Editor’s note: The orientation and multimedia training program for the Summer 2015 class of Chips Quinn Scholars was held at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn., May 11-17. As part of their training, students blog about the conference and aspects of journalism.
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Because I quit my school newspaper this semester to focus on my honors thesis, I haven’t been focused on journalism, especially since I am not a journalism major. The Chips Quinn Scholars program has brought me back to my passion by surrounding me with people who share it. I already feel refocused and more ready to jump into the newsroom in Rochester, N.Y.
Before attending the Chips Quinn Scholars program, I used to think I was pretty good at video production, but I’ve realized that there is more I can learn. Val Hoeppner, a trainer and media consultant, stresses the important of sequences and continuity in videos, elements I wasn’t concerned with before the training in Nashville, Tenn. This has shown me that I should always make room for improvement.
The Chips Quinn Scholars program has made me feel more prepared for my upcoming internship at the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Coming from a small journalism school and a weekly newspaper, I was not sure that I would be ready to work at a daily news organization as a reporter. Chips Quinn has definitely been a great warm-up for what’s to come.
Before participating in the training sessions of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, I was thoroughly unprepared to enter a digital-first newsroom. After talking with a bunch of other scholars, I heard other complaints that most traditional journalism programs don’t do enough to teach these skills. After the training in Nashville, Tenn., I have an understanding of mobile and multimedia reporting that I can take back to my internship and build upon in the future.
The Chips Quinn Scholars program is reinforcing my confidence in multimedia and reporting. I have never taken a journalism course before. Chips Quinn is teaching me the best practices in journalism that I can apply to my professional work.
The Chips Quinn Scholars program has introduced me to new digital journalism tools and provided the opportunity to work with video storytelling more than I’ve done before. I’d like to apply my experience here to exploring this medium more.
Cameron Teague Robinson
The Chips Quinn Scholars program has opened my mind to other ways of telling a story. More than that, it has taught me about video. I’ve learned more about video this week than I have in my four years of journalism classes.
What the Chips Quinn Scholars program has given me so far is a new way of approaching stories. From using mobile devices to incorporating different types of data, I have learned that journalists cannot use the same tactics for all stories. Critical thinking does not begin or end with story ideas or developing questions but with viewing how a story should be executed.
I admittedly focused on a print-oriented journalism education at Louisiana State University even though I know all reporters need to have multimedia skills. I now can shoot videos on mobile and camera devices thanks to the Chips Quinn Scholars program. I look forward to practicing my budding knowledge of videography as I produce multimedia pieces on my own and for newsrooms.
Even though I’m not sure of my exact career path, the Chips Quinn Scholars program has reaffirmed that I would like to work in journalism. Although the work is grueling and sometimes thankless, it can be an enormous amount of fun. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
The Chips Quinn Scholars program has driven home how essential it is to have newsrooms that are diverse in gender, race and opinion. Everyone in this program has shown me something I didn’t know before. If newsrooms were filled with this kind of diversity, I can only imagine that the work produced would be reflective of so many different and necessary views.
I learned these past few days about the importance of developing story ideas. I learned about this early on in college, but now I better understand the importance of converting a topic into a focused idea. The research that goes into this process, such as looking for sources and formulating preliminary questions, will help me present story ideas to my newsroom in El Paso, Texas, despite not being familiar with the city.
Even though the work we do as journalists is often completed on an individual basis, it is important to do what we can to surround ourselves with people we love working with and who push us to be better, which makes the experience more enjoyable. The Chips Quinn Scholars program is full of people who are not only brilliant at what they do but are also brilliant in character and are people I hope to call friends for a long time. This program has taught me new tricks of the trade and has inspired me and breathed new life into my passion.
As I consider my career in journalism, the Chips Quinn Scholars program has shown me the importance of using multimedia in my daily storytelling. The program has given me the tools to go into my summer internship and begin using multimedia. I now have the confidence to accompany my written stories with multimedia components.