Journalism and Mass Communications

PROFESSIONAL WORK

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SuperCaliFragilistic Awesome Disney Podcast (SCFADP)

SuperCaliFragilistic Awesome Disney Podcast (SCFADP)

About The Project

My husband and I are avid Disney fans. We find it to be a wonderful place where we can stop “adulting” for at least a week each year. We launched this podcast in the summer of 2020 to share our love of Disney with others. The podcast also has a YouTube channel, merchandise store, and website. I have learned a lot about podcast production, web design, YouTube, and video production using Adobe Premier Pro since the launch of this podcast. While this isn’t an “academic” example, it’s a great example of me when I’m off-campus as well as my skills in audio and video production.

Click here to visit YouTube page.

Click here to visit SCFADP website.

Click here to listen to SCFADP on iTunes.

Audio Production

Pandemic Podcasting

Pandemic Podcasting

About The Project

I launched this podcast with Dr. Carol Pardun at the University of South Carolina just a few weeks after the university shut down due to COVID-19 in the Spring of 2020. Our goal was to stay connected with colleagues, normalize our experience, and try to laugh at the crazy world we found ourselves in. Initially, we expected to produce about 6 episodes (lasting until the end of the spring semester), however, we enjoyed speaking to other academics and we found that they also enjoyed laughing about the situation and catching up with colleagues, so we chose to continue the podcast weekly throughout the pandemic. This isn’t necessarily an example of stellar audio production (we’ve learned a lot along the way), but it is an example of commradery within the academy and choosing joy in the midst of a global pandemic. In other words, it’s fun, but not necessarily “academic.”

Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes.

audio production and online instruction
Audio ProductionOnline Instruction

Educational Podcasting and Audio Production

Educational Podcasting and Audio Production

audio production and online instruction
About The Project

When the coronavirus derailed in-person academic instruction in the spring 2020 semester, the classes I was teaching at the University of South Carolina needed to be moved online immediately. I decided to extend my love of podcasts into online instruction for my large lecture class and produce a weekly podcast involving the class and including media examples. This class was JOUR/WGST 311: Women and Minorities in Mass Media. I produced and edited this podcast using GarageBand and the Anchor podcasting application. It is available on all major podcasting platforms including Google Podcasts, Spotify, and iTunes.

Click here to listen to JOUR/WGST 311 on iTunes

audio production and online instruction
PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

About The Project

Photography was a passion-turned-profession for me. As a marketing manager, I often needed photos for advertising campaigns and publications. Naturally, the I was asked to either be the photographer or find the photo using as little money as possible. I found myself getting just as excited about that portion of the job as I was about tracking the campaign results, so I bought my first DSLR. Most of my personal photography is of destinations where we’ve traveled, and most of my professional photography work is of corporate events and weddings.

Corporate Events
As a corporate event photographer I always loved it when the meeting planners would ask for detail shots. The food, the food! Caterers are artists and I loved capturing their stunning edible displays.

Weddings
Apart from the physical demands, I always said that being a wedding photographer was the easiest job I’d ever had because smiles come naturally on a wedding day. Interactions aren’t staged, emotions are real, and love is tangible. Capturing a wedding was a responsibility I took very seriously, and I’m still honored that my clients entrusted me with such important memories.

Integrated Campaign

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

INTEGRATED CAMPAIGN

About The Project

As Brand & Membership Marketing Manager at AAA Carolinas, I managed and executed the launch of the first truly integrated campaign, evaluating response measures and metrics across multiple business lines and markets. The campaign included web, TV, radio, billboards, and direct mail.

Design

DESIGN

DESIGN

About The Project

I designed and printed a 10-page magazine for potential wedding photography clients to showcase my services.

Writing

WRITING

WRITING

About The Project

As a photographer I maintained a blog that I would update between 50 – 100 times per year (the photos on this page are from a summer Instagram blog post). In addition to academic writing, I enjoy writing short stories and anecdotes in a conversational and friendly tone. Below are excerpts from a blog post and an academic paper on curiosity in the classroom:

Academic paper excerpt on curiosity in the classroom:

The truth is, I didn’t even know the cat existed. But suddenly, and with total abandon, he appeared. Literally, right in my face. Killing him was unintentional, even though I’m a self-proclaimed “dog person,” but it was necessary. There was only room for one of us on that boat and it had to be me. I had been planning this escape for months and a random feline couldn’t be allowed to interfere.

Right now you’re probably wondering one of three things: (1) did a cat really die, (2) why does the writer need to escape, or (3) this paper seems to be missing the pedagogical backbone I was expecting. You may have also immediately pictured a cat that you know and love (or hate), or imagined a situation that might require escape. No matter which direction your mind went, it was fueled by curiosity.

Blog excerpt from a post about my favorite podcasts:

If someone had told me in 2000 that in 2015 my favorite shows would be on PBS and NPR I would’ve laughed in their face. But life is a crazy ride and sometimes you find yourself falling hard for things you never thought possible.  For example, later today I will sit down with my ipad and log into a website that allows me not only to see American public broadcasting, but also British ITV so that I can stream public broadcasting from across the pond.  I’m also saving some of my favorite podcasts to listen to while on a drive to Greenville later this week and I’m so excited about that drive I could just bust.  I believe that NPR and PBS have gotten cooler as I’ve gotten older, because obviously I can’t possibly be any less hip. Obviously.