Vote Taylor Mirfendereski for SPJ Student Representative

I am seeking re-election as SPJ Student Representative and kindly request your support. Please read below to learn more about me, why I’m seeking re-election, and what I intend to accomplish if re-elected to the board.

Current SPJ Office: Student Representative; President, Ohio University chapter

Current Employment: Student; Anchor & Reporter, WOUB Public Media

Previous SPJ Experience: Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, 2011; Vice President, Ohio University chapter, 2010-11, 2009-2010; Freshman Liaison, 2008-09

Past Work Experience: Intern, NBC Nightly News; Intern, NBC’s Today Show; Intern, WCMH-TV; Campus Correspondent, CNN

Education: Bachelor’s in journalism, Ohio University. Expected graduation: June 2012.

Honors, Awards and Activities: First Place, In-Depth Television Reporting, Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards, 2011; National Collegiate SPJ Chapter of the Year, 2010; President, Ohio University Radio Television Digital News Association, 2010-12; Leadership for Change Award, 2010; Ohio Interactive Award, 2010; Co-chair, Asian American Student Broadcast Journalists, Member, Asian American Journalists Association

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: As a committed leader of SPJ for the past three years, I enthusiastically support its mission to make the journalism profession stronger through defending First Amendment rights, promoting ethical journalism practices and providing professional development support.

From offering programming guides and professional development tools, to providing support with large-scale events like the Ohio Sunshine Summit and the First Amendment Free Food Festival, I have personally benefited and seen others benefit from SPJ’s student resources.

I was the co-chair of the 2011 Ohio Sunshine Summit, a state-wide journalism conference hosted by Ohio University SPJ and RTDNA chapters, which united 150 student journalists to address press freedom issues confronting journalists-in-training today. The group drafted a resolution, which aims to standardize open meeting and public records policies at Ohio’s public universities. We will propose the resolution to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents next Month.

While the Sunshine Summit addressed First Amendment violations in Ohio, these issues are not unique to my state.  If re-elected to the board as a student representative, I will help students in other states host similar conferences to draw attention to and address violations of press freedom.

In addition to offering my support with First Amendment related issues, I will ensure that student journalists from all mediums have access to tools and support groups that will further their careers. After all, professional development is one of the most beneficial components of SPJ for students. Over the next year, I will also focus on developing programs that will  help student members  facilitate SPJ meetings.

Lastly, I am very approachable, open to new ideas, and will serve as an effective liaison between student and professional members. I encourage you to contact me directly if you have questions. Thank you for your support!

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Journalism Toolboxes

While doing research for potential honors thesis topics, I spent a significant amount of time reviewing and analyzing “journalism toolboxes.”

I discovered that some of the toolkits were more comprehensive than others, but they each contain valuable information, tutorials, tips, and a variety of perspectives about the media/journalism industry. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best toolboxes and other resources available to journalists & will continue to add to the list. If you find a good website that’s not listed on here, feel free to send it my way!

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Best Light Video wins Ohio Interactive Award

I am pleased to announce that Best Light Video, a video production and post-production company based in Columbus, OH,  has won an Ohio Interactive Award for best use of a web-based video for an advertising or promotional campaign, in which the company produced a series of commercials for vendors in the North Market.

I joined Best Light Video as a freelance video editor in the summer of 2009, and edited approximately 30 of the 35 North Market commercials.

The North Market vendors include Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Taste of Belgium, Curds & Whey, and CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire.

View all commercials here.

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