Choose a file naming structure then stick with it.
Whatever structure you choose, be consistent!
Class_Name_assignment_date (yearmonthday).file extension
Folder names should include course numbers.
Save text files = .pdf extension
Save audio files
Uncompressed = .wav
Compressed = .mp3
Save photo files
Uncompressed = .tif
Save video files
Uncompressed = .avi or .mxf
Compressed = .mp4
Store the folder & files in 3 places:
Finding previously created content is easy if you labeled and stored it properly.
Find your first J1100 reflective paper. It could provide context to a new essay that you are currently writing.
Find that interview you conducted in J2150.
Potential employers could see what great skills you would bring to their company if you could find that video you created in J2150 last spring.
Repurpose previously created content to:
Craft a new essay:
You found your first J1100 reflective paper (J1100_Jones_reflection1_20160531.pdf). It provides context for a new essay that you just finished.
Create a new podcast using an audio interview you crafted while in journalism school:
While taking J2150, you interviewed an individual who is now running for state office. The interview (2150_Jones_interview1_20160531.mp3) could provide historical context by incorporating parts of it into a new podcast you are creating for your local NPR affiliate.
Spotlight your multimedia skills to potential employers in your online portfolio:
You created a video (while in J2150) combining your technical photo and audio skills with an interview of an internationally known documentary director. Using newly acquired skills and equipment, you can edit and enhance the video (J2150_Jones_video_20160531.avi) for submission to a media outlet as a freelance videographer.
Create: Continue building upon your work, expanding your portfolio, and creating new content.
Label: Name files in a consistent manner [Class_Name_assignment_date(yearmonthday).extension] and folders too [Course Number].
Store: Save copies in 3 different places:
1 compressed copy on your computer
1 compressed copy on an external hard drive
1 uncompressed copy in the cloud
Find: Have it ready when you need it again.
Use: Reuse and reference your work to create new content.
Repeat the process!