Multimedia Memories: A Glimpse of the Future

Photo taken from google images.
Photo taken from google images.

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.

Here is one of my favorite shots from projects two and three featuring Delta Zeta Sorority's Bid Day.
Here is one of my favorite shots from projects two and three featuring Delta Zeta Sorority’s Bid Day.

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.

Here is my favorite medium shot from assignments four and five featuring the Illinois Synchronized Skating Team.
Here is my favorite medium shot from assignments four and five featuring the Illinois Synchronized Skating Team.

 

 

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.

Here is my favorite tight shot from my How-To piece featuring Beauty Technician Brittany Zaloudek (left) and Sophomore Natalie Durst (right).
Here is my favorite tight shot from my How-To piece featuring Beauty Technician Brittany Zaloudek (left) and Sophomore Natalie Durst (right).

 

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.

6 thoughts on “Multimedia Memories: A Glimpse of the Future”

  1. Ms. Pulia……
    I must say that you have done a WONDERFUL job with your Final Entry. The story is well-written, stories strategically and smoothly placed for effective reading, and the visuals along with captions are used quite nicely. I have enjoyed watching you develop into a confident, very talented student in this class who just needed some guidance, room to grow, explore and make mistakes, and hidden strengths to be ignited and engaged. You have taken on the challenges that I have offered each student in class and I am very pleased with your work. Additionally, you went above and beyond with the last two elements! Brava! You should be proud. For I am proud of you. Nicely done.
    Professor Collins

  2. Are you sure you’re a Sophomore haha, because this is great, I’m using it as a model to do mines. It was a joy sitting next to you in class from you’re sense of humor to your diligent work ethic, the sky is the limit for you in the next two years that you’re here for.

    1. Haha thank you so much Torrence! I’ve really enjoyed class next you as well; there was always a good laugh and it’s nice to have a friend there to help get you through the bumps (or potholes) in the road of Final Cut. Thank you again, and I am excited to see what is in store for you in the future as well.

  3. Shalayne,

    You’ve given me a solid understanding of what the semester ahead is going to look like for me. I’ve never worked with Final Cut Pro either, but i’m excited to add that to my repertoire of software skills and to find out whether this type of journalism is something I could be good at. I’ve had a handful of intimate session’s with my mom’s Canon DSLR to the point where I think I have a pretty decent eye for photography, but combining that skill with storytelling is sure to be a test. Your awesome projects have given me hope for the semester ahead. Congrats on finishing so strong!

    Jack Preis

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