Cutting down the barriers. This video is my final product. I used iMovie and I started out with this journalism project trying to talk about the past journalists and how far they have come in journalism. The more that I researched the more my objective shifted completely. I focused more on the shocking factors that come in the career of journalism. I first started out by looking up images of journalists in dangerous places. I then went onto YouTube and found clips of live journalism to add to my video to make it more diverse just having pictures. I used 4K downloader software for both the video and audio content of this video. I decided to add an instrumental version of My Hero by Foo Fighters. I chose this song for a couple of reasons. I first thought it was an empowering song that representing journalists who are heroes for many who are going through rough times and they reveal the story to the world. I also chose the song because I thought that it went really well with the content that I decided to use for this video. I wanted to tie everything together and make sure that there wasn’t any awkward background noise with only my voice in the video. I started out by going through the images and putting them in a file and then uploading them all in iMovie. I went through each one and made sure that the timing of them was right and that the images weren’t cropped unusual. I then downloaded a video from YouTube of live journalistic content by Tim Pool a journalist who has shown what risks need to be taken in order for the world to see what he sees. I then went through the video and took three clips that I felt showed examples of journalism. It showed protests, people behind the desk and riots that represented all sides of journalism that are revealed from behind the lens. I then took out the audio from the video clips to make sure that it didn’t go over the audio that was coming from the song and from myself. I put my personal voice of opinion within the video itself using my microphone on my Beats headphones. I then adjusted the sound and made sure that it was heard over the song. Lastly I published it on my personal YouTube page that I use for projects from previous classes.
The more I worked on my video the more passionate I felt about these journalists. In my mind they felt like the unsung heroes that no one will ever know. I felt an obligation to talk about how much goes into the news and that in this time no one really thinks anything of it. Everything has gone digital so all it takes is for a person to pick up their phone, open an app, and scroll quickly through the news. No one thinks about the person who is running into harms way, getting arrested for trying to tell the truth, and keeping silent until their death to keep the story safe. I think was really motivated me in this module was the fact that this was my original dream job. When you are kid you have a bunch of things that you want to be when you grow up. I had the dream to be a journalist and tell everyone the news. I would go to the Newseum with my parents that is up in Washington D.C. and would stay there for hours looking over countless newspapers with so many stories to tell and it was just so moving to me. Then I would look at the photojournalists who would capture the lives of the weak and the voiceless. It was that kind of power that came from a story and image that really pushed me in this module. It reminded me that there is so much that we learn from the news and that I take it for granted. I learned from this module that there are a ton of programs and sites that are there just to protect journalists. I learned that the number of deaths is way more than I ever wanted to see. I learn that this is the risk that they knew had to be taken. It is all for the truth to be heard and to let there be no more silence.
This is the last module of the semester. This has been an eventful semester and I can’t wait to share the final product of this project. I decided to join the Journalism Module. The reason I chose this module is because when I was younger my dream was to become a journalist. I loved to write and I was obsessed with newspapers. I loved just reading the news and learning about what was going on all over the world. As you can tell now that wasn’t the path that I ended up on but I still believe that journalism and journalists are the unsung heroes in the media world. I decided that I wanted to do my module on breaking the barriers of journalism and research what risks were taken when it came down to getting a story. I started out by looking up journalism. I wanted to see if there were websites that were for journalists like a hub that they would just gather together and talk about their experiences. I discovered something different. I found a ton of protection programs. When coming upon this discovery it didn’t fascinate me, it actually made me very nervous. I was concerned that in order for these websites to be so popular and on the top of the list of results when it comes to google than it must be a prevalent issue. I then began to research more into these protection programs and started to find a bunch of statistics. Now at first glance it just seems that there were a bunch of numbers thrown at me all spread across a world map. It wasn’t until I started to read further into the numbers that it wasn’t just a number it was a human life. It was a life that was lost during their line of duty as a journalist. There was a total of 71 deaths that had a motive behind their deaths. That meant that each of those deaths were intentional. It was a disturbing fact to find and it just drove me over the edge. I came into this module with a passion to find out more about journalism and how much it has changed over time. In some ways it has with the way technology gives them better access for people to get right into the heart of the action. It also showed me how dangerous it is to just get down to the truth and for men and women to take a risk to voice the unvoiced. I decided to make a video as my final product of this project. I am going to find images, clips from videos, add personal audio of my voice and have a song in the background to just shine a light on journalism for how unappreciated it is right now. This is what i have so far and I can’t wait to give you guys the final product.
I have decided for my next module I was going to work within the selfie module. I didn’t know how I was going to approach this module. I wanted to figure out the history of a selfie and if there are some that are actually recorded in history visual wise. I also was trying to figure out who was in my group and what approach they were going to have coming into the module. I unfortunately wasn’t able to be at school last week so I didn’t really have time to work on the module with my peers. When I was away and I started to look more into selfies I realized how much it has become a popular thing to do. Wherever you go you just take a selfie as a way to remember it. I also was curious to how far back does the selfie go? When did the term come to life? Was there a different term used back in the day that has now be reinvented? I think that with these questions in mind I want to approach this module at how it became so popular and what made it such a hit. Then once I get back with my group try to figure out what they wanted to get out of this module and maybe work out something and connect all of our ideas together.