Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What I've Learned in JOU 1100

Photo Credit: Kyle Evans
This semester has been life changing for me to say the least.
It hasn't been since my photography class in high school that I have been so passionate about a subject.
I switched majors from interior design to persue journalism.
More specifically, photojournalism.

I have learned how difficult it is to work with other people who aren't as passionate as you are about a subject or just don't care at all. It's a shame, but such is life. We are all here at Seminole State College to explore our futures and expand our minds. Sometimes it takes switching majors to find out what you really love, like it did in my case.

I have also met some wonderful individuals whom I hope to remain in contact with. Who knows? Maybe we'll be colleagues one day!

I attempted to write a few stories and they weren't terrible, but I figured out that writing on a strict deadline is difficult.
After realizing this, I was able to switch to designing the issues and taking/editing photos. This is what I really love, but I am not going to give up on writing completely.

I learned the importance of social media and how it can make or break your career.
A quote to live by: "If you're going to be a journalist, you have to hustle." There are no room for slackers in this business.

You also have to be able to do all aspects of journalism now. You have to be able to write, edit, take photos, and produce.

That being said, going into the next semester I plan to create my own website to put myself out there. Maybe even a blog.

I feel as if I have been given the tools and knowledge to be successful, now it's up to me to make it happen.
After taking this class, I feel like I have not only grown as a journalist, but a person as well.

As far as grades are concerned, I feel I deserve an A for the effort I put in.

Thank you very much for a great semester and it was wonderful meeting you all.
-Ashley Crooke
Twitter: @AshCrooke

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