UMass Journalism Multimedia Bootcamp

Professor Steve Fox goes over story ideas with the 2010 group of Multimedia Bootcampers.

This year’s group of Multimedia Bootcampers arrived to Bartlett Hall — home of the Journalism program — early and energetic Thursday evening.

“I had to get out of my dorm and get over here,” said Brittney Figueira, who arrived about an hour before the start of Bootcamp.

The 11 students are made up mostly of freshmen, with a few transfer students and sophomores as well.  They spent most of a sticky Amherst Thursday moving in to their dorms before heading to Bartlett.

“This is a pretty impressive group,” said Professor Brian McDermott, who is joining Professor Steve Fox and UMass journalism graduate Jackie Hai in teaching the two-and-a-half day session this weekend.

Students took part in a fun interview exercise to help break the ice then gave their “elevator pitches” — 3-4 minute summaries of their journalism backgrounds — before the class.  Students actually “pitched” twice — the first pitch was used as practice before being delivered on video.  That video will be used today as a way  to show the group some video editing tricks.

The Bootcampers also brainstormed possible story ideas for today.  Students will spend a few hours this afternoon going out to streets of UMass and Amherst to put together short video packages.

Their final packages will be posted in this space, as well as on Amherst Wire.

I’ll check back later with updates.