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Breaking the Silence: Professor Salaita

After Losing his Job, Steven Salaita Speaks Publicly for the First Time

By, Senait Gebregiorgis


Steven Salaita being attacked by the press after his public speech at the University YMCA




For my assignment 2 and 3 I was initially planning on covering a trip I took to the Steve Harvey show in Chicago. However, I did not have the chance to record any soundbites or nat sounds, despite taking really nice photos. After receiving a life-saver email from Professor Collins about a Steven Salaita speaker event, I was relieved. I decided to do my project on it.

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Gelman Assignment 1 Reflection

I have just completed my first assignment in Journalism 215, Multimedia Reporting. I enjoyed the idea of the assignment, as it was a designed as a simple way to get acquainted with the equipment. While I have had some experience with filming and photography, I do not know nearly as much as I should, and so to begin with a clear task of shooting many different elements and angles was extremely helpful. During the filming, I was having issues with connecting my camera to its tripod, but with the help of friend, I was able to make sure the camera was securely tightened. Most of the filming worked out well, but I had some issues making sure the camera was level, and clear on a few shots, especially the tilting one. However, I feel as though with practice, these issues will be resolved.

For my project, I mainly focused on scenes from the Illinois Quad and Green Street. We don’t get the opportunity to film or photograph those places for much longer in a summer setting, so I felt as thought I needed to take advantage of the opportunity.

When we got to class this afternoon, the editing procedures were brand new to me. While I have used software such as IMovie and occasionally Final Cut, I am much more comfortable with audio editing software than video. I am excited to get started to learn more about video editing. While we just scratched the surface today, I felt as though it made sense on the basic level in terms of what we had to accomplish. However, learning every nook and cranny technically is going to be a challenge. Today alone, between rendering and YouTube issues, I had to re-upload and edit my project multiple times. However, that is what day one is for; to get the kinks out. Overall, I felt that this was a good assignment to start off with, as it was simple enough to film and get yourself used to the camera, but hard in the sense of learning the new editing software.


Here is a link to my video