As a Mass Media major, I’ve always thought it to be important to be well versed in, if possible, all aspects of media. This includes television, radio and photography but even to go as far as being able to write and also produce. For me, production has always been my downfall. Although I know the basic concepts in Final Cut, I can’t say that I could take a selection of media and produce a grade A production or even be able to make it look more than elementary. I’ve always been able to figure things out but I’ve never actually sat down and been shown what to do and why. This is where Ventrine came in, she is one of the workers at NPACE, she is also a communications major but more importantly she is a beast with Final Cut. I always see her in the lab, working and perfecting her projects with many questions of what she was doing and how. Well, I finally decided to ask her and man did she show me some things. First off, we talked about how to upload media into Final Cut and also how to sync audio from multiple audio sources. This was a big thing for me because I’ve always had camera audio and also audio from microphones with no knowledge in how to make the sync together. After we did this, Ventrine with through the process of editing her video and I watched her and asked questions when I needed too. Although Ventrine didn’t get all of her video done, I learned a lot of great new tips and tricks within Final Cut. I think that with all the help Ventrine gave me I can now produce something that is somewhat credible in Final Cut.
Thursday night I had the unique opportunity to film a student concert in the beautiful Legacy Hall located in the River Center. We were a team of four, working with three cameras to capture the performance from the front, left, and right.
We were lucky in that we were able to use NPACE’s brand new Sony 4K Handycams for this shoot. I had never used them before, but they proved to be pretty awesome. They were very intuitive; the picture looked great and only required minor adjustments to the ISO and focus.
I was located at stage right in the balcony, looking down over most of the performers. My job was to film the left half of the stage. It was a relatively easy shoot, but surprisingly fun. We set up our cameras, let them roll, and adjusted the shot as the performers came and went between pieces.
What I most enjoyed about this shoot was the music, honestly. We really do have some awesome, dedicated musicians at Columbus State’s Schwob! I was aware that CSU students had the opportunity to go to these concerts for free, but I just never took much interest in them or tried to find out when they were. Well, I was missing out!
Having grown up going to my sister’s orchestra concerts, and later my own, I always enjoyed instrumental music. I haven’t been around it much the last few years, however. Filming this concert reawakened my interest in this type of music, so I have already volunteered to film more concerts in the future. Hopefully I’ll get to use the Sony cameras again, too!
Week Six was not as exciting as the week before, but I was still doing Public Relations work. I worked on the Disability Service Center website. I wrote some thank you cards for the sponsors of the Ribbon-Cutting event on Monday and Wednesday. I also found out that my internship would now be from 9-5 instead of 9-3 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Another public relations opportunity was given to me and I sat in on a meeting between Jay and a local Pharmacy that delivers some medications. This would be beneficial to many DSC consumers who either have difficulty or are unable getting out of their homes to get their needed medications.
Today I met with Allen Allnoch and Sara Broughton about the content that I am to change and insert into the Micah’s Promise website. It was exciting to hear that what I have done on the website so far is good and I loved getting more direction on what order the menu needs to be in and what picture’s they would like to see on the website. I am being given much more content to include in the website which is allowing the website to take form and become functional. I was also able to offer Sara and Al more projects, to promote Micah’s Promise, for my other classes that I am involved in. As mentioned in a previous blog, I am in Interactive Media Production and will be producing a brochure, flier, powerpoint, and video for Micah’s Promise. In addition to those projects, I am in Community Communication and I am part of a group in that course which will also be promoting Micah’s Promise. In this group, we will be creating several power points aimed to speak to different groups of people in order to tell each group what Micah’s Promise is and why the organization needs their help. I am excited to be able to do all of these things this semester for this wonderful organization.
In addition to meetings and working on specific projects for Micah’s Promise, I have also been researching what channels of social media Christ Community Church (CCC) needs to be a part of. Al and I talked and have decided that CCC should be a part of Facebook and Twitter because those are the two most common channels of social media currently. Also, we have noticed that Facebook tends to reach out to the adults in the congregation and Twitter is reaching the preteens and teenagers. This way, CCC can reach the entire congregation through these two channels of social media. Next, I will be creating a weekly posting schedule with examples so that each week CCC can reach more and more people in the area.
Candidates very often have more than one consultant when it comes to making major decisions about the direction of a campaign. In addition to a professional public relations specialist, there are paid political consultants, volunteers and well-meaning supporters available to offer input and feedback for any occasion so when it comes to bouncing ideas around it’s important I think not to get your feelings hurt if somebody has a better idea.
By the same token, it’s also very rewarding when the team likes your idea.
When Team Roslund started kicking around ideas about a campaign slogan I listened carefully to repeated messages. He wants to represent Teachers. They’re getting the shaft, some in the group suggested. He wants to represent Veterans. We’re not delivering on our promise to care for them another member said. The candidate himself spoke of his desire to represent all people in his Senate District, regardless of political affiliation or sexual orientation.
A slogan should be something simple, easy to remember, catchy AND look great as a cover photo on Facebook. Alliteration is always helpful too so I came up with a short list of suggestions. “Roslund Represents” was the obvious choice to me and the campaign staff agreed. I must admit….it sure does look good. Boom!
This past week at the Liberty we experienced some interesting things. One being the “sonic boom”, which shook the entire building! We freaked out for a little while and made sure we checked around the whole building. It is a pretty old building so it could have been anything, but once we realized it wasn’t really anything we got back to work.
This week I worked on the October newsletter which consists of our October show, Fall Festival and more information on how to get involved with the Liberty Theatre.
I also created a flyer for the The Liberty Dance Academy with Petra G and got quotes for bumper stickers, because they are looking to do a fundraiser.
I can admire the fact that they look for different ways to gain support from the community. From selling prints of the Liberty Legend painting by Najee Dorsey to writing grants and now bumper stickers.
I got to take part in one of Columbus Regional’s outreach programs this week. Columbus Regional is involved in many programs, but this week I learned about their connection to Clubview Elementary.
Clubview is CR’s Partner in Education, and in this partnership management and employees from Columbus Regional support activities and events throughout the year. Columbus Regional is active in a monthly Amazing Ambassadors award breakfast, monthly Wonderful Wednesday education program, Participation in Career Day, and other various involvements at the school. Clubview students also partake in hospital events such as performing at the annual Reindeer Run and Tree of Light Ceremony.
We got to attend the Amazing Ambassadors recognition breakfast. We received donations from Pezold Management for McDonalds biscuits and orange juice; the kids loved it! After their principal, Lorrie Watt, read their Amazing Ambassador awards, Jessica Word and I handed them awards from Columbus Regional as well. It was great to see the children so excited and proud of their accomplishments. The cafeteria was crowded adoring parents, there to honor their children. There were many pictures and smiles that morning.
In addition to being rewarded with the children’s happiness, I was talking with Principal Watt and an opportunity opened up for me. Principal Watt & I discussed me coming back and helping with the children in the Spanish class.
I am a Spanish minor and I recently went to Mexico on a study abroad trip. While I was there, some of us volunteered at a school to teach the children English. It was such an amazing experience for me, so the opportunity to create awareness and involvement is extraordinary. These children go without so much and are so often forgotten about. Once a year when CSU comes to visit, we’re the only group that comes to work with them…once a year, for four weeks.
Principal Watt mentioned me doing a presentation to go on their school news station, and I proposed creating pen pals for the classes. There is so much that can come from such a simple connection, and I am eager to see where it will lead.