Up until this point, every journalism class I had taken at UIUC was easy. It all came naturally so I never felt much pressure to get my assignments done. However, this class challenged me from the start and by the end I think it truly humbled me. Continue reading
Assignment five was by far the hardest assignment so far in JOUR 215, but after completing it, I also think it was the most satisfying. My original topic was going to be about the Chinese Students & Scholars Association and the basketball tournament that they run every year, but after running the idea past Dr. Collins I decided to choose a more impactful topic.
My topic was called, “It Happens Queer,” and it’s about domestic violence in queer relationships and I honestly think it was a gift from God that the Women’s Resource Center held a “Lunch On Us” event about it. I knew I wanted to do something related to domestic violence, but addressing that in the LGBTQ community was a learning experience for me and Dawn Brown was a great help.
Getting my sources were pretty easy because I think the Daily Illini has helped me get past the fear of someone turning me down. Now I could care less about who says no, but having the people I used in my video be willing to come forward and talk about this issue was great. I made sure to thank each and every one of them.
As far as logistics go, I felt very comfortable about the my interviews, but where I struggled was finding B-Roll. I think I missed out on a few LGBT events on the Quad this week that would have made for excellent B-Roll, so I think as a journalist I just have to be more aware of the events taking place on campus. I also missed the deadline to turn in my script, so in the future I really have to pay attention more in class and reach out to my classmates just to make sure I don’t miss anything.
Regardless of that, I did make sure that every part of my assignment was done before class today and I was very proud of my finished product. Dr. Collins gave me so great ethical and practical tips on what to use and not use in my videos for the future, so I’m really looking forward to applying that knowledge to the “How To,” video.
October is widely known as breast cancer awareness month, but it is also LGBT history month and domestic violence awareness month. The LGBT community has come a long way in the past several years, but there are still research areas in which a lot of work has to be done. One of those ares is domestic violence in queer relationships. Often times when people hear about psychical abuse, the narrative is always a man and woman. In reality however, queer men and women are more likely to be a victim of domestic violence. I did a short video piece to denounce some of the stereotypes and make people realize that domestic violence within in the LGBT community is an issue for everyone regardless of what you identify as.