Two days into classes I realized I should probably update everyone on my amazing experiences at the University of Wyoming. (I meant to while in Australia but I was a little busy.)
I spent the majority of my time this summer working at the Little Snake River Museum, which boasts some amazing local history, along with riding my horses, working out, spending time with family and friends and studying abroad. I also started reading The Sun and completely and fully recommend it to anyone who needs to see a little light in humanity.
First things first, my study abroad this summer in Australia was completely amazing! It was three weeks jam packed with the best people and even better wagyu burgers. We experienced so many diffrent types of agriculture and saw everything from production to marketing. Sheep, alpacas, cattle, kangaroos, racehorses, chickens and dogs greated us at every visit and we were blessed with so many knowledgable hosts. I will make a complete post about it later but theres too much to put in this update so keep your eyes open!
Throughout this semester I have learned so much! As the media world continues to grow through so many diffrent facets on the internet, it was a lot to cover in one short semester. Looking back, I learned a few tips and tricks to help me with photography in the future.
I was so excited to try out the two photography assignments and found out that I either need a better camera to photograph indoors or that I need to figure out the settings on the one I have now. I have continued to use the reporting skills I learned at the Snake River Press but have grown to be much more comfortable interviewing people, which has also helped to make me a better listener and a bit more empathetic in everyday life.
I will definatily use these skills in my future career, as I prepare for my senior year of college I plan to begin seeking jobs in Agricultural Reporting and maybe just a couple horse riding gigs. Photography will come in handy in both careers I have mentioned, along with empathy towards others as it makes it easier to work with just about anyone.
When reflecting on this semester’s assignments I found the ones where I was able to interview people the most challenging but rewarding. Interviewing students about Kate Northrop led me to see the impact she has had on so many students and also got me involved with the Dead Poets Society on campus. When I interviewed Lacey Lindsay for the audio project I didn’t expect anything she had said. Even after traveling the country with her as my horse judging coach for a year I didn’t realize the many diffrent paths she had taken to get to where she is today.
If I could go back to the begining and give myself some advice, I would’ve told me to give myself more time to work on the first two projects. I would’ve had more success and higher quality photographs if I had only given myself more time.
Sadly though I can’t go back now. So, that’s a wrap but I do hope to keep updating this little blog as I continue to grow my knowledge of agriculture and journalism and hopefully someday arrive in a career that I find to be meaningful and rewarding.
For our final assignment of the semester we were tasked with filming an event or creating a video of some sort to tell a story through. I chose to film the spring barbecue hosted by the Wyoming Colligate Cattle Association. WCCA hosted this event as a way for old and new members to socialize with the Mississippi Colligate Cattle Association who were visiting on a trip from Colorado to Montana.
I already knew I would enjoy this project as I took Dr. Katie Cooper’s Intro to Video Production class last semester and actually enjoy video editing. Throughout my time in that class and this year I have become much more comfortable with interviewing people, especially on camera. I do wish that I had taken more of the interviews in a quiet setting though, or that I had interviewed one of our club supervisors.
I wish this video could be longer so that I could include some film I took while I attended a cattle branding at home, however I think the short video is affective for this purpose. Below is a photo of my sister and I at the branding over Mother’s Day weekend.
I absolutly love using video and hope to use it to grab the attention of readers on social media or through a website type platform. I wish I could’ve used more of my video skills this semester while working at the NASA Space Consertorium.
For one of the final assignments of the semester I was required to promote a few of my blog posts on Instagram. This is super exciting as I do have experience with instagram and I was happy to learn how to use it more effectivly. Using Canva was a bit more challenging than instagram but I’ve always loved this program and was glad to be exploring it for uses other than posters.
At first I did try to use filters that would make my promotional posts match the asthetic and prevous content of my Instagram account. I ended up throwing that out the window though as they weren’t working well with my photographs.
This assignment challenged me to find photos and graphics that would capture peoples attention. I have never thought about myself using way too many hashtags, so I cut back on that. I also was not aware that locations and live videos are more effective than photos with hashtags so I tried to incorperate that into my posts.
In the future I hope to continue using instagram to advocate for agriculture while trying to educate a broader audience about the effects of agriculture on everyday life. I have the most experience with Instagram as a social media platform, so I am so happy that I have learned how to use it to better promote my work and help people find my writing and other forms of advocating.
Oklahoma City, OK boasts some of the largest western equine shows or events in the nation every year but the city provides more entertainment for equine enthusiasts than just the shows. With the University of Wyoming Horse Judging team, I have travelled to each of these locations while visiting for a contest during the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. With my second trip to Oklahoma City this spring I started to find my way around a bit better and didn’t mind a break from the Wyoming wind to try out Oklahoma’s warmer climate. Check out the map below to pick which locations you would like to see that are in the same areas.
They are in an awkward order from most important to least when you have your first visit to Oklahoma City. Do notice though, that many of these can be equally as exciting, thrilling or impactful.
