We are proud to feature one of our Summer 2012 graduates from the MPS Journalism program, Katie Bridges, as our November Alum of the Month. Since finishing the program, Katie moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where she works as the Editor of Arkansas Life, a monthly lifestyle magazine. Katie shares with us how her career took a 180 after starting the MPS Journalism program.
1. Tell us how your degree from the Journalism program has impacted and/or changed your career.
“Had I not been part of the MPS Journalism community, there’s absolutely no way I’d be in the position that I’m in today. I was a career-changer, and needed a way to make an entry - quickly - into the field. Thanks to the dedication of the MPS JO faculty and staff, I landed my dream internship at Washingtonian magazine after my first year, which quickly became a full-time gig. After relocating to Little Rock at the end of my final semester, I was offered the editorship at Arkansas Life magazine. I’m sure that without my degree and my experience at the Washingtonian, that position would not have been available to me!”
2. Why did you pick Georgetown’s Journalism program? How did you hear about us?
“I was looking for a program that would introduce me to prominent working journalists, and that would fill my portfolio with professional-quality clips. Needless to say, I was impressed by both the faculty line-up and the practical nature of the course offerings. I think I made a good choice.”
3. Who is your favorite working journalist?
“My capstone adviser, Howard Yoon, once told me that every good magazine is reflective of the personality and vision of its editor, and I couldn’t agree more. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently moved to the editing side of the magazine world, but my superheroes right now are folks like Adam Moss at New York magazine and David Dibenedetto at Garden & Gun.”
4. What one interview for a piece you’ve done has had the most impact on you?
“I’d have to go with the interviews that I did for my capstone (which is being published in the December issue of Washingtonian—stay tuned!) with John Uselton and Michael Lowe, the pair behind New Columbia Distillers, DC’s new distillery. I spent many months with them—following them around the distillery, sitting at Lowe’s dining room table as they tweaked their recipe, conversing over countless cups of coffee. That type of immersion reporting allowed me to create a rich narrative and sitting down with months’ worth of material helped me hone my editing skills. If only we always had six months to work on a piece!”
5. What one piece of advice would you give current students?
“Take advantage of every opportunity that the MPS-Jo program presents to you. Seriously. Your professors are more than willing to help make things happen for you - take them up on it!”
"Be bold. Be courageous. Be honest. Be you. And above all, know your worth."
With the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign in full swing, we are featuring Kate Chapek, the National Women Vote Director of Obama’s campaign, as our Alum of the Month for October. Kate graduated from the MPS Journalism program in 2009 and lives in Chicago, IL, where she works to engage women voters and activists to re-elect President Obama. Prior to attending Georgetown, Kate worked as a Regional Coordinator for EMILY’s List and also worked for a few Democratic campaigns. Kate shared with us how she implements what she learned from the MPS Journalism program in her current job.
1. How has your MPS Journalism degree helped you in your current job? “I use my journalism degree every day. As the National Women Vote Director, my job is to figure out how to best engage women of all constituencies, educating them on the President’s record, persuading them to support him, and turning them out to vote. In order to do this, I am constantly writing plans and recommendations both nationally and by state. As a result much of the audience engagement I do deals with strategic messaging and amplification through media; earned, paid, and of course - new media! I work with our press team, pitching stories and also engage with reporters as I trained to be one and know how they think. Everyday I write, edit, pitch, frame and disseminate messaging.”
2. How did you hear about this program, and why did you choose to come here? “I earned my BA in Journalism and was looking to for a program that would enhance and update my passion for sharing people’s stories through many different platforms as well as complement my career in electoral politics. Georgetown’s MPS Journalism program was the perfect hybrid and fit for me.”
3. What is your favorite journalism movie? “This probably doesn’t count - but my own! For my capstone, I wrote, produced, shot and edited a 14 minute short film that took me 300 hours to complete. My documentary was about the DC Central Kitchen and their culinary training program which trains the unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated, previously drug addicted, and homeless adults for careers in the food service industry. It was as political as it was personal and I earned two awards at the Georgetown Film Festival. They now sit on my mantle.”
4. Who is your favorite working journalist? “You! I love keeping up with my classmates as knowing where we started and seeing where so many of us are now is truly inspiring. I know that many of my classmates are on their way to running major newspapers, broadcast affiliates and online publications.”
5. What one piece of advice would you give current students? “Be bold. Be courageous. Be honest. Be you. And above all, know your worth.”
Faculty Member Linda Kramer Jenning Attends Women's Round Table at President Obama's Chicago HQ
Read about faculty member Linda Kramer Jenning’s trip to President Obama’s Chicago HQ on Wednesday, June 13 for a women’s round table. Attendees included writers, editors, and celebrities Elizabeth Banks and Nia Long.
Check out this article by Georgetown MPS Journalism alum Brian Dabbs that was published yesterday in the New York Times. Brian currently lives in Kenya and wrote this piece on one small, rural town in Kenya where world-class runners train. Keep up the great work Brian!
We are excited to start a new feature for our social media sites and newsletter called MPS Journalism Alum of the Month in which we will catch up with an alumnus or alumna of the program. For our inaugural post, we turned to Elizabeth Jia.
Elizabeth graduated from the program in Fall 2010 and now works as a multimedia journalist at WUSA (TV 9 News Now) in Washington, D.C. She manages daily graphics, animation and video production for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. newscasts and also does some reporting. You can watch one of Elizabeth’s latest stories for WUSA 9 here. Elizabeth shared with us her favorite experiences from the MPS Journalism program and her advice for aspiring journalists.
1. Tell us how your degree from the Journalism program has helped you in your current job.
My degree propelled me into a job that gives me greater responsibilities at WUSA 9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. Producing video stories within the MPS Journalism program sharpened my story-telling abilities. In my new position, I am responsible for video/animation and graphic production. I also continue to report for WUSA, especially for the website.
2. What is your best memory of being in the MPS Journalism program?
My best memory from the program would be producing and reporting the multiple video stories for my Capstone project and within my journalism classes. The entire process was challenging, but it was worth it in the end.
I’m proud of my Capstone, which features a three-part video series on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and veterans’ health benefits. The main video has hundreds of views on YouTube and is featured on my blog. I appreciate all of the veterans who were willing to share their stories on such a personal topic.
Wonder how well you know your AP Style? Take this quiz and find out: http://bit.ly/yFD0s3. Thanks to MPS Journalism faculty member Ryan Beckwith for putting this quiz together as part of his “Fundamentals of Reporting and News Writing” class. We’ll post a new quiz each week, so check back next week!
STUDENTS: Tomorrow (January 20, 2012) is the last day for spring semester add/drop. Don’t forget to review your spring schedule via MyAccess to confirm that you’re correctly registered (or correctly dropped from a class).
“The Beat - May 31, 2011: Paul Singer on HowGovtWorks
In this week’s episode of CQ Roll Call’s “The Beat,” host Ryan Teague Beckwith talks with Roll Call Associate Editor Paul Singer about a new project exploring the behind-the-scenes mechanisms that make government function.”