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.


Following Up Module #1

Posted in Research on April 23, 2009 by danbastian

In my first module, I reported on a 20 year old girl who broke up with her boyfriend via text messages.

I found a video on CNN during my morning cycle of websites that took this story to the next level. It turns out text messages are ending marriages as well…

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.

Reaction Post #11 – The Readings…

Posted in Reaction on April 19, 2009 by danbastian

The one reading online that I would like to comment on is ‘The programmer as journalist: a Q&A with Adrian Holovaty.’ I found interview and story to be motivating and interesting. Adrian Holovaty is a journalist and programmer for the Adrian basically does for a living what we are doing with our projects. It was nice to read about his success and his creative ideas. I think the underlying point of this interview is to shed light on computer programming and journalism, a concept I was unfamiliar with before reading this. Adrian sums it up in three steps – gathering, distilling presenting. Sounds like what we are doing. The only thing that Adrian is doing that we aren’t, is creating programs – for example animation – that complement his stories. I was really blown away by some of the ideas and creations that Adrian has had over the past few years.

The text reading that I would like to comment on comes from Journalism Online. Chapter 11’s focus is writing scripts and doing voice over, something I paid extra attention to because of the slideshow that we have due in a week. I have never made a slideshow before, so all of this information is new to me. I’ve already taken the pictures for my slideshow, and I am using this chapter as a guide to writing my voice over for the slideshow. Hopefully it helps!

Questions for Ryan Reed…

Posted in Speaker on April 19, 2009 by danbastian

1. What about your job do you like, dislike?

2. What are some examples of projects that you have done for the Smithsonian?

3. How many projects have you done, and how often are you doing them?

4. What would you say is more important – knowing more about multimedia, the web, and design, OR knowing more about history and the subjects of your projects?

5. Do you see yourself staying at the Smithsonian, or do you see yourself getting back into the more traditional journalism field?

6. What has been your favorite project?

7. What has been the hardest project?

An actual Razor cell phone…

Posted in Research on April 19, 2009 by danbastian

I went back to ABC’s Science and Technology section of their website to see if I could find anymore interesting articles (it’s where I found last week’s article about the thumb drive).

Low and behold, I found a rather interesting blog post about a cell phone that was developed, and sold that has a built in electric razor. The cell phone is also fitted with a 2.6 – inch touchscreen, a 3-mega-pixel camera, both MP3 and MP4 players, an FM radio, GPRS, Bluetooth connectivity, and of course a working electric razor. Phew.

It seems like something this extravagant should cost a few hundred dollars. The website where you can buy it, is only selling them for $116 plus shipping and handling. That seems cheap, especially because it is an endorsed product by none other than David Beckham.

You can see the endorsement and the actual phone up close in this YouTube video

This idea sounds and looks cool, probably a little unnecessary, but pretty cool. But most of you, like me, probably get a little skeptical because we doubt whether it will work properly, especially since it isn’t made by a well-known company. I guess there’s only one way to find out.

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.