EMOTIONAL HISTORY ASSESSMENT – JRNL102
AUDIO REPORT by Paige Whitfield
For many young girls their father is a prominent figure in their life, that raises them, teaches them and loves them. For others, that love and affection is not so easily obtained…
One daughter tells her heartbreaking story of abandonment and loss.
IN: “In the beginning of August…”
OUT: “…and I have moved on.”
Victoria had been a colleague for over two years before we were really introduced to each other. She was socialising at our workplace one night when she found herself without a way home. Although I did not know her, I had only heard positive things about Vicky from other staff, so, on a whim I offered her a lift home. I can say with great honesty that no one has ever been so grateful over such a small favour; I quickly understood Vicky’s popularity at work. Vicky and I learnt that we had both grown up without a father in our lives. Vicky explained that she had reached out to her father in the past, only to be quickly shut down and told that he was not interested in knowing her. In my opinion, he rejected one of the most kind hearted people, someone who would’ve accepted him for all of his mistakes, no matter how much time had passed. For most of the time I had known her that was that. In August things took a turn when Vicky learnt that her father had passed.
When presented with the task of sourcing a subject and conducting an interview I realised that I had a number of friends with emotional history’s; ranging from happiness to sadness, who would be happy to help. When I first approached Vicky about the topic I was a little worried it might be too soon, however in her usual positive fashion, Vicky said that she would be honoured to assist me with my project.
Following steps from Maria Martin’s The Art of the Interview (2014) I met with Vicky, ensured she was comfortable to pursue the recorded interview and we started talking. I explained to Vicky exactly what I was going to do with the recording to ease our way into the interview and moved from soft initial discussion, to pursuing the difficult questions that led us into the main body of the story, which you can listen to on the embedded Soundcloud link on this blog.
Before being shown examples in class and undertaking the interview with Vicky myself, I was confused as to why we were creating this audio ‘story’, however further research and my own experience has opened my eyes to the creative way that the use of digital elements and recordings can capture raw emotion and connect with the audience. Lissette Alvarez (2011) explains that, “audio stories definitely play a strong role in our society, especially in journalism. Audio storytelling are like non-fiction novels; the readers are encouraged to picture what is going on in the story.” Further, Johnathon Kern (2008) suggests it is important to “find new ways to use recorded audio”. Kern uses examples that Jeffrey Katz, a print reporter who later worked for NPR spoke of as being ‘easier entry points’ into sound. Examples of this are short sound bites that users are more engaged with and Katz explains, “there’s a much more rewarding way to spend time on the web than making a big commitment to listen to a long piece…”
With my information collected and interview complete I was able to edit and polish my interview with Victoria. I consulted her again before my submission to ensure she was happy with the way the interview was presented. With her permission, I am submitting this assessment.
Martin, M (2014). ‘The Art of the Interview’, Global Investigative Journalism Network, online, available at: http://gijn.org/2014/02/07/the-art-of-the-interview/
Alvarez, L (2011). ‘The benefits of audio storytelling in the journalism world’, San Frat Beat, online, available at: https://digitalnewsgathering.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/the-benefits-of-audio-storytelling-in-the-journalism-world/
Kern, J (2008). ‘Sound Reporting: The NPR guide to Audio Journalism and Production’, University of Chicago Press, accessed online at: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/431789.html
(out of *****)
|0.00||Okay, so in the beginning of August I found out my dad had passed away. Over Facebook, not from someone telling me, from a post that a mutual friend had posted on Facebook about his death.||*****
|0.16||I then spoke to my best friend about going to his funeral, she said yes. I was very unsure if I wanted to go or not because I didn’t you know, want to tread on anyone’s toes at the funeral…||****|
|.26||I spoke to my lawyer about it, he said you should go. And then I did also confide in my best friend again, she said no definitely go. And she said she would come with me.||**
Repetitive, but holds important detail
|.36||So on the day of the funeral it was me, my mum and my best friend Imogen. It was held at the Master Builder’s Club… we got there, we walked in, we handed our IDs… my mum and I… went to the security, they looked at them and said we weren’t welcome there and we were denied access to my own father’s funeral.||***|
|.57||No I have never ever met him. I have tried to meet him numerous amount of times, he said he didn’t want to have anything to do with me because I was a mistake.||*****
Answers questions raised in ambiguity earlier
|1:05||But, I just wanted my closure by going to the funeral. But due to his family not liking me I was not allowed access, so I had to leave the premises and wasn’t allowed there for the rest of the day.||***|
|1:16||So I was very, very, very, very upset and emotional about that because it’s very heartbreaking to have something like that happen to you, when you, don’t understand why someone could stoop that low, even if they don’t like you. And not let their own child go to their father’s funeral for closure.||***|
|1:35||But I guess it’s just a lesson learnt for future purposes to always teach my children and like my family around me to no matter what, if you lose a family member and they come in contact with you in the future to always let them in no matter what.||****
There’s been a learning experience in this
|1:53||But it’s something I will never forget and it will always you know, dwell on my mind.||***|
|1:58||But I have gotten over it now, and I have moved on.||*****
Ending holds a resolution