Final class reflections

I believe that the Media Production II class has helped my communication skills enormously. I was able to conduct many interviews over the semester, from classmates to students trying to make a difference.

I believe I have improved upon taking pictures that accurately tell someone’s unique story, especially in my “A Day in the Life” audio slideshow. That was my favorite piece because I was able to catch what my interviewee, Alex Salinas, is passionate about.  I was able to use visuals to show how much he cared about school and the activities he participates in.

It took me a while to figure out how to tell someone’s story using his or her voice. The hardest part was editing the interview to make their message sound effective, while at the same time being concise. I am used to writing their voice, but I have never actually used it in an audio medium. Interviewing my classmate and my friend was difficult because I forgot to ask them to answer the questions in complete sentences. It was a true challenge for me that took me until the final video project to master.

Video was also never my strong suit. To this day, I have a hard time keeping my tiny point-and-shoot camera steady when capturing video. Using different angles to illustrate the story is a concept that I had never really practiced. It took a while to get used to, but once I got a hang of it, I learned how effective it is to telling a story. Using different angles really capture the different perspectives that the story holds.

Overall, I enjoyed every project in this class to a certain degree, sometimes some more than others. I believe that I can effectively produce more web content for other publications. This class has given me the diverse experience I need to succeed in the communications industry.