I had an amazing opportunity to teach a workshop a couple weeks ago at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The Department of Mass Communications presented a Media Day called, “It takes a community: Preparing Tomorrow’s Professionals Today”. The topic I was given was “What is Multi-Media Journalism Anyway?”.
I was told I needed to fill three 50 minute back-to-back sessions. I was nervous at first because I’ve never taught a class and was a little uneasy about filling the time. But after the event organizer assured me the students would fill most of that time with questions, I felt ready to take on the challenge.
Being a multi-media journalist has taken on a whole new meaning within the past few years and I wanted to get that point across. My idea to do that was to do what I know how to do best: produce a video. I invited all of our MMJ’s to participate in the video. I interviewed each of the willing volunteers about what it is like to be an MMJ each day. I then shot a few stand ups to bridge together the interviews.
Our main anchor Domonique Benn was also invited to be a speaker but her topic was different, her workshop was called: “So, you want to become a television reporter?”
I invited a few of our MMJ’s to come along for the workshop, but the only person available to attend was Nick Lawton. Thanks Nick for waking up early on your day off to help me out and help out the future journalists!
At the workshop, I showed the video then elaborated about what being an MMJ is really like. Nick was a great help to emphasize the points I was trying to get across, which was basically, be prepared to do it all! Surprisingly, a lot of students had no idea that being an MMJ meant you didn’t have a photographer or editor. During all three sessions, we got some great questions from the students. The questions were very thoughtful which gave me a feeling that the students were truly interested in pursuing a broadcast journalism career.
As someone who graduated from a school without a broadcast journalism concentration, I felt for the students who didn’t know simple things that other J-School programs might teach, like creating a resume tape, looking at market sizes when applying, etc. I made sure to touch each topic that I wish I had learned in school and instead learned through my internship. It felt great being able to give back to the next generation of journalists and I definitely have a new respect for teachers.
Check out the video I made for the students: