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Helen Luna Final Reflection

I can’t believe the semester has already come to an end. It’s crazy… I remember at the beginning coming into class after already missing the first day and thinking I could already tell how bad this semester was going to be but man was I wrong. I can honestly say that this class has taught me things that I will remember for the rest of my life. Dr. Collins, in the short time we got to know each other, you have made such an incredible impact on my life. I have never come away from a class with so much knowledge. You not only taught me skills that I will use in my future career but you have made me look at life differently and I just want to say thank you for taking your time to get to know each and every one of us and pushing us to be our best.

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The first thing we did was the video essay. I remember doing my plan b because the first idea I had didn’t work out. I tried to go outside and create a video similar to the seasons in a day video we did as a class but it didn’t work out. I pretty much just got tight shots the entire time.

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For the first VO and VOSOTVO, I decided to do about the gym and how the weather affects gym goers. I chose this topic because at the beginning of the semester I started getting into working out and I felt like it would be fun to do something I was interested in. I panned quite a bit which at the time, I didn’t realize we shouldn’t do unless it’s really necessary.

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For my VO2 and VOSOTVO2, I decided to do it about de-stressing when the semester gets difficult… I felt like at this point I was starting to get better shots and I was learning to work the camera better. I also felt like I was getting better at finding a story and story telling.

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My VO3 was about Clinton Lake and getting away. This was kind of like a plan C… I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to do but since I like to drive out to Clinton Lake and relax sometimes and just get away, I felt like others might like to know about it too. I really liked the shots I got of the lake as well.

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My VOSOTVO3 was my favorite one to do. I felt like it was the most news worthy and most realistic. I was able to speak to a teacher at Lawrence High School about the president’s proposal to arm teachers and I had a really interesting conversation with her. I feel like I could’ve gotten better shots and I should’ve gotten more here.

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The first package was fun for me. I worked with Grant and we decided to do our plan C in this case as well. We were having a hard time with our first ideas and he came up with the JUUL story. It really showed me how you can find a story anywhere and it was nice being able to work with Grant and get good SOTs and video. This was also when I found out that Grant got the CBS internship. Go Grant!!!

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The second package was definitely hard work. After the first Pause 4 Pups event I went to turned into a complete disaster I had to think fast… I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time to pull a package together if I waited a whole week until the next event but I did just that and I got it done. I liked the interviews I got and I feel like the shots I got of the dogs were pretty good too. I really tried to get a variety of shots here.

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and finally… the final newsbreak. During the first newsbreak I was definitely nervous and you could tell. I was over thinking the entire time and it was my FIRST time reading off the teleprompter and doing anything in front of the camera. The second time I made myself relax and I tried to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I know I need to slow down when I read… that’s definitely something I’m going to need to work on but I’m still proud of myself for getting through it and getting it done.

Now that everything has come to an end, I’m able to look back and appreciate all of the work that I put in this past semester. I’m grateful for the learning experiences and the amazing memories I got to make with this class. I know that I have a lot to work on but I have come a very long way in the last four months and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for all of us!

The Beauty of Success and Failure: That’s a Wrap – SCHMITT

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Wow, we did it. What a semester. I am so proud to have reached this moment as a student, and more importantly, as a journalist. From the beginning, I felt like I was already embarking on an uphill battle. Taking Multimedia Reporting and Audio Journalism together in a semester was demanding to say the very least. My counselors and professors warned me, but I was prepared and ready to tackle the challenge head-on. There were many long nights, days spent running from interview to interview, and moments when I questioned if this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But, I quickly learned over this semester that journalism is absolutely my passion. I met amazing people, covered inspiring stories, and pushed myself beyond what I thought was my limit. I’m so thankful that I was able to find the beauty in both success and failure. Each assignment had a purpose, and each assignment had a lesson. Follow along as I look back at my journey over the past few months.

