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Despite the fact that season two of Riverdale wasn’t my favorite, I’ve genuinely been anticipating the season three premiere. The trailers seemed compelling, and season two ended on a relatively interesting note. The main problem I had with season two was that it took itself far too seriously, especially in the first half. Unfortunately, it seems that season three is following in those tragic footsteps.

The episode opens with a few scenes detailing how the main characters spent their summer, finally settling on a scene of Archie on trial for murder. If you forgot, Hiram Lodge framed Archie for murder…

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Marvel

Summer is definitely not my favorite season. Hot weather is the worst, and I wish I could wear my leather jacket and ripped jeans every day without feeling like my skin is melting off. However, I do love summer for one particular reason: I get to catch up on all of the popular culture that I miss throughout the fall and spring semesters. Don’t get me wrong, I consume my fair share of entertainment all year long, but (try as I might) I just can’t binge my favorites as much as I want to.

So, here’s to summer, friends. May…

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Netflix

*Trigger warning for rape, suicide, and depression*

When Netflix released the first season of 13 Reasons Why, I watched all 13 episodes in a matter of days. The show was compelling, dramatic, and it discussed suicide and depression candidly in ways that other TV shows didn’t. I, like many viewers, was hooked. At the end of the season, I wanted to know more. Was Alex really dead? How would Clay reconcile his feelings about Hannah? Would Bryce ever be charged for raping Jessica, Hannah and who knows how many other girls?

The end of the first season left the viewer…

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The lights dim. The screams of thousands of young girls fill the air. The moment they’ve been waiting for nears. A countdown flashes on a 40-foot screen along the back of the stage, signaling one minute until the beginning of the Believe World Tour.

The moment will be hazy later, clouded by the overwhelming swell of emotions that hits each girl as they wait for their favorite boy to take the stage. But they’ll never forget the way their hearts raced and tears streamed down their faces as they waited to see him for the first, second, hundredth time.

5…4…3…2…1…he…

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I recently took an audience engagement course at the University of Florida, primarily because it sounded like an interesting elective but also because of two problems I have seen far too often in the newsrooms I have been in. Newsrooms have grown to resent their audience and many journalists don’t understand what happens to their content after they produce it. The fact of the matter is that both the audience and the output of content are extremely important factors in the success of a newsroom. After all, what are we without our audience?

There are a plethora of questions that…

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“What are you reading?”

“Oh, it’s just a fantasy series….about half-angel-half-human demon hunters…called Shadowhunters.”

This is the usually the point where whoever asked me that question wishes they didn’t. So, I qualify that statement with:

“I’ve been reading the series since high school, so I’m just really invested in it…”

I’ve never had any illusions about my love for reading being viewed as “cool” or “hip” in any way. The question “You like to read?” is almost always paired with a confused expression and followed by: “Why?” or “That’s cool, I guess.”

The only time I remember that conversation going…

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If you’re familiar with my brand, it’s easy to tell that I am an aspiring magazine writer and editor. For the past two years, I have joined clubs, networked, started blogs and pretty much done everything possible to get my name and my work out into the world. Trust me, it’s tough. At the beginning, I didn’t even know where to start. Sometimes, I still don’t think I know exactly what I’m doing.

However, I do know that I often relied on the guidance of those who had come before me. I asked questions until people were sick of talking…

When I think of Instagram, I think of personal, visual content that allows me to connect with friends. If you think about it, Instagram is one of the social platforms with the least amount of ads and sponsored content. Besides the occasional sponsored post, I only see what I want to see from the people I follow. This is awesome for users, but it can be really difficult for brands to grow their audiences!

This week, #HootChat was all about Instagram best practices, and social media guru Peg Fitzpatrick partnered with HootSuite to offer some amazing tips. For those who…

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The average human’s attention span has plummeted to eight seconds. Basically, we have less of an attention span than the average goldfish. On social media, we often find ourselves scrolling past any video that is longer than 30 seconds. Even as someone who loves storytelling and long-form content, I find myself doing it all the time. More often than not, I’m on my social media during small breaks in my day and I don’t want to waste most of that precious time engaging with just one piece of content.

So, how does long-form content still work in a world where…

Katie

Writer & Digital Content Creator | Certified cat person | LA based | Raised by @ufjschool

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