Media arts internship February 22, 2015

Created the podcast live recording post and spent time preparing for the live podcast recording. As part of my preparation I decided to add a new segment to the show. My original idea for the podcast, many, many episodes ago was for the podcast format to be Astros fans hanging around having a couple beers. It’s become a bit more structured than that and I’ve had a hard time accepting that fact. I think I may have finally given into the structured format, because I decided to add a talking sabermetrics type of segment where we talk about a sabermetric or analytical topic, concept, or term and explain it in layman terms.

The recording itself went well, which is not something I typically thing, but I think because Spring Training has officially started and we have baseball topics to discuss and that’s bring some extra energy to the show. I really liked it.

I also created two more posts aggregating tweets that included media type of content.

Astros Spring Training workouts part 1

Astros Spring Training workouts part 2

Finally, I decided to get a head start on updating the March Madness bracket and I’ve decided to add vote totals to each matchup.

Media arts internship February 20-21, 2015

February 20, 2015

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring Training, which means the amount of articles published by Astros beat writers will go up significantly, so I’ll need to set aside more time to go through those articles for podcast content. I had other obligations tonight, but I found an hour to read some articles and refine the podcast notes for the upcoming episode on Sunday.

February 21, 2015

The first day of Astros workouts happened and Astros reporters were there to capture it all on social media. I thought it would be a good idea to collect all the tweets with images, video, and other media into a couple of posts for the day. Here are the links for those posts:

Part 1 Astros pitchers and catchers workout

Part 2 Astros pitchers and catchers workout

As you can see I did one in the morning and one in the evening.

A few readers of our site pointed out that I had missed a few names on the sites Spring Training roster infographic. I resolved that by adding the names, however I ran into another issue. The new names made the graphic look cluttered and squished together. To address this I had to redo the background. I counted out the names so that I knew how many columns to add, then took another screenshot of a spreadsheet to use as the background. Once that was in place i had to shrink all the names and titles so they fit into the now smaller cells. After that, I had to realign everything, which is what took the most time. Once the graphic was squared away I had to re-upload and re-post.


Media arts internship February 19, 2015

I performed the a live tweet session of Mike Scott’s no-hitter that clinched the Astros the division in 1986 on Twitter. I have the game on DVD, so I logged onto Twitter and gave a play-by-play of the game via Twitter. I included screenshots and GIFs of the game. This is something we did last year that a lot of people seemed to enjoy and that continued this year. I had several people tweet at me indicating that they enjoyed the tweets I produced during the game. I discovered that lowering the pixels of the GIF allowed me to get it posted on Twitter instead of just a link. Here are some examples of the GIFs and screenshots I included in the session:

Media arts internship January 20, 2015

Tonight I spent time preparing for our Top 30 podcast special. While listening to last years show I refined our show notes, created and scheduled promotional graphics (really liking the the meme tool at our disposal) for the podcast, and grabbed last years rankings and added them to this years rankings for our reference. We rank over a 100 prospects so I had to put in last years rankings along with this years rankings so that we could compare last years rankings to this years rankings and use that as a talking point during our show.

I am listening to last year’s recording of the show to grab audio for a replay and highlight of last years show and what we were saying about prospects. Once I have all the audio clips I want to use I’ll put music with them.

Here is one of the graphics I created for promotion the rest of this week: