Two Workout Wearables for Fitness Fanatics
If fitness trackers like Jawbone and Fitbit are not enough for your workout routine, then try PUSH or LEO instead. WSJ’s Eva Tam hits the gym to test out these two Canadian wearables.
This was one of the three stories I pitched in Toronto and filmed.
This was an unusually tough edit because the gym was actually quite dark, and I pushed up my ISO too high. It became grainy when I looked at my shots again, and I used After Effects to help clean it up a bit with “Remove Grain.”
Two down, one more to go!
Not Just a Maid: The Story of Two Domestic Helpers
Over 325,000 foreign domestic workers are in Hong Kong to work in search of higher pay. The WSJ’s Eva Tam follows the lives of one Filipina maid and one Indonesian maid to find out that Hong Kong is more than just a place to make money – it’s where they learn new skills and build a community away from home.
This is the first big project I’ve worked on WSJ, where I had full editorial control of my content. I followed two maids in Hong Kong and how they spend their Sundays. I must say, I spend a lot of hours editing and re-editing this because while the story was there, the language barriers made it difficult for me to convey their feelings.
It took a lot of nights, and determination to finally get it right. And it’s these sort of stories that remind me why I love being a journalist in the first place.
Protesters, Police Clash in Barricade Brawl
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests are entering their third week, and demonstrators are now fighting to keep road barricades up. WSJ’s Eva Tam reports from the ground.
This took me 8-10 hours from filming, to writing, to editing, but the result was definitely worth it.
This is my first newsy package covering Occupy Hong Kong - whereas before I’ve done mostly feature pieces.
The fact we’re into the third wheel of protests and protesters are still fighting is very much of an inspiration. When their metal barricades are taken down, they build their own. That’s creative beauty.
Occupy Central: How It Unfolded
Less than two weeks ago, the world watched Hong Kong protesters defend themselves against police tear gas and pepper spray. The WSJ’s Eva Tam lays out Occupy Central’s key events.
The last two weeks have been busy. When Occupy Central organically evolved, no one quite expected the reaction from the public when televised scenes of high school kids scaling the fence to government headquarters and getting arrested spread through the city.
The youth started a movement, and this all unraveled around me. It was an inspiration and definitely a highlight of my journalism career so far to be uncovering this event.
My colleagues got tear gassed and pepper sprayed, as I stayed behind in the office to produce and push segments out there as soon as possible.
I produced a few more colour pieces building up to China’s National Day:
Website Enables Worldwide Messages to Hong Kong Protests
Five Things You Need to Bring to Occupy Central Protests
Use of Tear Gas Spur Others to Join Occupy Central
Occupy Central: A Historic Moment in Hong Kong
Occupy Central Protesters Face Off Against the Police
I may not have always been on the scene, but anyone taking part of reporting these events - even if it’s not as glam - is still part of history. WSJ’s coverage of the protests were amazing - and I learned a lot from watching how my own print colleagues reported on their stories, what questions they asked and how they got their sources.
No one slept for days. I worked 8 hours on a Sunday producing three videos, and then 31 out of 48 hours the two days after that. Luckily, I actually had vacation already set up months before and escaped during the high tensions during the holiday. A lot of my colleagues have worked 9-10 days straight and haven’t slept much. But all the sleepless nights are definitely worth it for the journalists.
Anyway, here’s my latest produced piece. This one took the longest because it’s the most informative - and getting all the facts right, matched with the correct footage probably took the longest to do.
Can OnePlus ‘One Up’ Apple’s New iPhones?
Chinese company OnePlus is planning to launch a pre-paid system in the next few months for those who are still waiting for their invite to buy its flagship smartphone OnePlus One.
My friend pitched me this story back in July since he knew people that worked at OnePlus and also uses this phone himself. I’ve never heard of the Android smartphone before, but after doing much research, I realized it’s quite an amazing feat to be able to use ‘indie’ marketing schemes to maintain a group of loyal fans. The phone was definitely better than the S5, and being an Apple girl - I have thoughts of switching over myself because I was so impressed with the software.
Anyway, it took me a total of three days to work on it: one day to write the script, one day in Shenzhen to film and another day and a half to edit this together.
From now on, all our Digits videos are accompanied by some sort of blog post, so I took the unused portion from my interview with the CEO for the story.
Myo Armband: Worth $200? -- Digits
There’s been a lot of buzz around Thalmic Labs’ Myo, a motion controlled arm band that can replace your computer mouse. The WSJ’s Eva Tam tells us how it works and whether it’s worth $200.
First out of the three stories I filmed during my time back to Toronto! I reviewed the highly-anticipated Myo and learned how it works. If they develop more software and programs, I’ll definitely buy it in the future.