Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Reinvention of Myspace

I long ago abandoned Myspace in favor of Facebook, and I’m sure most of you did too.  It seems Myspace has finally gotten the message and decided to do something about it.  According to Mashable’s article, “On Myspace’s New Strategy,” the former web titan will be reinventing itself as a “social entertainment destination.”  While I think it’s a wise move for Myspace to change their image, I’m still not sure I’ll tune back in.  What do you think?


The Portfolio Plan

Thesis Statement and Purpose
By creating a personal portfolio website, I will gain an advantage over competitors when looking for a job, seeking an internship, and applying for graduate school.

1. To learn and gain experience using WordPress as a content management system; and

2. Create a portfolio website that will assist me in reaching my educational and professional goals.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Portfolios

By taking the time to visit other portfolio websites I was able to compile a list of do’s and don’ts for my own site.  Below are list of the portfolios I visited and the lessons learned from each!

Staci Baird
A media consultant and journalism intructor at San Francisco State Univsersity, Baird has a wide breadth of experience.  However, of the three portfolio sites, I liked hers the least.   Her site gave me more don’ts than do’s.  For example:
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Weighing My E-Book Options

I love books.  I like the way they smell, the feel of the pages on my fingertips, the weight of a book as I hold it in the palm of my hand.  My shelves at home are packed full of books – my prized Alice Hoffman collection, New York Times best sellers, and an array of used books picked up at Goodwill over the years.

Recently, I was talking to a close friend of mine who had gotten a Kindle for her birthday.  She was telling me how much she loved her new gadget and recommended that I buy one.  At first, I scoffed at the idea.  Then she showed me how it worked and let me try it out.  “Hmmm,” I said.  “This is pretty neat.”

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Making it Work: A Personal Portfolio

Hard work – it’s what I know, what I believe in, and what I do best.  In many ways, it defines me.  For this reason, I’ve decided to create a personal portfolio website where I can compile and display my best work.

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A Blog Down Memory Lane

In the second chapter of Dan Gillmor’s book, We the Media, he talks briefly about the 2000 presidential election and how he accessed election results from the internet while living in Hong Kong.  This brought back a flurry of memories for me.  That election was one of the single proudest moments in my life – my name was on the same ballot with Al Gore. 

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Early Edition: The Telepaper

Dial-up with a rotary phone?  I love it!

Mistylook At These Blog Designs!

According to, Mistylook is the 3rd most popular theme available on their website.  It was no surprise then that Catherine, Farida, and Andrew have all chosen Mistylook for their blog theme.  I can see why it’s so popular — it has many of the elements of a good blog design
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Project Musings

When I realized there would be a project in this class, my head started spinning with ideas.  I’ve always been a fairly indecisive person, so having this many options makes it difficult for me to choose just one!  For me, making a decision usually involves at least three different choices – there’s what I should do, what I feel obligated to do, and what I want to do.  Rarely do the three ever coincide!
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The New Media Migration

In my post, My Beef with Benton’s Curve, I adamantly argued that “natural reporting” was nothing new.  Dan Gillmor makes a similar point in the first chapter of his cleverly named book, We the Media.  Before offering up a brief history of journalism in America, he reminds readers that new media, “did not emerge fully formed or from a vacuum.”  In many ways, this chapter provides the context that I felt was so sorely missing from Roy Peter Clark’s article, From Blog to Narrative.
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