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Assignment 1 McQueen

 

Before this assignment, I had never truly used a professional camera before. We had one at home that my dad would use and I would take it and take random pictures. I also learned from this assignment the different shots and angles to video and photography. I really enjoyed this assignment because it helped me come out of my comfort zone and taught me something new that I will be able to carry with me as I pursue a career in journalism.  Continue reading

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Assignment 1 Kerndl

Hi! My name is Angela Kerndl.  I am extremely relieved to be done with Assignment One.  The shooting and editing was a bit stressful and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing for most of the time while we were using Adobe Premier. That being said,  I am really looking forward to seeing improvements in my work throughout the semester.   I can’t wait to learn more about all things multimedia!

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Assignment 1 Li

Hello, this is Emma from Taiwan. Ready to find out how I felt about the first assignment of JOUR 215? Let’s start then!

Assignment one gives me the opportunity to make good use of tripod and to really concentrate on the subjucts by being attached to the equipment like I
was a part of it. For instance, I was almost lying on the ground in order to capture the stiff texture of the tiny rocks and wood pieces on the soil.
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Assignment 1 Smith

Hello! My name is Cassandra Smith and this is my very first blogging experience ever and I am so excited to be doing so for my multimedia class! I am a senior in Broadcast Journalism with a focus in history and music. I am thrilled to take this class as it ties in all mediums of the broadcasting world: Photography, video, and audio. I have experience with videography through my Television 1 class, but photography is a whole new animal for me.

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Assignment 1 Barakat

What’s up everybody! My name is Zack. This is my third journalism class I’m taking at school here. I am learning a lot so far and hope to learn more as time goes along. I hope to work in sports and entertainment someday and am looking forward to building my skills to be able to do so. I enjoy doing new things and I like to keep my life exciting. This is one of the reasons why I chose this field of study because everyday is different. I love being active and doing things that are fun and I think this field has plenty to offer in that respect. One of my favorite quotes is, “The best teacher in life is experience.” Hopefully many more experiences of which will come!

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Assignment 1 Blanco

Walking into class the first day, I did not know what to expect. Boom, off the bat everyone received their own equipment. From that point on I knew this class meant business and that we will be jumping into things quickly. When assigned the first assignment, I was comfortable with it since I have had some experience with cameras prior to this. The part that I had no clue about was adobe premiere. I have seen others use it and was introduced to it, but editing and doing it myself was going to be something I needed to learn.

View from the balcony of my apartment.

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Assignment 1 Schmitt

Assignment One is officially in the books, and I cannot wait to see where this Multimedia journey takes me! I really enjoyed this project because I was given the creative freedom to take pictures and videos of whatever I wanted. For me, I was able to shoot all of my images in my apartment building, which has 24 floors. I felt as an artist that there were enough objects and scenes to explore right at my doorstep. In my high school television class, I was able to use a camera very similar to the one I was given in this class. With that being said, this project gave me the opportunity to brush up on my past skills, and learn new ones, as well. I am by no means an expert photographer or videographer, but I love learning and cannot wait to continue to develop and improve. Continue reading

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Assignment 1 Caudell

Journalism is, to put it simply, a discipline of many required talents. One such talent is the ability to use a camera. Up until this point in my journalism career, I’ve had very few instances where I was tasked with shooting. That all changed when I got my first assignment for Dr. Collins’ Multimedia Reporting class. Albeit being a relatively easy beginning endeavor, tasking me with just taking a variety of different shots in the hopes of becoming acquainted with my camera.

The Ikenberry Dining Hall and SDRP at night, lit up with lights and the high spirits of all the students within

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Assignment 1 Polcyn

Hey! My name is Thomas Polcyn, and I am a sophomore in Broadcast Journalism. I actually came into the university planning on going the print route but after taking some of my journalism classes and getting involved on campus I have decided to go the other way. On campus I am one of the assistant sports editors at the Daily Illini, and am also the campus representative for Barstool Sports! With them I have learned a lot about writing, editing, and using social media. I’d consider myself to be pretty strong in the areas I have taken before, but I definitely have a lot of room to improve still and am looking forward to doing just that in this class.
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Assignment 1 Williamson

I’ve always liked to take pictures, even though I really haven’t ever known that much about it before. It’s been an entertaining hobby that I picked up on when I was little, watching my dad fiddle around with the camera on family vacations. We often joke with my dad that his grand-kids won’t know what he looked like while my sister and I were growing up, due to the fact that he was the one taking so many pictures, rather than being in any of them. If you’re reading this and have any interest in seeing the video I made for my assignment, you can check it out here!

I was really excited for the class after our first meeting, especially upon finding out the teacher was fun, but could teach me a lot, and also after receiving the nicest camera I’ve ever held in my hands. The first assignment worried me, however, as I was learning a lot. There was a new camera, with new focusing options, as well as new software programs, a new computer system, and other things. I was worried my nervousness and inexperience may have hindered my ability to take really good pictures and videos for the assignment.

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Assignment 1 Griffin

Going into this class, I wasn’t really sure of what to expect. I thought, ‘Yeah we’ll probably do some writing, maybe a view voiceovers, just some boring stuff.’ But on my first day that mindset was immediately changed. During the first class period, we were handed an entire camera kit that contained a $2000 dollar camera. My eyes lit up. I cradled the camera like it was own baby. Yes, I have always had a knack for finer things in life and at the time was least expecting our journalism class to lend us such a nice camera for a whole semester, but this brought forth an excitement for a class here at UIUC I’ve never felt before.
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Assignment 1 Sullivan

I do not consider myself a photography novice. When I was seven years old, my dad gave me his old Minolta film camera from the 70’s, and he taught me to shoot with it. I still use it to this day. I have also worked with iMovie; my friends and I made a documentary together when we were seniors in high school. To my surprise however, I found this first assignment quite challenging overall.
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Assignment 1 Sabitt

During this assignment, I found it very difficult to complete. I had no previous camera experience and this assignment allowed me to learn how to use a camera in many different ways. I saw this assignment as a way for me to begin my multimedia journey. I found that my photos were not as well- done as other students in the class but I’m not too worried about that considering how I viewed this assignment as more of a learning experience.
Going forward, I would like to put together better quality. As previously stated, this wasn’t as much about quality to me, as it was an opportunity. I received some help from friend both in and out of journalism while doing this project. I have no previous camera experience and needed to know my way around the camera and tripod further, even after Professor Collins description. I think that the start of this class has been a bit overwhelming. It’s a lot to learn, and a lot to learn fast. I’m excited and motivated by Professor Collins’ positive energy and know that while I will struggle at time, I am also going to make it through and learn very valuable skills that I will need even if I weren’t Journalism major. Continue reading

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End of Semester Reflection

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When I started this semester, I was very nervous about entering J-215. I had heard from friends that it was very difficult and demanding, which scared me a bit, despite the fact that I have a history in both radio and online content.

It didn’t take long for me to figure things out and get my footing. In the first assignment I started working on my photographic eye. There was a bit of shaky camera work here and there, but there are some shots that I’m still very proud of and shocked that I was able to create such great work so early.

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All Good Things Must Come to an End

 

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A leaf with dew drips on it.

