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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:

  1. Start a blog and post at least twice a week.
    Done and… done, when possible.
  2. If you already have a blog, write a post that gets retweeted 20 times.
    Oh. Umm… yeah. I’ll work on that.
  3. Shoot 100 amazing photos and post them on Flickr.
    I’ll need a Flickr account first. But hey, that sounds like a good project.
  4. Friend at least 50 journalists on Twitter who in turn follow you back.
    Eh.
  5. Become a part of a crowdsourcing project.
    I don’t even know what that means.
  6. Improve at least 5 Wikipedia entries.
    I think I’ve done, like… one.
  7. 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.
  8. Shoot and edit a 3-minute video and post it to YouTube.
    See #7.
  9. Design a website from scratch using HTML and CSS.
    Why, when I have WordPress for free?
  10. Create and maintain a Delicious account with at least 50 links that you find interesting.
  11. Create an online portfolio.
    … That would be good for a journalist, huh?
  12. Learn at least one other form of blogging (e.g. photoblogging, videoblogging, liveblogging).
    I’ll attempt the photoblogging… maybe. Sometime.
  13. Crop, resize and color correct 50 photos using photo editing software.
    I do this daily at work. Done.
  14. Start your own podcast.
  15. Create a profile on LinkedIn.
    Done. Check me out here.
  16. Learn another computer language besides HTML (e.g. XML, PHP, MySQL).
    Doesn’t that mean I’d have to know HTML first?
  17. Create an avatar and use it on all your social networking profiles.
    Got it. It’s called… a square picture. Of me.
  18. 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.
  19. Subscribe to at least 25 non-journalism blogs using an RSS reader.
    Done. WAYYYY done.
  20. Record, edit and embed a 3-minute piece of audio.
  21. Interview 10 people using a handheld audio recorder.
    See #7.
  22. Interview 10 people using a video camera.
    See #7.
  23. Create a map mashup using a CSV file.
    Sounds fun. Train me.
  24. Set your social network profiles to private or remove any incriminating evidence.
    Done and … it’s a process.
  25. Create a multimedia project that incorporates video, audio and text.
    Sounds fun. And slightly exhausting.
  26. Create a Flash project that uses ActionScript 3.0.
    See #18.
  27. Write a blog post that is Dugg at least 20 times.
    Ha! Yeah, I’ll get right on that.
  28. Join Wired Journalists.
    Ya know, I might have signed up for that once. Don’t use it, though.
  29. Attend a multimedia training workshop or take an online course.
    OK… if you pay for it.
  30. 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.

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Written by Kaci Johanna

July 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Posted in Journalism, Published

5 Responses

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  1. This list is stressful! 🙂

    Stacie

    July 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  2. I’ve done about half of these things. The funny thing is, most of them, I did for work. Amusing how that works out.

    E.P.

    July 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  3. I want to do the photography thing but I have no camera and no money. I think I’ll stick to print media for now. Why does it seem that journalists have to do everything? I sort of know PHP. And I do photoblogging. My brother takes all the pictures. I write all the words.

    spamwarrior

    July 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

  4. OK, maybe I don’t understand the concept of journalism anymore, but since when did it become being a photographer and a web designer? Aren’t there other professions and other professional training for those skills?

    Dutchess of Kickball

    July 8, 2009 at 5:46 am

  5. this cracked me up, though it didn’t have any advice for bored interns who post 12 times a day!

    and i rocked eight of them off the checklist, so in your eye, Kaci, Ms. Actually Paid Journalist!

    it should go on …

    31. Find a good favorite alcoholic beverage, good friends and some country music. mix them up and enjoy them regularly

    to answer your question, i think ill spend the night the 17 or 18? you could help me move! hahahaha!

    Rikki King

    July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm


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