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How I got here: My Multimedia Experience

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My family and I

A lot has changed since the first time I walked into Multimedia.

On the first day of class I really didn’t know what to expect. I went into Multimedia thinking that since I had put together several videos for classes in the past that I would be able to hold my own with the curriculum. At first, I was dead wrong. For the first few projects I was met with multiple setbacks, forced to resort to plans B, C and even D to finish my work on time and I had to ask for the help of fellow classmates as well as online forums to work both my camera and Adobe Premiere. But as the semester moved along and I completed more projects, I realized two things. First, that Multimedia got easier once I knew what I was doing and second, that as I grew in the class I learned the importance of one of Dr. Collins’ biggest points: flexibility when solving a problem.

Multimedia taught me not only how to be a great journalist on multiple media platforms but also how to be ready to counteract any potential problems with alternative plans. With that being said, lets take a look at what I specifically learned from each of the projects in Multimedia. I have linked each full project and blog entry in the title of each of my sections and embedded each finished video into this blog.

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A quick, cheap meal for a college student

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A box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

Making dinner on a budget

College students, no matter the time of the month nor their financial situation always seem to be skimping on food. Cutting back on daily nutrients isn’t good for any reason so instead of missing meals, college students should eat smaller, less expensive items, like macaroni and cheese, supplemented with bigger meals throughout the day.

While I won’t say that the quick and easy meal of macaroni and cheese will save all the problems of what to eat while in college, I will say that mac ‘n cheese is a cheap way to replenish the calories that easily escape your body.

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Nick’s Typical Morning Routine

“I think I’m finally getting the hang of this,” I thought to myself after finishing my 4th assignment.

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A view for the balcony of Nicholas Fortin’s Apartment |Taken by Nicholas Fortin

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.

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The Alma Mater in winter. | Taken by Nicholas Fortin

  In all honesty I thought that assignment 3 would be the easiest assignment yet. In short, I was very, very wrong. I thought that since I had already compiled my photos in assignment 2 that adding audio to the photo essay would be a walk in the park. After finding it fairly easy to import all of my audio files I ran into my first problem. I would put an audio file into the timeline but it wouldn’t play back any sound. I checked and rechecked all of the sound settings on the computer and still couldn’t get it to play back. Luckily, I was assisted by a fellow student in the lab who knew that to get the audio to play back you had to change the audio settings in Adobe Premiere. I thanked said student and went on my way to completing my project.

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Assignment 2 Fortin

 

 

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Hello again people of the internet,

It’s Nick back with another reflection on an assignment I’ve completed for Journalism 215. This time instead of learning how to use our camera we took the next step and made a photo essay. While I certainly found it harder to come up with “powerful” images, the editing process turned out to be easier the second time around and I made what I find to be a pretty cool video as a result.

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Assignment 1 Fortin

 

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After completing the first assignment the biggest thing that I realized is that I have so, so much to learn about multimedia. I went into the project thinking that an assignment based around getting to know my camera would be extremely easy. In short, it wasn’t. Instead, the assignment was challenging, yet fun and informative at the same time. At the end of it all I came out with a better understanding of the camera I will be using for the rest of the semester, a better understanding of the video editing software and a better understanding of how to do multimedia journalism. I also took some pretty cool photos, like the one above, and I made a pretty cool video too.

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