Some Advice to Being Successful in J2150

There are so many aspects to multimedia journalism, and it can be overwhelming! But, if you you follow these few quick tips, you are sure to be successful in J2150.

1. Find an inspirational story. It’s so easy to choose a story about your cat at home, but chances are, you’re going to get pretty bored with that topic and your work will suffer. Look for things around town that aren’t readily known, but also have an interesting story to tell. Also, pick something that involves going outdoors. Closed rooms where your roommate practices piano (unless he’s a prodigy) will get dull, fast.

2. Open up your creative side. Think of cameras, recorders, etc. as your tools, like a paintbrush or pastels. What you do with those tools can make your work great, or can make it really suffer. You can either paint a Picasso, or do some Kindergarten art. My advice is to get some great angles, known your subjects and their best attributes, and create the best work of art that will go down in multimedia history.

3. Don’t procrastinate. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you hear it all the time, but seriously. Don’t wait until the last minute. Sally does a great job of helping you if things go wrong, but I’m pretty sure she’ll be peeved if you call her the night before with issues that should have been sorted out days ago. Technology can be tricky, and sometimes it doesn’t like to work. So, don’t wait until the last minute, and if you have problems, there will likely be someone there to help you.

4. Come to class. Seems basic, right? But those days where the class critiques each other’s work can be really helpful. If you think you did an amazing project, your classmates might point out some places where you missed the mark. Or, if you think you did horrible, your classmates may point out the great parts of your project that made it work.

5. Figure out what you are good at. Don’t take the chance at using great, expensive equipment for granted. You may not have a $1500 camera at your disposal after this class. But, if you are good at using it, take the photos for your final project. If you have a good ear and a knack for getting good interviews, use the audio recorder to your advantage. It is beneficial to find out what you are best at before the final project so you and your group mates can easily divvy up the work and produce the best product in the end.

6. Finally, trust yourself. You have the potential to do great in this class. As long as you follow the steps above, you shouldn’t have any problems. My best advice is to remember that for many people, this is their first time doing multiple types of multimedia work at once. If you don’t do your best the first time, pick yourself up and try again. There are tons of opportunities to revise your work to make it the best possible, and to get some extra credit along the way. Trust that you are willing and able to get the work done, and you will be on your way to an A. If you ever get a little discouraged, just remember this:

“I can do anything good, better than anyone.”

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