In my digital production class this first semester of grad school, I got a taste of what a video journalist’s job is like. In this class, I was forced to step out of my comfort zone of writing and into the world of video. I welcome a good challenge, and it was certainly a necessary challenge for me to take on. Almost all written journalism online today is accompanied by some other type of media, often in video form.
By the time the second week of class rolled around, with no previous experience other than shooting videos my iPhone5s and a couple times of editing on iMovie, I picked up a Sony NEX-EA50UH camera, downloaded Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and got to work. I learned by doing, trial and error. While I still may not be a master filmer and editor, I did improve drastically throughout the semester.
Everyone who follows me on social media knows I run track at Loyola University Chicago, and every day my teammates and I run by Montrose Harbor. If we have early morning practice, I always see dozens of fishermen out on the harbor. I was always intrigued by them. I wanted to know more, especially because I enjoy listening to and documenting what people are passionate about. It always makes for a great story. For my final project video, I interviewed some of the fishermen. The spotlight in this video is on two particular hardcore Montrose Harbor fishermen, Alex and Deody, who have been coming here to fish since the 1960’s and the 1980’s, respectively. I think they sum up the fishermen of Montrose Harbor perfectly.
I gave you the (urban) bait, now cast out your pole and watch the video! I hope you enjoy and it brightens your day a little bit, like it brightened mine, to hear these fishermen talk about their passion.