Next Steps: Portland Tech and Marketing

After graduating almost two months ago, I would have never guessed that I’d be where I’m at today. I imagined myself working or interning at a PR agency, continuing social media management, blogging, etc. Not once did it cross my mind that my initial jump to the professional world would be working in the marketing department of a tech company.

Although the company has been around for a while, it released a product called Postano back in June 2011. Postano is a social media aggregator that syndicates and integrates social media content.

PDXPopNow Postano

PDXPopNow Postano:

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Life Post-Grad

Graduating in less than a week is both an exhilarating and terrifying feeling. Not only does it mean that I’m done with school (for now), but it also means that I’m officially entering the real world, and with that comes major change. The amount of constant that I choose to keep in my life is purely up to me but the changes- those are debatable. As a fresh college graduate, that’s what life is going to entail: rolling with the punches and keep on swinging.


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Need a little more happiness in your day? Check out Citizens for Optimism’s posters for creating optimism!


How do you inspire happiness? Some find it easy to do so by stringing together beautiful sentences with words that fall into place and fill gaps in our minds. Others create magic by strumming a few notes on their guitar that can instantly lift your spirit. Then there are those who mix the stunning worlds of writing and design to form the best of both worlds.

In this case – Citizens for Optimism; a col­lab­o­ra­tion of 17 design­ers who created posters inspiring optimism.  There are 17 posters in all, inspired by 17 words.

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A Case Study in Social Media Demographics [Infographic]

I came across this intriguing Infographic about Social Media Demographics from MBA Online on Pinterest last night and thought it was worthy of a share. They have a plethora of Infographics that are really interesting and informing- definitely mosey on over and take a peek!



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Poynter’s Language of the Image

Spending most of my Saturday editing photos for Ethos Magazine’s upcoming spring issue, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what makes a “great” image. Last week, I came across a blog post about the Language of the Image, a free online Poynter’s News University class about the quintessential visual elements that are a big component of photojournalism.

Sadly, this term is my last as photo editor at Ethos Mag and the final act of production has been a bit nostalgic for me. Thinking back to how I first instructed my staff of photographers, I started comparing it to the Language of the Image. The skill set of the magazine’s amateur photographer staff ranges from intermediate to seasoned pre-professionals so my instruction varies, but I always made sure to cover the basics.

Going into a photo assignment or shoot with an open mind is crucial, but knowing what you’re looking for and what you want out of the shoot (and having fun while doing it) are just as important. I always emphasized that a powerful and memorable photo isn’t just simply taken: there’s a lot of thought and many elements behind it.


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