Group 1

Group members

  1. Morgan Ainslie
  2. Emily Giambalvo
  3. Kendra Hansey
  4. Bryan Marseille
  5. Caleb Saffo

71 thoughts on “Group 1

  1. The element of storytelling I learned the most about this semester is photography. This probably coincides with it being my least proficient skill, but I still learned plenty, especially about how to position my photo and make it the best blurry picture it can be. I also learned to not be as irrationally confident about my articles, as in, I still definitely need an editor for my work. Most of my writing is blog work where I am essentially my own editor, even through other outlets, but oftentimes an editor can make my dissertation-esque writing more concise. I have also improved my video-making skills with a little practice in class. Most of all, however, I have discovered that I love infographics. I’ll make infographics for anything. I’ve always loved when articles have them, but now that I’ve dipped my toes in making them myself, I think I may continue to incorporate them.

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  2. One of the most beneficial things I took away in the class was the emphasis on showing rather than telling. I had heard this many times, but this class showed me to tools to do it. I am now more aware of scene setting and anecdotes and have tried to apply it to my writing outside of this class. Through reading excellent work of other sports writing and by experimenting with these in my writing, this semester it became clear how much this enhances writing. Now, anything less than using these methods of showing not telling almost seems lazy to me. I learned how these techniques are also relevant across all platforms and how many concepts from writing are also prevalent in different ways in photo, video and audio stories. For instance, it helped me to think of the first few seconds of a video story as a lede. Making these connections across platforms strengthened my overall ability to tell stories with multimedia.

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  3. This semester I was able to improve my writing style. I think now my writing is tighter with a distinct lede and nut graf to structure my stories. Overall, my writing has improved as I’ve gotten more comfortable contacting sources and going further to find people that will improve the content of my stories. Although I still need to be more careful with AP style, my understanding of it as improved as I use it more and more. All of these factors improved my overall storytelling ability. Now I have clean, easy to read, and strong stories.

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  4. Two of the bigger concepts I learned a lot about this semester are techniques for videoing and photography. Prior to this class, I never really thought about horizontal versus vertical videoing. I think most of the time I would start of filming vertically then switching it to a horizontal position in the middle of the video. I never thought about how it would look after uploading it online. The “rule of thirds” in relations to pictures was also a new and vital concept for me. Usually, I just naturally make sense of the picture I’m taking, but I rarely put thought into making sure each third of the frame has a key aspect to it. Now when I take a photograph, this rule pops into my head and it makes so much sense and sometimes a difference in the outcome of the picture.

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  5. The biggest takeaway for me was understanding that as our mediums evolve, the story changes with it. It’s no secret that the “game story” isn’t what it used to be. Still, it seems a shame to define it by what it’s not (a interlocking series of boilerplate stats and boring quotes) rather than what it can be (commentary on video; expert observation; an in-depth second day story). It can be a multimedia piece teeming with quotes, .gifs, and tweets. It can be critical. It can be fun. And, it can still be news. It’s allowed to be intimate and exciting, exacting and analytical, or anything and everything in between.

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  6. Scene Setting

    The intro draws you in with highlights of Bailey in high school; as a viewer you immediately want to find out just who this kid is. The bit about college coaches watching him play adds to the exposition by showing how much clout he had at a young age They set the scene for his game-winner in the state championship pretty well too, with his HS coach giving the scenario underneath the film.

    The music set the screen well in a few separate instances: the intro music keeps you upbeat and eager; the music during his highlight championship kepe you suspenseful; the music at the end wasn’t too somber so the viewer leaves knowing his life wasn’t a tragedy.

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