Points of reflection
From JMS 550, I have picked up on several new insights that have taken my story telling capabilities to a new level. Here are some of those valuables lessons I have learned.
As a reporter, it can be easy to to approach a story with a predisposition to a certain angle. What this course has taught me is that a journalist must be ready to reframe the focus of a story. While interviewing sources for my semester long project, I realized that the story I thought I was going to write was different than the story my sources were giving to me. I originally wanted to center my story around the subject of how University of San Diego Law students and faculty have adjusted their approaches to law school in order to remain competitive in a volatile job market. After speaking to students, I realized that not much had changed within in their approaches to their work. Instead, I learned that the biggest change to their professional pursuits came in the form of the “OCI transition.” So, I have decided to shift the story’s focus to the on-campus interviewing process.
From the ears to the eyes
Another trick I picked up from the class readings was converting a source’s interview audio into an engaging visual. During the course, I read an article that recommended using audio visualizers, such as Headliner. I’ve found that these tools are extremely helpful in easing some of the interviewing stress off of a source. Rather than having a source be concerned over their appearance during an interview, a reporter can just tell the interviewee to send them over a headshot to lay over the audio visualizer. This can put the source at ease, allowing them to be more candid in their responses.
Small investments, big outcomes
Finally, this course has taught me that investing into reporting equipment can take the quality of a story to another level. The equipment does not need to be high-end or expensive. Instead, purchases such as a $10 lavalier microphone, or a $15 tripod, can result in audio and video improvements that make a story look professional.