Surviving the Ragnarök of Virtual 300

Ragnarök: Thor Fights the serpent of Midgard.

People really don’t know enough mythology. Keeping track of that part of humanity is important in my mind. I think these thoughts after getting feedback from a professor; but I push ahead.

By “surviving the Ragnarök of Virtual 300” I mean it as epic battle against the elements, time, and  (mostly) yourself. The original Ragnarök actually has to do with the Norse mythological version of the apocalypse and the deaths of Odin, Thor and more. Besides, Ragnarök is a good reference, considering this class is referencing another epic battle. But I digress.

1. Know your tools. One of the pieces of multimedia that you’ll need will be infographics. Kay Tan at Hongkiat.com lists over 20 tools that you can use to make your infographics better and efficient for both the reader and yourself.

2. Don’t procrastinate. Katie Notopoulos at Buzzfeed gives you 13 tips on how to stop. Trust me when I say that you do NOT want to wait until the last-minute to do these. And yes, I realized I sent you to Buzzfeed to stop procrastinating. Oh, the irony. 

3. At this stage of your communication student-hood, you probably have a lot of log-ins to even more websites. If you don’t, Virtual 300 is about to kick your swarmy non-linked-in butt. The best way to handle all the new social media is using something called Hootsuite. The good folks at Seriously Social give you the reasons why.

4. You don’t need a camera to produce content. Hopefully you have a smartphone, so you could follow Poynter.com’s advice here. If you don’t have a smartphone, tablet, iPod Touch, or access to a camera, you may be screwed. You, like most humans, will not survive  Ragnarök.

5. Know how to make top ten lists. You’re going to have to do it sometime during the semester, and reading this weeks in advance would’ve saved me from writing this at 3:15 AM. Also See point 2.

6. Similar to point 2, you should know to to manage your time. Being a part of  theVirtual 300 is a lifestyle change. You won’t have people marching in the street for your “rights,” but you’ll be able to handle better if you do what 99u.com tells you and have some time management.

7. Know what you believe. If you are truly interested in journalism, than you should have an opinion on what is right and wrong: not only journalism ethics, but a clear worldview on life, otherwise you moral outlook will be shaky and it will effect your future work.

8. Do you know what it means to optimize your search engine results? Known about SEO (search engine optimization  to get a more clear understanding of it.

9. You should use RSS Readers (feeders?) to stay on top of the the latest in news and in the industry. I subscribed to PopSci Magazine for years. Not these days, but they do ya the goods on the best RSS Readers now that Google Reader is going away.

10. Feel inspired. Check out this video from The Guardian (one of my favorite news sources) shows how journalism can move and change things through conversation, from small trouble in the neighborhood to the national or international stage.

Good luck with Ragnarök.