I took journalism because my sister was in the 21st century journalism program at CAPS and told me it was fun for her but she also really got to learn how to write and tell a story. In this class I learned how to use adobe and photoshop tools more effectively, how a proper story is supposed to be formatted, and how write from a journalists point of view. I probably won't be joining a publication staff in the future as an extracurricular but I do think that in my career I may have to write articles and this class will have helped me get a head start. I liked watching the movies in class and how it was a low-stress class. However, I disliked the amount of what seemed to be "busy work" compared to actually learning how to take better interviews or learning how to write. It seemed like in this class we were more instructed, "write a story," or, "do an interview," compared to learning how to properly conduct an interview or story to get desired results. My main hope for this class was to learn how to write and tell a story better which I feel I improved on a little bit. Maybe it was effort that I feel I didn't get too much better at writing but it also could have been I misperceived the differences between journalism and 21st century journalism as there was a lot more technology and non-writing things involved in the class.
The Law and ethics assignment gave me a clear understanding of what journalists can legally do. It was important to differentiate the meaning of what is legal and what is ethical for journalists to include in their writing. I learned how to tell when someone makes an ethical or lawful mistake and how to correct it on most occasions. The Shattered Glass movie was actually a pretty good movie I thought. I have always questioned what would happen if an author of a story was caught lying and this...
The newsworthiness assignment allowed me to learn about how important having a "newsworthy" story and topic is. I got to learn what made a story newsworthy and I feel learning about newsworthiness helped me make my future stories newsworthy. The AP Style Quizzes were a constant reminder of the correct way to style my writing. I probably learned the most form theses quizzes and they helped me with my journalistic styling.
The 1 in 1600 Slideshow was the end result of the largest project we had all year. I feel I was able to make a pretty good video that let Jake tell the viewers about his life at Quarterback. It took a lot more planning and editing than I ever thought a simple video would take but it turned out pretty great in the end. The Promos were a quick little video used to promote our slideshow. I made mine on my phone and I think I was able to give a preview to the video pretty effectively. The photos...
The Photoshop edits assignment developed my skills in photoshop. These skills became vital in later projects such as the 1 in 1600 slideshow. I feel I was pretty good at editing my photos in photoshop as I use to help my mom with it all of the time because she is a photographer.
The iPhone Photo Shoot assignment was an easy way to learn everything that goes into taking photos for a story. I never knew journalists put so much thought behind there photos. Taking pictures with the angles you wanted and the lighting was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
The typography assignment introduced me to the idea of typography. I was able to find great examples of typography on famous pieces. I never knew how important typography was but thanks to this assignment now I know. The pathfinder assignment just taught me all about the pathfinder tool. Without it I wouldn't be able to create some of the designs I did in this class so I believe learning about the pathfinder tool was interesting and vital to what we did in journalism. The dissecting design...
The Pancake Perfection assignment was a great tool in learning how to format a story. The assignment gave me a clear example of how a story should be formatted and why design is important to the impression of a story. I feel I did pretty well on recreating the original design in my own way.
The infographic assignment really allowed me to display my typography and design skills in an interesting informational way. I did pretty good on the collection of information and the "behind the scenes" part of the project. However my end design wasn't the best. Yet, they say the best way to learn is from failure and I believe this assignment set me up for success in future designs.
The Hacker Story was an interesting fun way to start off the year. I didn't realize how unformatted my writing was until trying to write the hacker story. Looking back on it now it was kind of cool to be able to compare the beginning of journalism to the end. The leads helped me learned a lot about developing leads for a story. This may have been one of the most important assignments we did all year. Using quotes assignment again was crucial to not only my journalism career but all of my...