As we wrap up the semester, I would like to look back on everything that I have learned. I entered my MC200 class, confused and frustrated on what I wanted to focus on in my field of study. I was all over the place when it came to what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. My MC200 professor introduced us to many figures in the Jackson area that are media professionals. The one professional that made a huge impact on me was Andrew Kinsey, a reporter for WAPT news. Mr. Kinsey got right to the point with us when we first met. He went around the room and asked each of us what we wanted to do and if we are doing anything now to get there. I shared some of my ideas with him and he gave me some great feedback. After speaking with him, I realized my passion was with Media Production. I have always had a passion for music, photography, and videography. Media Production is a great fit for me because it can involve all three of those aspects of art. Mr. Kinsey helped me realize that the road for me to take is to become a Music Video Director and a Director of Photography.
As I was reading a blog that was recommended by my professor, I saw something that really caught my eye. “If a student has a passion for something, that is wonderful. But not every person has a passion and not every passion can become a career.” This was striking to me because, I had the same conversation with my parents earlier in the year. I was trying to explain to them that I don’t want to have a job that I hate going to for the rest of my life. I would rather have a career that I am EXTREMELY passionate about, no matter how much it pays. I understand that they want what is best for me and they do not want me to become a “starving artist”, but I think that no longer exists. I learned from the link above that my creativity knows that there is more than going out to get a regular job like everyone else.
Being on your own and deciding what career route you would like to take does take a lot of personal responsibility. It is up to you to go out there and get that position you want! It’s your responsibility to keep your portfolio updated and contact those media professionals you would like to get involved with. You can’t blame your school or your instructors because you didn’t get the job that you wanted. They specifically taught you that you’re on your own! You are the future of mass communications, therefore YOU have to lead.
The future of mass communication is becoming very reliant on the internet and is changing with technology. I honestly believe that published contents such as newspapers and magazines will be long gone in the near future. People will pick up their phones for the latest gossip and news before they pick up a newspaper. It seems like everything now has to be bigger and better. So that means, things are going to be over the top and very technologically advanced.
I can make a difference in my profession by bringing an amount of creativity that many see females lacking. Many believe that women lack knowledge of what needs to be brought to the table when it comes to the creative outlook on music and television. It seems like the music and television industries are male dominated. I would like to be one of the many women people look at and say, “Wow! She’s better than that GUY.” This would also make a difference in my community. My success at becoming a music video director will influence little girls and young women all over that we can be as great and creative as any other man in the industry. When I succeed, I would like to create a program for young ladies that are interested in the media industry. I would like to provide classes for them that are instructed by the TOP media professionals. As said by the intelligent Mahatma Gandhi, this is my way of being the change I want to see in the world.
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There are so many amazing opportunities and options in the world of media! There are positions that consist of writing scripts, assisting with lights and sound, directing a film and much more! When I graduate from Jackson University, I would like to attend graduate school at the University of Alabama. Here I would get a Master’s degree in Telecommunications with a concentration in Entertainment. I would like to become a music video director and director of photography for large companies such as VH1 and MTV. Becoming a music video director has always been something I was interested in. The person who had a big influence on my decision would have to be my role model, Va$htie Kola. She is an amazing videographer, photographer, writer and model. Her short films and music videos are ALL creative and amazing. I would like to be like Va$htie because she thinks outside the box and she’s different. She’s not your typical female who dresses up in heels and small black dresses. She’s like one of the guys, just like me.
A director of photography is the head of the camera and lighting in the department. They make decisions on lighting and framing with the director. The DoP could also be combined with the camera operator from time to time. This is a responsibility I would like to take on because I believe it goes hand and hand with my hopes in becoming a music video director. These directors work closely with the director to give the film/video the best visual aspects. As a DoP, I will oversee the camera crew and make sure the director gets the visual signature he/she wants. This involves aperture settings, camera filters, framing for scenes and much more.
Mr. Kinsey who was a visitor in our class really influenced my decision what positions and responsibilities I want to take on in the future. His words helped me think outside the box and reminded me to not be closed-minded. He helped me realize that this is what I would to do. I love music, I love photographs and videos, so why not put two and two together, eh?
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Here at Jackson State University we have two great reading materials that are distributed to the campus. We have a newspaper which is called the Blue & White Flash and we have a magazine which is called The Jacksonian. Although these two materials are great and well written, I believe it’s time that we have an online magazine that EVERYONE can view. The objective of the magazine to to keep alumni, parents, current students, prospective students, and administration updated on what is going on at THEE Jackson State University. We will also have information on each academic college, but more information on the Department of Mass Communications.Our department needs more shine and more publicity to students and administration so they can keep up with us as well.
The name of the magazine would be called THEEiLOVE Times, which is a pretty popular slogan around our campus and a clothing line from one of our very own JSU Alumnus.
The demographics of the magazine will shoot towards each group at JSU, students, faculty, staff, prospective students, alumni, and parents. We do not want to appeal to only a specific ethnicity. Although, we are a predominantly African-American school, we do have other ethnicities included in our population. We do not want to leave them out because they are apart of our JSU Family as well, no matter what color or where they come from
The various roles we would have for our magazine would be the typical roles any other online magazine would have. We would have editors, bloggers, photographers, etc.
