“Part of the journey is the end”.
One whole semester later after Blog Post #1, I have reached the end of Multimedia Production here at UW. What a ride it has been. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect of this course heading into it, but I am more than satisfied with its content as I cross the finish line. I hoped to become a swiss army knife in the media field through this class, and I believe I did just that. I wanted to hone in my interviewing skills as well as the actual creation of content. There is a clear cut difference in who I am as a blooming media creator from January to May.
Back in the beginning, my media “soft skills” were anywhere from rusty to nonexistent. I was timid and rather fearful of approaching strangers. I went in with a mindset of, “oh, I don’t want to go up to that person and potentially be embarrassed or turned down”. Basically, I was trying to protect my pride. It was like a leap of faith for me. Once I broke the mold it became much easier over time, and I regained my love for socialization. It’s all about simply getting in there and going for it! You will always get something out of it! Since almost every assignment required me to do so, I really didn’t have a choice, which was a good thing. Overcoming my manufactured barrier made me realize that I cannot get anywhere in this field without being able to put myself out there and use my communication skills. I am very glad I realized this now rather than right after I get my first job.
As far as the most meaningful assignment to me, there is not one that stands above my feature story about Skater Guy. I have always wanted to dive into his story and the feature writing project gave me the opportunity I was searching for. It also allowed me to showcase my writing skills in a practical environment by using vivid descriptions and well-placed quotes.
On the other end of the spectrum, I ran into a brick wall working on the audio assignment. I had absolutely zero experience working with audio beforehand, and I found it challenging to stay focused while editing. It’s a very lengthy process and I still can’t say I have it down. If there is one area that I would like to revisit and try again, it would have to be the audio interview without question.
Finally, if I were to give myself or anyone else advice about taking this class I would simply say: take it but make sure you pour as much care, passion, and detail into everything you post. The most journalistic love you give to a piece can only help. Passion goes to places.
That’s a wrap and one last time I would just like to say: THANK YOU for reading. I hope one day I can look back on this blog and say that this is what started it all.