Hi! My name is Jenny Bagger, and I’m a junior from Westfield, New Jersey. I am so excited to be the new Digital Humanities Strategic Communications Fellow!
I joined the W&L Digital Humanities team because I wanted to gain relevant and energizing hands-on experience along with my academic coursework. My passion for the English language as well as my desire to learn more about editing drew me to DH, specifically the Strategic Communications role. I was intrigued by DH’s initiative of fostering research at a small liberal arts school, while also collaborating as a team of researchers and coders. As the DH Strategic Communications fellow, I have the privilege of exploring the projects and writing blog posts about the many endeavors of the DH program. While I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into before I started, now a few weeks in I am confident that my work with DH is going to be so much more fun and rewarding than I ever could have imagined.
Although I am a Business Administration and English double major rather than a student of communications, I learned a lot about promoting events and writing about my experiences at my internship this summer. For eight weeks, I lived in London and worked in the marketing department of a theater, where I was responsible for researching different target markets, developing and implementing a community marketing plan for the upcoming theater season, preparing a social media report for the Board of Trustees, and executing social media communications. Once the summer was over, I knew I wanted to continue practicing what I learned about marketing, communications, and representing a larger organization on social media. DH is the perfect opportunity for me to expand on my knowledge and develop my interests, while also learning about things that are completely new to me.
I didn’t think that I would be able to have an engaging real-world experience such as this as an undergraduate student, but through Digital Humanities at W&L, I get to work and practice writing, communications, and even coding!
I’m so excited for what’s to come!