Writing for the iSchool’s Blog

The School for Information Studies at Syracuse University's InfoSpace Blog
The School for Information Studies at Syracuse University's InfoSpace Blog

The School for Information Studies at Syracuse University‘s InfoSpace Blog

Today my first post as a blogger for Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies’ InfoSpace Blog was published. It’s a little piece on the IFTTT (really awesome) automation service and it being forced to remove triggers for Twitter due to Twitter more strictly enforcing its API rules regarding storing Twitter content on cloud servers.

Writing for the iSchool’s blog is just one of many things I’m doing to supplement formal classes while I have another 8 months before working full-time. I’ve also began studying basic programming at the Code Academy, became a HootSuite Certified Professional, and am planning a bit of a vlog in addition to my job as Multimedia Storytelling Book Graduate Research Assistant for Professor Seth Gitner, being the graduate student representative on the Newhouse Tenure Committee and auditing ICC 625: New Media Business.

It’s a lot of work but it’s necessary because (despite the fact that I think investing in this degree will be worthwhile) the PR curriculum here, and, arguably, no PR curriculum anywhere, teaches the skills that PR employers will require in the near future. I’ll hopefully be posting here more regularly on my progress here.

Moving Quickly at the Newhouse School

During the first week of class of the fall semester, (of the M.S. in Public Relations here at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications) I was concerned that classwork alone would not secure me a job starting in June 2013, when I’ll be done classes at Newhouse and have to find a full-time job, or, failing that, a full-time eight-week internship.

So, I looked for something that I wasn’t learning in my required classes and found ICC 625: New Media Business, jumped through all the hoops to audit it, and have been actively engaged in discussions every Wednesday morning.

The New Media Business professor, Vin Crosbie, is a managing partner of Digital Deliverance and is the senior consultant on Social and New Media and Curricula at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

I’m very much looking forward to the next lecture, “Creative Destruction and How Supply & Demand Affects Media Economics, Business Models, Consumption, Law, and Content Itself”. You can follow me @GeoffBCampbell on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m for highlights of the discussion.

I also have been wanting to know more about how university faculties decide on tenure so I nominated myself to be one of seven graduate students on the Newhouse Student Representative Committee. I was elected (albeit from 6 named candidates and a write-in option) and from there I ran (opposed) and was elected by a majority of graduate representatives to be the graduate student representative on the Newhouse Tenure Committee.

I cannot discuss the private discussions but when the committee needs student input I’ll be sure to include notifications here. I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this very important committee and upholding the strong reputation of the faculty here at Newhouse.

Lastly, I applied for and was hired to be Professor Seth Gitner‘s graduate research assistant. I’m doing varied research on multimedia storytelling that I will write more about in the future.

All of that work is on top of my full-time classes: COM 698: Media Law, PRL 605: Public Relations Theory, PRL 611: Public Relations Research, and PRL 614: Advanced Public Relations Writing for Digital Platforms which, all-together, I’ve found to be nothing to scoff at.

Today, I’ll be discussing Controlling Expression in Media Law, doing an in-class assignment in writing, doing multimedia storytelling research, reading dense academic text for Theory, and doing preliminary research for my case study in PR Theory. As a general rule I won’t be posting a lot (apart from the required posts for PRL 614) due to the workload but if anything major comes up I’ll be sure to share it here. For now I’ll wish you a positive productive Monday and leave you with a song. I hope your Monday goes better than this: