Multimedia Production

Using Multimedia Tools to Tell Journalism Stories

Portraits, Cupcakes, and an RC Car… the 10-Minute How-To Shows Return

by Marsha Little Matthews

This fall we have two sections of MCOM 2313 Introduction to Multimedia Production. We began producing the final course projects Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Each 10-minute show is a “how-to” show written and produced by the host of the show. Each student must produce and host a show, direct another student’s show, and design the set for a third student’s show. In between each student serves as a crew member, rotating through: camera operator (C-1, C-2, and C-3), audio engineer, technical director, character generator operator (responsible for the show title, credits, and other on-screen text), assistant director (responsible for keeping the show on time), floor director (responsible to relaying the director’s cues to the talent), record the show operator, and show announcer.

Here are Tuesday’s shows:

Section 1

Show: Draw a Portrait with Veronica
Producer/Host: Veronica Salvatore
Director: Cecil Armstrong
Set Designer: Seth Gibson

Show: How Do You Cupcake?
Producer/Host: Laryssa Terry
Director: Whitley Crawford
Set Designer: Victoria Vorsas

Show: How to Wire Up an RC Car
Producer/Host: Ryan Robinson
Director: Connor Streit
Set Designer: Latisha Mosley

Section 2

Show: Christmas Crazy Crafts
Producer/Host: Danielle Bruffett
Director: Holly Hooten
Set Designer: Lexie Hanson

Show: Deliciousness
Producer/Host: Jordan Kinney
Director: Matt Raybin
Set Designer: Candyce Henwood

November 20, 2014 Posted by | 10-Minute How-To-Shows, Blog Post | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Audio Interviews for Fall 2014 Semester

by Marsha Little Matthews

One of the first production assignments for students in MCOM 2313 Multimedia Production is to produce an audio interview. Each student must find someone with an interesting story that is rich with ambient/natural sound that will enhance the story. The student serves as the reporter who introduces the story and wraps the story up at the end Interview questions are not to be included as they tend to disrupt the story. All or most of the interview questions should be edited out of the story, and the responses edited to tell the story. The story cannot be shorter than one minute, nor longer than a minute and a half.

Here are the results for two sections of MCOM 2313. There are talent releases on file from the interview subjects for each of the packages posted

MCOM 2313.001

MCOM 2313.002

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Blog Post | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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


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