The Process

The Process

Well I’m a month into my internship and I’m getting settled into videography. When I accepted this position I thought to myself, “this won’t be too hard!” I’m not ashamed to admit I was wrong. I’ve quickly learned there is more to videography than recording content. This process involves research, journalism, time management, and graphic design. As I began to research possible stories to cover I was amazed at all the things going on at Stetson. I pitched my ideas to Michael, settle on 3 stories to cover, and went to work immediately. This my friends is where the real work began.

I began contacting my sources, scheduling interviews, and researching the proper equipment needed to capture my content. This was exciting but it was a lot for a person who has absolutely no experience in videography. Nevertheless I persevered to deliver the best content possible.

There were times I felt rushed, but I paced myself and focused on one event at a time. The best thing about this internship is most of my work is done out the office, and once I get going I can juggle multiple stories at once. I proud to say that my first interview is captured and in the editing process, and I’m on to cover my second story! Now to an experienced videographer this is minimal work, but for me this is encouraging. The mistakes I made in the first interview are things I can perfect in my next story.  Thing such as camera angles and lighting are details I will pay much more attention to so that the final results would be more professional.

 

Overall I know the purpose of internships is to gain experience and become professional at your skillset. I’m not only learning on my own, but I receive feedback from management as well as interviewees. This process is all about being open to constructive criticism, and if it’s going to make me better I’m all for it.

 

So That’s Why They Call It the Internet

An overarching theme has become apparent in what I’ve learned thus far through my internship: interconnectedness. Perhaps the word “internet” should have made this particular lesson a no-brainer, but I had not realized how much of a good web presence depended on linking to other websites. I am becoming more and more aware of the true network that underlies all that is posted on the internet. 

In the article I posted most recently, I included links imbedded into words for the first time. This was a suggestion from my faculty supervisor, who explained that it was a way I could avoid congesting the article with too many URLs while still providing helpful links. More links means more connections. 

A second learning opportunity came up when a pingback arrived in my e-mail. Because the Creative Arts Department regulates the website’s comment section, comments must be approved before they can show up on the site. This precaution helps to prevent someone with ill-intent from gaining greater access to the website. While we want to prevent bad comments from showing up on the site, it’s important to also increase the connectedness of the site. This is why pingbacks and retweets are significant. They create more avenues of access.  

I have a feeling my awareness of these connections will only continue to grow the more time I spend in this internship.