Blog 6: (thinking about)Putting it all together

For my digital portfolio, I really want to emphasize a sense of versatility in writing styles. The work for my internship will be crucial in establishing a professional writing identity, but I also want my achievements in creative and scholarly writing to be emphasized — perhaps even more so.

Online Portfolio

As of right now, my digital portfolio is technically complete. However, after hearing Lisa Knapp discuss LinkedIn strategies, I would like to make a few changes. As of right now I think that my portfolio is pretty straightforward, but I would like to direct my audience more by adding a summary and more information about what I would like to do. Right now my audience varies. I have a couple different interests career wise, the two most concrete are either a law clerk or an editing position. With these two different audiences I need to make my portfolio accessible to both.

My Portfolio

For my desired field of work, the audience of my portfolio would be professionals in the journalism field. I want to come across to my audience as an experienced writer of journalistic articles with a deep understanding of AP Style. A strong sense of AP Style is something that is important for any journalist, but I also want to showcase my creative ability. I would showcase features that I have written where I found a unique angle and created an interesting story. I would also want to showcase my editing skills.

Portfolio

Ideally, I would shape my portfolio for a career in editing and writing. I would like my audience to perceive me as a professional person who can also be creative, someone who can think critically and be innovative too. I would also like to come across as competent and independent. Many of the job ads I have perused have emphasized how much they value an employee who can work on their own and doesn't need their hand held through the job. I would showcase my writing, editing, and technical skills. To do this, I could include things from classes that showcase my education.

Portfolio Planning

I honestly have not spent much time at all thinking about making a portfolio, and I haven’t been sure what kind of materials I would include in it, either. But I think after reading the materials for this week, I’d want to build a professional portfolio to show to potential future employers. I’d like to emphasize that I’m adaptable and comfortable with lots of different kinds of writing, so I’d want to include pieces from my creative writing portfolio as well as academic writing and professional writing.

Two Portfolios?

I almost wonder if I should have two different digital portfolios. My emphasis is in creative writing, but my minor is in psychology. I know how to write professional documents and research papers, but I'm not convinced that my creative writing portfolio would feel as professional as I would like it to be. I'm proud of my creative work and I don't regret emphasizing creative writing, but I think it clashes with the rest of my work.

My Ideal Portfolio

I decided to become a writing major with an advertising and public relations minor so I could capitalize on what I believe to be my best skill in two different ways. I believe that creativity and ideas are my best skillset, so I approached my education with that in mind. That is what I would like to build my portfolio off of. I would want to showcase my creativity to the audience that views my portfolio. I would like to show that I can be a critical thinker, innovated and passionate. Those three qualities are what hold my creativity afloat.

A Scriptwriters Digital Portfolio

As both a film and writing major, portfolios have often been brought up in different ways. While the film major expects a demo reel of all the film and videos you have created, it still encompasses the ideas of presenting yourself as a unique creator. While I do consider myself as more of a writer, I've often questioned what should be included in my portfolio. A finished film that used my script would showcase my writing skills, potentially better than a plain script would, but the question of group contribution comes in as well.

LinkedIn Tips

Throughout all of the many articles, I read, giving their opinions on what makes the best LinkedIn profile, many things overlapped between them. For instance, almost every article said that you should have a professional and clear profile photo. They also said you should have a strong summary, showcasing your specific talents and skills, giving it some personality. However, the tips that I found the most helpful, and the ones I thought would be most beneficial for me, personally, were scattered between the articles I read.

Developing a Digital Portfolio

For my digital portfolio, I want to create a professional yet creative persona. I want to showcase my skills, experience, and work that I have already completed that best shows my capabilities and what I can bring to the table. Since my audience is future employers, I want my portfolio to be a great source for information, an excellent example of my writing capabilities, and a showcase for work I could be completing for them. I want to showcase my writing and technological skills.