By Emily Perry
By Sherale Booker
This week at NPACE, I spent time collaborating with Jonathan Rome on some ideas for my short film. He gave me some really good ideas and pointers on which direction I should take with my film and I felt inspired. I’ve started writing and should have my proposal and characters developed and finished by next week. I also got the chance to help him with the photography for Lambda Pi Eta organization on Friday. Jonathan also gave me a crash course on photography with his Canon camera and gave me the opportunity to shoot some practice shots to get some experience with it.
By Neil Entz
During this week, I learned about interviewing skills. I went with a group from my video production 2 course. The group and I had to interview some parents that were previous patients of the Neonatal facility at Midtown Medical. I paid special attention to how the questions were being asked. The questions needed to be open-ended to let the parents speak about their experiences. The questions would usually use how and why in the question structure. The how and why questions made the interview subject think about their experience and telling their story. In the interview, I noticed that people felt more open when we asked simple questions before going to the harder questions.
By Conner Davis
This week I prepared several important documents for the Boys and Girls Club. We are currently working on a Women’s Giving Circle Luncheon to be held onApril 2nd at the Columbus Country Club. Last week I met with the committee in charge of planning the event, and had an opportunity to take notes about last year’s event and what we were trying to improve this year. I brought a completed version of the Luncheon Invitation that I had made using Photoshop, and the committee used it as their “save-the-date” email. I also created a PowerPoint presentation that will run throughout the Luncheon. This presentation will directly match the program and script of the event, which I also revised from last year. I plan to meet with the committee again on Monday to present my finished documents for approval/ revisions.
Chelsea Anne Person
March 13, 2015
We are about eight weeks away from CSU Athletics inaugural Girls in the Game luncheon; the pressure is on! At this point I am at liberty to share some more details with you and hope that in reading these you may be interested in the work the CSU Athletic Department is doing:
The purpose of Girls in the Game is to advance the CSU female athlete. We hope to do this by creating an environment for female leaders to put their passion for sport. On April 30, one hundred women will gather at the Rivermill Event Centre to put their passion for women’s leadership and sport into action. Their presence and donations will acknowledge and affirm Columbus State University’s Women’s athletes as fierce competitors and leaders of great potential. Our goals are to educate the community about the ability for sports to empower women, connect the Columbus community with CSU female athletes and raise $25,000 to support CSU Women’s sports programs.
According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, female college athletes receive $183 million less in NCAA athletic scholarships than males. Additionally, these women receive 63,000 fewer opportunities. This doesn’t seem to change in the business market: women make 70% of all consumer purchasing decisions worldwide (Gallup) while holding only 4.6% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies (Catalyst).
As a woman athlete, these statistics tug on my heart strings. My passion for women’s sports and leadership motivate me most on the days when InDesign keeps giving me error messages, my to-do list extends past one sheet of paper (okay, I’m exaggerating), or when I feel fatigued. I’m most thankful for the opportunity to assist in a project that I believe will have a lasting effect on the CSU Lady Cougars that come after me. If you know of any female CSU supporters who may resonate with our message, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Symone Grady
Last week I worked with the sales department at WTVM. Now, I am back in the newsroom. Tanita, the web content director, wants to give me writing assignments to do, however, she wants to assess my current writing skills. So, she will be getting a writing test for me to take. So far, I have done well with script writing so I am excited to write an actual story for the WTVM web page.
Today, I was able to help out with an interview at the station. I helped set up the camera, mic check, and set up the mic. The interviewee opposes Sen. Josh McKoon’s passage of “Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” This interview not only taught me that a reporter must get both sides of the story, but it also taught me how to handle controversial topics.
The interviewee was very passionate about his stance, and this was evident the way he spoke during the interview. In a situation like this, the reporter much remain neutral. The reporter must refrain from seemingly taking sides.
I just volunteered to work this Saturday. I will be helping out at the Columbus-Metro Association of Black Journalists, Inc. They are hosting an “Accessing the Media” event. This will be a great opportunity for me to meet and greet other local media. I can also gain some valuable information from the subjects covered at the event.
For this week, I have had the privilege of learning about better angles for camera work while attending a concert at legacy hall. While we were shooting in Legacy hall, Jeff, Ben, Remmy, and I figured out that we spread the cameras too far apart. The cameras needed to be closer together. Our cameras were positioned and pointed such that the directions did not provide enough variance in the shots. I knew that the center camera was intended to remain in a wide shot. The other two cameras needed to create an entertaining show.
Another great learning experience was helping to write a script. Ben asked me to help him with writing his script. Ben told me the parameters of his film and I was able to help him with the settings and artistic design. I cannot wait until I get to help shoot the film with him.
What does a reporter do? A reporter goes out in the field to gather interviews, B-roll, stand-ups, VOs, SOTs, and MOTs of recent news that would be informative to the public. That reporter edits the raw footage captured and adds audio clips to form a news package. Once he/she completes the package, they have to insert the package into the next show rundown chart. How do I know these things? I’ve witnessed it first hand while shadowing a reporter tonight.
Working alongside a reporter was a great experience. Although, many reporters are stereotyped as only having the ability to “read” and “speak,” but they actually do a lot of work, and are a big part of delivering information to the public. Today, I was able to do my first professional stand-up. The stand-up couldn’t be any longer than 10 seconds long. This formed a lot of pressure for me due to the amateur experience I had with doing a stand-up. Although, I was nervous about it, I had a great reporter there to help me along the way. I was able to complete the stand-up. Once we returned to the news station I was able to see and edit it.
Being a reporter requires a passion for it. Being able to be a great reporter demands a lot of work. If you’re not driven to perform well then your work will definitely show—on camera. Serious reporters will tell you that it takes a lot of practice to get the status of being a great reporter. Practice your scripts, practice shooting footage, practice getting interviews, and practice on your voice. Practice makes improvement and a step closer to greatness. That’s what you should always strive for.
Filming sports requires a lot of steadiness, but yet quick movement. It is important to have a tripod to balance the shot when filming sports. It’s also good to have quick movement ability in order to capture the active activity of the players.
Today I was able to capture footage of the High School State Championship games. Having the hands-on-experience of filming a sport has acquired me with the skill of performing under pressure and getting the job done. Shooting sports can be difficult at times. The photographer has to zoom in and out constantly while keeping the shot in focus can be overwhelming. Trying to capture the half-time shot, game-breaker, impossible 3-pointer, or the game winning shot is a hard task to accomplish when the ball is continuously moving around.
When trying to capture the great memorable shots in sports, always remember you’re not going to catch all of the good shots, but never let that discourage you from catching that one great shot. Sports will always be challenging, because you’ll never know what or when things will occur. Sports are fun, energetic, and competitive, and a photographer’s job is to make sure that is displayed through their footage.
This week, we got our March order for a large group of clients we manage so I focused primarily on that, as they are generally the priority when they send in their order. I worked on blog optimization as usual, although some of the blogs again were only in “text only” mode and I had to optimize them using HTML codes as opposed to the regular way we do it. I learned a lot from the last time when I had to use this type of code to do the blogs. It’s much easier to understand now, although significantly more time consuming. That’s pretty much it for this week!