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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.

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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!

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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.

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.

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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. 🙂

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.

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

Twitter + Instagram : @jadehilton21

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

img_0543(Me and Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s sister after her visit to class)

 

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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