28 April, 2011
I have to apologize, for those of you following my blog I have been absentminded and very, very lax about posting these past few weeks. And for that, I owe each and every one of you a sincere apology. I have been a taker of social media and not a contributor. I should know better.
But now I am back. And I hope I can push myself to be a better blogger. There is so much out there in this big, wide world of ours and so why not have an opinion or a stance on it?
A lot has happened in my life and that is one of the big reasons I have been focused elsewhere in my life. Decisions are to be made soon and I am in the process of discerning (love that Jesuit education) what my life will be. As I said many blogs ago, my goal in life is to tell stories, especially the stories of those that need their stories told.
One big thing that has happened is that I have been searching for jobs. My website is online now ScottPeak.com if you would like to go check it out. It is meant to be a portfolio for my job search and so there it is at the moment. To be fair, it is a work in progress and it always should be. If it isn’t, then I have stopped telling stories (or I am really busy/lazy and haven’t uploaded them). Here is to hoping and praying that I keep it updated. Let’s be optimistic, I will keep it updated, so that you friendly readers can stay somewhat up to date with me.
Another thing that has begun to rear its head is the actual job application process. I don’t think I ever properly thanked Carol Zuegner for her editing class, but here is a little shout-out for her. That had to have been one of my favorite classes and it has come in handy on more than one occasion during my job applications. I have read, and re-read and re-read my applications again, and then had other people check them over. I am such a stickler for all things grammar and punctuation now, every little word and sentence is up for review. Not a bad thing by any means, it just takes a long time for each application but there is no reason not to send in the best possible application for each job.
I was honored to have interviewed for a position with the Jesuit Refugee Service. This would be an incredible opportunity for me to put my Jesuit education to good use and also be able to use my knowledge of journalism to serve the marginalized populations of this world. There should be more to come in later posts about this. We shall see how I did in the job interview.
I am off, but thank you, as always, for reading.
16 March, 2011
The perfect morning. Wake up at the exact time you wanted, sun shining as you prepare for your day, you go to grab breakfast, reach over to grab the news and read the news on your smartphone? What is this world coming to? What happened to the good ol’ fashioned newspaper?
According to The State of the News Media by Tom Rosenstiel and Amy Mitchell, news is changing, especially in the way that we consume it every day. What blew me away was the number of players that the authors describe, who have been inserted between the news sources and the consumer. Ad companies, aggregators, social networks, device and software creators all get a piece of the pie and are all partially responsible for the changes to how we get the news.
As someone who is interested in entering the journalism field in the very near future, this affects my future job. I need to make sure that I am fluent in all of the different ways that someone will be getting the news, and be sure to use them where necessary. If I have to upload a video, or do a quick hit story for the company app that is what I will have to do. Social media is one thing that I am glad to be learning the ropes of because I see it as altering the distribution of news as we know it. I joined Twitter and have been shocked by how much I keep on the news as it flows throw the Twitter-nets. It is incredible to watch breaking news happen via Twitter because things just light up for each of the news organizations I follow. The first day I really watched the news on Twitter I felt like I was in the know on everything. In reality, I most likely hadn’t even scratched the surface just watching the tweets but I clicked through a lot of links and read more of each story.
I feel like this is where news has disappeared off to. One will get the small news on their smartphone or digital device and then will get more news about it when they go home. I think this is why there has been such a shift to the mobile devices, because we can get a small amount of news to pique the interest and then when we want more, we go look for it. This means as a citizen of our local areas, it is on us to make sure we do click through links and see the whole story. Just headlines won’t do it anymore.
I feel as if I have begun the process of preparing for this world when I entered college. I got into Facebook, I have learned about YouTube, I use Reddit, I now Twitter, I have at least one current blog and I have taken classes to prepare me for any number of styles of reporting. If anything we need to keep pushing the “how-to-use” of these new social mediums. Journalism has gone mobile and we just have to follow it and make sure we are making the story fits into the consumer’s pocket.
I know for a fact that I will keep learning every day of my life and when it comes to reporting or how to distribute content, I will push as much as possible to remain current. Even if it means taking another class to learn another social media, I will have to do it. I’ve done it once, so it can’t hurt to take another one. Any guesses to what the next method is going to be for mobile journalism content? I, for one, am waiting with my iPod in one hand and my phone waiting beside me on my desk…
4 March, 2011
The Missouri Valley Conference is the mecca for Creighton students who love the CU basketball program. It is a chance to start out spring break in style and get away from campus for a few days. For some it is getting to see Creighton play in a tournament that decides the fate of the Missouri Valley’s bid in March Madness. For others, it is a way to hang out with friends and see some basketball on the side. For still others, it is just a fun trip outside of Omaha. For me, it is a chance to see the Bluejays play on a different level.
