Getting a job, interview tips and more

Network!! Look and listen!! Don’t be intimidated by “requirements.” Can I live with this? Stay humble but hungry.

Here is a great post on tools you can use to make yourself stand out when applying for a job. And note what he says: RESUMES SHOULD BE ONE PAGE! JUST ONE! ONLY ONE!

Interview tips:

Be early.

Dress nice.

Do your homework on the company, the people….and the competition.

Take notes.

Have questions, even basic ones. Examples: typical work day? Why do they work there? Highlight this year? Goals?

If you’re stumped, stall effectively.Examples: Restate the question. Tell you what it won’t be.

Eye contact.


Bring examples.

Always bring ideas.

Please and thank you.

Follow up.

Ask for feedback either way.




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Four months after Apple Inc., announced its initiative into interactive electronic textbooks on iTunes,
Ohio State is working in collaboration with Apple, using its iTunes and iPad technology to enhance
learning and teaching through digital outlets.

OSU’s plan, called Digital First, will integrate modern and new technology to promote interactive digital
learning in and out of the classrooms. Professors and students can access lectures, notes, quizzes, and
practice problems through Ohio State’s iTunes U page to assist class dialogue.

“By all indications, the modes of learning in higher education continue to evolve,” President E. Gordon
Gee said in a press release. “In order to prepare our students for a fully wired digital world, we must
integrate leading-edge technologies throughout our college campus- from the classroom to the
operating room. To be sure, it is our obligation to remain relevant.”

Digital First began its formation with the university’s decision to switch from quarters to semesters. The
university will implement the two-year plan starting July 1 in conjunction with the semester switch by
beginning to upgrade classroom equipment and expanding wireless access points around campus, Mike
Hofherr, senior director of learning technology at OSU, said.

“To enable the success of this program, we need to make upgrades to the infrastructure to this campus
as well and this program includes the upgrade necessary to ensure success,” Hofherr said. “So we will be
expanding the wireless capacity in 75 percent of our teaching space, our top 30 classroom buildings.”

The university will expand the wireless capacity that each student in lecture halls will be capable to
function three mobile devices at maximum performance as opposed to only one. The university will
increase internet access points and access to OSU’s bandwidth, Hofherr said.

In addition to expanding wireless capacity, classroom podiums and equipment will be upgraded,
Hofherr said.

The Digital First initiative will be funded by Office of Academic Affairs. The university did not release a
budget as to how much these upgrades will cost.

Whereas Digital First is utilizing iPads and Apple products, Hofherr said that the university is not limiting
itself to Apple-only products. iTunes, which is an Apple product, can be accessed through PCs and other
tablet devices.

“We know that mobile technologies are not going away and we know that Apple is a leader in those
technologies,” Hofherr said. “What we really wanted to try and do is build a program enhancing our
teaching, learning and research through education opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students.”

Matthew Stoltfus, a chemistry lecturer, has been a leader in utilizing the technology in his class. Stoltfus
posts his lectures on iTunesU and offers the textbook as an eBook. Students can download and access
his class lectures on iTunes. Stoltfus also utilizes PollEverywhre, a program where students can text, visit
a website, or use Twitter to answer class lecture questions and participate in class without additional
cost to the student.

Despite the possibility to access lectures and notes on iTunes outside of class, Stoltfus says attendance
has increased in his class.

“We are using the ‘clicker’ technology, and it is worth part of their grade to use that. I think that is
the main reason why they come,” Stoltfus said. “I am also seeing that rather than sit there and writing
what I write on the board, you are actually working and interacting with your class and trying to solve a

Currently, professors are able to create quizzes and polls and create a dialogue with their students on
Carmen. Digital First will not replace Carmen, but Carmen will become an additional element to the
university’s overall plan, Hofherr said.

Stoltfus believes Carmen is restricting and that Digital First opens up to more access and more

“One of the drawback that I think Carmen has in place is that you can only access course materials if you
are in my course,” Stoltfus said. “One of the exciting parts that I see is that if we deliver content here on
this device then it is available to anyone all over the world, 24 hours a day. So I am not restricting the
content to be available to just my students.”

The university encourages faculty and staff to utilize the technology available on iPads, but the initiative
will be strictly voluntary.

“[Digital First] is in response to President Gee’s challenge to meet students where students live,”
Hofherr said. “That means we need to meet you where you want your education space to be and our
faculty need to rally to that call…We’re in this really cool time in education where there is plenty of
opportunities for faculty to get involved and we need to provide them with the resource they need to do

Other forerunners for the Digital First initiative have been the College of Social Work, the university’s
office of Student-Athlete Support Services, and the Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. College of
Social Work has provided iPads to its faculty and staff to utilize technology in the communities they
serve, and Assistant Provost David Graham at University Office of Student-Athlete Support Services is
developing an iBook so student athletes can access athletic department resources, course materials, and
coursework on mobile devices, according to press release.

Wexner Medical Center is currently piloting a program using iPads to educate clinicals, faculty and
patient care, Hofherr said. In addition, students can listen to lectures by podcasts on their iPod Touch or

Many students think that education is moving in technology-advanced direction, yet they are not
necessarily ready to purchase an iPad and use all the available technology.

“I guess it’s a good thing. It is the direction things are going,” Lindsay Wheeler, a fourth-year in
psychology, said. “But what’s the difference than [downloading lectures] and a professor putting slide
up on Carmen?”

Sarah Rhodes, a third-year in environmental policy, agrees that there is a relation between technology
and education, but is hesitant to utilize all of its capabilities. Rhodes does not own an iPad, but does
own a Kindle yet and sometimes downloads her textbooks on her Kindle. However, Kindles do not
possess the access to some of Digital First’s capabilities.