This semester was great because of Dr. Collins and J-215. This course was one of the best journalism classes I’ve taken at this university.

Our first assignment was a little tricky for me because I had to get used to using the Canon T5i. I grew up in a journalist lead household, but I never had the opportunity to use that specific DSLR camera.

Matthew at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.

Matthew at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.

The photoessay assignment came a little easier because I started using my camera more frequently after assignment one. We were required to have two versions, with sound and without sound. This assignment allowed me to truly focus in on video and music production because I needed to truly find the most ideal music to fit the pictures. My editing during this time was growing as well. After being in an After School Matters program at IMPACT Family Center for more than six years allowed me to come into this class more familiar with the concepts, skills, and experience to succeed.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis' office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis’ office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Champaign--Matthew's affordable drum practice items. (Left to right) kick drum pedal, kick drum practice pad, snare drum practice pad, stick bag, and sticks.

Champaign–Matthew’s affordable drum practice items. (Left to right) kick drum pedal, kick drum practice pad, snare drum practice pad, stick bag, and sticks.

For the third assignment, I decided to capture ‘A Day in the Life of Grace‘. I decided to do a video essay on my church’s conference in October. It was pastor’s appreciation month, and Rev. K. Edward Copeland came as a guest preacher on the second weekend of October.

All of the assignments kept becoming easier.

Assignment four was great! I am enrolled in J-335, which is audio journalism. This assignment was relatively easy because of my other class I was pretty versed with Adobe Audition.

Assignment five allowed me to shine light on my home, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. A Tale Without a Head talks about the problems the center has

Catching the Beat… This was a personal touch. Me and my buddy James Sims decided to do a how to piece about playing drums. This video shows one how to do a single stroke roll and a single paradiddle. I pushed myself on this project to get clear sound and video from different angles and everything.

Infographic displaying information about 'How to Protest'.

Infographic displaying information about ‘How to Protest’.

Our final project was the greatest one of all. We decided to do a website to be more creative and to refer to future employers. I completed the photoessay, edited the audio package, and did the infographic.

Don’t lose faith. If you know a lot of material and know how to work all of the cameras or if you don’t, please know that you will survive if you work together and utilize Dr. Collins’ active centralized empowerment. Have a blessed day and hit me up if you need me. 🙂

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A Semester in Review

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We made it! Looking back, this semester flew by and I can’t believe all that I have learned. With how many bumps in the road I hit along the semester, I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish and thankful for Professor Collin’s support along the way.

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Tight shot of a woven basket

We started with the semester with a “Get to Know Your Camera” assignment, where we learned the basics of using the camera and the other equipment we were given. Having taken photography classes before, I went into this project pretty confidently. However, if I’m being completely honest, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. I had never really worked with video before and I was intimidated by the thought of having to put the photos together.

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Final Reflection Blog

We finally made it to the end of the semester, and it’s time for the final reflection blog we knew we would be doing since the first day of class. I’m going to go in chronological order, and write up a trip down memory lane.

Our first assignment was to simply getting to know our cameras. Mine can be found here, and it’s simply just me moving the camera around and taking a few pictures. If I was given this assignment again, I wouldn’t think twice about it, having used it throughout the semester. But at the time, I was still figuring out how to shoot video, and how to go through the pictures and video you have already taken. I also had no experience using a memory card and a memory card reader. So I had to teach myself how to use them. It turned out to be pretty intuitive to use these things though.

Our next assignment was a photo essay, produced with and without natural sound. We got to be really creative for this assignment. And it made us think about the pros and cons to using the nat sound. I remember walking around campus and thinking about what I would do for the assignment. For just about the whole week, whenever I was outside, I was thinking in the back of my head about what I wanted to take pictures of that could make a good photo essay. While walking around I noticed just how many signs told people what not to do, and thought about a commentary on how instructed our lives are. I thought it would look better with a darker tone, so I decided to take the pictures at night. It was during this assignment that I felt for the first time, like you said in class, that we would be the producers making the technical decisions for what to shoot and how. Since this assignment involved sound though, I had to teach myself to use the recording device. I spent about an hour or so with it figuring out how to turn it on and get it to record. Once I figured it out, It was an easily accessible tool for the rest of the semester. But it required that initial bit of effort to get it to work.

Our third assignment was a video. I called mine Traffic and Nature and tried to be creative like the previous assignment. Thanks to the first assignment, I already knew how to use the video on the camera. And I used the sound from the camera since the video automatically records the sound. But different from the first assignment, I was trying to create something instead of just testing the different mechanics of the camera. I had to think about what I wanted in the video, and how it would look to the audience. I took the assignment in a bit of a different direction than I think we were supposed as it didn’t quite have a beginning, middle, and end. I tried to make something like a scene in the movie. And more than anything else, I was just trying to test my ability to create something I was thinking of. Given how I wanted to make a lot of attempts shooting the scene to make it look how I wanted, I didn’t really want to involve other people in it. I just wanted to practice making what I imagined be in the video.

For assignment four, we had to create an audio piece. Thanks to the second assignment, I just grabbed my recorder when I was ready to go. I knew how to use it, and it felt natural to me. I was proud of this piece because I covered an actual event–the shooting that happened on Green Street. I was shocked when I first got the Iliini alert, but then I knew I had to go over there and see what was happening. It was the first time I covered something live instead of making an appointment or going to a scheduled event. But in editing the audio and presenting it, I realized that I still had a lot to learn about editing. And I realized there was a lot of room for improvement in my narration.

Our fifth assignment was, in my opinion, the hardest individual assignment. It was the video package, and I went to a scheduled event on tai chi and qigong. After the event, I conducted interviews with the instructors. However, upon editing, I found that the audio for the interviews wasn’t working. The assignment was not even close to being complete without the interviews. So that night, I looked for another source, and contacted the Kung Fu academy. I was able to meet with them that night, and got more interviews. The project actually turned out better than I think it would of been originally with the original videos. I had multiple sources in the video to get different perspectives on it. The editing was also harder than it was for the audio since I had to edit it for the video as well as the audio.

The sixth assignment was my favorite, as well as the favorite for most of us I think. It was the how-to video, and I decided to demonstrate how to shoot a free throw. I went out to the basketball court near my dorm to film it. The difficulty in terms of editing was about the same as the last project, but we didn’t have to find sources. Instead, we got to be creative and make it fun deciding what the steps should be. I added music to it for the first time, using royalty-free music clips.

Our final assignment was our group project on colorism. We wanted to teach people about colorism, and discuss what we should be doing about. We worked together throughout the semester, and I received tons of help from my classmates after class in editing the projects. A lot of us would be there at night finishing editing, and we worked together a lot. But this was the first time we worked together in groups for the same grade. It was by far our largest assignment, combining each of the elements we did during the semester along with a website. And it was cool seeing all of the different mediums coming together to focus on one topic.

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Empowerment in Multimedia Reporting

headshotOn the first day of multimedia reporting, Professor Collins went around the room and asked everyone to introduce themselves. From the back row, I told the class that I was a junior majoring in agricultural communications with an emphasis on journalism. Professor Collins’ response was, “So you have no experience with this?” It was true that I had very little experience with photo, video, and audio even though I had completed the prerequisite courses. I felt I had to prove myself, so from the start, I took this course seriously.

