Create (or update) your LinkedIn profile to add to your online presence

LinkedIn blog postYour summer to-do list should include: Create (or update) my LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn is a great, free social media tool that lets you have an online professional presence.

When we discussed presenting yourself through a portfolio or online website, many in the class said they had LinkedIn profiles. But our brief discussion of LinkedIn, including critiquing a class member’s profile, showed that effective profiles go beyond just typing in the basic info.

Thanks to former students Andrea Carroz (@andrea_carroz) and Erica Hernandez (@EricaAlyssa) for writing three blog posts about developing a LinkedIn profile.

9 steps for creating your LinkedIn profile
3 steps for setting up and utilizing LinkedIn connections
Improve your LinkedIn profile by listing coursework, describing work duties and joining professional groups

My added suggestions:

  • For your professional headline, use descriptive terms rather than job titles. So instead of “Journalism major,” give a description, such as: Environmental writer or Enthusiastic about covering politics or Visual Storyteller.
  • Use an appropriate photo. The photo doesn’t need to be a business suit photo but shouldn’t be a selfie or too casual.
  • If you are interested in adding professors or employers to your connections, be sure to write your own invitation that is sent out by LinkedIn. Don’t use the default invitation, as it’s too informal.
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4 reasons to attend #JOU3109 lecture on April 7

Here are four reasons to attend lecture on April 7:

  1. Take Quiz 4 – The quiz will be 10 multiple-choice items over the Media Law chapter (Chap. 14). This is the last of the four quizzes for the semester. Your three best quiz scores will be averaged for your quiz grade. If you already have taken the other three quizzes and are satisfied with those scores, you do not have to take this quiz.
  2. Learn about Lab 14 and the five-point extra-credit assignment you can complete for the April 12 lecture.
  3. Participate in team activity to talk about issues related to Media Ethics (Chap. 15) and Multicultural Sensitivity (Chap. 16).
  4. Be part of the #JOU3109 community learning experience. :)


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Prof. Bridget Grogan provides insights on video storytelling in #JOU3109 & is last live tweeting opportunity

Bridget Grogan in Innovation News Center

Prof. Bridget Grogan works with students to edit their newscast in the Innovation News Center. Photo by Julie Dodd

The communications field continues to blur the lines between what used to be the very separate jobs of journalism, public relations, telecommunications and advertising/marketing.

To better prepared to for possible internship and job opportunities, you need to have a range of skills.

Prof. Bridget Grogan will be our guest in class to talk about video storytelling and how telling a story in text and video are similar and different.

[She provides a great addition to the chapter in the textbook on Broadcast News Writing, which will be on Exam Two.]

This is the fifth of your five live tweeting opportunity. You need to have three live tweeting opportunities

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Media law: Important to know for communications internships/jobs & for #JOU3109 Quiz 4

by Rich Shumate

Carole Rich - Writing and Reporting New

Read “Media Law” – Chapter 14

Multimedia Writing students need to be familiar with major facets of media law to guide and protect them as they work in the media. Chapter 14 in Writing and Reporting News goes into detail regarding many of these aspects.

These notes highlight my lecture on March 31. Be sure to read Chapter 14 for yourself, using my lecture as an alert for some of the specific cases to know. Remember, we’re having Quiz 4 over Chapter 14 during class on Thursday, April 7.

Libel: Printing or broadcasting information about someone that is false and harms their reputation (called defamation.) The most common cause for a libel suit is saying someone committed a crime when they didn’t, which is why it is important to always make clear that someone is being charged with a crime, not that they did it.

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Media law: Focus of March 31 #JOU3109 lecture & Quiz 4 on April 7


Journalistic writing style, commas and AP style are all important for you to know and demonstrate as someone going into the communications field.

Also very important are the legal and ethics issues involved in communications work.

We’re having two lectures to focus on these two areas. In lecture on March 31, Mr. Shumate will talk about legal guidelines and provide highlights of Chapter 14. Quiz 4 will be based on that chapter and Mr. Shuamte’s presentation — April 7.

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