“I think it’s cool and it’s the way things are going, but I’m not sure it is for everyone,” Rhodes said. “If I
was starting college, I would probably invest in [an iPad].”

Matt Bear, a fourth-year in computer information science, is indifferent toward OSU’s technology

“Online lectures are OK, but 40 minute-lecture is probably too much,” Bear said. “And iPads are way too
expensive. I would think about buying one if it would save me money later on.”

More on plagiarism. Getting an internship.

This longtime journalist’s resume now has a big red flag on it….at the very end of his career.

This video on getting a journalism internship is kinda slow, but has some amusing moments!

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Finding the perfect holiday gift on a budget for someone you need to impress is always hard. With many people now
spending less than in past years, the pressure to be thoughtful _ but frugal _ has intensified.

Consider the case of Adam Herzog and Jasmine Kounang. The couple have known each other for about two years, but only started dating seven months ago. And theirs is a long-distance relationship, with Herzog living in New York where he works at Glassnote Records, while Kounang is a student at the Creative Circus advertising, design and
photography school in Atlanta.

“It definitely ups the ante and adds some pressure” to this year’s gift, Herzog says, adding that living in different cities makes it impossible to pick up hints on each other’s wants and needs in casual conversation. On top of that, Kounang is in school so funds are tighter than ever.

“I don’t think cost is really the issue, the pressure is to deliver a good gift,” Herzog says. If he fails, it could “always be in the back of her mind, that ‘He doesn’t know me as well as I thought he did’ or ‘He doesn’t understand me.'”

Herzog says he’s been dropping hints during their frequent phone calls, “letting her know how special she is and how difficult she is to shop for.”

Kunang isn’t shopping at all for her boyfriend. She’s making him an album filled with ticket stubs from all the concerts they have attended together.

“I’ve resorted to making things for my family and my boyfriend,” she says. The album for Herzog also will include interesting facts from the day of each concert. It replaces shirts, sneakers or the high-end headphones of years past.

“It’s more thoughtful to do it this way … (but) I’m making something because this is all I can give,” Kounang said.

While not all shoppers face the pressures of a long-distance relationship and a first holiday gift for a loved one, many are
struggling to get the right present without appearing cheap.

Douglas Stahl, 22, a graduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, endorses books as cost-efficient, but thoughtful gifts.

“It’s easily to personalize it … and you can go into Barnes & Noble and get three or four books for different people,” Stahl said.

In the past, his dad would receive a nice shirt or tie and his sister got a box set of DVDs, each valued at around $50. The two books for Stahl’s father will receive this year cost about $35 total and the London travel guide for his sister was even cheaper, “but she’s a student too so we mutually agreed to spend less,” he said with a laugh.

Kelly Barrett, a 6th-grade teacher in Springfield, Virg., is framing a picture of her parents from their college years to stay under the $30 limit her family enforces.

“It’s just a frame, but the meaning behind it is more,” Barrett said last month while eating lunch with three friends at a mall in northern Virginia.

Angela Colmone almost didn’t get her brother anything last year. She didn’t want him to feel the pressure of reciprocating after being laid off. In the end, Colmone and her husband, who also lost his job amid the recession, got her brother an automobile tool kit. This year he can expect one nice tool.

“We’re definitely cutting back,” Colmone said while taking a coffee break with her husband Andy in a Bethesda, Md., mall. Their 21-month-old son Brooks slept on his dad’s shoulder while his parents planned their gift-giving strategy.

It includes a lot more group exchanges within the family “where you can spend more money on that on person instead of buying lots of little things for everyone,” Angela said. “We’re pooling more resources,” Andy added.

The Colmonees said their total holiday spending budget will be about 25 percent less than in years past. The spending drop comes even though Andy is back to work at as a financial analyst at firm outside Baltimore.

American household wealth actually grew this spring by $2 trillion ending a record stretch of six straight quarterly declines on Federal Reserve records that date to 1952. But some analysts say it could take four years for households to recoup the remaining $12 trillion in losses incurred since the recession struck in December 2007.

“This year has had a big effect on how I spend my money in terms of the economy,” said Kounang, who worked at a New York add agency before enrolling at the Creative Circus in hopes of landing a better job when she graduates in 2010.

Ty Gibson bought her 5-year-old niece a Vtech video game player last year. The toddler can expect a game, maybe two, this year. A cologne set for her brother won’t exceed $50, down from last year’s $70. Other family members can expect sweaters, just not cashmere.

“There will be pretty decent gifts but not as pricey as they used to be,” she said, smiling.

Hersog has not bought anything for Kounang yet. With her in school, he knows he’ll spend more, “but money is not an issue with Jasmine.”

He’s looking in New York City boutiques to match his girlfriend’s “quirky and cool” style, but event-oriented options like a picnic or day trip remain on the table.

“I definitely need to go the more creative route, make her stop and think, ‘He really understands me.”

Political journalism; Social media tips

Candidates dislike the media. Surprising? No. But should the media care and cover that story?

Stuff I picked up from listening to this guy for just an hour!

**It’s like 1996 with social media. In 1996, most people didn’t have an email address or use email.

**Hashtags are a digital fence. Let’s you track what people are saying and impact of your work. Can help gain loyal audience. #sreetips

**Reporters should be developing and accumulating lists of people to follow on social media. Check their FB and Twitter before you contact a source; follow them before a job interview.  Ask sources for their Twitter handles before interview over.

**Spend 3-6 minutes per tweet. Only thing I can do today that will get me fired. Also, all tweets part of National Archives!

**Journalists should  want to be found. Put contact info in twitter bio. Name, email, phone number.

Final EXAM !!!

It will be Tuesday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m.