Category Archives: Student Advice

Great advise for job seekers in media

A wonderful post on Advancing the Story: Briefly – though you should look at the whole post of course….

  • Create your own website:
  • Customize your resume for the job you are seeking; don’t use the same one for every job.
  • Keep that resume to one page and focus on relevant experience, forget mentioning the job at Applebee’s.  Make it easier on recruiters by including references on that same page.
  • Avoid spelling errors; you don’t look professional if you misspell words.
  • The overall look of your resume tells potential employers what kind of person you are. Colored paper and italicized font might appeal to some, but you’re taking the chance of turning someone off.
  • Select your social media profile picture carefully.  You don’t want to look goofy on LinkedIn or dress like Darth Vader on Facebook.

Notes in Class?

b&W pencilCall me an old-fashioned Digital Media Professor. Maybe an oxymoron? I have vacillated about laptops in class and the use of Powerpoint (or Keynote or Prezi) in general.  In the past I have not restricted laptop use, although I have on occasion asked someone to sit in the back of the room if they are distracting others while surfing. My basic tenet? If you are in college, you are a grown-up in many ways – you are being asked to “worry about yourself” (I do love little Rose in this video) regarding bedtime, homework, laundry. If you want to waste time in class surfing Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, it’s up to you. I can assure you that your grade will suffer.

This New Yorker piece on banning laptops – well, there are some arguments that we retain more if we take notes by hand. For me it is a matter of engagement – I listen better when I’m taking notes (or for that matter drawing doodles). It is why I have books full of sermon notes that I rarely reference – writing it down just helps me engage a speaker.

I was also called to atone by this piece — and while I don’t think I’m a huge abuser, it made me think.

I’m in a bit of a quandary though as I plan out fall quarter with new students on a new campus. No laptops? Minimal Powerpoint? Things to consider.

Great Tools for Students and Researchers

Thanks to Phil Howard‘s link to Andrew Chadwick’s post for digital tools that can be helpful for students (of any level post-middle school) and researchers in general. I was feeling pretty good that I use two of the six already (Endnote & Evernote). Zotero is a good alternative to Endnote since it is free and Endnote is rather spendy (though with student/faculty discounts it’s better). I have used Scrivener but not regularly — it’s an app for writing.

Google search tips for students (and everyone else)

Google_ScholarThere are times when my students say “I Googled it, but I didn’t find anything.” I always find this a little hard to believe. It is more likely that they were overwhelmed by the hits because the search was too broad, or they were not looking in the right places. This is a great post on how to use Google for research. Some tips for Google Scholar and other tools. Check out this great guide from Lifehacker.