Digital cover of the Winter 2018-19 Virginia Tech Engineer magazine.

Behind the Winter 2018/19 edition of Virginia Tech Engineer

Erica Corder On Photography, On Videography, On Work, On Writing

Following the launch of the award-winning digital Virginia Tech Engineer back in winter of 2017, our team began thinking about what was next. We knew we wanted to utilize the digital space more, but that we also wanted to produce a print magazine. When you have three full-time staff in the College (myself, our director of communications, and our web/digital …

A photo of a drone flying in the sky.

A license to fly

Erica Corder Blog, On Photography, On Videography, On Work

On July 10, 2018, I went to a quiet airplane hangar and took a test that I’d studied weeks for: the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test. I passed — and with that, became a certified drone pilot. This certification allows me to fly drones for commercial videography purposes. In the case of my role in the College of Engineering, …

A group of people smile and pose for a group photo in front of a black curtain.

The difference a video workshop makes

Erica Corder Blog, On Videography, On Work

In March of this year, I flew out to Oklahoma to attend the National Press Photographers Association’s 58th annual News Video Workshop. For a whole week, the talented faculty of the program pushed us for at least 12 hours a day to become better photojournalists. We would attend a full day of training seminars in the morning and afternoons, then …

Screenshot of a cover image for a story in a digital magazine. Image is of Julia Ross smiling for a photo in a lab setting.

Behind the winter 2017 launch of Virginia Tech Engineer

Erica Corder On Photography, On Videography, On Work, On Writing

In winter 2017, I led the launch of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s premier digital magazine, Virginia Tech Engineer. It was no easy feat with a two month timeline, but here’s the behind-the-scenes work that went into it: PUTTING TOGETHER CONTENT In total, I wrote eight of the 12 stories for the magazine (including the feature story on the …