(Me and Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s sister after her visit to class)
Wow, Journalism 215 “Multimedia” is actually over. As I sit here writing this, it’s amazing to look back and realize that this semester has gone by so fast. Over the span of these 16 weeks, I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot including how to use a digital single lens reflex camera, (DSLR for short), how to create an audio package, and especially how to make a story out of limited resources. It means so much to me that I feel better prepared for my career as a broadcast journalist because of Dr. Collins’ class this fall. As you continue reading, you will get insight into what my experience was like this semester:
The level of fear I had walking into this multimedia class was astounding. I was a writer. I was a designer. I wasn’t a photographer; although, my Instagram account may imply otherwise. I wasn’t a videographer regardless of the 10 second Snapchats I would send. I wasn’t a multimedia journalist.
Now I am.
Take the fear that you’re experiencing and swallow it. There is no reason to be scared, and I learned that early on. It doesn’t matter if you’re inexperienced. I barely knew how to operate a Mac when I sat down. You’ll be fine. Trust me.
My main advice to you is to take this class seriously, and you’ll enjoy it much more. The first five projects you complete are baby steps. They were created to help you become familiar with your equipment. They’re easy to do, but they are also easy to put aside.