Portfolio site coming this summer!

Hey everyone!

I’m happy to announce that I began working on my WordPress portfolio site this afternoon. It’s going to take some time but I promise I’ll let you know when it’s launched.

Thanks for being patient. Can’t wait to unveil it!

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Friday Reflection V

Google Offering Analytics for Your Email Inbox

If you are a constant Gmail user like I am, this article is a must-read. By adding the “Gmail Meter” program to your account, you can see analytics and statistics that break down how long it takes you to respond to emails, who you most often receive emails from and how many words your emails generally are. With email still a vital part of modern-day communication, having the opportunity to view your own email habits is great.

By going to the Official Gmail Blog, you can see how you can add “Gmail Meter” to your own account. It is fairly quick and easy to set up – you won’t regret it!

04.28.12 update: Unfortunately, there will only be five installments of the “Friday Reflection” segment. Remember, within the next few months I will be moving my site to a new domain. In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter!

Friday Reflection IV

Learning to Do It All

As a collegiate journalist, I know how important it is to be well-versed in writing, audio, video and social media. While it is not easy to execute all of these things, it is mandatory in this age of digital first journalism. This article focuses on everything from internships to shooting video to knowing how to use social media to engage an audience.

There are many, many valuable points made in this article by Elia Powers (the link is at the top of this post) and I highly recommend that you give it a read. If you are in the field of communication/journalism, this article will be extremely useful to you.

NHL playoff predictions (first round)

The first-round playoff matchups (http://www.nhl.com/ice/stanleycup.htm).

Western Conference

No. 1 Vancouver vs. No. 8 Los Angeles: Vancouver wins series 4-2

No. 2 St. Louis vs. No. 7 San Jose: St. Louis wins series 4-0

No. 3 Phoenix vs. No. 6 Chicago: Phoenix wins series 4-3

No. 4 Nashville vs. No. 5 Detroit: Nashville wins series 4-2

Eastern Conference

No. 1 New York vs. No. 8 Ottawa: New York wins series 4-1

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 7 Washington: Boston wins series 4-3

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 6 New Jersey: New Jersey wins series 4-1

No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 Philadelphia: Philadelphia wins series 4-2

Friday Reflection III

Developing timeless skills for constantly changing journalism careers

One of Steve Buttry’s latest blog posts offers several key pieces of advice for those in the field of journalism. It’s no secret that journalism has changed greatly thanks to social media but that doesn’t mean journalists should be more “laid back” when it comes to checking facts and verifying information. With an overload of information online, fact-checking is even more important. Honesty and truthfulness will never disappear, nor will writing a hard news story that gives readers the facts that they need to know right away.

Buttry makes a good point when it comes to writing leads: write a lead that would fit in a tweet (140 characters or fewer). With many newspapers going digital first, a lead that is the length of a tweet is genius. It is also important to remember that a journalist always needs to keep the public informed, whether through a written article, a video or social media. As a collegiate journalist, I am constantly learning new things about digital media and social media. However, I know that accuracy and truthfulness will always be the most important skills that a journalist can possess.

Friday Reflection II

NHL’s Boston Bruins Launch One Digital Network to Rule Them All

Being an avid sports fan and user of social media, the headline of this article instantly caught my eye. It turns out that the Boston Bruins are the first team in professional sports to create a network that combines their social, digital and mobile content. By checking out the network, which is called the Bruins Den, you can see their Instagram photos, tweets, Facebook updates and also read about their mobile application.

Earlier this week, the Cleveland Indians also announced that they would be using social media more efficiently. According to an article on MLB.com, general manager Mark Shapiro wants to use social media “as a tool to engage with fans.” The Indians will use Twitter and Facebook while also blogging, using Google+ and using Pinterest to connect with fans of their baseball team. Along with the Bruins, the Indians really seem to understand the importance of social media to engage and connect with fans and spectators.

I personally admire what both of these teams are doing and I hope that many, many more teams will jump on the digital bandwagon in the near future.

Friday Reflection I

Why Studying Journalism Is Still a Good Idea

This is such a great post from 10,000 Words. I have been studying journalism for the past two years and while journalism is constantly evolving, I know that this is the right career field for me. I’ve always been one to help people and by taking the responsibility to share news and, most importantly, the truth with others, I feel that what I write and report can make a difference. I don’t aim to be an international journalist or anything like that but with everything now appearing online, it is extremely important to separate fact from fiction.

Print is on the decline – we all know that. I am attending school in the digital age of journalism and it is in this sector of journalism that I will aim to get my start. Social media has changed the world and it is practically the only way I get my news. Many ordinary people and even some news organizations may still not be aware but newspapers don’t contain a lot of value any more. News in the morning paper was shared on Twitter hours ago and posted to the organization’s website beforehand.

As the article point out, a journalism degree goes beyond writing and reporting – it teaches you skills. You have curating skills, information-gathering skills, organization skills and, of course, the ability to ask solid questions. Thanks to the Internet, journalism is no longer reporter to reader – the readers are a part of everything. It’s not just telling people the news – it’s asking for their feedback on stories through social media and email as well as reporting on the stories that they want you to report on.

This is a fascinating time for communication majors and I personally am looking forward to the next few years. Between new trends, new apps and the increase in news organizations going digital-first and using social media on a non-stop basis, things are looking more and more exciting for the future of journalism each and every day.

Thanks for reading!

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