Hello and welcome to my e-portfolio! My name is Yodit Solomon and I am currently a freshman Television- Radio major with a concentration in media production. I am originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and I am slowly adjusting to the weather that upstate New York has to offer. I am also of Ethiopian descent. Both of my parents are both first generation Ethiopians so Ethiopian culture is imbedded in me making me the person I am today. So far I have been involved in the ICTV pop culture entertainment news show E16. Working on this show alone has allowed me to learn so much about the process of running a live show and sparked a lot of interest for me personally to want to become more involved in Television. The show has also inspired me to want to work on other shows ICTV has to offer students like me.
Ever since I was younger I have always had a fascination with pop culture and entertainment media. I have a passion for learning about what is new in popular culture whether it is new films that have come out, new music and upcoming artists that we are becoming exposed to, or even learning who won what award for particular award shows. I enjoy watching shows like Entertainment Tonight (ET), and E! News with hosts like Ryan Scarcest, Guliana Rancic, and Nancy O’Dell who deliver news with such flavor and confidence that grabs the attention of the people including mine. I also enjoy watching MTV news and VH1 news to learn about music that is out and statuses of certain artists. Shows like these that provide me my pop culture fix have inspired me to want to pursue a career in the future that relates to Pop culture and entertainment whether it is in front or behind the camera.
I have attended Ithaca College for only a semester and have learned about so much in such little time about media and the world of communications in ways I have never imagined or considered before. For one thing I have learned that the world we live in has become much smaller due to connections made through social networking. Social networking alone has changed the way we as people connect with one another. Instead of traditional face to face interaction, there is much faster and efficient interaction done behind the computer screen connecting massive amounts of people around the world. This idea alone proves how a single component of technology can have the ability to serve as an apparatus to connect people globally because anyone can now easily access themselves to the internet. I have also learned that the way we obtain information whether it be pop culture or breaking political news has been constantly progressing as well. The computer and the mobile phone are forms of technology provide us instant gratification by constantly displaying news updates around the clock whether it be significant or not we can now simply look up what is currently going on however and whenever we want. There was once a time where people had to wait to tune in the nightly news in order to hear of any updated stories. Now we can use any device as a source for news. We can even rely on social networks to provide us news as well. Whether it is on Twitter or Facebook people can post up news updates on their profiles as a way to inform the public of new current stories. People don’t have to wait anymore if they want to look up something they can find it in an instant. So if one were want to expose ideas to the world they could rely on social networking in order to get the word out because in this generation you can instantly receive responses and have confidence that people will hear what you have to say through constant updates. I have also learned that even the way we watch television shows and films has changed drastically due to change in communication. We can now watch shows and films on our computers and phones whenever we want to ultimately changing our culture from traditionally watching films through big screens or watching TV in the living room with your family to staring at a simple sleek flat phone screen. This consistent change in communication has also allowed me to learn that the field I want to pursue is a very competitive because it requires you to become media literate and because we are provided these new technologies to enhance our media literacies everyone globally has an equal opportunity to excel in this career with such limited job openings. In order to respond to the issue I am going to have to network myself with people in this industry with the help of social networking and applying for internships relating to this desired field to work from the bottom up. During my current attendance here at IC I have also learned that it is so important to become involved. Whether it be working on a TV show on ICTV or being DJ on WICB radio, it is key to involve yourself in order to gain experience and knowledge on how media production works as well as the requirement needed to produce a show. Working on E16 alone allowed me to learn so much about what goes on during a live show. I leaned new technical aspects that I was too scared to involve myself with prior to working on the show like lighting for instance. Because I involved myself with this show I have learned to become more confident working in a studio environment which I value the most because I want to involve myself somehow in studio production and my biggest problem was my confidence in the studio specifically with the technology used.