Well folks, summertime is almost upon us! Do you know what that means? For many of you it might mean sun, sand and fruity drinks in hand as you kick back and relax poolside or take an exotic vacation. But for me, it means only a few short months until I finally begin my graduate program in journalism. The process has been long, and I'm getting impatient. I'm ready to hit the books! In the meantime, I’ve been spending a lot of time wondering why some of my fellow classmates have decided to take the plunge and head back to j-school. I've talked ad nauseum on here about my reasons for going back, but I wanted to get a better idea of the reasons behind other students’ decisions to do the same.
To piggyback off my post from last month, I wanted to continue a discussion of the various new technologies available to today's video journalists. We last discussed in significant detail the importance of establishing a presence on social media, including the various ways in which sites like Twitter can be used to leverage your journalistic work and your self as a brand. In fact, writing that post really got me thinking, "What other technologies are out there that are greatly impacting the way journalists, especially video journalists, do their jobs?"
It is rare today that you meet someone that doesn't have a Facebook account. Sure, there's always your grandma, who shuns any modern technologies, or that guy in your dorm freshman year of college who "refuses to be one of the sheep, man." But for most of us, social media has become so ubiquitous, such a part of our everyday lives, that to live without it seems close to impossible. And the truth is, social media isn't going anywhere. Whether it's Twitter or Tumblr, or the next site that has yet to be invented, social media is here to stay. Which is why, if you are not already, you've got to join the online conversation and start harnessing these tools to support your career as a news gathering video journalist!
So where did we leave off last time? Graduate school. It's the cloud that's been looming over my head for several months now. And, I'll be honest, a lot of times it's resembled the stormy presence that follows Eeyore around in the land of Winnie the Pooh. You know, big storm cloud, rain...etc. Anyway... The process of applying to grad school can be arduous and incredibly emotional. I've been saying that here for months now. But, every once in awhile a ray of sunlight comes along to pierce that stormy cloud, sending it into oblivion. That's the experience I had, at least, when I finally decided that next year, I'll be a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism!
Well, I'll be honest. It feels like a year's worth of time has gone by since my last post. In reality, it's only been a month, but it's been one whirlwind of a month! Last time, I rambled on and on about my decision to head back to school, hit the books, and learn more about what it takes to be a journalist. Well, the good news is that since then I've been offered admission to three top-10 Journalism programs! J-school, here I come!
Last month I discussed my lofty goal of getting a CNN byline, and how I worked hard to make that dream a reality. Let's just say a lot has changed for me in the months since I was published on CNN.com. Back when my story hit the CNN homepage, I had grand dreams of being offered a position as a journalist for CNN. I even tried to see if I could get an internship with “CNN iReport,” but those positions are only offered for college credit, and since I was no longer a student it was clear that particular situation wouldn't work out. I guess I expected potential employers to be so impressed with my CNN byline that they'd come knocking on my door with job offers or freelance opportunities. If only journalism were that easy!
Hello again! By now, you're well aware of my love of journalism and my dedication to pursuing this as a profession. However, the truth is, I spent a lot of time post-college pursuing professional endeavors outside of the journalism world. Sure, my college internships and work as a staff writer for the student newspaper were great experiences, but I graduated in 2009, when a terrible economy made finding a job in print journalism next to impossible. Let's be honest, finding any job was next to impossible. So, I took the first offer that came my way and spent the next two years traipsing around the world of business and higher education through marketing and public relations positions.