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First stage of filming done, now moving onto the next

Now that I have submitted the first draft of my project, I am extremely excited to continue on the process of continuing to develop my multimedia project and filming my mini documentary. During the first phase of filming, I was admittedly nervous. It has been a while since I have formally filmed content, and even when I have filmed in the past, I had very little experience and training in the process of filming and editing. During this upcoming stage, I am looking forward to being more confident behind the camera, and I hope to learn from the mistakes that I made in my first few filming sessions.

One of those mistakes is that I didn’t leave enough space between when I asked a question and when the interviewees started to answer. During the filming, I had asked my interview subjects to wait a couple of seconds before answering each question, but in many of the clips that I wanted to use, there isn’t enough space. In the scenes I am filming now, I am requesting that interviewees wait for a non-verbal signal from me before they start speaking. During one of my first three interviews, I was also having an issue with the sound. My lavalier kept picking up a weird buzzing sound, so I omitted it and filmed using the camera’s mic, so the sound isn’t as crisp as it is in some of the other scenes. After the fact, I realized that the sound it was picking up was an extremely loud refrigerator in the hallway of the building. In retrospect, I should have moved the scene to another location so I could still use the lavalier, and not have the buzzing sound included.

Social listening is a useful reporting tactic

Social listening is a helpful tool that I can use to gain sources and information for my multimedia project on diversity demographics at San Diego State University and within the California State University system. Through social listening research over the past few days, I was able to find some interesting points that I would like to include alongside the data that I am collecting for this project.  Continue reading “Social listening is a useful reporting tactic”

Gearing up to start my project interviews

A rose grows in from of Hepner Hall at San Diego State University. Photo credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Now that my multimedia project for my JMS 430 Digital Journalism class this semester has been approved, I have been working to prepare for my interviews.

Thus far, I have been contacting potential sources and setting up times to interview them on-camera. I will be using exact quotes from the interviews within the article I am writing, but I will also be creating a mini documentary about diversity rates at San Diego State University compared to other California State University campuses throughout the state. I will also be comparing the diversity statistics at SDSU to University of California, San Diego since it is a local campus and also draws some students from the San Diego County region.

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Welcome to my JMS 430 Blog

Welcome to the blog of Lauren J. Mapp for the JMS 430 class this semester. Let’s start with a little information about me. I am a senior journalism major at San Diego State University with intentions to pursue a career as a journalist. While I am most interested in culinary writing and investigative reporting, what I love most about journalism is the ability to learn something new with each article or project that I take on. I am currently working as an intern at inewsource, an investigative reporting news website based in the KPBS office at SDSU.

I am looking forward to this class because I am very interested in learning how to optimize my skills as a writer to be successful on digital platforms. As we often hear in our journalism courses, print media is slowly fading away, and I suspect that the use digital platforms will become increasingly prominent in the future. As reported by the Pew Institute last year, online news is not only displacing print news, but it is also making strides toward becoming more popular than television news stations.