Malia Bruker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University, and she is also the director of "Chase" the film we profile in this show of Media Makers. While the film "Chase" began production in 2009 and was only release six years ago, the premise, technology, and storytelling are incredibly relevant during our societies pandemic isolation. On this episode, we dive deep into the storytelling, themes, motivations, and goals of this incredible short film and relate to today's realities. We also spoke about the incredible program offered at Florida State University for students to explore non-fiction filmmaking, such as documentaries, as well as a robust sports media program for students to cover Seminole sports hands-on.
Alluvium (2018) HD video, documentary, TRT 10:48
Role: Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
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Role: Director, Cinematographer, Editor
Role: Director, Editor
Dan McLaughlin serves as the television play-by-play voice of St. Louis Cardinals baseball on FOX Sports Midwest. A St. Louis native, Dan called his first major league game at age 23. His play-by-play work on Cardinals baseball has earned him three Mid-America Emmy Awards and 10 nominations. On this episode, Dan discusses how he is creating content for his website Scoops With Danny Mac, a site filled with a variety of current sports content and long-format interviews. We also relive some of Dan's best play-by-play walk-off win calls from the booth and he shares his favorite memory calling a game. In addition, Dan shares stories of lesson learned from Jack Buck to Tim McCarver and he reveals to us the one person he wishes he would have had the opportunity to interview. Dan also offered a peak into how he prepares for games, keeps record of his scorecard, and how his love of baseball history provides him with thoughtful insight during a ballgame.
Indiana University senior Katrina Nickell is graduating from college this May and was recently hired as a General Assignment Reporter for WLUK-FOX 11 News in Green Bay, WI. On this episode, Katrina talks about the skills she mastered during her time in college, including anchoring on-camera and broadcast news writing. Katrina shared two stories with us to illustrate a highly controversial story which gained national attention, as well as covering a breaking news story using only her phone. Katrina also shared invaluable advice for students wishing to pursue journalism in college.
FOX11 News - Green Bay, WI
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IU Business Professor Under Fire After Controversial Tweets
"This is not an example of the best video, but a story I loved covering. Originally I was assigned to make it as a VOSOT but changed it to a package the day of the newscast because of how much info there was."
Woman Stuck and Killed in Bloomington Bus Incident
"This was all filmed on my iPhone 7. Our newscast was just beginning to tape and I happened to be running late from getting an interview for a different story when we heard about this incident. Quickly edited in 15 minutes and we put it in post-production of our show."
Bloomington Housing Crisis
"Skip to 1:30. Probably one of the better packages I put together during the fall semester in terms of b-roll and using sound. A new apartment complex geared towards students was having issues being passed by city council."
November 14 Newscast
"Just good content for this newscast and great ad libbing with our sports anchor towards the end."
IU NewsNet Daily
"This is an example of our "daily" newscast. This was a project my co-anchor Karli and I took on. We wanted to create shorter newscasts to post more frequently in an attempt to keep up with other media outlets. We post these on IGTV. One of our newscasts won 1st place by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters. This specific one recaps some of the top news stories from the fall semester)"
Jacqui Poor is a successful freelance television producer, writer, director and voice over talent with thirty-seven years of industry experience. She’s earned 15 Mid-America Emmy Awards, 51 Mid-America Emmy Nominations, 53 International Telly Awards (Silver and Bronze), and 2 Aurora Awards among others. She lives in St. Louis. MO. On this episode, Jacqui talks about the importance of collaborating with a great team to allow for their talents to shine when working on a production. Jacqui also took us through her process of color coding and scripting her stories, including a recent project she is working on for HEC Media called "Spotlight", which are unique first person stories. Yours truly is a part of that story. We also watched and discussed the story of a now 85 year-old Grammy award winning blues musician, Bobby Rush, This is a story not to miss. Plus, we broke down the process of covering a story which took three years to make, tracking the building of a now famous bridge in the St. Louis area.
