For this week’s Lynda.com certification, I reviewed the documentary about Richard Koci Hernandez, a media journalist who began his early roots as a storyteller by simply picking up a camera, and teaching himself over time how to best relay stories.
This particular documentary, or series of lessons, I had the privilege of watching in a previous course, however on this second time around, I feel that I took away more insights than the previous viewing.
Key to Hernandez’s approach to media journalism, and telling stories is his desire to always expand his knowledge and seeking new ways to capture the story. As a student of media communications, his story is a reminder that success does not depend on a masters degree, but an inmate desire to tell stories. His passion and drive had led him to success in capturing the essence of a story through a combination of stills, video, and audio. Combining these elements has catapulted his success, provided his own unique voice, and provided opportunities to teach others how to find their own voice.
As I move towards graduation, and a career that will involve the telling of stories through multimedia channels, I become inspired to always be learning something new to best capture the stories I tell. I become inspired to review and study the works of others and those who I admire in my industry. In doing so, I am offered the opportunity to learn from others, but also forge my own personal brand of storytelling. There is no right or wrong way to tell a story…only that the story is told. How I achieve this will be my own creation, and the only requirement is to study what has been done, study what i have done, and take the necessary time to practice and develop my voice.