Errors are shortcuts (not too short) to learning

Errors are shortcuts (not too short) to learning
March 4, 2013 Fernanda Chamorro

By Fernanda Chamorro, Extreme Alaska

March 4, 2013

My banana split.

My banana split.

This has been one long week full of errors (shortcuts to learning). I decided to bite off more than I could chew this week and found myself chewing for a mighty long time, like when a kid would rather chew his veggies for hours than actually eat them.

I was extremely excited and ready to cover the UAF Women’s Club Casino Night because I think it is important that they are recognized for their marvelous talent. However, for some reason everything went wrong with my equipment this week. Hmmm… maybe because I failed to check it properly before the event. Don’t get me wrong, I charged up the batteries for my audio kit, but figured  my camera was fine.

Well, Friday I arrive at the Carlson Center only to find out that there was no SD card in my camera, sad face. There is a rumor going around that students now have to buy their own cards, which I am not sure is true but no one told me before I was at the event and it was too late. Luckily, I had brought my audio kit. I am thinking to myself “I am so smart,” I turn it on and surprise, the battery is low. I had just put new batteries in it the day before, but apparently they are not strong enough for my almighty Marantz kit.

Somehow I rushed around the Carlson Center and managed to get the Governor’s Cup interviews and sound I needed. I am pretty proud of that project, smiley face. View it here.

Anyway, the next day I’m feeling prepared. This will be my second assignment and the one I’m superbly excited about plus I learned from my mistakes the first time so this will be cake. That would have been nice, but life likes to spice things up. I arrive at the game with a fully-charged battery and two SD cards (yes, I bought an extra one just in case). When I was double-checking my camera before walking into Pioneer Park for the Casino night, I did not realize I dropped a small cable to the handheld microphone in the darkness of my car.

When I told my interviewee I would plug in the microphone, I came back with empty hands and sincerely apologized. I had checked out an extra lavalier mic (one that clips on clothes) just in case the handheld one did not work. I had left the part of the lavalier mic that connects to my camera along with the other microphone’s plug. Sadly, it never occurred to me that it could be in the car and so I carried on as best I could, trying to place my interviewees in quiet places.

I left completely satisfied with the video, only to find that for some reason my SD card is not reading right. If I fix one problem, another comes up.

The great thing about going to a small school though is having the privilege of getting help from your professors, which is what I am receiving now. Hopefully that video will be up soon and I have definitely learned a ton in the process of making these stories. I hope that through me writing this, you can learn from my mistakes and check ALL your equipment HOURS prior to an event.

On the brighter side, I had a delicious breakfast and a banana split during one of these late nights (breakfast at night and ice cream is the best!) and to whomever left their glove on the metal doorknob to the entrance so that we late-nighters will not get frostbite, you made my day. 🙂


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