David P. Amelotti

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LUTV Blog 6

Accountability. Honestly, I had none two weeks ago and it burned me, badly. Here’s the thing, this is supposed to be my final LUTV Blog. Number 6 and in it I’m only assuming I should have answers to early asked questions. What I have is frustration and a craving to learn more.

Here is the situation. It was two Friday’s ago, the Friday before Thanksgiving break and I was producer. I had an anchor that was out of town, and both sports and weather not having talent with an hour to go until show time. Those spots were filled. I knew they would be. However, it was a rare moment where I thought if they don’t have to care then why should I. If the show tanks, it’s on them. I wasn’t nearly efficient as I usually am. I felt rushed. I think back on that show and it ran rather smoothly. A few bumps but nothing really unusual but what was apparent was my attitude.

Accountability. I used to get so frustrated with my mom growing up because I always felt she was so critical. There were few times when I felt I did something that met expectations and school was always more of a priority over having fun or being with friends. She talked a lot about how I act is a reflection on her and dad and there is a certain way you need to behave in public to have the respect of your peers. I hated all of that really. I never saw the need to invest so much effort into what others think of me.

I experienced that moment when I felt that I let those around me down and for the first time, I felt my brand was tainted. My brand? That’s crap! Why do I care about a brand, my image now. I mean after all this time of saying anything on my mind, no matter the situation is pretty rewarding. Everyone else is concerned about social tact and I’m over at the news desk pretending I’m a German chef from 1947. I just want to have fun, that’s all I’m saying. I don’t want to become dull.

I feel like when you dream as a child, those around you applaud but then you age and everyone is offended that you dared to be more than average.

Accountability. My point to all of this is, that I need to care because if I show that I don’t I lose the respect of those around me and whatever I’m putting my efforts towards will fail. I’m not sure if that is a realization I needed now. I feel I knew this but never had burnt myself so badly to where I needed to acknowledge it. I know what happened that day and I know I’m far better than that.

So what do I take away from the super semester?

I have a chance. The experience on camera, working with the community to develop my stories, and writing all contribute to my belief that with more time, I will acquire more skill and have chance at being beyond average. I’ve gotten tired of the idea of wanting to be the best. There is a different way of saying it, I believe.

I think back at all my times on camera and there are leaps and bounds to be made and my writing is not the most concise but good God I’ve gotten so much better. Considering the first time I did an interview for LPS last year I was shaking. I get in front of a camera now and I’m calm. Sure I need to work on my facial expressions and inflection when reading the teleprompter who doesn’t. I’m better than when I began and I feel that, no matter what degree of improvement, should be considered a success.

For one thing that has shown much improvement is my shooting. I’ve come back with some shots for weather and I couldn’t believe it was my work. How did this happen? Was it merely increased exposure with a camera? My stand-up for my Christmas light package – Oh my! That is a nice shot. Now, that isn’t said to brag or anything but I can tell you when I first transferred at Lindenwood, I could not have done that. I didn’t do one thing with television until I got to LU and now it’s all I want to do. I never tried because I was told I wouldn’t be capable. Well, after this semester, I want to take the risk and prove them wrong.

I don’t know where my end is whether if it is news or sports. Really, I don’t see that being an end, more like a launching pad. I’m a dreamer and I’m hard pressed to believe that is something to grow out of.

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Industry Blog #4

In an article found on newslab.com, “Using Social Media in Covering Breaking News,” the writer discusses how social media reacted to the recent death of actor Paul walker. Rather than focusing on the death, the article examines the accuracy of information that finds its way online and on the screens of millions. One example of information not being accurate was a quote that was liked by 200,000 people on Facebook however, the quote was a lie; a made up statement to attract the eyes of young and old on social media. In fact, AP had to issue a statement correcting their original story that used the quote.

Kim Bui is featured in the online article by making appearances in Youtube videos offering advice to those looking to use social media when reporting or gathering news at home. Her public radio station, KPCC in California has developed a list of users on twitter, for example, to follow in breaking news situations and utilizes their information in valuable to their story. It is suggested to journalists that if they want to begin constructing their own list of users to follow online, it is best to begin with one’s competition.

