English New Media — What a Ride

Everything good must come to an end as they say, and so will my time in this class. In the past couple of months I’ve gone from creating usernames to writing and editing news articles for a real website. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m going to miss it! Recently, we learned how to properly write a review article, I wrote my own feature post, and I created a work log. I’m excited to where our website, 8forty, will go once I’m gone as I’m sure it will be a big hit.

Writing reviews can be tricky, you don’t want to sound too promotional but you also want to not be too mean. I learned how to properly write a review, and it was about a book called History Is All You Left Me. It was a wonderful book, and I really enjoyed writing about it. Not only did I enjoy writing about my book, I also enjoyed learning about the proper way of writing the review. We learned how to format our reviews, what tone to have, and more. It was very interesting to read my classmate’s reviews as well, and now I’ll never be short on ideas of what to read next.

My own feature post recently went up on the website and it was honestly quite exciting. As an editor, I never really got to see any of my own writing on the website, but now I can! Though writing was difficult and the editing process took a long time, it was to make sure everything was as close to perfect as possible. I learned how to write a fashion article, how to improve my writing, and how to correct edits.

As I continued to edit, write, and review, it was helpful to organize my work. We created work logs in our class to keep track of how many words we’ve written, how many articles we’ve edited, and more. I had never done this before, but I think I’ll start to use this format in my other classes, just to stay more organized.

As the semester comes to a close, I think it’s important to take a look back at all the amazing things we’ve accomplished together as a class. We created a website! Which is more than most classes can say for themselves. I’ve learned how to be a successful editor, how to improve my writing, how to review, and overall how to collaboratively run a new media organization. And that’s it for my time in English New Media. See ya, it’s been a blast.

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