I built the blog site for The Bulletin Board and finished my reflections. Over break, I plan to add the rest of the documents to the password protected part of the site and rearrange the tabs so that they reflect the way Professor Tweedie wants them to be. I also finished editing the Rachael Shapiro interview.
Instead of attending the weekly meeting, I participated in the interviews for candidates for the technical writing professor position. I attended the teaching presentation of the first candidate, the student meeting and teaching presentation of the second candidate, and the student meeting for the final candidate. I also helped with more student interviews, which will be featured in the final edited version of the Writing Center video. I began collecting information for The Bulletin Board and drafted how long I wanted each entry to be.
I met with Professor Tweedie to gather more documents for the password protected part of the site. I also helped with student interviews, which will be part of Mike's final edited Writing Center video.
I edited the Rachael Shapiro interview video into my first draft, and finished the newsletter in time for it to be published. We shared it on social media in the hopes of generating student interest well in advance of the technical writing candidate interviews. I also continued to research general education requirements for Writing Arts majors and build that part of the site.
I met with Professor Tweedie, and also planned to publish the new edition of the newsletter before break started. It would feature information about the candidates coming for the technical writing position at the beginning of December, and - by aiming to release the newsletter at an early date and then sending out emails about it after break - we wanted to establish consistent reminders to students who might potentially be interested. I attended Mike's NaNoWriMo event, which enabled students to come together and discuss their creative processes. I believe that events like this one will continue to effectively build the Writing Arts community, because it gives students a chance to share themselves while still being participatory in listening to what others have to say about their work. I began to build a draft for the user-friendly edition to the Rowan Writing Arts site, which includes information about general education requirements and aims to make the course selection process clear for all students and faculty.
I met with Professor Tweedie about the Weebly upgrade, and began discussing how we could execute plans for developing the password protected part of the site for the faculty members of the Writing Arts Department. I attended the Rowan Writing Arts club this week as well, where we discussed how to potentially represent, develop, and build the Writing Arts community around its ideals. I added and sorted documents for the password protected part of the site, and worked on drafting a new edition of the newsletter by gathering information about events towards the end of the semester.
I attended the Writing Arts Club meeting on Tuesday. I also worked on drafting the password protected part of the website as part of the Weebly Pro upgrade; I worked on setting up not only how the page itself would look to the faculty, but how the page was set up in relation to the other side tabs on the site. Because of the hard drive issue, I was not able to work on editing any videos this week and my progress was delayed. My goal for the next week is to work further on coordinating the Weebly upgrade, participate in the Writing Arts Club, and work on the new edition of the newsletter.
I attended the Writing Arts Club pizza party on Tuesday. Following the party and after having returned to my apartment, the hard drive was stolen. I spent a lot of (unofficial and unrecorded) time this week attempting to find the hard drive, filing police reports and talking with resident life staff, janitors, and other key players to try to find it. When I asked around, I did not find anything. I was not allowed to post fliers in the building, so that limited the amount I was able to engage with people who might have potentially taken it by accident. Because of the hard drive being lost, I was unable to complete my initial goal of fulfilling more hours by video editing.
I changed more of the thumbnails of the videos, paying particular attention to the videos on the site to create a more sophisticated and professional atmosphere on the site. I finalized the newsletter and met with Professor Tweedie to send the newsletter out to students, making sure that the newsletter was sent right before a handful of events coming up the next week. I hoped to reach a broad audience of people who might be interested in Writing Arts Department events. My goal for the next week was initially to begin editing more videos to increase my hours.
I transcribed and analyzed Celeste's interview, and focused on building an insightful narrative for the newsletter by weaving her responses to the various interview questions together. I edited the documents for courses listed on the site, and scanned the site overall for any errors, which included changing the thumbnails for some videos on YouTube. For the most part, I changed these thumbnails such that the picture said "Rowan Writing Arts." Some of them didn't change, so I'd have to work on them again later. I finished the first completed draft of the newsletter. My goal for next week is to finalize the newsletter for publication and also meet with Professor Tweedie to discuss distribution as well as the logistics of the site.
