I would ever be fortunate enough to say this, but LISTEN TO MY RADIO SHOW!
After collaborating with two of my peers for class we decided on a segment, True Life: I’m a Cortland Student.
The project was assigned to us about 2 weeks ago by our Professor, and I must admit, I was hesitant at first. There was a pile of work in my lap already. This was the last thing I wanted to worry about; in yet, I pasted a smile on my face when I met with my group. The hard part came first, what on earth were we going to discuss for 20 minutes?
We started listing out topics and themes that we had in common, my first instinct was to be cheesy and recommend a “Gossip Girl” broadcast featuring the famous lines “Spotted” and “xoxo Gossip Girl.” Yeah, that did not stick well with my other two classmates.
We knew we wanted to stick with something that we all knew well. We needed a topic that was original, yet dear to the heart, and that’s when it clicked for one of my peers, “A ‘True Life’ segment about our college life.” It was decided.
Spring Break got in the way, but I am not complaining. As soon as we got back we started to work on the project, spending the whole afternoon locked in a bedroom taking turns hashing out ideas. I was fortunate to be put into a group with a digital native, Cory, and a brainstorming wiz, Nicole. We came up with loosely drafted discussions, leaving room for others to jump in when necessary. We talked about everything we could think of, including things we did not agree on. We got into heated debates about which bakery in town is better, and what places downtown are a must. Working together was easy, and came naturally.
The editing part was a different story. We spoke into Cory’s large Microphone, which was hooked-up to his Mac. Then we watched as he would play around with where the blocks would be placed on the recording’s graph-like page. Every so often one of us would stutter, or mess up whatever it was that we were trying to say. He would have to cut one of the voice blocks in half and start from where the mistake was made. That was the tedious part. Thankfully, he led us through the editing process.
I entered this media project with peers, and came out with friends. I can’t say I have any complaints about this experience, except the minor time requirement. It felt natural for the first 10-15minutes; our dialogue and set-up. Then, it felt a bit forced and not as relaxed; which is obviously not the type of show we wanted. But, I’ll let all of my readers be the judge of that.
Listen up folks, this is True Life: I’m a Cortland Student.