Assignment 2 was all about the photo essay. I was pretty eager to start this assignment and hear the criteria for it. It seemed like it was going to be a fair, interesting, and thought-provoking assignment, but then Professor Collins added another twist to the assignment. She challenged us to add themes of fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement. When this part of the assignment was added, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started thinking and had a few ideas. The one I chose to go with was nature-filled and I even got more ideas along the way, which was good.
And thus, the ball starts rolling. I definitely felt much more confident going into this assignment than I did the first. It didn’t take me very long to hone in on a topic for my photo essay; my fraternity served as a wonderful point of focus for my efforts. The added bonus of it being our rush season gave me added enthusiasm for the project.
Journalism is, to put it simply, a discipline of many required talents. One such talent is the ability to use a camera. Up until this point in my journalism career, I’ve had very few instances where I was tasked with shooting. That all changed when I got my first assignment for Dr. Collins’ Multimedia Reporting class. Albeit being a relatively easy beginning endeavor, tasking me with just taking a variety of different shots in the hopes of becoming acquainted with my camera.
In all honesty, I am terribly sad to be done with multimedia. Also in all honesty: I never necessarily thought I would say that. After getting the 15-page syllabus this summer and coming to class the first day in August, I was extremely intimidated by what I thought I was getting myself into. I didn’t know how to work a camera, and I had absolutely no idea how to edit my work using programs that I had never used. However, it wasn’t long until I realized how much I was learning with each assignment, and tracking my improvements each week felt really cool.