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Before early humans learned how to write, the stories of their history existed only in the memories of the elders. Sitting around a campfire, children listened raptly as their parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts told what it was like the day they killed the mammoth. Or how nearly everyone drowned – generations ago – in the time of the great flood. ONLY THE LEGENDS SURVIVED As tribal elders died, their memories of family history usually died with them. A few of the stories survived, and evolved into legends. Human memory is flexible. It was hard to determine how much of a legend was true, how much had been embellished as the stories were relayed from one generation to the next. IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY STORIES Family stories and history have always been extremely important to us as members of the human tribe. They tell us who we are, where we’ve been, how we got here. They can explain some of our physical and personality traits. They can shape the lives of youngsters. But only if the stories survive. FRAGILITY OF THE STORIES Some famous people write their memoirs, and preserve their personal stories. But for most of us, family stories are just as fragile as they were when we were living in caves. THEY WILL SOON BE GONE There are wonderful stories, marvelous stories, just sitting there, on the edge of extinction. The aging process, disease and death will soon erase them. With today’s technology, everyone can be a film maker to document their family history. Because virtually every cell phone has a built-in video camera that can shoot remarkably good audio and video. CAMERA SHYNESS But interviewing older people can be difficult. They’re often camera-shy. They don’t like to see what time has done to them, or hear what the years have done to their voices. They’re often bewildered by – and wary of – all these new, electronic gadgets. So you have to work at making them comfortable with the process. And you will need to guide the conversation as it unfolds. I'VE NEVER TOLD ANYONE BEFORE There are many memories in families that have never been discussed. Like what happened in combat. Or the grief that followed the death of a child. Sometimes those experiences have never been told because the family member thought nobody cared. Part of the skill in filming family history is convincing older people that you do care. That their lives were - and are- important. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE THERE This book explains that the key to great story-telling has always been describing what it was like to be there. That is the priceless treasure of recorded stories told by loved ones. That’s what this book is about. It shows you how to set up and conduct those interviews, then organize them into fascinating tales that tell what it was like to be there in your family’s past. Clarence Jones, the author, was a reporter for 30 years, followed by a second career as an on-camera coach for government and business executives. He shows and tells in this book the secrets he learned that can uncover fascinating stories lurking in the memories of those on camera. “Wow,” they may say, as they finish an anecdote from their childhood. “I hadn’t thought about that in years.”
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Clarence Jones can teach you how to win your next encounter with the news media. Or interview your grandfather to create a family documentary. Or how to survive if someone plants a bomb in your car. Or how to make clever gadgets for your sailboat. He knows what he’s talking about. And he's written books about all that -- and more. He was a reporter in both newspapers and television for 30 years. Then he wrote a book that many call the "bible" of news media relations: "Winning with the News Media - A Self-Defense Manual When You're the Story." It is now in its 9th Edition. SIX BOOKS CURRENTLY IN PRINT He has six books currently available in both print and e-book formats: Filming Family History – How to Save Great Stories for Future Generations They’re Gonna Murder You – War Stories from My Life at the News Front Winning with the News Media - A Self-Defense Manual When You're the Story Webcam Savvy – For Job and News Interviews Sailboat Projects – Clever Ideas and How to Make Them (a collection of magazine articles he has published) More Sailboat Projects (a sequel) NEWSPAPER CAREER His newspaper career began in 1954, while he was still in college. Nine years later, as one of the nation’s most promising young reporters – he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. From there, he went to the Miami Herald, where he became the first reporter in the world to use a computer to analyze public records. His final newspaper assignment was Washington correspondent for the Herald. TELEVISION UNDER COVER In 1970, he left newspapers to take an undercover assignment for WHAS-TV in Louisville to show how illegal gambling had corrupted law enforcement and politics. He was under cover for eight months, carrying a hidden camera for daily visits to illegal gambling joints. BACK TO MIAMI Two years later (1972), he returned to Miami as investigative reporter for WPLG-TV, where he specialized in the Mafia, dirty cops, and corrupt politicians to become one of America's most-honored reporters. His reporting for WPLG-TV earned three duPont-Columbia Awards - TV's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Only a handful of reporters for a local television station have ever won that award three times. He also won four Emmys there. ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY He taught a broadcast journalism course for five years (1976-81) at the University of Miami while he was still reporting. He now lives on the West Coast of Florida, where he writes and sails his 28-foot sailboat.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. one edition. 56 pages. 8.50x5.50x0.13 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1535496762