The past few weeks I have been challenging myself in my latest course towards my Master’s in Journalism. I am completing my final week of Multimedia Reporting, an extension of my previous classes. I thoroughly enjoyed these past four weeks as I became more comfortable with the types of media I feel add to my website. I started this course reluctantly as my facilitator was much more hands off than my previous instructors. My classmates and I are finding our journalistic voices and we finally were able to take the training wheels off. I enjoyed having the freedom to create content that fit my interests and the ability to find my own reporting style. I played with different types of media combinations that fit my desired reporting outcome. I learned how easily I could create infographics with the appropriate information.
I was also challenged to seek highly credible sources for my pieces and learned the differences in new and traditional sources. I learned to better organize my research and interviews and gave up procrastinating. I covered meaningful, newsworthy topics that impact my beat. I saw increased site traffic and social media engagement due to the consistent and thought-provoking content. I published content that I was proud of and sought to submit the highest quality stories.
Of course, my classmates and I struggled at times to meet our deadlines as we are all juggling school, families, and work. Somehow, we were able to manage and meet our deadlines. We all learned a great deal about balance and how important it is to get an early start on our assignments. We may have been under stress, but our grades reflect the quality of work we all put in.
This class restored my confidence in my journalistic abilities while challenging me to be more thorough in my reporting.