Final Back Story

July 1, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

It’s been more than a week since I’ve been back in the States. I was able to edit and change a few things on my final two projects, such as cutting out the end of the “Who or What Is God?” video and adding Sikh wedding photographs to the slideshow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blissful Union

June 30, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY


Who or What Is God?

June 26, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

I asked numerous people at St. James Park in London the following question: Who or what do you think is God?


The Final Touches

June 26, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

Right now I am putting the final touches on my two stories. I like the way the video has turned out for “Who or What Is God?,” but the audio could be much better. It’s difficult to hear one or two people’s responses. I wasn’t sure if I should quote them across the bottom or do something more creative. I’ve finally decided that for three of the people, there would be words that come in and then disappear. And the wording would also be in a consistent font and color. I can’t really explain it, but you will see it soon enough.

I am also still waiting to hear back from one of the women in an arranged marriage. I am hoping to get wedding pictures to include in the slideshow. I really don’t want to have to resort to using Google images. I’ll give that a few more days to see if I hear back from either of them.


Who or What Is God?

June 22, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

Two days ago I went to St. James Park and interviewed about 14 people on camera. It took me a while to have the courage to walk up to strangers, but once I spoke with one person, I was eager to talk to more. I asked each person one question: “Who or what [do you think] is God?”

I was mesmerized by what each person had to say. One girl said she believed God was energy. Others were still trying to figure it out. Many didn’t believe in God. Read the rest of this entry »


Arranged Marriages

June 18, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

Yesterday we visited a Sikh temple, where Amanda and I met two women—one a Sikh and the other a Hindu. Initially, we weren’t sure what topic we wanted for our story. After about five minutes or so of interviewing, I decided to ask if either of them knew someone who had been in an arranged marriage. They responded with a few glances at each other, followed by laughs. Both are in an arranged marriage. And now we have a story. Read the rest of this entry »


Abortion in Ireland

June 18, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

DUBLIN—While abortion causes heated debate among Americans, in Ireland the subject is so sensitive and controversial that it’s nearly unspoken. Speaking to someone who has had an abortion—or is considering one—is difficult. “It’s also something you don’t want anyone else to know. You don’t really talk about it,” said Meghan Doherty, the policy and advocacy officer of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA). “It’s definitely different from America.”

Irish women experience many fears and anxieties because of the stigma attached to abortion. “It’s always considered to be something that happens to everybody else, but it would never happen to my daughter or it wouldn’t happen to me,” Doherty said.

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