At the start of this class, my expectations for this course were to learn Adobe Photoshop, Facebook and Twitter live and strengthening my web writing. Although we hardly reviewed Photoshop in class, I learned how to use Twitter Live and I practiced media writing to a point where I feel comfortable with it.
I wanted to come away from this course with a loaded toolbox with varying media skills, and I feel like this course did just that. This course was a stepping stone for utilizing multimedia production skills; it was nice not having to use high-tech or high quality equipment. I learned about photography, video and audio editing just by using my phone apps.
Some media skills I learned from this course were that I was not proficient in before were photography, live-tweeting, how to make a Google My Map and how to use WordPress. I have run personal social media accounts before, but never a blog. I have a brief understanding of Wix, but I definitely prefer WordPress for the sake of user-friendliness. While on the subject of user-friendliness, creating a Google My Map was surprisingly simple, even though I had never heard of it before a couple months ago. Twitter? Of all the social medias, Twitter is foreign to me. I gained a better understanding of how to use Twitter before and during my live-tweeting assignment.
Some soft skills I gained from this course were perspective-taking, problem solving, listening well and interpersonal communication. Due to the high amount of interviews we conducted for this course, I applied interpersonal communication and listening well to the interviewing process. Many of these assignments involved creating content in the moment, which is true of the photojournalism assignment, the audio interview and the live-tweeting. Perspective-taking and problem solving were the most prevalent in these assignments because I had to think about what message to send, how to account for time or how to frame a moment on camera.
The most meaningful assignment in this course was the photojournalism assignment. This course paved the way for other assignments, such as the live-tweeting and the video project. Learning about the different types of photos (e.g. general news, sports action, etc.) was something I didn’t know about before. Learning the different types of photography helped me decide on a perspective to take for various assignments.
The most challenging assignment was the video assignment. I have filmed and edited before, but my ability to frame and export videos was rusty after just one semester. My biggest struggles when it comes to media production are sizing and exporting; and exporting the video to YouTube seemed impossible at one point.
If I could do it all again…
The biggest recurring theme I found myself reflecting on was time; how to utilize it, how to make time and how to allot time towards assignments. Whether I was trying to fill a 5 minute audio interview or find events to attend that would fit in my schedule, time was of the essence. Now that I know the time that is required to create media content, I would have forewarned my day-one-of-class-self. These assignments take time, much more time than I originally thought.
A final piece of advice I would give myself, on day one and now, would be to keep practicing the skills learned in this course. I seldom use Twitter, but I might work for a company that relies heavily on tweets. Taking photos and videos can be practiced anywhere you go. Although some aspects of assignments seemed hard and I just wanted to be done with them forever, I know that if I keep practicing and applying the skills that I’ve learned from this course, i will only get better.