Semester Reflection

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the media production class this semester. I have strengthened my communication skills in many areas, with one of these being my technological skills. The class has taught me how to use different software such as adobe photoshop, final cut pro, and garage band. Through the course, I have developed my ability to produce better quality audio clips and videos on final cut pro. I have also learned some of the basics of editing pictures in adobe photoshop.

The class has challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and see things in a different light. This has improved my visual skills. For example, one of the assignments that I completed required the use of the 5 shot rule when taking video footage. The 5 shot rule requires taking shots from different angles and distances, such as close up of hands, close up of face, over the shoulder shot, head and shoulders shot, and a wide shot. Applying this method made my video footage more interesting and communicated a better story to my audience. For an assignment, I had to time the video footage with audio. This was challenging because I wanted to tell a visual story, but it had to relate to what the interviewee was saying.

Furthermore, media production has developed my interpersonal skills. For some of the assignments, I had to carry out interviews with people. This has taught me a lot, especially with regards to asking appropriate questions and the type of questions to ask to make a story more interesting. Carrying out these assignments has made me more confident in the interviewing process, which will help when I apply for internships and jobs after college.

Overall, developing my communication skills technologically, visually and interpersonally will benefit me for the rest of my time at college but ultimately, I have gained life skills. All of these attributes have improved my creativity and will serve me well not just now but in the future. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for me in my journey.

KSTM Radio News Podcast

I found the podcast assignment for media production really fun. I have learnt how to use my voice to convey emotion depending on what I am talking about. Also, making a news podcast challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and to use words that would relate and catch the listeners attention. Overall, this assignment has encouraged me to be better organized and more creative.

Music Majors Perform Recital at St. Mary’s University

Spring Ensemble Recital

On November 19th, I attended the String Ensemble Recital in Treadaway Hall at St. Mary’s University. The recital featured St. Mary’s music majors, who play the violin, viola and cello. They were joined by special guest Robert Cruhm. Throughout the event, I was live-tweeting the actions that took place. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the compositions and would love to go to another recital performance in the future.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brittney Carden demonstrates how to make one of her favorite recipes, banana chocolate chip cookies. She also talks about her passion for baking and gives some tips and advice for other people to follow.

Ingredients
•1 egg
•1 medium ripe banana
•1/3 cup peanut butter
•1 tbsp melted butter
•3 tbsp sugar
•1/2 tsp vanilla extract
•1/3 cup flour
•1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). In a large bowl whisk the egg. Add the banana to the bowl and mash. Then add peanut butter, melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, and whisk to combine.

After, add the flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Next, add the chocolate chips and stir again.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookies onto the paper but make sure to leave enough room in between each one. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown.

Let rest on baking sheet for a few minutes until cool.

Enjoy!

Describing Student Activities Through a Lens

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Photo 1: Nat, who is sat down to the left, is reading a textbook with a fellow student and discussing the content within the chapter.

Photo 2: The one dressed in a black jumper is Nat, who is meeting up with a friend to discuss class notes together.

Photo 3: Brittney is studying hard to finish her anthropology paper in the commons at St. Mary’s University.

Photo 4: Nat and her friend, who is pictured to the right, are identifying parts of the textbook with which they are struggling to understand.

Photo 5: Gabi, who has just completed an upper body workout, is stretching her shoulder and arm out.

Media Production Class

Here is a picture of the people in my media production class.

Top row from left to right: Michaelangelo Betancourt and Alejandro Beltran Del Rio

Second row from left to right: Norma Espinoza, Sofia Ruescas, and Alyssa

Third row from left to right: Brandon Villarreal, Jonier Gutierrez and Maria Esquivel

Fourth row from left to right: Renee Padilla, Me and Janice Rodriguez

Bottom row from left to right: Victoria Valle, Samantha Schultz and Paul Pruski

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