My Digital Portfolio

My Digital Portfolio

As I know you have all been so patiently waiting, here is my long awaited Digital Portfolio. After a long semester in my Multiplatform Journalism class, this is my final project that truly showcases all of my strengths and talents.


Without further ado……


The Wonderful Web Browsings of Wilson

As this semester has progressed, I have provided you all (oh my fellow followers) with some valuable insight on ways to write for online and how to format your work and brand in order to get yourself and all of your work noticed. But, you may be asking yourself “WWWD?!” “What would Wilson do? What would he be looking at on the internet when he should be writing his paper or latest class blog post. Well, here are a few sites that I turn to when I am online.

  • A fellow multiplatform Journalist/experienced blogger

The first site I’m going to give you is called The Works of Drew Tewksbury, a multimedia journalist who has actually named his domain after himself. Drew constantly updates his site with reviews and up to date content of movies, music, books, and television shows. What I like about his site is that he gives you the content you want to know like “What is that song from that movie when they are in that one scene?” Well Drew writes about it! His homepage is easy to navigate and he even has Sound Cloud up on his website to allow music to play while you are searching his home page. He is a great writer that gives you raw and edgy new content about things you actually care about, especially if you are interested in different mediums.

  • News that doesn’t always make top of the list

When I’m looking for the latest information about what is going on around the world, say in recent events such as the Boston tragedy, one of the places I go to for more feature based stories that actually have an interesting approach is Poynter. Poynter is an online newsroom and journalism institute from the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg campus that is dedicated to “teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders”, as it says in its mission statement. Their home page has links to their latest stories, ways to sign up for their online webinars and seminars, and some of their top blogs that they support. Poynter is a great source of reliable and credible information that allows you to read and obtain breaking news from a website that most don’t visit or know exist.

  • My ultimate haven for online information and news

So when I am in full swing procrastination using the internet, I always find myself on Runner’s World getting tips and reviews on training plans, nutrition, the latest shoes and gadgets, race reviews, and, most recently, information and ways of dealing with the running world tragedy in Boston. Runner’s World is not just an online website, but also a magazine that has countless avid subscribers and readers. It has its feature stories at the top, with editorials and columns by a variety of top, noteworthy running icons, and other things that are easy to find AND things you want to find. Not to mention, the best part about Runner’s World, is that every writer on the site/magazine…is ACTUALLY a runner. You don’t know how helpful and truthful this helps make a lot of the things you do online more worthwhile.


Read on my fellow followers, and don’t be afraid to have your own unique and different way of spending your time online. Not everyone can read the latest gossip website, some people need to be nerds/freaks in their own specialty. 

SLU Emergency Management Promo

This is the video that my partner and I made for our Multiplatform journalism class at Saint Louis University. It is an promotional video for the new major and Undergraduate program, Emergency Management, currently ranked 2nd in the nation having just started in the fall of 2012. Visit for more information and watch the video to hear about the components of an Emergency Manager and an Emergency Management degree.

5 tips for online writing and how not to get sued

Think back to the time you first started using the internet. You would go to a search engine and type in the most random things and see what popped up. Then, you got this assignment where you had to write a paper or give a presentation about a topic you know slim to nothing about. While it may have been fine when you were really young to get information from the internet, now it is not the same. Everything you post, or re-post, on the interwebs will be subject to copyright, re-sharing, and available for everyone to see and trace back to you.


Here are five easy ways to not get sued for the things you post online:

  1. Be yourself. Everybody knows that when you use somebody else’s work and take the credit for it as your own, you are going to get in trouble sooner or later. It will start out small but then you will be in a world of trouble. Be original.
  2. Don’t publish anything that harms any person, group or organization’s reputation or greatly upsets them. If so, you can get into big legal trouble and could even get sued for libel. It’s a big deal, so don’t take this lightly.
  3. If you publish something about someone else, they need to know about it. Whether this is true or false information, the person has to give some form of consent. No one wants to be sued for “publishing private facts,” as the ending is never pretty.
  4. Know the legal lingo and the ins and outs of Copyright. These are two great ways to explain licenses and what copyright is and entails in order to most effectively allow you to use shared work and for others to share your work. This helps you and helps them!
  5. Know that you have to be open to all paths and sources. Everything that you do can be subject to question your integrity and your loyalty, both to yourself and the product(s) you write about. You need to be as honest as possible when writing and doing things online. Trust me, they can find out if you are lying.

