Photo Journalism Project

I love the fall. The leaves change from bright greens to reds, yellows, and browns. The Florida weather shifts from what feels like mere suffocation to a nice 80 degrees (hopefully.) My wardrobe changes from t-shirts and Nike basketball shorts to fall-colored shirts topped dressed over nicely-fitting jeans and boots. But my favorite change that happens in fall is my neighborhood’s appearance. Houses are decorated with anything and everything that depicts Halloween.

Halloween is the holiday that anyone can be whoever they wish–even houses. Halloween gives homeowners and their families an opportunity to express their creativity. Some houses are cutely decorated with pumpkins and scarecrows, while other houses are dressed with spiders, black cats, and spider webs.

For the photo journalism project, I want to capture pictures of my favorite decorated houses in Tampa’s neighborhoods. Not only will I search for these houses (there will be many to see,) but I’m also thinking about getting family and Facebook friends in on it too! I want to ask my friends through social media to give me a tip on a neatly decorated house, and I will check that house out and possibly include it in my project!

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Service Learning Story

Most people love to travel because it gives them great memories, a break from work, or even just something to do. Some of my best childhood memories were from traveling across the country with my parents, two brothers, and sister.

With flights and attractions so expensive nowadays, many people can’t afford to have the luxury of traveling to popular cities. I was in that same situation, until I started budgeting and saving for trips, such as Seattle, Guatemala, Chicago, Michigan, and Indiana all in the matter of months. But with efficient planning and saving, anyone can travel anywhere they wish.

This story could help a student or anyone on a budget travel to Seattle, for example, which is my upcoming trip. Through researching travel experts and pricing on flights, hotels, attractions, and food in Seattle, I will offer students tips on how they can travel with a budget. As a traveling college student, the three most important questions I always keep in mind are: What can I do, where can I stay, and what can I eat for cheap?”

Traveling cost-efficiently has benefited me in more ways than one, and I will continue to do so just like anyone else can. I hope that other people will understand the benefits of a stress-free, cost effective, and well-planned way to travel. traveling

Story Focus Sheet Narrative

Ms. Suzy DeVore is a professional actress, director, and theatre professor at Hillsborough Community College. Each fall semester, she provides students the opportunity for participation in a major theatrical production. This semester’s production, however, is seemingly a unique one. Her class is creating a student-devised show, meaning that the students will be creating an original script and starring in the show they crafted. In a brief conversation with Ms. DeVore, she mentioned that this semester’s show will revolve around a veteran’s inspirational and touching story.

My story will be about HCC’s student-devised fall production: how/why it was created, and what students should expect from the show. America’s veterans always have an admirable story worth sharing, which is what the play is seemingly about. Also, the play’s performance dates is in November, which is time relevant to HCC students. Because it is a play performed and created by HCC students, other HCC students will be interested to see the show and have an overview of how they created it. Also, many students have family/friends who serve/have served the country, and they can relate to that as well.
As far as gathering the information I’ll need, Devore is my main source whom I will get information from, as well as students who have seen previous shows and/or performing in the current show. I need to know why they are performing this piece about veterans, how they plan to create the performance, what to expect from the show, and the performance dates. The questions I will be asking are:

Devore:

  • When and how did you become involved with theatre?
  • What was your favorite theatre experience/production you’ve been apart of? Ex. Acting/directing.
  • What inspired you to offer a student-devised production this semester?
  • Where is the balance you and students have for dispersing roles/tasks to create the production?
  • Why did you choose the theme of military service for the play?
  • Have you or someone close to you been affected by military service?
  • What impact are you looking for this show to have? Ex. Message, audience reactions?
  • How will this production differ from your classes previous shows?
  • When are the show dates? And where can students/families purchase tickets?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share?

Students:

  • What is your role in creating the fall production?
  • How do you think the audience will react?
  • In your opinion, what makes this original play different from any other play?

I’ve used the web to gather information about the director, Ms. DeVore, but I will also use students previous experiences to gather information.

