Archive for May, 2008

Journal.8 April 27 – May 7

April 27, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Before the start of the Final Exam Period, I quickly jotted down an incomplete agenda that I needed to finish before the deadline for Williamsburg Documentary Project:

Running Agenda:
• Transcription editing
• Index?
• Paper Writing
Time Logged: 5 minutes

II. Reflection
I just wanted to have a spot in my journal to pick up from at the end of my Monday – Thursday Finals, that is April 28 through May 1 of 2008.

April 28, 2008 – May 1, 2007: No Report – Other Finals

May 2, 2008 – May 5, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Outside of the infrequent meetings between Bobby and myself, I focused on my paper at least an hour each day.

Time Logged: ~ 60 minute/day

II. Observations and Data
I would listen to my interviews and attempt to paraphrase what was being said by each respective interviewee and then extrapolate, analyze, and interpret it to the best of my ability for each particular theme or trend of our project. I split up my paper writing with page breaks for each new addition such as an interviewee or basal information on the two golf organizations that Bobby and I focused on. I also added key elements such as an introduction and conclusion.

III. Reflection
I failed to stay up to date with my journal throughout the Finals Period at the culmination of this semester. Instead, I used the clock as my accountability. I did my best in describing what I have been up to these few days as far as my project and paper writing is concerned.

May 6, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Bobby and I met intermittently throughtout the day including an 11am meeting with Professor Knight. We discussed our requirements, the remainder of our paper, prepared our plan of attack for the presentation, and even shared the obligatory Wawa run.

Time Logged: Numerous Hours

II. Observations and Data
Bobby and I collected costumes, found a movie clip, and deduced what our interview clip will be. We basically discussed main trends and how we wished to represent them tomorrow during our exam period. We also plan to tape our presentation and include it in our documentation for Golf in Williamsburg

III. Reflection
Even though everything is not in and accounted for, I anticipate that Bobby and I will have a solid and entertaining presentation for all to enjoy.

May 7, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Bobby and I will meet to put the final touches together for our paper. We will also compile all of our hard copies and digital folders to turn in for Golf in Williamsburg.

Time Logged: TBD

II. Reflection
We are just double checking all of our paper work and editing. Bobby and I spent this morning polishing our work and preparing for our presentation

Blog and final reflections May 4

In the fast 10 days or so Sarah and I have meet to sort through literature Barbara Watson gave to us concerning All Together. I looked through it taking notes to determine what was useful information for our paper. My focus was to know more about the organizations history and mission. I also wanted to find out more about the events that they have sponsered in the community.

I have been concerned with the possibility of not having enough material for the final project’ 20+ page report. I also want to investigate the ways that inclusiveness of a community can be measured. I discovered four ways to measure while doing some searches these last fews days. (1) availability of affordable housing (2) accessibility to relaible publoic transportation (3) adult education programs (esp. ESL) and (4) availability of public resources particualarly medical services.

I have interviewed a few people that could speak to these issues; Gloria Morales director of Network for Latino People on the medical services available, Aless Quintero on the ESL programs in Williamsburg and Miss Bess a black woman who lived in Rose’s for many years. I spent several hours looking up article in Daily Press on the closing of Tiago and on available housing in Williamsburg.

I also took some pictures of the former Tiago, which is now an empty lot for sale and the area that was Rose’s now is being redeveloped with houses($400,000 range) and townhouses ($300,000 range) .

I have also been thinking about a powerpoint for the final presentation.


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The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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