Emma McClure

Fall 2018 J1 Student

Location icon United States

I wanted to take this class so I could have the option to take either Newspaper or Yearbook the following year. This class gave me some basic on many of the Adobe programs, as I never really have used them before. I think I also kind of found out what I like to write about especially in the 1 in 1600 project. It was fun getting to learn more about people like an exclusive versus an actual news story.
I also got to make some new friends in this class mostly because I didn’t really know anyone on the first day of school. Overall, it has been a fun process even when I didn’t want to do some of the long projects or transcribe my long interviews. If I had to recommend something, it would be to include more projects with Adobe Illustrator since it’s the only Adobe application I’m not super familiar with.

Portfolio

Journalism Basics

Journalism Basics
11/13/2018
Law & Ethics/ Shattered Glass/ First Amendment Follow Up& Quiz

Law & Ethics-This assignment felt very lengthy, but I think it was important for us to do it because we need to know these different laws and ethical violations when writing in journalism. Shattered Glass-It was fun to get to watch a movie in class especially because it was still very informational. This cautionary story, helped me remember to avoid embellishing stories. First Amendment Quiz-This quiz took me multiple tries because some first amendment and ethical choices aren't always...

Journalism Basics
09/11/2018
Newsworthiness and AP Style Quizzes

Newsworthiness- Here, I learned how many different types of newsworthiness and many examples for them. It was also cool because I learned which types of news I find interesting, oddity and conflict. AP Style Quizzes- With all the quizzes we took I think they definitely improved my writing. Even though all the questions weren't useful, it helped me get a pretty good understanding for grammar and writing style in journalism.

Writing

Writing
10/09/2018
News Story & Design

Story- It was fun getting to try the interview process for the first time and getting to write a story about my friends. Next time, I wish I would've written about something more interesting or newsworthy Design- I like getting to use Adobe InDesign based on the layout that Newspaper uses. It was really easy to follow directions while still being able to customize the small details.

Writing
12/07/2018
1 in 1600

Story- I liked writing this profile better than writing my news story. Next time, I want to try to improve my interview questions to try to get as many quotes as possible. Design- I had the opportunity to go downtown to take photos of my friend, but a lot of them unfortunately were very dark and kind of blurry. Next time, I would try to improve my photo composition and include more of her friends to make the photo seem more candid and relaxed.

Writing
08/28/2018
Hacker Story/ Using Quotes/ Headlines/ Leads

Hacker Story- This was the first story we wrote in this class so I was glad we already had interviews and could just write the story. I think by starting with this, I was able to develop my writing style and also learn that my stories are often times way too long. Using Quotes- I liked the idea of practicing using quotes in different ways. However, I wish we could've used our own interviews to make the practice more meaningful. Leads-The powerpoint in class really helped me improve my...

Design

Design
10/19/2018
Infographic

This was one of my favorite assignments because I got the chance to play around with some of the tools in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. I found that I prefer Adobe Indesign, even though they're very similar because I liked how the tools were arranged. It was easier for me to arrange everything on the document.

Design
09/06/2018
Pathfinder, Typography & Dissecting Design & Photography

Pathfinder- I liked getting to make the different shapes using the pathfinder and getting to try to be more creative with it. Next time, I want to be able to use pathfinder more in my future assignments. Typography- This was another fun assignment for me because I liked getting to be creative especially with the words part and the part about a quote. However, I felt really behind on the assignment because I would spend too much time making the designs. Dissecting Design- I liked getting...

Design
08/24/2018
Pancake Perfection

This was my first time using Adobe Indesign and it was pretty easy to get used to especially with the very detailed instructions. Next time, I would try to actually pay more attention to the instructions because by the time we had worked in InDesign again, I had forgotten most of the information/ where things are located.

Photography

Photography
11/01/2018
Photoshop

Before this assignment, I had never used Adobe Photoshop, so it was definitely something I had to get used to. While it was good practice, I wish we could've practiced on our own photos and then incorporated them into another assignment.