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Vacay Snaps

Here are a few travel snaps from a long weekend.


What I see from behind the Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board interviews.

Behind the scenes: Editorial board interview videos

What I see from behind the Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board interviews.

What I see from behind the Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board interviews.

Every year the Yakima Herald-Republic editorial board conducts election related interviews to provide recommendations to the public.  Even though this is a relatively closed process, the YH-R actively pursues ways to make the editorial boards more transparent and available to the public.

One way the YH-R provides greater access to this process is through shooting video of the editorial board interviews and publishing the videos online. The quickest way to watch the videos is by going to yakimaherald.com’s election page.

The setup:

The goal is to record the candidates or initiative spokesperson’s responses and post them online.  It’s not the most active video because, well, it’s an interview process, not theatre.

Challenges: lighting, audio, streaming software and consistency.

1. Lighting — The room lights are dim so they must be augmented with additional lights, stands and power cords.
2. Audio — We currently use an on-camera microphone. If someone is talking quietly they are barely heard.
3. Software — We use two different services depending on the use. One has consistent quality and annoying ads.  The other has fewer annoying ads, however it has inconsistent quality and sometimes crashes.
4. Consistency — The recording area is a multiple use meeting room and the setup has subtle variations day-to-day. There are no set places for the lights, camera or computer. Also, if the software fails, portions may go unrecorded.

 

What I see when recording the editorial board interviews on the computer screen.

What I see when recording the editorial board interviews on the computer screen.


Wonder

Yesterday I got to ride in a hot air balloon, and I made this photo of a boy who looked like he was feeling pretty much the same thing I was, which was “Wow! Cool!” It didn’t run in print, but I’m posting it here as a reminder that wonder does still break through to us, at any age, and to remember to celebrate the moments when it does.


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Watch this.

Very very cool video a friend shared. If you happen to have some extra gear lying around…