NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM: AN EXERCISE IN SELF-DISCOVERY
As a convergence journalism major, the one criticism I hear repeatedly is that I'm "good at a lot of things, but not great at any one thing in particular."
When you first glance at this site, you might get the same impression. I have links to work I've done in graphics, print, web, radio and television, and I'm proud of everything I've produced for those platforms. But I don't see my diverse knowledge as a negative thing. If anything, if has allowed me to truly discover what it is I'm passionate about and where my greatest skills lie.
What I've learned is that I have a true love for infographics, for presenting journalism in a way that can either visually complement an existing piece or tell a story by itself. Through my education, I have obtained the technical skills to innovatively create and design complex and compelling graphics. In addition, I am able to use the knowledge I've gained through my other multimedia work to gather, report and judge information journalistically and creatively. I believe that all of my journalistic skills and instincts can work together to help me create the most effective and compelling work possible, and present it to an audience that is evolving technologically each and every day.
The way we present and consume news is changing rapidly, and I believe my education and experience has prepared me to meet this new world head-on. Feel free to browse around the site, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
WHO IS CHRIS SPURLOCK?
Originally from St. Louis, I've called Columbia, Mo. home for the past three years. I spend my time at Mizzou studying convergence journalism and political science, but I find plenty of time to get involved as well. I'm currently a campus tour guide, which means I get to preach my love (and random factual knowledge) of Mizzou to prospective students twice a week. A self-described nerd, I love crossword puzzles, trivia, obscure sports statistics, biking, photography and big band jazz music, among other things. I'm a pretty big health and fitness nut, but I do have a few dietary weakness (craft beer, pizza and anything involving peanut butter). I love to sing, but anyone who knows me will tell you that perfect pitch is not a gift I was blessed with. I also love social media, so if you'd like to know more about me, it'd be wise of you to follow me on Twitter.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my site!