Here are the class slides from Week 13.
And the actual headline from KCRW, “A tale of two Chinatown buildings”
Assignment #1: Create a Portfolio
Use one of the portfolio sites we went over in class. Add the following: (1) At least four clips, (2) A bio — the story you tell about yourself, and (3) A work history or resume.
Assignment #2: Get Ready to Build the Final
Bring all the content you have so you can start building your page. Required: (1) One photo (that can be cropped square), (2) three headline versions, and (3) a short teaser summary, max 30 words.
Deadline for all assignments: Thursday, Dec. 1 in class
When I first searched the name “Gray Baker”, right way hits to USC and Annenberg Media Center popped up. I clicked on the first link which was an article he wrote for Annenberg Media titled “Police Still Searching for Third Brussels Airport bomber”. Upon visiting the Annenberg media website, I realized Gray has written five pieces for the news site.
Next, I went back to my Google search and clicked on Gray’s LinkedIn Profile. This adorable picture of him, and I am assuming his dog, was his profile picture! It was the first thing I noticed on his account.
By looking through his LinkedIn information, I found out the following information: He is a Technical Assistant at USC Trojan Events, he is a print and journalism major, he went to Oakridge High School in Conroe, Texas and he graduated in 2014. In his own words, this is how gray describes himself in his LinkedIn summary and I think it indicates a lot about who he is and how he wants people to view him.
“I am very energetic and enthusiastic person. i love talking and being personable with my peers. I see myself as natural leaser and someone people can trust and stand behind.”
The next place for me to snoop through was Gray’s Facebook page. I learned quite a bit more about Gray and got to see more of his personality. He likes several movies featuring James Franco, Jonah Hill and Andy Samberg. He also enjoys music by ACDC, The Beatles, Yeezy, and Drizzy Drake! It appears that along with being a Trojans fan, he is a fan of the Green Bay Packers (but the Patriots are better so he we differ on this aspect.)
This is his profile picture. I thought he chose an excellent photo because it looks professional, yet artsy and definitely something employers searching for him would not find inappropriate. Clearly others agree because he got 123 likes on it!
Also on his Facebook, I discovered we have 28 mutual friends, he works at Doheny Library and he is a relationship with a girl named Dani Endlich who also is a USC journalism student (yeah Annenberg love!). They seem to take a lot of cool, artsy pictures together, but this photo is my favorite of the two and most definitely #relationshipgoals!
As far as his Facebook habits go, I noticed Gray shares more content than posting his own statuses. Some of the more recent things he has shared includes an article about a basement dedicated to extreme lego building, Facebook Memories, music videos, and this:
Gray shares a several memes about politics – particularly with a Democratic leaning. This makes me believe that Gray is either a liberal/Democrat or supports a lot of liberal/Democratic ideology. Based on his posts, he also seems to not be such a big fan that Trump won the presidential election.
Along with being technical assistant and a library worker, Gray is also apart of the Greek community and is a member of USC’s Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Here is a photo of him before what looks like one of his fraternity invites.
After exploring Gray’s Facebook, I wanted to see if he was active on any other social media sites so I checked Twitter to see if he had an account. He does! You can follow him @Backaroni. He has been on twitter since 2014. He has not tweeted since August 7th, but my favorite tweet out of all his 947 tweets was this:
Gray is also active on Instagram, but sadly we don’t follow each other (and he has not accepted my follow request). In his Instagram bio he wrote, “Please don’t spoil my day, I’m miles away. And after all, I’m only sleeping.” I do not really understand the quote, but it sounds very, very deep.
Gray’s digital footprint did not seem to extend farther than LinkedIn, Annenberg Media, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I tried to switch up my searching techniques by searching “Gray Baker USC”, “Gray Baker student”, “Gray Baker Oak Ridge Conroe Texas” to find more of his digital footprint, but nothing else really came up. I also could not find him on Flickr, Google + or YouTube.
Overall, I felt weird doing this assignment because I felt like I was stalking Gray and invading his privacy. However, I did feel like I got to know him a bit better (at least digitally) and he seems like he enjoys USC and hanging with his friends. From essentially stalking Gray on the internet, he also appears to be a fun, easy-going guy who loves his family as well. Check out these cute pictures with his family!
In the end, his digital footprint seemed appropriate (not red-cup drinking pictures) and professional (you can find links to his work and LinkedIn very easily). He had nothing to be embarrassed about which not a lot of other people can say.