Some titles and features we would have are “What’s going on at the E-Center?” Or “Keeping Up With The Jacksonians,” or a feature on the Sonic Boom of the South. We would like to have stories that focus on what is occurring on campus, at the department of Mass Communications, and other academic colleges.
Some graphics we would use would be photographs of the campus, such as students, administrators, the latest renovations, sports teams, organizations, and clubs.
We would disseminate our online magazine through an online app and a URL.
The cost of the magazine would be FREE.
We will publish a new issue every week.
Newspapers have been around for centuries. They are an essential part of news and media. They organize the world each day in an organized way. Newspapers help us learn and understand the world from a different angle and perspective. Most Americans today find more trustworthiness in newspapers rather than online subscriptions.
Unfortunately, newspapers are declining and being drained by the internet. According to the NY Review of Books, it has been stated in a survey that more and more people get their news through television or via internet. With technology advancing more and more, each and every day, there is a possibility that it will take over newspapers. Technology is causing newspapers to lose its value.
In my opinion, I believe we do need newspapers to stick around for another 25 years. Why? It’s simple. We cannot always depend on technology. Who knows what is going to happen to all of those online journals or newspaper subscriptions? A perfect example of technology failing when dealing with news would be when the New York Times was hacked. I’m pretty sure you will not have to deal with a print and press being hacked. Besides, most people trust news that has been printed on paper.
Newspapers also publish local news, this is what does not get that much coverage on television and popular news subscriptions. With the help of local newspapers, local residents have a way of being updated on what is going on in their community.
The papers also give writes a chance to tell the WHOLE story, not just a 30-second snippet. Newspapers give us the whole perspective and view on a certain topic.
News isn’t the only thing you will find in a newspaper! There are political cartoons, regular cartoons, games such as sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc. You cannot find that on an online subscription.
Newspapers have been around FOREVER, and I believe it should remain that way. Americans trust what is on print and press more, rather than what is online. Newspapers give you relaxation, inform you locally and internationally, and they are the most dependent methods of news and media coverage.
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Within the past few years, natural hair has become very popular among African American women. We have hated our own natural hair because we have been told for generations that nappy hair is bad. Now, African American women have accepted the beauty of their natural, African hair. Although some women have transitioned over to natural hair, others have not. I asked a few ladies on why they decide to continue to get relaxers. They stated, "I can’t go without a relaxer, because my hair is too nappy," or "I don’t have ‘Good’ hair like you,"
What is “good hair?”
The media defines good hair as, long and straight. Most female celebrities always have in long extensions almost down to their back! We all know the media has a powerful effect on some of our decision making. They make young girls believe that they could get their hair as long as Alicia Keys’ by putting in a relaxer and a weave.
Well, if you ask me, I believe good hair is simply, natural hair. Good hair is CHEMICAL-FREE, especially of relaxers. Some young women are not aware of the affects relaxers have on their hair. It can make your hair fall out, burn your scalp, hair thinning, and much more.
Why continue to wear something so dull and boring all of the time? Straight hair is what i’m referring to of course. With natural hair, you can do twists to locks, up do’s or rocking your afro puffs. I always say, bigger is BETTER.
Natural hair is not something to be ashamed of. It’s JUST hair. It’s not good hair or bad hair, just hair. The idea that it must be fixed (or straightened) is from the days of slavery. It’s an idea we’ve held for so long that we no longer have a clue how to manage our hair in its natural state. We need to accept ourselves.
So ladies, stop looking towards the media to see what is and is not acceptable in society when it comes to your hair. No one can tell you what you can and cannot do to YOUR hair!
According to Webster’s dictionary, the term Stereotype is defined as to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. We all know that the media is the most persuasive and powerful form of communication in the world. It is hypothesized that media images and portrayals can challenge gender roles, but also repacked cultural stereotypes. For example, my favorite reality show is Duck Dynasty. It is a show about a family that has built a multi-million dollar sporting empire manufacturing duck calls. Now, I honestly do not think this show portrays stereotypes but, some could make their own opinions while watching it. The Robertson’s are not your “typical” American family. They live in Monroe, Louisiana, in an area where some would call, “redneck” country. Many stereotype this family as a bunch of redneck, country men. They also say that men like the Robertson’s are not the most intelligent or hygienic. But little do they know, these men are worth millions, and I must say, they clean up nicely when they aren’t in the woods doing what they are best at. Another example would be my favorite online magazine, Vibe. Occasionally, Vibe will expose some artists on their alternative lifestyles, or the latest “beef” with another artist. They tend to stereotype artists that come from broken homes or grew up in what we call the “hood,” as typical gangster rappers.
Cultivation could be defined as the long-term effects exposure from the media has on both adults and children. I must admit, I do watch/read these two media outlets a lot! I also believe the media has a way to socialize people as well.
Watching Duck Dynasty has opened my mind to understand that all caucasians are not the same. It also made me realize that some caucasians understand what it is like to be stereotyped just as us African Americans do.
Even though the media is an entertainment venue, it also has an effect and influence on our everyday lives. As I stated earlier, the media is a very powerful and persuasive outlet, and I must say, it persuades our everyday lives. Most people look at family reality shows as how they should run their homes. Most women see beauty commercials and tell themselves, “that’s how I should look.” Men see body commercials and say the same as well. The media is the most influential source in our lives, and it could be a good, bad, or ugly thing.
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