Teaser Info – James McDaniels

Headline: The Power of Song Speaks Volumes in South L.A. Church

Tease: From the lead musician to the listening congregation, music plays a major part in the lives of members of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

Photo link: http://offthefreeway.com/2016/community/jmcdaniels/images/jmcdaniels-tzr.JPG/ (link won’t work, but path is correct)

Digital Footprint Assignment: The Life of Aziza Kasumov

When I began typing fellow classmate Aziza Kasumov’s name into Google, a search suggestion of her full first and last name dropped below the search bar.  This gave me a sign that I was going to find a lot of information on her, and that was exactly the case.

The first source I read from the results page was actually a Tumblr post by user narsgermanfairytales that was an interview of Kasumov, who grew up near Frankfurt, Germany around castles and woods according to the post, when she was a freshman at USC.  The interview focused on the role fairy tales had played in Kasumov’s life.  Her favorite fairy tale was “The Little Mermaid” and she said she has seen every classic Disney Princess film.  She went on to say the original fairy tales and the Disney renditions differed in that they had different morals, in addition to the originals having more cruelty than the “happy endings” associated with Disney films.

The other main source of information I found about Kasumov came courtesy of her LinkedIn profile.  She listed her job as being a “Freelance Journalist” from Los Angeles working in the “Writing and Editing” industry.  Kasumov’s profile was full of work experiences supporting her title.  Kasumov’s LinkedIn resume included work blogging, and reporting with companies including the Huffington Post and the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.  For Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Kasumov helped cover the 2016 election from both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  Her profile also listed her as having reporting experiences with Annenberg Media and Intersections South LA.   

Kasumov’s educational background showed she spent 2005 through 2014 attending Max-Planck-Gymnasium Ludwigshafen am Rhein in Germany, ultimately earning her high school diploma there.  While in high school, she was involved in the student government, as well as the student mediation and first aid teams.  Her college information showed she expects to graduate from USC with a double major in International Relations and Print and Digital Journalism in 2018.  Her GPA was listed at a 3.882.  Her profile also showed she can speak English, German, and French well and even some Russian.  Being a native German speaker has afforded her the unique opportunity to help digitally archive the original documents of the Nuremberg Trials and assist in translating German documents while at USC, according to her LinkedIn profile.

I also gathered bits of information about Kasumov from other popular websites.  I looked on the Huffington Post and found three articles listed under Kasumov’s byline that were all published this past spring, including two that were focused on sleeping.  Her areas of focus, according to her Huffington Post description, include politics, social issues and college culture.  On Twitter, I found Kasumov’s profile, which was pretty active with posts and retweets from recent days.  Some posts were in English while others were not.  Most, if not all, of Kasumov’s posts in the last ten days were related to politics and many of them had some form of multimedia component or link added on to the tweet’s text.  In terms of Facebook, I’m not friends with Kasumov on the website and most of her information was shielded from me when I came across her profile.  However, I could see that she listed her hometown as Ludwigshafen and had posted a picture of New York City during summer 2014.  I also found that Kasumov has a Flickr account, although it only had ten photos focusing on buildings, including the newer Wallis Annenberg Hall, and text pieces with the newest one being posted in January this year.  I could not find an Instagram account linked to Kasumov.

Kasumov definitely has a descriptive LinkedIn profile that would show hiring managers everything they want: diverse and focused career experience that can easily be verified, multilingual and a high GPA at a prestigious university.  They can also get a glimpse of her personality and background through her use of Twitter and interviews like the one she did about fairy tales and her homeland.  Needless to say, Kasumov is on the path to success in her endeavors.

Week 6 Assignment – Tip Sheet – James McDaniels

For the tip sheet this week, I tried out the website doopoll, which offers people the ability to create online polls.  Polls are an avenue for people to express their thoughts to a news agency or online storyteller in a quick manner, and polls can offer a vague indication of where public opinion stands on everything from political issues to sports.

First, people must make an account.  This is easy as they just enter their email on doopoll’s homepage and verify it when doopoll sends them a verification email.

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Once they set up a password, people can immediatetly start making polls.  They can name a poll themselves or use a template, which will have many questions pre-made around a theme like ‘Product Feedback’ and ‘Employee Happiness.’  If at any point users need help using doopoll, they can send a message to the doopoll team by clicking on the blue message circle on the bottom right-hand corner.

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If users choose to name a poll themselves, there will not be any questions pre-made.  This allows users to make a poll truly from scratch.  The name of a poll I made, ‘NBA Early Predictions,’ shows in the upper left-hand corner of the screen so I always know the poll being edited.  Edits related to the text or structure of polls occurs in the ‘Editor’ tab on the left side.

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Doopoll software allows users to create a variety of poll question types, including yes/no, multiple choice and slider polls.  In these editing pages, users can also change a poll’s status between open and closed.  A user who wants to change the question text can do so here as well.

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In this example, multiple choice is the chosen question type.  Users can write in different answer choices and even have the ability to allow (or not allow) multiple answers.  If a user wants a slider poll, he or she can set a minimum and maximum amount for the slider to represent.  A complete list of questions users have included in a certain poll shows on the left side.  This is also where a user can go to add more questions.

