It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged, but it’s not because I don’t love you all. Life has just been busier than it’s been in awhile, even with Spring Break in the mix.
There’s been a lot of really great news on the journalism front in my life of late. The first excitement is that I will be a graduate assistant at DocumentCloud during the upcoming semester (and hopefully Spring). I am very excited for this opportunity, as it will be a great way for me to test and expand my skills.
While I am very excited about this opportunity, and the tuition waiver that comes with it, there was another awesome phone call I received about ten days ago. On the line was an editor at the Columbia Missourian, who wanted to offer me an assistantship of my own creation.
While Missouri prevents me from taking two assistantships simultaneously, I can essentially do one as an independent study. So I am happy to announce that I will be creating the position of News Applications Editor at the Missourian and working in that position in the Fall.
It’s very exciting for me. Thus far, I have only really experienced the reporting side of the newspaper. While I’m reasonably positive that’s what I want to do in my career, I think it will be very cool to see the editorial side of the paper as well. This will be my opportunity.
My goals for the semester are as follows:
1. Work with editors and reporters at the Missourian to do more stories that include News Apps;
2. Help the Missourian transition into using a new website and CMS;
3. Hone my own programming skills and learn new ways to create visually appealing apps;
4. Help the Missourian better utilize DocumentCloud; and
5. Make 2012 Election Apps that drive in a large audience and compete with ones at national outlets.
I don’t know which of these goals will actually fully happen, but I’d like to think that I have a good shot at each. This position is something the Missourian has been sorely missing, and I hope that my contribution can be the first step in creating a full-time news apps desk at the paper.
With finding housing in Northern Virginia for the summer off my plate, I can at least sleep well knowing that I’ll have a place to sleep well this summer for my DC internship. For now, I am back to the grind of schoolwork.