State Fair Parkhosts not only the NRHA Futurity, but also the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show. These events mainly take place at the Jim Norick Arena, which is known as the “Horse Show Capital of the World.” With plenty of parking and a full-service café right next to the horse barns, it is the perfect venue for any equine event. https://statefairparkokc.com
While attending the NRHA Futurity in November, Hannah Jankovsky had a chance to walk through the stalling for the horses being sold in the auction.
“I loved that you could meet all of the amazing horses face to face,” she said.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is an amazing experience for cowboys, cowgirls and fans of the culture. This beautiful museum also boasts the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. They also host the Western Heritage awards each year and induct new members into the hall of fame when needed. Although there is a small fee for entry it is defiantly worth it. Below is the link to their website.https://nationalcowboymuseum.org
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum was the site of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Although somber and not cowboy related it is worth the stop. To see the damage and destruction one person can cause, then see how the community recovered is a beautiful experience that everyone should take the time to see. https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/visit/
Remington Park is home to some of the best entertainment in the city. They host many parties to celebrate the nation’s largest horse races along with boasting a live racetrack, casino and over four ways to enjoy your meal while watching the races. You have to be over the age of 18 to get into the casino a few of the restaurants so this is probably the least family friendly stop on my list. Here is the link to their website: https://www.remingtonpark.com
Jory Goetz was able to visit while attending the spring horse judging contest in April of 2018 and said, “It is such a fun atmosphere and I had a great time with a large group of friends.”
Heritage Place Inc. Not only does this beautiful facility boast some of the best AQHA racehorse sales, they also have a racetrack to test the youngsters on before they sell. It is a beautiful venue for many other events such as the NRHA Colligate Judging Awards Presentation. They also allow some touring of the grounds where breeders have permanent booths advertising their equine bloodlines and years of hard work. Passion for the equine industry runs strong at Heritage Place and it is most defiantly worth the stop. Their website link is https://www.heritageplace.com
Robin Ferguson toured Heritage Place with the horse judging team when she travelled to Oklahoma City in 2017.
“I enjoyed the facility,” she said, “Coming from a family involved in the auction business it’s interesting to see the ‘cream of the crop.’”
Tener’s Western Outfitters is your one stop shop for all things western clothing. From shirts and jeans to a good hat and a pair of boots, they’ll get you gussied up in anything you need to fit in. Even check out the sale rack for some sweet deals! Don’t forget to top off your outfit with a wild rag in the winter or a little turquoise in the warmer months. If you can’t make it to Oklahoma just order from their website at https://www.tenersboots.com
Although not restaurants or hotels were listed here, those may be coming in a future post as they are also an exciting part of Oklahoma City and the area’s culture, as any other city. The stops on this list are the gems for the touring cowboy or cowgirl to seek out on their visit to the big city. So, as you make your first journey to the “Horse Show Capital of the World” don’t forget to get out of the state fair park and see what else the city has to offer.
Our most recent assignment in Multimedia Production has been to Live Tweet about an event on the University of Wyoming campus or in the Laramie community. I really wanted to complete this project while I was in Oklahoma City with the University of Wyoming Horse Judging Team (I’m a member). However, I did not see the opportunity for a newsworthy event.
I did report on the OwnIt! awards for WiMSE at the University of Wyoming. Which you can find on my personal twitter page.
For this project I attempted a journalistic approach while talking with attendees prior to the event and while awards were being presented. This proved to be challenging though due to the quietness of the speakers. Not allowing me to actually catch many of the names of awardees.
I personally did not enjoy this experience as I was trying to get to another meeting on time and I did not feel that this awards ceremony was run very efficiently. This is a personal opinion and I am somewhat biased to not enjoy awards ceremonies. However, I do realize I should not have planned on attending so many events in one evening.
Recently, I have started to use twitter more and find it extremely useful in debates and advocating for many causes. The short character count allows for people to get straight to the point in their arguments. I do find that I enjoy it more for personal purposes though.
Looking back, I wish I wouldn’t have rushed myself through this event so that I would’ve enjoyed it more. I also wish I would’ve gotten a closer seat so that I could’ve heard the speakers better to create more informative and accurate posts.
Last summer I was the Social Media Intern for the Wyoming State 4-H and I enjoyed being able to explore Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with some post-planning programs. Through this experience I gained quite a bit of knowledge on what does or does not work and how to use social media management tools for buisnesses and organizations.
In the future I hope to grow a larger Instagram following and make this my main platform to help advocate for agricultural pursuits and rural America.
Cut 2min final audio file of Lacey Lindsay interview.
Audio interviewing was actually quite similar to what I had expected. I have interviewed many people for the Snake River Press and for other classes, both with and without using a recorder. I also found the editing process was similar to video editing which I actally enjoy.
I really like to establish a conversation with my interviewee, so I think the element of having a recorder makes many interviewees nervous thus making it harder for them to speak or harder for me to establish a connection with them.
