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The Beauty of Success and Failure: That’s a Wrap – SCHMITT

“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.

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Griffin Group Reflection

First off, I’d like to start by saying how honored I am to be in the same class as so many talented individuals. The work that I saw put on display in each group’s final presentation was tremendous, and I think we can all say we have come such a long way and progressed incredibly well from the beginning of the semester.

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EveryDAY Should be a SunDAE – Schmitt

How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

A sweet frozen treat with a combination of your favorite ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream sundaes never get old. They are the perfect frozen treat for any time of the year, and you can make one yourself with a few quick, easy steps. The best part is you can personalize your ice cream sundae however you’d like! That’s right…no ice cream sundae is the same. Choose your favorite flavor of ice cream or feel free to combine them, add toppings of your choice, and share your creation with friends and family. This recipe is entirely dependent on what you’re in the mood for or what happens to be in your pantry, but here’s my favorite combination of ingredients. And, let me tell you, I think it is better than ANY ice cream parlor around.

Follow along with my guide to make the sweetest, most sumptuous sundaes…in less than 3 minutes! Are you ready?!

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Assignment 1 Welch

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Fuzzy Turtle

When I first started this assignment I thought the hardest part would have been using the camera without a tripod because I am naturally a very shaky person. However, after completing the project, I now realize that was the least of my worries. There were times when it took me 15 minutes just to get the camera to focus. I also had trouble deciding what to take pictures of. The Quad was easy so I plan to challenge myself in the future.

The editing process was difficult because I never used Adobe before. I was very behind during class and it stressed me out, but in the end I was able to complete the assignment. After watching the video on YouTube I realize my video shots are not the proper size, but now I know what to look for and figure out how to change it for the future. Now that I know what I am doing, I feel confident the next assignment will go a lot smoother. My video can be viewed here.

Working Out the Kinks

How I Grew to Become a Better Multimedia Reporter

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Everything in life is learned. Whether it was the first time learning how to properly throw a baseball or memorizing the state capitals back in school, everything takes time.

As I expected, this lesson wasn’t any different when it came to learning about multimedia in our Journalism 215 course at the University of Illinois. Things took time — and yes, there was a learning curve — and they took effort. But in the digital age we live in, multimedia is a necessary tool to learn when it comes to being a journalist in the modern world.

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Take Me out To the Ballgame- How To Throw Different Pitches

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Me showing the grip for a 4 seam fastball, and looking like a bad-a**

 

 

“Ah shoot,” I muttered to myself as my tripod toppled to the ground.

You see, I grew up my entire life playing baseball, more specifically as a pitcher, so I’ve been around the block a few times. However, it has been about a year since I’ve thrown a baseball, and, well… my tripod got to feel the full blunt of my rustiness after my fastball took out one of its legs, and now it’s more of a dipod so to speak… Continue reading

Reflection 3: Mistake corrected, Smash achieved

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being played on our apartment's television in Urbana, Ill.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being played on our apartment’s television in Urbana, Ill.

Since I missed the class for Assignment 3, I basically had to do two projects in one (which is absolutely my fault.)

It turned out just fine, though, as I’ve used editing software before. When I made the video with my 12 pictures originally, it felt a little bland. I had my powerful shots and my story told, but the aspect audio brought to the project was certainly missed.

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