My first wrap around: Finals Fest

Every time I think of this wrap around all I hear is “JASON DERULO”. My first wraparound was for finals fest at UWRF. Our guest was Jason Derulo. I initially did th story because I heard a lot of buzzing around campus wondering why he was coming and not someone else. I wanted to get opinions of students about this years final fest pick. A good way to do that was using a person on the street interview. While successful on the POS part and all audio in general I moved on to creating the wrap. The hardest part of the wrap around was trying to find trial converters to convert files to WAV or MP3 for Audacity. (In the end I would suggest just buying a converter that does all conversions on your computer, downloading numerous trials actually fried my computer and I lost all my data!) Finally getting all of my audio into Audacity, it was hard finding the right mix of music and voice. If I could go back and fix one thing, it would be fading the music in and out better, and not covering my voice with ANY music. I just assumed I was supposed to fade in over top of the music in the beginning and fade under when I was done. While listening to it later, I realized I drowned myself out. Well it was on my first wrap and I felt I learned a very valuable lesson while attempting it.

Being a journalist here on campus has changed me as a person

Covering campus media was a HUGE battle for me. Journalism is my minor, and I was really out of my comfort zone in doing this. I don’t like getting in peoples faces or talking to strangers. I hated having to introduce myself and set up interviews. It was very challenging. My Professor and I butted heads a couple of times because she would tell me to push to get the story and I felt very uncomfortable doing it. Although at first I didn’t like her for it, I grew to really appreciate her ever step in pushing me this semester. She opened me up to new things and made me a much better journalist! Without those interviewing skills you have nothing, you have an opinion which is not news media coverage. Throughout the semester I feel I really came into my own and deserved a space here on campus media. And not only are these skills that I gained helpful to my journalism career but they are very good life skill to have, and that is what I took from my journalism career this semester on campus.

Covering the Supreme Court justice protest on campus

Outside of the University Center at the University Wisconsin River Falls protestors were supporting Supreme Court Justice Candidate Joanne Kloppenberg. This was my first time ever covering a protest. It’s something I would normally not go to, but I found the event very interesting. It was rainy and windy outside and with working for WRFW I am required to have sound. I was nervous my sound quality wouldn’t turn out so I stood very close to the speaker with my recorder covered by my hand to hide it from the rain. However when listening later I thought the gusts of wind happened to add a lot natural sound to the story. It sounded like you were there, at the protest. After creating a story using the sound, I got excited, almost a rush from going outside my comfort zone for a story. This story really helped me open up to other opportunities on campus for stories. One thing I wish I would have done differently is interviewed the activists after the event, however with time crunches, I had to leave for class making it tough to be a student as well as a journalist.