2150 in Retrospect

I feel like I learned a lot in this class about useful things like video editing, voice overs, cut aways, audio interviews, final cut pro, photoshop, and sound slides. I was challenged to learn about something I never had experience with before, and quickly learned how to navigate it and turn it into something I was proud of. I learned the convenience and sometimes the inconvenience journalism equipment can bring.

I also enjoyed how I was challenged to utilize Twitter more often and I hope it is something I continue to do beyond this semester.

I learned how to work in a team and I feel really fortunate that I now know all these skills. I am excited to translate these new skills in my growing career path. I also enjoyed how we were challenged to put it on a website. i learned how to create a professional looking website in a short amount of time.

Although I have walked away with a plethora of knowledge, there are many things that need to be changed about the course.

1.) Like many people in the class, I got absolutely nothing from lectures. They seemed pointless and it felt like they were over our heads. I also do not like how attendance was required for clicker points; I pay tuition which means my attendance should be my choice and i should not be penalized for that.

2.) There are too many websites to try and keep track of. Constantly having to go back and forth among Sakai, Blackboard, and the multimedia site was exhausting and stressful. There was also a noticeable lack of consistency between the Sakai and multimedia sites.

3.) I went the entire semester without knowing exactly what my grade was in the class. I am very prudent about my progress and would like to see areas I need to improve. I still do not know my exact grade and the semester ends next week.

4.) Lynda quizzes are not helpful or conducive to learning. They are just very time consuming and detail oriented.

 

4 of My Favorite Sites for Multimedia Blogging

I recently have navigated many personal blogging sites that are great for multimedia journalists, and these are my absolute favorite:

  1. WIX: I love WIX because the opportunities are endless. You can add so many widgets and the level of personalization is almost infinite. I also love the fact that their templates are catered to certain individuals that may want to start blogs for a variety of reason. WIX is great for people I would like to promote their business, or even themselves in a professional manner. I am currently building a WIX account for my professional website because the templates make it so easy to upload a resume and work samples. I am excited for my future with Wix.
  2. Tumblr- I have been a Tumblr user for a little over two years now. I believe that it is a great site for first time bloggers. It is incredibly user friendly and you can easily select which content you would like to add. I believe Tumblr is more geared to the individual, rather than a group of people or a business. It’s the Twitter of the blogging world.
  3. Weebly-I am in love with the plethora of options for templates on Weebly and am impressed by the widgets it offers. I am new to Weebly so there is more for me to discover I guess.
  4. WordPress-Wordpress is a great for multiple people to get together and blog about a certain topic, it’s great for business blogging as well. I used a WordPress account for an internship and two years of journalism camp and it has never disappointed me. I also like that you can add and customize your domain. I also love that you can add tags, which makes it easy to find other blogs-it makes everyone more visible.

Environmental Speed Dating Fair

As part of the Sustainability Week, the Environmental Leadership Office partnered with many earth-friendly  student organizations for today’s Environmental Speed Dating Fair. Participants we’re encouraged to visit the tables and learn about different strides that students are making to create a more eco-friendly world.

We just wanted to do this because we don’t think that people are aware of our groups on campus because we just haven’t been able to do as much else outreach as we want to. This week is all about outreach. -Katherine Hambrick, VP of Outreach for Sustain Mizzou

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Many environmentally organizations collaborated on LowryMall to draw attention to upcoming events for Sustainability Week

The New Black

The documentary “The New Black” was shown today in the LGBTQ Center. The documentary was about the fight for gay rights within the black community, focusing on the journey of marriage equality that recently occurs in Maryland. The event was sponsored by the MU LGBTQ, Women’s Center, Discretionary Fee, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated.

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This sign placed on the LGBTQ Center displayed the six times the documentary shown throughout the day.

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The event was held and partially funded by the LGBTQ Center, located in the basement of the Student Center

Video Editing Mistakes

In J2150 lecture today, we learned about several video editing mistakes that we can avoid to increase the likelihood of success on our final projects. The following were mistakes I believe are the most important to avoid.

  1. Too little b-roll: B-roll sets up your story and provides more detail to the subject you are covering. Covering an adequate amount o b-roll with 10 second shots improves the overall quality of your project.
  2. Few attempts at building mistakes: Edit. Listen in the environment you are editing in.
  3. Jump cuts: Cut-aways should be used instead. The sequence of cut-aways should make sense.
  4. Flash frames: Flash frames do not give viewers enough time to view whatever detail you were trying, they are clips that are a quarter of second.
  5. Out of focus shooting: Make sure all of your shots are well lit and make sure you take good quality video.
  6. Not holding shots long enough: Your shots should be at least 10 seconds or long enough to display the entire from start to finish.

What I Enjoy about Multimedia Journalism

My experience in 2150 Multimedia has not been exactly the best experience, but has pushed growth within me as a journalism student and person in general. I realized that no matter how stressful deadlines and the course work may be, I truly enjoy the concept of multimedia journalism.