Ladue alum Tavishya White is a producer, director, cinematographer and all things video and film in Los Angeles, CA. When Tavishya graduated Webster University in St. Louis, she took the money in her pocket and headed out west to LA to make her dreams come true. On this episode, Tavishya shares with us the challenges of living in LA and how to make yourself seen, heard, and respected as a film professional. Tavishya's spirit is present as she explains her process to create short film working with kids, to producing a music video for an artist who had a strong vision, which Tavishya had to coach into making the vision possible. Tavishya also supplies endless advice for young filmmakers to take risks, ask for what you want, make yourself valuable, and know as much as you can about the business so you stand out in the saturated LA crowd.
Media Makers show #22 - Rick Horton
Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Rick Horton serves as an analyst on FOX Sports Midwest’s Cardinals game telecasts and Cardinals Live pregame and postgame shows. Rick also broadcasts game for KMOX sports radio 1120. On this episode, Rick takes us through his process on a game day broadcasting Cardinals baseball. Rick also discusses how he found himself broadcasting games once his playing career was over and the iconic names who helped him learn on the job, including St. Louis legend Jack Buck. Rick shared stories from his playing days, including his most memorable personal moment in professional baseball. In addition, Rick discussed his important work with the Cardinals Fantasy Camp and his commitment as President of the St. Louis Chapter for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Media Makers show #21 - Tal Kopan
Ladue alum Tal Kopan is the Washington Correspondent and Senior Political Reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. In this episode, Tal talks about building relationships and reporting the stories from Washington which impact her audience in the state of California. Tal spoke about her experience being on-camera and how she develops her stories, written or for broadcast, and the steps she takes to vet her work, so all stakeholders trust her reporting. Tal also offers great advice for young budding journalists and spoke about how she gained the basics of her journalism skills by writing for our Ladue High School newspaper, Panorama, while developing her on-camera, extemporaneous speaking skills, through being on the Ladue Debate Team.
Media Makers show #20 - Tim Gore
Tim Gore is the Director of Educational Initiatives for Educate.Today, a free website for teachers and students. Tim was a teacher himself for 28 years until he began working to create programming and content for HEC Media. Educate.Today offers free educational resources, aligned to state standards, which allow teachers and students to engage in first person lessons and stories for Language Arts/Literacy, Arts, STEAM.STEM, Social Studies, and more. In this episode, Tim helps us navigate the resources on the website and delivers great detail about how teachers are using these resources in the classroom, including a Civil Rights lesson with a first person account. Tim also showed two examples of student created content, both of which were produced byLadue Broadcast Technology Students. Educators are invited to have students submit their video work to possibly be used on the site, simply by emailing email@example.com.
Ladue alum Bea Dageforde is a video producer in Chicago, IL. Bea has gotten her foot in the door of the media industry as a Production Assistant in music videos, television, and films. In this episode, Bea talks about her most recent project, leading the Production Assistant team for the new HGTV show coming out this month, "Celebrity IOU" with the episode starring Melissa McCarthy. Bea even got to have lunch with the stars of the show, everyone's favorite brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott. Bea shares how she got her first job off CraigList, working as a grip on a variety of different show sets, and offers advice for young video producers. We also reveal a huge surprise for Bea at the end of the show, which she did not see coming.
"We are covering history," said Ladue alum Alexis Zotos, who is an award-winning reporter for KMOV4 in St. Louis, MO. As a General Assignment reporter you can find her stories on the evening newscasts in St. Louis, mostly the 10 pm show. "Writing is the basis of all journalism, " said Alexis, so in this episode, Alexis talks how important her writing is for scripts as she is documenting covering history every day during the coronavirus pandemic. Alexis discussed how she reports the news, now through FaceTime and Zoom, utilizes social media to answer audience questions through her stories, and covers press conferences from the Missouri Governor on a daily basis. Alexis shared a couple of her recent coronavirus stories and broke down how they each were produced. Alexis also always offers terrific advice for any journalist.
Ladue alumni in the media industry, as well as media professionals from around the country interview with Don.