Reflections from November 20th – November 26th

Can I be honest? This is my personal blog, with my voice so I’m going to be honest. Judy came to guest speak to our class today and she shared two things with us.

1. “I am dumber than I realized.”

My opinion: While this may be true, I disagree with the way this is phrased. I am a huge believer in humility, I study it out constantly and this is one attribute I am striving the hardest to obtain. However, I am also a huge advocate for self esteem. I don’t think you should EVER dwell on the negative aspects about yourself. I truly believe in positive affirmations and you need to say postive phrases about yourself that are true or that you wish would be made true. It’s the positve beliefs that are going to take us to where we dream of going. It’s essentail we believe in what we have to offer if we are going to make it in the real world.

2. Mistakes help you learn – Accept that you make mistakes and find a way to make things better.

My opinion: Very true, I love and embrace mistakes. You make them, you evaluate and you move on. Trials and experiences are stepping stones to take us to the destination we need to go.

I felt like she had nothing to offer us in my real honest opinion. Everything she shared was nothing new to me. I felt like she was asking questions as time fillers, they were questions that we talk about in class each time. We already know about emotional and personal experiences are a huge part of journalism. I love to be inspired and I love hearing about other people and their experiences and it sounds like she has many to offer, but I don’t think she spent enough time on those incredible accolades.

I felt she didn’t share enough background and experience that related to us personally. I’m so sorry if I somehow missed the point, but I didn’t feel like this guest speaker inspired me and helped me on my career journey.

Reflections from the week October 31st – November 5th

1. This week I wanted to focus on what learned after conducting my first video interview…

{Many learned as a what or what not to do after watching my final project over and over}

1. The two cameras should each be facing opposite angles, one filming the interviewee and the other filming the interviewer. Then through the editing process, it will alternate between the two.

2. It is so important to enunciate your words when interviewing.

3. Body language needs to be mastered in a professional setting such as an interview.

4. Don’t comment so much on how you feel personally about the interviewee’s responses, just move on to the next question.

5. The most unique or deep questions get the story that’s deeper than the surface.

2. A story that stuck in my media consciousness can be found HERE.  A darling 8-year-old girl holds a charity fundraiser event to help the homeless. Her parents are obviously doing something right for her to have such a big heart at such a young age.

3. This week I advanced my own story by editing the video with a friend. This friend taught me a great deal about the editing process as well as the process for journalists and being in front of the camera. I was able to complete the project and although it didn’t turn out perfect or exactly how I hoped, I loved Lexi’s perspective. I am grateful I got a shot at working in front of the camera and asking questions on screen so I can start now to improve so I can become an expert soon.

Reflections from the week September 25th – October 2nd

1. This week I went to the Journalism & Media Symposium hosted by KSL and I wanted to share my favorite notes here. Things I’ve learned…

1. Be BOLD! It pays off.

2. Challenge news rooms – Just because you’ve always done it that way in the past, should we now?

3. Social media is helping TV reports.

4. Be willing to know some of everything when looking for a job. (Social media, web script, filming, writing – they really want someone who knows it all.)

5. Published work is something that is very important to have when applying for internships or to put on resume’s.

6. It’s important you get to the heart of the story that isn’t told.

7. Don’t follow the crowd!

8. Everything is consumed digitally first.

9. Ask the deep questions others are afraid to ask.

10. Follow your heart, it’s okay if you don’t know where you’re going. In the end, it will make an incredible story.

11. You don’t know how strong you are till you are forced to be strong.

12. Take English & grammar classes on top of your communication degree requirements.

2. A story that stuck in my media consciousness can be found HERE. News that Mitt Romney wishes he had the chance to have been in the white house. He says he won’t be running again but his huge support team and his high profile, they believe he still has a huge chance and he may just change his mind.

I loved this story because the white house needs a change. Things aren’t moving up and many American’s are worried about the future. Mitt Romney has experience and knows what to do to change things around for the best. He deserves a chance to show America.

3.  This week I advanced my own story by interviewing a guy for my story to add a different voice than where it stood a week ago. I’ve started editing pieces and I am working on getting the wording and timing just write. I’m so excited to get my message out there.

Reflections from the week of September 8th – 14th

1. This week I learned 5 things.

1. What it is like to have a real journalism news conference and how important it is to have a specific story idea when attending one. It is so important that your story can relate to your audience and they can pin point why it matters to them and why they should care. When attending a conference like this, come PREPARED!

2. I learned you should keep everyone’s contact info just in-case you ever are in a situation where that resource or connection will come in handy.

3. I learned is to send out thank you cards & emails to everyone helping you and giving you input on a story. It’s a common courtesy as you are taking time from their day.

4. Monday’s are slow news days. If you need a press conference, schedule it for a Monday morning.

5. Journalism is like Driver’s Ed – When you were first learning to drive, you were scared and cautious  always looking out for the signs. As you started driving more you got used to it and the fear started to go away. With journalism it will get easier, it just takes practice.

2. A story that stuck in my media consciousness can be found HERE. It’s about Scott Mitchell, a former University of Utah football player who later played for the NFL for 12 years. He currently weighs 366 pounds and will be on the upcoming season of ‘Biggest Loser.’

This story struck me by how afraid and hesitant he was to show himself in public but decided to take a stance and make a change in his life.

To be honest, I hate watching the news. I realize the importance of staying informed so I watch/read it anyways. However, the stories that stick with me the most are the ones that leave you feeling happy or make you forget about the bad in this world. I love seeing a story that allows me to reflect on the good and inspiration in the world. When I get a job as a reporter, my goal will be to always leave my viewers/readers happy and uplifted after informing them on issues that matter. I want them to feel that they too can make a difference.

3.  This week I advanced my own story by writing down my specific ideas and what questions I would need to ask. I started making a few appointments for interviews with guys on campus. I have a really good feeling about my podcast and I can’t wait to build my interview skills, interviewing as many as possible. If I get in enough to create statistics, I will add a poll to the content of my podcast.