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A leaf with dew drips on it.

This semester was great because of Dr. Collins and J-215. This course was one of the best journalism classes I’ve taken at this university.

Our first assignment was a little tricky for me because I had to get used to using the Canon T5i. I grew up in a journalist lead household, but I never had the opportunity to use that specific DSLR camera.

Matthew at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.

Matthew at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.

The photoessay assignment came a little easier because I started using my camera more frequently after assignment one. We were required to have two versions, with sound and without sound. This assignment allowed me to truly focus in on video and music production because I needed to truly find the most ideal music to fit the pictures. My editing during this time was growing as well. After being in an After School Matters program at IMPACT Family Center for more than six years allowed me to come into this class more familiar with the concepts, skills, and experience to succeed.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis' office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis’ office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Champaign--Matthew's affordable drum practice items. (Left to right) kick drum pedal, kick drum practice pad, snare drum practice pad, stick bag, and sticks.

Champaign–Matthew’s affordable drum practice items. (Left to right) kick drum pedal, kick drum practice pad, snare drum practice pad, stick bag, and sticks.

For the third assignment, I decided to capture ‘A Day in the Life of Grace‘. I decided to do a video essay on my church’s conference in October. It was pastor’s appreciation month, and Rev. K. Edward Copeland came as a guest preacher on the second weekend of October.

All of the assignments kept becoming easier.

Assignment four was great! I am enrolled in J-335, which is audio journalism. This assignment was relatively easy because of my other class I was pretty versed with Adobe Audition.

Assignment five allowed me to shine light on my home, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. A Tale Without a Head talks about the problems the center has

Catching the Beat… This was a personal touch. Me and my buddy James Sims decided to do a how to piece about playing drums. This video shows one how to do a single stroke roll and a single paradiddle. I pushed myself on this project to get clear sound and video from different angles and everything.

Infographic displaying information about 'How to Protest'.

Infographic displaying information about ‘How to Protest’.

Our final project was the greatest one of all. We decided to do a website to be more creative and to refer to future employers. I completed the photoessay, edited the audio package, and did the infographic.

Don’t lose faith. If you know a lot of material and know how to work all of the cameras or if you don’t, please know that you will survive if you work together and utilize Dr. Collins’ active centralized empowerment. Have a blessed day and hit me up if you need me. 🙂

A Tale Without a Head Reflection Eaglin

This story was very fun to complete. I enjoyed the full package experience, but my arrogance with editing got in the way again! I was pushing deadline but I think I made it (in the voice of Marvin Sapp).

I could improve my b-roll as far as adding different programs of the center because I know they offer more than just the food for the soul. I did cover some of the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal, but my technology broke on me in the last hour and I didn’t get a chance to import it. My whole computer did not want to work at all. I did enjoy my soundbites though.

My schedule is very hectic, and it is usually either working or trying to catch up on sleep. The education-life system I believe is very unfair.

College students literally have to kill ourselves to be successful.

A Tale Without a Head

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The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, also known as B.N.A.A.C.C. and the Black House, is operating without a director. The old director Rory James left last August after an appealing offer from Indiana University. Two of the center’s professionals are talking about the past with Bruce Nesbitt as the director vs. now with the vacancy. Viewers and listeners will hear about how the center used to be with Bruce Nesbitt as the director. His daughter Val Nesbitt spoke to the issue.

My B-roll consists of different shots of the center’s program Food for the Soul that happens every Wednesday at noon at 51 E. Gregory Dr.

B.N.A.A.C.C. operates as a safe space for all groups of people but primarily African Americans in the C-U and U of I communities. Students, staff, and faculty use that space to make partnerships, find advocates, and gain life-long friendships.

Click here to see the story.

What a Difference a Campus Makes: #Campuses Matter when it comes to Greek Organizations

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity's sun dial -also known as the "Mother Pearl".

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Chapter members performing their ritual of chants and songs around the fraternity’s sun dial -also known as the “Mother Pearl”.

Notable differences arise between two Omega Psi Phi brothers because of racial make-up at their campuses. The other attends a predominantly white institution. One student attends a historically black university.

This story holds true to the elements of news because of the conflict in the conversation between the two schools and their Omega chapters. There are different things each of the chapters have compared to the other, but it seems as if one is more widely accepted at one of the institutions either Howard, which is a historically black university, or at the University of Illinois, a predominantly white institution.

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Assignment 2 “Black Life at a P.W.I” Eaglin-Daniels

Assignment two was definitely a fun one! I enjoyed coming up with different concepts on how I should go about capturing a good claim through photos. I had so many ideas in my head, but I came to a conclusion to show my people in a different light and respect compared to the mainstream ideas people have about us. We had to create a video project with and without sound to show how our audio enhances our pictures, especially adding natural sound. This assignment is one for the books. I am bonding more with my camera, and I, actually, have the eye trick Professor Collins told us about down packed. My shots look better when I use that tip.

Matthew at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.

Daniels at the Academy of African American Arts rehearsal on Tuesday night.