SLU’s Global Brigades Chapter Partakes in the Movement, Collaborates with Others

We are the movement.

Over winter break of 2012-2013, Saint Louis University’s Global Brigades chapter sent more than 120 students to three countries on two continents all for one mission: Holistic Development. The vision of Global Brigades is “to improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet,” according to

A collegiate chapter of Global Brigades is a group of students that come together in order to further the vision of Global Brigades. This chapter sends out any number of students and professionals, from 12 to 30 or more, to various countries on a number of disciplines. This year, SLU sent an Environmental Brigade to Panama, a Dental Brigade to Hondruas, two Medical Brigades (to Ghana, Africa, and Honduras), a Public Health Brigade to Honduras, a Water Brigade to Honduras, and has hopes to do Law, Microfinance, and Human Rights Brigades in the future as well.

On Feb. 17, SLU’s Global Brigades chapter hosted the Global Brigades Exchange in which more than 70 brigaders from five universities in Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa collaborated on ideas to improve their college chapters.

“Ultimately it is idea-sharing that others can institute into their own chapters that have worked for us, or prevent them from wasting their time on bad practices,” said Leila Houshmand, SLU’s outgoing campus chairwoman. These included leadership workshops, fundraising ideas, and other ways to get their chapter name more known on campus.


EKUMFI-NANABIN, GHANA–Meg Robben, DPT, and Hilary Obert, SLU Senior, return from a home visit with Global Brigades Ghana’s In-Country Program Coordinator John and a translator in the remote village. Robben was one of two American professionals on the trip, and Obert was one of 28 students, that spent 10 days in Ghana over Winter Break. (SLU/Wilson Fulk)

Houshmand is a senior in the School of Public Health and Social Justice and was one of the key contributors and head planners behind the SLU Exchange. She was the main contact with Global Brigades national that set up the entire exchange.

“We have the most active chapter in the surrounding area, except for Chicago,” Houshmand said. “Chicago held their own exchange, so they weren’t invited to ours and vice versa. It was great to get all of our SLU leaders in contact with the other chapters’ leaders to collaborate and come together on issues they wanted to discuss.”

For some this was chapter structure and the way to run a chapter throughout the year, but for other chapters it was working on their programs to develop a change in the countries they visit on future brigades. It was set up as an elective type exchange where brigaders could go to the workshops and seminars they were most interested in.

Because Houshmand is graduating in May, she has started the transition process of training incoming Campus Chairperson Gretchen Landgraf, a junior in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Doisy College of Health Sciences. Landgraf, another avid brigader and planning committee member of the Exchange, was very excited to get together with other Global Brigades chapters.


EKUMFI-NANABIN, GHANA–Participating in the opening ceremony, SLU Junior Gretchen Landgraf, incoming SLU Global Brigades Campus Chairperson, dances with some Ghanaian children. “It really is two-fold, as 50% is for you and the other 50% is for the community you are helping at that particular time,” said Landgraf when asked what she gets out of volunteering with Global Brigades. (SLU/Wilson Fulk)

“Being able to support the smaller schools out there and to hear their stories and the things they want is amazing,” Landgraf said. “We all have the same aspirations, and the exchange helps to open your eyes to other possibilities.”

Landgraf believes that Global Brigades has offered her clarity in what she want to do for her profession, and more.

“It really is two-fold, as 50% is for you and the other 50% is for the community you are helping at that particular time,” Landgraf said.  “Global Brigades helped to solidify that track I was on and made medicine become something I was passionate about and wanted to do for the rest of my life. It isn’t about the number of patients you see, but the impact you make. It [GB] is quality over quantity.”