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In the ‘Settings’ tab, users can add on more information to their polls.  Users can select language, as well as provide an introduction and closing message for people who take the poll.  A user can also access a specific poll’s URL on this page.

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In the ‘Preview’ tab, users can go test out the poll themselves without their answers affecting the real poll results.

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In the ‘Results’ tab, users can see how many responses have been received and the results of those responses.  To go back to the main poll page, since the left sidebar is gone on this page, users can press the back arrow.

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In the ‘Report’ tab, users can see a detailed results page with the number of responses for each answer and correlating percentages.  It basically shows the same information as the ‘Results’ page, but in a more professional, Excel-like format.

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While users can do a lot of things using the free features of doopoll, users who want an even more customizable experience can buy ‘Powerups.’  This page can be found under the menu tab in the upper right-hand corner.  The ‘Themes Powerup’ allows users to add personal logos and customizable colors.  The ‘Teams Powerup’ allows five account users and poll collaboration.  The ‘Pro Powerup’ provides a number of additional poll options, including the ability to ‘allow skip questions’ and ‘add question images.’

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When users are finally ready to share their poll with the world, they can click the blue ‘Share’ button on the top right-hand corner, which will open a pop-up showing the link to the poll and quick sharing options to sites like Twitter and Facebook.  Once users ensure their poll is open and they share their poll link, everything is ready for people to start sharing their opinions!

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FAQs:

Q: Is there a limit to the number of responses a user can receive on a poll?

A: Yes, a user can receive up to 250 responses on any specific poll for free.  If a user’s audience is going to garner more than 250 responses, it is suggested that the user contacts the enterprise team through an online form found here:

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Q: How many possible choices can a user add to a specific multiple choice poll?

A: Based on my testing, it seems that there could be an unlimited amount of answer choices one could add to a multiple choice poll.  Even if this is not true, I was able to put together a poll with 26 answer choices just fine:

https://app.doopoll.co/poll/aRJgqCZKdarbirXbn

Most polls will not have this many response choices anyway, so users should not have a problem if they want their polls to have several possible answers.

Q: Can users edit templates?

A: Yes!  Templates can be edited in many ways.  Users can add or delete questions in a template, change the wording of questions already in the template and edit slider/multiple choice information on any question.  Templates really are meant to serve as inspiration or a head start to a user’s poll, not as an already completed poll.

Q: What personal information can users include in their accounts?

A: Users can input their first and last names, email and language.  Users can also set up an account name and change their password.

James McDaniels – St John Baptist Church Photo Essay, Animated GIF, BINGO Photos

Photo Essay:

The outside of St John Baptist Church in Vermont Harbor sits against the clear sky on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The building was purchased by St John Baptist Church in 1965. Before that, the building was used as a Christian science church.
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church sits against the clear sky on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The building was purchased by St. John Missionary Baptist Church in 1965. Before that, the building was used as a Christian science church.
Andrew Williams learns a Bible lesson during Sunday school at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The church offers Sunday school for different age groups. The lesson Williams received was 'Our Great Purpose' and used chapter 43, verses 1-4 from the book of Isaiah.
Andrew Williams learns a lesson during Sunday school at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The church offers Sunday school for different age groups. The lesson Williams received was ‘Our Great Purpose,’ which used chapter 43, verses 1-4 from the book of Isaiah as supporting scripture.
A Bible, a cross, candles and flowers line the altar at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The wording engraved at the bottom of the altar is a reference to 'The Last Supper.'
A Bible, a cross and candles fill the altar with flowers in the background at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The wording engraved at the bottom of the altar is a reference to ‘The Last Supper.’
The congregation comes together for Sunday service at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. A big portion of the service focused on singing.
The congregation comes together for church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A big portion of the service focuses on singing.
Gary Brooks plays the piano during Sunday service at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. Brooks is very active in the church, holding positions including deacon, musician, and Sunday school teacher.
Gary Brooks plays the piano during church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is very active in the church, holding positions including deacon, musician and Sunday school teacher.
Rev. James A. Brooks I gestures during the church service at St John Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is 104 years old.
Rev. James A. Brooks I gestures during church service at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Brooks is 104 years old.
A banner with the word 'Love'hangs in the lobby of St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The banners are meant to be inspirational, and the goal is to keep everything inspirational any time the church changes its banners or decorations,
A banner with the word ‘Love’ hangs in the lobby of St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The banners are meant for inspiration, and the goal is to keep everything inspirational any time the church changes its banners or decorations.
Windows made of colored tiles forming geometric shapes line the walls of St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The design of the windows is still the same as it was when the building was erected, but some of the windows themselves have been replaced over the years.
Windows made of colored tiles forming geometric shapes line the walls of St. John Missionary Baptist Church on September 11, 2016. The style of the windows is still the same as it was when the building was erected, but some of the windows themselves have been replaced over the years.

 

Animated GIF:

Gary Brooks teaches Sunday school at St John Baptist Church on September 11, 2016.
Gary Brooks teaches Sunday school at St. John Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 11, 2016.  The Sunday school sessions occur before the full church service.

 

BINGO Photos:

Closeup of hands working:

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Ant POV:

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Eyes only:

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Looking down and up:

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Fashion:

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Self-portrait with timer:

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Red and blue:

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