Don’t get me wrong, the waking up by 5am this morning to start the trip was fun in a weird sort of way. I enjoyed the 7 hour trip in the car, with 3 of my best friends in this world. The jokes, the chat about the games, the hopes for a fun tournament made for a heck of a trip. Even checking into the hotel was an experience all of its own (Mardi Gras beads with check-in, you stay classy, St. Louis…). But what made everything worth it was getting into the game this afternoon. Surrounded by friends in the student section, rivals all around, and an opposing team that wanted their chance in the Big Dance, this is what I came to see. I got to see Creighton actually fight in a game and see Kenny Lawson take (and make) some big shots/plays.
The game came with its disappointments: seeing a missed wide open layup that would have sealed the game a bit earlier. But it also came with positives: Creighton coming with some presence and actually playing some good basketball (to my untrained eye). They kept it exciting, which was not necessarily a plus, or good for Creighton fans and their blood pressure. In this pressure, Creighton stayed together and played well. In the end, we won, which rocked my weekend. I am glad to have won at least one game this weekend, and I would love to see Creighton play and win the Missouri Valley Conference championship on Sunday. Let’s see what happens. Go Jays!
3 March, 2011
I am a senior in college and I am an award-winning filmmaker. How cool is that? I really don’t like drawing too much attention to myself but this is one of those times that I am very proud of what I have done.
Some background: this past summer I went to the Dominican Republic. I went with a study abroad class, mixing a theology class and a journalism class. The point of the class was to film a documentary on a deacon in the Dominican Republic who had made it his life’s work to help an impoverished neighborhood, Cien Fuegos. The nine students in the class learned to film and then put those skills to use by filming interviews and cover footage in Cien Fuegos.
The experience in the Dominican Republic was unbelievable and completely solidified what I want to do with my life. We came back from the trip and worked for a full week on editing the video. A few students on the trip worked for an additional few months on perfecting the video with Tim Guthrie, one of the teachers on the trip. The resulting video was dubbed, named Esperanza and posted online. Unbeknownst to most of us, Tim entered the video in the Elkhorn Film Festival.
Just being able to see our video on a big screen was an honor. Just having our names put out there as documentary filmmakers was really cool. But to top all of this off, we ended up taking the Best of Show Award and Best Documentary Award for Esperanza. I am proud to be grouped with such an incredible group and I look at our video as one that tells a necessary story to an audience that would not otherwise hear it.
To make this experience one better, Tim entered Esperanza in the Omaha Film Festival and I cannot wait to see how we fare in the festival. I guess I will have to do a follow up post when we hear back!
1 March, 2011
Have you ever wondered if you were going to be good at a future job? I have, many, many times. There is just something about wanting to be good at something that I have never done before. One of those things for me is knowing that I can create content on a daily basis. I need to be able to write and continue writing solid, relevant content for at least a few days. Writing just one post a week can’t be a good representation of what I need to be able to produce in the future. So here we go…
These past couple of weeks I have been looking to the interwebs to see what kind of things I need to be putting on a résumé. In doing this I have been seeing that my résumé looks kind of boring and it really hasn’t been updated in about a year. The information is still correct, I just have not been able to update it with any of the new things that have altered what I can offer a company or business. The other thing that I noticed was that it really doesn’t make me jump off of the page. There is no creative design, I have no logo and I would like to improve the typography.
There are some sweet résumés out there. A notable on that was in the news recently was that of Chris Spurlock. How am I supposed to match up to the creativity of that? I think the answer that I am supposed to conclude is that I am not. I’m not going into infographics. I’m going into a field where creativity is a plus and being able to bend the rules a little bit is appreciated. Just means I have to determine how far I will take my résumé. It will get there but there is solace in knowing that it will always be a work in progress.
I am also worrying about putting together a portfolio. Video has been my life for the last few years and I need to create a way for people to view samples of my work in my portfolio. My personal website has lost some links over the past few years and that is going to be updated soon, too. Lots to look forward to. Not a bad thing at all, by any means. This just means that I will have more time to focus on how to improve my own work and improve my overall personal branding.
My apologies that this blog post now looks like a to-do list, but maybe there are some readers out there with some tips or tricks for résumés, portfolios or redo-ing a website. If you do have ideas on any of these things feel free to leave that info in the comments or tweet at me or contact me directly.
Thanks for reading.