My Multimedia Story: Failure & Triumph

A look into my journey towards becoming a multimedia journalist.

A look into my multimedia journey.

It’s not easy being a multimedia journalist.

I was skeptical. I really wasn’t sure whether I had what it took to do the things that multimedia reporters did, let alone do them well. It’s important to note that I’m still not where I need to be, I still have plenty to learn. However, it’s also important to note where I used to be and how I’ve grown in and out of the J215 classroom.

I had to work with plans B, C and D many times this semester, and I think that’s one of the greatest learning experiences that I could have taken away from the class. It’s something that Professor Collins constantly stressed, and I’m glad that I ended up realizing the importance of being flexible. If you only know one way of doing something, you won’t succeed in multimedia journalism, let alone anything in life.

Assignment one included photos of items in my bedroom.

Assignment one included photos of items in my bedroom.

Things started rather smoothly with the first assignment. I can’t say that I took any crazy risks in my subject matter, but I don’t regret it. I think it set me up nicely for the coming assignments and what I was going to have to do.

I learned the most about using my tripod during this assignment. You can see some shakiness at some point and it wasn’t until later when I was done filming that I realized. This taught me to loosen up the tripod when I wanted to pan, zoom, etc.

Looking back on my second assignment, my biggest problem was the consistency of the shots I took. After finishing my shooting, I realized it was fairly obvious that I shot the bus from two different sides, and it showed once my story was complete.

Filming buses presented many challenges.

Filming buses presented many challenges.

The biggest takeaway from my first and second assignment was having patience in my filming. I wanted to get all my shots rather quickly so I could get into the lab and work on putting it together. I wanted to give myself time because I felt I wasn’t completely comfortable with Adobe Premier, the software we were using.

Assignment three gave me nightmares. To this day it was the worst night of my entire semester trying to put my assignment together in Premier. I like to think of this day as my ultimate learning lesson as a multimedia journalist.

I was in the lab with professor Collins for the majority of a night trying over and over again to export my video, but it never seemed to work. I was extremely frustrated with not just myself, but technology as a whole, as I felt that it failed me. However, this hardship actually made me stronger.

Getting natural sound and shots of gymnastics was very easy.

Getting natural sound and shots of gymnastics was very easy.

Leading into my fourth assignment I was nervous, but there was something I knew I had to do differently. I had to be more organized. I put all of my pictures and videos into one folder and my life instantly became easier. This assignment by far ended up being my favorite, as I combined natural sound with my shots nicely.

Moving onto the fifth assignment I really felt like I was on a roll and had close to mastered what we were doing. I did a how-to video which involved a lot of b-roll. The b-roll I used was a little weak, and after the assignment I knew this was an area that I had to improve on for our final project.

We used many different shots of campus in our final project.

We used many different shots of campus in our final project.

The final project was a lot of fun to do. I was in a great group of guys who meshed well to put together a great multimedia project on the image of diversity on campus. This assignment was where I learned the most about working as a unit and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each individual. The project itself was very crisp. I worked on an informative photo story which turned out well other than the fact that the quality of the images decreased when converted to a YouTube video.

I’m lucky to have learned as much as I did in this class, I know there are improvements I still have to make moving forward, and a big one is my patience. However, I also know that I’m vastly improved from where I first was.

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