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Audio Interviews – Fall 2019


by Marsha Little Matthews

The students in MCOM 2313.001 Introduction to Multimedia Production just completed their first production assignment. Each student was assigned to conduct an interview. The parameters: the story must be between 1:00-2:00 minutes long, the story must have an inherent sound effect related to the subject of the story, the student must voice an intro and an outtrow for the story, the story must have a beginning-middle-and-end, good audio levels, and signed talent release.

Here are the results of their first efforts at recording and editing audio.

  • Tatyana Bauer Interviews LeBron BauerLeBron Bauer is a 6th grade football player who is in love with the sport. Bauer has been playing football since the young age of 4 and since hasn’t stopped. He dreams of playing college ball for Alabama and then further his career and play in the NFL where he doesn’t have a team preference because he thinks no matter what team he’s on he will be grateful. He explains how important the game is to him and how his position on the field helps himself and the team be successful.
  • Meagan Everrett Interviews Blake EverrettI interviewed Blake Everett for my audio interview. He is currently a freshman at LeTourneau University and is a business major. He was previously the basketball manager for the men’s team at Spring Hill High school. After excelling in the position, he was recruited to continue as manager for the LeTourneau Men’s basketball team. He takes stats during games, along with other responsibilities. Blake enjoys the family the team has become to him.
  • Patricia Garcia Interviews Marha CainMarhra Cain, age 28, is known for her humor, kind heart, and hard work ethics. During the day, Marhra is a County Clerk for the Henderson County Justice of the Peace. In the afternoons, she is a carhop at the Sonic Drive in at Malakoff. You may think her day is busy enough, but she is also a mom of two kids. However, whenever she does happen to have a free day, she enjoys cooking, shopping, and playing with her kids. As if all of that wasn’t enough, she plans on going back to college next spring and getting a degree in Criminal Justice. This is Marhra Cain’s Sonic story. This is where it all started for her.
  • Jacob Hardin Interviews Maya FosterMaya Foster is my talent for this interview. Maya is my friend who works at The Foundry coffee shop in Tyler. Maya grew up around coffee and found a great sense of community within coffee shops. She has a great desire to make everyone feel welcome and valued. She uses her job and outlet through coffee to reach people and connect with them in that way. She is very passionate and intentional with everyone she encounters and values the experience she has had within the coffee business over the years.
  • Keanna Jenkins Interviews Macie RogerI interviewed Macie Roger, a barber in Henderson, Texas. She explains how she became a barber, not by choice, but because she needed a stable job that could help support her and her family consisting of her husband and four children. She and her husband, Josh, hope to own the barbershop they both work in within the next two years. She loves what she does and finds it enjoyable because she gets to meet new people everyday and stay in the loop of all the new trends and styles in the hair industry.
  • Taylor Medlin Interviews Cecil Kennedy
  • Margo Moore Interviews Lexie TerryLexie Terry is 20 years old. She started dancing at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since. Her grandmother, mom, and older sister where all dancers. Lexie’s mom put her in dance classes, and she’s loved dancing ever since. So much so that, she continued dancing in college. For the last two years, she danced on an internationally famous drill team called, The Apache Belles, at Tyler Junior College. Lexie believes pursuing dance in college was one of the best decisions of her life. She danced practically her entire life, so naturally, upon finishing Apache
    • Belles, she “was in a disarray” at the end of her dancing career. She then decided to use what she
    • learned to help shape future dancers. Lexie recently became a dance teacher at Dance-N-Drill in Tyler. Now, she can continue dancing and possibly change the lives of children the way dance has changed her life.
  • Hannah Sanders Interviews Clark GabelClark was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He has done many things in his life. He travelled the US teaching kids the importance of speech and eloquence, he travelled to China and Brazil spreading the word of Christ, he lived in Alaska and worked for a seaplane company, and he has been a videographer for a studio here in Tyler, Texas. Clark decided to stay in Tyler and to continue to work as a team member at Chick-fil-a on Troup Highway. He desires to one day work at corporate Chick-fil-a as a videographer and to produce
    • commercials and videos for this company. His hobbies include rock climbing, hanging out with his fiancée, and getting crafty with his wood working skills. The story highlights his time in the company of Chick-fil-a.
  • Mack Shaw Interviews Caitlyn CoxCaitlyn is a Tyler resident and UT Tyler student. She has been playing piano since childhood, and started writing her own music years ago. Caitlyn draws influence from her own family, as well as professional musicians like Yoyo Ma. She composes her songs as a way to relieve stress, and plans on keeping music as a hobby rather than trying to make it a profession.
  • Jennifer Vela Interviews Baldomero VelaThe person I interviewed was my dad. He is a chemical engineer. He has been in this field for almost 30 years. His career started off in the company of Akra Fibras Quimicas, located in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, when he was 24 years old. After working there for almost 18 years, he was transferred to DAKAmericas in North Carolina, and is now currently in Longview, TX at Westlake Chemical Corporation in the olefines division.
  • Mikaela Williams Interviews Debra Daughtery CaseMy interview subject was my grandmother, Debra Daugherty Case. Debra was born in 1952 in Magnolia, Ohio. She is the mother of 4 kids, and the grandmother to a dozen others. Our family is quite big, and nothing is quite as filling as spaghetti and meatballs. For as long as I can remember, anytime we had spaghetti at my grandmother’s house it was always her homemade sauce and burnt bread (a story for another time) being served. So, I decided I was going to kill two birds with one stone and find out both the history behind the recipe and the recipe itself.
  • Moriah Yancy Interviews Lila SleightonLila Sleighton is a very experienced, very passionate educator working in Hawkins High School. She spends the majority of her time there teaching both troubled and special education students. In her interview, Lila (or, Miss Lila, as the students call her) goes into great detail about her experience as a teacher at this particular school, and gives her opinion on what should be done in order to improve the education system.