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We Made It

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Me performing at the Krannert Center For Performing Arts

 

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Me competing as a Fighting Illini

I can’t believe the semester is over! When I first started Multimedia, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have had some experience with Digital SLR cameras, but I have never really produced any video news packages before this semester. This class has given me a new love and appreciation for journalism and media. I think overall my work has definitely improved from day one.

 

The first project required us to take a variety of shots. This allowed us to get to know our projects. The Sigma 17-70mm lens let me take some great shots… I knew it would be a good semester after using this camera. When I exported my finished product I didn’t select “maximum render quality,” so I realized after what the video quality should have been.

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A picture I took of a cow on the University Dairy Farm

The next assignment was the photo essay. This was one of my favourite assignments. One of my teammates is an Animal Science major, so she took me out to the Illinois Dairy Farm to get some pictures. I named my photo essay “The Story of Dairy.” I got up close and personal with the cows and tried to capture how dairy gets from the cow to your refrigerator.

The third assignment was the video essay. I can truly say this was my favourite project of the semester. I created a video sequence of some of my athlete friends playing their sports. The end result was great. Initially I took out the natural sound from the video, but I realized after I should have kept it in. I released a video on Faccebook of the same video but with natural sound. I got a lot of attention on social media. This project made me see I could do something with media in the future. Check it out here!

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My freshman year roommate Emily Osoba taking the field

Assignment Four was an audio package. I did my story on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra coming to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. I love classical music and the theatre so I knew I would have a lot of fun with this. Luckily one of my friends is family friends with two of the violinists in the orchestra, so I got to listen to them play a duet and I got some great interviews with them. It was such an honour to listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! Check out my piece here.

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Krannert Center : Courtesy of Kwain Photography

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Larry Neuman and Qing Ho with us during intermission

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next assignment was a full news package. It was just the beginning of the fall season when I shot this package, so I thought a fall theme would be great. I decided to write a story on Curtis Orchard and how they get the most business during the fall season. I got some great shots in the pumpkin patch, and some interviews with the manager and a few locals. This was one of the first few packages I have ever done, so it was definitely a learning experience. Looking back, I think I could have incorporated an interactive standup… but overall I was happy with the finished result. Watch my news package here!

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A little visitor at Curtis Orchard

Our last assignment before the final was a how-to package. I once again decided to go with the theme of fall. I made a video on how to make pumpkin pie. I got one of my teammates to make a pumpkin pie at her apartment, and then I documented the whole thing. This assignment was not only fun to make, but the finished product was delicious to eat! Initially I wasn’t sure how I would frame my shots, so I just experimented with a bunch of different angles. I put some ukelele music in the background to make it more enjoyable. Watch my how-to piece here! 

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The final product of our pumpkin pie

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A spokesperson at the Freedom Forum

The final assignment was the real test of everything we have learned this semester. I worked in a group with Matthew, Anatta and Anaja. We were given the topic of “Student Protests,” so we had to produce five elements that tied into that topic. I worked mostly on the news package, how-to package, and the website. Overall, I learned a lot about finding sources for the stories. I had to find away to bring everything back to student protests, so that required a bit of planning. I also got to work on communication and teamwork skills with my group. In the real world you have to be able to work and compromise with people… so this project was a good test for that! Checkout our website here! 

I had such a great semester and I learned so much. I was heartbroken returning my camera today. I actually started looking up Sigma lenses I could potentially purchase for my Nikon SLR just because I enjoyed that camera so much. Thank you Dr. Collins for you kinda words and guidance… I have learned so much from you and this class. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

–  Jade Hilton

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A Semester in Review-J215

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Looking back at the semester, I am proud of my change in confidence. I have grown as a journalist by adding new skills to my journalistic experience. I am excited to now utilize my skills gained in Journalism 215 and apply them in a future job.

Looking back at the semester, I am proud of my change in confidence. I have grown as a journalist by adding new skills to my journalistic experience. I am excited to now utilize my skills gained in Journalism 215 and apply them in a future job.

At first, I was not confident in my ability to use the camera.

Photo taken of my view from the balcony.

Our first project, camera practice, intimated me because I was unfamiliar with the camera functions. In fact, I did not leave my apartment to take pictures. Instead of walking around campus looking for photo opportunities, I safely stood on my balcony. Looking back, I am proud to say that I now look for more interesting opportunities rather than just the safe option.

Luckily, for my second project I left my apartment and took pictures of food on campus! I am really proud of this assignment because one of my photos was published in the Daily Illini! This class took on a new meaning once I was able to use my work in a printed publication and I am grateful for the opportunity.

My third project for me taught me the importance of titles. I worded my assignments the “Chiefs of Apartment of 215.” However, I did not show cooking in the apartment in my videos. I now understand the importance of highlighting what a video will show. I also learned the importance of taking interesting footage and clips. My goal at this point in the class was to make my project more unique and memorable.

Photo taken from google images of Illini Football field

Photo taken from google images of Illini Football field

My audio package was my first opportunity working with broadcast writing. I learned the skills needed to write and speak for broadcast. For this project I chose to focus on the hiring of Lovie Smith. While sports is not my preferred writing topic, I was excited to work outside my comfort zone to produce a very novel project.

For my video package, I chose to cover the 40 under 40 Award in Champaign. I developed interview skills in interviewing while using a camera, which I found to be different from my typical interviews. As a journalist, this project allowed me to feel comfortable with a camera.

I definitely enjoyed completing my How To video the most. I presented on “How to use a Fitbit.” I used new filming techniques, such as using sequences, to convey my message. Filming this project, for me was a more natural experience than my previous projects. By this project I was able to have confidence in my ability to film and edit.

The project I will remember most when looking back at Journalism 215 is my final group project. Being able to collaborate with a hardworking, motivated and fun group made this process memorable. I am so proud of our project, “Voices From the Field.” Every aspect of this project was completed as a cohesive group and I am so thrilled with the outcome of the final product.

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Final Project Reflection- Muno

Words of wisdom to anyone reading this post for advice on the final project: DONT PROCRASTINATE!!!!!!!! The final project takes a lot of time and work. To save yourself a few all nighters, and a lot of stress, periodically work on the project. PC gives you a lot of time to work on the project so start early. The more work you have done for your “check-ins” the more feedback PC is able to give you so that you can make your final project the best possible, (and this project is worth a ton of points). You have the flexibility to choose your final project topic so choose something you are passionate about! If you chose your final project to be about something you’re interested in, your final project won’t be such a pain. Since you are spending so much time on this project, put your best foot forward because you can possibly use this for professional purposes. So invest the time and effort it will pay off for your grade, and potentially your future.

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

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Wow, I cannot believe the semester coming to an end! It has been a long journey, but as the title suggests, Time really flies when you’re having fun! It has been an incredible time in Multimedia Journalism. I have learned so much throughout this process, and I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you below.  Continue reading

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It’s actually over: Jour 215, it’s been real.

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Wow, Journalism 215 “Multimedia” is actually over. As I sit here writing this, it’s amazing to look back and realize that this semester has gone by so fast. Over the span of these 16 weeks, I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot including how to use a digital single lens reflex camera, (DSLR for short), how to create an audio package, and especially how to make a story out of limited resources. It means so much to me that I feel better prepared for my career as a broadcast journalist because of Dr. Collins’ class this fall. As you continue reading, you will get insight into what my experience was like this semester:

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I can’t get you out of my headline….