Bui later elaborates as quote in the article as saying that every newsroom needs a breaking news social media strategy. This was personally exciting to read considering that there is such a strategy with LUTV as the producer has a special program allowing him or her to follow hundreds up on hundreds of users simultaneously.

If you are interested in reading the story, just click here.

The article I read was also on Newslab.com, “Tips for Telling Vivid Stories.” The title says it all as the article does in fact focus on offering advice to journalists on how to better find, research, and construct their stories. There needs to be a central theme or character whose story has a complete beginning, middle and end. There should be some form of conflict or action that has a resolution; good or bad.

As the reader goes on, one will be introduced to David Zwerdling who has been a reporter for over 30 years at NPR. He stresses the importance of preparation and research. Attention to detail is essential, especially in setting the scene. Zwerdling offers 4 main tips for those looking to improve their story-telling ability.

1. Mapping. This is an idea of a reporter after learning about his or her story to sit down and actually draw out a map of the story to find its beginning, middle, end and just as importantly discover the most important story.

2. Stated as hypnotizing but it is a method when interviewing a subject asking basic questions like day, time of day, and weather, to allow you to tell whether or not this individual is being honest.

3. Conversation in regards to evaluating how the subject told their story.

4. Dreams. He asks his subjects if they dream about the event. Mainly when he believes a subject is dry and rambling he asks this question to find some lost energy.

A bit of humor at the end of the article is shared when it is explained that it comes down to asking the right questions. The challenge is creating those perfect questions.

If you want to read the article for yourself, feel free to click here.

LUTV Blog #5

Transferring to Lindenwood has provided every opportunity and more than I have desired. That is bold. Every opportunity? I transferred right? I was there for two years so I would hope I left with having learned something. I did of course as I took the risk of following through and training to be a disc jockey and learning to talk on air. Any day, I could go back and listen to my stop sets and shake my head remembering how frustrated I was at that time in my life. For radio, I got all the hands on experience I could have ask for but I wasn’t engaging in a larger conversation. I wasn’t reaching an audience I wanted to and I wasn’t producing material I was happy with.

I transfer to Lindenwood and within a month I found myself sitting on a television set 10 seconds from going live. One goal I made when I decided to transfer was to always say yes, to never turn down opportunity.

At LUTV, there are new lessons being learned all over and just last week, I learned how to engage a celebrity. A.J. Thouvenot was on season 8 of Project Runway. (If you don’t believe me, click here so you can view his profile)

The interview itself took five minutes as I only asked him two questions about his experience on the show. It was disappointing afterwards when I learned the video hadn’t been recorded in the control room. I always like shooting with the studio cameras because it is always a stellar shot. Despite that mistake, I got to spend an additional 40 minutes with A.J. learning about his influences, his style as well as getting some fashion advice. Now that I think about it, it was just positive reinforcement. I may dress like a 40-year-old but I look professional and I’m comfortable and if you want to place blame anywhere do so on my private education for high school. You should totally take the time, if you have time, to watch the story on A.J.’s visit to Lindenwood University and LUTV.

You may think to yourself, “What is the true impact of this semester on David?” The answer would be grand enough to encourage him to graduate.

Seriously, as always I’m a work in progress but the personal development as well as my ability to perform on air has changed dramatically. In fact, I don’t think I resemble that chubby freshman who forgot to turn his mic on for his first time speaking on the radio. I just want a chance and I’d like to believe that is what everyone has found themselves asking for at one point in their life. Just a chance to do something more than originally anticipated. Surprise a few people with a willingness to give it an effort.

I grew up with people who wanted to be lawyers or doctors, something stable that would allow them to have a family and live comfortably with no worries. That never seemed to attract me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve daydreamed of having a family. That is mainly to the relationship I have with my family. In case you are concerned, no I am not looking to help bring life into this world for several years. I’m merely saying when the time comes, I’ll be pretty happy.  I say all of that because I’ve always wanted to be out from behind a desk, I want to be with people. Just the other day someone asked what I wanted and I said the Tonight Show. That’s bold, ambitious, and honestly really freaking arrogant. I don’t mean to be but I’m just being honest – I think it would be cool to see if I could ever be considered an entertainer. John Lennon spoke about dreamers. I’m one of many… at least the paraphrased words of John Lennon.

