I try to start every lecture with the announcement of a “professional opportunity” – a professional organization’s meeting, a special guest speaker on campus, an update on the College’s Job and Internship Fair, etc.
Today, I included The Alligator Online’s announcement recruiting a Multimedia Editor.
Alligator.org is expanding and needs a Multimedia Editor to coordinate stringers and create multimedia. The editor must be familiar with basic video shooting and editing concepts and at least one of the following:
- Photography and Soundslides
- Audio capture and editing
- Advanced PhotoShop skills
- XML and data entry
The editor will have the opportunity to learn some of the above concepts if he or she is not already familiar with them. The Alligator is striving towards posting a new piece of multimedia each day, with a focus on video. Other pieces of multimedia may include: Soundslides, audio clips, audio recordings of speeches, podcasts, photo galleries, interactive charts and graphs created in Flash, Google maps, etc.
I told them that many of the jobs and internships that they’d be seeking would require one or two of these skills and that they should be taking courses (pre-registration for next semester is coming up) or seeking other opportunities to learn some of these skills.
I asked, “How many of you have a blog?”
Many smiled as they raised their hands, as starting a blog was the assignment for last week’s lab. All 230+ now have blogs.
I told them we’d be talking about photography next week and that they would be creating a Soundslides before the end of the semester.
I could see several students asking classmates, “What is a Soundslides?” But they’ll know in two weeks.