When I first signed up for this class, I wasn’t necessarily sure what to expect. After going over the syllabus on the first day of class, everything seemed extremely overwhelming and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle this class with everything else going on in my life, but I’m so happy I stuck with it!

I hadn’t had much video experience, so I wasn’t sure how my skills, or lack thereof, would work with the all of the video projects, but I LOVED learning all these new skills the entire semester. I’ve always had a love for photography, but after this class, I really found a love for video and am absolutely considering incorporating video work into my future career.

This class is not a joke and certainly is not a blow-off class. Professor Collins has extremely high expectations, but they are not unrealistic and she is an amazing resource to use along the way.

For Assignment One, we were to make a photo essay and learn to use the camera equipment. I chose to create a story of gardening around my apartment. I found this assignment to be pretty straight forward since I already knew how to use the camera, however this was dipping the toe into the water of learning the basics of Premiere.

Assignment Two was a fun one! It was the photo essay with sound and I chose to tell a story of putting a record on a turntable. My sound bites were the noises used from taking out the record to putting it on the actual player, pressing play and then the song. The only thing I didn’t understand how this project was that we had to create two different videos: one with sound and one without. It seemed a little unnecessary to make one without.

Led Zeppelin album from my record collection.

Led Zeppelin album from my record collection.

For Assignment 3, we were to focus solely on video and I absolutely loved this assignment. I created a story line on my roommate who works with her hands but struggles from arthritis. Things got a little hectic during the initial editing process, but I’m so happy with how everything turned out! Love, love, love this assignment.

This is Maddie putting in lightbulbs at her job at Cream & Flutter.

This is Maddie putting in lightbulbs at her job at Cream & Flutter.

Assignment four was the audio package and I chose to do my coverage on the Made Fest during Pygmalion. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this project because I don’t like hearing my voice and broadcast is not something I have any interest in doing. I found myself getting super flustered during this project because I didn’t realize that my audio was pretty much unusable because of the bands playing in the background. This was a perfect example of why not waiting till the last minute is a bad choice, because if I had, I wouldn’t have had time to go back and re-interview new sources.

Icon for the Pygmalion component, Made Fest.

Icon for the Pygmalion component, Made Fest.

For Assignment 5, we had to incorporate all of the pieces into a final package. I chose to do mine on the end of the farmers’ market and found this to be surprisingly stressful. It wasn’t super prepared but everything turned out great.

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The final independent project was the how-to piece and I absolutely loved this project. I chose to do mine on how to make juice and I thought this was super fun. I created my own little production studio in my kitchen and played around for the first time with different angles. It took me awhile because of how differently I had shot it, but I’m really happy with it! Get creative on this piece, it’s super fun!

Ingredients for the green juice recipe!

Ingredients for the green juice recipe!

Our final project was absolutely amazing. My group worked so well together and created a project that we were all equally proud of. We all contributed in different ways, with different portions highlighting our individual work. We decided on creating our own website on weebly instead of using the standard one and it turned out amazing! We interviewed lots of amazing people, took our own survey that got over 100 responses and learned so much about mental illness and each other. The main goal of our project was to take the idea of an uncomfortable topic, such as mental illness, and make it something comfortable to talk about. my main contribution was to create the video of Cate Lao, an Urbana resident with early-onset alzheimer’s. We shot the video with two cameras, which made the editing difficult on my end, but the final product was so worth all of the work. This project was amazing and I’m so happy with everything.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this class and am so happy Professor Collins is on staff at this University. Take this class seriously but have so much fun with it!

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It’s The Climb – Final Reflection Leahy

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Here’s me! With some gum (ew).

3 months, 6 assignments, 1 group project, and 1 semester later, and I’m finished with Jour215. What a journey it’s been! Starting out as a little sophomore, I had never done anything multimedia. I remember receiving my camera bag and being terrified – what do I even do with this thing? But I knew I wanted to work hard and learn a lot.

After only one year of journalism, I was (and still am) not sure exactly what I want to do with my career. So I knew the more I knew (broadcast, video, writing, etc.) the better off I would be. So I set out with my camera bag into the sunset. Continue reading

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J215 — What a semester

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This is me 🙂

This semester has flown by. The class has progressed so fast, and with it, all of us as journalists and individuals have to. I was really scared to start this class because I thought I would not be very good at shooting and editing because it isn’t something that I have had to do for a project or news story before. But I am happy with the progress I have made and I have learned almost exactly what I want to do with my career.

It was crazy how much knowledge I have gained from the first project to now. The first one was just getting to know our camera and practicing shots. I had a lot of fun with it.

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Original Photo from my first assignment

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Original Photo from my first assignment

Our next assignment was to do a photo essay with and without natural sound. This was one of my favorites because it was interesting to put the sound with the photos I got and to see it come to life, even though it wasn’t live video. I really enjoyed this and I realized I liked photography more than shooting video in real time.

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My original photo from my first Photo Essay

For the third project we did another Photo Essay that formulated a story with not only the images or video we provided, but also with sound that narrated the story we were trying to tell. I decided to focus on something common for the average college student and crafted my story with all of the elements. I realized I was pretty good at capturing a scene in the moment and got better at close up shots.

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Isaiah Michl in his room as he plays video games. Original picture from my Photo Essay

Our fourth project was to do an audio piece and I did mine on Social Justice in Athletics. This was right after Colin Kapernick took a stance during the national anthem that sparked national protests and even outrage from many and I thought it was timely to focus on that in collegiate sports. This assignment was a little tough because it taught me how important it is to get good audio. I struggled a little bit because I would get a good interview but was not aware of my surroundings and I learned that you have to get the best audio you can.

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Lauren Smitherman from the Illinois Women’s Soccer team. From my Audio Piece. Photo courtesy of Fighting Illini Productions

The fifth assignment was  to do a video story on any topic of our choosing. This was hard because it was the first time that we weren’t being directed on what to do. It was time for us to look up events or find something that was prominent and newsworthy and create a story from it. This was one of the hardest projects I had done because I went through getting turned down for interviews and lots of things falling through and I had to figure out how to make a plan B, plan C, plan D. It was also hard not being able to include everything that I shot as well. I did mine on the play Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, which first premiered during the wake of the Baltimore riots during a pivotal time in 2015.

Darrell Hoemann/Illinois Theatre Dontrell Jones III played by Vincent Williams and Erika played by Diana Gardner during a rehearsal of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea in the Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Directed by guest director Tyrone Phillips, the play runs Sept. 29-Oct. 14.

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Dontrell Jones III played by Vincent Williams and Erika played by Diana Gardner during a rehearsal of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea in the Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Directed by guest director Tyrone Phillips, the play runs Sept. 29-Oct. 14.

Darrell Hoemann/Illinois Theatre Dontrell Jones III played by Vincent Williams and Robby played by Xavier Roe during a rehearsal of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea in the Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Directed by guest director Tyrone Phillips, the play runs Sept. 29-Oct. 14.

