Progress, in process.

Final Project

I haven’t been approved for final project yet but I have spoken with Michael about my idea a few times and each time it gets better.

My project will be a series of interviews (written, webcam, mini documentary character portraits, podcasts, etc.) with successful professionals and entrepreneurs. In trying to figure out what I want to do career wise, I’ve spoken to countless professionals. I feel that a lot of us put successful people on a pedestal and treat them as if they are somehow different from us.  We tend find excuses for why one person made it vs. ourselves. The purpose of my interviews is to humanize these people and rather than just talk about their successes, discuss with them the time leading up to where they are now. I will have them answer questions about who they are and how their personality played into their career choice, any failures or bad choices they made and how they recovered from them. I will ask about the balance between their personal lives and their work life.

Since our project is about process, we will have a separate page of behind the scenes of the work we put into our project. When Michael suggested this I initially thought “I can’t let them see the craziness behind the production!” but I realized that’s exactly what I’m asking other people to do.

Tentative Timeline

December: Finalize contact list of possible subjects. Conduct general interviews with possible subjects to find their strengths. Find out what extracurricular activities they are engaged in and what events they have planned for the new year.

Find out if there’s anyone close to them (coworker/volunteer/teammate) that would be willing to be interviewed. Get permission to shoot in work/volunteer settings. Start to schedule for b-roll shooting.

January: Design/build wordpress/Drupal based website.

Set interview dates for February with two subjects. (Most likely Anthony Frazier, The Phat StartUp, Aina Abiodun, StoryCode, Saundra Thomas, ABC)

Plan interview questions.


Shoot, at minimum, two interviews. Best days to shoot: Tuesdays, Thursday mornings, Fridays & weekends. Look through footage for best places to insert b-roll. (If necessary set up follow up interview) Start editing video/audio. Insert b-roll if already recorded.


Finalize at least one video. Second video, at least halfway. Depending on how far along first two videos are, get questions ready for next shoot. Set dates for early April.



I have my resume but haven’t gotten it approved by Dan yet. Putting together my resume made me realize how different my resume will be from the others in my class. I don’t feel like I have a title (web designer, videographer, graphic designer, even journalist). The closest thing I have to consider myself is a storyteller, or content producer. My main interest is  finding the best way to tell stories and making sure those stories are seen. I’m interested in design in the way that industrial designers and UX designers are. I like to design functionally.

I decided to call myself a content producer/strategist.


Which brings me to my portfolio. My portfolio has some articles I’ve written for the newspaper and some spreads I’ve designed for the online magazine. I still have work to do, organizing it. My final project and my work with the online newspaper are what I plan to use to document my skills in content production and strategy.

I haven’t found an internship yet but I do plan on mentioning that I am looking for one when I interview professionals for my final project. I’ve also had professionals who have encouraged me to apply at their organizations. Hopefully they will keep me in mind when they see my name

11 Day Challenge: Baby Steps in Portfolio Building

This week I learned the importance of finding interesting narratives and pictures that compliment them well. I had little time to do the 750 words challenge due to deadline week for the newspaper. I spent more time editing down pieces of other people’s writing than doing my own. My week was spent uploading and editing pieces from las semester and finding the photos that best fit the story. On top of that, I’m currently working to design our first online magazine, PB Mag, which will be going up this Friday. Still a work in progress, the online magazine gives me more creative freedom than a paper would. This project is teaching me about the importance of color schemes, content strategy, layout, and composition, all extremely important in web design. Here’s a preview of the logo I created for this edition. We will be changing colors to fit each month’s mag.

pbmagfloralAs for fixing up the newspaper’s actual website, that will require more longterm work. Editing writing is a job in itself, if you are content with the CMS you are using. I’ve been struggling back and forth with my issues in the actual aesthetics of the newspaper’s website on the front end and the theme’s functionality on the backend. While my week has been less of individual daily creates and free writing, these 11 days have inspired me to document my process building on this website from now to the end of the semester. I will also continue designing and editing our online magazine which I will be able to include in my portfolio for design and journalistic writing, considering any of my written pieces go in it.

Good Designer, Well Designed Portfolio

Your portfolio is being judged  from the second the page is clicked. Although there are a few things I would change, Juanita Beal‘s portfolio initially caught my interest because it showed a ton of personality…a little more than my liking. However, she came up with her own personal logo and has designed links to her linkedin, behance, and resume all on the first page. I personally believe the links to social media and the resume could have been put higher up. The front page also contained some of her recent work with a caption describing the kind of work she did on each piece.

Her portfolio page is what I really liked. Clicking to it the user sees a gallery of all her work but the buttons on top give the user the option of sifting through different categories of her work from web design, print design and personal work.

The about me page contains a list of different skills Juanita has and a proclamation of her love of design. The large double spaced font seems as though she is looking to take up space because she has little to say. While there are elements of the portfolio I liked I would completely rearrange and restyle it for my own.

A design portfolio should be immediately aesthetically engaging. How can one expect to be hired as a designer when their own personal site lacks good design. Nick Jones is a professional designer who’s site in itself is designed beautifully. It is interactive and engaging and shows the skill of the professional. His little excerpt above the fold show shows some personality but not an overbearing amount. There are links to social media in the main page, with different links to contact him. As well as a button entitled “words” to his written pieces.

While I don’t have enough content to create a Nick Jones portfolio, I do enjoy the simplicity, good design, and ease of navigation. I will add links to my twitter account and contact information (email, and cell number). I may also link to a personal blog I plan to create.

Information: Decluttered

Hoping to work in digital production, content strategy, or multimedia journalism, my portfolio will be a combination of both my writing and technical skills. Having written for the college’s paper for a few semesters I am now online editor, in charge of all the content on the website (editing, formatting, design, etc.).The piece below is an excerpt and link to an article I wrote for the school’s online newspaper.


For a moment, Natalie Genao felt vulnerable. During a movie screening about domestic abuse at the Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s annual Signature Role Model Program, Genao remembered feeling the beatings.
“Through the entire workshop I felt like I was transparent,” she said.
Genao, 24, is one of three York College students who attended the seminar from April 14 to 17, which covered a number of issues that women of color face from getting jobs to domestic violence and getting help in abuse situations.
Genao attended the seminar with Suzanne Sylvester, 20, and Aaisha Joseph, 26…

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This piece is only a display of my writing abilities. I plan to expand by the end of the semester to include any design/editorial changes I make to the website including added use of mediums specific to the web including audio and visual stories as well as a few design changes.

Pandora's Box Homescreen


This is the current homepage, keep posted for updates!

Blog Admiration

Richard Koci Hernandez

Richard Koci Hernandez is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His online portfolio  grabs me because, outside of it being aesthetically pleasing it is well organized. In a field like multimedia journalism a person needs to display skills from writing to photography to video and so on. Hernandez organized his website so that, despite the large amount of information pages are not cluttered, giving the user easy guidance to the parts of the website they’re most interested in without forcing them to view content that doesn’t engage them.

While professional, the site includes a variety of his personal favorite quotes, including:

“I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

Which I believe speaks to his personal philosophy. The quotes continue on his “process” page, where he describes his personal work process and quotes that align with each step.Richard Koci Hernandez Process

The site also contains links to sign up for his workshops, links to art he has up for sale and his contact information. It is promotional without being obnoxious, informative but not cluttered.