September 23, 2019 Posted by | Audio Interviews, Blog Post | , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Interviews

by Marsha Little Matthews

This is the first production project for students in MCOM 2313.001 Introduction to Multimedia Production. For this assignment students are required to conduct an audio interview that includes natural ambient sound that is related to the interview and include an introduction and closing for the piece. All questions asked the interview subject were to be omitted, but interviewer transitions were permitted, if needed.

Ryan Baldridge Interviews Jeffrey Robinson

Jeffrey Robinson is a concrete salesman at Martin Marietta, located on Old Troup Highway in Tyler, Texas. On a typical day, Robinson begins at two a.m. and coordinates his jobs and clients for the day. Robinson has been in the concrete business for sixteen years and although he did not attend college, has remained dedicated to his job and has worked his way to the top of the company. Robinson’s work hours are anywhere from two a.m. to five p.m., depending on when his clients are scheduled to receive their concrete. Robinson oversees his workers while they pour concrete for customers, and is in charge of customer service with clients as well as relations with other companies. Martin Marietta does anything from small concrete fillings to large jobs for entire organizations or new buildings. Robinson loves his job and enjoys working with his coworkers as well as customers.

Sarah Jo Buchanan Interviews Abigail Marie Buchanan

Abigail Buchanan is a 17-year-old student of homeschooling in the Tyler area community. Along with her love of literature and coffee, she is an impressive pianist. She has been playing piano for the past ten years. Abigail has developed a repertoire from classical piano pieces to covers of Billy Joel and other 1970s/1980s musicians. She also has been an accompanist for the past several of years for a local community choir.

Jenn Caruthers Interviews Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes, more commonly known as “Boston Chris” is the founder of East Texas Friends and Events, a Facebook Group with over 15K members and has worked with ETX Music for the last year. He was a co-host for the ETX Music Awards in 2015 and 2016, and helped to grow the voting polls from 300,000 individual votes to almost half a million in the last year. He promotes for ETX Music year-round, and is the voice for four-month-old podcast, “ETX Rocks” on Podbean. He records podcasts weekly, sometimes more, promoting East Texas musical artists and venues, by having “guests” and now even running ads that local business owners can have aired on his broadcast. We have worked side by side for ETX Music for over a year, just in different formats.

Joseph Ford Interviews Lauren Ford

Lauren Ford is a 25-year-old student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is an English major.

Karaline Harrell Interviews Sara Register

For my audio interview, I spoke with Sara Register. She is the service manager for Tyler Texas Roadhouse. The interview discusses what it is like to work for Texas Roadhouse and how they give back to the community of Tyler. I chose this for my interview not only because most people do not realize how much Roadhouse does for its guests and greater Tyler community, but also for the sounds. The interview is paired with sounds of employees bustling around, steaks on the grill, and a manager leading a pre-shift type meeting.

Bailey Mayo Interviews Caden Crawford

Caden Crawford is a singer/songwriter from Tyler, Texas. He performs around town with his fiancé, in a band called The Olive Press.

Brady Neely Interviews Josh Langer

Josh Langer is the worship pastor of Community Christian Fellowship Church in Garden Valley/Lindale, Texas, and also heads up CCF ALIVE, the Young Adults ministry housed in the church. I sat down and talked with him about what exactly ALIVE is, and why it is important for the 18-30 year old age group to be a part of this ministry.

