Campus Pulse

New OCCR Campus Pulse Video

“What is your major of study and will the career path you have chosen involve any changes in your average lifestyle in the near future?”

Interviewer: Ted Swartz

Camera Ops: Izzy Dennis


This was an in class assignment to test our knowledge on creating an interview video. We went out with only our camera and tripod to record multiple students throughout campus, how their career path will affect their lifestyle. At first the experience was a little bewildering as we had never gone and done such a thing, however, I am glad we had the chance to do so.

One of the biggest challenges of this project was finding the right people to interview. Many people wished not to be interviewed but this didn’t falter us. We scoured the campus until we found people who were willing to be interviewed. This made the journey a little longer than expected. It was worth the wait however as we got some interesting feedback from our different interviewees.

Overall, the experience was worthwhile as me and my partner got to go out into the world and experience photojournalism first hand. This experience also taught me how to interact with people and how to communicate with effectiveness and ease.


Video Storytelling 101

Producer: Ted Swartz

Interviewee: Victoria Scandlin

This video project for my class was a bunch of fun to create and produce. I had to go out into the world and find a topic based upon school and learning. I naturally chose the library as what better place to find knowledge than the oldest method in history.

Overall the process went smoothly and so did the editing of the video. With the help of my professor, I was able to create a video that I am proud to call my own work. This makes me especially proud as It is also my first video-journalist that I was able to work on and I enjoyed every second of it.

Podcasting 101: My First Podcast

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This is my first ever podcast that I have had the pleasure to produce. I interviewed Tomara Connor on her American Sign Language project. This was an important topic for Tomara as she got to experience first hand the world of the deaf community. Take a listen to her experiences and the progress she has made towards breaking the barrier between the hearing and deaf community.


10 Photos That Demonstrate My Learning



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Over my weeks of study in my visual storytelling class, I have soaked in a ton of information. This week however was a hands-on, learn about the camera week and I personally enjoyed it. We began class regularly with attendance and brought in our cameras for the first time. Coming from penta with two years of experience behind video cameras, I felt pretty good about my knowledge of the subject. I was however not as well read as I had hoped to be. We were introduced to a plethora of information that even today I make mistakes on. I will be sharing with you today some of the information that I gathered from that eventful week.

   We first discussed the importance of knowing your camera. Most of the class had only a glimpse of knowledge on their cameras and we all had something to learn. We learned how to customize our settings and even change formats. While it is important to maintain the settings of your camera, it is also important to frequently change them with your surroundings, thus giving you the perfect picture. We then discussed what the different settings on your camera can do for you and how to utilize them to your advantage. This led to the next step of photography, learning how to shoot different types of photos.


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Learning to take different styles of photos was one of the more challenging parts of the lesson. We were taken down to the gymnasium, where we practiced shooting for motion. This required us to meter for the indoor conditions as well as increase our shutter speed to capture the action in motion. After a few different types of motion capture, we moved on to depth of field. I was excited for this due to my love of cinematography and the art behind film. Our professor set up a few different balls in a line to allow us to practice using depth of field. The main change made when shooting a still and motion picture is the shutter speed. For shallow depth of field, you don’t require a quick shutter speed however, you do need to adjust the F-stop to where you get the desired depth.

   In conclusion, A camera itself is a very hard to understand piece of machinery to the untrained. It takes years of practice to become fully trained with your camera. As a student I can’t wait to learn more about cameras and the infinite possibilities that I can capture. This will however not be for a long while but, for now I can practice and train myself to one day excell at the craft and make it into a career. After all, photography is only the first skill that I must acquire in order to work towards my career goal of being a cinematographer.


First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


As a whole, The first amendment is truly one of the most important constitutional law in  american society today. It symbolizes the ability for us as a united nation to come together and freely exercise our our rights under the constitutional law.


This amendment separates us from other countries where freedom is only a sliver of hope shrouded by hate and religious persecution. This being said, The freedom of our natural rights as a citizen of the united states is what allows us to view the different beliefs that other countries possess and follow religiously.


The first amendment is especially important to people in the fields of Photojournalism as it allows them to portray their news with purpose and detail. This allows the reader to truly experience the story that the journalist has written. The amendment allows the journalist to capture the story from their point of view while giving the public the full  truthful story. It also allows the journalists to capture the raw emotion that is only presented within the moment. Photojournalists are given the right under the amendment to capture the power and message that can not be given in a simple news story. The first amendment also protects the rights of photojournalists to get as close as they are physically allowed while still providing the necessary information on various situations. It also allows the journalist an opportunity to cover live events and write the story for the the crowd that it most interests.


While the first amendment allows journalists to give people the full story of an event, it also allows for the freedom of religion to be practiced by anyone and everyone who desires, with guidelines that do prohibit any wrongful practices that could potentially cause turmoil within a community. This is a very important role that the first amendment plays as many everyday lives are heavily affected by various religions and their practices.


With the first amendment, we as a nation are able to share and spread data throughout our entire country effectively and truthfully. This makes america a prime competitor in the media world that is ever expanding. In this day and age, the media has become a major part of the everyday lives of almost every civilization. The first amendment protects the rights of not only photojournalists, but the rights of everyone under the constitution. While this amendment gives people their key rights and freedoms, it has been abused by people who misinterpret the rights that it gives. This misinterpretation has caused issues in today’s ever changing world as we are opened to new possibilities that do not pertain to the rules of the first amendment. In these cases, the first amendment should always be followed however if it contradicts the amendment then it reasonably should not be allowed to exist at all under our constitution.


The first amendment is the most important amendment to be created and held under the constitution since its creation. It gives us the freedom to practice our religions as well as allowing us the right of free speech.