If you’ve ever been to a UNO Hockey game, then you’ve heard the Red Army. You might not know what they’re called but the Red Army drummers are at every home game.
According to their website, the Red Army was created “against the tyranny of silence,” during Thanksgiving weekend in 2002.
On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as “the bucket-banging, cowbell pounding, nonsensical cheer yelling Maverick Hockey super fans.”
Ryan Snyder, a former UNO student from 2003-2006, has been a member of the Red Army for about six years now.
Snyder said that the Red Army meets after every game at Old Chicago. There are about 15-20 serious, active members and another 20-30 supporters.
They encourage more people to come out and be crazy with them, supporting their local college hockey team. Go Red Army! Go Mavs!
Katie Schubert is the news director for the Omaha Public Radio on channel 91.5FM KIOS. Last Monday, when she visited our class, was her five year anniversary there.
She started out wanting to be a baseball play-by-play announcer. However, the more she got into the news aspect of reporting, she realized she really wanted to go into the political side. Her background is in hard news, government news and election news.
At KIOS, she handles the social media for the station. Schubert said that it’s a good way to connect with people.
She also said she can take a whole collection of tweets and Facebook posts and make them into a news story. They can be a complete narrative of an event or a complete photo album of an event.
Schubert said she also anchors and does stories for the station when they need her to. She used to have to carry lots of equipment with her into the field, but now she only has to bring her iPad and her voice recorded.
There have been times though where she’s only had her iPhone with her so she simply uses that as a voice recorder.
She said that the only thing she can’t do from her iPad is edit the audio. She has to use her laptop for that, but even those are portable.
She said technology has made it so that she can do her job from anywhere. And Schubert believes that it’s only going to get better!
Brad Williams of Brad Williams Photography is a professional photographer. He works with ad agencies and businesses to take pictures of their buildings and products to help his customers advertise.
He has worked with the City of Omaha and the Chamber of Commerce, taking pictures of downtown for the city’s advertisements promoting Omaha.
Williams says he tries all he can do to not have any people in his photos. He said he really doesn’t like taking pictures of people.
Instead, he prefers taking pictures of scenery and inanimate objects. Williams said he is probably most proud of his skyline photos.
He said that he’s not a “purest” like some other photographers. By purest, he means people who believe in keeping photos “pure” and natural by not altering them in any way.
Williams said he does doctor the photos to make them look better. For example, he said that he will edit a photo and remove a piece of trash on a lawn or something to clean up the picture.
However, Williams said that he doesn’t want to make photo or anything in the photo look fake. He just want to make whatever he takes pictures of look good.
Chris Machian is a photographer for the Omaha World-Herald. He specializes in taking feature pictures of people at events.
Machian said that he used to be able to get ten pictures for a story in the paper, but now he’s lucky to get 2 pictures in print. Everything has now digital and is on online slide shows on their website.
He said he shoots 3 main sizes of shots: tight, medium and wide. Tight shots are up-close pictures that focus only on one things usually. Medium shots are not so close-up and usually capture a scene. Wide shots are usually used to show a whole room or how many people are at an event.
Machian also focuses on certain types of shots, such as emotion shots, detail shots and interaction shots. He said he likes to have layers within the shot and included the rule of thirds in most of his pictures as well.
He said when he’s at an event, he’ll pick a person and stick with them until he get the shot he wants. He said he will not move things around or ask his subjects to move things for him. He said that he feels that is unethical. So he is constantly moving around to line up the perfect shot.
Machian said that if he doesn’t get a subjects name, the picture usually doesn’t run in the paper. He went on and said that a good tip is to always, always ask the person to spell out their name. He said that even if a person’s name is as simple as ‘Joe’, he still asks them to spell out their name.
The UNO Hockey team had one of it’s last practices on Friday before their season starts with an exhibition game on Monday, October 8 against Lethbridge. The team practiced on the same ice they will play on for their first game at the CenturyLink Center.
Head coach Dean Blais worked the hockey team for almost 3 hours: starting with shooting the puck around, streaches, basic drills and ended with a full practice game. With the entire arena to myself, I moved all around the rink, trying to take photos from different perspectives where the audience might be sitting. Therefore, there are pictures taken from right up next to the glass as well as pictures taken from high up in the arena.
Megan Hunt, originally from Blair, NE, is a lifestyle blogger. She has managed to turn blogging into business by building a business through blogging about it.
Hunt first got into blogging or online journalism in 1996 when her dad gave her a domain and she learned html. She talked about one story she posted on her blog in 2001 about a crazy guy during a visit to the Statue of Liberty. She said that she would have lost that story and many others if it weren’t for social media and the internet.
She was first able to accomplish building a business by blogging this through her Princess Lasertron blog. Hunt makes bouquets and flowers using felt and buttons. She sells them for between $100 and $500 depending on how detailed they are. She said she typically spends about 30 hours on each bouquet.
Where blogging really helps her, is by giving her an outlet to talk about her business. Hunt said she did a blog post about “the good, the bad and the ugly” of her business and that’s how she first got the word out about her business.
Hunt said blogging about her business gave her a chance to share other people’s stories; she could share her customer’s stories but still market her product at the same time. Hunt said, “Sharing is what made me fall in love with the internet.”
Her current project is co-owner of hello-hoilday.com. The website launches on October 1. Hunt said the website is all about making it easier for break-out or emerging designers to connect with people and potential customers.