This is it! It’s the finale of Online Journalism class. This will be my final blog post regarding my Online Journalism class through the University of Wyoming. In this assignment, students combined all skills and techniques learned and enhanced in this class for one final project, the Video Project. Students were to choose a story that was newsworthy and interesting and one that could be interesting for video. This could be a news story, feature story or promotional story. Students were then to video the entire story and edit it to create a video story, including at least two interviews and a series of different camera angles. I have to say, this project seemed a little intimidating if you had never worked with video or video-editing software before! My partner, Scottie Melton, and I chose to do a story featuring the Library Sports Grille and Brewery, a popular local establishment. We wanted to focus on why it moved from its old location to its new location in Laramie, Wyo. and how the move has influenced business so far. I had heard several different stories as to why the Library had moved, and I wanted to uncover the true reason for the move and feature how the Library’s business is doing in its new location close to one of Laramie’s main streets.
Overall, I would have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this project and this experience. I was really excited to do this story and felt like it truly was a story worth being told. It was probably one of my best story ideas this semester. Bryan Gay and Nate Jorgenson, the owners of the Library, were very helpful and willing to help with this story, and they had so many interesting facets of their story to tell. I really enjoyed getting to know more about the Library and the business since it is a favorite among college students here at the University of Wyoming. Also, it was fun to play with video since I had never done anything with video prior to this class. I do not have much to say about the negative side of things for this project except I had a hard time at first trying to learn a new video editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro), and I wish that we could have went through this program before attempting to actually edit a video. However, students were using other video editing programs as well, and Dr. Landreville was very helpful and willing to work with each group and show them what she knew in each program.
It was surprising to me with this project just how easy and simple a story really can be if you do your homework, prepare and ask for help. I thought about what I would ask in the interviews, organized the interview questions so that the story would flow based on what the answers were and asked other people for advice, information and assistance. Adobe Premiere Pro is also a much simpler program to use than I first thought. It also helped to have a story angle before going to the interview so appropriate questions could be asked. Additionally, I was surprised at how much fun I really did have with this project once it got going and how much bolder and confident I was conducting the interviews.
Something I wish I would have done a little differently was mostly clips of video. For example, the owners of the Library talked about their old location and their new location. I only had video of the new location. What I should have done to make the story and video better was to add at least one clip featuring their old location so that people can see that, and the video would be more complete in telling the story. I also might have set the owners in front of a better background that is less distracting and more visually pleasing. Other than those little details, I believe the video turned out great.
One reason I am happy we touched on video in this class is that I can use this skill in the future, especially if I pursue being a 4-H Educator. I can see me using video to do promotional videos in support of 4-H, videos of the past year’s highlights, informational videos, and more! The possibilities are truly endless, so I am happy we touched a little on video. All in all, this project was fun and a great way to end the semester.
To view the video story, please click the link below. Enjoy!