Darrell Hoemann/Illinois Theatre Dontrell Jones III played by Vincent Williams and Robby played by Xavier Roe during a rehearsal of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea in the Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Directed by guest director Tyrone Phillips, the play runs Sept. 29-Oct. 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sixth project was our How-To piece. Professor Collins advised us to choose whatever we wanted to do our video on, as long as our editing, lower thirds, and shots were clear, concise, and had all around flawless editing.

I did mine on how to fold a t-shirt in the fastest way possible and I loved how my video turned out.

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Photo from my How-To Video with model Dave Kendziera

Our final project was on the Psychological Effects of Racism with our main focus being on Colorism. In this project we had to work in Groups of 4 and had to implement all edits of media into the project with 5 components that went to it. We had to showcase everything we had learned in this class. It was one of the hardest projects I have ever done because we went through many hardships and it was hard for our team to create as one unit. Overall, we got it done but I learned a lot about it. You can read my reflection here and you can view our entire project on Weebly.

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I learned so much in this class and it has shaped me to be a better journalist! I am so excited for what my future holds and i hope to continue to perfect my craft and get better at what I do. This class taught me lots of things that I need to improve on in class, with journalism, and as a person. I am so thankful. Professor Collins is the best!

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Done! :) :( – Muno

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Me!

Looking back at my first project now (after I’ve finished the final project) I can see how far I’ve come this semester. I still remember struggling so much with the first assignment. Our first assignment was basically to explore our cameras. I never used a professional camera before coming into this class so I had no idea what I was doing.

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UIUC Delta Gamma Sorority House

But that was the point of the assignment, just to play with the camera and get acquainted. I am a perfectionist by nature, so this assignment really irked me because I was trying to seek “perfect” shots. I would take 5 pictures of the same thing, trying to get my idea of the perfect shot. Let me tell you, the pictures you see in magazines and social media are not real. Those pictures are edited and photoshopped to appear perfect, so trying to achieve this unattainable task is not possible and will leave you frustrated and drained.

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Memorial Stadium

For assignment 2 we had to create a photo package. We had the freedom to take pictures of whatever we pleased so I chose to go to Memorial Stadium. I had so much fun taking pictures there. I felt much more confident and comfortable using my camera for this assignment. After assignment 1 I recognized what I needed to work on, and in assignment 2 I practiced. I liked how much freedom we were given. I chose to base my project around football for my theme, but we could do whatever we wanted. It was cool to present our projects to the class to see everyone’s creativity, it was interesting to see how everyone thinks/sees differently which was evident through each person’s unique package.

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Flowers at West Quad

Assignment 3 was a video package. We took the skills we had built up to this point but added a video element. I kind of did this package wrong I realized after the fact. We were supposed to have a story behind the theme of the package, but I forgot that component. So don’t take advice from me on this assignment lol read the syllabus and follow instructions.

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Next up, audio package. Truthfully this was not my favorite assignment. I am a visual person so audio isn’t my strength. This assignment emulated what you do in the class JOUR 335 (Audio Journalism). I went to the I Heart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas so I brought my recorder with me to the concert and interviewed people while I was there. My audio quality wasn’t the best, but I did recognize my mistakes and was able to fix them for my next project.

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UIUC National Coming Out Day

Fifth package: video news package. This was my favorite package and my best package. This is the point in the semester where I saw how much I developed as a journalist. It’s crazy to think I had more issues with my very first assignment than I did with this package. I tossed around multiple ideas and pursued a few of them before I finally was set on what I would ultimately do. In this project, I learned a valuable lesson about commitment and perseverance which are essential to getting the best story and being a strong journalist.

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How to Make an Egg-cellent Omelette

The how to video project was fun and easy. You get to demonstrate how to do something youre good at. Before you start write out a list of the steps and the type of shot you plan to use. This will be a helpful guide for you. Another tip is to take more than enough b-roll. It’s always better to have too much, rather than not enough. In my how to video I demonstrated how to make an omelette. Most of my shots were medium and tight shots , so I was thankful that after every other step before moving onto to the next I took extra b-roll of close up and extreme close up shots which helped me avoid jump cuts.

 

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Last but not least our final project! Best advice: pick a topic you are interested and pick group members that are accountable. This project requires a lot of time and effort. Having something you enjoy working on with people you enjoy working with will make this project less of a burden. My group members and I worked on this project together every step of the way which produced a great end result.

Thats a wrap! Get excited, this is one of the most amazing classes you’ll ever take. PC pushes you and challenges you because she knows what you are capable of. By the end you will see how much you’ve grown as a journalist and as a person.

For the last and final time…

For Off the Shelf and Online, I’m Heather Muno.

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Profound Reflections of a Nigerian Sojourner

This has been such a fast-paced and interesting journey to say the least. The progression and level of comfort that I feel is really amazing. I can barely even remember the first concept type of assignments such as the one where I was instructed just to go home and play with the camera.

It was also nice to incorporate some of my personal interests into the early projects such as the one where i got to film my Buddhist temple. One with sound and one without sound. The hair washing video was probably the most difficult concept videos because I had no assistance. I’ve really grown to appreciate film and art PERIOD because it allows me to educate the masses and be vulnerable without literally letting them into my personal space…SHOWING my sacred space without SURRENDERING my sacred place is really vital to my holistic health.

I’m learning how important it is to serve from a place of maintaining personal boundaries. Having Sandra Bland’s sister come in further enforced just what media can do. I rece36696_10150209276925492_536685491_13713030_2556615_n1ntly watched 13th the documentary and it solidified my desire to go to law school and taking this class gives me the skill set and also the ability to present media or the same story from a different medium.

 

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To Be Continued

James Boyd wears a shirt that says, "UNARMED" in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

James Boyd wears a shirt that says, “UNARMED” in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Up until this point, every journalism class I had taken at UIUC was easy. It all came naturally so I never felt much pressure to get my assignments done. However, this class challenged me from the start and by the end I think it truly humbled me. Continue reading

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Assignment 1 Welch

After completing my first assignment for multimedia reporting, I’ve felt slightly overwhelmed with how quickly things are moving, but I’m definitely more prepared to take on the remainder of the semester. I’m learning how to navigate throughout Adobe Premiere while working efficiently and accurately. I’m grasping the concept of making the best work in the least amount of time, which is something I find pretty challenging but I’m determined to be able to work significantly faster with a better quality of work by the end of the semester.  

Being a full-time student working an unpaid internship in addition to a part-time, I’m a little overwhelmed and anxious for completing my work to the best of my ability, but I’m excited for the challenge and look forward to the rest of the semester. 

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Assignment 1 Kaufman

This assignment has opened my eyes to a new form of media, photography. Writing is a skill I have developed throughout my education, but taking photos for my work is new. I was brought out of my comfor
t zone as I attempted to navigate the new cIMG_4325amera functions. Once I was able to use the camera, I had to decide the most interesting angles for my photos. Reflecting on my project, I am motivated to find new locations for more interesting picture opportunities. My photos this week (see photo on right) were taken from up above, looking down. I chose to shoot my pictures from my balcony and now I want to venture out on campus. My new goal is to immerse myself and take more action based photos. I look forward to gaining new skills throughout this class.

