Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Posts Tagged ‘College

Miranda Cosgrove Goes to College…bye bye iCarly?

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While I may not be familiar with Nickelodeon’s ‘iCarly’, I am familiar with Miranda Cosgrove and the huge impact she’s made on television the past few years. In this article by Donna Freydkin of USA TODAY, reader pretty much gets a background on Cosgrove’s life at the beginning and then the writer starts discussing Cosgrove’s transition from her hit television show to college life.

A video was provided to give the reader with a more intimate view of Cosgrove as she discussed her decision to end the show and focus on her studies, and while I understand that the mood was meant to be casual, I would have to say that this was not a great example of using video to make an impact to the viewer. The story honestly could’ve been fine without the video being featured in it. For long periods of time I found myself being bored staring at a girl getting her nails done and awkwardly sitting on a couch. The video was just too long in my opinion.

I feel that the video would’ve been better if they would’ve done it in a different setting because no matter how fascinating you want to think getting your nails done may seem….it’s not (sorry ladies). I would have liked to have seen Miranda on campus perhaps or just her interacting with students or anything college related with her involved would have helped me understand the story more. It just felt like I was watching her go on and on about her career and her experience thus far on campus. The video wasn’t really bad, but I just didn’t feel it impacted the story fully. USA TODAY should try thinking more creatively when it comes to their videos especially since they’re an established news source.

Maybe it was me, but I preferred the print aspect of this multimedia example.

Written by williamcrosby301

November 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Profile of a Little Miss Do-it-all: Examining the motivations of a college student, worship leader, and children’s minister.

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Profile of a Little Miss Do-it-all: Examining the motivations of a college student, worship leader, and children’s minister.

This video focuses on the life of Hana Mitchell a college student, worship leader, and children’s minister. It focuses on what motivates her to take on so many roles, and how she deals with them all. She explains that while it isn’t always easy she believes it is most certainly worth it and is exactly what God would have her do with her time right now.

 

Profile Piece: Life of a Track Star and Aspiring Model

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This video, for my MCJ300 course, exemplifies the use of multimedia with taking the element of audio and combining it with b-roll to make a bigger impact to the viewer. “Model Athlete” depicts the life of a college student balancing his roles as a runner for USM’s track team and being a member of Picture Perfect Models. The video gives the viewer a glimpse into Derrick Johnson’s life as a hard-working athlete and top model.

It’s Your Vote.

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With so many television advertisements and full coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election blasted everywhere, it was good to hear how some of the students at The University of Southern Mississippi felt about the two candidates running for office. Take a look.

Written by williamcrosby301

October 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

Opinions on Presidential Election 2012 from Southern Miss Students

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People have varying opinions about President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. This does not exclude university students. Despite the view that students are generally not well informed about politics, many have well-developed opinions. Students at the University of Southern Mississippi shared their ideas in this audio slideshow interview. Students were asked who they supported in the presidential election, if they kept up with information regarding the election and debates, and why voting is important.

This audio slideshow was meant to be an honest representation of the political views of a selection of college students at Southern Miss.