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.

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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 also spent summer 2010 as an intern on the copy desk at The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, where I also helped run the paper’s Twitter account, @dispatch_argus.

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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