January 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM
I, just like most other 19-year-old girls, thought I knew all there was to know about social media. As it turns out, putting up Facebook statuses about going to the gym and constantly tweeting about the Jersey Shore doesn't exactly make me much of an expert at all.
It was my very first day as the Collegian's online manager that I had a serious reality check. All this time, I had used social networking as a way to simply let the world know what I was doing, and now all of the sudden I have the responsibility of informing people of news stories they need to get through their day.
This means a number of things: My updates must now be clear and concise and get the point across to thousands of readers, and I must read each and every news story thoroughly to ensure the information that I am passing on is accurate.
And of course I will eventually have to understand a whole new computer code language, which seems to be the key to designing the best website possible.
In other words, its time to get down to business and be the new "voice" of The Daily Collegian.
In a semester's time I plan on mastering how to single-handedly create website homepage layouts, upload photos and multimedia to the web while also attend daily wire meetings to determine where the top stories will be visible on the website. This will be no easy task, but it’s my job and duty not only to make the website look appealing to its audience but to make sure the readers are getting the information they need in a convenient manner.
So if you guys have any feedback at all, let the web staff know and we'd be more than happy to hear what you have to say. Oh yeah, and wish me luck!