May 4, 2007

Media Lab: Leaving my (final) Mark

I'm usually pleased with the outcome of my writing assignments and my projects; however, a handful of finished products truly stick out in my mind as things that I am particularly proud of. My website, Writing for the Setonian: How to Show the Hill Your Voice, is one of those things.

Initially, it was just supposed to be a handout.. I thought it would be helpful for future Setonian writers and editors as well. I wanted to ease the student's transition and the editors' frustration by providing writing tips and technicalities of writing for the Setonian in particular. When I sat down to do this handout, which had by then developed to one online page, I ended up with two pages and a cascading style sheet. I wasn't done yet. I decided that for this semester, I wanted to continue with this website and present a finished product. I successfully completed my goal; I put a lot of hours into my website regarding all aspects of it (content, design, collaboration). I believe it is something significant that I have done and it takes a place in my handful of items.

Just because I was proud of it didn't mean it was aesthetically pleasing, informative, or comprehensible to the public. I wasn't sure what the reactions were going to be.

I received mostly positive feedback from my classmates. One person said, "Lori's website was one of the best I have seen in the Media Lab final presentation." The site was also described as "very well thought out" and the general consensus of the content was that it was nice and relevant to the audience of freshman Setonian writers. One person also commented on the usefulness of the content for those who have not had newswriting and another said it should be posted as part of the major site. A member of my class also recognized the culmination of my skills: "It shows students that a graduate can do so much, learn alot and personalize a website that can help future Seton Hill students." Only two of the students said anything about the colors. One said it was "aesthetically pleasing and draws the reader in" and the other said that it was "hard to read."

The comments from my peers show me that I successfully wrote for the right audience and that the material and layout are simple and informative.

Although it didn't earn a place in my handful of "really proud" assignments, I was still pleased with my podcast, which was also a part of my presentation. It was a casual conversation between Valerie Masciarelli, editor-in-chief, and I about interviewing, again with the specified audience being freshman interested in writing for the Setonian.

My classmates enjoyed this as well. One general statement said that, "The podcast was very well done." The general consensus was that I had interviewed a great source and had good information and I exhibited equal amounts of conversational/professional demeanor and the finished product would easily fit in with my website. This was my original idea; to post the sound file to my website. I still think that I would like to do that.

Two classmates did comment on an issue with my podcast, which ironically enough, I commented on right after the class finished listening to it. They mentioned the abrupt ending and suggested a final wrap-up by Val or myself or a formal conclusion in order to add more closure.

One person sort of summed up the entire podcast by saying, "You showed that there is always a learning experience and room for mistakes. Great job."

Again, it was good to know my classmates could comprehend and enjoy my work and also pick out the converastion style I had intentionally used.

The feedback proved to me proof of the development of my skills on a communication level. The audience I had determined and prepared for was successfully provided for.

I feel that my final presentaion encompassed all of my knowledge and skill sets and was the most productive final presentation in Media Lab that I have ever had.

Posted by Lori Rupert at May 4, 2007 1:31 PM
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