Outcomes of my time as a Journalism student

I graduated from DBS during 2022, the ceremony having been postponed as a result of the Pandemic until students could attend in person. During my final year, all of my classes being online, I volunteered as a Peer Mentor and took the Leadership Course. I was astonished to be awarded Volunteer Of The Year.

I joined the Sustainability Society, part of the Green Campus movement. As Vice-President I established a blog called Sustainable College. Our Society won the title of Most Improved Society.

My thesis project had been a multimedia website on environmental journalism. Three topics were required, and I opted to add a fourth for balance. The three main topics, which contained written features, interviews, global conferences coverage, data visualisations,  infographics, podcasts, a short film and photography, were nominated for an award in the EPA Award on Environmental Journalism in the SMedias 2021.

I gained a BA with First Class Honours.

On Graduation Day with Hamza Razaq from the Students’ Union. Photo by DBS.

Prior to that I had taken on the role of President of the DBS Journalism Society, when the previous President graduated. I had begun publishing blog posts, and promoted the blog Inside DBS to the whole college as a place for any students to gain a first published article.

This blog was entered by me in the Student Media Awards 2021 and won. I gained a handsome Tipperary Crystal trophy. The awards evening was held online. Here’s the story on Inside DBS, which has a photo of me enjoying coffee with the Journalism Society’s Social Media Officer, Loreto Magaña, and a fun video from both of us. A further article was requested by the college for their internal news site.

At the time of my graduation, I had progressed to studying Data Visualisation at postgraduate level, at IADT. This was a one-year course, so during 2022 I graduated from a second college, with a splendid Certificate in this data science topic.

Sustainable coffee cup at the IADT Canteen. Photo: Clare O’Beara.
Queue of nominees for the 2022 Student Media Awards. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

During Spring 2022 I had a second, wonderful win. One of my thesis topics, the optional extra, had been a photojournalism article on how people were enjoying their local parks during Covid-19 lockdowns. I entered this for the SMedias category Journalism Relating to Health, but as it was mainly photojournalism, I had no expectation of winning. Being nominated, however, felt magical, and I attended the ceremony held at the Aviva Stadium, thinking that this would make up for being obliged to miss attendance the previous year.

And then my name was called, and I had won again for DBS.

Here’s the first and second Tipperary Crystal trophies, and both of them keeping company.

College has arrived at a great time in my life and proven a fantastic, enriching and empowering experience. I made friends with like-minded people and enjoyed getting to know many more pleasant folks. I have placed an article with more of my photos on Medium describing my journey, and this article was selected by Medium for further distribution. I’m lucky that I had a wide variety of lecturers, some doing their job and some doing more than their job. I also learnt quite often that if I did not find a way to teach myself something, nobody else was going to teach it to me. But by making more effort, volunteering, and taking further courses, I gained skills, knowledge and valuable experience.

Teasel in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

Now I am ready to cover events, especially relating to the natural environment, as they happen. Because I was already a writer, the most important skills I learnt were photography, film making and web development.

O’Connell Street, Dublin, March 2022. Photo: Clare O’Beara.

Life changed swiftly with the Pandemic, and I’m so glad I had the real-life college experience first. My final year was in tough circumstances – but what else would I have done during lockdowns?

James Joyce was (fictionally*) asked, “What did you do in the Great War?”

He replied, “I wrote Ulysses. What did you do?”

*Tom Stoppard, Travesties (1990).

Self-portrait at the SMedias Awards, 2022, Aviva Stadium. Clare O’Beara.

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Chinatown in London

Originally published on this site, .

My short films are now live on YouTube and getting views. I am garnering feedback, all positive at present. ‘Awesome!‘ was one comment, from an author involved in TV crime drama production in the UK. I would definitely call that positive.

Here’s the link to the SF book series trailer.

And to the disability access documentary.

I have learned how to make a YouTube video channel, how to put in my profile photo (this is one taken by a college lecturer) and how to select the thumbnail picture for each film.

The music credits are placed under each film. In one case I needed to mail away for a licence to use the music; I did that and the licence was bounced back to my e-dress right away. All music was free to use provided the artists were credited.

I have found that YouTube has purchased a list of made to order music for film makers to use. This list can be searched for themes. There is no cost to use the tunes. This will simplify making films in future, but by sticking to that list, film makers might overlook some excellent tunes available to use but not paid for by YT.  Also they would risk using the same tunes everyone else was using.

I really have come a long way in one year.

See my earlier posts for the explanations of how I filmed and produced these short films.