EKUMFI-NANBIN, GHANA-Zach Burnett, Global Medical Brigades President and SLU Junior, plays with children after doing door-to-door visits in the village of Ekumfi-Nanabin. Burnett says that Global Brigades has reaffirmed his desire to practice medicine and is his motivation to do the best he can now. (SLU/Wilson Fulk)











For incoming SLU Global Medical Brigades President Zach Burnett, a junior Biology major in the College of Arts & Sciences, Global Brigades is all about the development and change. He hopes to see future growth within the chapter in order to become one of the leading service organizations on campus.

“We seem to be changing every year,” Burnett said. “This past brigade year we sent two full medical brigades, as well as full water and public health brigades, and are expanding to incorporate microfinance and environmental to full brigades. This will help SLU’s chapter reach the overall mission of providing holistic work in the countries we serve.”

Global Brigades has been a key factor in what it has taught individuals in their personal lives that has influenced their outlook on their soon to be professional lives. For Burnett it is a sense of motivation and looking at medicine and the power of common people to make a big change. For Landgraf, it is about the aspect of helping a small number of people in a greater way, rather than helping a great number of people in a small way. For Houshmand, it is the idea that collaboration is more than coming together but it’s the next gesture so that they can “create the movement.”

Saint Louis University’s Global Brigades chapter is striving to make a global impact focusing on holistic care with sustainable development.

Join the movement.

Someone else’s story, personal pride

“Because I didn’t have that 9 digit number…I couldn’t do that. My name is Cesar and I’m undocumented.” See Cesar’s story here.

The story of Cesar, an undocumented student living in New York, is one that that has all of the right things to show a great example of visual storytelling. It has a compelling story that makes you think twice about illegal or “undocumented” immigrants. It has a sense of reality that shows that these people are just like you and I, and just want to help our families and our communities to be better. And that is just the story part of this video….

This video is such a well done example of visual storytelling because it starts off not knowing what your subject or the purpose is. It shows a regular kid doing regular things, but then you find out his situation and what his background is. This does a great job of showing the structure of the video, as it ends with him standing up for what he believes in and attending protests and rallies to help pass The Dream Act.

Everything that Cesar says in this story done about him is represented in the video, which I think Is a very good way to show the realness of what his story is. It Is great journalism, and even better video storytelling.

Cesar’s story is an interesting one because at first glance and hearing his voice, you would have no idea that he is an undocumented immigrant. How many of these people are living in fear, unable to live a normal life because they do not have that nine digit number that enables them to get a license or a job, or in Cesar’s case a volunteer position? It makes you be thankful for the things you have, the citizenship you have, and the freedoms that come with being an American. ‘Merica!

How to build YOUr online writing Skillz

My top 5 online writing tips

1.   Make your writing clear and to the point with adequate spacing.

Readers don’t have the time to read every word you write. It is a scientific fact. And, when you are writing use multiple paragraphs. This isn’t a scholarly journal or a research paper, it is an online post. Readers are coming here for content or a story. Give them what they want with the ability to do so quickly.


2.   Add images and photos

People love to see and share pictures. You may as well give them something to look at while they are reading. And, photos will help break up your content and story. It is a visually appealing filler.


3.   Be descriptive and avoid pronouns.

Every writer wants to be discovered. Allow yourself to be by using descriptor words and nouns rather than “he/she/it-s”. Your reader(s) and your potential reader(s) will be able to find you and your content more easily.


4.   Make your reader(s) feel comfortable.

Speak in a language that allows readers to feel like they are welcomed to your blog or online post. If they are spending their time reading it, you should make them feel like they are free to express their views and are not offended by anything that you say.


5.   Don’t be afraid to be unique!

You are the only person that can write like you. Don’t aspire to write like someone else, but make your own content and build your brand accordingly. People will respect you and be more impressed later on when they can say “Hey, that person really started…”