Multimedia Bootcampers Set Tone for New Semester

Welcome back Journalism students!

UMass Journalism Multimedia Bootcamp.

Bootcampers Brittney Figueira, Matt McCarron and Katherine Valera have fun while editing during the Journalism Program's annual Multimedia Bootcamp.

While you were all running around to Target, Wal-Mart and Big Y this weekend, 11 of your Journalism comrades were running around with video cameras, putting together stories as part of the Second Annual Multimedia Bootcamp.  The students included freshmen, sophomores and transfers and were joined by Journalism graduate Jackie Hai and professors Brian McDermott and Steve Fox for 2 1/2 days of intense introduction to the world of Multimedia Journalism.

“This was a great group.  I think they will do well,” said Hai.

Take a look at the work of the Bootcampers:

* A Home for the UMMB

* College Roommates

* Pricey Textbooks

*Taking the “Zoo” Out of UMass

Bootcamp discussions ranged from video editing and shooting tips to brainstorming the perfect story idea to ethical dilemmas when shooting video.  Students were also welcomed with mini-visits from Professors Raz Sibii, BJ Roche and Maddy Blais.

The importance of internships was also mentioned…frequently.  And I stumbled across this notice from Dow Jones today, so get out there and apply!

Have a good semester!


About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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2 Responses to Multimedia Bootcampers Set Tone for New Semester

  1. Sean says:

    Great stuff – love the use of photo and video, particularly in the marching band piece.

  2. AJ Gerritson says:

    I am really glad to hear about the multimedia bootcamp and to see students applying their learned skills. As someone who is very involved with new media (and a ’99 Journalism grad), I strongly encourage you to hone these skills!

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