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Plugged In

From congressional sessions on your Facebook feed to corporate clapbacks on Twitter, our access to information has never been greater, but neither has the uncertainty of the changing media landscape.

This session will take a look at the changing role of media in our day-to-day lives. We’ll explore personal branding and how to build social media profiles that showcase the best side of you (and we’re not just talking about selfie angles), talk about the upsides and downsides of constant connectedness, and give you ways to power down when being plugged in gets too stressful. We’ll also take a trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the National Archives, visit the Newseum, and get a sense of the changing role of media in our lives over the past fifty years.

(We’ll also take some time to chill out in Chestertown and give you time to get to know your new home away from home.)

This program will be talking about ways to improve your professional online persona, so at least one public-facing social media profile (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn) is required. You won’t have to share anything you don’t want to, but getting comfortable with the idea of people you know in “real life” seeing your posts is a big part of what we’re planning to do.