Category Archives: Spring2015 – Jour215

How I got here: My Multimedia Experience


My family and I

A lot has changed since the first time I walked into Multimedia.

On the first day of class I really didn’t know what to expect. I went into Multimedia thinking that since I had put together several videos for classes in the past that I would be able to hold my own with the curriculum. At first, I was dead wrong. For the first few projects I was met with multiple setbacks, forced to resort to plans B, C and even D to finish my work on time and I had to ask for the help of fellow classmates as well as online forums to work both my camera and Adobe Premiere. But as the semester moved along and I completed more projects, I realized two things. First, that Multimedia got easier once I knew what I was doing and second, that as I grew in the class I learned the importance of one of Dr. Collins’ biggest points: flexibility when solving a problem.

Multimedia taught me not only how to be a great journalist on multiple media platforms but also how to be ready to counteract any potential problems with alternative plans. With that being said, lets take a look at what I specifically learned from each of the projects in Multimedia. I have linked each full project and blog entry in the title of each of my sections and embedded each finished video into this blog.

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A Journey Through Multimedia Journalism


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A photo of myself.

Just signing up for this class stressed me out. I knew it would be full of projects and equipment I didn’t know how to use. I was right but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I learned SO much, by messing up and trying again and asking for help. Asking for help is key in this class, and starting the project early. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Starting early will save you from missing an assignment or pulling an all-nighter.

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My Multimedia Story: Failure & Triumph

A look into my journey towards becoming a multimedia journalist.

A look into my multimedia journey.

It’s not easy being a multimedia journalist.

I was skeptical. I really wasn’t sure whether I had what it took to do the things that multimedia reporters did, let alone do them well. It’s important to note that I’m still not where I need to be, I still have plenty to learn. However, it’s also important to note where I used to be and how I’ve grown in and out of the J215 classroom.

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In the Blink of an Eye- Lerner reflection post

Announcing for BTN Student U

Announcing for BTN Student U

Coming into multimedia, I wasn’t sure how to feel. As a broadcast journalism major I had a good amount of experience in front of the camera, but not a ton behind the camera or during the editing process. Overall, I’d say I was bit nervous but also very excited. I knew that to have success moving forward I’d need to learn a lot about filming and editing, and that multimedia would be a great start to that learning. Plus with the way the industry is changing, you need to be very well rounded to be successful and that’s exactly the concept behind multimedia journalism. Especially now knowing that I’ll be interning at a TV station this summer and doing a great deal of both shooting and editing, I couldn’t be happier with the base knowledge I was able to gain through the seven assignments that we completed throughout the course of the semester.  Continue reading

Stand By:

A Semester Mastering Multimedia


Me and my friend Sean at a Redskins Game

The second I walked into Journalism 215, I knew I was in for something completely new.

Prior to taking Journalism 215, I had no experience working with multimedia in the field of journalism. My passion has always been writing. Just give me a word limit and I can explain to the reader what they need to know. I know I’m not the greatest writer there is, but I feel like I do a good job. Continue reading

From the tutorial to the final boss: My journey through Multimedia

As told through the perspective of someone who has way too much time to spend on playing video games.

My friends standing in our old classroom the day our high school closed. The memories from this place helped shape me into the person I am today.

Rescuing the princess? That’s easy since she’s always in another castle! Avoiding obstacles and solving puzzles? All it takes is a little mix of practice, skill and trial-and-error. Defeating the final boss? Determination, my dear friend! Lots and lots of determination.

Getting through this class was a lot like playing a video game, maybe except for the whole princess thing. When you pick up a new game for the very first time, you don’t just quit if the first level is too difficult. The same was for this class; you struggle through, level up your skills, gain some allies, solve your problems and conquer that final assignment! Continue reading

Working Out the Kinks

How I Grew to Become a Better Multimedia Reporter


Everything in life is learned. Whether it was the first time learning how to properly throw a baseball or memorizing the state capitals back in school, everything takes time.

As I expected, this lesson wasn’t any different when it came to learning about multimedia in our Journalism 215 course at the University of Illinois. Things took time — and yes, there was a learning curve — and they took effort. But in the digital age we live in, multimedia is a necessary tool to learn when it comes to being a journalist in the modern world.

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A Glimpse Into the Dream: A Reflection Piece By Aaliyah Gibson

Making the dream a reality one step at a time.

The lovely ladies within my life.

The lovely ladies within my life.

Our dreams become reality when we can picture them with our eyes open. That’s the saying I created before entering this class, and the saying the women in my life have been pushing me to believe ever since I pointed to a television show on the small screen and said, “Now that is what I want to do.” This class turned out to be the continuation, if not start, of a dream I’d been trying to make a reality for a while: putting my work on film and showing it to others. I learned quickly that most dreams come easily, but it is the work and effort you put into it that will reflect whether it will become a reality or not. I learned step by step, each assignment helping me grow professionally as I realized my true work ethic. But the proof is in the pudding. (Or the videos and photos and audio packages. But that’s beside the point).

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Telling My Story:

A Reflection on Multimedia Reporting

My staff photo with The Daily Illini

My 2014-2015 staff photo with The Daily Illini.

From the moment I walked into Journalism 215, I could tell that this course was unique. Multimedia Reporting with Dr. Collins was an experience unlike any other, and definitely one that makes me gracious of my time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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