Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Final Project

My multimedia journalism class is coming down to the wire, with just one final project to get done. The last project pairs me up with one of the writers on the school newspaper and from there I will add a multimedia piece to that writers story.

I decided that a podcast with added interviews would be a good idea for this final project because that's what I had most fun with throughout the semester. I'm excited to work with someone from the school newspaper, so I can learn more about that field, considering that I want to maybe work for this paper in the near future. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

News Report Podcast

The week before spring back I finished my second podcast for Multimedia reporting class. This one was a lot different from the first one we did in class.

We had to do a news report of something happening at Cerritos College, with at least two interviews with sources. I decided to do a news report on the Cerritos College campus parking because I wanted to get different opinions on the topic. I had tons of fun making this podcast, interviewing students and putting it all together.

I finished the podcast on the day it was due, but we haven't listened to it in class yet. When that happens I'll make sure to give you guys some feedback and post the link on here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Podcast Time!

The last two weeks in my mulimedia reporting class have been dedicated to creating a podcast. A podcast is something I've always wanted to do, so I couldn't have been more excited to get started.

Professor Cameron said we could choose a song or movie and do a review for it on our podcast. I decided to choose a song to talk about, which was actually pretty funny. The previous weeks leading up to this assignment I had a song stuck in my head for the longest time, so this was the perfect project to talk about it.

The song was "I knew you were trouble when I walked In" by country/pop star artist Taylor swift. In the podcast I explain to the audience that it's pretty normal nowadays to get a song stuck in your head, considering radio stations overplay songs contantly. After I was done recording my thoughts on the song, it was time to add a little audio of the song, so my sudience could hear a glimpse of what I was talking about.

The podcast ended up being about a minute long. This assignment was my favorite of the year so far and this week we will present them to our classmates.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Web Templates

The last couple of weeks have been tough in my Multimedia reporting class, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. Professor Cameron gave us a project to create different web templates on a certain subject that has ties to Cerritos College. I must admit that at first I was lost, not knowing anything about creating a web template.

I chose to do the project on places to eat at Cerritos College. I began by going to the student food court and taking pictures of the different restaurants, also getting familiar with the menus and prices. After I gathered all of the information that I needed, it was time to start the process.

It actually took me awhile to learn the program dream weaver, but now it's a lot easier. I got started with my home page and have sites for Taco Bell and Chicago Harv's done. I'm having a lot of fun learning new things everyday with this program. Fortunately, Professor Cameron gave us an extra day to finish our projects and that is exactly what I needed. I will let you know how the project turns out on my next blog post.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Visual Resume

There are pros and cons when discussing just about anything. Today, this post will talk about the pros and cons when it comes to visual resumes. I recently created my own for visual resume and did research on why sometimes they can work and why sometimes they can't work.

The biggest pro to visual resumes is obviously making it stand out from the others. The visual resume can give future employers a clear look at your work history if you pick a nice structure and easy font for them to read. Using graphics in a visual resume can also be very appealing to your future employer, which will make them want to read farther into it.

One con that is most brought up when discussing visual resumes is that people use them to cover up their lack of skills. That could be true, though. Using different graphics and colors could distract a future emlpoyer from looking into your skills. A visual resume does allow you to cover up a lot of that empty space with graphics and other things.

Another pro for a visual resume would be how easy it is to update. Most websites let you save your visual resume, which allows to go back at anytime and make any necessary changes. This is one of the keys for making a visual resume because it's such a convenient tool.

The visual resume also makes it easier for you to provide links. Future employers are just one click away from seeing what you want them to see by posting your links on the visual resume.

Visual resumes are looked at very closely and maybe even more closely than traditional resumes. This is because it is very easy to lie on a visual resume, so future employers will do a major background check to see if everything is true. This wouldn't be an issue if people didn't do such a thing, but it's very easy to see some people doing so.

Those are some of the most important pros and cons to using a visual resume. Here is a link to my visual resume:
<a href='http://vizualize.me/MCS_J121?r=MCS_J121' title='Michael Stephenson's infographic CV on vizualize.me' target='_blank'><img src='http://vizualize.me/media/img/socialicons/vizualizeme.png'/></a>

Links to Visual Resume information.
1. http://mashable.com/2011/02/21/dynamic-digital-resumes/
2. http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2011/11/03/visual-resumes-welcome-change-or-job-seeker-gimmick/
3. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/onlineresumes/a/creative-resumes.htm
4. http://careeralley.com/career-advice/careers/on-a-clear-day-i-can-see-your-visual-resume/

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blog Reviews

This week in my Multimedia Class we did a blog review. The class split up into groups of four and reviewed each others blogs.

The review actually helped me out a lot, as I learned what I could do to improve my blog. Most of the members in my group had similar posts to mine, explaining what we have done in class for the week.

One of the members in my group slit up her posts, which made a lot of sense to me. Instead of posting a blog explaining an entire project that we did and how it turned out, she split those into two different posts. The first post explained what the project was and then her next post explained the outcome.

This can help me include more posts into my blog and make it easier for people to come back for more information. I also learned that I should update my blog more frequently because most of the members in my group had more posts than me.

 I really enjoyed reviewing my classmates blogs and will do so again in the future for more tips on how to improve this blog.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cartoon Project

In Multimedia reporting last week our class was assigned a really enjoyable project, which involved creating a conversation between two cartoons. Each student had to create a conversation (script) between two characters of their choice and it could be about any topic.

After creating a script, we learned to use an easy website to make that conversation into a mini movie scene. First, we had to choose two cartoon characters from the website. Second, we had to choose a setting in which our conversation would take place. Eventually, we could choose voices for our characters and make our mini movie.

I created a conversation between Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh, who are brothers and coached against each other in the Super Bowl this past weekend. I'm a huge sports fan and wanted to know how a conversation between them would be leading up to the biggest game of the year. So I created the script, which mostly involved them engaging in some pre-game trash talk.

This project ended up being extremely fun, especially since we got to create this mini movie on any topic of our choice.