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Assignment 1 Crittenden

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Our first assignment in Professor Collins’ multimedia course was both nerve-racking and insightful. Our generation is defined by social media. Being a millennial means you should know  how to take pictures, or more specifically, selfies. With the advent of smart phones and social media sites like instagram, it seems anyone can be a photographer…or a journalist. I no longer believe this to be true. Have I used camera that is more sophisticated than an iPhone before? Yes. Have I used one for a specific assignment where I have to shoot specific angles with stills and videos? No. I now have a new appreciation for photographers and journalists who work to get “the perfect shot.” It takes a lot of patience and hard work to get what you want, especially in a photo. Any small movement or change in lighting can dramatically affect a shot. It was interesting and frustrating to try to capture the angle I was going for a lot of the time.

I finished my assignment and uploaded it. Its not perfect, but I am happy with what I was able to accomplish in a short amount of time, especially while having very little experience working with media in this way. I am excited to see what else the class will have in store for our class.

 

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Assignment 1 Hilton

 

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The garden outside of Nugent Hall (Photo by: Jade Hilton)

After this assignment I have learned to use my camera in so many different ways. This first assignment required me to get creative with different camera angles. I tried to use subjects with good texture, color, or action to make the picture interesting.

This was my first time using Adobe Premiere so I am happy I now have a better idea of how to use this program. This will be useful for the rest of this class. I am extremely excited for our upcoming projects. It will be interesting to discover how I can use my camera to tell my stories.

You can checkout my Assignment 1 on YouTube.

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Assignment 1 Stephens

Today we finished editing and turning in our first assignment. I’ve never used Adobe, nor have I uploaded a video to YouTube before. I’ve also never used a camera like the ones we were given to take the pictures and videos. But it was still fairly simple to take the pictures and videos; and we were given a step-by-step lesson on how to upload and edit the footage we got. My media wasn’t very high quality, but I completed the assignment.

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Assignment 1 Muno

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Phew! Where do I even start? I have so much more appreciation for photographers, video editors and producers now because I didn’t realize the hard work that goes into this! I did not have much experience taking pictures with a professional camera before so I was starting from scratch. I learned that I need to realize there is no such thing as perfect- which is hard for me since by nature I am a perfectionist. When taking my pictures I would take multiple of the same shot because it never seemed good enough for me, but I realized that being this way made everything much more difficult. When I was uploading it took me twice as long to get started so I was behind from the get-go. Then when I was starting to edit I had so many clips to filter through and we were on a deadline, so this contributed to the pressure and gave me anxiety. But this was the first assignment and it was a learning experience so now I know what to expect and how to improve for upcoming assignments so I can have a smoother experience in the future.

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Assignment 1 Olin

After completing Assignment One in Multimedia Journalism, I feel slightly relieved but also excited. Assignment one required that we go out and play with our cameras. I think that was my favorite part of the assignment. I have never used a camera like this, so it was fun to experiment. I definitely need to teach myself how to properly use this camera because I want to get the best possible quality for each assignment.

 

 

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Alice Campbell Alumni Hall

 

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Assignment 1 Eaglin-Daniels

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Future meteorologist Matthew Eaglin at NBC 5 Chicago’s weather room.

This first assignment was a great tool to help us, as students, become more connected with our cameras and other equipment. It was very interesting learning another camera compared to the ones I use at IMPACT Family Center, a non-profit on Chicago’s South side that teaches digital multimedia to youth. I experienced the shakiness that easily comes with the added weight from a better quality lens. I’ve worked with different cameras throughout my life, but none ever had different lenses. I see that I need to get used to using different lenses now to become a better photographer and journalist.

Also, I was reacquainted with Adobe Premiere during the exercise. Learning some of the regularly-used softwares in the Adobe suite was part of the curriculum at my high school, Perspectives High School of Technology in Chicago, IL. By the end of the assignment, I had a nice little stress headache, but every second of the exercise was worth it!

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Assignment 1 Henke

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I had a lot of fun getting to know my camera. I have never had the opportunity to work with this advanced of a camera, so I went a little overkill with it. I took over 200 pictures and videos of people and places. My friends were getting really annoyed with me, which only made me want to take more. It wasn’t very fun though when I got to class, though. I had a hard time sorting through all of the footage, and I was constantly falling behind when Professor Collins was giving directions. It all worked out though, and a link to my published work can be found here.

 

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Assignment 1 Most

My first assignment for Jour-215 got off to a bit of a rocky start. In an effort to save money, I had my parents send me a family owned SD card in the mail, and a long delay had me receiving the package just a day before my assignment was due. But like any journalist, I got out and worked with my deadline. I’ve taken a photography class before, so I have faith in my ability to know how to shoot pictures, but I found myself, a previous video editor for my newspaper, struggling a bit to shoot video.

I didn’t come into the assignment expecting myself to shoot perfect video after a year or so not touching a camera, but I was a bit frustrated and critical of my g abilities. I had some ridiculously shaky videos that I deleted from my phones. Some of it was to blame on nervous and shaky hands, but I also can’t wait until I have a little more expertise with the tripod. Being a relatively tall guy, I found the handling of the tripod to be a little awkward and difficult. I hope that over the coming projects I work out how to tripod with more expertise.

As soon as I started editing though, I started to give myself a little bit more credit. My camera work will improve, but with a good amount of video experience and a couple photography classes under my belt, I think I showed an ability to capitalize on negative space and focus on movement and action. The end result are some pretty nice shots, both pictures and videos that despite a little shaky camera work, I am proud of.

Editing as well, felt smooth. I used to make and edit videos quite frequently in high school, but I’ve had limited access to cameras and applications that would let me edit on a computer at a high level. I can’t wait to learn the ins and outs (no pun intended) of Adobe Premiere like I did with other applications like Final Cut.

I enjoyed this project very much, looking forward to working hard on my photoessay.

-Will

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Assignment 1 Boyd

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I spent my entire summer learning how to work with cameras, and also how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to bring multimedia projects alive. Honestly speaking, I thought that I wasted a lot of time learning how to work behind the scenes, instead of covering a beat and writing about it like how I do here at school. My internship with Village of Romeoville Television included hours of time in the room I dubbed, “The Dungeon.” I edited all sorts of videos for VORTV like Police Department PSAs, Fire safety videos and even a goofy green screen video for the Romeoville Recreation Department. My boss, Kevin McHale is the media coordinator for Romeoville, so he taught me a lot about basic video editing, and the rest I pretty much learned from Lynda.com or trial and error.

All of that being said, I felt very comfortable completing my first assignment for JOUR 215. Using the tripod, zooming in and out, importing media into Adobe Premiere, all of those things are still fresh in my mind from the summer. I kept telling myself that it would be smart to learn how use multimedia to tell a story, and in now in this class, I’m doing just that.

I’m looking forward to our next assignment, and although it may be tougher than this one, I don’t feel any pressure when it comes to trying something new. My old track coach used to always tell me, “You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” So that’s exactly what I’ll strive to do in this class.

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Assignment 1 Maurer

Having taken photography and art classes before, I thought that this assignment would be a breeze. However, I quickly found out that creating a cohesive video is much more difficult than I had previously thought. Having to keep the camera steady while focusing the lens and thinking about composition was challenging, and I think that showed in my shots.

