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My Course Objectives

13 May

When reflecting on my Online Journalism Class, I think, this was one of the tougher classes I’ve taken because personally it was out of my element. To clarify, I am used to taking classes where the teacher lectures; I take notes, hand in papers, study, and take tests. This class was the complete opposite of that and it required me to work almost exclusively using technology that I wasn’t fully familiar with. Being forced to work out of my normal comfort zone, allowed for me to expand my knowledge of the digital industry and the new aspects involved in online journalism.

Up to this point the only journalism class I had taken was basic reporting, because this class was more centered around print journalism I had never experienced digital publishing. I felt like this course forced me to achieve the first class objective of “understanding various types and methods of digital publishing.” By way of WordPress, Tumblr, and Twitter; I learned to publish my stories, text, and multimedia, by way of the web and mobile devices.

I know it’s hard to believe but before this class I had never used Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr. This is why the second class objective was quite a bit more difficult for me to accomplish than probably most students. The Twitter scavenger hunt was actually the thing that helped me learn and understand Twitter and Instagram the best. Now that we are nearing the end of the semester, I feel like I have certainly have become proficient in terms of social media and blogging.

By way of the text, which is the portion of the class that I enjoyed the most because I felt like it fully explained online journalism and things that I was unaware of; I was able to learn about current trends and expectations that the industry will be requiring of me. I felt like the text allowed time for me to slow down and just learn about things that I didn’t know, instead of just submersing myself in something I was unsure of.

The one portion of the course objectives that I felt I didn’t fully accomplish, was knowing and understanding the power players in the industry. I felt like although I could probably tell you who they are, I never engrossed myself in their work and didn’t follow them closely. Because this objective wasn’t necessarily ever an assignment, I focused more of my energy on the heavy work load I had for this and my other classes.

The incorporation of multimedia into my stories took me a little time to get a grasp of. But by the end of this semester I felt like I had accomplished the course objective. The 8 stories helped me to learn how to make the multimedia fit into my story. It also forced me to become more aware of how important good video and images are to a story.

The last course objective, “be trained and prepared for student reporter/administrator staff position at Lindenlink.com,” was something that I was proud I accomplished. At first WordPress.org was a little overwhelming to me, being that I never used it before. But after having to experience it hands-on and learn somewhat on the fly, it allowed for me to feel quite comfortable with it.

My proudest accomplishment this semester has been my ability to manage the extensive work load that we as grad-students were given. With minimal time to understand fully what was expected of the stories and with the addition of all the graduate work; I was proud that I was able to keep my tasks under control and complete the assignments given to me.

A few times during this semester, especially after spring break, I felt completely overwhelmed by the amount of work I had in this class combined with my other classes. But I was able to manage my time and control the problem by focusing on the work. This accomplishment, I feel, prepares me greatly for a future career because no matter what field you enter you are bound to feel overwhelmed by your work. But the key is controlling and managing your time, and working hard which is exactly what I did this semester.