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ILLINI FB: All Ears On The Quarterback Competition

This assignment really reminded me of Journalism 435, and I love it! Radio  is one of my favorite types of mediums, because it allows the audio to tell the story.

Illini Quarterback Hopeful, Reilly O'Toole

Illini Quarterback Hopeful, Reilly O’Toole

For my assignment, I did the quarterback competition, because it is probably the most talked about aspect of Spring football. I wanted people to be able to get an actual, concrete, information filled story from my audio, so I wanted great sources. I got soundbytes from the head coach, one of the quarterbacks, and a sportswriter, in order to show all aspects of the issue.

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NIT provides road experience for young Illinois basketball

My nat sound is from the Big Ten Tournament.

The Illinois men’s basketball team waits for Michigan to inbound the ball in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

The Illinois men’s basketball team will be playing in the NIT starting on Wednesday. I went to the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, and I went to media availability on Sunday night following the team’s selection to the tournament. I also went to practice on Tuesday to get more quotes for my story.

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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!



Co-hosting a Classic


Illinois players talk strategy before their game against Illinois State. Illinois has been co-hosting the Hoosier-Illini Classic with Indiana since 2002.

This weekend I got to compete in and cover the annual Hoosier-Illini Classic, a national-ranking tournament that draws teams from all over the midwest and the east coast. With 32 of the nation’s top teams entered, the competition was fierce, but the vibes were friendly as ever. The tournament location has been switching off between Illinois and Indiana Universities since 2002, but technically both teams are still the hosts each year.

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“On the Ice for Life” with Heidi Arntzen (Assignment 5)

Following the success of Assignment four, I was excited to begin working on Assignment five and add in my interviews.  However, I soon found that this assignment would pose challenges that I had yet to face in multimedia journalism. Continue reading