Newsletter January 21, 2018

Happy new year, and happy new semester!

In 2017,  we accomplished, learned, grew and had great fun in the process, and much has already happened for ONA USFSP this year. We’re all so glad that you’re on this journey with us!


Skyla Luckey graduated with her master’s degree this past December (congratulations!), so we’ve had some board changes. Amanda Drapiewski will succeed Skyla as our vice president. Graham Colton is staying on as treasurer, and Martha Rhine has accepted a position as our secretary. I’m staying on as president for one final semester. I finally took my comps…so expect to hear too much about my research project.

Tommy Hilliard continues to host the video storytelling group, and Emily Bowers has stepped up to help out with the photography group. In fact, Emily and some board members will be meeting with Connect staff soon in hopes of connecting. (See what I did there?)


We’re consolidating all of our meetings into one day and time: Wednesdays from 5-5:45 p.m. in the lobby outside PRW 107. We’ll still bring in professionals to speak and have seminars on topics related to storytelling, videography, photography, podcasting, etc. We also want to bring you opportunities from school and other media outlets to improve your skills, get your work out there and build your portfolio.

This Wednesday, Kenneth Owen will be joining us for a conversation about his amazing communications job: what he gets to do, how much he loves it, how he got it and what we can do to be like him when we grow up.


With the help and leadership of Amanda, we got this newsletter up and running. Martha will be taking that over. It will be coming from from now on, no matter who heads it up, so please set your spam filters accordingly. 🙂

Skyla headed up our social media efforts, and various board members will be working together to grow our presence on Facebook and Twitter. Please love us! We’ll love you back and share your work.


Our success in the digital newsroom for the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) in 2017 has opened the door for us to go to Chicago in April to do it again (only better because that’s how we roll). Students and recent graduates will get to show off their mad skillz and learn more about 360 video, video storytelling, podcasting, broadcasting, livestreaming, social media and writing for digital in a fun, fast-paced and professional environment. It’s going to be AWESOME!

And speaking of awesome…

We are including samples of our work below. Please support our ONA USFSP community (and learn and find opportunities) by looking at what we’ve done. If you have work to show off, all you have to do is email us the link at It does not have to have been published; it can be from school or a personal project as well.

Journalism and Digital Communications major celebration video

Papa and his Puppies (a personal piece to help my dad to stay in his apartment)

With warmest regards,

Lorien Mattiacci

President, ONA USFSP

P.S. Need more ONA USFSP? Contact us, and we’ll invite you into our Slack general channel. Many newsrooms use Slack, so that’s good experience. More importantly, really funny stuff happens on that channel on a fairly regular basis. And you’re missing out.