After a conversation with my advisor and dean, I am going to graduate in May and take a chance as I look for a job…any job…I’ll maintain my dignity. The point here is that I really am excited because I didn’t believe I was ready but it seems like those around me believe something different. I’ll continue to work hard and listen. That really is the trick. A line a buddy of mine would always tell me when I was at SEMO was that leaders listen. It is insane how much you can miss if you don’t stop and just listen.

SUDDEN CHANGE OF TOPIC

Remember that Brewery Package I was working on for what seemed like an eternity?! Here it is! Finally!

Earlier, I spoke about opportunity and this Monday, I could have the biggest one yet – Meeting with and interviewing Mike Matheny, Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. It is healthy to dream because life will open doors as long as you foster a desire to risk success and failure.

Industry Blog #3

We are in the middle of the evolution in which we as a society acquire our news digitally rather than print as previous generations. That may seem lofty but it couldn’t be any closer to the truth as print papers become thinner and thinner and more journalists direct their attention towards online publications to enhance their personal portfolio and audience. With that in mind, maybe it seems like no surprise of another controversy occurring in the world of journalism, how do you pay the journalists? Naturally, it isn’t the owners of websites or paper asking that question but those actually gathering and distributing information.

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In an age where profit is the game, more now than ever, there has to be a method that is efficient for both parties. In a blog post by editern entitled, “How Should Journalists Be Paid in the Digital Age?” it is made known that 10,000 Words contacted Coates Bateman, the executive direct of digital programming strategy at Forbes Media.

Some are of the mindset that audience side should determine pay but Bateman believes otherwise as, “Journalists and contributors who operate with integrity, transparency and understanding of the dynamics of an evolving medium will thrive even more so than their predecessors.” He also would mention that salary based on audience wouldn’t be idea for every publication structure.

There is not just one way to earn a living as a journalist and Andrew Sullivan is the example provided who left one website to develop his own, The Dish.

He has developed an audience of nearly 100,000 followers on twitter and has established himself as a money-making brand. It is the belief of Bateman in a final quote that social media is the next step for journalists to make progress and maybe a pay increase is the best method to enhance that ambition.

If you would like to read the article in its entire, you should click this handy link provided –  “How Journalists Should Be Paid In The Digital Age”

There will come a time for most journalists when they encounter a story that will have such an emotional pull that tears will be inevitable. A concern for many young journalists but also for experts, one in particular, former CBS correspondent Randall Pinkston who has over 30 years of experience on the front lines of reporting. Debora Wenger has written an article titled, “Correspondent talks about Coping Skills for Journalists.” Pinkston shared his experiences in an effort to encourage programs developing the next generation of journalists to provide coping skills that can aid a reporter after covering a traumatic event.

Pinkston shares insight about what CBS had done for reporters following 9/11. He insists that the individual needs to find other outlets to express their emotion. The temptation to use drugs or consume alcohol seems to be an easy get away for many but Pinkston urges one to converse with colleagues and not to have shame if therapy is needed.

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.

If there is one lesson presented that seems most important it is the advice to not allow journalism overtake your entire life.

The final paragraph of the article clearly articulates alternative methods to remaining emotional balanced.  “You have to plan how to live your life other than journalism,” Pinkston said. “You need to exercise, maintain personal relationships – otherwise you’ll be on your laptop on the Web 24/7. It’s really easy for journalism to become your one and only thing. Having a life requires time management.”

Just click this link for the full article!

Being an emotional eater is a real thing.

LUTV Blog #4

What all has changed since my last post? Well, instead of having one package to my name, I have three with one on the way next week and honestly although everything hasn’t gone exactly the way I had hoped, I have to be happy with where I am currently sitting in regards to my class and lessons learned. Ever since the spring semester of my senior year in high school, I have embraced the phrase, “a work in progress.”

