I have had a great deal of experience in filming; from filming to editing, I had felt that I didn’t need to learn anything else unless I went to an Arts School. However, through Professor Demillo’s Video Journalism class, I have learned you never stop learning. I gained new concepts about filming, such as more proper camera angles, editing, but most importantly, not to create a film that is visually sound, but to also tell a story. With these new skills, I hope to present videos that can entice viewers, preferably through the internet, where everything involving news seems to be appearing more often. This leads me to my main topic of this final class post; since the inception of Youtube, people are finding out more about news faster than actual news broadcasts reporting it. For example, the first video on top, provided by Reelseo.com, shows the recent UC Davis students being violently pepper sprayed by a police officer in what appears to be a peaceful protest. The video, posted on Youtube, was then viewed by millions, and it was only through this viral circulation that journalists began to catch wind of this, and broadcasted it on local news. However, millions of people had watched the video by then, and understood the story behind it.
This leads to one conclusion: video sites such as Youtube now drive news, not reporters or channels. We learn about important moments in the world through the talents of everyday people. Ordinary citizens now play the reporters, blogging about key events on sites like Facebook and Tumblr. It is only until a certain video or news piece becomes viral that news channels notices, but by then it’s too late. In the middle video shows a cooking show known as “Epic Meal Time,” in which a group of people make these outrageously high-calorized foods. Overtime, it began to gain a large following of viewers in the millions. Even when they were finally noticed by Jay Leno, and were featured them in a segment on his show (as seen in the third video on the bottom); the majority of people had already become fans of the show. Some new channels have recognized this trend, and have used websites to broadcast news as compensation, as most people in the world look via internet for what is happening in the world. Throughout my video journalism class, my classmates and I have been posting news on different categories such as Wall Street, posting our own videos, from How-to guides and news segments, in the hopes that people will view and comment on them. Hopefully, they will become viral successes, and people will be well-known to the point before any other journalist finds out. The fact is, there will come a time in which standard news will be all but dead, only surviving through everyday people such as you and me. The way in which people receive news are changing and it will be because we will be the key players behind it.