The Journey To Becoming a Great Journalist
First, let me start out by giving you guys a little confidence booster. Its not the end of the world! I know that some of you may or may not have some experience with multimedia journalism. If you do thats great this class will be a breeze. If you don’t on the other hand, this class will still be a breeze!
My First Step as a Multimedia Journalist!
Our Assignment 1 in Journalism 410 was to help us get a feel for our camera. The most stressful part of this assignment was creating the actual project through Final Cut Pro. FinalCut Pro has a lot of technical actions within it that makes your project great. View this “Ultimate Beginners Tutorial” , to get a hang of the system and make the best of all of your assignments.
My second assignment came along a lot better than my first one did! I took my own advice and took time to get used to FinalCut Pro. My photo essay was set in football stadium being that it was a place that I knew really well and felt as if I could give an Inside look on what I see everyday and what a student who is not athlete does not get the chance to view.
Assignment Three was a step closer to getting to video… well kinda. This assignment required the exact same photo essay that we created in Assignment 2. The biggest thing that i learned during this assignment is that the nat sound should tell your story and pick up the space where your pictures leave out. This article from www.advancingyourstory.com gives good step by step tips on how to choose the right sounds and how to capture them as well
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!!
I must say that this was my favorite assignment, mainly because it was my first video! Similar to the previous two assignments this one had to tell a story as well. The location I chose could have been a lot better I must admit only because it did not have that pop that I wanted.
At this point I am starting to get the rhythm of what it takes to be a good multimedai journalist. Dont let your downfalls discourage you at all, your mistakes are just learning tools that teaches you how to handle a particular situation if it occurs again. Assignment 5 was the icing on the cake for me in terms of being a huge confidence booster!
I chose to film my project at the Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club here in Champaign. I had the opprotunity to work there over the summer and saw the huge impact that they had on the lives of the children of Champaign.
I Can Show You How!!!
At first I was a little nervous about making a how to video. Mainly because I had no idea on what to teach someone what to do. Then something clever and unique hit me, my video was “How To Be a Southern Gentleman”.The first step of this project was to come up with a storyboard that outlined the steps you would be taking in your viddeo. Take a look at mine and disregard my terrible drawing!
It’s All About How You Say It!
After the last three assignment I got a little used to making videos but then Professor Collins threw a curveball at us and made this assignment an audio piece only.
This audio package was a wrap about anything that we decided to write about and mine was on the Illinois Mens track and Field team. I sounded monotone too much and wasn’t really plesaed with how it came out but not being afraid of making mistakes is the first step to being a great journalist. Take a Listen! I suggest that you also listen to some professionals such as the folks at NPR and take a few notes on their tone and pacing.
This assignment was the same as the last except that we had pre recorded raw footage and interviews already prepared. The footage was of the Special Olympics Illinois: Polar Plunge. I wanted my tracks and the clips that I chose to correspond with each other and tell the story and promote the event. . Check this video out and tell me what you think.
Tips to Students
- Dont Procrastinate
- Ask a friend for their opinion
- Get used to your camera and Final Cut
- Be Confident