By: Steven Bardwell
Throughout my journey of Journalism215: Multimedia Reporting, I have learned a lot, even more than I was expecting from the very beginning. I had very little knowledge or experience working with cameras and shooting photos and video was something I was excited about doing. I did have some experience writing online and was familiar using WordPress which is great tool for publishing on the web.
I knew coming in that it would be challenge, especially hearing from past students that Professor XXXXX would push me further and further every assignment, which is exactly what she did. I believe through her critiques and required works that I have grown exponentially in my producing, shooting and writing abilities that I know will transfer over with me into my field of work after graduation. Continue reading
(Story by Steven Bardwell)
Islam Awareness Week has come and gone once again, but the celebration of different groups, encouragement of civil debate and the acceptance of differences, may just be here to stay at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
October 13 through the 20th was Islam Awareness Week on the campus of the University of Illinois Champaign. Events were held every day throughout the week that encouraged people of different genders, ethnicity and faith to come out a participate. Group prayers were held almost every day on the quad with a special trip to the Central Illinois Mosque on Friday afternoon.
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It’s that time of the year again, flu season.
(Produced and Narrated by Steven Bardwell)
What will you do when influenza strikes your apartment complex or you begin hearing the lecture hall sniffles? People are starting to stay indoors as the cold weather rolls in, but that does not mean you have to go through another winter waiting for the flu bug to reach you.
Chicken and Noodle Soup
Banned Books Week kicks off across the country this week and at the University of Illinois, censorship is the issue at hand.
Starting on September 22, the American Library Association began it’s Banned Books Week and to get things started, the University of Illinois hosted a Banned Books Read-In for students to read on camera for the nation to see.
Banned Books Week highlights the value and open access to information along with drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Allowing the opportunity for students to come in and actively show support for the novels that have taken a lot of criticism shows the desire these books still carry with them. If students are not allowed the right to information, then how can one freely learn in a world that continues to censor.
Comedy at a Club near You
Campus Comedy Night at the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois brought to the stage many local acts, which I was lucky enough to film and put together a multimedia event essay of the comical evening.
After finishing assignment one, I was feeling pretty confident with my camera and I was looking forward to telling a story with my photos and in assignments two and three. At first I did not have much of an idea of what I was going to shoot, but one of my friends invited me to his stand-up comedy act at the Canopy Club and I knew this was the perfect opportunity.
Canopy, Assignment 2/3
It is finally complete.. the first assignment of journalism 215 and the beginning to a semester full of multimedia. Dr. Collins assigned this photo/video project in order for us to get more accustomed to our new cameras. I have only used cameras for school projects a few times, so being able to ease in to this new device will make for smoother future projects. I enjoyed being able to check out all the features of the camera while also shooting different aspects of the area I live. A mixture of close-ups and wide videos made this assignment challenging, but at the same time enjoyable. A couple of the video shots took a while to line up along with myself having to get used to the sensitivity of the zoom and rotation of the camera. Shooting did not take as long as I initially had thought, but seeing all my photos afterwards made for a satisfying feeling. After the shots, it was time for the splicing of images/video in Adobe Premiere which was completely new to me. I got the hang of it and actually had some fun adding transitions and fitting all my work into one continuous video.
Here is my finished project for assignment one, overall it was a good experience and I am now more experienced not only with my camera but with our main editing program Adobe Premiere.