Students in Miami’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film take you behind the scenes to show how their learning extends well beyond the classroom.
Journalism at Miami in Action
Well, hi guys. I'm Madeline Conroy. I'm a senior from Cleveland, Ohio, and I'm studying journalism and entrepreneurship at Miami University. Today I'm going to take you on a behind the scenes look of what it's like to be a journalism major here at Miami, and walk you through a project in my digital video reporting class with two of my teammates Maggie and Patrick.
The first step in our project is checking out all of our equipment at the equipment center. One of the great things about the NJF department is that we have access to cameras, microphones, and anything else you would need for a project. The project that my class is working on right now is a news package focus on a topic in Oxford.
Hi, my name is Maggie Penya. I'm from Lebanon, Ohio. I'm a sophomore and I'm a journalism and history double major here at Miami. And right now we're working on a news package where we're discussing the university wellness days, which are five days spread throughout the semester in lieu of a traditional spring break. Our Professor Joe Samson set us up with all the tools we needed to get started on the project. And then my group headed out to get our footage. One of the first things we had to do for our project is research our reporting topic to figure out who we want to interview and collect data. Once we figured out who we wanted to interview, we set up times to talk to them and be able to get our footage with them. We also had to shoot B-roll for in between our interviews on campus at places including the seal and King Library. The last piece of footage we had to record was a stand up which is similar to what you see on the news during their stories.
Hi, I'm Patrick Geschehen. I'm a double major journalism and political science from Oxford, Ohio and I'm a sophomore here at Miami. This class has really allowed me to expand my video skills. I've learned a lot of different things to do with video. We cover different events on campus and different issues on campus and make video news packages like you would see on the local news and this class has really helped me grow my skills in terms of video and how to do it properly, and how to approach a video news report properly.
So now we finished our final editing and are ready to turn our reporting project but also wanted to share it with all of you to see what the finished version looks like. At Miami University Spring Break done differently. Ben Marks spent his first day doing schoolwork this year instead of a traditional week long off from school during the spring semester. Five classless days deemed wellness days are sprinkled throughout the term. It gives students the same amount of time off while taking away COVID worries. But then a Miami sophomore had no choice.
I couldn't have taken the day off. I have a lot to do on Thursdays and Fridays. So taking a Wednesday off or Tuesday now coming up that just wouldn't seem like that. I couldn't do that.
The wellness days are intended to give students a break from the typical classwork laod. Miami's Office of Student wellness has identified eight dimensions of wellness, including emotional, social, and spiritual wellness.
Opportunity for students to realize that wellness is really a holistic concept, and that there's different dimensions that help you achieve, like a maximum level of wellness.
Lexi Whitehead also in her second year, decided to take the full day off. Whitehead and her friends created vision boards to distract from their schoolwork escaping during the day help Whitehead feel better.
I think I did feel rested, because I really just let myself like have a break from my schoolwork and like really let myself just do what I wanted to do that day.
To give students options to spend their day off, Miami has created a variety of events. One such event, a Mental Health First Aid training to be held on March 25. Already has 25 students signed up. Other events have been successful among students.
And then if you just need some support and some help, the Counseling Center has groups on all the wellness day.
I think the change to wellness days from Spring Break was like a good idea.
Even though Mark spent his time off catching up on work and did not reap the benefits of the rest, there is still agreement that during the spring, this is the best way to go.
I mean, I think anyone would rather have a Spring Break but I don't really know if you can right now because that would just send people home or to Florida or whatever that would be really bad for the pandemic. So I kind of understand that wellness day thing.
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