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Writers Write

Posted: November 8, 2009 in OSU Social Media

“You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then… you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer.” – Dorothy C. Fontana

“Writers write.”  Those were the first words I heard out of the mouth of my mass communications professor at Tulsa Community Collegee before attending Oklahoma State University.   I thought, “duh.”

Then I took more journalism classes and discovered how helpful those two words were. I like the idea of keeping up with a journal. It’s a way to take the stress out of my day. But, sometimes I find it more difficult to post anything in my journal. I may start out writing, then find myself waking up with my pen in hand.

As I thought about my future as a writer, I did more research on what writers do. What kind of life would I have as a writer? Would I really be able to write ALL the time? I found some interesting YouTube videos on writing. It seems that writers enjoy giving advice and sharing their experience.

I thought this Advice on Becoming a Writer video reinforced the idea that “writers write.” Practice your writing skills. Very practical advice. That brought up the question, am I born to be a writer? She mentions blogging and writing about how you feel. Well, here it is.  My blog with feelings. A Day in the Life of a Writer.  Now, this video shows the experience of a typical day for this writer.

My ideal dream job has been travel writing.  The YouTube video  World Travel makes travel writing look exciting.  The reality?  It’s not always that great.  In my travel writing research, I’ve discovered that as with any traveling experience, things don’t always go so smoothe.  It can actually be a very bad experience.  It’s a risky buisiness.  However, I tend to be a little risky.  I love skydiving.  For the last few years, I’ve wanted a chance to hang-glide off of one of those beautiful mountains in Brazil.

My conclusion to this dilemma of writing comes to this: I will continue to learn all I can about writing, because it is one of those things I need to do for myself.  I will never know what I can do unless I do it. 

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” – Robert Benchley

I write, not for fame or fortune, but a desire to express my passion to the world.  Now, if fame and fortune happen to find me, that’s okay.


Passion for Journalism

Posted: October 12, 2009 in OSU Social Media

The German poet and dramatist, Christian Friedrich Hebbel (1813 – 1833) said, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” 

What really drew me to journalism was my experience with Toastmasters.  I found out about Toastmasters online.  I found out it was a public speaking club that develops effective communication skills.  People attend for a myriad of reasons.  Some want to be able to get over shyness.  Some want to be more effective in business; some may want to develop preaching skills for their church.  It is also a great way to network within the community.  Whatever the reason, I found it was a great platform to gain new communication skills. 

On my first visit I was impressed with the open and friendly social atmosphere.  I felt that it really didn’t matter if a speaker made a mistake in their presentation.  Positive feedback and words of encouragement followed every speech.   After every meeting we ate out for a time of socializing.

I even found a job through one of the member’s guests who was looking for an employee.  There I was!  I discovered how effective networking was, which is why journalism and broadcasting with an emphasis in public relations intrigued me.

Well, as I was writing my speeches and presenting them before the group, I discovered a love for writing speeches.  I was getting inspired, and enjoyed sharing my speeches with the group.  I even brought other people to come and join the group.  I was excited about my new find. 

After being involved with Toastmasters for a few years, I went back to school for journalism, which brought me to where I am today.  

Oklahoma State University was a great choice for me.  I found other people who are passionate about what they do.  Take the OSU-Tulsa library, for example.  I’ve never met more passionate librarians.  They love helping students and are very good at it.  If I had a project or paper I was struggling with, the librarian would give me so many options and really wanted to understand exactly what she could do to help me succeed.  Teachers and staff are also helpful in their areas of expertise.  It is a wonderful environment for learning.   I would recommend OSU to anyone who wants to follow a dream.

The world is changing.  Shouldn’t we change with it?   The Oklahoma State University School of Journalism and Broadcasting program now provides students with not only the traditional journalism classes, but also cutting-edge classes such as social media. 

The whole experience in journalism and broadcasting has been a new adventure for me as a non-traditional student.  Each class in the program takes journalism to a new level of experience to prepare me for a great career.  Take social media, for example.  My emphasis is public relations.  This class is exciting because students learn about innovative ways of communicating with the public.  The public includes, but is not limited to, students and faculty, professionals, organizations, and the general public. 

This summer I started using Facebook just to connect with friends and family.  It was fun to connect with people from all over the country I haven’t seen for many years.  Then, when I started an online OSU Social Media class, I started to discover how useful it is, not only for connecting friends and family, but also how it also works well for organizations and businesses.  It boggles my mind just to think how people who I would normally never be able to connect with can be reached through social media.  The world seems to shrink in perspective as technology develops more avenues of communication.  

According to an online article from Peter Kim,, businesses are changing from a more traditional way of operating, to what he calls social business.  He compares the traditional with panopticons.  The Wikipedia defines panopticon:

The Panopticon is a type of prison building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in 1785. The concept of the design is to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell whether they are being watched, thereby conveying what one architect has called the “sentiment of an invisible omniscience.”[1]

Bentham himself described the Panopticon as “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”

The new way of social business as Kim puts it, “Social business requires a focus on physical reality.  “Real life” as some Humana - Innovation - Article by Pete Kim 4.13.09would say.  And for corporations, that means rethinking the office space.  Yesterday I heard it called “the forgotten factor.”  Indeed.  Some spaces I’ve seen have a fairly open arrangement, like the Humana Innovation Center.  But most follow a traditional hierarchically-based system of awarding senior people with prime observation positions.”

The way things are going, social media technology will change the way organizations and businesses function.  They will need to adapt to the change or be left behind.  OSU prepares students for future change.