Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shá Cage talks with the YNI

On Tuesday, June 26 Shá Cage, the interdisciplinary artist and co-founder of the MN SpokenWord Association came to KFAI and talked with the students about the importance of developing a presence, articulating and activating your voice. Her websites are here: and Thanks Shá!

Al McFarlane talks with the YNI

On Monday, June 25th Al McFarlane came to speak to the students about his experience with journalism and how and why under- and misrepresented communities should get involved in media. Bobby Rankin, his production assistant/engineer, was also present. McFarlane is host of Conversations with Al McFarlane on KFAI:, Founder and CEO of Insight News:, which is a partner of Multicultural Life: Thanks Al!

Satta- Ethics

Today was actually one of my favorite days so far, of the KFAI Youth News Initiative Program. It's one of my favorite days, because we got to interview students at the U of M (University of Minnesota) and got their take on what ethics is. Ethics certainly has an exact definition, but it was interesting hearing other people's viewpoints and ideas of the word. Ethics is the principles,ideas, laws, and much more that govern what is right or wrong in a community. For the most part the students had the same general answer, but there was one answer that stuck out the most. This is not word for word but a U of M student said, religion could effect people's takes on what is ethical or unethical. I found that very intriguing and certaintly true. I say that because ethics, in some circumstances , differ on the region one may live in.

Saleta - Ethics

today we talked about "ethics" and what they are . i think , based on what we've discussed today , ethics are how people are and what they do , like their rights they have and the roles they have in whatever occupation they do or depending on whoever they are. if your a journalist , you must respect the rights of people as in their privacy and their opinions on certain things.

Ahmad: Week 2

This week in KFAI's Youth News Initiative we talked a lot about ethics and what they mean both in journalism and in everyday life. We learned that there is a unwritten code of ethics that journalist have to abide by day in and day out when the present the news. We did street interviews to gain some interviewing skills and to get know people thought ethics meant to them. We had a lot of people willing to stop and answer a few questions and one or two declines.I found out that most peoples outlook on what ethics were didn't really very to much. I also have came to conclusion that for me, ethics is a grouping of morals and boils down to having integrity.

Ayinde: Week Two

This week I learned how to speak more confidently and naturally while interviewing thanks to Ms. Cage. I also learned more about the recording equipment and how to use it more effectively while interviewing someone.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nansi: What I learned about media

Today I learned more about the media that I did not know before. I learned about texts and subtexts. What I understood was that a text is the actual text of an advertisement, or other things. It means what it is..the literal meaning? Anyway, a subtext is basically an implication of what the text is trying to tell its audience. I liked learning about this, but now I can't help feeling that the world is full of lies and bias.I feel like I wasn't supposed to know this awful secret. People are...vicious, and I get the impression that it's all about money and not the joy of doing it like they say. Stories can be told in different ways to make it sound interesting or boring. Just when I thought the news was always truthful, I learned the fact that I might have been lied to. Some of the alleged actions taken were probably fake. It's kind of like they don't take the audience seriously because of all this nonsense they're making us believe. They exaggerate to scare people. I feel people deserve truthful, yet accurate news. They do not deserve a true story with "small" twists to it. They also don't deserve the "effects" of a certain product to simply be edited to make it look nice. They would basically be giving away their money to a brand product that can easily be equated to a generic brand. I feel betrayed..silly feeling, I know, but people must know. Many people do, but they should not ignore it.

Ayinde- What I Learned About Media

Today the KFAI New Initiative and I watched reports on suspected terrorists and the high school tracking system. Through these examples I learned how the media gets viewers by making them fearful certain situations or people. I also learned about how advertising and marketing strategists attract viewers or buyers by purposely telling only half the story and feeding you a biassed story.

Karen - What Is Media?

Media is a way people connect with one another. Sending information or a theme about anything in many different forms. Those forms are like music, television, writings, or a work of art.
Today we listened to more journalism pieces. We discussed on how on the news we talk about things that seems "interesting" because of the successes. We also talked about how some news are "not comfirmed" or "misleading" because of what the text tells us and how we personally see those text which is the subtext. We should question, "What's missing?"
What I thought about the pieces was that it was very interesting. I learned that stories can be told in many different ways even though it's the same story. I really liked the piece about the girl and her brother in prison even though I didn't really understand it till we discussed it. I liked how she overlapped her voice with the voice of the guy who is protrayed as her brother.

We also practiced talking into mics and learned how to use a recording device. It was interesting and confusing. Interesting because it was fun, but confusing because there were so many buttons on the recording device.

Ahmad: What Is Media?

Media is the way we now as society communicate and share ideas, story and information as a whole. Media includes photo, video, audio, text and even talking to one another. Any and all of these tools can be used to report a story or share an event or even just tell your buddy how your day went. When thinking about media you usually think of the 5 o'clock news and the or the paper on your front door in the morning but media is so much more then that and I think its important we know that. Something as basic as sending a text to a friend is media and can be a way of delivering the news of the day. Understanding media is important because of the fact that we spend a large amount of our day being surrounded by it.

Lani~What I Learned About Media

 Media can be portrayed as different aspects of art or news. It can be used in the form of pictures that tell a story about a location or event in which something normal, or spontaneous happened. It can also be used in video clips to show exact moments or places things happened in, or can demonstrate multiple pictures with words and/or music.
 Today during group session, I learned that media can be used in informative, helpful OR harmful ways depending on the goal or audience it aims for. Media in magazines can show a beautiful girl advertising a certain product that's supposed to make you feel like you need it to be beautiful, instead of being beautiful just the way you are, and that can cause hurt to a lot of females that feel they need all that make-up or product just to fit in with society.
 Media on radio or the television can inform any listeners or watchers on what's going on around the world and who's doing what or what's going where, and can range from politics to celebrities' babies being born. Media can get through much information and can be extremely helpful if you go to find what you're looking for, or can send messages on how to act or look like when in public.

David: But What Is Media?

Today at Kfai's Youth News Initiative, I can walk out Studio Five and say,
"Media is the transmission of knowledge, information, and ideas through a medium that appeals to the senses of an audience."
Media is a strong, driving force the world over, and it has become this because of the explicit, what is said and written as the text, and the implicit, what you, the audience take away or feel is written into the text. This text-subtext relationship can be used to not only sell a story to an audience, but have it speak to them on a higher, emotional level.
Through listening, viewing and interviewing, the YNI crew, myself included, picked apart news and advertisements, and personal pieces trying to decode their real meaning; trying to find out what was being said and was really being said.

Saleta - The Media

Today i learned more about the media and a little bit more about advertising. The way a person tells a story and what they are actually trying to imply without simply saying it.  I now know what "text" and "sub-text" mean when it comes to a story that is being told on the radio or news or in a magazine.

Satta: Media

Everyday is a new experience for me, I am always learning. Today I learned how the media slickly misrepresents or even under-represents certain groups of people or ideas. Misrepresentation is portraying a group or idea in a false manner that may not be true to all . A common group of people that are misrepresented are Muslim people, whom are often affiliated with the attacks of September 11th. Under-representation is not representing a group or idea to the full compasity or to the exact manner. This could be done by a picture. I learned through KFAI, that people such as the late Trevyn Martin and lively Andrew Zimmerman, have pictures that under-represent them. Furthermore, the pictures that are posted of them in the news are not the best possible. I learned all this today, through the KFAI Youth Initiative Program!