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All Good Things Must Come to an End

 

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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 Day in the Life of Grace”

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.

Assignment 3 was great! I had the opportunity to show off my church’s revival. This time it was kind of challenging because I wanted to do more, but the time constraint for 1:15-1:30 kind of limited me. Also, I play a main role in my church, so it was a lot of back and forth between the drums and my camera. I tried several things, but I see I need to study Adobe outside of class. I chose this because the message was The Power of God. I think the world needed to hear this message or at least see scenes of it. This is how a standard church service looks like.

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.

Bullish Expectations: How To Get Over D-Rose– Lerner Assignment 5

What to do after Derrick Rose’s third knee surgery as a Bulls fan.

Derrick Rose speaking to media

Derrick Rose speaking to media

For Bulls fans recently, the story of nearly every season has been getting over the loss of the team’s former MVP due to injuries. Rose had played just 10 games over the past two season, but this season was meant to be different. The Bulls pieced together what looked like their deepest and most talented team around Rose through free agency and the draft. Things were looking up for Chicago’s NBA squad to make a serious run at the title–so long as Rose’s knees were able to hold their own.

While this season hadn’t been Rose’s best statistically in his career, seeing him on the court night in and night out was enough for many Bulls fans. With the emergence of NBA All Star Jimmy Butler and the resurgence of free agent signee, Pau Gasol, it felt like Rose just needed to fill a role for the team to reach big things. Rose was pretty inconsistent in the first half of this season, but showed bursts of his signature athleticism which was promising for both this season and his future with the team.

When many fans heard the news of Rose needed yet another meniscus surgery this season, they were shocked. Rose didn’t go down in a game like he had in the two previous situations where he injured his knees. The news of the most recent injury came out the day after a game, although it isn’t even certain that the tear occurred during the game the night before the announcement.

Now the Bulls will just have to attempt to hold their own until the playoffs, which is when Rose is potentially expected to return to the lineup, according to NBA.com. Rose has a huge contract, so the Bulls and their fans are tied to the Chicago native for the foreseeable future. Here’s my ‘how to’ video on dealing with yet another Rose injury.

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