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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Writing for the Web

I’ve come up with a way to actively engage the student body in Spokane with regards to selling tickets. It’s similar to the Tweetseats initiative, in that we will utilize Twitter, but it’s also similar to a radio broadcast giveaway.

I propose that WCE set aside, say, 60 tickets from different Broadway shows, and post a trivia question every day for two months. Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is simple. A ticket a day, on orchestra level? You would bet that over the summer people would be checking the Twitter page frequently to try and be the first to respond. And if they’re tuning in frequently, they’re also seeing the bonus promotional material for the shows, whether they like it or not. I think this idea has a lot of potential. What do you think?

Order of Business

I was perusing the syllabus and flitting back and forth between different chapters in my reading, when I noticed something pretty glaring. It struck me like a stick of butter it was so simple.

There. Right there, at the beginning of the book, “Chapter 2 – Goals and Strategies”. I flipped to it quickly and I realized, holy hell, this is it. This is the lynch pin to all of my confused, backwards endeavors. Twitter, yes, blogging, fine, these are all useful skills, but this chapter, oh-ho, this chapter… It frames the whole process of just what it is we’re trying to do here. And then I became more confused…

Are we in the act of carrying out a social media strategy? It has all the hallmarks of one: distributed hashtags with our tickets… And for that matter, tickets in the first place. Are we participating in a strategy, or planning one? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that’s been my gripe from the beginning.

The fact that we were being told to plan a strategy, whilst being given very little direction, while at the same time being told to carry out someone else’s media strategy campaign, whilst being given a lot of direction.

 

Thoughts?

5 Reasons Why I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

In this class, we have been learning a lot about how to engage other users meaningfully. We’ve learned about the right way and the wrong way to tweet, we’ve learned about how to set up a WordPress account, and we’ve learned some basic video editing. All well and good. However, despite my best efforts, I still have no idea what I’m doing, or at least, I’m reluctant to do more than dip my toe into the world of reaching out online. Here are five reasons why.

1. Lack of Direction

I’m currently going to school to learn journalism. I like to go places, meet people and tell their stories, primarily because I feel like their stories are more interesting than my ho-hum life. I’ve been putting all of my time and energy into being a good journalist not because I want to sell myself, but because I’m a storyteller.

2. I Lack Expertise

It’s hard to write a blog post to the world wide web and hope that it becomes viral, because I feel like I don’t yet have valuable information to provide. I mean, I’m funny. I have a good sense of humor. But I don’t know if I have information that other people would classify as NTK. I don’t know that I have to add to the conversation.

3. This Final Project is Freaking Me Out

I’m probably stressing out too much over this, but it’s because I’m taking this class alongside Publicity & Public Relations, meaning I’m still trying to figure out what an offline PR campaign should look like, let alone an online PR initiative. It’s like, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing in between class periods besides the reading and the blogs. I get the overwhelming feeling I’m missing something, and it’s making me anxious.

4. Fear

I’m caught in somewhat of a double-bind. Online, one is supposed to be up front and honest, but I worry many of my opinions will land me in hot water somewhere down the road. A journalist is supposed to be objective, and I’d hate to be ruled out for a job because of a cursory Google search. I fear that putting too much information out there too quickly will turn off potential employers, specifically because of the career I want to go into.

5. I’m Behind on the Reading

By about two chapters.

6. I Can’t Count

Wait, what?

Am I being crazy? Do people want to hear more from me? Should I quit whining? What should I tweet about? Let me hear from you in the comments below.

Smoking, Fossils, Journalism

cigarette butt

Last one, forever.

Right now I’m sitting in a basic earth sciences class, taught by a fossil. I can understand why they’d get him to teach the class, he was there when the earth was made. For Christ. Sakes. Fun story, and the first leg of my quit smoking journey, after the jump.

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