I was fortunate enough to be the student that got to directly cover the Michael Johnson case. A 21-year-old who knowingly infected others with the HIV virus had been arrested and Lindenwood was all over local news. I’m going to be honest, I thought I was going to do a mere VO-SOT at first and that would be the end of it but it developed into a package and a story that swept the campus away (Not my package specifically but the story that a student LU committed such a crime). I found out around 2:30 that Thursday about the story and I jumped on it. At 3:30, I was interviewing Detective Sergeant Todd Wilson as he was explaining the ramifications of the situation as well as why HIV specifically received such treatment by the law as opposed to other sexually transmitted diseases. That conversation was followed by phone calls for interviews, there was a meeting with the paper to discuss how to handle the story and honestly, that is when it clicked that this story was going to require an approach that would sensitive to all those involved. I had absolutely no idea how to do that! The majority of my writing experience has taken place at Lindenwood and some still consider me rather new to the campus. Maybe my weakest attribute is my news writing and now I am going to be covering the biggest news on the campus.

Somehow, the package really turned out well. If I watch the final product the only thing that stands out is that I echo on my standup but that is something the common viewer won’t recognize. I’m pleased with this package mainly because of the support I got from friends and professors. It seems I didn’t let anyone down and the amount of knowledge I gained; that couldn’t have been learned another way. If you have a few moments, watch for yourself!

Something to keep in mind, the day I began working on the Johnson case, that morning I was shooting for another package that I thought was going to run that week. Yes, my week was crazy. Yes, I enjoyed every bit of it. This other project was covering the St. Charles Micro-breweries and learning what they had prepared for the fall season. It was hectic coordinating with the three different businesses, especially when one was confused that I was bringing a camera…despite representing LUTV…the student television station. No worries, I still was able to meet with the head brewers of Trailhead, Exit 6 and O’Fallon brewery. SO MUCH FOOTAGE! That is a good thing when you consider it is better to have too much than not enough but seriously, I had dozens upon dozens of clips. It took me an hour just to sort the material I had captured but that wasn’t so difficult as I got to see the quality in my shots improve.

If I am being entirely honest with you, my camera skills before this semester were probably the worst in the program. I had zero confidence and I would do anything to pawn up shooting responsibilities. That said, I was somewhat forced into shooting weather the first day of class and somehow everything clicked. Now, I am not perfect and I don’t make every shot that I envision come to life but I see progress there and that is such a thrill!

The only frustration with this package that rand on October 23rd is that it was late getting to the life broadcast. That mild feeling of failure has never exhausted me so much until that moment. There was an audio error in the package and I refused to allow that to go live. I wouldn’t want to experience that as a viewer so why should I accept that low quality for an assignment. If my name is on something, I want it to be top quality or at least be a representation of my full ability. That was a cruel experience being on camera, finishing my reader, and then seeking the camera on shot switch to the sports desk because my package hadn’t arrived in the system. I was crushed and felt like a moron. This is a lesson learned. Had that error not been detected, it would have been plenty of time. I believe the time could have been made up earlier had I been able to get my script completed and approved before lunch. That is key! I need to become more efficient in my writing. I will figure this out as it is far too much fun to give up.

O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer

After that week, a trip to Rombach’s Pumpkin Patch with the family was needed. In fact, I got to try one of the beers of O’Fallon Brewery. Tasty stuff!

LUTV Blog 3

There is a certain satisfaction when your friends and family share how proud they are of you. That was an experience I had this past week when I was able to share my first package online on Facebook. I’ve always been cautious about sharing audio from radio shows, promos and sweepers from the radio, and my work since transferring to Lindenwood because I didn’t want people to think I am arrogant. Really, I think I was intimidated by how others would perceive me. What if something I thought was really good was actually terrible and I got called out? I guess that may always be a possibility with the field of work I am trying to participate in.

Instead of criticism, I had dozens of friends and family share their excitement. People are saying I look professional, a girl likes the sound of my voice (I’m sorry, I’m in a committed relationship), both of my Aunt’s are thrilled. I’ve always tried to be really out going but I would be foolish to ignore that it has been a defense mechanism at times. I’m self conscious. To be embraced about doing something well that people enjoyed; that’s cool!

Anchoring is maybe the aspect of news broadcasting that the Super Semester students were most excited about at the beginning of the semester. Why shouldn’t they be? They get face time on the camera, they are recognized when at the grocery store, most seem to be beautiful, and the assumption is they are financially stable beyond the average middle class citizen. What we have all come to learn, it is far more difficult than just reading. I have anchored three times and I have noticed progress but that has been clouded by frustration.

There is a difference between reading a book and then reading something on live broadcast. With a background in radio, I believe my ability to speak and read on television is acceptable for this stage of my life: a student getting his first true taste of television. The frustration arises from a lack of patience when watching our newscasts knowing visually, I have a lot of work. Genetics gave me the face I have today and much can’t be done about that. For a 5’7” Italian, 21-year-old from South County, I believe genetics has done me well. What I’m really referring to is my facial expressions. This is so annoying because in everyday conversation I feel as though I contort my face non-stop.

For my third newscast as anchor, I felt my reads were decent for the most part. Some more emotion is making its way into my voice I believe but I still felt while reading that viewers may be bored. That may be the worst thought to cross your mind while on live television. I had to re-shoot two stories for a reason I truly don’t remember. To be honest, that day was a blur as I was both anchor and sports. In truth, that isn’t really all that difficult as it is just a few extra stories to read but there may have been no sports tease, and I may not have recognized that was the spot for the sports tease…so I may have just stood there for 20 seconds and smiled. Well, at least that time I didn’t read the weather tease…actually that was the same day…yes, I did that.

Third Day to Anchor - Peter Says I'm Finding My Voice

Myself anchoring with Jennifer Bruhn on LUTV. Peter says I’m finding my voice.

It was after the meeting concluded that we hold after each newscast where I got a boost of confidence. Peter Carlos is a man at LUTV who has always been very kind to me. He allowed me to be talent for the LU Football Halftime show last year and he has always been encouraging. On that day of pulling double duty, missing my tease, maybe not giving many facial expressions, Peter came up to me and told me he believes I am finding my voice. I took that as I did well…or maybe I was sloppy and he was trying to keep me from beating myself up. We are going to say it was a heartfelt compliment and it really has given me motivation to get back behind the desk and possibly wow the others.

I have made one package which means I have about 6 to go which may cause you to panic once it becomes common knowledge that we are currently in the middle of the semester. That is no joke, this week is midterms. You think no big deal, I say Mass Communications Law. That fear you sense, it’s real. Ahead for me is a package on St. Charles County Breweries and their Fall line ups. I’m so excited! In the back of my mind though…I feel a hard news package in my future and that is rather intimidating. I’m starting to get this confidence that I could make things happen in television. We’ll see.

Meet The Team

Looking at these various scenes, maybe the idea of being on television isn’t as much of a dream anymore. Maybe a reality after all…

Industry Blog #2

As a student at the university level studying the world of Mass Communications with an emphasis on radio and television, I still find myself having aspirations of pursuing journalistic writing. Ever since I learned the concept of the “five paragraph essay,” my academic writing took off and I could write a 15 page paper with ease. What I believe to be so fascinating with journalistic writing as well as with broadcast news writing is that I am forced to write in a concise manner rather than in a longer, more descriptive manner that I have been accustomed to for the majority of my life. Currently, being enrolled in the Super Semester curriculum at Lindenwood University, I have even gotten the opportunity to go out into the field for stories which is a thrill to shoot video and write a story to accompany my work.

I recently read “Dispatch From Italy: Citizen Journalism and YouReporter Making Waves,” a story by Karen Fratti where she begins telling a story of a conversation she shared with an Italian friend. She shares with her readers that in Italy, journalists have to be certified similarly to lawyers. As in the United States they have their independent journalists but they also now have everyday citizens reporting by submitting their work to the website, YouReporter.it which is, “a crowd sourced, video sharing news platform that is widely used.” in Italy stated Fratti. Originally launched in 2008, co-founder Angelo Cimarosti began developing the idea as early as 2006 with the ambition to not capture the “big” news stories but rather those smaller occurrences that individuals on the local level could more easily relate to.

