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First 30-day ideaLab project completed

May 5, 2011

For my first 30-day ideaLab-JRC project, I have partnered with local retirement communities and senior centers to gather oral histories from area senior citizens using ipadio.com’s iPhone “record and publish” application in person and recorded phone conversations using ipadio’s three-way calling and recording capability.

Topics have included conversations on faith and spirituality, living with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, motherhood, genealogy, immigration, fleeing one’s country of origin during the war, raising children in the 1960s and 1970s, and local politics.

My goal was to train volunteers in the community to record the interviews and provide the photos, so staff only has to grab embed codes and receive photos, and then upload to our website under a “Podcast” drop-down menu. This, however, has been a huge challenge. So far, I have two volunteers working with me in Saline, but I would like to have more. My editor in Chelsea and Dexter has done two, and is looking for volunteers. My editors in Manchester, Ypsilanti and Belleville will be making contacts with senior communities soon to launch the project in those communities in the next couple of weeks, also building a volunteer base.

I have spent every Wednesday for the last four weeks at Brecon Village retirement community or the Saline Area Senior Center interviewing at least two residents each week, with 14 recorded. My volunteers have done an additional three and my Chelsea/Dexter editor has done two. The profiles include photographs of our subjects.

My 14-day goal was to get the same process going in Chelsea and Dexter with help from copy editor Erica McClain. This has been achieved, but at a slower rate than I anticipated.

At 21 days, I had planned to implement this in Milan. I have conducted one interview there, and have had volunteers supply me with names of potential subjects. I still need to round up volunteers to conduct interviews so I am not doing it all.

At 21 to 28 days, I was to set up a volunteer orientation session in Saline, Milan, Dexter and Chelsea to train community volunteers. I have found that my two volunteers have been able to learn it on their own. However, I have created a presentation that I can use for training purposes and it’s posted here on my ideaLab-Heritage blog on WordPress.

My longer-term goal was to implement this project in Ann Arbor, Manchester, Ypsilanti and Belleville. These editors have assured me that they plan to do so in the next couple of weeks.

I have utilized our ideaLab iPhone for this project to record the interviews and shoot the photos. I’ve used DropBox to move the photos from my phone to laptop computer. I have managed the activity on my ipadio account, where I’ve gotten the embed code to post the podcasts on Heritage.com.

Metrics: The project has generated 6,250 listens. One podcast, shared with a sister publication near Philadelphia, helped drive a lot more traffic than most, with that podcast generating 1,279 listens. The average audio recording generates 250 listens. Most vary from 630 to 65. They have been promoted on our website, Facebook, Twitter and this blog.

I have trained 10 staff members on ipadio.com and Google Voice, the technology I picked from the ideaLab tool list, and posted my presentation on collecting audio to enhance storytelling on my ideaLabHeritage blog. I have also solicited a list of more staff to train at a sister publication, The News-Herald in Southgate, and plan to set up training soon.

What’s next: My next 30-day project will be to learn how to create photo slideshows with audio, Google maps, and my tool to learn will be Kaywa QR Code, so readers can scan the code in print to be taken to the slideshow online. The goal is to have the audience provide the photos and text from Memorial Day activities in our communities.

My presentation on Google Voice and incorporating audio

April 24, 2011

As part of my ideaLab charge, I chose to learn about Google Voice and teach it. I also have been working on incorporating more audio using the website http://www.ipadio.com to record phone or in-person interviews. Here’s the presentation I’ve developed to train fellow reporters. I will be training my own staff Thursday and will make arrangements to train reporters at The News-Herald and the Press & Guide in Dearborn in the coming weeks.
Incorporating_audio_to_enhance_your_storytelli

My 30-Day Project Using iPadio.com

March 16, 2011

Our work in the ideaLab was initially billed as having “no rules” attached to it, but, just as with most things in life, there are some rules and one new rule is that we have to adopt a 30-day project, complete it by April 25 and be prepared to teach what we’ve learned in the process to others. Luckily, I am juggling several podcasting projects that I can use as they’re all mid-stream right now. So, here’s my proposal:
30 Day Project – Michelle Rogers
To Be Completed April 25

Brief one paragraph outline of project
Oral histories project. Pairing up with local retirement communities and senior centers to gather oral histories from area senior citizens, using ipadio.com’s iPhone “record and publish” application in person or can record phone conversation using ipadio account. Topics based on such themes as community activism, faith and spirituality, innovation, leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, patriotism, cultural influences, heroics/survival stories, interesting careers, community service, service to country, etc. Goal is to train volunteers in the community to record the interviews and provide the photos, so staff only has to grab embed code and receive photo, and then upload to our website under a “Podcast” drop-down menu. In addition, I am partnering with ideaLabber Marissa Raymo and she will use these podcasts/audio recordings for her Senior Central venture.

Details on stages
Every Wednesday: Visit Brecon Village retirement community in Saline to interview at least two residents per week. Take their photos and upload to website.
14 Days: Get the same process going in Chelsea and Dexter with help of copy editor Erica McClain.
21 Days: Implement in Milan.
21 to 28 Days: Set up a volunteer orientation session in Saline, Milan, Dexter and Chelsea to train community volunteers.
(Longer term/beyond initial project)
2 to 3 Months: Implement in Ann Arbor and Manchester and provide training.
3 to 4 Months: Implement in Ypsilanti and Belleville and provide training.

Resources available to you for this project
I will need the cooperation of staff and will solicit volunteers in the community, possibly high school history students to interview and record.
I will utilize our ideaLab iPhone and seek out others with smartphones, but Brecon also has a phone system that can be utilized.

Resources needed
At least one or two volunteers from each of our eight communities.