John’s digital footprint is all over the internet. A simple google search shows his work for the media center is the first hit that comes up (go Annenberg). This shows some of the clips John has posted on the Annenberg website as well as his sport anchor clips. After USC Annenberg Media, a link to John’s Facebook pops up. This section as lots of information on John that more of less public. Pictures of him with friends and family as well as status updates, giving people as sense of who John is- what he likes, what he doesn’t care for, what he values, etc. Even more information is available on the about page of his Facebook. His birthday, where he goes to school, even where he lives. Besides the top 3 searches though, google comes up short with more information on John. Other individuals with the same name begin to show up with their websites and personal information.
A YouTube search provided a similar result. No videos were found of John by simply typing his name into YouTube. Using variations of his name, email address, and nicknames provided the same search result. Well played. Looking at John’s Instagram, his digital footprint is much more visible. Images with captions tell people what he’s interested in. Lot’s of sports journalism posts are seen throughout his page as well as photos with friends and family.
Some searches of John turned up with little information however. A google images search surprisingly came up with no pictures of John in it’s top hits. This could be due to his name being common or privacy settings he has on his social media accounts. This can make it difficult for search engines to find information on a person. The vast majority of information on John on the internet was related to his college career and his professional development. This will come in handy wants John graduates from college and begins to look for a job. In most cases, the more professional information an employer can find of you, the better your chances are of getting a job. The personal information post can come back to hurt you, but John has done a good job of either not posting those or hiding them well.
With the exception of female reporters here and there, sports reporting has long been a field dominated by men. That is, until Junior Jodee Sullivan arrived at USC in Fall 2014.
At the start of her first Freshman term, Sullivan immediately began covering sports for the Daily Trojan and Annenberg Media. This is a collection of her posts from ATVN, the earliest is dated to November 29.
When the Annenberg Media sports department launched their own weekly sports program, Sports SCene, Sullivan was quick to get involved. She’s also anchored sports segments for the 6pm weeknight broadcasts.
Recognizing her dedication, she was promoted to Annenberg Media sports director in Fall 2016. The title’s lineage has long been held by male counterparts before her.
Sullivan clearly recognizes the significance of working in a male-dominated field, and the challenges it presents. In 2016, she launched a podcast with Kristen Lago to counter typical male-lead sports broadcasts called “He said, she said.”
“In sports journalism, you’ve heard what he said, but what about what she said??” she wrote in an Instagram post promoting the show.
Clearly, Sullivan maintains a strong professional presence online — but what about her personal social media? The sports journalist has a large digital footprint, which expands way beyond sports.
She is an avid instagrammer who has posted just under 400 times.
Unlike other girls her age, Sullivan doesn’t make her Instagram all about her sorority. There are only a few mentions to her AXO membership.
The real, “unique,” digital footprint on her Instagram, leads us to her HUGE fascination for all things Disney. Sure, there’s posts like this:
Digging deeper, there is a second account that encapsulates (through weekly posts,) Sullivan’s fascination for all things Disney.
Sullivan also has a Twitter account, but it’s largely professional, too.
— Jodee Storm Sullivan (@jstorm482) November 4, 2015
— Jodee Storm Sullivan (@jstorm482) November 12, 2015
There are a few personal tweets though, like pictures with Jodee’s friends:
— Jodee Storm Sullivan (@jstorm482) June 14, 2016
The real question is: what does Jodee want to be? All signs point to sports reporting, but in this tweet, she reveals that she would like to be an author one day.
— Jodee Storm Sullivan (@jstorm482) April 11, 2016
Sullivan’s Facebook profile is also clean, though there are a number of profile pictures that date to her years in middle school.
However, all other photos are hidden. And there are no photos of Jodee being illicit or using any substances.
Tiara Aaliyah Muhammad was born in Inglewood California on January 11. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in both Broadcast & Digital Journalism and Political Science. Tiara is extremely accomplished academically and professionally. She has made both the Annenberg and Dornsife Dean’s List since Fall 2015 and is a part of multiple honor societies on campus including Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Sigma Theta. In addition, she was awarded a scholarship by the Golden Women Foundation, a women’s empowerment group that is dedicated to giving back to the communities they were raised in. Since starting college, she has had four different internships with HOLLYWIRE, TheWrap, The City of Santa Monica, and Lionsgate. While at HOLLYWIRE and TheWrap she wrote entertainment stories like “Rihanna Puts in ‘Work’ on First Music Video From Her New Album.”
