A lot has happened in the year since I updated the blog portion of my site. In an effort to change that, I am going to start posting an updated blog post every Monday night. Hold me to that.
I've done a lot of exciting things since being in Seattle for the Summer of 2014, including...
- becoming a Photo Editor at The Post, where I was able to lead a team of about 30 photographers to produce some of the best photographs I've seen from a college newspaper. You can see some of that coverage in our Year in Review post. I also standardized the video style for the newsroom, which you can see in action on our YouTube page.
- interning in New York with TheStreet.com. Through the Dow Jones News Fund, I was able to write about publicly traded media companies for the digital-first news outlet. Being in a digital first environment for the first time was incredible, and I loved being in the city. You can visit my author page on TheStreet's website, or you can visit my Reporting tab to see the stories I wrote.
- my favorite update, becoming Digital Media Director for The Post. Because it is my favorite, I'll elaborate below.
Since the end of last school year, I've been working as the web guru for Ohio University's student newspaper. During my summer in NYC, I set our newsroom up with Slack, a team messaging app, and used it to coordinate our Summer content. Then, after returning to school, I began working on transitioning the newsroom to a digital first workflow.
This may seem like a lot of jargon which boils down to something we should have already been doing, which is true. Many other papers have already made the "digital transition." The Post wasn't by any means in the dark age when I took the reins, but it needed a lot of work.
So far, this has meant working with a great leadership team to build and develop a web staff of about 15. We trained the staff from the ground up to handle the brunt of the day-to-day challenges of running a news website. This means that I am able to train the rest of the newsroom in digital best practices, and continue moving the newsroom to think about their stories in the most digitally forward way.
I've held a staff-wide training session for digital best practices, trained reporters in HTML and CSS, and begun working with copy editors and social media coordinators to start the next phase of a truly digital-first newsroom.
It's a lot of work, but I absolutely love my job. Seeing reporters embed their first GIFS, YouTube videos and Tweets is something I would gladly wake up each day to see. The impact on our website is also pretty profound. Go check it out. It's not perfect, but it's getting better with each passing day which is something I'm really proud of.
I've also started to sink my teeth into a couple of long-term projects outside of The Post, but I will save that discussion for next week because this post is already getting a bit long. Check back for that one, and thanks for reading.