The Interview: Part 2

Ms. Suzy DeVore is a professional actress, director, and theatre professor at Hillsborough Community College. Each fall semester, she provides students the opportunity for participation in a major theatrical production. This semester’s production, however, is seemingly a unique one. Her class is creating a student-devised show, meaning that the students will be creating an original script and starring in the show they crafted. In a brief conversation with Ms. DeVore, she mentioned that this semester’s show will revolve around a veteran’s inspirational and touching story. Interviewing her would provide a clear idea of what to expect from the show, and it will offer me the opportunity for a follow-up story after the show’s production. Ten questions I’d ask her are:

  • When and how did you become involved with theatre?
  • What was your favorite theatre experience/production you’ve been apart of? Ex. Acting/directing
  • What inspired you to offer a student-devised production this semester?
  • Where is the balance you and students have for dispersing roles/tasks to create the production? 
  • Why did you choose the theme of military service for the play? 
  • Have you or someone close to you been affected by military service? 
  • What impact are you looking for this show to have? Ex. Message, audience reactions?
  • How will this production differ from your classes previous shows?
  • When are the show dates? And where can students/families purchase tickets? 
  • Is there anything else you would like to share?

The Interview: Part 1

Many unique individuals have amazing stories that are worth sharing. Every person has a story that highlights a time in their life, and to find just one person to interview is a limited task. I’ve been juggling two people I would like to interview:

  1. Mark from Starbucks

    One of my frequent customers is a veteran who shares hours of his time every morning at my Starbucks location, and he routinely spends his days visiting other local stores. Starbucks is a community that welcomes all types of people with different backgrounds, and Mark is the ideal customer. Every morning he has a smile on his face and searches for conversation with anyone willing to talk with him. A few questions I would ask him are:
    a) How long have you been a daily customer at Starbucks?
    b) What entices you to spend hours of your day at multiple locations? ex. environment, conversation, coffee?
    c) Without the Starbucks community, where would you see yourself?

  2.  Ms. Suzanne DeVore

    Ms. Suzy DeVore is a professional actress, director, and theatre professor at Hillsborough Community College. Each fall semester, she provides students the opportunity for participation in a major theatrical production. This semester’s production, however, is seemingly a unique one. Her class is creating a student-devised show, meaning that the students will be creating an original script and starring in the show they crafted. In a brief conversation with Ms. DeVore, she mentioned that this semester’s show will revolve around a veteran’s inspirational and touching story. Interviewing her would provide a clear idea of what to expect from the show, and it will offer me the opportunity for a follow-up story after the show’s production. A few questions I’d ask her are:
    a) What inspired you to offer a student-devised production this semester?
    b) Why did you choose the theme of military service for the play?
    c) How will this production differ from your classes previous shows?

 

About Me

Hello all!

My name is Lauren Klink, and I am excited to share my journey as a Mass Communications student with you. Currently, I am finishing my A.A in Mass Communications at Hillsborough Community College, and I plan to transfer to USF in the spring to move onto even more exciting things! For starters, check out my first blog (unpublished) as to why community college was a great decision for me!

A few personal facts about me:

  • I enjoy writing, hence why I’m studying Mass Comm. I’ve found that writing offers a comfortable platform to voice my thoughts, whether it be writing an essay for a class (I know, right? A college student who actually enjoys writing essays?) or just crafting short stories. Keep an eye out for my developing short stories in the future! I appreciate feedback!
  • I love to adventure, whether it’s through traveling or discovering new places. Funny enough, I am terrified of flying on planes, although by the end of the year, I’ll have been on 8 flights! My goal is to travel the world, as cliché as that sounds. Our world is huge, and life is too short to not experience as much as we are offered.
    Fun fact: my very first real trip was with the Honors Institute at HCC. We traveled to Guatemala with Masons on a Mission to build stoves with desperate families. Not only was it my first time out of the country, but it was my first flight as well! Lets just say, that week was the most rewarding and humbling experience any 20-year-old could ask for. Check out my blog (unpublished) about my experience in Guatemala!
  • I can make a good cup of coffee! When I’m not singing Broadway karaoke tracks in my car (yes, this is what I do in my spare time,) you’ll find me working at one of Tampa’s very own Starbucks. I love my position as a barista, otherwise I wouldn’t wake up five days out of the week at 5:30am!

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    San Marcos, Guatemala