Information Overload

At the end of day three I am both exhausted and eager.  The amount of information thrown at us has been pretty crazy but for some reason I keep wanting more.  Learning information about all the different things we need to know has been bearable because I know that the knowledge and skills will greatly benefit in the making of our documentary.  Plus we leave in three days!

I have learned more about cameras and all of their different functions as well as some history of Christianity and the Catholic Church.  I have also learned about how to do an interview.  To be honest this was my biggest fear coming into this backpack journalism trip.  I am not a journalism student unlike almost everyone else and I have not written that much or conducted many professional interviews.  Hearing about the amount of blogs we will be writing and the interview questions we have to come up with seems like such a daunting task to me.  I know that throughout this journey I will learn the necessary skills in order to improve my blogging and interviewing skills.

For our journalism portion of class, Carol had us read three outstanding articles.  The first article was about a deadly tornado that struck a town on Psalm Sunday.  The second was about a lady giving $150,000 to a college in order to allow more southern Mississippi African American kids go to college.  And lastly, my favorite article was about a fifth grader who has acute myelocytic leukemia.

I think that the reason this article touched me so much was because of the way the author, Erin Grace, brings emotion into her piece and her style of writing.  She writes about one sentence per line almost as if she was writing like a fifth grader.  Erin humanizes the main character, Lauren “Lolo”, in many ways.  The most compelling line of her whole article was when several of Lolo’s friends came to Children’s Hospital on a snow day and stood in the atrium balcony and waved to her.  The way Erin describes the scene and how Lolo looks with her IV on her pole and hospital gown makes you feel like you are really there.  Lolo’s mother sees her daughter’s friends waving but with hesitation and perhaps fear.  Her mother simply looks at Lolo’s friends and says, “It’s still Lolo.”

Nico has been teaching us how to use the cameras and all of their functions.  He is a great teacher and one who really knows his stuff.  He taught us some of the basics on the second day and then had us partner up and go shoot at Creighton.  Ryan Lloyd was my partner and boy did we have fun!  We decided to shoot our adventure to the top of the old gym on Creighton’s campus.  We used all of the eight types of shots Nico taught us and had an absolute blast doing it.  We worked very well together because we both anticipated shots and also are creative.

Learning how to use the camera
Learning how to use the camera

We have come so far in only three days and have soaked in a lot of information.  I know that not all of the information will stick, but what is adventure without making a few mistakes and not going down the clear-cut path?  I am beyond excited for Saturday when we pack the vans and hit the road on this CU Backpack pilgrimage.

3 thoughts on “Information Overload

  1. A.J., your writing skills are so good already. We’ll work on the feature writing model. I am always learning something on these journeys — get ready for a lot more.

  2. You have the gift of “capturing the moment” and with the camera and video camera you were chosen to share your experience and the experiences of others who may not have the voice to do so…so turn on the camera and let your light shine. Believe in yourself. Love you!

  3. AJ
    May this project challenge you intellectually, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. May you learn new things, renew your soul, and share your wisdom with those you meet. Enjoy the ride of a lifetime. God bless.

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