This semester I have learned a lot. This class has taught me about storytelling over various medias and how to make that storytelling as effective as it can be. I have learned about the various components that go into each type of media to create a story. For example, the different types of shots for photography and video projects and the different kinds of sounds for audio. Additionally, my interviewing skills have improved, or at least I am more comfortable doing interviews. I think I have a better idea of what questions to ask and how to form the answers into a cohesive story.
I think that I am strong with interviews and editing. I think the media that I am strongest in is video. I think that I am good at creating a cohesive story. However, I need to improve my attention to detail. I need to make sure my audio is just right and that I have all of the different shots that I need for photo and video. I need to make sure that I have a variety of tight detail shots especially for video. For photo, I need to pay attention to making sure that the camera settings are just right so that my pictures look good and come out clear.
For the final project I will continue to work on my storytelling skills with video. I will pay attention to every single shot and make sure to get as much variety as possible. I will make sure that I have a lot of b-roll especially tight detail shots.
Liz Schmidt, MU Freshman, has found her place in Mizzou’s run club. She joined the club last semester. For her, run club is a connection between her high school and college life.
I’m Liz Schmidt, I’m a freshman and I have been running since my sophomore in high school. I started running because my sisters and I saw other people running and we thought it would be cool. Another reason that I started running was because I wasn’t really good at actual sports that required skill. So, running just requires your two feet, a pair of tennis shoes, and the streets. Once I joined cross country my junior year of high school, it became very social for me and I wasn’t very competitive. I did it mostly to just run with other people.
I just joined run club this past semester. Run club is just a group of people that run together. I joined run club to have a piece of my cross country life- back in highschool and because I wanted more people to run with.
It’s this weird mentality, where- running is an uncomfortable sport. It’s not something people really like to do, I guess, but when you’re doing it with a group of people- knowing that they’re all feeling the same way is kind of comforting- you’re not alone.
Don’t be afraid it’s not intimidating. Nobody there is- they’re not looking down on anyone. They are- We have all started running at some point. We all know what it is like. The thing about running is that whether you are just starting running or you’ve been running for awhile, it feels the same. You’re just running at a different pace.
Everybody there just has a chill time. There is no pressure. If you only feel like running one mile or ten miles, you’ll find somebody to run with.
“When I actually wrote my first article and, like, interviewed my first person, my advisor came up to me and was like this is like the best article, you know, I’ve seen in awhile and I was like oh my gosh really and I didn’t realize that I was going to be good at it, so I was like I kind of like this this, this is fun”
Delaney Eyermann, MU sophomore, originally started exploring journalism in high school to pad her resumé. However, she was surprised by the response from her newspaper adviser and quickly fell in love with it.
“I’ve always, like, loved fashion. I’ve always been drawn to it. It just seems very glamorous and I know that it seems kind of cliché, but it has always been my passion”
With a major in magazine writing from Mizzou, Eyermann hopes to work at a fashion magazine in New York City after she graduates.
Sue Fulton was a member of the first co-ed class of West Point. Ana Marie Cox talked to her about the impacts of equal rights on the army.
This topic is newsworthy. President Obama worked to diversify the ranks. There is debate as to whether adding different groups to the army was really the right choice. With President Trump, there is concern about Obama’s actions being undone. Fulton provides a strong, qualified voice to speak for marginalized groups in the army.
Cox was clearly informed. She knew the qualifications of her subject and knew what she is passionate about. Thus, she knew what to ask Fulton. The order of questions was smart. In the first question, Cox gives Fulton credibility by mentioning that she was part of the first co-ed class of West Point and then served in the army for five and a half years. She also mentions that Fulton has been fighting for civil rights in the military. Cox then introduces the debate over how inclusive the military should be. She then makes the debate current and shows what is at stake when she asks if Trump would be able to undo the progress that Obama has done. Cox leaves the reader with the real example of people being discriminated against based on their sexuality.
I would have asked, as a member of the first co-ed class of West Point what struggles or challenges did she personally have to overcome. I would also ask what specifically do these various groups bring to the military that make it stronger.
So far this rotation, I have learned how hard it is to tell a story. Video combines both audio and visual so as the journalist, you have to find a way to make both the story and visuals interesting. The story shows the passage of time. To make an impactful video, the visuals should reinforce the audio to help drive the point home to the reader.
There is never enough B-roll. It is integral that there are a variety of different shots to make the project interesting. It is important to take very close detail shots. The variety of shots keeps the reader engaged with the video. When I was shooting, I thought I was shooting a variety of things and thought for sure I would have plenty of B-roll. However, when I was editing I realized that though I had a lot of footage, it was a lot of similar shots. In the CNN video at the bottom of the post, the B-roll does a very good job showing the setting of the story and showing what Vietnamese culture looks like.
A narrative arc has an exposition, rising action and resolution. The narrative arc is a story structure. The exposition is the introduction. The introduction must be interesting. If the introduction does not hook the reader, then there is very little that can be done to bring them into the story. For example, in the CNN video, the introduction starts with an odd quote about making someone a wife. The quote gets the attention of the reader and immediately has them asking questions that the video answers. The introduction then introduces the teacher and the story. The rising action is basically everything that happens. In the rising action, the B-roll is very important to keep the story moving and visually interesting. In the CNN video, the rising action is talking about human trafficking in Vietnam and the teacher’s journey to find the girls. The resolution should be a good wrap up of the story. The conclusion is the last chance to make a point and make sure that the reader takes away from the story what you want them to take away. In the CNN video, the conclusion tells the viewer what happened to the girls and what is happening with human trafficking in Vietnam.