a door man would have to say.

I interviewed Chris – a tall, big guy who bounces at the Kent Lounge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He didn’t want me to use his last name after I told him I would be putting this on the Internet for a class.

He had some interesting things to say about the issue. He says that the ID scanners are intimidating and that he has seen kids walk up the bar and walk right away when they see the scanners.

He says he knows for a fact that there are still underage kids that come to the bar. Whether they are using a real ID that just belongs to somebody that is 21 or the bouncer that night is letting them in knowing that they are underage.

He says that the scanners make the police happy, but it has slowed down business because not as many people are coming out to the bars.

I think most would say that its better to keep the cops happy, but with today’s economy, some of the establishments around town could use the extra money. It’s a very debatable topic – just my opinion.

Interview with Mike Peluso…

Posted in Reporting on March 29, 2009 by danbastian

I wanted to get somebody on the record talking about the steps they are taking to screen themselves for potential employers.

I met Mike – who is now a senior – during my sophomore year. He lived on my floor, so I knew he was a criminal justice major and of his aspiration to become a police officer. We had a conversation about deleting certain photos on Facebook a while ago, something that it seems like a lot of people are doing to sort of screen themselves for potential employers.

I asked if he was given any advice or how he knew about his Facebook potentially being checked out before an interview or hire. He told me about the numerous ‘ride alongs’ he went on with current police officers and the advice they had given him.

He told me they simply said make sure there isn’t anything stupid up there.

Makes sense, since you wouldn’t want to look bad in front of potential employers. Having experienced my own share of debauchery and editing my Facebook profile accordingly, Mike thought it was a good idea for him as well.

It’s no secret what us college kids get ourselves into. The detials though seem that they should be a secret to our potential employers if we wish to have a future with them.