End of the Semester

As the semester comes to a close, I wanted to take the time to write about my love for journalism, as well as the great time I had in this Multimedia class.

Through this blog, I have recognized the importance of truth. Yes, I was just writing about celebrities, but if I didn’t have the facts of their lives correct, what good is the critique? None at all.

Showing the truth is a huge, huge aspect of journalism, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. Displaying the cold hard facts of a story to the public, whether it be the biggest scandal to hit American history or just the daily weather report, journalists have to be truthful.

This love of truth leads me to my explanation for my love of this topic. I realized my interest in news when I was in 8th grade. I was a typical middle school student in Virginia, just waiting to start high school when something incredible happened that had a big impact on many of my classmates: the Virginia Tech shooting. When more information came to light, I could not take my eyes off the television screen.

As I began to do my own personal research on the horrible shootings, I came across the Columbine tragedy, and many other high profile crimes. Needless to say, I became obsessed with the way these crimes were portrayed to the public through news organizations. It was intriguing for me to see how different media outlets showed and said different things about the same stories.

My passion for the news stuck with me throughout high school, causing me to realize that I wanted to be a crime reporter for a paper or television. I just wanted to learn more about every criminal story there was out there.

This past year, my goal in life changed as I went through my news writing class and Multimedia class. I figured out that I wanted to control what was being put on the news and how people are going to see it. I decided that I wanted to be a news producer.

When tragedies in the world strike, the first thing I do is turn on the news. I flip through different channels to see each one’s focus and make a critique of what they could do better or how they could change it. It is truly amazing to me that I have the ability to know what is good journalism and what isn’t just through going to this school for two years. Sure, I am still pretty new at it, but I am so happy that I have found what I want to do with my life through what I have learned.

Journalism is a constantly changing field. There is always something out there that can be reported on. In addition, the way we report is becoming completely different. Twitter is absolutely amazing. I had no idea the power it could have until I took this Multimedia class. I found myself looking at it all the time and retweeting news organizations constantly (I went a little overboard when the Boston Marathon bombings happened, but hey you can never have too much information). Facebook and other resources have this same power. It is absolutely enthralling.

I still have two more years to learn more about broadcast news and producing and I cannot wait. Thanks for an amazing semester Multimedia. It’s been real. 

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