Coming into new media class at the end of January I really didn’t know what the semester would hold for me. Hearing what the first semester class said about new media I started to get an idea of what it would be like but still I wasn’t 100% sure. After going through the very first english class, was I ever wrong. When I realized that we actually had to publish articles on an actual website I knew that I was going to have a tough semester and that I would need to work really hard on my articles. To get them published and to get good quality.
I truly believe that being an 8forty writer this semester has improved my writing skills a lot. I was looking back on my first article and my last one and I can tell that my writing style has changed. When we first started writing the articles I really didn’t know much about article writing. I knew quite a bit about essay writing because of previous years in english class but actual article writing and publishing it to a website was a whole new territory for me. Through lessons in class and having peer editors I finally started getting the feel of what article writing entailed. Looking back there were two things that were especially challenging for me and those two things coming up with an idea to write about and actually starting the article coming up with the first few sentences. Once I got those down the rest was pretty easy. Having peer editors really helped because they would always catch something that I wouldn’t and the back and forth process helped the article out immensely. Being a writer in this class also helped me in taken more initiative and helping out with other things such as the social media platforms like Instagram and snapchat. My job was every time a new article was posted on 8forty I would attach a link and the image of the article and post it on snapchat letting or friends know to go and check it out. Throughout my time in English new media 11. I wrote about 3 different topics . My first one was about the effects of vaping and how little we actually know about it. My second article was a lot more difficult to get started on. It was about an event held in Vancouver BC at the Italian cultural center called Miss Calabria . Starting this article was a bit of a challenge for me because I really didn’t know where I wanted to go with the article. It took me awhile to get it done but at the end with help from one of our amazing editors it got done and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. My final article I wrote for 8forty was about two you-tubers, James Charles and Tati Westbrok. This article was my most favourite one to write. It was full of lots of information and gossip. Overall I really enjoyed spending my third block of semester 2 being an 8forty writer.