Reflective diary of a Multimedia Journalism student

As a final project (and maybe as a cherry on the cake) I will be sharing with you guys what I have been learning these past few months during my Multimedia Journalism module. In previous posts you have read about different assignment I had to do for this module and you had a sneak peek on what this module is about.

During this module it became clear to me what an impact the internet has had on the world of media. Not only has it made it easier to search information and news, but it also created a whole new platform for news distributors. As said in one of my previous posts, a lot of newspapers and news channels have created their own websites with recaps, the latest news, videos and pictures. It also has made it possible for ‘normal’ people to become journalists with the arrival of the so-called citizen journalism. People with a video camera can report on the news themselves and post it on their blogs or websites.

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Audio&Video Projects

A very interesting and challenging and interesting part of the Journalism course, is the introduction to audio and video work. Very practical work that I enjoyed doing, but that took a lot of time. We were split in two groups, one doing video, the other doing audio and vise verse after a few weeks.

Audio was my first project. We each had to do a project of 3 minutes regarding a subject of your own choice. I decided to have a look at the fashion world and specifically at how useful it is to have a degree in fashion. After coming up with ideas with Jane, our lecturer, it was time to get the equipment and start recording. It actually was quite fun to go up to people, arrange interviews and make sure the sound was in balance. I really was not looking forward to the editing, since I had never done it before and I was afraid it would take me ages. Eventually it turned to be a lot of fun and very useful to learn the basic skills of editing, adding some music, structuring the podcast and adding my voiceover. However, I don’t really think that I will be doing a lot of radio podcasts in my future career.

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Evaluation of A Place Called London

A while ago, me and some fellow students made our very own group blog. As most participants were international students, we very soon decided on the subject. Our blog was going to be made by and for international students living in the city of all cities: London. We had plenty of ideas. Each one of us could have their own section and topic, and for example write about art facilities, the best places to eat, etc. Beside having an own topic, we all had a certain task/job which we had to fulfill. There were social media editors, production editors and designers.

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Fashion: Past, Present, Future

My very first vox pop! On the streets of London I asked people for their opinion on fashion icons. Hope you like it!

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Spring/Summer 2010 trends

The time is nearly there to get our skirts, flower dresses and sandals out of our closets and enjoy the sun! The catwalks were overflowing with all the trends for next season and made the whole crowd smile. There was a revival of the trench coat and a surprising introduction of the low heels. I will update you guys with the most popular trends for this spring so you can get inspired and get fashionably through spring.

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Tweet Tweet

Again were my internet skills put to the test. This time I would discover the magical world of Twitter. I always hold a grudge against Twitter. When it was first introduced, I saw a few of my friends starting to use this application on their iPhones and their Blackberry’s. However, I never understood the purpose of sharing with your friends what you are doing every second of the day. And it is basically the same as the news feed on Facebook. So why is this application so incredibly popular amongst people? I guess I was about to find out..

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Do news websites actually work?

As I said in my previous post, the internet has been evolving in these last few years and , with it brought us many possibilities. For a lot of people this means good news, but for some it doesn’t. Especially the newspaper industry is suffering from this development and even big news channels have surrendered to this evolution. This is why they have been looking for different alternatives to keep the public interested, but at the same time embrace these developments. And born was the news media website!

The question is if the public actually responds to these sites and enjoys using them. I decided to have a look at one news website and find out for you if it is wort using.

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