Journalism 202: Preparing For the Future

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Personal Choice]

I’ve been maintaining this blog for the better part of three years, and as of today, it has more than 230 posts on various topics. I’d like to think of myself as a content creator, with the majority of my blog posts being original content in the form of short stories, diaries, and other miscellany. I get a fair amount of viewers – hovering somewhere around the 100 daily visitors mark. It’s not a lot by any standard, but it’s definitely more than zero, and I’m proud of my work.

My blog serves two main purposes: to tell any interested parties that I’m really, truly, invested in communications and online media, and secondly, as my personal playground where I can let loose and do pretty much anything and write about pretty much any subject. That’s also partly why I didn’t bother to create a new blog for my J202 work — I wanted the blog to get more content, but I also wanted the course to become part of my online identity.

One initiative that I began about a year ago was to tie all of my social networks together. If you click on the “my networks” tab at the top of this page, you’ll find links to all of my other social networks — and those, in turn, also link to all of my other network presences. Although I’m not sure if it has impacted the number of hits to my blog, it definitely has one bright side — since my resume contains a link to my blog, potential employers would have access to all of my social networks, and possibly get greater insight into who I am as a person.

Through my work in communications, I’ve come to grasp the importance of paying attention to your audience, knowing how to say certain things to match a certain situation, and keeping things simple, clear and concise, and no longer than they need to be. I’ve written many different things for many different kinds of people — from industry executives, to teenage pop music fans, to college students coming off their Saturday evening bar hop. I’ve penned hard news articles, public relations messaging pieces, hard-hitting editorials, and arts features. And in the process, I’ve learned several important skills in what to write and how to write it.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the value of responsibility and owning up to what you write. Credibility is the backbone of public relations, and media in general; it is the factor that makes your readers accept your writing and trust you as their source of communication. Some of my favorite moments in publishing have occurred when my readers interact with me on a personal level, trusting me as not only a writer behind a computer screen, but as a person.

I definitely think I know what I want to do for my future. Things change, obviously, and I know that it’s impossible for me to plan out the rest of my life right now (it simply doesn’t work like that) – but I think I can be sure of one thing: I love working with words and I want to do it for the rest of my life.

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