I liked this class a lot. I enjoyed how the class was set up by doing more projects rather than just writing stories. My favorite project during the semester was the Soundslides project on the Cowgirl Volleyball team. I think I liked it so much because it was the first time when I really got to apply the skills we had learned and I really liked seeing the final result. I also liked it because the team was very cooperative with getting interviews and taking pictures, which is one thing I struggled with during most of the other projects.
I learned a lot of things in this class that I will use in the future. The biggest one is audio. I knew nothing about audio recorders, how to gather audio, or how to edit audio, coming into this class and I think that is a very important thing to know. The other thing I really learned was how to write stories for the web. When I had posted things online in the past, it would be in a normal writing form. Looking back though, it really is important to have shorter paragraphs and links, because I know it is true for me when I say I think most online readers are scanning for information rather than taking the time read the whole thing. Having shorter paragraphs allows people to find what they want quicker and also will keep their attention better. Both of those concepts I did not really know about before this course and I think it is a very important thing to learn.
Eventually I want to get involved in sports radio, and I think this class was a good first step. Especially with gathering audio, I think it will help a lot down the line. Online Journalism did not affect my decision of a future career path, but I think I learned some things in this class, that will help with radio when I eventually start working.
Nothing comes to mind about other things I would have liked to learn in this class. If there was one thing that I could change, during the second half of the semester, sometimes if felt like we were doing the same thing over and over again. Having 2 soundslides projects and having 2 feature stories was not the best format. During the second project of each, a lost a bit of focus and effort because it felt like I had been working on the same thing for too long. I would try and find two new projects to try, but that really is the only thing that comes to mind.
Overall, this was probably my favorite class this semester. I can’t say I was always looking forward to going to this class, but I was never dreading going to this class. It was a lot of fun, and I thought the skills we learned were important and applicable to our journalism and communications majors.