Commissioned on November 11, 1926, US 66 traversed the United States from Chicago to Los Angeles as a major thoroughfare for nearly 60 years until the modern interstate system fully took hold in 1985. Missouri is home to 317 miles of the original 2,448 mile route. Despite being decommissioned as a US Highway, RT 66 has lived on as a piece of Americana.
After decommissioning, there was a resurgence in popularity in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with Route 66 associations being formed in the states the route passed through. These groups are committed to preserving landmarks along the historic route. Signs denoting “Historic Route 66” can be seen along the entire 2,448 mile route.
Missouri’s 317 miles are home to Route 66 institutions such as Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis and a Steak n Shake that has kept it’s 1960’s configuration in Springfield. Small towns that were bypassed by the modern interstate system sit as reminders of a bygone era in America’s transportation history. Scenic views not seen from Interstate 44 greet those who venture down the old, winding asphalt ribbon.
Between picture story and Rick Shaw’s multimedia editing class I have seen quite a few projects from this years CPOY. This years projects are a definite improvement over last years. Once again North Carolina dominated this category with three of the four projects that placed having come out of the larger projects produced by their program. The judges brought up some very good things, like in the project about the high school girls how the intro was kinda off putting. How if you’re going to show a black frame, your audio has to be spot on and compelling.
The discussion about the adoption story was interesting. Discussing how the story held up, but was knocked down because of the editing and the content. The audio is pretty bad, in my opinion, it jumps around way too much in terms of quality. Upon listening to it, some of it seems like it’s stereo and some is mono, it’s just off-putting. The content that you use has to be good, this content falls short. It’s quite long too, though not as long as some of the other pieces.
It’s so tough to figure out what good multimedia is. Is good multimedia a project that we, as journalists, will sit down and watch all the way through, or is it the hastily put together one that we might look over, but the viewers of a website eat up? Because of this, this category always seems to be kind of all over the place. This years projects were good, but are they the type of projects that someone perusing an organizations website would sit through from start to finish?
This graphic, found in an LA Times article that posted online Monday afternoon, compliments a story about a 2-year old who fell from one of the luxury boxes at the Staples Center following a Lakers game Sunday night. The graphic is straight forward and very helpful to anyone who has never seen what a luxury box in the Staples Center looks like. The graphic provides an accurate representation complete with people enjoying beverages and one talking on their cell phone. They even took the time to put coats in the closet, I think someone had a little too much time… I think this graphic falls short though. The article describes how tall the glass at the top of the ledge is, but I don’t see that anywhere in the graphic. The only representation of height is the cross section showing that the box was approximately 30 feet into empty seats. But where are the empty seats in the graphic? The seats in the boxes were probably copy/pasted, how hard would it have been to put seats in the stadium area? To compliment an article, this works ok. As the only thing that you see about the incident, it falls short.
I sat in on the final few rounds of judging for Domestic Picture Story in this year’s CPOY. There were a lot of strong stories in the category this year. It was good to see August’s and Charles’s stories in the mix and making it to the final round and being awarded gold and silver respectively.
Having not been able to attend the initial in and outs for the category I can’t speak to the content of the stories that were outed, though I’ve heard that nudity was quite rampant in many categories. If it furthers the story, then I don’t have a problem with it, but if it does nothing to further the development of the story and is just nudity for nudity’s sake, then it doesn’t belong.
Having seen both August’s and Charles’s stories before, I’m going to focus on the story that shares gold, Growing up fast in Athens. This story is well shot, and it seems like the photographer spent a good deal of time with the subject in order to gain the access that they were able to achieve. However, the edit that was chosen makes it seem like the story was shot in one or two days. Editing is one of, if not the most important aspect to putting together a story.
I agree with the choices of the judges in this category. Initially I was a little confused as to why they had voted out Charles’s story even though it was stronger than the others they were consider, but was glad to see it brought back in.