Week Five – Practical Activity: Interview & News Report

Emma Rehbein and Shane Byatt reveal what they are most passionate about

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, my sister and her boyfriend were asked to reveal what they are most passionate about.

My sister Emma Rehbein, 29, said that spending time with friends and going out is what she looks forward to the most on busy working weeks.

“I just love spending time with my friends. When you work all week long you just want to relax on weekends. Letting my hair down with friends is definitely what I am most passionate about.”

Spending time with friends is important to Emma in helping her deal with the ups and downs of life.

“Everyone knows I am a social butterfly. I really need that support that friendship gives, and so it’s really important to me that I nurture those relationships.”

My sister’s boyfriend Shane Byatt, 30, said that he has always been passionate about football, even from a young age.

“I’ve always been passionate about football. I started playing junior league when I was 11 and have been playing it ever since.”

Shane found that football became more than just a sport, meeting many of his closest friends by playing in a team.

“Your team members become your brothers. So you end up playing a sport you love with people you consider family. It’s great.”


Reflection on Task

Wow! This task was tougher than I originally thought it would be. I found the interview process really difficult. While I did plan out open ended questions, I found it hard to come back from closed answers. My interviewee’s were good sports though, and in the end we all had a bit of a laugh about the task. They were feeling camera shy on the day, so with their permission I was able to use personal photos of theirs to complete the task.

The whole experience got me thinking about Humans of New York. I know that it has been brought up on the Moodle site through out the semester, but it is something that I really love. Humans of New York is a photography/journalism project that was started by Brandon Stanton. Interviewing and taking street photos of subjects, HONY is all about connecting with people and sharing their stories. I have followed HONY for a long time now and really love reading the insight he is able to gain just by approaching people on the street.

As part of some preparation for the task I watched this video recorded by Stanton, in hopes of learning some tips that might help me through the interview process. This will definitely be a source that I return to before I begin my chosen event for Assessment 3.

I think I learned some really great lessons from the task, especially in preparation for the upcoming assessment!

Stanton, B 2015, Humans of New York, viewed 17 August 2015, http://www.humansofnewyork.com/about

University College Dublin, 2014, On how I approach strangers – Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton – UCD, Dublin, video, April 24, viewed 17 August 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPxzlGPrM3A

Week Five – Practical Activity: Interview & News Report

2 thoughts on “Week Five – Practical Activity: Interview & News Report

  1. Heather, your two interviews were lovely to read. You have conveyed your sister and her boyfriend’s story really well. Reading it made me feel like I was there. It was really nice.
    I’m also a fan of HONY so you’ve got my attention there too! Love it.

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  2. Hi Heather,

    I really enjoyed your news story. I think it flowed really well. I read that you had trouble extracting lengthy answers. I too received a lot of closed answers and to be truthful, then stumbled at figuring out how to recover the interview. I think you’ve recovered well.

    Thanks for sharing the part about HONY. I also follow it on Facebook. He always has excellent captions from his interviews so any expertise he is willing to share, is most welcome.

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