Building a Brand

I haven’t posted anything in a few days because I’ve desperately been trying to work out the kinks of this website. I’m a pro at photoshop and indesign but I apparently can’t figure out a simple blogging website. With some help from a friend I’ve been able to design this blog the way I’ve wanted it to look all along. I want to add a few more pages with writing and design samples for future employers but for now this will do.

In early November I attended the National College Media Convention in Chicago. I’d say that they most relevant thing I learned while I was there was how to “build your brand”. The session was originally called “Don’t be a Twidiot” and Steven Chappell spoke on the subject. The session turned quickly from Twitter do’s and don’ts to examples and pointers on how to brand yourself on social media. I learned that it’s important how you express yourself on social media these days if you plan on getting a job in the journalism field. I quickly filtered through my Twitter and deleted some of my more vulgar tweets and have since then learned to not tweet everything that’s on my mind.

Social media is an excellent way to make a name for yourself which is why I’ve created this blog and which is why I want it to be perfect. So please, enjoy this masterpiece.

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Inspiration to me

I’m about to leave for work and decided to blog about an epiphany I just had.

Here I am, sitting in my bedroom shopping online and looking at bathing suits for Spring Break. I’m also looking at Coach purses and decided on which one I want to purchase to be my carry on for when I go to Paris this semester. I look at the clock and realized I’ll be late for work if I don’t get off of my computer. Work? Right now? I have more important things to do right now. Then I realized what I’m about to go to is in fact, much more important that anything I would be doing on the computer right now.

Every Sunday, I work from 12-6 in a wonderful woman’s home who I help take care of. She was diagnosed with Stage-3 Kidney Failure last year is has rapidly declining health. This woman is bedridden and hasn’t stepped out to soak up the sunlight or feel the breeze of the wind in over a year. I assist this woman with the upkeep of her home, I prepare her meals and I assist her in changing her colostomy bag and emptying her catheter.

When I first started working with this woman it was much more of a chore than a joy. I’ve gotten to know this woman over the course of the last few months and have learned to love her. Here I am, sitting on my laptop about to embark on the luxury of standing on my own two feet, stepping outside and feeling the weather, driving a car, stopping for lunch and overall living my life. This woman has stopped living. She isn’t the inspirational, mark everything off my bucket list kind of dying woman. She has accepted the fact that she is dying but is saddened by it. She hurts and longs for the simple pleasures in life that I take for granted every single day.

So for 6 hours today, I’m going to put my first-world problems behind me and spend time with a wonderful woman who only has a short time left on this world and walk her though the past week of my life–she lives vicariously through her staff. I’m going to tell her about what’s going on with the outside world. I’ll share the news with her and tell her about the weather today.

But before all that, I’m going to tell her what a joy she has been in my life. I’m going to tell her that I love her and tell her how inspirational she has been to me. I’m going to share with her that she’s at least touched one life in the short time she’s been on this Earth. I’m going to tell her that I’ll be here until the end and that I’m not sad. I’m going to tell her that one day we’ll see each other again and we’ll talk about this conversation.

She’ll probably laugh and tell me that she loves me too. She’ll probably say a funny joke to lighten the mood or change the subject. But we’ll both cherish the time we’ve spent together and take it to our graves.

Stueve: Soccer Sensation

Megan Stueve, graduated senior forward, has received yet another award for her excellence on the soccer field this past season. It was announced yesterday that she has been named second-team All-Central Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

I had the joy of following Stueve’s soccer career this past season at Missouri Southern State University. I’d never written sports before and had no knowledge of the game. Stueve not only helped me by always being story-worthy on the field but she helped and guided me in the mechanics of the game so that I could write educated articles. 

Stueve has won many previous awards named by the MIAA. 

I spoke to Stueve today and asked her about the possibility of her playing on a team at the professional level. She said that she has been in contact with a couple of teams and hopes to be signed soon. I have no doubts that the soccer star will be picked and will continue to excel on the field and keep winning awards. 

I will continue to follow Stueve’s story of soccer success via this blog and for The Chart.

Image Photo courtesy of MSSU

Check out Stueve’s Soccer Highlights video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRu5lZPHyaA

Cringeworthy News

I swear, it’s like I’m trapped in the stone age even though I was born in the 90’s.

I read an article today titled “10 Things Every Journalist Should Know in 2013” published on journalism.co.uk. A few things on the list made my heart hurt a little bit…

#:1 It’s all about skills, skills, skills.

I’m a fan of all outlets of media. I get all tingly inside when I’m holding a newspaper in my hands. But I still like to watch the news broadcast at night before bed and listen to the news stations in the radio when i’m in my car. Heck, my favorite form of getting the news is via social media. I love when newspapers push their articles all over my twitter feed.

But when it comes to my future career, I’m not so versatile. I don’t want to be in front of a camera or microphone. I don’t want to write script or take photos or honestly have anything to do with anything online. I just want to be a simple reporter. I honestly think I’d be fully satisfied if I wrote articles for a local newspaper for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love designing too. In fact, I’m pretty good at it. But I’d rather write.

I get that times are changing and the way people want their news is changing right along with it. But is it so bad that I just wish it would stop? Time, that is. I would’ve loved to have been a reporter in the 80’s back when things were simple and people read the newsPAPER. But I want a career one day so I guess I’ll have to put my big girl panties on and develop these “skills” or whatever… I’m only a freshman. I’ve got plenty of time.

Finally, #10: It is essential to embrace change.

Do I even need to elaborate?

Purpose

I’ve been debating on what I want this blog to consist of. Do I want to write about my life? Do I want to write about my opinions? Then I think, who cares about my life or my opinions? So I decided to approach this like a journalist and apply the three W’s. Who, What and So What? Who is my audience? I think about my friends, my family and future employers. What am I writing about that my audience would want to read? I think about my input on articles written and my trip to Paris. So what is the purpose of this blog? To be myself and express myself. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to write about what I want when I want.

I’m a rule follower. I’m the girl who asks for specific perimeters when given assignments and follows the instructions on the back of the cake box like it’s my job or something to bake the cake to absolute perfection. I don’t usually step outside the box or even think outside of it. But when it comes to this blog, I’ll consider it having no rules. No boundaries. Just me.

I’ll just do me and hope that’s good enough, inspiring enough and interesting enough for someone to want to read.

Let me introduce you to myself.

Let me introduce you to myself.

My name is Taylor Camden. I’m a 19 year old girl residing in Joplin, Missouri wishing I was soaking up the sun down in the south. I’m a freshman Mass Communications student at Missouri Southern State University and the Associate Editor of The Chart, the student run newspaper at my university. I work full-time as a Life Skills Trainer assisting adults with special needs and disabilities. I’m a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority currently holding office as Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment. I get my kicks from spending time with my friends, going to country music concerts and writing.