16 weeks, 2 tests and, as of this very post you are currently reading, 10 blog posts. Over the course of this semester, we have covered almost every concept under the sun: types of jobs in the media, advertising and how it affects everyday life, photojournalism, and so on. There were some things in class I enjoyed immensely, and some things I didn’t enjoy quite as much.
Let’s start with the good things. One of the main things I enjoyed during the time I was in this class was all the videos we were shown. Ranging from John Oliver to Stephen Colbert, all the videos we were shown were always entertaining and full of information. Another thing I liked, and this plays into some of the things I don’t like as well, is everything that we did that wasn’t simply a powerpoint. For instance, the exercise where we were given a noun and we had to create an app, website, or the such that would sell that noun and still make money. While that was difficult given the word I received (Seriously, how does a single individual sell the word ‘hope’?) I actually really enjoyed it. It was fun in some respects, it made me think in a way I never actually had to before, which I guess is why I enjoyed it.
Now on to the negatives: there aren’t many. In fact, there is actually only one. While I enjoyed the lessons we learned and everything like that, I didn’t enjoy that everything we seemed to learn came in the way of PowerPoints. Sometimes, and this may be because on the days we have class I’ve been listening to lectures for the last 3-4 hours, it gets very difficult to follow another lecture. Not that the lectures weren’t informative and entertaining, for the most part they were, just sometimes it is difficult to listen to someone talk at you for 50 minutes and be able to retain everything that is said.
Overall, I enjoyed this class more than I thought I would. I learned a lot and it made me realize exactly what I was getting myself into with a career in Journalism.