5 Things I’ve Learned in Multimedia Journalism 101

The Fall Semester is wrapping up, and with it the Multimedia Journalism class that was the driving force behind this blog. Here are a few things I’m taking away from the experience:

  1. Video and Audio editing:

Thanks to iMovie, Garage Band (and somewhat Audacity), audio and video editing are easier than I ever imagined they would be. Far easier than InDesign, that is.

2. Storyboards:

It’s easy to breeze through a project without an outline, but coming up with storyboards for short videos, blog posts and audio sound slides has helped me discover how beneficial they can be to almost any creative project.

3. I Sort of like Twitter?

I never thought I would say this- but yes. I sort of like Twitter. I like that I’m not bogged down in ads from the moment I log in, and the text heavy format, and the fact that I have to limit myself to the bare bones. And Nihilist Arby’s. Always Nihilist Arby’s. Screenshot 2015-12-11 10.01.59

4. Multimedia journalism is a new thing

I guess the years melt away quickly since the inception of the digital age. But I really thought that video, audio and graphic renditions of story concepts would have come along sooner than 2011.

5. People are giddy to tell their stories.

I thought I would be met with a little more suspicion and reluctance when asking friends and acquaintances to share their stories (for my assignments). I’m always genuinely surprised and honored by how ready people are to share a part of themselves.


The Joy of Buried Books – Damaso Alonso

I got to dig into the archives. The archives! So hidden that they had to use a Mars rover to retrieve it.

Damaso Alonso was an early twentieth century poet.hijos de la ira 2

“Life is ‘monstrous’ because it is unintelligible.”
Poetry from post-Franco Spain, with rage derived from this time, when the poet lost so many of his poet friends. Prior to the Spanish Civil War, Alonso wrote poetry that awed at the beauty of the world. After the war, this all changed dramatically.
He wrote the first Spanish “protest” poetry. But it wasn’t just a protest against the oppression of his government, and the decades of almost relentless war and death- it was a “universal, cosmic protest, which of course includes all those other partial wraths.”
One of the themes that recurs throughout the book of poetry is a slight obsession with insects, with their buzzing and “gnawing.” That’s what drew me to the book in the first place (which is not easy to find in America).
I’m studying insects, consciousness and trying to find where these things could possibly intersect with poetry. Alonso’s poetry could not have been more perfect for the further understanding of those connections.
It’s out of print, and difficult to get your hands on a bilingual version (although boning up on Spanish this way is wonderful), but if you can manage to- Alonso’s poetry is beautiful and raging, a reflection of his time and the current of anger and disbelief that has overwhelmed the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.