Walk with me through my experience as a student in Professor Collins’ Multimedia Journalism class where I discovered new and honed existing skills.
Day one of Multimedia Journalism 410 with Professor Collins was not the first time I had set foot in the multimedia lab. I remember back in March of 2012 when I came to the University of Illinois for Mediapalooza as a prospective student. It was in this lab, as I completed a fast-paced task involving iPad apps, that I decided to apply to the media college.
Multimedia technology is the way of the future for journalism. I was nervous at the beginning of this class because I wanted to excel so badly, yet I had zero experience with Final Cut Pro or putting together any type of video or audio package. But each time I started on a new project, I felt more comfortable with multimedia.
I hit the ground running with project one. We did not get to put together a complete video, but we did get more familiar with the basics of Final Cut Pro.
I chose to cover my sorority’s Bid Day celebration for projects two and three. We were to create a slide show with photos from an event that showed movement. Project three was a little more difficult with the addition of audio to my slide show. I struggled with the soft volume of the B-roll but the project taught me to make better use of the volume tools on Final Cut Pro.
My first shot at video editing came from project four where I decided to film the Illini Synchronized Skating Team. I had a few shaky shots because I did not always use a tripod, but I was proud of what I produced.
For project five we added interviews to our videos. Again I was faced with audio issues as I had to resort to plan “B” and use the audio from my camera and not my recorder. Despite my audio issues, I was beginning to feel more comfortable with my video editing skills.
I finally felt comfortable with the “How-to” piece for assignment six. I decided to ask a professional about how to apply Benefit Cosmetics’ latest products. I made a point to create a storyboard before I filmed, and it helped me tremendously.
Though I enjoyed assignment six, my favorite projects were the final two:
I chose the Illinois Rip Chords all-female a cappella group as my subject for both. Working with them was incredible. They have such a passion for their music. My heart went out to the seniors, especially Samantha Victor. She was going to miss the Rips, but she had high hopes for life after graduation.
Hope is important in the face of so much pessimism about the future of journalism. I would advise a student walking into the lab on day one not to get discouraged. Every project will present a new challenge, but your skills will improve.
This multimedia experience has helped me become a multi-faceted journalist. I knew when I first walked into the lab at Mediapalooza 2012 that technology was the future. This class proved to me that I have what it takes to be a journalist in a digital age. Multimedia 410 has even inspired me to create my own website where I can showcase all of my work. I am confident in the basics of multimedia and I will continue to grow, develop and succeed in the world of journalism.