Category Archives: Fall 2014 – J215

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A painting from the African Art Exhibit at the Spencer Art Museum in Lawrence, Kansas.

First of all, I am happy and excited to be challenged the way I already have been by Dr. Collins and the J550 curriculum. That being said, the workload and norms imposed from day one have been challenging for us all. It was the first day of class, and from the first sentence Dr. Collins spoke, I knew the regular pace around the J-school would not be the same, for good reasons.

That being said, this first project brought a few challenges by itself. First, I managed to rent a broken tripod, and immediately I was experiencing filming and stabilization issues. Nonetheless, I was able to rely on nifty editing skills to help reduce the error as much as possible. Next, I took my camera, half working microphone and broken tripod to my first event– the student recital series at Murphy Hall. After 20 minutes of filming, I was approached by one of the dean professors at Murphy Hall, and at that moment, he decided to halt any creative progress I had made while filming. In the profession, we must learn that not everyone is tolerable of media. In this instance, the professor was not a fan of media coverage, especially during his recital. Lastly, I had some minor editing issues and lost part of my film.

Given all these uphill factors, I was able to climb and progress towards a fairly well produced VOSOTVO. I believe as time moves forward, we will all progress as reporters, story-tellers and difference-makers. I truly believe that, and I also believe in the process Dr. Collins is instilling for this class. I created a short VO and VOSOTVO covering the Spencer Art Museum’s new African art exhibit. The piece displays the beautiful exhibit and people who have contributed.

Here is the link to my piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkPU9Fx-ljI

 

Self-reflection 1: VOSOTVO, VO and Video Essay by Patrick Sullivan

Video Essay: Ball Park

I really enjoyed working on the video essay project. It gave me a lot of room for creativity and freedom to go have some fun with editing. I struggled at first to find an idea of what I wanted to do it on, but I knew that I wanted to go down to Potter’s Lake because of the scenery. I really hope to have more projects similar to this. My one criticism on this project is my title. For some reason I could not come up with something more creative; I probably didn’t spend enough time on it.

VOSOTVO and VO: Captiva

I also struggled to find a topic on this assignment as well. That typically seems to be my problem with these assignments. I can usually find good ideas for stories but they would require footage that I cannot get or are not localized. However, once I actually had my idea and my interview the assignment wasn’t difficult at all. I think I shot and edited the footage in under two hours. I think the main thing that I need to work on for my next project is writing more conversationally and delivering my VO without sounding so rigged.

Overall I am having a great time in this class and cannot wait to get working on the packages and news breaks. I have confidence that I will be able to get my writing and delivery on a better track.

The Beauty of Success and Failure: That’s a Wrap – SCHMITT

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Wow, we did it. What a semester. I am so proud to have reached this moment as a student, and more importantly, as a journalist. From the beginning, I felt like I was already embarking on an uphill battle. Taking Multimedia Reporting and Audio Journalism together in a semester was demanding to say the very least. My counselors and professors warned me, but I was prepared and ready to tackle the challenge head-on. There were many long nights, days spent running from interview to interview, and moments when I questioned if this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But, I quickly learned over this semester that journalism is absolutely my passion. I met amazing people, covered inspiring stories, and pushed myself beyond what I thought was my limit. I’m so thankful that I was able to find the beauty in both success and failure. Each assignment had a purpose, and each assignment had a lesson. Follow along as I look back at my journey over the past few months.

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Group Reflection – Schmitt

After watching each group present, I was so proud to see everyone’s work come together. The collaboration and teamwork was truly inspiring, and I’m very thankful to be a small part of this amazing class. What a semester! What improvement! Thank you, Professor Collins for guiding the way. The blood, sweat and tears paid off.

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C.S.A Fair: Let’s Grow Together

Growing Local Farms One Share at a Time

     The agriculture community is the driving force of our society. They grow the food that feeds our bodies and allows us to be strong enough to strive greatness and change our world. Without farmers and their crops, we do not eat which means we dwindle to non-existence. In times of economic uncertainty, everyone needs financial support. “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA), helps farmers keep food on our tables by selling stock in their farms to members of the community. These stocks give customers a chance to know exactly where their food is coming from and who grows it.

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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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Group Reflections Final

Our final projects showcased how much we have learned in this class over the course of the semester. I think everyone did a great job in delivering their message and showcasing the skills that they have picked up from every project and story we have had to do so far.

Mental Health —

I was very happy to see how you guys did your project. The stigma of Mental Health in our society is so frustrating and negative and it saddens me that it is always seen as a problem that needs to be rectified. People with mental health issues are seen as just that, people with issues, rather than people who may need help or are just different. This is why we have so many young adults, especially college students like you guys showed in your infographic, suffer from different issues personally because sometimes many do not want to come forward and admit they need help or get the support they need from fear of how their peers may judge them. I loved the interview you got with Mrs. Cate because she was so lively and strong willed/spirited and I thought you guys got great camera shots and soundbites. Good job overall.

Voices From The Field —

This story really hit home for me. Being a student athlete this year has been a tough one because of everything that has occurred in racial justice issues around our country. there were many times this season where I wanted to make a statement somehow before my volleyball games but I didn’t know how to do so. I think a story like this is important just to see what other athletes had to say or how they would handle it, especially the coaches and other adults. I will say some of the shots were a little bit too long on the subjects you had. Shortening up the clips and maybe getting some b-roll from a football practice would have been good to include. But overall, I liked the topic because it is a current events issue and something that I think more people should learn about.

Not My University —

I thought the How-to piece for this project was awesome. Sometimes being a minority on a large, predominately white college campus can be hard because you may not always feel like you fit in. I was glad that this group shed light on the topic in a way that all people can relate and/or recognize the reason why some students may feel this way. I like how you showed that this is not an attack or a reason to protest just because, it is because there are real issues that minorities face that we need people to realize and to join in becoming one. Good b-roll and some nice interviews. I liked a lot of the shots that were in the video package.