The Internet Ate My Homework… and Published It

Screen-Shot-2015-06-18-at-12.31.13-PMA note from last semester:

MAPW student Shelagh Dolan turned her final project for the Advanced Professional Writing class into a published article —  a lesson for other writing students and teachers. She was interested in how shoppers were using mobile phones while stopping; she found that many young women were sending photos to friends for advice. The idea was discussed and refined in class and Shelagh later did a series of interviews of shoppers in Downtown Crossing to flesh out the concept. She finished the piece for class and later pitched a final draft  to BostonInno. After patience, polite phone calls  and more patience,  Styling Ourselves with Selfies was published last month. (There was a last-minute correction on her  name, a lesson in how a fast-paced media can sometimes mess up,  but also how corrections can be easily made once you reach the right person.)  Shelagh also did a great job in tweeting out the story; it was retweeted more than two dozen times and “favorite” by fashion mavens. So this piece of homework turned out to be an exercise in multiple aspects of publication… and persistence.


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