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Wrapping up the semester

Here we are: It’s the last week of the semester!

First, we will do test runs of your portfolio presentations. On Tuesday (Dec. 5), the students who worked in the newsroom on election night will have their test run. On Thursday (Dec. 7), the students who covered the election night parties will have their turn. All students have to be present on both days. Please prepare a Prezi presentation that showcases your portfolio. This should be a five to seven-minute presentation. No longer. Remember that you are not only presenting work from this class, but that you are expected to put your best foot forward as if you were applying for an internship or job. Make sure that you present your social media platforms in this presentation. Please email me the link to your Prezi.

Please remember to return the 360 cameras to me in class on Tuesday!

The portfolio review will be on Friday, Dec. 8, 9 to 11 am, in Temple 1137. All students are expected to attend. Please be there at the latest by 8:50 am.

You will have five 15-minute one-on-one sessions with professional reviewers during the event on Friday. You will present your portfolio to each reviewer for about five to seven minutes. You will then have time for some discussion with the reviewer. The reviewers will sit in alphabetical order at assigned tables in the room and you will be moving from reviewer to reviewer. Please see the assigned schedule, so you know who you will be talking to at which stage of the review.  You might want to send your portfolio links to your assigned reviewer ahead of Friday.
The reviews are targeted at giving you some outside feedback and perspective on your work. Treat this as if you were applying for an internship or job. Don’t forget to bring your resume and business cards.
Please return your complete iPad reporting kit to John Geerdes after the portfolio reviews. You can do that right afterwards or at the latest by Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Before returning it, please download any pictures or videos you want to keep. Then do a complete reset:  Settings – General – Reset – Erase All Content and Settings.
Thanks for all of your hard work this semester. You’re almost there.

Portfolio reviews with professionals wrap up the semester

On Thursday, our class wrapped up the semester with the final portfolio review. We met with social media experts to go over our different social media platforms. Some of the experts included Scott Wise, director of interactive media at CBS 6, Shelby Lum Cousino, photographer/videographer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maggie McDearmon, a career development adviser at VCU and five other experts. Each student had at least three critiques from different experts. Students presented their social media on iPads and laptops. After presenting our social media accounts, the expert typically gave us some advice on how to improve the platforms. Continue reading