I’m going to take this space to talk about what I think of J2150 overall: what I learned, what I liked, what I would change, and more. Going into the class, I was very excited to take on the course content. I’m in the Convergence emphasis area, so I had a hunch I would be very involved and interested in the class. Unfortunately, my semester didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but as always, hindsight is 20/20.
The most important lessons I learned had to do with how to tell a story. Never before had I actually had to go out and interview people, and create a news story. I wasn’t in newspaper in high school, and I picked journalism simply because I enjoy the news, and I was a decent (English) writer. Being forced to go out of my comfort zone, and invade people’s space and time for interview, was very helpful in my progression as a journalism student. Not to mention, I became much better (but still not as good as I’d like to be) using the tools necessary for multimedia journalism, such as photoshop, Final Cut, the cameras, and the voice recorders.
I did enjoy the lectures, although they seemed disorganized and haphazardly scheduled. While I didn’t feel like I learned many concrete skills, it was great to be exposed to such wonderful pieces of multimedia journalism, and to hear from so many successful and interesting journalists. I do, however, think that the attendance policy and lecture engagement need to be changed. Also, try and get a better lecture hall next year. Middlebush sucks.
At the end of the semester, I wish I had more time to work in lab with the toos we were using, so that I could ask questions in real time, instead of emailing or watching (terribly tedious) Lynda.com videos. I also wish that the lectures related more closely to whichever project we were working on in lab. And finally, I wish I hadn’t taken J2150 in the same semester as J2000. That was not my best choice ever.
All in all, it’s a vital class that every journalism student should take. It just needs a few tweaks to make it more effective.