By Katelyn Siegert
Live: New Haven Shooting (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
In this story, Abbey Niezgoda covers a shooting in New Haven, Conn. Niezgoda does a good job narrating clips as well as organizing b-roll to coincide with her narration. She shows that she is on the scene as she motions toward an officer’s squad car leaving the scene. However, she does not optimize this opportunity to interview this officer, which would have added credibility to her work.
Miss USA opens up at RI alma mater (http://www.abc6.com/story/18959903/miss-usa-opens-up-at-ri-alma-mater)
Rhode Island’s ABC Channel 6 ran Niezgoda’s story about former Miss USA, Olivia Culpo. Niezgoda does not represent journalistic ethics as she says “Culpo is no doubt relatable, and also a role mode to the young girls at bay view”. However, she does make several references to anecdotes Culpo made during her speech.
Rhana’s Journey (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
Niezgoda does an excellent job of following up in this example of reporting. In the clip, she mentions that the crew had visited Fleming almost seven months prior, when she had originally contracted the illness. Niezgoda also makes smooth transitions between b-roll and a-roll as well as narration within the two. Her use of the elevator that Fleming uses also puts her into the story for the viewers, instead of only an outside observer.
Live: D.C. Shooting (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
Niezgoda covered a shooting in Washington, D.C. that had an entire apartment complex evacuated. She does makes excellent use of her live sources. She interviews a building neighbor as well as the police chief. For a live story, the addition of footage taken from the actual scene of the crime adds to the reality of the situation.
Niezgoda created wersnews.com, a news station out of Emerson College. She also trained the news team on the Moveable Type content management system. This shows excellent leadership skills as well as the ability to work in multiple media platforms.
School Budget Crisis (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
Niezgoda composed a story on a possible local school closing in the area. She related it to two other schools in the area that were in the same financial situation, giving a better perspective of the problem. Niezgoda used both a parent and a student as sources to show the two different types of citizens affected by the possible closing. She also uses thirds to display source name and information as they are introduced into the story.
Marathon Bombings: UMass Dartmouth (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
Using effective sources, such as classmates of the suspect, Niezgoda presents a separate side to the Boston Marathon bombing. With a slight overview of the previous situation and a review of the suspect, she educates viewers who may not have previously known this information. Niezgoda uses video to present this breaking news. She also uses a variety of shots, including wide, medium and close up shots of students.
Niezgoda boasts 2,259 followers on the social media network Twitter, along with more than 7,500 tweets. Niezgoda uses this media platform to interact with viewers and share her work on the web. In this particular piece, she attaches an attention-grabbing photograph. In addition to the photograph, she tags the news channel that she works at so viewers know where to tune in to for the latest information.
Manchester Fire Cleanup (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
The action and people filmed in this story make for a vivid piece. The addition of the fire chief as a source also gives the piece credibility. Also, Niezgoda uses a local witness to relate the story to viewers. The camera crew also does not zoom in on people or buildings to make the footage easy to follow.
Bradley Shooting (http://www.abbeytv.com/portfolio/)
Although very little action was shot for the story, Niezgoda does a good job of narrating and organizing clips to create a story. She uses police as sources for information during the time that this news is breaking. Niezgoda also uses alternate footage of someone involved in the case. Niezgoda does not however, review facts that had previously been released about this case making it hard to follow for first-time viewers.
Although Abbey Niezgoda’s current work is primarily reporting for a news channel in West Hartford, CT, her resumes paints her as a seasoned multimedia journalist. As she currently uses Twitter and Facebook to post stories to the web, along with her station’s website. Niezgoda works both behind and in front of the camera, as well as taking photographs and writing her own stories. The examples of her work mentioned above demonstrate her versatility as a multimedia journalist.
Niezgoda uses the Internet to store, retrieve and post her work for others to see. Her online resume boasts video, links photographs all from a single page. This allows readers to find her work easily and in a unique form that is not primarily print. Niezgoda also helped design and was a web editor for her college’s radio and news station web page. Having these many different talents makes her versatile in multiple forms of media.
In her examples of video journalism, Niezgoda finds compelling pieces and breaking news to inform readers of through live footage and interviews. Using both audio and video b-roll, Niezgoda uses video to tell a story that is composed of more than just interviews and narration. When she narrates her stories, Niezgoda uses a slow, clear voice to convey her message. This is a sign that her scripts are well-written and she has rehearsed her narration to ensure that no mistake or errors make it into the final cut of the piece. In her video stories, Niezgoda uses three of the four types of audio: interviews, natural sound and narration. The volume level of her pieces also match well. When she uses video footage that is not her own, like in the above piece about the shooting in Washington D.C. where video footage was caught on what appears to be a home or security camera, she sites her sources on screen in the use of thirds. Niezgoda also does not manipulate the mood of the situation, but acts accordingly to inform viewers. She also uses active voice instead of passive to form more direct sentences.
Along with video journalism, Niezgoda also uses the traditional form of journalism, print. Because not all print journalism is actually printed on paper, Niezgoda’s written pieces are also online to read. In a former position as a multimedia journalist and live reporter for ABC6, “Miss USA opens up at RI alma mater” is an example of this time, Niezgoda wrote, shot, edited and appeared in her pieces. Here she was Emmy nominated for an Outstanding Video Journalist award. She uses video for breaking news and live events. In her video sequencing she uses both a-roll and b-roll along with illustrated processes to show the entire issue or news. Niezgoda uses each of the types of shots: establishing, wide, medium and close-up. A majority of her work appears to be in the United States’s version of the five-shot rule: wide, medium, close-up, followed by two different angles. Although her work now appears to me only reporting in front of the camera, Niezgoda is a journalist trained in multimedia with years of experience.