10,000 Words: Where journalism and technology meet recently (eh, a week and a half ago is recent, right?) published a list of 30 things journalism graduates should do this summer.
Granted, I graduated last summer. But like Rikki said, there are some good points listed, no matter where you stand in the journalism world.
Let’s see where I stand:
- Start a blog and post at least twice a week.
Done and… done, when possible.
- If you already have a blog, write a post that gets retweeted 20 times.
Oh. Umm… yeah. I’ll work on that.
- Shoot 100 amazing photos and post them on Flickr.
I’ll need a Flickr account first. But hey, that sounds like a good project.
- Friend at least 50 journalists on Twitter who in turn follow you back.
- Become a part of a crowdsourcing project.
I don’t even know what that means.
- Improve at least 5 Wikipedia entries.
I think I’ve done, like… one.
- Create an audio slideshow using Soundslides.
Sounds like I’d need more equipment than I have. Buy it for me and I’ll give it a shot.
- Shoot and edit a 3-minute video and post it to YouTube.
- Design a website from scratch using HTML and CSS.
Why, when I have WordPress for free?
- Create and maintain a Delicious account with at least 50 links that you find interesting.
- Create an online portfolio.
… That would be good for a journalist, huh?
- Learn at least one other form of blogging (e.g. photoblogging, videoblogging, liveblogging).
I’ll attempt the photoblogging… maybe. Sometime.
- Crop, resize and color correct 50 photos using photo editing software.
I do this daily at work. Done.
- Start your own podcast.
- Create a profile on LinkedIn.
Done. Check me out here.
- Learn another computer language besides HTML (e.g. XML, PHP, MySQL).
Doesn’t that mean I’d have to know HTML first?
- Create an avatar and use it on all your social networking profiles.
Got it. It’s called… a square picture. Of me.
- Learn how to create a basic slideshow in Flash.
I met Flash once. We had a brief encounter in high school and it scarred me.
- Subscribe to at least 25 non-journalism blogs using an RSS reader.
Done. WAYYYY done.
- Record, edit and embed a 3-minute piece of audio.
- Interview 10 people using a handheld audio recorder.
- Interview 10 people using a video camera.
- Create a map mashup using a CSV file.
Sounds fun. Train me.
- Set your social network profiles to private or remove any incriminating evidence.
Done and … it’s a process.
- Create a multimedia project that incorporates video, audio and text.
Sounds fun. And slightly exhausting.
- Create a Flash project that uses ActionScript 3.0.
- Write a blog post that is Dugg at least 20 times.
Ha! Yeah, I’ll get right on that.
- Join Wired Journalists.
Ya know, I might have signed up for that once. Don’t use it, though.
- Attend a multimedia training workshop or take an online course.
OK… if you pay for it.
- Remind yourself why you want to be a journalist.
I do that almost every day…
Thanks to Rikki for bringing this to my attention. Except, 10,000 Words is definitely in my reader, so I can’t give her too much credit. She reminded me of it, though.