Andrew Huff Talks Redesign for Gapers Block

Andrew Huff discusses Gapers Block redesign with DePaul University journalism graduate students on April 4, 2011. (Photo by Michael Reilley)

Gapers Block will be redesigning the home page of their Chicago-focused webzine with a few minor tweaks and additions to the home page.

Andrew Huff, editor and publisher of Gapers Block, broke the news during a classroom visit at DePaul University.

“We’re going to be moving things around on the first page,” said Huff told a classroom full of graduate students.

Traditionally, Gapers Block has a three-column presentation with a picture in the middle. That much will remain the same, but there will be a few tweaks to the contents in those columns.

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Using the Internet to land a job in journalism

            This week the class was asked to read Chapter 12, “Your Future in Convergent Journalism.”  The segment in the book focused on the next steps of turning the lessons from previous chapters into something marketable.  In addition, the book also provided some job search strategies and interviewing tips.

            The best advice in this chapter was creating a website to get your content onto the web.  It is true that some business may want a hard copy of clips, resumes, etc.  But a website is an excellent way to showcase familiarity with converged media.  It’s a shameless plug, but check out my website as an example of how to use website to market oneself.

            Unfortunately the rest of the chapter provided vague overviews of things already known in terms of resumes, interviews, and cleaning up social media profiles.  For example, keeping a Facebook profile “business appropriate” is not new information.  There are articles dating back to this issue since 2006 about how what gets posted on Facebook can cost a person a job.  Check out the video below to see how tricky this actually it.

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