Multimedia Production

Using Multimedia Tools to Tell Journalism Stories

All Aboard the Multimedia Production Bullet Train

by Marsha Little Matthews

This semester will be busy, exciting, and fun. Welcome to Studio 274, a multimedia classroom and lab.  This space features a TV studio area and graphics green screen as well as computers for video and audio editing. We have an audio production lab and TV control booth. Fall 2012 launched our new degree in Mass Communication with options in either Multimedia Journalism or Public Relations/Integrated Marketing. Multimedia Production is one of the first classes all majors take as part of their first nine hours in the major.

Kaylen master's audio production in the audio booth.

Kaylen master’s audio production in the audio booth.



You are going to learn about new and old media and the basics of using media to tell journalistic stories. I use the terms “journalistic stories” to cover news, advertising, and public relations. You are preparing to practice the business of telling not only “news” stories, but also the stories of our advertising and public relations clients. Stories are an important tool humans use to understand and find meaning in the events that touch our lives.



Andrea rehearses her show.

Andrea rehearses her show.


You will have to stay on top of the readings and assignments. This course is like a bullet train. Exciting trip, but almost impossible to get back on if you fall off en route, i.e., because you’ll be left behind.

You need to make a personal commitment to come to every class and be on time. You will acquire knowledge and skills each time we meet that form the foundation for the next level’s lesson and assignment and what follows. Your peers will depend upon your presence, especially when we get to the studio production exercises and projects.

The Course Syllabus page will take you the Course Syllabus file. This is your ticket, passport, and visa.

Students in the studio control booth producing "how to" shows.

Students in the studio control booth producing “how to” shows.


The Course Schedule page will take you to the Course Schedule.  The schedule is your itinerary.  You should form the habit of checking the course schedule daily to make sure you’re not forgetting a due date. Transfer the due dates to your personal calendar as well. These dates are firm – not suggestions.

Welcome to the Multimedia Production “bullet train” and Studio 274. Hang on, work hard, and the trip will be worth it.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Monkey Bread: How-to-Shows

by Marsha Little Matthews

The last of this semester’s 10-minute “how-to-shows” were produced by the students in MCOM 2313 Introduction to Multimedia Production.

Summer Munoz shows you how to make chocolate chips cookies in Baking for Beginners. And Melodie Oliphant demonstrates an easy recipe for monkey bread in Cooking Monkey Bread.

Show: Baking for Beginners
Producer/Host: Summer Munoz
Director: Hannah Root
Designer: Jason Dougan

Producer/Host: Melodie Oliphant
Director: Charis Grace Malone
Designer: Sarah Draper


May 2, 2014 Posted by | 10-Minute How-To-Shows, Blog Post | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Face Painting and Healthy Proteins: How to Shows

by Marsha Little Matthews

Today’s 10-minute “how-to-shows” feature face painting and foods that provide protein.

Charles Parkes demonstrates the art of face painting in Face Painting Tips. His model is Dr. Mary Anna Kidd, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Texas at Tyler. Kudos to Dr. Kidd for stepping in as a last minute model.

Chris Jones offers up suggestions for college students on how to add protein to their diets in Basics of Protein.

Show: Face Painting Tips
Producer/Host: Charles Parkes
Director: Melodie Oliphant
Designer: Guinevere Everidge

Show: Basics of Protein
Producer/Host: Chris Jones
Director: Ani Umana
Designer: Ashleigh Dykes


April 29, 2014 Posted by | 10-Minute How-To-Shows, Blog Post | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Potting Plants and Pumpkin Loaf: How-to-Shows

by Marsha Little Matthews

The students in MCOM 2313 Multimedia Production are really getting into producing their final 10-minute, live-to-digital shows. Today, we produced two more shows. Next week we wrap up the semester with our final four shows.

Today Sarah Draper demonstrates how to get your seedlings started and how to pot small plants properly in her show Grow Your Knowledge: Correctly Post a Plant.

Nazia Alam demonstrates how to make a pumpkin loaf from scratch in her show Classic Baking.

Show: Grow Your Knowledge: Correctly Pot a Plant
Producer/Host: Sarah Draper
Director: Chris Jones
Designer: Hannah Root

Show: Classic Baking
Producer/Host: Nizia Alam
Director: Summer Munoz
Designer: Charis Grace Malone


April 24, 2014 Posted by | 10-Minute How-To-Shows, Blog Post | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dorm Snacks and Basketball Tips: How to Shows

by Marsha Little Matthews

Ashleigh Dykes demonstrates how to make some quick, easy – and college student budget friendly – snacks in her show “College Living.”

Jason Dougan demonstrates four easy steps to a better basketball throw in his show “BEEF.”

Show: College Cooking
Producer/Host: Ashleigh Dykes
Director: Nizia Alam
Designer: Melodie Oliphant

Show: BEEF
Producer/Host: Jason Dougan
Director: Charles Parkes
Designer: Ani Umana

April 22, 2014 Posted by | 10-Minute How-To-Shows, Blog Post | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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