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What’s Up Columbus?

Sandbox Speed Networking
Tuesday, January 26
Sandbox Columbus, 851 N. Pearl St.
5:30-8 p.m.

This networking event is part of a series being held at Sandbox Columbus. It’s a coworking space in the short north (which I adore). It has a laid back environment and lots of cool peeps so I believe this series will reflect that. Visit eventbrite to pre-register and see who else is signed up.

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Wonderland Columbus Pre-Launch
Friday, January 29
Juncitonview Studios, 889 Williams Ave.
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Unfortunately I think I’ll be out of town for this one, but I still wanted to give a shout out for the Wonderland Columbus pre-launch event. The former 65,000 square foot factory of Wonder Bread is being transformed into shared studio space (combination of artist studios, music studios, shared office space, and retail space). This is the first meeting for those interested in this project.

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Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit
Friday, February 5
Wexner Center Film Theater
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business will bring together students, professionals, and community members to connect with each other and learn about market-based approaches to solving poverty. Visit the site to see the lineup of speakers for the day. This is a FREE event, but you need to register online. I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone share!

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Sports Spotlight Event
Monday, February 22
Otterbein College, Roush Hall
7-8:30 p.m.

This is an event being put on by our Otterbein PRSSA chapter. The panel consists of communications, marketing and broadcast professionals who work in sports. There will be a short presentation with Q&A time followed by table discussion and open networking. This event is free and open to all Otterbein students but if someone else is interested in attending just send me a message for details (we should have some extra seats).

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These are some local upcoming happenings on my radar. Please leave a comment and let me know what else is on your list. I hope to see you around soon.

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My Digital Essay

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This quarter I’m taking a class from the English department called “Digital Essay.” It is focused on the art of digital storytelling. We write essays, record our voices and then pair it with video, pictures, music and sounds. I know that the digital storytelling is often associated with non-profits because it a powerful yet low budget communication tool. In our case we don’t necessarily have to tell a story. Our digital essays can be on any topic. We create three pieces throughout the quarter and then a final edited video to share in a public viewing.

As a communications major I was attracted to this class for obvious reasons. It is a new way to showcase my work and I can use social media to share that work with my friends and network. However, I’ve also been quite anxious about the class. While I do enjoy writing I don’t usually identify as a writer the same way many English majors or poets might. I don’t typically write in self-reflection or share too much of my personal life in my public writing. I would consider that to be unprofessional and unwise as a soon-to-be PR graduate. However, I think this class will challenge me to dig a little deeper than just showing a few pretty photographs and sharing a short story from my childhood.

I want my first essay to be about travel and how that changed my outlook on the world. A bit cliché but it is still a meaningful topic to me. I look forward to sharing my work here. If you’ve ever made your own digital story or essay, please leave a comment with a link.

If you are still scratching your head trying to figure out what a digital story is, visit the Center for Digital Storytelling and watch a few. I’m sharing Untitled by Nancy Palate tomorrow because I found it especially beautiful.

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Twitter is the New Telegraph

In my persuasion class this quarter we read a novel by Neil Postman called Amusing Ourselves to Death. It examines how television has shaped society and affected our outlook. The book was written in 1985. I won’t lie, when I realized this I was automatically uninterested in Postman’s message. I was annoyed that my class wasn’t focusing on up and coming trends or reading novels that explored the digital age of communication. Television felt like a topic of past.

It took me awhile to accept the fact I would be reading the book and writing a final report whether I wanted to or not. When I finally opened my mind to the ideas of Postman I was quite surprised. I was able to relate the book to my life and found some comparisons I had definitely not expected. Let me share one of my favorite passages from the book:

The telegraph is suited only to the flashing of messages, each to be quickly replaced by a more up-to-date message. Facts push other facts into and then out of consciousness at speeds that neither permit nor require evaluation.
The telegraph introduced a kind of public conversation whose form had starting characteristics: Its language was the language of headlines–sensational, fragmented, impersonal. News took the form of slogans, to be noted with excitement, to be forgotten with dispatch. Its language was also entirely discontinuous. One message had no connection to that which preceded or followed it. Each “headline” stood alone as its own context.

Wow…this was supposed to be a description of the telegraph? I could have sworn this was the bio written for everyone’s favorite micoblogging site, Twitter. My silly, little, undergrad mind was amazed. It feels like the modes of communication and technology change every day, but perhaps certain ideas change less than I think.

I’m in the middle of reading Chris Brogan’s book Trust Agents, and was able to pull some of his thoughts into my report. Two novels with connecting ideas and 25 years between them, I love that. I like making those connections, realizing the value of my education in my classes and seeing how I can apply it.

If you haven’t read Amusing Oursevles to Death, I recommend it. If you have read it, what did you think?

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