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Week 7 Ivansek

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This is Week 7 journal entry from Holly Ivansek, who is a student reporter for the War: Through Their Eyes, Vol. 3, Warriors & Students multimedia project.
Week 7 Ivansek

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Today we worked on our podcasts in class. The three I chose to talk about consist of his job as a lead vehicle gunner and how he was almost decapitated by an ethernet cable, the dangers of war all around and how he thought he was going to die when a rocket came in where he was hanging out with friends. I found these stories emotional.  They show how a real person had to deal with these types of situations. He said that when the rocket came in and they all took cover and when they realized that it was just a dud they hugged each other and it felt like a movie moment. The way he explained this I could almost feel the emotion that was going on in that room. They didn’t know whether they were going to live or die. I have never exactly had a feeling where I thought I was going to die so I can’t even imagine what they were all feeling at that moment. Adam almost being decapitated by an ethernet cable was a different story and that’s why I chose this one as a podcast. In Iraq they don’t bury their Internet cables. They string them instead. When their truck was going down an alley, Adam had his head turned to the side and when he turned back forward the cable was at neck height. It gave him a bloody nose and almost ripped his helmet off.  I need to get my podcast recorded and I didn’t exactly know how to pronounce Adam’s last name. I don’t remember if told me during the first interview because it was such a frazzled moment. Anyways I had to email and ask him if he could either email me back or call me with the way he pronounced his last name. He never got back to me so I just went in to record and if I pronounced it wrong I will just have to re record my podcast because it is so important to pronounce a person’s name right when you are in the journalism field. I felt kind of dumb emailing him to explain I didn’t know how to pronounce his last name. I wanted to make sure I pronounced it right because a lot of people will be listening to these podcast and reading our stories.

 

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