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We’ve come this far– Emma Fotovich

This semester is already half way over, and as time passes I realize how much I have grown in regards to broadcast. When we first started this journey together, I was definitely nervous that I was going to struggle and drown, but as I got more confident in the abilities I already had, and confident that I was going to do well in this class. That confidence boost was definitely needed to continue down this road though.

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Video Essay:

The first assignment was the video essay. This assignment was pretty simple, just film something. I loved what I came up with because it involved my beautiful dog. I knew I picked a good story when the whole room errupted with a chorus of “AWWW”. The one thing I struggled with on this assignment though, was the camera. I didnt know the camera well enough to make this essay the way I wanted it to be. The shots were grainy, and I yet again underestimated how camera-shy animals can be. Overall it went well though, and I loved the way it turned out.

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VOSOTVO 1 and VO 1:

The second of our assignments was the first of the long legacy of VOSOTVO and VO we had to complete. I felt pretty confident at first, but as i continued to finish the assignment I realized how unprepared I was for it. I feel like now I have learned so much. The biggest challenge I faced was underestimating the power of the weather. I did my assignment on the snow, but when I went to go film the snow, most of it had melted. This created the first of many challenges. I then decided, rather than do it on the snow I should focus on how change in weather is bad for students daily lives. This worked a lot better in the end, and went down in history as my first VOSOTVO and VO sicne they were both on the same topic.
VO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEjSem5z68
VOSOTVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FpeFQl3VoE

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VOSOTVO 2 and VO 2:

The second group of VOSOTVO and VO went suprisingly well. It did help to get to meet with Dr. Collins to really improve my script writing. I was glad to have the help because it made writing scripts in the future easier. I sadly did not get my audio to work on this assignment, but I was glad to get to cover my favorite topic once again. I love doing stories on animals. It alwasy warms everyones hearts. I also got to kill two birds with one stone and get to follow a cat around with a camera, because yet again animals are afraid of cameras. If I had to change something with this VOSOTVO and VO however, I would get better shots, and really work hard at making sure the shots I do get are quality.
VO 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4EefprugIo
VOSOTVO 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGplqyQcYpY

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VOSOTVO 3 and VO 3:

This was my favorite assignment. For my VOSOTVO I covered a local dance crew, and it was so fun to attend their practice and see how they run things. I was glad I got to cover something I am interested in as well. My problem with the VOSOTVO though, was that again my audio didnt turn out how I wanted it. I will make sure to fix it for next time.

As for my VO, I covered the scholarship halls. I enjoyed my topic, but I just wish I had gotten better shots. I wanted ones with people in them, but the day I shot there was no one to take video of because of the cold. I also was not too pleased on how my script turned out, but as usual I always win some and lose some.
VO 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHvIiLIOmmA
VOSOTVO 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di01JPceihQ

Overall, I really am enjoying this class. I have learned so much about myself and broadcast that I am gaining confidence. I am loving every minute of this class and I cant wait to have many many more.

“Stand by!” Up next, Jasmine Dinh takes on Multimedia.

Fortunate. That’s the word I would use to sum up my semester in Multimedia.

Jasmine Dinh

Jasmine Dinh

Reflecting back on the semester, I have realized how fortunate to be able to learn what it is to be a multimedia reporter. When I signed up for this class, I was beyond excited. A class where I get to be more creative rather than focus on the serious reporting stuff? Sign me up! This class has pushed me to seek out different stories, while also allowing me to take on what I have interest in covering. I’ve been a photographer for about 6 years now and I’ve only been learning more since I started. For this class, instead of having to focus on learning basic techniques of photography I was able to focus more on the videography. I would say my skills have definitely grown as the class has progressed.

Sunsetting on my semester

Sunsetting on my semester

With the first assignment, I was excited to dive right in. We were required to take a variety of stills and videos of varying sizes (wide, medium and tight). I loved how relaxed I felt doing this assignment. It made doing my “homework” enjoyable for the first time. Fortunately, I was taking TV1 which is video reporting and storytelling at the same time. The mix of multimedia and TV1 helped me learn at a quicker pace when it came to editing, so it was easier to piece my first assignment together.

