ACP 2013 | ACP and first impressions

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March 4, 2013

This was my first time going to ACP and this is my first semester as an editor. I definitely did not anticipate having as much fun as I did and feeling like I accomplished so much.

Business casual with an eccentric twist. Simple blue dress with a cut-out and twist of fabric just above the abdomen ($13), elephant head-shaped gold earrings ($6), spiky gold ring ($4), and brass colored necklace ($10) from Forever 21, black and white striped blazer from G Stage ($25), tan strappy wedge heels from Charlotte Russe ($30), and heart-shaped sunglasses from Top Shop ($12). (Jen Mac Ramos)

Business casual with an eccentric twist. Simple blue dress with a cut-out and twist of fabric just above the abdomen ($13), elephant head-shaped gold earrings ($6), spiky gold ring ($4), and brass colored necklace ($10) from Forever 21, black and white striped blazer from G Stage ($25), tan strappy wedge heels from Charlotte Russe ($30), and heart-shaped sunglasses from Top Shop ($12). (Jen Mac Ramos)

It was a great networking opportunity and the first thing I did after checking in was to speak to the Columbia J-School representative. I felt like Jen, our Online Editor, and I generated great conversation with him and he gave me some advice: “Take something quantitative or computers.” I realized that as the assistant online editor, it would be helpful to know how to take part in how the website is put together. After that I decided to put a lot more focus on the online aspect of the paper, considering that is where journalism is headed.

Most of the workshops and panels that I attended were multimedia centric. While the Twitter panel was nothing new to me, the advice I learned about branding myself really highlighted the importance of making your presence more known on the Internet–specifically as a professional journalist. Since I got back, I have created a new Twitter account that I will use for news-related things.

Because I am the fashion columnist, I wanted to look at ways to make my blog more successful and well-known. I learned from the multimedia panel that creating a Pinterest account will allow me to find more fashion blogs and do some networking through there.

To be honest, I was a bit nervous about going to this conference, particularly about the impression I would make–if I were to make one at all. I took into consideration what “business casual” really meant. While I understood that the dress code was probably going to be pretty lax, I am a firm believer in dressing to impress. I wanted my journalist peers’ first impression of me to be a lasting one. I wanted to be taken seriously as a journalist.

Overall, I learned that being well-rounded was the most important thing about being a journalist. The most important thing that I took away from this experience was that adventure should be what drives your reporting and overall work. Taking a risk is what it’s all about. That includes trying out each aspect of journalism and becoming good at it. It’s all do-able.


Fatima Sugapong is the Asst. Online Editor and a fashion columnist. You can find her articles here and follow her on Twitter at @fsugapong.

Read all of our staff blog posts on the ACP 2013 page on this website. You can also find the link on the header at the upper right hand corner.

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