She currently works as a Production and Development Intern for Lionsgate where she has a hand in content & brand management, script development and working with talent. She is also working very closely with Codeblack Films to help develop feature films and other content for the black community. She is also very involved on USC Campus with a wide range of organizations. She has worked as a reporter for USC Annenberg Media, The Daily Trojan, Neon Tommy, and Annenberg TV News. Additionally, she is heavily involved in the USC National Association of Black Journalists, the Anti-Defamation League, the First Generation Student Union and the Black Student Assembly. For Black Student Assembly she participated in the “I, Too, Am USC” campaign.
She is also involved in the Black Lives Matter movement on USC Campus. In addition to aaaallllll of this, she works part-time at the equipment room for Annenberg Facilities and Technologies Department.
Tiara was interviewed for a piece published on takepart about “What the Perception of ‘Professional’ Hair Meansfor Black Job Seekers.” Her interview was serialized in other articles from different publications including Essence, Yahoo, and more.
She also got to meet Kerry Washington on campus last year when she came to speak to Annenberg students.
This past summer, Tiara traveled all around Japan with fellow USC students.
When she wasn’t busy exploring “prototypical Japanese castle architecture,” she spent her time educating herself reading books like Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
This past weekend she danced and jammed to music by Alina Baraz, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, and more at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park.
As I began scrolling through Google to find any information on Aaron Siegal, I could tell this would be a very difficult assignment.
For starters, Google tried to autocorrect Siegal’s name, which is never a good sign when trying to stalk someone online. I was successful in finding a bit of information about Siegal and one thing is pretty clear.
Aaron Siegal really likes sports.
After sifting through Siegal’s Facebook for quite a while, I was able to find out that he’s worked at NFL Networks, ESPN and Fox Sports. Siegal interned in broadcast production and media departments across all three networks. Siegal was really able to apply his Annenberg Media skills in a professional setting, managing the networks’ social media, producing and even working a bit on the business side.
See more of Siegal’s professional experience and skills on his LinkedIn!
Wow! Talk about Trojan Family Network! Siegal clearly has superb networking skills. Speaking of Twitter, Siegal is not very active on the platform. His most recent activity dates back to June 7. Nevertheless when Siegal is on Twitter his entire Twitter centers on one very niche topic.
You guessed it. Sports. Pretty much all of Siegal ‘s tweets are about sports in some capacity. Whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, etc. Siegal is definitely your sports commentator.
Vey bold prediction indeed. Unfortunately, this predication was actually incorrect according to Russell Wilson’s and Peyton Manning’s career stats from 2014. According to ESPN, Russell Wilson’s quarterback rating was 95.0 and he had 20 touchdowns during the 2014 season. Manning still comes out on top with a quarterback rating of 101.5 and scoring 39 touchdowns that year. Sorry Siegal.
Aaron doesn’t just cover sports news though. He also enjoys playing himself!
While not the best at replying to friend’s comments via social media (Seriously! Siegal only responded to two of his friend’s comments on Twitter and Facebook!), Siegal does make time for friends and family. Whether he’s bonding with his roommates or exploring the Bay Area with family, it’s clear social interaction is very important to his wellbeing.
What a guy! You can catch Aaron Siegal around the University of Southern California Annenberg Media Center during business days, probably working with SportSCene!
Jason Alcorn’s personal life is very hidden on social media account, unless you are within his inner circle and fortunate enough to follow him on Instagram or be Facebook friends. His professional work and resume is very easy to find on Twitter and LinkedIn. While his bios are different across all platforms, they are all of the same variety. On his personal website, he is a “Media Strategist and Dad to King of the Wild Things,” while on Instagram he is a “journalist, civic media strategist, and dad to a brand new person.”
Jason’s most used platform is Twitter, where he will tweet, retweet and like several posts per day on average. Most of the content is in regards to his work with MediaShift, where he is a metrics editor. He participates in several of their YouTube videos, where he discusses media strategies with a colleague. Some of his tweets are more personal, such as this one.
However, as we all know, Jason did not bring the snacks.
Jason is relatively private on other forms of social media. I was not able to find a YouTube account or a Flickr account. His Instagram account is private, as well as most of his Facebook, except for this.
Jason is a Carnegie Knight Fellow, and achieved his Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a native English speaker, but has professional proficiency in Spanish. In the past, he worked for InvestigateWest as an associate director for nearly four and a half years. His personal website leaves a link to all of his major works.
According to his LinkedIn, he is a graduate of Harvard University, where he participated in Kuumba, a choir society that performs African music and creates a safe space for Black students at Harvard. While there are videos online of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard, there are no videos from 2000-2004, when Jason attended the university.
This is a recent video shared by the society, to give context on its work.