The REACT to FILM documentaries, Hell and Back Again and Living for 32 exposes the effect that violence has on its victims, both physically and emotionally, revealing the true cost of violence.
As my work with REACT to FILM comes to a close, I’m beginning to reflect on what I’ve learned during my time there.
Asides from the tool box obtained by being in charge of an organization’s social media presence, I’ve also learned a lot about myself. Mostly, how to deal with different kinds of people, especially those who are difficult to work with.
I learned that sometimes people are difficult simply because of who they are. It may have nothing at all to do with anything personal, So try not to take it personally. Working on such big goals with a small staff, especially when many of them work from home or on the other side of the country,it’s easy to get frustrated and be snippy. It’s important to remain calm, and to separate you from your work.
With that, I was able to learn more about myself as a writer. I learned how to write more efficiently by doing press releases and weekly blog posts. This was especially the case with Facebook and Twitter posts, every word needs to matter due to character limitations.
As discussed in the documentary Food Inc., every grocery store is a haven for food product monopolies. Companies like PepsiCo, which owns the potato chip brand Frito-Lay and sugary drinks like Pepsi Cola and Gatorade, have stake in all levels.
There are many skills from working as a Social Media intern that I find myself using in my daily life.
For one thing, I find myself using #hashtags and @tagging more in my pedestrian social media life. This has helped me share my articles and work with people all over the social media space, showing just how helpful it can be to spread the word.
However, as Managing Editor of The Ticker, I am responsible for the paper’s social media presence. With that said, using things like tagging has allows us to expand our reach by 30% this semester. We’ve already hit 1K followers on Twitter, as well.
But as millions of people create content each day, how does one find the best and use social media to engage a larger user base? This is something that REACT to FILM has been working on improving, and being a part of that process has been incredibly exciting.
This week on the RtF blog, I shared why I work for React to Film.
“Every retweet, like and share leads to more eyes being opened, and the inspiration for others to help change the world.”
My favorite RtF films are Miss Representation, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, and Electoral Dysfunction.
As Jackie works on revamping REACT to FILM’s social media method, Dahlia has given us goals to hit for our Facebook followers:
5000 likes by end of spring semester (May)
7500 likes by end of Summer 2013
10,000 likes by end of Fall 2013 semester
20,000 likes by end of Summer 2014
Though I won’t be with REACT to FILM pass May, the Facebook page is creeping up to its 4,000th like. I hope we can hit these goals by the time my internship is over.
A war is not just fought on the battlefield, as issues spill over onto the lives of civilians and among those fighting. This week, my blog for REACT to FILM focuses on two movies that handle war going on off the combat zone and into the tents of soldiers and homes of civilians.
REACT to FILM News: The War on the Home Front
What responsibility does a government have to its people?
This week, my REACT to FILM blog takes a look on how a country’s government responds to its issues ranging from voting to national disasters through Electoral Dysfunction and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.
REACT to FILM News: Taking Political Responsibility
This week in my REACT to FILM blog Female Directors Bring Change to the Big Screen!
Last week, The New York Times reported that 9 percent of the top 250 movies at the domestic box office last year were made by female directors. That’s a 4 percent bump from last year showing that slowly, but surely, more women are taking charge behind the camera.
REACT to FILM News: Female Directors Bring Change to the Big Screen
“When you love yourself, you don’t hurt other people… and you treat others as equals.” – Angela Davis, The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975.
This week on the REACT to FILM blog, I reflect on Race and the American Dream withThe Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975 and Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation
REACT to FILM News: Race and the American Dream