Media Production Reflection

Media production has improved my technology skills in many ways especially WordPress. I always wanted to build a website but never knew how. So, my knowledge of learning WordPress from the beginning of the semester to now has grown tremendously. Even though this course is filled with learning many techniques for production, the main concept that I have grabbed from each project is how to be a storyteller. For example, I am helping to plan my older brother’s and future sister-in-law’s wedding in July next year. I am the creator, designer, and planner, so I created a WordPress site for their wedding, which is still in the works, but coming along very well. Not only do I want the website to show what my brother and sister-in-law are having for the wedding, but I am telling their story, which I can express through photos, audio, and video.

Visually, media production improved my views and perspective to the camera extremely. For example, when it came to video two and the five shot rule. Learning the five shot has not only helped me improve my video skills, but it has also helped me improve my photography skills. I always knew about the rule-of-thirds but never thought I could use it in the film world, which I think made my video two stand out. I like how I can bring my photography skills into my videography skills and vice-versa. Especially, since I want to be in the media/production industry and create videos such as music videos and films.

Interpersonally, I think I have evolved my interpersonal skills professionally and personally. For example, when it comes to interviewing, I carefully listen to the words that the interviewee has chosen. Which, I use to form the next question and so forth. When it comes to my personal skills, I utilized the same skills from interviewing to listen to my friends and even in my classes when the professor talks, so that I can comprehend the subject or the lecture more.


Coronado News Brief Podcast


What I have learned from this podcast assignment including many things. For example, the annunciation of my words. I’ve always had trouble annunciating my words, I somewhat mumble a lot. So, from this podcast, I learned to somewhat exaggerate my words to sound more crisp and loud. The second thing I learned was taking my time with talking. For example, I had to do many retakes because I would speak very fast and slur, but I still didn’t feel comfortable with the finished project. The last thing I learned is about the software. I had trouble exporting my podcast because many of the songs I selected were not eligible to export, I’m assuming because of copyright issues. GarageBand was actually easy and simple to use, I thought I would have trouble, but I didn’t.

StMU talking with Mayor Ron Nirenburg

I live-tweeted during the Community Conversations: San Antonio – A Vision for a Tricentennial City held at St. Mary’s University in University Center on November 7th, 2017. This was a special session because it included special guest, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and former TV host and alumni Rick Casey.  The mayor explained what events and projects would happen in 2018 and how they will impact the city and its people for the better.


Polvorones by Holly Basaldu

Videography and Production by John Paul Coronado

Holly Basaldu, a Speech Communication major at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas tells her story behind her favorite Mexican pastry dish, polvorones. She describes the recipe, her origins of baking and the unspoken bridge between culture and food.


  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Roll the dough by two teaspoonfuls between your palms into balls. Arrange the balls on a large baking sheet, spacing them 1/2 inch apart.

Bake the cookies until golden brown or for 18 minutes. Cool cookies down for 5 minutes. Toss the cookies in the powdered sugar. Transfer the sugar-coated cookies on a separate plate.