Hello and welcome to my Motif Magazine Portfolio! This website serves to showcase the work and experience I have earned as a Fall intern at a local Rhode Island arts and entertainment magazine located in Pawtucket. Motif Magazine has been a publication since 2004, and continues to provide readers with local alternative news from craft beer to buying local.
My name is Kristin Wilinkiewicz, and I am a Senior at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. I am an English Communications Major with a Minor in Film, and an active member of the campus community, being the president of 3 clubs, including the student radio station, WSRU, and the student newspaper, Mosaic. I am also a Resident Adviser at the university, serving as a mentor to students for three years since I have enrolled at Salve.
In the summer of 2015, I had chosen to intern with Motif Magazine as a way of building my resume, as well as a means of learning first-hand what working in the communications field is like. Through courses such as Feature Writing and Editing and Publishing, I decided that a local arts and entertainment magazine would be most interesting to me, and most likely something that would help me make more informed decisions about my career in the future.
Motif was delivered bi-monthly to my dorm of three years at Salve Regina University. Because I was a regular reader and enjoyed their unique voice, I applied for a summer intern position, and was chosen as one of three members of the internship team. My experience with this magazine was positive and interesting to me, so I decided to apply for the Fall semester of my Senior year at Salve for credit.
While at Motif, I primarily was responsible for researching and writing listings for the local galleries, theaters, music venues, charities, and businesses in the area during the summer along with the other interns, which added up to the largest section of the magazine. For the Fall semester internship, in addition, I was put in charge of the Opened & Closed monthly column as well as a few center spreads. I also supervised the other four interns on occasions when my Internship Coordinator was unavailable.
I also took the initiative to learn more about the digital elements of reporting during the Fall internship. My experience with cameras, audio and editing was limited at its start, and luckily Motif allowed me to use its DSLR cameras, audio equipment and editing software to become more accustomed to using these technologies. These experiences will allow me to be a more versatile and useful member of my future employer’s team.
In the future, I hope to use these skills and experiences to help employers write informative, well-written, interesting copy, and utilize my knowledge of digital media to help those I work for in any way I can, regardless of whether that be a magazine or a business.