Delicious Naan Pizza

Delicious Naan Pizza

For our second assignment, we were told to create two video essays. One without the natural sound and one with. I went to my friend’s apartment so I could show her how to make one of my favorite quick fix foods, naan pizza. The sounds I recorded included my walk over, the elevator dings to her apartment, her chopping the food, the toaster oven timer clicking and the ding when it finished baking, as well as when my friend accidentally burned herself reaching into the oven. I think my sound added a lot to my piece, because it made the photos come alive in a sense.

Photo courtesy of Neutral Cycle

Photo courtesy of Neutral Cycle

The third assignment was all videoing and a lot more writing. It was our first news piece, really. We created a video essay. At the time I had heard about the increase in bicycle thefts in the Champaign-Urbana area, so I decided to head over to Neutral Cycle on Fifth street to hear about their research. I got some really cool shots, but unfortunately when i uploaded it something went wrong and it turned out slow and pixelated. I attempted to re-edit, but it had the same effect. The process of videoing and learning more information on bike thefts was fun and interesting, which made the project worth it even if my video didn’t turn out as clear as I would have liked.

Photo Courtesy of HERE

Photo Courtesy of HERE

By out fourth assignment, I was ready to start interviewing. We created an audio package, so we hear my voice for the first time. I decided to continue looking for news and went to interview a leasing agent and resident from HERE Apartments, the new apartment located on Fourth and Green street. At the time, the apartment company was receiving a lot of backlash for their inability to offer their residents everything they promised and the residents were not happy. I really enjoyed this assignment, because I was able to continue working on my interviewing skills. I was able to think faster about what kinds of questions I wanted to ask to help the interview flow by thinking faster on the spot. You can tell by the clear answers I was able to receive in my piece.

Maker Girls

Maker Girls

Next up was our full package! I did my story on the Maker Girls, which is a lab that invites young girls in to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. I enjoyed this piece the most, because of the enthusiasm I received from the girls’ excitement to be interviewed. Plus, I secretly wish they had programs like Maker Girls when I was 8 years old. I was also really proud of this piece and how fast I was able to put it together. It was not my original story plan, but I was able to find a news idea just in time and put my editing skills to the test against time. The piece came together beautifully and it was by far the one I’ve enjoyed re-watching the most.

Movie night essential

Movie night essential

Last, but not least, our how to videos.  Unlike everyone else, I decided to turn away from food and create a how to video on how to hold the best movie night. I love movie nights, but I still haven’t decided if it’s because of the amount of popcorn I’m allowed to consume without being judged or the actual movies. Either way, I had a lot of fun with this piece as well. I invited a few of my friends over and we went through each step that we would normally when we get together for movie nights. No movie night is complete without drinks, popcorn, a good movie, and blankets to cozy up in.

Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Dinh

Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Dinh

Now for the grand finale….drum roll please… Shining Light on What’s Hidden. A group project that tested how well journalism students can work together. This project was the most difficult assignment I had all semester. My group was great and I don’t think we would have been able to pull it off if it wasn’t for how well we were able to get along and communicate. We originally wanted to do our piece on raising awareness for dementia and Alzheimer’s, but the contacts we were hoping to get ahold of were not exactly the most consistent. So from there we decided to raise awareness on issues that are not always noticed as easily as others, hence our title, “Shining Light on What’s Hidden.” I don’t know how many places each of us visited to try and get interviews as well as how many times we were turned down. It was rough, but we didn’t let that stop us from thinking up new ideas which is what helped up complete the assignment.

Overall, I enjoyed this class tremendously, because of our ability to be creative. Journalism can be tough, but it can be fun. I got to learn so much this semester that has only challenged my skill set and made me into a better journalist.

http://publish.illinois.edu/digitalillinois/2015/11/23/shining-light-on-whats-hidden/