Multimedia journalism was never something I thought I would be interested in but after taking Professor Collins’ J410 class, I challenged myself and now have a handful of new skills I can impress my future employer with one day. This is my journey through the ups and downs of finding those skills.
I remember walking out of the classroom after the first day of J410, I was incredibly anxious about the semester to come and I really did not know if I had it in me to succeed in this class. I had never worked with multimedia before so I knew this semester would be a challenge but I knew that I would learn a lot that would help me with my future career.
Our first few projects helped us become familiar with the equipment we were going to be using the rest of the semester. For project one, we created a photo slideshow. This helped me get used to Final Cut Pro, though I still had a lot to learn in the coming weeks about this program.
The next two projects went hand in hand. We were to take pictures of an event for a slideshow, then later add natural sound. I decided to take pictures of my sorority’s bid day because I thought this would be exciting. This was the first time I put together a finished product in Final Cut Pro and it gave me the motivation I needed to continue the semester with an open mind.
When we got to project 4 and 5, I really started to feel more comfortable with using all of the tools we had been given. These projects were the ones I was most proud of coming into class that day and I think that it shows. I chose to film my friend Hailey Mott drawing for her art class and then added the natural sound of her pencils, erasers and other art supplies later on for the next project.
Project 6 was fun to film and this is where I really started to understand everything in Final Cut Pro. There were a few mistakes in this video because I wanted to try new dissolves that I hadn’t used before. I chose to make an omelette for my “how-to” video because it is something everyone can do and it’s very healthy (and delicious)!
I was very excited about project 7 because I had a great idea for it. I knew that a recent club, Random Acts of Kindness, had just started up on campus and I thought it would be great to cover that for the audio package project. I learned many things about projecting my voice and sounding more like a broadcaster during this project that helped me in our last project of the semester. It was hard for me to do since I had never experienced broadcast journalism but I tried my best.
Our final project of the semester was fittingly the one I was most proud of. I really tried to incorporate every skill I had learned throughout the semester into one video. I think it turned out great, even if I had a few bumps in the road along the way. Filming the PINK party at Delta Zeta put on by Victoria’s Secret PINK was my plan B event but it ended up being a really fun time and I think I got some great footage. Editing was the toughest part in this project because everything needed to be timed perfectly.
This class has been one of the most rewarding that I have taken at UIUC thus far because I have learned so many new things that I can actually apply in landing the perfect journalism job. I am very proud of the work I have been able to produce in this class and hope to use all of the skills I learned continuously throughout the rest of my college career!