Martin Ramirez Interviews Janet Logan

Janet Logan is the operations manager at one of the four Sherwin Williams in Tyler, Texas. She has had many different jobs with the company in the last 26 years and she is aiming for 30 years. She knows almost everything there is to know about paint and she started from the bottom. Sherwin Williams helped her get to where she is today and it is a big part of her life.

Yoleyne Romero Interviews Petra Romero (link will be added soon)

The interview subject I chose was my mother, Petra Romero. She allowed me to interview and record her partaking in one of her favorite hobbies, which is cooking. When she was an adolescent and still living in Mexico with her family, she used to watch her mother cook all of the time. Although my grandmother did not teach her how to put dishes together step by step, my mother was able to pick up cooking fairly easily and at the age of 15 began recreating her mother’s dishes. Ever since then Petra has never stopped cooking or trying new recipes, and has garnered a handful of favorites from my siblings and me. Naturally, coming to the United States offered vastly different palettes and ingredients to work with, so my mother was able to try her hand at a variety of dishes. Some of her favorite non-traditionally Hispanic dishes to cook include omelets, thanksgiving fixings, and lasagna. For our interview, Petra cooked crispy chicken flautas and guacamole from scratch.

Jamil Tharp Interviews Allyson Dernehl

Allyson Dernehl, is from Sugar Land, Texas. She is an outside hitter for the volleyball team at The University of Texas at Tyler. Allyson says she is very passionate about the game and loves being a part of a team.

Nick Shelley Interviews Brandon Welborn

Kayla Turner Interviews Barniyia Medlock

Emily Wheeler Interviews Audrie Stacey

Audrie Stacey was my interview subject. She drove about two hours to Dallas to go see the premier of the new Beatles documentary, “Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years”. The film was showing in theaters for one night only, therefore, it attracted quite a crowd. People of all ages traveled from near and far just to see this documentary and experience something new in the Beatle world.

Caleb Youngblood Interviews Adam Rash

For my audio interview project, I decided to go to the Foundry Coffee House, which is located in downtown Tyler, Texas. They have a lively atmosphere, and there are always interesting sounds of music, coffee grinding, milk steamers, and, of course, pleasant conversation. When I first arrived at the location, I got recordings of the traffic and bustle, then moved inside to create a sound of transition. For the interview, I asked Adam Rash, a barista, if he would be willing to be the interviewee. He complied, and we discussed on record various aspects of his job, what he enjoys most about it, and how he became a barista. After five to ten minutes of discussion, I went around the coffee shop and recorded different sounds happening.



September 24, 2016 Posted by | Audio Interviews, Blog Post | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Interviews – Music, Teachers, Athletes, Barristas, Sports, and More

by Marsha Little Matthews

The students in MCOM 2313.001 Introduction to Multimedia Production recently completed their first production project. They conducted an audio interview that required the use of natural sound and tells a story using the interviewee’s words for the majority of the story. Each student was to provide the introduction and closing to the story.

Here are their stories.

  • Kayla Bright interviews Sophia Bright – a teacher  Length: 1:29
    • I chose to interview my mother, Sophia Bright, for this assignment. Mom just began her 20th year teaching fourth grade at Troup Elementary School, and in our interview, I asked her to discuss some of her favorite things about teaching, as well as some of the challenges with which she struggles. We spoke about the special bond she feels with each group of students, as well as the stress and pressure of the standardized testing mania.
  • Kyle Broussard interviews Jabe Martin – National Physique Committee Body Builder   Length: 1:30
  • LouAnna Campbell interviews Jayne Lankford, 63-year-old triathlon athlete  Length: 1:50
    • Jayne Lankford is a 63-year-old triathlete and grandmother competing in the Rose City Triathlon 2015. She has been competing for 10 years.
  • Tyler Campbell interviews Josh Wyskarver-Smith   Length: 1:57
    • Josh works as a server’s assistant at a bed and breakfast restaurant.
  • Amanda Cirigliano interviews Ellie Bennett  Length: 1:30
    • Ellie Bennett is a barrista at a local coffee shop.
  • Audrey Dukes interviews Clay Duke, Attorney and Golfer   Length 1:10
  • Michaela Ellis interviews Wesley DeArmond  Length: 1:31
    • Wesley is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and a biology major at The University of Texas at Tyler.
  • Emily Gage interviews Tyler Weisnberger   Length: 1:32
    • Tyler is a local artist in Longview, Texas. In the summer of 2014, Tyler opened Red Rooster Tattoo located in downtown Longview. As a young business owner, Tyler has some advice for anyone looking to pursue a career in the rapidly growing industry. We will explore the process and importance of an apprenticeship, as well as, the fluctuation of the tattoo seasons.
  • Raffaella Gullo interviews John Patrick Acosta Pinon   Length: 1:07
    • John tells the story of what it’s like to raise a German Shepherd puppy.
  • David Jimenez interviews Juan Monsivais   Length: 2:25
    • For my interview, I had the chance to sit down and talk to Juan Monsivais, a 22-
      year-old Biology student from UT Tyler, who is also a fourth-degree black belt in Tae
      Kwon Do and an instructor at a local martial arts school. Monsivais has been doing this
      for the past 18 years and in the story we go into the reasons why he’s stuck with it for so
      long, how his journey has been, and how it is all now playing a part of him being an
  • Nick Rackley interviews Caroline Williams   Length: 1:42
    • Caroline Williams is a sophomore kinesiology major at The University of Texas at Tyler. She is also a defender on the UT Tyler women’s soccer team. She talks about her love of soccer.
  • Allison Reid interviews Ken Reid    Length: 1:24
    • I interviewed my dad, Ken Reid, because he is a music minister and I wanted to get audio of the music he does. He is the minister of music and adult ministries at Chandler First United Methodist Church and has been in the music ministry for over 35 years. In this interview, I wanted to show that there is a lot more involved in being a music minister than what people would think. My dad keeps busy with 6 choirs that have weekly practices, doing Sunday morning services and special services, preparing music for his choirs and services, and attending many church meetings.
  • Daisy Valle interviews Allen Phillips  Length: 1:28
    • I choose to interview Allen Phillips, a local instrument repair technician. In this short interview, He walks us through a routine service completed on a trumpet. He discusses step by step what it takes to get this trumpet only prepared for the real repair.

