Journo2Go is blog focusing on multimedia reporting - specifically backpack journalism. As a recent graduate from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, Steve Johnson has spent his time at UF working on finding a more efficient way to tell multimedia stories.
The blog is designed to share the experiences of leading journalists and their tips for effectively telling stories without letting technology get in the way.
Created in 2012, Journo2Go began in the planning stages of the London Olympic Games as the Univeristy of Florida Gator Marching Band invited Steve to join them in their performances while representing the U.S.
Since the trip to the London Olympic Games, Journo2Go has been a resource for hundreds of students both at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications and other high school and college journalism programs across the country.
After receiving his bachelor of science in journalism from UF, he joined the staff at the College to develop his skills as a multimedia storyteller and lecturer. His classes (both at the undergraduate and master’s level) focus on the various levels of impact visual journalism has on readers using different platforms to consume news.
In 2007, he started his journalism career at The Orlando Sentinel as a summer intern working for the sports section. There, he began covering the NFL and NCAA football.
Shortly after, he began freelancing for ESPN, where he would cover a variety of sporting events and help produce features for SportsCenter, ESPNU, ESPNHS and ESPN The Magazine.
2008 - 2009
While at the University of Florida, he focused on expanding his journalism skills from photography and writing to multimedia storytelling,beginning with his coverage of the 2009 Kentucky Derby for Sports Illustrated.
2010 - 2011
All of these skills came together in 2010 when he was assigned by The Miami Herald during a summer internship to cover the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After spending over a month in four states working as one of the lead reporters for the McClatchy Co. (owner of the Herald), he accumulated multiple front-page photographs, in-depth multimedia projects and articles detailing the lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
After his work at The Miami Herald, he continued to devote his free time to serve on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council to improve curriculum at his college and was the only student to work on planning a 10,000-square-foot newsroom that will open in the fall of 2012.
In the summer of 2011, he spent a month teaching multimedia reporting in Florence, Italy, while producing a documentary on the college’s study abroad program.
2012 - Present
He was honored with the Dean’s Cup for Professional Promise and the Elmer Emig Award along with a sixth-place in the Hearst Multimedia Competition during his senior year.
Johnson is 23, and lives with his German shepherd, Titan, in Gainesville. His mother, Patricia, is a continuing source of inspiration and his sounding board - although she doesn’t enjoy hearing the stories from the field.
This summer, he traveled to for London to cover the 2012 Olympic Games and work on a feature story as UF took more than 230 students in the Gator Marching Band to perform.
He now teaches visual journalism at the College of Journalism and Communications and has developed a course in social media journalism.