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Media Literacy

September 10, 2010

What is media literacy?

To paraphrase from the Center for Media Literacy, media literacy provides individuals with the educational framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, enabling citizens to develop the critical thinking and media production skills needed to live in the 21st century media culture.

Why should this matter to you, a recent grad and job-seeker?

Having a good web presence is a HUGE part of job hunting today.  Gone are the days when the super polished resume and kick-ass cover letter got you a job.  Today, intelligent, active online engagement on various social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, paired with blogging and a professional website are key elements of crafting your web presence.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mike permalink
    September 12, 2010 9:53 pm

    Hi Wendy, first-off, I love your site. Helpful and useful, unlike so many other blogs out there today. I was wondering what social networking sites you were on and if you had a favorite? Thanks and keep up the great work.

  2. October 22, 2010 1:38 pm

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks! I’m most active on LinkedIn for professional purposes. I admin an alumni group for the university I studied at in Florence, IT but I also really like Twitter for networking. Twitter allows for immediate news and information exchange and comment. It’s important to use each platform appropriately though — think of it as optimized usage. Engage with groups on LinkedIn. Post questions, answer others’ questions, post interesting industry-related news and follow companies of interest. Mr profile, though professional is also kept authentic with things like my reading list. Yes, a lot of what I like to read is design, marketing or generally business related but my non-work interests are illustrated through some of the other included reads. On Twitter, remember to be authentic and helpful. Don’t just re-tweet links like mad. Thoughtful comments on timely news pieces are welcome and I love @ replies for “talking” directly to people I want to connect with. Hope this helps!

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