Development Blog Post #7

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So, this is it. I can’t believe it’s time to wrap up my college career with my senior capstone.

When it came time to pick a capstone project, I knew I wanted to further develop my online journalism skills. After interning with Cosmopolitan this past winter, I became well aware that many publications are making a major digital shift. Within this past decade, the focus went from print content to online content. Print magazines like Cosmo realized how important it is to keep their websites updated, interactive and pleasing to the eye. It takes a lot of time and practice to master the “perfect” online voice and create a user friendly layout.

So I wanted to get a head start in developing online journalism skills while I am still in school. After scrolling through the various capstone options, Online Publication Design seemed like my best bet. My hope is that gaining experience in producing an online publication will serve a great compliment to my print-heavy journalism degree.

It’s only Week 7, but I can attest that Campus Compared has already proved to be a fantastic digital outlet. In the first two months of the semester, the class has selected a site theme, divided into different teams, considered several marketing pitches, got the website up and running, set up a blog schedule and started diving into personal projects.

Keeping Campus Compared’s theme and target audience in mind, I decided to focus on comparing classic college towns with urban campuses. Prior to enrolling at Ohio University, I began my college career at Fordham University in the heart of New York City. Needless to say, the two campuses are very different: Fordham’s Manhattan campus consists of sky scrapers, modern architecture and very little green space; Ohio University, on the other hand, is known for its old brick buildings and spacious greens. Because Fordham is located in one of the most expensive cities in the country, the school’s tuition price reflects the high costs of New York City living. But for in-state students, Ohio University is incredibly affordable in comparison to Fordham (literally a hundred-thousand dollar difference over the course of four years!).

However, campus layout and tuition costs are just two of the many different topics I want to compare. Throughout these next few weeks, I plan to finalize the what aspects of college life I want to compare and what schools I will reference (Ohio University will most definitely be one of them) while also learning how to keep up with the fast-paced world of online journalism.

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