Something about my American family

Dianna is a nice and kind American woman. We became good friends soon after I first came to America, then she called me her daughter. She visited me very often, and she is just like my sweet Mamma. She cares a lot about my daily life, safety, study, etc. She would remember all of the important Chinese festivals and celebrate with me. I feel so blessed to have a new family in U.S.

My American Mom took me to visit Grandma in St. Louis and we had Chinese food together.

Dianna treats me as a little girl and brings me all kinds of goods:)

Dianna is a talented quilter. She made a pretty quilt for me, which kept me warm.


Diving into the world of photojournalism

I learned a lot from viewing photos from my classmates, especially through learning from the comments, critiques and feedbacks from Steve and the class. I was kind of nervous before my assignment showed up on the screen. However, I think it looked nice when it showed up. I was satisfied with the composition and the meaning of the photo, and I think Steve did, too. He helped me with editing to enhance the photo by highlighting certain parts. Then I got a basic understanding of what should do and what shouldn’t do when journalists edit photos. We can adjust the photo based on what our eyes have seen; otherwise, we can’t alter the color, shape, composition, etc. When one of my best friends heard that I’m using Photoshop Elements in class, she was very happy because she thought I could help her edit and beautify her photos. I told her that I cannot because those tools for alteration were said to be prohibited for photojournalism at the beginning of the class.

The lecture of ethical dilemma left me in a mood of depression. I guess it was because most of the photos showed were so sad. If we forget about the ethical dilemma, then I would say, those photos work in terms of touching people with emotion (otherwise I wouldn’t be so sad after class). However, one thing came to my mind was that as journalists, we are not supposed to use others’ tragic experiences and make our audience cry. It would be nice if we combine human interests in our stories or photos, but we cannot scarify “humanity” merely for “human interests.” They subjects we capture are human beings. They have minds and soul, and they have feelings. I will always remember one of the most important codes for photojournalism: Treating the subjects with respects. It was a serious lecture, and it made me think a lot.

I hope National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics would inspire you and help you make ethical decisions:

My first weekend at the summer school

J2150 is a practical course to train journalism students with multimedia skills. Many students, including me, chose journalism as their major because they love writing, reading and reporting. However, writing and reporting skills are not enough for today’s journalism. With such an intensive training during the 7 weeks, I expect to be a tech-savvy journalism student. It makes me feel good to think that I will not feel confused about the basic techniques anymore when I need to do a multimedia story after this summer course.

When I took pictures with the D7000 camera rented from the library, I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I would be. Photography is such a practical discipline that you could not learn it merely through reading the instructions. Taking the same pictures with different setting up was a lot of fun and really helped. For the Seeing Red assignment, I took pictures in the afternoon when the sunlight was not too strong. I wanted to take some pictures of sunrise, but it was raining that morning. Lucky me, I finished three photos before for unexpected circumstances like this.

For my story ideas, I was kind of nervous to be the first student to present it in class. Steve asked me detailed questions to make sure that the pitch would be done successfully. I was glad that my subject is so helpful and willing to talk about his experience. I called him several times and explained that I need to film and interview him several times. He agreed without hesitation. I really wish my project could give them voice, which is one of the duties for journalists.

I’m thinking of some multimedia journalistic stories to share with the class and I suddenly feel that my video could be an interesting example! I anchor for a Chinese project at, and the mission of Newsy is to tell a story with multiplesources and in multimedia format. I attached the link to the English story after the my first Chinese version.

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