Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gone To Texas

I know it's another article, but being a Texas native (Dallas, born and raised) I always love when Texas gets positive publicity unrelated to sports.

Over the last few years, Texas has become one of the best places to do business and raise a family. Technology, music, entertainment, oil and gas, and just about every other type of industry love doing business here. I know you all had at least one TI (Texas Instruments) calculator in school.

The BBC put together a list of the Top 10 reasons why so many people are moving to Texas.

Even though I left it, I still love my home state and I always will. And apparently other people are learning to love it! There's a saying here among new Texans: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!"

Note: I don't actually wear Cowboy boots. I made a nod to my Texas upbringing in my Senior Pictures.

Is The Social Media Editor Dead?

Considering I'm starting a social media internship on Monday, I found this article on Buzzfeed fascinating. If you're not familiar with Buzzfeed, they usually assemble humorous lists, such as "Amanda Bynes Calling People Ugly (Presented By Judgmental Huskies)." But they also feature real articles, such as this one by staff writer Rob Fishman, titled, "The Social Media Editor is Dead."

But is it? The article makes a convincing argument for both sides. While social media-related jobs are on the rise (while newspaper jobs are sinking), there is also a growing realization that one person cannot be in charge of all social media. Every journalist needs to be in charge of their own social media accounts, building up not only their own brand but the brand of the company.

Even if you don't care about getting a journalism job, this was a really interesting article.

I'm definitely looking forward to getting to work on Monday and seeing what everyone in my department thinks about this article, and where journalism and social media go from here.

Photo c/o of Google images. I do not own any part of BuzzFeed or, nor do I claim to. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer 2013- Newsweek and The Daily Beast

While most of my friends will be laying by the pool or jetting off on vacation, I'm spending my summer in NYC interning at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. This is an incredible opportunity, and I can't wait to start in a little over a week!

I didn't really apply for this internship in the traditional sense. Over my winter break I was bored, and decided to find a summer internship. I found an ad for a social media internship at Newsweek, but there wasn't a lot of information. So, using my social media skills, I sent a tweet to Newsweek asking about the position. They responded with the e-mail address of their social media editor. I sent him a quick e-mail, followed by my resume, and within a few weeks I was in their New York office for an interview. About half an hour later, I had an internship.

I always thought I would start with a few small internships and then work my way up. Instead, I'm practically starting at the top with Newsweek.

I'm so excited to have such an amazing internship, and I definitely don't mind spending my summer in an office. I'll be at a world-renowned news organization, working in NYC, and gaining invaluable experience for my career.

Most of my posts for the next two months will probably be about my job, i.e. what I do on a typical day, what my job entails, etc. I'll post about other things, but this will most likely turn into an internship blog!

I hope you all keep reading, and welcome to all my new readers!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Music Fest VuVox

Here's a VuVox I made as part of our Journalism Final Project (the other parts of the project will be uploaded soon!). Check it out!

On May 4th, 2013, Hofstra hosted their annual Music Fest, with performances by Twenty One Pilots, Joey Bada$$, and Third Eye Blind. Music Fest, held every spring, is a free, all-day, outdoor event for all Hofstra students. The festival features rides, games, activities, free food, and of course, live music.