Tag: College of Communications

Communications 202 productions for the fall 2016 semester

Today was the last day of the fall 2016 semester at Cal State Fullerton.  Next week is finals week, but I’ve gotten lucky with my classes and don’t have to go in for any exams.  There’s a final essay I have to do over the weekend and our final week-long Daily Titan production for the semester on Sunday… But otherwise, I’m essentially free for winter break.

For my Communications 202 class, which was an introductory broadcast production class, our entire semester was building up to producing an actual news broadcast – not a long one necessarily, but still.  All of the packaged reports and the roles preparing the anchored bits were made by the students in the class.  The productions we put together have both been posted online, the second one just earlier this afternoon in fact.

Because it’s an introductory class, things are put together a bit roughly… But considering they’re the culmination of a semester’s worth of work, I figure it would be cool to share the broadcasts we produced here.

For this first production, I was the assistant script writer for the full broadcast – everything outside of the packages themselves.  My own produced piece made it into this show in fact, the first story about Anaheim Ballot Measure U.  I’m a little tired of watching it after spending so much time recording and editing everything, but I still think it turned out pretty well.

For this second production, I was the chief script writer.  Just about everything the anchors said I was responsible for – and yeah it’s pretty cheesy, I know.  I wasn’t exactly putting my best effort into the work, we were hitting the end of the semester after all.

I was also the camera operator for the second show. That meant I was part of the “live” production team, making sure the anchors were properly visible and had the right amount of headroom and everything else that’s needed.  However, there were only three cameras in the newsroom we used, so the job became a bit more complicated when we had to use four or more camera angles to encompass multiple combinations of the three anchors.  I wound up having to mix my two jobs, setting the script up in a way to facilitate being able to move one camera to a new position while another was being used.

All-and-all I wound up having the most fun in that class doing the camera work along with the rest of the team who signed up for jobs on the show.  The rest of the class leading up to it was a little frustrating for various reasons, but I’d say the end made the whole thing worth it.

Since my final American Studies paper isn’t due until Monday, so I’m probably going to take at least the night off to relax.  However, now that the class is over, I feel it would at least be nice to give a shoutout to my Comm 202 professor, Penchan Phoborisut.  She’s a great teacher, and helped me at least get started in learning programs like Storify and Adobe Premiere Pro.  For that I’m grateful, considering they’re the kind of skills I’ll probably have to have a rudimentary knowledge of in this line of work at least.

So, until next time, I’m off to go play more Pokémon.  In fact, I’m thinking I’ll have an update on how that’s going at some point this weekend, since I’ve done quite a bit since beating the main campaign. For now though, let me know if you enjoyed our broadcasts.  They aren’t the most well-polished things, like I said, but for an amateur project I do think they turned out nice.

November 29, 2016 Article Published

This story has been in the making for a while.

Two of the articles that I’ve written over the Fall 2016 semester have been for my Communications 201 class: My TSU Annual Art Show article (A campus event story) and my Project Rebound article (A campus/community issue story).  This is the third and final one for that class, a campus profile story that I wrote about Anakaren Cárdenas Ureño.

Anakaren is a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton studying Public Relations, specifically crisis communications.  She did her undergraduate studies at the campus as well.

While still completing her graduate program, Anakaren was hired onto the CSUF College of Communication’s staff in September to be the college’s Digital Communications Specialist.  Essentially, she runs all the social media for the college to try and bolster a sense of community among students at a commuter campus.

“That’s one of my biggest things: making sure we’re putting out information that students care about,” she said.

Ankara is also a first-generation student: the first person in her family to go to graduate school.  A few teachers she has had at CSUF reflected on not only on how much of a smart and capable student and employee she is, but also how her background and age makes her a perfect candidate for the job she has been hired to do at a diverse university such as this one.

“She asks very good questions, and when I throw a discussion topic out, she’s thoughtful and articulate,” said Dean Kazoleas, Ph.D., communications professor and director of the Maxwell Center for International Communications. “She’s a very intelligent woman.”

I’ve had this article for quite some time, the problem with it mainly involved getting access to sources.

Even before Thanksgiving Break many of the people I tried to talk to were busy, so  although I was able to set things up before our week off, the story still wasn’t able to be published until now.

Between Anakaren, her two teachers and the director of online and social media engagement at CSUF, I had some pretty interesting sources, and got a pretty nice breadth of knowledge and opinions on how important social media can be for engagement with a college.

As someone who isn’t a hugely social media-oriented person, it was pretty eye-opening.

If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here.  You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!