The numbers

     This link is interesting because it opposes everything I have been hearing from professors and professionals lately. The article claims that newspapers aren’t doing as awful as we have been hearing.

     Yes, the economy has been tough on everyone and the newspaper business has been in the public eye concerning the downturn–layoffs, cuts and closures all together. But, I have seen that local newspapers are doing just fine.

     These media outlets offer something no one else can. Local news. No one else is telling those stories.

     It is similar to what I have heard about school newspapers. No matter what you report, report it well and tell the story of your generation through your generation’s eyes because no one else is writing this down. Not the college-published publications, not the local city publications, and not the students as individuals.

     We provide this to our audience. Local and loyal readers. Not even the NYTimes has this. This demand and supply will never die. No matter how the economy affects this industry, people who supply the news will always has jobs. We just have to find new ways of sustainability.

The volunteer

Today I volunteered at Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH. I was stationed in the Youth Pavilion helping kids make stick horses. They colored two paper horses, cut them out and glued them together with a wodden dowel to complete the stick horse.

In the four hours I was there, there were so many cute kids that were so excited to just be there. Some were pros with horses and some just loved them. Some were even so little they didn’t know how old they were. It was a really cool experience to see the next generation of horsemen enjoying the event.

I think I will volunteer again next year.

The Dream

I know the name of this post sounds cheesy but I want to talk about my dream jobs, my goals, and my plans to get there.

I have a deep, embedded passion for horses and I will be involved in that industry forever, regardless to if I work with equine or not.

I also have a vast interest in the relationship between traditional and new media and public relations. The way the professionals interact and behave. The way the industry fuctions and moves forward. The way it all works together to complete a common goal-to inform.

When asked what my dream job is, I immediately respond “to work in the communications and/or editorial departments at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).” AQHA is a well-recognized organization within the equine industry with strong publications as well as huge membership numbers. I applied for an internship here and am still waiting to hear back. The headquarters are in Amarillo, TX which I’m really exicted for. I am definitely willing to travel for my job. I realize that as long as I am doing something I love, I will be happy wherever that may be.

I am not closed-minded though. I would be perfectly happy doing internal commincations or media relations for another organization.

I would also love to be a copyeditor for a large newspaper or magazine. I love editing. I really do. I know it sounds crazy, but taking a mess of a story and turning it into a really great piece is exciting to me. I get thouroughly energized by taking my colored pen to someone’s best work. I know it sounds a little demonic but there is no better feeling. And no worse feeling than when you miss an error in a deck head.

As much as I love communications and editing, the root of this all is in writing. I have a very distinct style that lies strictly on the journalism side of the spectrum. I have been told I write like a first-grader. I have also been told that my writing is “so intense and powerful, but so consise at the same time,” composition and literature professor, John Kengla. I call  it my style. I write (and speak) very bluntly. To the point. No messing around. No matter what direction my career leads me, I hope to be writing. It is challenging. It is exciting. It is satisfying.

Now, of course everyone has a dream job, but not very many people actually act on that dream. I have been work toward my goals since I was a child, leanring everything I can and being that over-ambitious student who asks questions and thinks outside the traditional box of rules(see sample). I have been taking journalism, public relations, general communications, and equine-related classes at Otterbein College (soon to be University). Ask any professor, I am the person pushing limits. My passion is what will lead me to my dream job. My passion forces learning. Learning sparks curiousity. Curiosity makes change.

The Theory

We all know traditional news outlets are fading. Sadly the numbers don’t lie.

But I was talking to Andrew Tobias, a fellow journalist, the other day and he propsed a thoery that I 100 percent agree with. The thesis is that social media relies on traditional news media for the information needed to sustain conversation.

As much as the industry is worshiping social media’s feet, we think it’s overrated. If traditional news outlets fell off the face of the earth today. What would happen to social media? How would the community react.

In my opinion, social media would die as we know it. I didn’t say die forever, but change drastically. The bloggers and tweeters would have to do the reporting and dig for the news themselves. This is something they leave to the news outlets now. How would the world get its news?

Eventually the social media community would catch back up and regain strength enough to produce its own content but that would be a slow process.

Part of the hype of social media is that it is the consumers producing the content. This is incorrect. It is the consumers comentating on the messages that traditional style journalists produce. The consumers just virally spread the message, in turn doing the journalists a huge favor.

I really like this argument.

What do you think?

The Vision

My WordPress blog will be an online portfolio as suggested for class.

My first couple of posts are just silly ones to try things out. I like experimenting and playing around. This is how I learn best.Once I get things moving in a more forward direction I will probably take them down.

I want my blog to have the following elements:

     –About Me – This will have my mission statement, goals, contact information, my picture etc.

     –Resume

     –Writing and design samples

     -A page with a personal essay similar to a cover letter. This will also ahve a sidebar of my competencies and a slide show of my career-related experiences with audio to compliment that. (multimedia story No. 1)

     -Horses – Here I would like to explain my background in the equine industry. I will include photos, video, text and audio to thouroughly explore my passion. (multimedia story No. 2)

     -Lastly, I will have a page with posts. I will comment on the media and equine industries. I will make suggestions and pose questions as well as ideally create conversation. This will show how I am engaged in my field and how I can apply classwork to the real world. I am very excited about this part.

Feel free to add suggestions.