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It’s The Climb – Final Reflection Leahy


Here’s me! With some gum (ew).

3 months, 6 assignments, 1 group project, and 1 semester later, and I’m finished with Jour215. What a journey it’s been! Starting out as a little sophomore, I had never done anything multimedia. I remember receiving my camera bag and being terrified – what do I even do with this thing? But I knew I wanted to work hard and learn a lot.

After only one year of journalism, I was (and still am) not sure exactly what I want to do with my career. So I knew the more I knew (broadcast, video, writing, etc.) the better off I would be. So I set out with my camera bag into the sunset. Continue reading

Inside Look at Wheelchair Athletics

University of Illinois sophomore, Arielle Rausin, training for the Boston Marathon in April.

University of Illinois sophomore, Arielle Rausin, training for the Boston Marathon in April.

It’s hard to believe that we are already on Assignment 5! It’s crazy how much we have progressed in just a few short weeks. I know I feel much more confident with my filming and editing skills.

For Assignment 5 I went to the Disability Resources & Educational Services Facility (DRES) and filmed one of the wheelchair track athletes while she was training on the “rollers”. These are stationary wheelchair track chairs that the people use when they don’t go outside. Arielle Rausin is currently a sophomore and was going a total distance of 18 miles. I got multiple angles of her and the racing chair as well as interviews from a DRES volunteer and PT intern who both assist the athletes.

I thought this project turned out well. I like how the music went with the footage and interviews. I think the nat sound was also a good part of the project. The one thing I wish I could have filmed is athletes working out in the DRES gym which is upstairs from where there track athletes train. I feel like this would have enhanced the video showing other people working out besides Arielle, but unfortunately there were no other students in the gym at the time that she went to practice.

Take a look at my Assignment 5 and let me know what you think!