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Jackson Schneider – Final Reflection

Well, here it goes…

First off, Dr. Collins, I owe you an apology. When this semester began, I did not think I was going to like you. You came in with your big-time knowledge about journalism and broadcasting and I stubbornly thought you weren’t going to be someone I got along with.

Wow, was I wrong. I have never had a professor that genuinely cares about her students and their success like you do. I instantly began to grow to like you and learn from you quickly. Your teaching method was intense and immersive and, at times, overwhelming, but I have never gotten so much from a class as I have from this one. So, I am sorry for ever thinking I wouldn’t like you because you are hands down the best professor I have ever had.


As for my journey throughout this class, I began with little video experience and it showed in my first project. In my Video Essay, I had numerous shaky camera shots and blurry ones as well. I accidentally forgot a tripod when I filmed this video, creating the bad, shaky shots. As for the story line, I thought it was all there for an early video essay.

Moving on to the first real news stories we did on the year, the VO1 and VOSOT1, I thought that my Farmer’s Ball story was a good start to the year but the structure and planning of my story layout needed a lot of work. I thought I had a good soundbite, but it was a little long. Overall, I thought I did a good job. 

In my VO2 and VOSOT2, I began to put things together a little better in terms of structure and planning of my shots, and getting a good interview. For a story that was about the new upgrades to the union (what I would consider a horribly boring topic), I think I did fairly well.

When we set up our third stage of projects, we had to finally do different topics for the VO3 and VOSOT3. That provided a very interesting challenge. Having to find not one, but two separate stories, was a challenge I have not been faced with before. I think that it made me better though because I had to utilize a plan C.

The growth that I got from PACKAGE1 to PACKAGE2 is evident to me because I moved on from sports to a human interest story that I truly enjoyed. The second package was a story about my high school teacher whose son is battling cancer.  It’s a story I have followed since the beginning. I truly enjoyed who I worked with and how I got to know the situation and gain perspective on a community I am closed tied to.

The NEWSBREAK was an entirely different situation. I have never done any live TV of any sort before in my life and it was so intimidating but also amazing at the same time because it was a blast and it confirmed what I want to do with my career. This class helped me grow so much in my journalism career and I am so glad to have been given this opportunity.

Dr. Collins, Thank you for everything.

-Jackson Schneider

Polcyn Group reflection

Before addressing each project I just want to thank all of you and especially professor Collins for such a great semester. I think that we all have learned so much, and have made some amazing strides as a class that we never would have made without each other.

Be The Power

I was very impressed by this project and thought that you guys did an amazing job of setting the tone for the class and gave an amazing presentation to start us all off. You did an amazing job of not just educating us, but also entertaining us and using effective ways to get your points across. I was extremely impressed by this group, and think that you guys did an amazing job of working together to use all of your individual strengths as a team. Great job as a whole, and best of luck going forward.

The Diverse Voices of UIUC

This project was probably the most unique in my opinion, and I really enjoyed it because of this. You guys took a very important topic, and used a very different approach to getting it across in your own way and still telling an important story. Especially when it comes to your site as a whole, I thought you did an amazing job and think you guys should all be very proud.

A-Typical is the New Typical

Finally, I really enjoyed this project and thought that it was especially unique because it was so relatable. Many times people only see the exterior you put out, and you guys did a great job focusing on the fact that we are all unique and have our individual struggles that we face in our lives. Many times that isn’t easy to see, and you did an amazing job of highlighting it.

All in all, I think everyone did an amazing job. You should all be very proud and I am really looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future. Thanks for an amazing semester, and for making such great projects


Polcyn Assignment 6: How to tape a baseball bat

Why I decided on this topic

Baseball has been my favorite sport ever since I remember. After years of playing, I have become pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the game, and one things I always thought was pretty cool was the different styles that people used to tape their wooden bats. When I first started using a wooden bat I always stuck to the simpler style where I covered the whole handle in tape, but as time went on I decided to try some new ideas out and ended up really liking a newer style called cross-taping (see below).

Here is an example of cross-taping, where the tape almost looks like diamonds on the handle.

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Polcyn 5 — Unofficial: Challenging campus bars to do their best work

Unofficial St. Patrick’s day is a celebration that is widely recognized across many of our country’s college campuses. But, at the University of Illinois, it is seen as the top place to be to celebrate Unofficial.

Unofficial may be great to celebrate, but behind the scenes things can get crazy.

Police officers, restaurant workers and especially bar workers have to prepare way ahead of time in order to make sure everything runs smoothly, and that nobody gets hurt.

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Assignment 2 Polcyn

My friend Will Sachet shows a big smile; just like his shirt

This week I completed our second assignment! Honestly, going into it, I was very clueless as to what I was going to do. In class before we actually started, our class came up with the four main words to focus on for the assignment which were afraid, fear, excitement and hopeful. This really puzzled me to start, but after some thought the best idea I came up with was taking pictures of my friends. Below, I will be reflecting on some of my results. Or, you can watch my final 12 pictures I selected here!

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Assignment 1 Kerndl

Hi! My name is Angela Kerndl.  I am extremely relieved to be done with Assignment One.  The shooting and editing was a bit stressful and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing for most of the time while we were using Adobe Premier. That being said,  I am really looking forward to seeing improvements in my work throughout the semester.   I can’t wait to learn more about all things multimedia!

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Assignment 1 Williamson

I’ve always liked to take pictures, even though I really haven’t ever known that much about it before. It’s been an entertaining hobby that I picked up on when I was little, watching my dad fiddle around with the camera on family vacations. We often joke with my dad that his grand-kids won’t know what he looked like while my sister and I were growing up, due to the fact that he was the one taking so many pictures, rather than being in any of them. If you’re reading this and have any interest in seeing the video I made for my assignment, you can check it out here!

I was really excited for the class after our first meeting, especially upon finding out the teacher was fun, but could teach me a lot, and also after receiving the nicest camera I’ve ever held in my hands. The first assignment worried me, however, as I was learning a lot. There was a new camera, with new focusing options, as well as new software programs, a new computer system, and other things. I was worried my nervousness and inexperience may have hindered my ability to take really good pictures and videos for the assignment.

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“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.


Alicia Lee Assignment 2 & 3: A Day at UofI

An Average Day of the Average Student







For assignment 2 and assignment 3, I decided to capture an average student’s day at UofI through picture and sound. After completing assignment 1 in such a rush, I wanted to do better on assignments 2 and 3. But after realizing that my life was pretty boring and nothing interesting was happening around me, I decided to capture my everyday life for this assignment. Because these pictures and sounds are ones that most students at UofI see and hear everyday, I wanted to bring them to life by capturing quality pictures and sounds.  Continue reading