So over the past few semesters, I have begun to notice a trend in my communication classes…technology. Don’t get me wrong, but until about a year ago, I thought I was going to be sitting in a classroom learning how to write and that’s about it. Then I was required to take a Digital Media class in which we explored tools such as Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Dreamweaver.
Then it happened again. In my media history class, we were required to complete a project that was anything but written type. What happened to good old fashioned research papers? But what I learned from that experience was how useful and fun it was to delve into a subject and communicate about it through technology. In this case, we created a video on Final Cut Pro about the Vietnam War and the impact the media had on it. Through this, my classmates were able to physically hear and see the influence of this technological journalism and the story it brought about.
Today was my first reporting class and we learned how in this day in age, we need to become “Mo-Jo’s,” or mobile journalists. This means we need to apply the use of technology to every aspect of journalism and reporting. We were given cameras so that we can shoot a story on the spot if we need to. Sadly enough, newspapers are dying out and in such a technologically advanced society we live in, I guess all we can do is take advantage of these different mediums and run with them.
On this blog, I will share my experiences being a “Mo-Jo” and share the many ways journalism can be practiced through these mediums in order to obtain and tell a story. So here it goes…