Self-analysis: Writing is something everyone can always improve. This story below definitely developed through the deadline into proofs. I started with just one story focused on both sides of the digital divide our school switched to in 2017. After reconsideration our adviser suggested that we should literally split the page. This called for a redesign and a whole separate story. When writing both stories I focused on keeping with AP style guidelines, active voice and not editorializing my view on the new digital curriculum to come.
Video Editing Analysis
About: Reviewing classmates work is big part of our program as a whole. When peer editing a video titled "Parking lot painting encourages individuality," I challenged Bridget Hartig, boonepubs.com staffer, to focus on storytelling in her next edits. Her first edit on the left above reflected good use of an interview alongside b-roll, but I told her areas she could improve. I gave her tips like use more J-cuts and to drive her news story more with a narrated voiceover. A few weeks later I watched Hartig use the suggestions I provided here, which became apparent in the video on the right. The final video reflected more of a storytelling aspect and expanded her editing skills in Final Cut Pro X.
About: In past years Robin Brillante, Digital Video Instructor, crafted the script each morning. This year I wanted to expand my writing skills and fix the errors that were going into the script daily. I took it upon myself and raised the question of "what if the DV4 class rotated the script responsibility." It took her a few seconds, but she agreed. Each morning I go in and edit the script for whoever might be on that rotation even when I'm not on that rotation. When editing I look for key things like passive voice verbs, misspelled words and past dates that are still in the script. One script is featured below, along with the final show underneath. As you can see a lot of things are wrong with the first draft. As I'm about to graduate, I also focused on having class discussions with future members of the news crew so next year they know how to construct and edit the script correctly. This might be more work for me, but in the end it makes our show a lot more fluid and allows for easier readability to news anchors.