Adventures in Multimedia: Learning the Ropes

Learning new things in life can be a challenge, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. When I first registered for Multimedia Reporting, I didn’t know what to expect. Aside from noticing journalism students sprawled around campus with their cameras and tripods in hand, I wasn’t too familiar with the course and the kinds of assignments I would have to do. I had already had my initial taste of filming and interviewing on camera during my summer internship at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Chicago, where I created a recruiting video for the non-profit organization. Still, I knew there was much to learn, especially in terms of different angles and types of shots.

I was really excited to get my own camera for the semester and showed it off to my roommate. Our first assignment, proved to be quite helpful in getting to know my camera and learning how to take different stills and videos. I decided to go outside and explore the main campus area for the assignment. I was able to get a good feel for what a wide, medium and tight shot should look like as well as a textured shot. It was difficult to film in the cold and wind, but I’m sure I’ll get better at shooting video with more practice.

Putting together the video and photos was a bit nerve-racking, especially because I tend to be a perfectionist. I learned more about FInal Cut Pro than I did over the summer when I was on my own, and I also learned that it’s important to work quickly so you can meet your deadline.

You can watch my first edited assignment here!

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