It’s been a long and eventful semester here at AUBG. I began my Journalism and Mass Communications experiment to see what this particular field had for me. To say that it’s been great, engaging and inspiring would be like saying nothing. Personally, taking journalism courses for the first time ever was an eye-opening experience. Staying awake in class, dedication and excitement about my studies became a reality. Multimedia Journalism course taught by Professor Melody Gilbert was a part of this experience and gave an opportunity for this blog to exist.
I was overloaded with exciting information about blogging, different tools used to communicate your ideas better and ways to make a subjective writing more interactive.
The first step for me was to learn how to approach people in order to get an interview from them. As for me, this seemed like a tough step to take, considering the intimidation I had with people that I barely knew. I was a shy kind of guy, not a bad listener and it helped. Here are my first stories that helped me to get started.
My first interviewee who opened up about life adventures she had to go through living in various places due to her father’s diplomatic job.
Great story coming from current AUBG employee who had a luck in a “life lottery” that changed his understanding of home. Some audio editing tools were discovered.
Finding an interesting story for a post every week seemed like an impossible task. However, later on I came to realization that home is something that applies to everyone, and AUBG is the place with such a massive diversity of students that I could proceed with the blog for years to collect all the stories.
An overwhelming and exciting story of being a combination of two absolutely different cultures. I’ve never met a person who got to live in so many different countries. It was quite a surprise that my character is still monolingual. Photo slideshow was used for the first time.
More of a technical post to show my excitement about learning how to make a five shot videos.
That was the time when dynamic visuals were taught and discovered. It became a whole new experience for me, and I hope for my readers too, to learn more about the person I was writing about.
A story of a townie who stayed in Blagoevgrad to get his education.
Fun exchange student from Spain talks about her love for the place where she lives in her country.
It was a midterm time and I was given the opportunity to experience what is it like to be a backpack journalist.
Confusing but extremely personal story about travelling experience and thoughts about home.
A story of an attempt of immigration that taught an entire family that there’s nothing more valuable for them than to be with relatives.
I saved this story for the end of the semester for a reason. Story of a tough life and happiness.
To sum up my semester-long journey, I made a video.