Experiences In The Field

When it comes to going out in the field for journalism, things can very difficult involving your sources. People aren’t as eager to talk to you as you’d think they would be. In terms of my experience in the field, I’ve had some pretty interesting encounters. Looking back, there are a lot of learning experiences and things to take away headed into the future.

In terms of shooting, you always have to make sure you’re getting something interesting and relevant to the story. Following the rule of thirds is so important. Shooting a news story should be the same way one shoots a movie. Lighting, frame composition, character placement, and sounds all need to be taken into account when shooting for films as well as shooting for the news. It seems like like a lot to take into when sitting down for just a few minutes, but they’re important aspects of filming. If you don’t follow the basic rules of film, you can have a broken broadcast that will lose viewers. People will notice shaky cams and poor editing. The audience will notice all the bad lighting and all the bad character placement. As a film¬†connoisseur, I study all when it comes to film. The knowledge I’ve gained in film classes and watching a lot of movies have extended my viewpoints on news and TV as well. As I said above, if all the elements are taken into account, you don’t have to worry about doing it right. The information you film becomes better when shot correctly.

My abilities in interviews don’t scare me. I’m very confident when it comes to reporting. I’m not scared when it comes to talking to strangers. But when it comes to strangers, they’re scared of talking to you. When you see a big fat confident guy walking towards you with a camera, notepad, and messenger bag, it can be a little intimidating. I get that. Long before I wanted to become a journalist, I was definitely scared about talking to random people. Hell, I was uneasy about speaking to my family members sometimes. But I turned a corner. Sociability is one of the best traits one can have. If you know how to work with all kinds of people, you can go places with reporting. I knew I wanted to be a reporter when I realized I could combine my writing with my emotions and my ability to connect with others.

In my “journeys” as a reporter, I’ve learned that you can’t always be the confident fat guy. Sometimes, you’ve got to be a timid fat guy. You almost have to make the subject become the interviewer in a way. Meanwhile, you’re in total control. They think they’re dominating the interview by just talking about what they want to talk about, but you’ve forced them to do so. You have to be able to tell how an interview is going to be before you get yourself into it. You have to get somebody to be emotional towards the subject of the interview. An emotion carries the importance of the a story.

That’s all I really have from experience. But, my experience may differ from others. It’s all a matter of comfort level. To be a reporter, you have to be comfortable with exiting your comfort zone. Also, to create a great visual story, you have to use all the right aspects of film. That’s all I’ve got this week.

~DS

What Multimedia Journalism Means to Me

Of course, our current world is dominated by the rise of technology. Within technology, there is social media and instant access to news that we’ve never had before. The rise of multimedia within journalism is something that is good, but also bad, but moreover, good.

Most people today cannot live without the constant checking of social media. There is even a new study that shows how people fear being away from their phones. Many believe that this is a bad thing, which it can be. Of course, some may say that people don’t know the meaning behind meeting face to face or going out to get what they need. But I say this: people need to seek information. Even though it may be the information about their cousin’s foot fungus on Facebook, it’s still a means of accessing information.

An art all about the people must adapt along with the people it works for. This is how news and journalism organizations are adapting. They are giving people the easiest access to news they’ve ever had. This way, the people are getting the news even with a cancelled subscription to the newspaper. Multimedia Journalism is quickly becoming the most important tool in the entire stratosphere that is journalism.

To me, as a current student of journalism, I think this is the most interesting area to study. When one studies multimedia journalism, they are tapping into the world that is around them right now and observing how it is operating. The internet and social media dominate peoples everyday lives; so how can we as journalists work with that? Well, the answer is simple, by giving the people exactly what they want. A great story, that has great visuals and great reason, can go mobile or viral and can be seen by more people than it would have in print.

I use social media and YouTube to my advantage when I want to relay a message as well. Currently on YouTube under the username¬†davmac123456789, I post weekly Vlogs talking about “Nerd News”. This can be anything from video gaming, to movies, to comic books, etc. I certainly have an audience because I promote myself through Twitter and Facebook. I take responsibility for my work because it’s what I love to do. Journalists everywhere should feel the same way. Although times are adapting and the medium of journalism has changed, do what you love to do. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

~DS

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