Who am I?
I’m a convergence journalism student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. So what exactly is convergence?
convergence journalism teaches students how to produce news in a more impacting way with “converged” media–two or more mediums used together to create a stronger story. The program also focuses on training students to use, produce news and be involved with emerging media platforms, such as tablet apps and social media.
Essentially, convergence means I have a lot of freedom in the classes I choose. As an autodidact, this works well for me. If I can teach myself something, I will. If I can’t, I take a class on it. This has also helped me to discover my passion for digital media. I’ve always loved video production, but was never interested in the traditional broadcast track. Convergence has allowed me to carve out my own path at the Missouri School of Journalism. I’ve been able to shoot on real sets, and learn the basics of lighting and set design. I also get to create motion graphics and basic animations on Adobe Premiere and After Effects. It’s opened my eyes to all the possibilities of online video.
The Missouri School of Journalism is famous for it’s ‘Missouri Method’ style of teaching through real-world journalism exposure. It’s given me the chance to cut my teeth as a reporter in actual newsrooms, with real deadlines and high stakes. In my convergence reporting class I’ve had the opportunity to work on multimedia packages requiring weeks of in depth, investigative reporting.These experiences have taught me both the technical skills and work ethic required of a modern, multimedia journalist.
During the spring 2018 semester, I’m fortunate to be able to work in two different newsrooms:
- Vox Magazine: Reporting is my way of adding context to the world. I make sense of complex issues by figuring out how to explain them to others. That’s essentially the concept behind the video series I’m producing for Vox Magazine. It starts with finding a topic I’m interested in that often gets misunderstood. I’m in charge of researching and writing a script, filming, post-production, motion graphics and social media promotion for these videos.
- Missouri Business Alert: Business news is an area I’m especially interested in. We’re living in a time when big corporations are being run like governments, with essentially the same amount of power. At the Missouri Business Alert, I report on any news in the Mid-Missouri business world that needs covering.
Outside of the Missouri School of Journalism, I’ve been a writer for the MU News Bureau since January 2017. My current role is Student Honors Manager. While my classes help me in honing my production skills, my job has been a major asset for my writing and professionalism.
I’m also staff member of the MU Film Crew. With Film Crew I have worked as a videographer, editor, director and photographer on hired livestream events, highlight videos, commercials and documentary style videos.
As a film production minor, I also get to work on creative projects, like a horror short film called “Stalked,” which I helped shoot and edit last semester.
A few things I love:
- My two animals: a sweet, orange tabby named Jack, and a big, goofy dog named Mickey.
- The Beatles