As an international student, I introduced the information that I have experienced and was really useful, and the publishing minor that would be unfamiliar to public if they were not a major in that department. It can be comforting for an international student like me, it can be important information for those who dream of becoming an international student, it can be helpful for a newbie who just entered the SFU, or it can be a space to help parents of international students understand. So my target audience will be 18 to 50, that is, students to parents. I provide as concise and core content as possible, so I write in multiple paragraphs with a large representative image of the information. Although YouTube and TikTok and other visual media and short form contents are popular these days, I thought people who are more familiar with writing than videos if they are a group that visits blogs and reads this article in my blog. Therefore, in order to improve readability, I did not use multiple fonts, but only mark as a bold for necessary parts. What I found from the statistics was that Vancouver, Burnaby, and Coquitlam accounted for the largest portion of my subscribers, nevertheless the percentage of viewers in Korea was still high. This means I still less posting and lacking than other Canadian contents, but I dare to guess that I searched by more in Korea because it was more efficient than the information they could find in Korean blog.
At the beginning of the semester, I thought this class was just an easy one. A lot of people referred to this class as GPA Booster, and I came in this class for 50% of I wanted to get good credit, and 50% of practice as a digital marketer. But this class that I went through myself was the opposite. At first, I didn’t think seriously about this class because I thought that grades would follow if I just recorded the field of interest. However, as I continued to learn about various topics such as copyright, design, and journalistic ethics, I realized that this was not just writing a few words in somewhere. From the moment the article is written on the Internet and I press the publish button, my article is essentially recorded on the Internet and becomes something that can never be erased. People often think that this new media content is less responsible and easier to delete than books, but in fact, you can burn the books all down, but you have to be more responsible because the content on the Internet is spreading so fast that it’s written somewhere in the log.
The most interesting academic thing during the lecture was that the idea or method did not fall under copyright. I thought the idea would naturally be protected by copyright. “Ideas, methods, and systems are not covered by copyright protection. According to the US Copyright Office, Circular 2, this covers quite a few things including making, or building things; scientific or technical methods or discoveries; business operations or procedures; mathematical principles; formulas, algorithms; or any other concept, process, or method of operation”. (U.S. Copyright Office, 2022)
Beside the academic stuff, two of the most important lessons I learned during the semester were, first, to develop a sense of responsibility as an online publisher. The responsibilities of online publishers are very much debated. There is a rampant trend of posting controversial articles or photos on the Internet at random and deleting them as if nothing happened. Some argue that stronger legal sanctions are needed than at present in order for social networking services (social media), blogs, Internet community, and news comments with many users to be “purified.”( Reyman, & Sparby, 2020)
The second lesson is able to develop a habit of recording. If I had asked to run this blog while studying and part-time for a semester, I would never have done it. However, thanks to the pressure under the title of assignment, I was able to post every week, which I think helped me develop my writing skills. Also, as a reader, as a writer, I think three peer reviews were an opportunity to become a mature content creator and content consumer in that I evaluate other people’s blogs from various perspectives and also my blog is evaluated. It is really meaningful to have such an experience in the era of online content flooding, and I am confident that it will be a big manure for the digital contents work I will do in the future.
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What does copyright protect? What Does Copyright Protect? (FAQ) | U.S. Copyright Office. (n.d.). Retrieved April 4, 2022, from https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html