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Assignment 1 Reflection Ogrodnik

The star of my video! My (empty) hamster piggy bank!

I’ve held a camera before. I’ve taken pictures before. I’ve taken videos before. But I knew from the beginning of this class that nothing could have prepared me for holding a camera steadily, taking a textured photo, or timing a zoom. And on top of all of that, I had to learn for the very first time how to accurately piece different photos and videos together in a single detailed project video. To say that I was a little overwhelmed is an understatement.

Fortunately, I was not alone in this adventurous assignment.

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Keep Calm and Standby

Flash Forward: 2014 Semester at a Glance

By: Lauren Jonen

As the semester comes to a close and classes begin to wind down….or get super crazy with final projects, essays, and exams, it’s nice to take a second and look back at all you’ve accomplish in just one semester.

Lauren Jonen - Multimedia Journalist

Lauren Jonen – Multimedia Journalist

Journalism 215 has taught me many beneficial lessons both inside and outside of the world of media. I came in to this class with a brief background of shooting and editing. With the help of Professor XXXXX and feedback from my classmates, I was able to expand my knowledge and abilities in both those aspects and more. Continue reading

My Multimedia Experience

Cool, A-Roll, Rule of thirds, Images, SEO, Sequencing, Attribution

Screen shot 2014-04-09 at 1.18.17 AMWhen I first stepped foot in the multimedia lab, I was excited yet nervous about the class. I remember Dr. Collins introducing herself and the assignments we would complete in this class. i was very overwhelmed with the fast-pace of the course. I became increasingly unsure of how I would perform. Would my projects be good enough? Will I get good grades on them? Will I catch on fast enough?…by the end of my experience I have gained CONFIDENCEContinue reading

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.

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From camera fundamentals to fika fundamentals


The first assignment was daunting. It was so cold outside the past few days, I resorted to taking pictures in my apartment. I think that worked out in my favor, though. It allowed me to stay warm while I figure out how to use my camera. Being able to sit and fiddle with the camera really helped. Continue reading

Assignment 1: The trials and tribulations of a first-time multimedia journalist

I left class JOUR 410 on January 22, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a backpack full of equipment, prepared to tackle assignment one. A trip to Best Buy was all that stood between me and my induction into multimedia journalism.

After I purchased my supplies, I headed out to take the type of videos and photos requested of me, not without obstacles. And though I doubted myself in the beginning, I had less trouble completing the assignment than I’d originally imagined I would.

One minor problem I encountered was the weather. By the time I got my supplies, the temperature had dropped below zero degrees and the sky was grey. The conditions didn’t make for an ideal shoot, but I did what I could.

In terms of my work, I was happy with the way my still shots turned out and less pleased with the videos I took. Even with the tripod, I had a hard time keeping my camera steady, especially while zooming and panning. I did my best, but I know I still have a lot of improving to do.

When it came time to edit, I also had a very hard time with that. FinalCut was hard to navigate. I did my best, but felt very lost and crunched for time. At least I made deadline!

Here’s my attempt at assignment one.