As my Digital Communications class quickly draws to an end, I am actually kind of sad. However, I’ve come to realize that it’s only the beginning. Skills I have learned in this class will follow me wherever I go for years to come.
I read Glynda’s article, At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times. She mentioned how in today’s world, it is important to be familiar with many different “communicative tools, modes, and media, plus an awareness of and a sensitivity to power and the importance of representation of self and others.” The world is ever-changing, and it is our responsibility to keep up.
What Do I Need To Know?
Throughout my Digital Communications class, we were taught tools and methods in order to be on track with this fast-paced world. However, some seem to be more important in this day and age than others.
One of my favorite things to do on long road trips is listen to podcasts. I never really thought of making one myself. Let me tell you, they are not that difficult and actually kind of fun to make. We took our voice recorder and went around to different people for interviews. If someone messed up, it was easy to edit the mistakes out. Audacity is a great program to use to put all of the pieces together, and is quite helpful when it comes to creating a podcast!
I loved making this podcast with my group. If I’m being honest, my team worked our butts off in order to produce this! We were incredibly dedicated to making a fun, exciting podcast that people wanted to listen to.
In this ever-growing world, it is important to know how to make a video. In this class, we were instructed to make a video in a group and a video by ourselves. Both taught me a lot about the video-making process. For the group video, it was fun to see what people’s strengths were and how they could contribute. For my individual video, I had to do it all on my own, so I definitely learned A LOT and now feel much more comfortable making videos!
Check out my individual video about studying abroad.
After reworking my individual video multiple times, this was the finished product. While I am proud of it and it has improved tremendously since the first cut, it still has a lot of work to do.
Check out my group video here!
As with my individual video, this final product has come a long way. Our rough cut was seriously, rough. I am very happy about the way this turned out, but it can always be improved more!
Have you ever noticed how competitive EVERYTHING is in today’s world? Well, if you haven’t, IT IS. People have incredible resumes with many activities, experiences, and skills. What I have recently discovered is that if you have a website, it can be very marketable. A website is a place in which you can market your work, resume, and anything else you want potential employers and co-workers to see. It is a creative way to set yourself apart from your competitors!
Check out my website here.
I love the way my website looks! It is fun, flirty, yet professional. Just the vibe I was going for. I look forward to working with it more in the future and changing it based on what I want.
Skills That Will Last A Lifetime
As I’ve mentioned before, these skills will follow me wherever I go. Obviously, if I am in the marketing/communications world, I will be using them frequently. However, if my path and career change, I will still be able to use these tools to help with almost anything I do. What I think is cool is that they will undoubtably help my work career, but can also help my personal life. It would be fun if I made a video of a family vacation or wedding, so that people could enjoy for years to come. But let me tell ya, I am excited to have learned these skills that will help me in the future.
Thank you, Digital Communications, and Dr. Kwami, for teaching me so much.