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The Lessons I’ve Learned Through Multimedia Journalism

It is really hard to believe that the end of the semester is upon us. It feels like just yesterday we were receiving our cameras and equipment, clueless as to what we were all in for. Going into this class, I had minimal knowledge of video editing, and even less knowledge on how to operate a camera properly. At first, I thought I might be in a little over my head. Over the course of the semester, I came across many conflicts, but learned to overcome them. Because by now everybody knows Professor Collins’ #1 rule, DON’T MISS DEADLINE!

Looking back on it now, I can honestly say this class has taught me a lot, and it goes well beyond learning how to take pictures and edit them together. With the help of Professor Collins and my fellow classmates, I was able to improve my conflict resolution skills immensely. That actually seemed to be the theme of the semester. Whether it was a memory card gone missing, film recording without working audio, I seemed to always find myself facing an issue. I think the best thing I will take away from this class is my newfound knack for resolving conflicts. This class allowed me to take my schoolwork, and bring it anywhere I wanted. The fact that I was able to do some of my favorite things like play baseball and basketball, AND get my work done at the same time, it was a dream come true. Let’s take a closer look at the semester.

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According to Forbes, the amount of adults in the United States that use social media has risen 800% in just eight short years from 2005-2013. Forbes also states that over 50% of Fortune 500 companies are using social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.Fortune-500-Social-Media-Usage3

As time continues to progress, it seems that society is even more anxious to use social networking. In fact, you are considered the minority in today’s world if you do not use any forms of social media. Perhaps one of the greatest features about social media is the ability to reach hundreds, if not thousands of people in seconds just by a simple “click.” With this in mind, it is important to remember that once you put something on the internet, it is there forever, and this seems to be a problem that too many people do not realize until it is too late.


ADD83533454B41F3817DCDB6CD2493A1According to the Pew Research Internet Project, an overwhelming 89% of people ages 18-29 are on some form of social media. That would suggest that a very high percent of students in college are voicing their opinion on some sort of social media platform. Now for the most part, a lot of what college kids post will go unseen. Even for myself, nobody really cares what a random 21-year-old kid has to say about whatever pops into his head. With that being said, college students who also happen to be Division 1 athletes tend to have a brighter spotlight on everything they do, and this includes their social media spotlight. Continue reading THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET!