Copy Editor for The Whit
Co-Sponsorship Coordinator for Rowan After Hours
Copy Editor for The Whit
Co-Sponsorship Coordinator for Rowan After Hours
By taking this internship, I hoped to improve my skills with technology, specifically social media and video production. I also liked the convenience of being able to complete this internship on campus with a professor who was understanding of our class schedule. I wanted to challenge myself to do things I had never done before and prepare myself for future internships and jobs. I wanted to make myself more marketable to future employers, above all else.
Objective: We wanted to post every day and put out more original content that spread important messages. By doing this, we hoped to gain a larger following and make Facebook a way to communicate with past and present Writing Arts students.
Process: Near the beginning, Maddie and I struggled to post every day and there was very little communication between us. To help, I created a Google Doc with things we were going to post in the future. There was about three weeks of daily posting from the both of us. We even used current events to make personal posts that offered insight into the current happenings that required more thought and writing on our part. However, once those posts in the Doc ran out, we were back to posting when one of us remembered. The posts were done every other day, and eventually trickled down to about once a week. We posted mostly when there was an internship opportunity or information pertaining to the department and had very few posts that were interesting or engaging to our audience. If I were to do it again, I would set aside an hour every week to look up interesting things we could post and add it to the Google Doc. I would also consider setting an alarm to remind myself to post until I remembered to do it on my own.
The Writer's Insider
Objective: The purpose of publishing The Writer’s Insider is to inform those at Rowan, specifically those involved with Writing Arts, about what is going on with the department. We want to offer insight and information about the changes the Department of Writing Arts is making as well as inform students how they can get involved in activities related to writing through our coverage of writing-related events and clubs. We intended to have two editions of The Writer’s Insider this semester, one for technical writing and one for events and clubs, but due to missed deadlines it morphed into one edition.
Process: Near the beginning of the semester, I emailed several people in the department and several presidents of clubs to inquire about any events that were happening in the next semester that would be relevant to include in The Writer’s Insider. I got several responses, many of which we covered, including hiring a new dean for the College of Communication and Creative Arts, a new chair for the Department of Writing Arts, a reading by Marya Hornbacher, and an award ceremony for original movies and other media created by students. We also wrote about the expanding technical writing concentration and what technical writing actually means. We used our interviews with technical writing professors to add expertise to our articles. Although The Writer’s Insider was published late in the semester, we had a lot more content than past editions.
Technical Writing video
Objective: We want to inform students in the Rowan writing arts program as well as potential students what technical writing is. We interviewed professors in the technical writing concentration to share their expertise of the genre as well as the current state of Rowan’s program and what it will look like in the future. The technical writing concentration is the least popular out of the three, but it’s also the most misunderstood. This video will inform students and hopefully persuade them to pick up a technical writing concentration.
Process: We interviewed Dr. Reed and Dr. Fillenwarth in their offices. We interviewed Dr. Tole via Skype and recorded her voice. Interviewing them helped me improve my interviewing skills as well as taught me to use a camera to film. Although we have yet to make a video out of the content, Devon cut together some clips that we included in the online version of The Writer’s Insider in the technical writing pieces. We also added much of what they said as pullquotes throughout the pieces. We got a lot of material from the professors – each interview was about 30 minutes. The next step is to interview students in the technical writing profession to get their perspective.
Objective: We want to collect contact information and career information of alumni from the Rowan Writing Arts program to put in a database. This will allow us to maintain contact with our alumni as well as get information pertaining to what they’ve been doing since leaving school. It gives us and others an idea of the types of jobs graduates from this program get, which can be very good when trying to get students to come to Rowan for writing arts.
Process: Devon sent the interns a master list of all the alumni we wanted to contact and assigned each of us to a year. There were about 30 students we each had to contact. Many of the alumni still had their student email as a way to contact them, so I contacted most of the alumni through LinkedIn. Some alumni did not have an account on LinkedIn and could not be reached. I sent out the brief survey Devon created to alumni who linked with me. I sent the survey to eight people and five of them filled it out. From there, I transferred the information from the survey to a Google Sheets made for alumni from that year. The response to our alumni survey was not great. We only got 11 responses in total, but it’s a start.
My main goal when I took this internship was to learn how to take pictures as well as film and create videos. While I’m still not as skilled as I would like to be, I know the basics. At Media Fest, I took photos of the event. While I don’t think they are the best photos, they were suitable enough. With the interviews we conducted throughout the semester, I learned how to set up a camera, film, and speak with someone in a way that gives us usable content. I did not get that much opportunity to edit, but part of that is my fault. I did not volunteer to edit any of the content we acquired, and did not take the opportunity to practice editing when I was given the hard drive.
Another goal of mine was to manage my time better and adhere to deadlines. Once again, I only half achieved that. Sometimes I did work on time, but many times I had to push the deadline back because I prioritized other work over this. I think in order to be more successful, I should have had set times at different points in the week when I worked on stuff for the internship. This way I was putting equal amounts of work into this as I was doing for my other classes.
I’ve learned a lot through this internship. Though I did not successfully complete some of the goals I set for myself, I am able to realize where I went wrong and how I can adjust in the future for other jobs and projects. I learned a lot about using and editing a website, making social media posts, interviewing people, using a camera, implementing technologies to interact with others, and working with other people. I walk away from this internship having more knowledge and more things to add to my portfolio to show future employers.