It was fascinating to learn on a busy day, the site can have upwards of 3000 videos uploaded compared to an average day when the media site doesn’t receive more than a few hundred. What is incredible is that many mainstream media formats use video from the site and it is entirely legal as long as they show the YouReporter logo.

Towards the end of the article there are a few pieces of advice the creators offer to those interested in posting on the site, one about zooming in while recording video. For anyone who knows Ed Voss, you know as well as I that it looks sloppy.

If you are interested in reading the full article to learn more about the site, just follow the link to YouReporter article found on Mediabistro.com

Thinking back to the beginning of my post, I really do enjoy academic writing. One interesting direction part of the world of journalism is turning is down the path of the use of personal narratives. Why does this fascinate me so much? Mainly because the idea of concise is mainly thrown out the window as good writing and strong story-telling are valued above other factors and I would assume accurate information as well.

I recently read, “Are Personal Essays the Future of Digital Journalism?,” by an individual identified as editern who wrote on the success of personal essays online on websites such as Salon.com. The website that considers the Huffington Post as competition has placed all efforts on sharing information through personal essays with a main focus on strong story-telling. Beginning in 1995, the sites reputation has only become more positive as a respectable source of news and information on “news, politics, pop culture and everything in between.” according to editern’s article. Another factor that has caused for this push is the acceleration of the number of bloggers on the internet. Not only does Salon.com have to duel the big power houses but also every individual who believes their opinion is just as valuable which justifies the acquisition of a WordPress.com account.

The cause for concern for some stems from the belief that this form of journalism could overtake the long standing tradition of long form journalism. Sarah Hepola who is Salon’s personal essay editor shared her thoughts by stating, “Even if the personal essay is replacing long form narrative journalism, it’s not out of the question that both could serve the same ultimate goal: To broaden our understanding of the larger world.”

If you would like to gain more insight by reading the full article, just follow the link to the Article on Personal Essays from Mediabistro.com

LUTV Blog #2

In the past few weeks since my last post, I have re-learned a valuable lesson that I thought I had ingrained in my head before graduating high school. I was re-introduced to the idea of sticking to my gut this past week when I was on location for my first package for LUTV. The Daniel Boone home was having “Pioneer days,” a weekend event that transported visitors back to 1819 when Daniel Boom roamed the earth accomplishing extraordinary feats that contributed to his legend. I had been assigned to get interviews and participate in events and I was excited for four hours of conversing with staff, guests to the site as well as the idea of firing a 19th century musket.

Once arriving on location and we begin shooting, my crew who was not as familiar with the concept starting placing doubt in my mind. I was wearing a polo and shorts and there was concern about if that was appropriate. That conversation is too late at 8:45 A.M., we are 45 minutes away from campus in Defiance, MO and the event and my crew was to be finished at noon. I let the extra commentary get in my head so I removed myself from the shots and we focused on interviews. That was a mistake. I don’t have regrets but I have many disappointments and one is allowing this great opportunity melt in my hands.

Interestingly enough, by discussing this situation I also have to acknowledge the lack of communication I had with my crew. Maybe I could have done a better job sharing my vision for the day. There is no going back to fix the mistakes and failure in execution. From here, I can only move forward knowing the decisions I made and how to avoid those errors on future shoots. The worst feeling of this experience wasn’t the disappointment in not firing the musket, it was Brandon and Peter asking me what happened because I missed the concept entirely. Failure is difficult and when you let others down who believe you are capable is near rock bottom.

As far as the package itself, it really was one of the best experiences I have had in college regarding my education. Interviews are my favorite. They are something I truly take pride in because I get to learn about a particular event but whatever the individual on camera says, I’m partially responsible for. Now by no means am I preparing their answers but I feel I have an ability to place people at ease and when I do so, people open up and show personality. I think of the William Ray interview I did. Ray is a Lindenwood University Volunteer and he was incredibly enthusiastic. We placed him on the front steps of a log cabin, pressed record, and begin asking him questions that he seemed to truly appreciate. He was laughing and joking around and those are the characteristics I want to make visible. It may have been the best interview of the day.

