SUMMARY: The media environment has changed, and I expect it to change even more rapidly in the coming years. Because of Grady’s New Media Institute, I feel prepared, ready to take advantage and provide value.
Old-fashioned, boots-on-the-ground reporting is still going to be my bread and butter. But whenever I provide content, I have to remember what I’m competing with: short TikTok videos, endless Twitter feeds, etc.
The NMI ensures its students know how to make a good presentation. The key? Visuals. This is a lesson I can take beyond Powerpoint and into the newsroom.
COURSES: I took a total of four courses in the New Media Institute plus two electives. I began the journey by learning about the history of new media and the geniuses that got us to this digital world. For the purposes of this portfolio, I will ignore that class since it didn’t have any deliverables.
In NMIX 4110, I started learning the languages required to make my own contributions to this digital reality. In reverse order, here are the websites I created:
- Mailchimp and Google Analytics are embedded into this faux news site.
- Using WordPress, I made another faux news site, a faux commerce site (the clocks aren’t actually for sale!) and a site advertising an existing app.
- Using the open-source code from Bootstrap, I created this website highlighting the beauty of “The Friendly Confines”.
- This website was coded with nothing but my hands and my brain. Not anything too fancy, but it was fun to make.
In NMIX 4220, over 100 students and I gathered virtually every Friday to listen to guest speakers discuss their new media careers. I also completed several certificates.
In NMIX 4510, my groupmates and I collaborated on a project with United Way of Northeast Georgia. Its 2-1-1 database connects families with needed goods and services. Trouble was, the website didn’t look good and didn’t function properly, especially on mobile. We were happy to re-design it. I served as the head of content, writing copy for the site.
In JOUR 3390 (an elective), I used most of the skills I learned in NMIX 4110 and applied them to a journalism coding class. Unfortunately, I can’t locate the files for the websites. Here is an image of my final project, though.
In JOUR 3380 (another elective), I learned the ins-and-outs of Adobe Illustrator. Here is one of my graphics.