September 28, 2015 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Audio Interviews for Fall 2014 Semester

by Marsha Little Matthews

One of the first production assignments for students in MCOM 2313 Multimedia Production is to produce an audio interview. Each student must find someone with an interesting story that is rich with ambient/natural sound that will enhance the story. The student serves as the reporter who introduces the story and wraps the story up at the end Interview questions are not to be included as they tend to disrupt the story. All or most of the interview questions should be edited out of the story, and the responses edited to tell the story. The story cannot be shorter than one minute, nor longer than a minute and a half.

Here are the results for two sections of MCOM 2313. There are talent releases on file from the interview subjects for each of the packages posted

MCOM 2313.001

MCOM 2313.002

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Audio Interview Packages – Fall 2013

by Marsha Little Matthews

This semester I have two sections of MCOM 2313 Introduction to Multimedia Production. Recently these beginning students conducted audio field interviews. The interviews were edited using Audacity and an “intro” and “outtrow” were added by the reporter to create an audio interview package which was required to run between one to two minutes (plus or minus 10 seconds). Ambient or natural sound was required. Talent releases were secured from each interviewee.

Here are the links to the interview packages that met the length parameters. The students are to listen to each interview on SoundCloud and return to this site to post constructive comments after reading the Mark Briggs “JournalismNext” chapter on audio storytelling.

Section 1 Interview Packages

  • Anita Brown interviews Chris Huber about his hobby of “gaming” (01:50)
  • Alec Bryant interviews Brittany Hines about growing up singing (01:28)
  • Jordan Flanagan interviews Michelle Flanagan about Jerry Seinfeld’s upcoming appearance at The Cowan Center, Tyler, Texas (01:51)
  • Kazandra Gutierrez interviews Rebecca Valle, at nursing student at The University of Texas at Tyler (01:45)
  • Brooke Hoffard interviews Micah Vickers and his decision to join the Air Force (02:09)
  • Kyle Owens interviews Ron Owens about his career as a contract and search specialist for a specialized job recruiting group (01:58)
  • Leslie Reyna interviews Khaliah Al-Noimi, a UT Tyler student, about her tip to Zambia, Africa (02:10)
  • Cody Sherrell interviews Kimberly Sherrell about her decision to be an English teacher (01:28)
  • Linnon Thomas interviews Tzshonna Seastrunk about why she sings (01:07)
  • Roberto Vazquez interviews Socrates Luna about his interest in music (02:00)

Section 2 Interview Packages

  • Slater Bonner interviews Josh Carpenter with Theatre 20, Tyler, Texas (01:57)
  • Jordan Driskell interviews Neal Thurman, pastor, University Church of Christ, Tyler, Texas (01:56)
  • Lauren McGaughey interviews Meagan Kirk about being a work from home mom (01:58)
  • Brooke Moore interviews Cameron Hathcock about working out at the gym (01:44)
  • Brandon Noble interviews Hannah Vitello (01:04)
  • Linnet Pichette interviews Zach Pichette about being a sophomore at Tyler Junior College (01:05)
  • Dillow Row interviews Colin Doby, commissioner for the fantasy football league on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler (01:21)

October 7, 2013 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , | 18 Comments

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