A Journey Through Multimedia Journalism


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A photo of myself.

Just signing up for this class stressed me out. I knew it would be full of projects and equipment I didn’t know how to use. I was right but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I learned SO much, by messing up and trying again and asking for help. Asking for help is key in this class, and starting the project early. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Starting early will save you from missing an assignment or pulling an all-nighter.

In this class I went from never using a camera before to creating a full professional news package. It was stressful, but in the end it was all worth it. By the final project I was excited to go and shoot and put everything together. So worry not, I survived this class and grew as a student, and you will too!

A photo from under the McFarland Carillon

A photo from under the McFarland Carillon

Assignment 1 was pretty straightforward. Try out some different angles to shoot from and get used to the equipment. I only had a few problems shooting, nothing major. It was during this assignment I learned not to be afraid of my camera. There was a lot of cool things it can do if you’re confident enough to try! Learning to edit in Adobe wasn’t so difficult, for this assignment at least. I was happy with the way it turned out and it was cool to get to see everyone else’s work in class.


Tip off at an Illini Basketball game.

Assignment 2 was a photo essay. I thought it would be good idea to cover the basketball game I went to with my family. It was more difficult to shoot than I thought it was going to be. I wish there had been two of me, one in the stands and one on the court. I was happy with the way it turned out though. My biggest issue with this assignment was that my camera died before the game was over. I was really disappointed I missed the shot of the final score. It would’ve enhanced the whole project, but it’s still nice without it.


Illini Basketball game

For Assignment 3 we added sound to our photo essay. I had no idea how to load the audio from the recorder on the computer. I got creative and recorded it with my camera to put on the computer. I did have to sacrifice quality. It forced me to figure out how to use it for the next time though. In the end it still sounded nice and was easy to hear. It was cool to see how adding sound could add so much to the whole piece. It brought the photos from the previous week to a whole other level.


Illini Contraband practice

We had a lot of freedom for Assignment 4. Make a video. This kind of intimidated me. I’m not the best at coming up with ideas (or titles). I tried a few things early in the week, but I just wasn’t happy with any of the footage I was getting. So I decided to go with my roommate to her band practice. It was cool to be at their practice because I am a fan. It was another thing to film it though. The space was very small and I really didn’t want to be in the way. My hesitancy caused me to miss out on some shots that really would’ve enhanced my piece. I learned that you really just have to get in there, in the center of the action, in order to tell the best story.

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Maura C. finished make-up product.

I love watching makeup how-to’s online, so when we were assigned a how-to piece it was a no brainer for me. In Assignment 5 I did an eyeshadow tutorial. It was fun to shoot! I did have trouble finding interesting ways to shoot it. I feel like there are only so many different angles. I was really proud of my final shot of her leaving. It was the first time I played with sequencing shots. I did struggle with writing a blog to accompany this assignment. In multimedia it is important to have multiple platforms for your story, but I had trouble finding the news angle.

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Students hanging out on the U of I main quad.

Our final assignment covered diversity and inclusivity. Our group dealt with international students specifically. By this assignment I was a lot more excited to get working and couldn’t wait for a finished product. The more we learned the more interested I got. I liked working in a group. It was nice that we all split up the interviews. In total we had 5 interviews and that would’ve been a lot harder to accomplish on my own. It was also nice to get to work in a group since that may be the case in the professional world. I loved capturing the B-roll and natural sound. It was a cool to capture things others may have overlooked. I voiced the audio wrap and am please with the way it turned out. We had some trouble with the audio for one interview. We did our best but it was still difficult to hear. I loved the shots that were in our video package. It really captured U of I’s beautiful campus. Editing ran smoothly through this project with only a few uploading issues. This was easily my favorite project.

It was awesome to see that only a few month later I was capable of making an entire video package! I don’t want to give my camera back next week. There’s still so much I have to learn, but I’m proud of the groundwork that’s been laid by this class. So, yes it was stressful and I did mess up, but I made it through! There’s also so much more to explore in Adobe Premiere. I’ve only touched the surface, but I’m looking into to getting it on my own computer. I can’t wait to see where my skills will go from here!

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