Honestly this course has been fun, as fun as college courses can be anyway. Probably my favorite project overall was the group SoundSlides project, working with Zac while being able to tag some good photos worked out really well. I was also proud to send the photos back to the Walk organizers for use on their website. I also really liked the Laramie website. It allowed me to fix (I hope!) most of the problems with my professor website and allow me to learn a little bit more about table top, card, and “vanilla” board games.
I probably learned the most about audio interviewing, it was something I didn’t really have experience with. Phrasing and being able to think on your feet are two great skills I developed through interviewing fro this course. I also was able to “morph” my projects somewhat, they were nearly all different in the planning phase than in practice. My roller derby nationals project was especially difficult because of this, all of the “real” press has passes and better opportunities with players. Getting interviews and relevant pictures was difficult, not to mention the kinda hefty price tag for admission.
This class definitely helped me get an edge into online reporting. I can see myself using all of the things I learned from working with programs, whether it’s enveloping audio in Audicity for nice transitions or editing HTML code in Dreamweaver for clean vertical shots. It was also helpful to learn more about the actual style and substance of online journalism, knowing all of the programs does nothing for the actual story.
I wish we could’ve had more coding, and some more sessions in class devoted to working with it. I liked the structure of the course however, all the pieces of the puzzle fit really well together for me at the end. I’m exciting to go more into coding with the next section but feel like I have a really good primer to start.