For more information on the site itself, checkout the The Daniel Boone Home for yourself!

Editing. The concept seems fairly simple: lay your audio, take your accumulated clips and lay them over. Keep it around 1:40 and everyone is pleased. As Jill told me on Wednesday, there are two different results among people when they make their first package: one makes theirs too short, the other runs longer than needed. To no surprise of those who know me, I went 23 seconds over the preferred run time. My thinking, I’d rather have too much than not enough. With that said, the entire aspect of writing a script, assembling clips, and editing until completed was a very satisfying experience. It was reassurance that I had done something correct. I had strong interviews, good b-roll, and a variety of shots. For my first package, I’m pleased. There are many things I’d like to do better so knowing where to start for the next one isn’t a problem at all.

In fact, my stress that day didn’t come from finishing my package, it was that I was put on weather for the first time in my life and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I wrote a script that I believed to suffice and I practiced in front of the camera for about 45 minutes. There were a few quick prayers before going live. I survived the broadcast and found myself being proud that I didn’t back down.

Another reason why Lindenwood’s television program is so fantastic, providing breaking news to the campus and nearby community. Check this out!

LUTV Blog Log #1

It was bound to happen, my first blog reflecting on the past three weeks; the beginning of my Super Semester Experience. I feel I have always been honest about the fact that it was intimidating making the decision to learn about television. With a background in radio of three years at the college level, my face hasn’t experienced much face time. In fact, I was always told when I was younger I wouldn’t make it in television so I always had my mind set on FM radio.

Our first week of the semester involved the observation of three newscasts from the early morning where stories are gathered, through the rush of getting scripts and rundowns in the hands of talent and crew, and of course the moment where the “On-Air” light goes off and Ed and Jill lead the post broadcast meeting. Last semester’s students in the program made everything look fairly simple. They had a rhythm as they all knew each other and clearly had developed the necessary skills to execute a 20 minute broadcast in four hours.

The light may be bright but no doubt my eyes are a blur trying to speed read my first few lines. First Day as Talent

Jump to the second week and I find myself co-anchoring the first broadcast and writing a number of stories. Do I look at the camera or do I look back at Taylor during the weather tease? Apparently writing in an active, present tense is more difficult than I thought. Without fail, I received the, “You have a really good second sentence,” comment from Jill.

After our first broadcast, Jill asked the class why everyone thought the transition from radio to television was smooth for me. Now, I haven’t seen a recording of the broadcast but I wouldn’t say smooth…if anything I survived the transition. From what others told me, I didn’t blink once the entire broadcast! I can’t recall who said it but the answer was my background in radio, I was beside myself. I thought that was making it more difficult for me but it seems to be an advantage when on camera. I hope if anything results from it, the idea of the LUTV crew working disc jockey shifts at KCLC is very tantalizing. I think it would be incredible to have Tuesdays and Thursdays be the Super Semester crew!

This past week has been hectic with other commitments but I felt almost overwhelmed with all I have learned, mainly with writing. My personal writing style is very descriptive and colorful. I’d imagine everyone else would just say I’m wordy and move along. Being concise, writing in the active tense for every story might seem simple enough but with some situations, I’ve found myself staring at the computer monitor with frustration. As certain tasks become more of a habit, I’m sure I will pick up on larger aspects of my writing to improve upon.

Friday, September 13th, my first VO-SOT will run on LUTV in which I highlight the early success of Lindenwood’s Men’s Soccer. Going down to Hunter Stadium Tuesday evening to shoot footage may have been one of the better experiences I have had in school. The day had already been long but a buddy of mine said he would join me and I found myself thoroughly enjoying myself behind the camera, trying to capture the dominating style of soccer Lindenwood has been spoiled with. The post game interview was exciting as I had to walk out to mid-field to meet with Coach Hutter to find my player. If I could go back, I would time travel to 4:00 P.M. that day and ask to keep the LED light in my bag. Unfortunately, I will be that student who has raccoon eyes on his subject.

