While many photographers covered the #OccupyWallStreet movement last fall, Ashley Gilbertson captured the cause in stark, grainy, black and white frames. In December, Gilbertson, Scott Thode and I sat down to produce a multimedia piece that would speak —in part— to the Occupy experience. This was the result. (Published, VII Magazine, Dec. 12, 2011)

Audio: Learning my ABCs

On Sunday night, our second audio assignment in Columbia University’s J-School bootcamp, offered me the opportunity to profile one of the most musically rich events in NYC.

16 of the best beatboxers in the nation had descended upon Le Poisson Rouge in New York’s Greenwich Village to battle for the nation’s top prize at the American Beatboxing Championships.

While this 2 minute and 24 second audio clip paints (I hope) a fairly compelling picture of what transpired that night, I’m currently re-editing/mixing the sample over the next couple of days. Stay tuned.

Until then. Enjoy!

The Art of the Audio Profile

Consider this frosh week at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. We gather together in small groups, get to try out the new equipment, walk around the buildings which we’ll call home for the next 10 months, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll do an assignment or two.

For Ojito’s RW1 course, we are on audio rotation. We’ve been introduced to FCP (Final Cut Pro), we’ve been entrusted with audio recorders, we’ve traipsed through the city of New York in search of profile-able characters and now we’ve got something to show for it.

Posted below are two audio profiles I’ve completed in the last 24 hours. While they are both about the same individual, the tone and character of the pieces are quite different.

My subject was Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fanning – formerly of the New York National Guard. As a 34-year veteran of the Guard, Paul has responded to 18 state and national emergencies, including September 11, and served in Afghanistan in 2008. Starting this November, Paul hopes to be guiding his own tours for the Tribute WTC Visitor Center in ground zero.

Profile: Paul Fanning (v1)

Profile: Paul Fanning (v2)