“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.
For assignment 6 (our how-to piece), I decided to do mine on makeup! Specifically a glitter cut crease. For those that are unaware of the trend, there are many articles out there, such as this one, that thoroughly explains what is it and how to achieve it. This was really fun to edit because I love watching tutorials, so I knew exactly what to look for when it came to the outline of mine. I show you step by step and also tell you what products are recommended to create this look.
Overall, I enjoyed documenting Rosh Hashanah, and the feedback I received from my classmates as well as Professor Collins was all very positive. I struggled with deadline, but I did manage to make it. I did not manage to include a well thought out blog or hyperlink to an additional page which would have added to my story. I added that after class though. The main reason I fell behind was because I originally intended to use sound bites from my voice recorder and have a few voice overs of myself explaining the story. This will come in handy for next week’s project and the video package. I am eager to do better, so I may practice editing ahead of time so I can work more efficiently in the classroom.
It was also difficult considering I could not shoot videos inside the hall where the service and dinner took place for Rosh Hashanah, but regardless it all worked out.
For assignment 3, I documented the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah.) I was unable to document the service and celebration because electronics were not aloud inside the hall where both the service and celebration took place. Instead I documented what I could to the best of my ability. My video essay can be located here!
More information about the holiday and Hillel (where the holiday took place) can be located on the Hillel website. There is information regarding the upcoming holiday Yom Kippur.
The photoessay assignment was awesome! I am starting to really feel comfortable using my camera and handling etc. Editing is still very new and a bit of a struggle, but I still managed to accomplish everything. I was at my apartment last week when my roommate (James) and I discovered a beautiful rainbow right outside. In order to make the essay powerful, I later got a few more stills of the set up for why James would be taking photos of the rainbow later in the photoessay. I also could and should have had more sound bites in order to add effect to James’s solo shots.
This photoessay documents the story of my roommate James and a change of environment radiating a change within James. James is cooped up inside, lonely, questioning and daydreaming of what could be outside. He then peaks through the window and sees a beautiful rainbow. He then goes outside and documents several images of the beauty outside and the nature and the rainbow itself. At first the images outside are behind the metal fence with raindrops which demonstrates James’s breakthrough to the beautiful sites right in front of him. My video without sound can be found here, and my video with sound can be found here! ENJOY! 🙂
Assignment two was difficult at first, because I couldn’t figure out what to shoot. Eventually I realized I was overthinking the assignment. I decided to take pictures of my friend making one of my favorite snacks, Naan Pizza. I decided to order the shots as the process of making the pizza actually occurred. I didn’t talk at all while I was taking pictures, because I wanted my friend’s reactions to be genuine. In doing so, (I feel bad, but) I ended up watching my friend burn herself while reaching inside the oven without an oven mitt and was able to capture it with the sound as well. So you can actually hear a soundbite of my friend saying “OW!” You can listen in and view the whole video here. Getting a variation of photos was probably the most difficult, because I wanted to get wider shots but then i’d have too much empty face – losing focus of what was going on. I chose to take the majority of my shots close up, because I wanted to capture details. However, I was still able to capture a couple wide and tight shots along the way.
For reference, HERE is the link to the video without sound.
“I think I’m finally getting the hang of this,” I thought to myself after finishing my 4th assignment.
After experiencing multiple problems while completing each of my first three assignments I came into assignment 4 thinking that I would have to deal with more of the same. While I won’t say that my fourth assignment went from my an idea to a finished video without a hitch, I will say that I didn’t experience the large-scale problems that I was expecting. In fact, I put together what I think is a pretty entertaining video, which can be viewed here, without having any moments where I wanted to pull out my hair because of stress.
For this project, I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have a backup plan. I was going to go to the vigil for the slain UNC students. My video would be emotion, moving and I would have plenty of willing subjects.