With today being my first piece being featured, I don’t have any media to upload from this semester. However, I have this piece from the year prior and after watching some of my fellow colleagues in front of the camera, I know where I need to begin in order to improve my presence in front of the camera.

Industry Blog

As a mass communications student in the 21st century, it is a known fact that technology is continuously being enhanced daily. It seems as if a new phone that is thinner and faster is released every week with more apps available than ever before. Not only are the devices rapidly evolving but so are the methods in which people utilize to stay connected with each other or with the world around them.

One of those methods is social media and not only as a recreational avenue for tech savvy individuals to vent after a stressful day at work or an awkward encounter with a past lover at the grocery store. Technology, in the world of journalism is being manipulated in fashion today that ensures anyone who is in reach can be instantaneously informed about anything from the largest global crisis to the smallest case of theft at one’s local convenient store.

Recently I read, “Journalist’s Dilemma: Combining personal and professional social media” by Debora Wenger where she shares information gathered from various interviews with media professionals who incorporate social media in their professional and personal lives. Interestingly enough was the tendencies of male and female professionals that were uncovered. A fascinating case was WTVA-TV anchor/reporter, C.J. LeMaster who uses his Twitter account for both personal and professional use. However, Jeff Cutler, who is a representative of the Society of Professional Journalists, acknowledges the intelligence of LeMaster who questions every post he writes on whether or not it is appropriate to be shared with his followers.

On the opposite side of the spectrum was WJTV-TV anchor Erin Pickens, who has two Facebook accounts and two Twitter accounts so that she has both a personal and private account on each social media platform. It is acknowledged in the post that more times than not women tend to be more conservative in online activity which is contrary to men who seem more comfortable. As said most concisely by Cutler, “Guys are much less protective of their info.”

If you are interested in reading the full article or wanting more examples of media professionals utilizing social media, you can take the time to read the article by clicking the below link.

http://www.advancingthestory.com/2013/07/29/journalists-dilemma-combing-your-personal-and-professional-social-media/

Maybe you would like the business perspective? If so, check out this video with Case Foundations VP of Communications Allie burns discusses the benefits of employees having both an organizational account as well as a personal account on social media.

Where the last story discussed social media, a service that can be accessed on most technological platforms, the smart phone is the topic of this next article. Being one of the most quickly evolving devices, the smart phone is now being utilized by journalists as a way of being able to keep followers updated at a rate that is nearly instantaneous.

The growing concern of this approach to journalism is how this large amount of information being consumed by the reader is. It seems as if with so much information being made available at such a rapid rate those consumers would become overwhelmed by the flood of details being posted.

In the article, “How reporters use mobile newsgathering,” posted by Debora Wenger on advancingthestory.com, insight is offered to the transformation occuring in the world of journalistic reporting as reporters across the nation and undoubtedly the world are utilizing their cellular devices beyond the basic function of dialing phone numbers.

In the article, reporter Rachel Beech is interviewed on her approach to journalistic reporting with her smart phone. Using an iPhone, she has been able to establish an online presence by consistently and efficiently posting news informing her followers.  The goal with this method is not just to make a post before a rival but to provide factual information.
One aspect of incorporating smart phones I found fascinating was the multiple tasks that reporters are expected to perform with their phone. Not only are they responsible for gathering information for writing their story but a post to followers stating what story is about to be covered is routine. Multiple photos and even video is expected to be provided. Some phones even have a high enough quality where the footage could not only be placed online but could be found on a a live newscast. I believe this was so intriguing because through three years of college education, the concept of being able to write, speak, shoot and edit has been preached. There is a vast appreciation for an individual who has a wide skills set. To me, it is mind-blowing that all these tasks can be completed successfully using a smart phone and that such a simple device to a 21-year-old can satisfy requirements for professional news broadcast.

If you are one that finds the incorporation of smart phones in journalism fascinating, then follow the link provided below.

http://www.advancingthestory.com/2013/07/24/how-reporters-use-mobile-newsgathering/

If you want to see Multimedia Journalism at work, check out this video made by students from BU who covered the Boston Marathon. The entire piece was done using cell phones.