I conducted some research on the upgrade to Weebly Pro, weighing the benefits of different features. I downloaded Adobe Flash and some other programs, beginning some experimentation with creating a new logo ideally embodying the philosophy of "making writers visible, making writers matter." I was sick for the better half of this week, so the newsletter was put on halt for a few days as I worked on finalizing the draft but also took a break to take care of myself. My goal for the next week is to have a completed draft.
I compiled information to include in the newsletters, and began drafting a rough outline for it. This included copying information, rewriting given information, and copyediting my own work for any errors. I finished my first draft, using my public relations textbook and knowledge from publication layout and design as a reference. At the end of the week, I interviewed Celeste from the Writing Center. My goal for the next week is to include the interview with Celeste, completing a transcript of it and including it in the final copy of the newsletter.
I participated in the Writing Arts club again on Tuesday. I continued to build edits to the general format of the newsletters section on the Rowan Writing Arts site, such as increasing the font, playing around with picture size, and other details. I also began to send and compile emails about the kind of content for the first newsletter; this included student works, as well as information about upcoming events and information specific to October. My goal for the next week is to complete a draft of the newsletter and continue learning how to style information in AP format, according to my public relations textbooks.
I participated in Writing Arts club on Tuesday. I edited the section of the Rowan Writing Arts website for the newsletters and continued uploading them; I also started to focus on what it means to target an audience, for building my future newsletter. I studied strategy for building an audience base from my public relations textbooks. I also collected past newsletters from Professor Courtney, continuing to build my understanding as a student and as a member of the department. My goal for next week is to successfully build a newsletter that will be relevant to my audience, which is all of the Writing Arts Department, including students and faculty alike.
- I want to meet with Professor Tweedie, and procure the old newsletters.
- After having found the old newsletters, I want to upload them to the Rowan Writing Arts Weebly.
- I hope to become more comfortable with using Weebly.
- I want to develop opinions on the videos we have to edit, and examine the idea of multiplicity of voices with one general idea.
- I want to theorize about the idea of writing newsletters in the future, and potentially develop a goal on that front.
- I visited Professor Tweedie and was able to find some of the old PDFs. There are more yet to come, but they are hard copies, so we have to scan them before uploading them to the website.
- Professor Tweedie told me about the difficulties of potentially creating a more regular newsletter, or creating a new edition. Much of the difficulty lies in which audience to target, and how to execute such a plan. I asked for the email addresses of some of the head Writing Arts club leaders in the event that I'd want to start a newsletter, but I haven't emailed them yet. I want to have feedback on my plan first.
- I uploaded the PDFs of past newsletters to the Rowan Writing Arts Weebly, under the heading 'Department Newsletters.'
- I started working on drafts for ideas of a potential newsletter.
- I will continue to upload PDFs and newsletters when I am able to receive them.
- I will email Professor Tweedie and ask him if he is pleased with the display of the newsletters on the site.
- I will watch videos and take notes on the content.
- I may begin to work on my newsletter.
- In the future, I hope to begin giving input on video edits.
- I seek to familiarize myself with the website, as I have never worked with Weebly before.
- I hope to sign into the collective Gmail account and explore the documents on the drive.
- I want to examine some of the work of past interns, and make connections between past, current, and future projects.
- I will take notes on the state of the current Writing Arts website, noting what aspects I think work and what aspects have room for improvement.
- I hope to begin the process for potentially adding a content section for newsletters regarding department events, including past (archived) newsletters.
- I signed onto the shared Gmail account, and added my schedule of classes so that my coworkers know when I am available.
- I viewed the documents on the drive, and took notes on the content of the surveys that will be distributed to professors and students.
- I watched videos from the site, including the Prezi detailing the selection and progress of classes that all Writing Arts majors will be involved in.
- I am working on setting up an appointment to begin discussing the newsletters.
- I will begin working on potentially archiving past newsletters to members of the Writing Arts department. This will eventually create a greater public outreach of the program to all who are interested in it.
- We will begin to work on editing videos.