My Charleston Adventures

It’s been nearly a month since I moved to Charleston, SC, and I’ve been loving the city so far. There’s definitely plenty to see and do in the city–from museums to the market on Meeting Street to the nearby beaches–that I still find plenty to do each weekend.

To get to know the city and its people better, I’ve spent every weekend so far going to different areas and taking pictures (like a tourist).

And like a tourist, I spend most of my time walking the Battery. There was one weekend I went where there was a wedding in the park and I was able to get a photo of the ceremony. There were five other photographers, aside from the wedding photographer, snapping pictures of the bride’s gown and of the flower petals on the gazebo, so I decided to take a few.

But as I walked through the park, I immediately fell in love with the charming old houses that face the park. I think my new obsession is the doors/entryways to the houses. Each entryway has as much character as the house they’re attached to. I found myself taking more photos of the doors than of the houses themselves!

This led me to the most colorful area on Bay Street, Rainbow Row. I’ll make no secret of it. The purple house is my favorite. Although my favorite find is the Printer’s Row sign with the beautiful white flowers next to it.

I walked back to the Battery to move my car, and I kept taking pictures. There were more beautiful houses to be seen, and then once I got up on the walkway, I could see the water.

I took a quick detour to King Street, or as I’ve soon realized, the busiest street in Charleston. I’ve seen more people walk this street than any other area so far! The buildings are just as beautiful as the ones near the Battery. I tried to take a few without getting lost in the crowd!

I’m still learning about my new city and the wonderful things that are in it, but I wanted to share some pictures of my adventures so far!

 

 

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Rope Mill Park

I’m a native of north Georgia, which is probably why I love fall the most. Seeing the leaves change color in late October/early November is probably my favorite part.

But one of my favorite places to go to, both in fall and year round, is Rope Mill Park. Even though the South has been in a drought this fall, Rope Mill Park retained its natural charm and beauty. The water level is low, but the color of the leaves didn’t disappoint.

I went out for a walk with my father and our dog, Oliver, this weekend and snapped a few pictures. Since then, half of the leaves have blown off the trees, so I’m glad I brought my Canon along.

Here are some of my favorite shots from this weekend.

The Tichenor Cat

Our Photojournalism class pushes us to document various subjects in their true form. We seek the truth and try to capture it to share it with others.

On Auburn University’s campus, the occasional cat can be found roaming the grounds. It’s typical for students to see at least one cat walking by the Student Center each week.

There’s the occasional rustling of the bushes, the random food and water bowls scattered throughout the grounds, and subtle sound of purring emanating from the large vase by Tichenor Hall.

If you’re lucky, like I was, you can spot the Tichenor Cat.

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This elusive cat may appear friendly but can become skittish if you approach it too quickly. It is a goal of many journalism students to photograph, if not pet, the Tichenor Cat.

And now, I can triumphantly say I’ve done both before I graduate. Here are some photos of the mysterious Tichenor Cat that roams Tichenor Hall.

 

 

 

My next big project

I have recently started to build a website for one of my classes. The professor asked me to build a Wiz website to present our class’s work to a large organization in January, which means it has to look as professional and be as interactive as possible.

One of the things I’ve learned about digital readers is that they like “distractions.” They love videos, social media plug-ins, photo galleries and interactive maps to name a few. Now that I am going into this project and starting to build the Wix website, I’m looking for different ways to present the class’s information and make it interactive.

Each student (including myself) has to write two to three stories on their assigned topic. This class is Community Journalism, so each student went out and shadowed a community newspaper. My job is to help them present their information in a way that engages the digital readers without it becoming too much or “information overload.”

One of the things I will make for our website is an interactive map. I’ll be using Google Tables to construct the map that will eventually go on our front page and help viewers see where each student went. My goal is to have the map set up so that a reader can click on any of the points on the map and see what newspaper is there, which student wrote about them and have their stories link from the map.

I’m excited to have this opportunity in this class because I love digital media. I’ve enjoyed using social media and having it tie into my stories, and I’ve built a website in the past for a multimedia story, but I am excited to create an interactive website. When it is complete, the work of 12 students and their coverage of 12 community newspapers will be displayed on a website as if it was a single feature story.

Within the next month, the website will be finished. I hope to post it (or at least link to it) on this website.

Four Social Etiquette Tips to Improve your Social Media

I’ve always thought of social media as a digital conversation. Yes, we use GIFs, hashtags and links, but at the heart of it, we’re communicating thoughts and images with each other. We’re just using a digital platform. Most of what I have to say will come across as common sense to social media professionals who have worked for several years, but for those like me who are still learning, here are some helpful tips to improve your digital conversation.

Engage with Others

This is probably one of the easiest things to do, but many feel uncomfortable like it’s a middle school dance instead of a post. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation. Post something relevant to your brand, reach out to other profiles, engage with your viewers with a simple tweet or Facebook post. Reply to others, check your mentions and DM’s, and follow back. It’s ok to make friends with others. It builds up your following and reinforces your current following’s loyalty to your brand.

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Hello!

My name is Rachel and I love to write just about everything. Short stories, articles, fiction, how-to’s…if it can be written, I will write it.

I’m a senior in journalism at Auburn University with a double minor in English and Dance, and I graduate December 2016. Why two minors? I love words and reading, and I’ve danced for seventeen years. During my time in college, I’ve written for The Auburn Plainsman and have also worked as an online assistant editor for the same publication.

Speaking of online, I love digital media and social media, so much that I am the social media director for two other media organizations, served as communications director for my sorority and will serve as a social media advisor for another media organization in the fall.

And, to make sure this doesn’t read completely like a resume/cover letter, I love chai tea lattes with cinnamon, Disney movie marathons and I knit in my free time. I cannot pick one favorite book, but I can pick three: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.