People think that I’m obsessed with selfies and photos, and I fully recognize that I have plenty of pictures on my iPhone that I don’t even have any more space to keep them all, but the truth behind every shot is that I like keeping memories.
Every picture for me represents part of my life -the place I have visited, the people with whom I have shared the most exciting moments, and of course my growth. However, a photo shows you only how you have changed physically, not personally.
Yet, an image is a certificate of presence in this World; a way to attest that you were there, at that specific moment. It gives us the certainty that even if we won’t live longer, our memory will last forever.
“Progress is impossible without change,” George Bernard Shaw said.
Before the beginning of this course I thought that ‘English’ could have been a barrier for me, that I wouldn’t be able to express myself in the same way I would have in my own language, Italian. Sometimes it happens I can’t find the right words in conversation, but fortunately writing always helps.
I feel that through the blog posts I get to know my peers more deeply, and they get to know me. Receiving feedback from them has been so helpful because it has enabled me to make some improvements, particularly with grammar.
Although it wasn’t the only thing that I had to fix in my blog posts. My lecturer pointed out that neither my first or second post had hyperlinks, images or keywords, so I needed to make them more enjoyable for the readers. That’s what I did!
But my biggest challenge was to adapt both my posts to fit the word count. At the end, I’ve managed to shorten one from 319 to 188 words.
As a result, my blog posts are now more concise and interactive, thus I will definitely continue along this path.
Last week instead of my usual seminar from 2 pm to 4 pm, I attended the one from 4 pm to 6 pm. No big deal, right? However, I’ve noticed that students tend to pay less attention after a long day, or when they didn’t get enough sleep.
Since I started Uni, I’ve only had classes from 11 am, but this term they changed it to 9 am. Such an awful time, isn’t it? Everyone keeps complaining about it. But today I have realized that we shouldn’t because now we are just students but in the actual working world we don’t get to choose our working hours.
Being a multiplatform journalist means sacrifices, sometimes being able to work for 24 consecutive hours. You must be punctual and meet your deadlines. Let’s face the reality; no one cares about your problems; if you haven’t had enough sleep or you’re stressed, so if you aren’t prepared to face these sacrifices, you aren’t ready to work in this environment. That’s what I’ve learned in today’s seminar.
We should stop complaining about waking up for a lecture at 9 am and make some effort because it is worth our career.
Every journey has a beginning. I literally come from a long one! All the way from Italy to pursue my dream; to become a Fashion Journalist.
Being a multiplatform journalist isn’t just about writing on different social media. It’s about providing content for different platforms (print or online), or being able to work on different tasks at the same time.
It’s true that nowadays we are facilitated by new technologies, though you actually need to know how to use them. Honestly, I am not that good at it. Thanks to my classmates and lecturers I’ve managed to handle it. Thank God. Now I’m able to create multimedia contents to make my blog more engaging.
I believe a good Multiplatform Journalist should be organized and able to work in a fast environment. Skills that I think I have. But I’m just at the beginning and I still need to learn how to target the right audience and write in an appropriate style.
I have a couple of years ahead of me to improve these skills by attending lectures and taking advice from lecturers and peers, and of course I will keep working hard to achieve my goals.