Metrics
Site traffic and buzz on social networking sites.
Scale
Train staff at sister publications via instruction sheet, but ipadio.com website self-explanatory and offers video tutorial. I could serve as point person and support.

Also find attached a spreadsheet of the tools please select the ones you want to learn and prepare to teach. You can post your choice to your idea lab blog.
Google Voice (I’ve also forwarded the tool list to my staff and asked each to learn one and teach to everyone over next 16 weeks, eight to learn and eight to teach.)

Tools to select from among:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
http://www.audioboo.fm/
http://aviary.com/tools/audio-editor
http://www.cinchcast.com/
http://www.talkshoe.com/
http://crowdmap.com/
http://foursquare.com/
http://gowalla.com/
http://www.meetways.com/
http://www.polleverywhere.com/
http://www.quora.com/
http://storify.com/
http://www.surveymonkey.com/
http://tinychat.com/
http://www.ustream.tv/
http://www.contxts.com/
http://www.cueprompter.com/
http://www.evernote.com/
http://www.google.com/voice
http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
http://www.layar.com/
http://www.pixlr.com/
http://www.stickybits.com/
http://www.tlbox.com/
http://www.typewith.me/
http://zamzar.com/
http://writer.bighugelabs.com/
http://hootsuite.com/
http://youropenbook.org/
http://pligg.com/
http://www.widgetbox.com/
http://www.capzles.com/
http://www.dipity.com/
http://www.effectgenerator.com/
http://geocommons.com/
http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/
http://photopeach.com/
http://photosynth.net/default.aspx
http://picfog.com/
http://prezi.com/
http://vis.stanford.edu/protovis/
http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/
http://www.umapper.com/
http://www.vuvox.com/
http://www.animoto.com/
http://jaycut.com/
http://www.stroome.com/
http://www.xtranormal.com/
http://www.polishmywriting.com/

Partnering with the community to share oral histories

February 27, 2011

As part of my ideaLab work this past month, I have been exploring relationships with potential community partners to launch an oral histories project. On Wednesday, I met with Dianna Huckstein and Michelle Horazdovsky at Brecon Village, part of the Evangelical Homes of Michigan. We talked about using ipadio.com‘s technology and local volunteers to collect audio recordings of residents at Brecon Village, a retirement community located in Saline, sharing their life experiences, insights, and thoughts and feelings about major moments in history that they lived through.

I came to the meeting only hoping to be able to interview some of the residents there and taking their photos. I thought it would be a lot of work on my part and I didn’t know how I would find the time, but it was something I was determined to do. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at their enthusiasm for the project and willingness to totally take it over by not only finding people interested in sharing their stories, but volunteers who would interview residents and members of a photo club who could take their photographs. All I, or a member of my staff, would have to do is go to the ipadio.com account, grab the embed code and get the photo from Brecon Village, and then upload both on our website under our Podcast category. Brecon Village will be able to feature the content on its website, as well, sharing the stories from residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s who have lived through important moments in history and who have led interesting lives, from traveling the world to running major companies.

We talked about organizing chats around themes, such as changes in industry and innovation witnessed over the years, major moments in history, hobbies/collections, world travels, faith/spirituality, leadership, lifestyle and work/career.

We also talked about featuring “celebrity” interviewers at times, such as the mayor, school superintendent, local radio personalities, community leaders, educators and local business owners.

The plan is for Dianna and Michelle to round up three people by early this week for me to interview on Friday. They will flesh out the best theme to base the interview on and I will do a little research before prepping my questions. I’ll first meet the residents, so they feel comfortable with the whole process, and then call them, using my ideaLab iPhone, which will enable me to use ipadio.com. The entire interview will be recorded and available as soon as we hang up. Once everyone sees how it’s done, we can start recruiting and training volunteers and celebrity interviewers.

My goal is to expand this project to include other retirement communities in Washtenaw County. To this end, I met with Sara Wedell of Chelsea District Library, who is working on a similar project using video, rather than audio, for the library’s website. She shared contacts at Chelsea Retirement Community, Silver Maples retirement community and Chelsea Senior Center. Chelsea Standard Editor Erica McClain will take the lead on making it happen in Chelsea.

I am also in touch with Alan Caldwell of Senior Helpers to build a partnership in Ann Arbor.

Here’s an example of an interview one of our former editors conducted with actor Jeff Daniels of Chelsea using ipadio.com.

Check out the ipadio.com app for the iPhone. I used it this morning and it worked just like a recorder. Loved it. Easier than recording the phone conversation. Check out my first interview using the app.

Reporting live from the Huron football game

September 15, 2010

On Thursday, I will accompany our sports editor, Terry Jacoby, to the Ann Arbor Huron High School football game against Monroe High. It’s not that I enjoy or even follow sports, but I am on a mission. I am on a mission to show him how much fun it will be to engage the audience throughout the game with Tweets, Facebook updates, video that can be uploaded a half-time, and maybe a live chat or some phonecasts.

I need to download some video conversion and photo conversion software on my Netbook, and test the phonecast off my iPhone via ipadio.com. I also need to find out if the River Rats have a hash tag search known on Twitter, probably #RiverRats, but I’ll look into it. I also need to post on Facebook that we will be doing this. If it’s a success — and I am sure it will be — I’ll accompany a different sports reporter covering another team next Friday. I’ll also do more planning, and let readers know via the print product to be looking for our live coverage.

Well, wish me luck. I think this is my first football game in at least 15 years. Too bad I never learned the game, even as a cheerleader in seventh grade. I remember cheering “First and Ten, Let’s Do It Again,” and there was no first in 10. Whatever that is.