I chose to do the assignment in my room because it is a place very familiar to me, which I thought would challenge me to think creatively about composition, as all of the objects are fairly mundane. I found that I became drawn to certain contrasts and textures in my room that I had not paid closed attention to before.

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While the assignment ended up being more challenging than I thought – and in turn, did not turn out as well as I had hoped – it made me very curious about videography and the possibility of including it in my art. I think that as I progress throughout the class I will come to appreciate, and even like, video. It is my hope that this course will continue to challenge me in ways that I have not been challenged before, making me even more comfortable around a camera and expanding my skill set.

All in all, this assignment has made me excited to experiment with the equipment we have been given for this course and left me feeling inspired to take chances with my art.

The end result of my video is here.

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Assignment 1 goethals

My favorite still, texture shot.

I definitely felt out of my element when I started working on this project.  I’ve never used a camera other than the occasional disposable camera in grade school or a quick selfie on my phone, so I was nervous to get started. I didn’t realize how hard photography and videography is until I was looking through the lens wondering what I should shoot. However, I got more comfortable as I continued shooting, and even  came out with two or three shots that I really liked.

I was confused on the video portion, though. It didn’t occur to me to put action in my videos; an idea that now seems obvious. I was so concerned with following the assignment exactly and making sure I had all the right elements, that I think I left creativity by the wayside a little bit. Now, having used the camera and editing software, I think I will be much more comfortable and creative in the next project.

My video is here.

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Assignment 1 Smith

Still image of a building across the street from Krannert.

Still image of a building across the street from Krannert.

In preparation for assignment one, I was really excited: I had new, fancy equipment; and I had total freedom to capture whatever stills and videos I wanted. Professor Collins first talked about the assignment the first day of class, August 22nd and shortly after receiving the equipment, I went out to complete it. I decided to capture video and stills at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts . Once I got there, I realized there were so many different images I could have shot, so many different angles to capture, and buildings to record so of course I was eager to bust out my equipment to practice shooting.

Once I set up the equipment on Krannert’s steps, the first thing I noticed was a pretty building right across the street and another one adjacent to where I was standing. I began to shoot videos and stills of them. Many sequence shots and stills later, I had about 34 total saved to my SD card.

Completing assignment number 1, I think I am off to a really great start in this class, and i’m excited to see what else is in store for me this semester when it comes to multimedia. As of right now, I already have my first video on Youtube for class 🙂

 

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Assignment 1 Leahy

IMG_3238Leaving the first day of my new class, Journalism 215 with Professor Collins, I was intimidated and nervous. As a sophomore, this is all new to me. I received my equipment and camera and was sent out for my first assignment.

I had no idea where to start.

I took my camera and just started walking around campus. Our assignment was to get to know our camera and take some specific shots and video. You can watch my final product here, but this is just a snippet of what I learned with this assignment.

I was nervous to approach the quad and set up my tripod, but I realized that to be a journalist and get the story, you can’t hesitate to worry about people looking at you. I began just taking pictures of people on the quad. We’re lucky to have such an amazing campus!

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Assignment 1 Okonkwo

I am very grateful that I took TV-production 1 prior to this class because it gave me prior exposure to Adobe Premiere. If I hadn’t had that previous experience I would have found this simple assignment a lot more stressful than what it needed to be.

Looking at my classmates’ videos I definitely could have been more creative or taken advantage of this weekend but of course I was kind of last minute with my footage.

 

 

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Assignment 1 Pugh

Our first assignment from Dr. Collins in multimedia reporting was about getting to know our cameras. On paper, getting the ten still and video shots looked simple enough. But looking at the DSLR camera in my hands, it was clear that I had a lot to learn before shooting. I spent one night watching how-to videos on Youtube. The next morning I went to a park down the street to find something moving that I could film and ended up with maybe five usable shots. In class that day we got a lesson on using our equipment. So I kept going out, taking shots, and asking friends for help. IMG_3852

Take a look at my completed first assignment.

My camera is no longer completely foreign to me. I was anxious before I started, but I am glad Dr. Collins had us jump right in and practice the skills we will be using all semester (and beyond). Taking well-composed photographs and video is harder than I thought. I am starting to understand why photographers have that intense focus about them while they are working. It takes an attitude of initiative and thoroughness to try multiple approaches to get a good shot. I hope to tap into more of that intuition.

-Kelsey

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Press Pass Journalism Summer Camp at the U of I !

It is with great Joy and Pride that I announce that I have led and completed my Press_Pass_Picfirst journalism summer camp at the U of I!. Great students from 13 years of age to 17! High school students who have never put a newscast together. Six days later, they shot, wrote, produced, reported, edited, and anchored their own 5 minute newsbreak!….using equipment for the first time! They even did the studio work, technical director, teleprompter, studio camera, playback…and on and on. I couldn’t have had a better group of students. They were truly awesome! They are my Magnificent Seven! Hugs….
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Thank you to Dr. Jan Slater who put the idea of a camp into my vision, Rhiannon Clifton for your Directorship, Thomas Warren for assisting with the organization, and Ken Erdey for setup. I’d like to also send a special thank you to Casey Ludwig and Kyle Potthast who kept us going each and every day, John Paul for the impromptu text messages and visits to the Richmond Studios to help me put out fires, Rich Martin for your continued support of my projects-assisting with their success, Susan Conrad for helping me stay organized and ready, Jane Dowler for making sure all of the important behind-the-scenes bolts and screws were tightened and ready just in time for camp, Walter Stroganoff who brought your engineering magic, Taylor Judd and Meghan Smith for getting us set up online and with equipment, Dexter Smith who helped make sure we had the kits to get the job done, Anisa McClinton, Jessica Corso and Elizabeth Jassin for your mentoring and guidance for the students as Interns, Steve Bardwell for the impromptu phone call assistance, and to the parents-who trusted us to give their loved ones an experience of a lifetime. It was a wonderful, intense, 7 days! Best to Everyone! I’m so proud of my students and I look forward to seeing you all go on to do great things!

Sincerely,

Dr. Collins

Students Final Projects On YouTube for Viewing!

 

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MediaPalooza 2016! NewsBreak Time!

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Once again, I had an awesome time working with awesome students AND their parents for Mediapalooza 2016! There were some real stars in the making! It was exciting AND fun to see these students learn and experience what it is like to take a class in the College of Media at UIUC! I threw them, well, softly encouraged them with intensity (smiling), into the task of producing their own short news break! The room was filled with the same feeling one would find in a professional newsroom…Deadline…Technology Problems….Stress….Deadlines….and Running out of time. In other words, Deadlines! Lol…

With great attitudes and lots of support, they gave it their best and believe or not…in less than one hour they helped put their break together. They had no preparation, had not worked in this class lab before nor did they choose their subjects…Yet, still, they were ready for the challenge and I COULD NOT be more proud of their efforts! They literally had about 15 good minutes to put something together. I knew their stories would not be perfect, but their efforts and attitudes were! Two key ingredients towards being successful! We laughed together, worked together, and made something happen. It was so much fun! I’m really hoping to see them in one of my Multimedia or Broadcast classes in the near future!