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It’s The Climb – Final Reflection Leahy

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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

Multimedia Comes to an End

12189163_126536414373085_406327895107191868_nInitially before the class was even in session I was nervous to see what would come ahead of me. Professor Collins initial email had me worried I would be pilled on with more work than enjoyment. I felt as I had it really cut out for myself for taking up Multimedia and Television 1 in the same semester. However now as we have come to an end I was completely wrong, Collins is one of the best teachers I’ve had at the University, she taught me so much in so little time that had sharpened my skills across the board. Through the semester there were a series of assignments that were completed at a gradual pace, adding one element after another until we combined it all in our final project.  Continue reading

Plan C: Motto For the Semester

Before the semester began, my only experience with photo and video editing were from Instagram and a few iMovie productions that I made in high school. I was really looking forward to learning hoScreen Shot 2015-09-09 at 3.23.22 PMw to be more professional in my work and how to get quality shots that are different than the 300 people I follow on Instagram.

Professor Collins told us from the beginning of the semester that one of the most important things to remember during the semester is to always have a plan A, B, and C. What I wasn’t expecting was how often I would use plan C- almost for every project. However, this taught me how to be flexible and open to new ideas. Continue reading

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly From Lucas’ Year in J215

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A photo of myself

It’s finally that time of the year. Time to look back and reflect on this very memorable year in multimedia. Coming into this class I honestly had no clue was I what the content of the class would be like, and when we received our syllabus from Professor Collins a few weeks before class it made the class seem somewhat overwhelming. But honestly trying to put 16 weeks worth of work into context that early probably wasn’t the best idea on my part. Continue reading

A Glimpse Into the Dream: A Reflection Piece By Aaliyah Gibson

Making the dream a reality one step at a time.

The lovely ladies within my life.

The lovely ladies within my life.

Our dreams become reality when we can picture them with our eyes open. That’s the saying I created before entering this class, and the saying the women in my life have been pushing me to believe ever since I pointed to a television show on the small screen and said, “Now that is what I want to do.” This class turned out to be the continuation, if not start, of a dream I’d been trying to make a reality for a while: putting my work on film and showing it to others. I learned quickly that most dreams come easily, but it is the work and effort you put into it that will reflect whether it will become a reality or not. I learned step by step, each assignment helping me grow professionally as I realized my true work ethic. But the proof is in the pudding. (Or the videos and photos and audio packages. But that’s beside the point).

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From print only to broadcast ready

Journalism 215 prepares you for the digital world

Klaudia Dukala

Klaudia Dukala

Before taking Multimedia Storytelling (Journalism 215), I was a print-only girl. I knew how to copy edit and design print elements. I knew how to man a basic camera and take photos with a DSLR. But, other than that, multimedia journalism was outside of my experience orbit.

Now, about 100 days after the first day of class, all of that has changed.

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From Traditional to Modern

The distance between newspaper and multimedia

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Surprise is everywhere!

It is hard to believe that this semester is almost past, and I already finished seven assignments and one final real news story.

I took this multimedia reporting with zero experience, because I was paying more attention to the newspaper stuff. Newspaper always focuses on words, layout and the best shots, and it always takes time to publish; however, multimedia reporting is based on modern technologies. It shows much more than newspapers, as well as faster and up-dated. I had never thought that I could report news in so many ways. I would like to say surprise is everywhere at any time, we have to catch the moment with whatever we have—and that is multimedia journalism!

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A New Way of Storytelling: Multimedia Reporting Reflections

By Joey Gelman

It is amazing how fast the semester has gone in Journalism 215, Multimedia Reporting. I came into the class with a very small background in multimedia projects and while it was a difficult learning curve, I feel as though I was able to make great strides as the semester went on. I will admit, that I still do not have a full grasp of everything Adobe Premiere has to offer, and in order to continue to succeed in multimedia, I have to continue to learn the ins and outs of the software itself. 10454160_10152528499830419_9178312287647670797_oHowever, the base that this class has given me will be a great stepping stone to work on bigger projects that will come my way. This class has taught me how to better tell a story through multimedia. While the technical aspects may not be as professional as I would like them to be at this point, the majority of the project is to tell a clear and interesting story. I have been able to learn how to be a better storyteller, and that is a very important job for being a successful journalist.

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