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Multimedia Cribs: Acacia Fraternity House Edition

For our third assignment we worked on shooting and editing a video essay and focused on incorporating natural sound into our video. Unfortunately I kind of misunderstood this and originally narrated over most of my footage but fortunately I was able to salvage some solid shots and found some decent natural sound. Regardless, you can watch the final project I came out with here. For the rest of my reflection, keep on reading!

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The Ones that Helped Me Through -McQueen

When I was in elementary school, my friends and I had a saying “first is the worst, second is the best”. Another journalism assignment done and published. I liked this assignment better than the first one because I felt challenged. This assignment taught me to be patient, and to shoot what caught my eye. During our lecture last week, Professor Collins went around the room asking each of us to name an emotion and that was the purpose of this assignment.

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Fear and Hope in Gymnastics

Gymnast Rae Balthazor mentally prepares to begin her bar routine at the Pink Meet on Jan. 29.

Hi there! This assignment challenged me in many ways, but my biggest struggle was coming up with a story idea. I will admit, after I finished Assignment 1, I peaked ahead to look at this upcoming project. I was so excited to see another opportunity to take still photographs in a photo essay. However, when I arrived in class, I quickly learned this assignment had an additional requirement that was announced by Professor Collins.  Continue reading

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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A Place of Grace- Assignment 2

For our second assignment, we were sent away with the directive to capture four words with our photos: fear, afraid, excitement, and hope. I wanted my photo essay to have a cohesive theme, so I decided to take all of my photos in one place. This semester, I am working on a beat of poverty and homelessness in Champaign in one of my other journalism classes, and I thought I could play off of that with this particular assignment.

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Photo Essay: Fraternal Fun.

And thus, the ball starts rolling. I definitely felt much more confident going into this assignment than I did the first. It didn’t take me very long to hone in on a topic for my photo essay; my fraternity served as a wonderful point of focus for my efforts. The added bonus of it being our rush season gave me added enthusiasm for the project.

The Phi Kappa Theta crest, which displays all of our values and beliefs.

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It’s actually over: Jour 215, it’s been real.

img_0543(Me and Sharon Cooper, Sandra Bland’s sister after her visit to class)


Wow, Journalism 215 “Multimedia” is actually over. As I sit here writing this, it’s amazing to look back and realize that this semester has gone by so fast. Over the span of these 16 weeks, I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot including how to use a digital single lens reflex camera, (DSLR for short), how to create an audio package, and especially how to make a story out of limited resources. It means so much to me that I feel better prepared for my career as a broadcast journalist because of Dr. Collins’ class this fall. As you continue reading, you will get insight into what my experience was like this semester:

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Final Reflection – Goethals

My favorite still shot for the first assignment – textured shot.

When I started this semester, I was very nervous about this class. I had never used a nice camera before and have no background knowledge about editing, photography, or making videos. Writing is really more of my forté, so this class sounded like a challenge. I think all of that is pretty evident in my first project, when we were supposed to get to know our camera. I had no idea what to shoot, and it didn’t even occur to me to make my videos of things that were actually moving (something, in hindsight I probably should have figured out, but I was already feeling like a fish out of water). I remember taking a 5 second video of the wall and thinking to myself “I’m not sure what purpose this is serving? But I’m pretty sure this is what Professor Collins said to do? Must be something about video that I don’t know about?” But I did, however, end up getting a couple still shots that I liked out of the project, which took me by surprise. Continue reading

Assignment 3 Video Essay: Welch

Breakfast For All

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Eggs are a great way to get protein in the morning

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why are an estimated 15 percent of Americans skipping this meal? 29 percent of the women who skip breakfast say they do not have time to eat in the morning because they are too busy getting ready. However, some studies show that skipping breakfast can increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Eating breakfast can increase your memory and can even help with weight loss.

The average breakfast eater will eat at 7:31am on the weekdays and 8:28 on the weekends. The most common breakfast foods are bread, eggs, bacon, and sausage. For those who need a simple breakfast routine, check out this video of a healthy, quick meal.

The facts about were found from the following links. Check them out for more information on everything breakfast: Shake Up Your Wake Up and Live Science


Assignment 2 Reflection Garvey

This is my breakfast, a part of my morning routine

This is my breakfast, a part of my morning routine

Well, before editing I thought this assignment was going perfectly. I didn’t have any issues shooting stills, and I set up my shots like a story of my daily morning routine from beginning to end. However, I found when I got to class that I had apparently been a little confused about the requirements of the assignment. I thought that the photo story with sound was only supposed to be used when it added a powerful effect. However, I was sadly mistaken. So, I had to work with what I had. It was my error, and I will know better next time that nat sound is ALWAYS needed! Other than that, overall I had a lot of fun with this assignment. Im enjoying getting to add my own personality into my shots. I’m very much looking forward of what else is to come!

This is my photo essay with sound

This is my photo essay without sound