A special thank you to my student volunteers who helped make this project possible as well as fun, Omoyele Ajayi, Fangyi Liu, Alicia Lee, and Hyun Jun Lee! In all sincerity, I COULD NOT have done this without them. So, thank you! Taylor Judd for his online assistance, Mike Bohlmann and Meghan Smith and their assistance with equipment!

A special thank you to Stephanie Drucker who was leading the march (Great Job!) and Shalayne Pulia who offered assistance just when I needed it (Whew!). Thank you.

Finally, a special thanks to Megan Tucker Zwilling who amazes me each year she pulls a rabbit out of her hat, purse, and laptop bag called called MediaPalooza.

Now….(Drum roll please….rrrrrrrrrrr…..). I present to you …. 15 minutes of FUN at MediaPalooza covering Music and Politics with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye and Free Kesha!

Have a great day!

Professor Collins

 

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Success at IJEA Once Again!

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Once again, IJEA News breaks were a success! I had some really awesome High school students who were eager and ready to learn and make it happen! In 3 hours they wrote, shot, reported, edited, and produced a News Break! This is hands-on experience at its best! In addition, I had THE BEST U of I student volunteers who helped our aspiring journalists every step of the way! With the valuable hands-on assistance and expertise from my right hand…Ken Erdey and my left hand…Mike Bohlmann…we did the almost….nearly….impossible in 2-hours!

Journalists for a Day!

Journalists for a Day!

Help a group of students from Illinois High schools who, 99% chance, we’ve never met or worked with, nor have they met or worked with each other, produce and record a short Newscast! But…WE did it! 4 of them!!!! Continue reading

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Assignment 1 Avilez

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“Why won’t this start recording?” I asked myself as I repeatedly pressed the photo shutter button. It took me two days to realize there is a separate button to take videos. That was however the purpose of our first assignment. It was meant to allow us to get acquainted with our camera equipment.

When we first received this assignment I wasn’t too worried about it because I own a Nikon DSLR so I’m familiar with the basic settings of this type of camera. I won’t lie I thought I was ahead of the game. Needless to say this assignment was a humbling experience.

Getting the still shots went pretty smoothly, but the videos took some work. After watching a few youtube tutorials I finally found the video record button. I also had some problems with focus when working with the record function. I particularly had difficulty with the pan left and right shots. My focus kept going in and out and you could hear my tripod moving in the recording. Once I got the hang of everything finding places with good light to shoot was fun. I took some shots around my apartment to practice and then I walked to a nearby park to get some natural light shots.

The editing process was much more stressful to me than the actual shooting. I had never worked with Adobe Premiere before and I am kind of a slow worker. I started to get stressed because most of the class was way ahead of me. I worried that I wouldn’t finish the assignment by the end of class especially when I noticed some of my shot were not the correct size. With the help of one of my classmates however I caught up.

After completing assignment one I feel much more confident in the editing process. Now I want to work on my focus issues when filming for assignment two. I also want to plan better for the editing process by choosing the exact shots I want to use before getting to class. I look forward to seeing my progress in these blogs throughout the semester. My video can be viewed here.

4 – H is Incredible for Incredible Changers for a Better Tomorrow!

4-H Illini Summer Academy Camp, Photo by Timothy Johnston, Jr.

It has been my distinct pleasure to work with the 4-H Illini Summer Camp Academy this year! I got to meet and work with 13 awesome students who are truly kind, respectful, caring, incredibly skilled and intelligent in my Journalism session. I am so proud of them.

Photo by Tim Johnston

In three days, they wrote, reported, shot, edited, and published a news blog/news article that covers a variety of subjects.

Photo by Tim Johnston, Jr.

Photo by Tim Johnston, Jr.

Their pictures are really good and I think they did a wonderful job. You can take a look at their work by clicking here. In addition to their stories, they were also encouraged to share their “Voice” throughout the sessions and each activity. Using Active Centralized Empowerment, everyone’s voice is important and included.

With the pledge of Clear Thinking, Greater Loyalty, Greater Service, and better Health to Club, County, Community and World within their hearts, I know that they will change the world for the better. I will remember each one of them. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Join 4-H to learn college life at the University of Illinois!

Joining 4-H and touring the campus.

By-Sher lei

                             Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live on campus? Are you afraid that you won’t fit in with other college students or get any friends? Do you ever wonder what kind of  things you will do when you get to college? I’m not a college student but I ask these question in my head because I’m part of 4-H. Not only did I ask the questions, I took the pictures.

This is the picture of the Quad and the building to the far left is follinger Auditorium.

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What’s It’s Like to Attend U of I – Kayla Mingus

What to do Around the Campus.

 

Photo by Kayla Mingus.

Searching for a fun college to attend? Worried about what to do during your free time between classes? Wondering what the classes will be like and if you’ll have any free time (you will!)? During my stay on the U of I campus I have found the answers to these questions.

 

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Illini Summer Academies By Jazmine Hall

Connecting 4-H’ers while providing college experience

Illini Summer Academies Sign serves as directions for 4-H’ers. Photo by Jazmine Hall

Every year in late June, 4-H’ers travel to Champaign, Illinois for the Illini Summer academies. Not only is the Illini summer academies a way for teenagers to experience campus life at UIUC, it is also a way to unite 4-H’ers for an epic week of exchanging … as well as building 4-H memories. Continue reading

The University Of Illinois, Your Home Away From Home!

“The University Of Illinois, Your Home Away From Home!”

By Timothy Johnston Jr.

Main Quad Photo by Tim Johnston Jr.

One of the reasons the students love to return!

As the school year comes to an end, the students are excited to return to the University Of Illinois in the fall. They love many things about this University; including: the beautiful scenery, the very friendly staff, the variety of place to go.  Continue reading

We Are Grateful for Green Street! – Robionne Williams

How do you spend your free time on campus?

Photo By: Robionne W.

Ever heard from an elder or a parent to “use your time wisely?”

Time is precious, so use it while you can. Colleagues from all around U of I in Champaign spend most of their summer days studying. But what happens when you are not studying or you’re not in a natural learning environment?

Photo By: Robionne W.
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The Generation Gap, Closed – Colby Phipps


It’s obvious that generations have very strong opinions about each other, but what really is the difference between Millennials and Baby Boomers? Is it different morals? Different ways of thinking? Is it that one generation thinks that the only way to do things is the way that they do it? I talked with both Millennials and Baby Boomers to get their opinion on whether or not they think the “other side” had/has it any better.

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What’s the True Value of a College Education – Sophie Schneblin

photo by: Sophie Schneblin

Does a College Degree always Equal Success?

I believe that all people are equal in all ways, and that we all have purpose. I think that everyone will hit tough times and that impacts us, but we shouldn’t discriminate based on financial standings or race. Often times people make assumptions that with no college degree you won’t get very far in life. Though only 6.7% of the world actually hold a college degree. Lots of people we think of as intelligent scholars actually don’t have there degrees, for many different reasons. For example, Steve Jobs, the creator of Apple, had to drop out due to financial issues. TV star, author, and entrepreneur, Rachel Ray, didn’t attend college or culinary school, but does have a net worth of $60 million. Talking to people who may not be financially stable, with there views if very interesting because their view is very raw, they see how bad the world can really be. I talked to many different people, of different social standings to get many different perspective. Continue reading