Hello to all!
My name is Carly Smith and I am an undergraduate student studying journalism at the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. I will graduate on May 19, 2013. In addition to journalism, I'm minoring in both history and writing. My passions lie in writing, learning, and creating. I am a creative person at heart, so it never surprised me that I would find a passion in writing. I am self-motivated, create deadlines for myself, and am able to work quickly and efficiently.
I believe journalism should not only be informative, but it should also be engaging. I want to recreate experiences and feelings for the audience. Above all, I decided to major in journalism because I love telling stories.
History is more connected to journalism than some would think. My history classes have given me additional experience in researching, analyzing, and understanding peoples, cultures, and events. I write and read constantly, evaluate evidence, and synthesize information. History is more than memorizing dates and places; it's about the people. I believe that also holds true to journalism.
With journalism and history, I do a lot of non-fiction writing. However, I also enjoy creative writing. It's a release from the stress of everyday life. I participate in the annual National Novel Writing Month in November when participants write a novel in one month of 50,000 words or more. Primarily, I write science-fiction and fantasy. After reading and studying George Orwell's 1984, I have become fascinated with dystopias and totalitarianism. I believe in the power of concrete imagery and sensory details. I want others to feel like they are experiencing what I'm writing about. When applicable, I try to use this in my own journalism work.
My ideal job would be writing and editing for a publication that examines technology, its culture, and the people; specifically, I am most interested in games journalism, which should strive to be just as professional as any other kind of journalism.
Life's not all play and no work, but it's also not all work and no play. In my free time I read, write, dabble in photography, and construct clothes and costumes.
I hope you'll get to know me better by looking through my ePortfolio.
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org