I graduated from Iowa State University in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Just 10 days after graduation I joined The Des Moines Register as the associate digital editor/social media by way of Gannett’s Talent Development Program.
I spent four years working for the Iowa State Daily while I was at Iowa State. I worked as a designer, copy editor, online editor and the director of digital media.
I have memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. I served two terms as an officer in Iowa State University’s Leo Mores Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists while in college. I was also a board member for Iowa State’s First Amendment Day.
I’ve also conducted many internal trainings on content management systems, digital storytelling, social media and other topics. I assisted with workshop presentations at the National College Media Convention in 2010 and 2011.
Although I originally thought I wanted to be a page designer for the rest of my life, I got swept up in the digital transition and found my passion. It’s a thrilling and challenging time to be a journalist. Our industry is changing every day, and I can’t wait to see where it’ll go.
As I adapt to life after college I’m relearning what it’s like to have free time. I’m fascinated by technology and how it’s changing our lives. I’m also a bit of a weather geek.
I can be reached via e-mail at smithbm12 [at] gmail.com or check out the right sidebar for links to the other places I can be found online.
Conferences I’ve attended:
I’ve been fortunate to attend many journalism conferences during my short career. I’ve written before about some of the advantages of attending conferences. I look forward to adding many more pins to this map during my career.
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