The journey through Multimedia Journalism has definitely been an interesting one for me. Coming from taking an upper level photography class, I thought it would be quite easy for me. I was not necessarily right, however. I did not struggle in the class, but it was not as easy I thought it would have been for me. I really did learn a lot and I benefitted from everything we learned. I really enjoyed how we learned the material. I’m glad we went from photography, to audio, and then to video. I also enjoy that we threw in other subjects in between, like infographics, mobile journalism, and ethics. I think organizing the class as so created better learning for the students. I feel like we went from easier to more difficult and I’m glad we did that.
Another thing I liked about the class was the opportunity to make a blog and write about what we’ve done and how we feel about it. I think it is important to still have a writing aspect in a multimedia class, because writing just does not go away. I also got to taste how blogging is, because I have never done it before. Finding media stories to tweet about was also a nice aspect of the class, because it forced me to see what was going on around the world. I got to decide what was newsworthy or not, so that was interesting to do.
There were only a few aspects of class I did not really enjoy. I really did not like going to lecture. I felt like the stuff we talked about in there was pointless to what we were discussing in lab. I just felt as if lecture was just a way to get attendance points. I liked lab much more than lecture, because I experienced and learned a lot more in a small setting. If I could do this class over, I think I would have read more when it pertained to the online lesson quizzes. I would try everything in my power to not have to read what was required to for the quizzes. I realize now that those readings are probably important for future knowledge. However, I do think we learned more from experience than from those quizzes and readings.
Tim was a great lab instructor. He was extremely fair and easy to talk to, because he is a student himself. The only thing that could have been done better would have been forcing more discussion in the class. One thing that would have helped him is memorizing everyone’s names early on so he could call on people to answer questions or even ask questions. Overall, this class was a wonderful time for me. I loved Tim’s insight on different subjects and I think he really knew what he was talking about. I’m happy I was able to learn from a graduate student and I hope I can do that one day as well.