Lacey is my coach so I know how knowleadgable she is on this topic, her story suprised me though and I was suprised with how long she could actually talk even when I only asked her one question.
I wish I had realized as I was recording how clearly you could hear Lacey’s hands on some papers. We were in her office and I didn’t even catch this until after I had uploaded the recording to my computer. Lacey always has a piece of paper or an AQHA rulebook in her hands when I see her so I didn’t even think of how it would affect my interview.
I think Lacey would make a great interviewee for a half-hour long podcast. Through this I realized that I might like to try creating a podcast at some point. My favorite podcasts are about running or equine/agricultural issues. I have actually found a podcast that posts their clips on instagram where I listen for free. It’s called “Let Freedom Rein.”
In the future I hope to use audio interviews on my Instagram stories or on twitter. I didn’t realize how much I would really enjoy this storytelling option. Although I love writing, I seem to prefer creative writing over reporting but when I have the option of photography, video or audio I love to report in these forms.
I will be working for the Little Snake River Museum while in the states. It is located in Savery, Wy and boasts many wild west experiences, I hope to be sharing as many of these as I possibly can. https://littlesnakerivermuseum.com
For now I’m still in Laramie and here are some photographs I’ve prevously captured. Most were captured in Wyoming, some were taken in Switzerland though.
Northrop enjoys taking a step out of her comfort zone every once in a while, this year she has stepped out of her zone to teach Writing Animals for the Honors Program.
After teaching for 11 years in Philadelphia and 10 at the University of Wyoming, one would think that you would know exactly what to teach every year. Not Kate Northrop.
“I was super stressed about it because I have never taught anything about animals,” Northrop said.
She was concerned about not doing justice to the vastness of the world that we share with animals every day. Her students have no doubts though that Northrop’s extensive writing experience and talent prepared her completely for this position. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/kate-northrop
Alyssa Wesner is a non-traditional student at the University of Wyoming, minoring in creative writing. Wesner was inspired to minor in creative writing after beginning majors in Environment and Natural Resources and Wildlife Biology, her first class with Northrop was two years ago during a summer course that was an introduction into creative writing.
“I just wanted to enjoy my writing,” said Wesner who has been writing for her own enjoyment since a young age, “It’s not going to be my career.”
Wesner wanted to discover new ways to express the knowledge and feelings she had, through a medium that others could possibly experience. She is extremely knowledgeable about wildlife and the outdoors however, unlike many scientists she doesn’t have a problem expressing her findings in terms that anyone can understand.
She isn’t the only student who has been inspired by Northrop.
Daren Leonhardt is a Philosophy student at the University of Wyoming who has been inspired by Kate Northrop in many ways. Leonhardt started taking classes from Northrop last fall, beginning with her introductory poetry course and has since taken her poetry workshop and her short prose class.
Leonhardt would describe her teaching style very simply as “wonderful.” He said that her classes are discussion based and kept small enough that everyone interacts.
“I can’t recommend her enough to other students,” Daren said.
He joined her book club last semester and continues to attend. The club is based around authors that she gets to come speak to the students. This unique set-up allows students to read their works and then ask questions about the processes or just the story itself.
Leonhardt has also read a few of Northrop’s own poems and plans to read all of her books in the future and described her work as wonderful, along with saying that Kate is generous, kind and wonderful.
He has taken his creative writing so far that he now plans to obtain a master’s in creative writing after graduating with his bachelor’s in psychology.
Nicole Foss is yet another student that has been inspired by Northrop and has since become the President of the Dead Poets Society at UW.
“You can’t help but know someone through creative writing,” Foss said, “you get to know those professors more than normal.”
She also got her start into poetry with one of Northrop’s introductory poetry classes. She is currently majoring in English with a minor in creative writing.
“I was a molecular biology major until I figured out that wasn’t the path of maximum happiness,” Nicole stated during a meeting of the Dead Poets Society.
Foss also joined a book club that Northrop leads at the University and has had the opportunity to meet her dog and learn more about her professor outside of class.
“She does a good job modeling what an intellectually rigorous life is like,” Nicole says about Kate outside of class.
A book club isn’t the only think Northrop does outside of grading papers and writing poems. Writing is obviously her biggest passion and when the world inspires your work, you apparently have to find other things to do.
“I bake way too much,” Kate said.
She has been on a kick making lots of stew in this chilly weather but says that she also loves a good cocktail. “I’m terrible at making them though,” she said.
Northrop loves to walk her dog on the prairie northeast of Laramie and watching a family of owls on the Laramie River Green Belt this summer while walking. She also enjoys Tie Siding, Happy Jack, and the Hummingbirds at Vadauwoo in August.
I had a great time photographing the Rawlins Boys Swim Team at their meet in Laramie, but I wish I would’ve made more time to photograph around town and on campus. I enjoy outdoor photography more than indoor but with the weather recently being outdoors wasn’t exactly the most appealing idea.