There is a kind of beauty in starting out not really knowing what you are doing and turning out with a video, photo, or infographic that you can be proud of.

What I also enjoy about multimedia journalism is that it is  ever-changing and that the next steps are unpredictable. Who would have thought twenty years ago that journalists would be able to use their phones to capture a story? Who would have though that there would be things like photoshop and final cut pro to take journalistic quality to the next level? Who would have thought that the average person could produce breathtaking quality media, without having expensive equipment?

What I enjoy about multimedia is that there is so much to learn and that you cannot possibly learn it all- but it takes an adventurous spirit to play around, make mistakes, and find new and innovative ways to tell stories.

Multimedia journalism changes the game. It switches up the status quo and keeps everyone on their toes. For me, it always makes me think of the the question,”What’s next?”

The Making of the Necessary Multimedia Journalist

The making of a  multimedia journalist in today’s society in very necessary as the the field is changing its face in a very digital manner. There are more ways to tell a story now, and how you tell a story is what helps make the story; what makes it memorable, and what makes it important, According to The Online Journalism Blog (http://onlinejournalismblog.com) in order to become a multimedia journalist, one has to:

  • Look for opportunity
  • Plan and practice
  • Improve the technical side
  • And go from there

Based on my personal experience in my multimedia journalism this semester, I’d like to add a few things to the list. You have to be:

  • Patient
  • Adventurous
  • Creative and risky
  • Visionary

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The Importance of the Storyboard

Each time I go to the grocery store, I make a checklist for what I need. I do this for a couple reasons. It helps me ensure that I buy everything I need, it helps me make sure I do not buy things i do not need, and even helps me plan my diet better so that I get a variety  of nutritious foods.

Much like a grocery store checklist, storyboards provide you with a checklist of the visuals you need to capture before executing your story. Story boards are ways that you can visually plan your story to affectively tell your story. It is a visual outline.

They provide you with a basic skeleton and make sure your story is concise and easy to understand.

Storyboards help you brainstorm and think visually about potential shots you can capture to tell your multimedia story in the best was possible.

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Animator, director, and producer Craig McCraken once said “The storyboard artists is to plan out shot for shot the whole show, write all the dialog and decide the mood, actions, jokes, pacing etc, of every scene.”

Storyboards are the foundation and blueprint for appealing, concise and quality multimedia projects.

Freedom of the Press Map

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This map is an indication of how free journalists in other nations are in their coverage. Living in the United States where freedom of the press is a constitutional and “unalienable” right, it is surprising that many nations are restricted in their freedom.

I believe the freedom of the press to criticize US government is something that is taken for granted every day,

However, in 1964 when America was once the leading nation in press freedom, it now ranks 46th in comparison with rest of the world.

This is an excerpt for USA Today:

Both the Bush and Obama administrations challenged the distinction between journalists and other people who receive classified information. The Obama administration placed Associated Press reporters under surveillance and, in 2010, named Fox News correspondent James Rosen “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” for his work with a whistle-blower.

If that seems perfectly Nixonian, it is actually perfectly Obamian. While President Nixon was denounced for his use of the Espionage Act of 1917, Obama has brought twice the number of such prosecutions of all prior presidents under the act. Julian Assange, the publisher of the WikiLeaks material, is now hiding in an embassy in London, and the administration is seeking an absurd 105-year sentence against freelance journalistBarrett Brown for linking to hacked e-mails and other leaked information.”

In America, freedom of the press is needed more than ever.

12 Years a Slave

Last week, I watched now Oscar ward winning film “12 Years a Slave.”

I was empowered and horrified while watching the film.

The movie was about an upstate New York black man who was born free. He was educated, had a career, wife, and kids and was manipulated, then bought and sold into slavery despite the fact that he was a free man. The movie showed the struggle and hardship he faced with being away from his family, retaining his sense of dignity, and ultimately being owned by a another person.

The movie is based off of the true life story of Solomon Northup and depicts an element of not commonly taught about. Northup also wrote a book called “12 Years a Slave” after his experience. Here is an excerpt.

“It was like a farmer’s barnyard in most respects, save it was so constructed that the outside world could never see the human cattle that were herded there. The building to which the yard was attached, was two stories high, fronting on one of the public streets of Washington. Its outside presented only the appearance of a quiet private residence. A stranger looking at it, would never have dreamed of its execrable uses. Strange as it may seem, within plain sight of this same house, looking down from its commanding height upon it, was the Capitol. The voices of patriotic representatives boasting of freedom and equality, and the rattling of the poor slave’s chains, almost commingled. A slave pen within the very shadow of the Capitol! Such is a correct description as it was in 1841, of Wiliams’ slave pen in Washington, in one of the cellars of which I found myself so unaccountably confined.”