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Vol. 9 May 26, 2009.
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some of Scripps’ top 2009 grads get covered in inc.
Alex Hazlett pg. 1 Anastasia Pronin pg. 2 Anna Sudar pg. 3 Taylor Randall pg. 4
got a good point because he’s a great documentary photographer, but he can’t write like I can. I can’t use a camera like he can. So, journalism is better served by the two of us working together. I write, he films. Necessarily, if you make one of us do everything, some part of that is going to suffer. That’s true for everyone. You can’t be an all-star in everything. And in foreign journalism, it’s also safer to have teams of people. The thing to keep in mind is, yeah, you want to be an all-around player but you also want to be really good at something. And you don’t want to get proficient at lots of things at the expense of having real talent… Also, explore the incarnation of all the talents you have perfected. You can research really well, you can write really quick. That doesn’t just help you in journalism, that helps you in a microfinance organization, or the FBI, or the State Department, or a newsletter… Think, “With this set of skills, what can I do with it?” The next thing you’ve got to do, and I’ve had to do it, is revise your plan. I never thought that, as a senior in college, I would proudly tell people that I am moving to D.C. and I’m going to work in a bar to try and pay my rent. I was hoping to have a job. But no, I’m basically going to be unemployed like everybody else… and that’s okay. Sometimes, you just have to be willing to start over. It’s not a bad option. It’s the only option I’ve got and I’m pretty excited about it… I’ve got a good family that’s willing to help me, and is supportive of whenever I want to traipse off to some war-torn country, or D.C. Even when my parents have hated where I was going, they’ll always stick up for me. The first thing my parents’ friends would say is, “I would never let my daughter go to Egypt.” And they’ll say, “We don’t let her do anything. She’s an adult, she makes her own decisions.”
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Inc.: How did you get to be the top graduate in the magazine sequence, or do you know? Alex Hazlett: I think the better question is: What makes someone work hard enough to be considered for that? To be honest I don’t even know how to answer your question. The best thing I can tell you is that I feel that I got to where I am in life, in general, because this is where I wanted to be, and so I worked hard and found every way to get here that I could, and whatever avenue that took or every avenue that allowed me to do this and that I thought would be beneficial, I took it. Inc.: How do you stay sane? Hazlett: Well yeah, of course you have to stay sane. You’re in one of the best journalism schools in the nation, you’re working your tail off, and everyone is like this. It’s not just how I stay sane, how does anyone stay sane?... I think that what keeps you sane is knowing what you’re doing has a purpose and that you’re not just doing it for no reason... And also that things end. Your quarter ends; ten weeks and you’re done, and you get to go on vacation. My time in Jordan ended, and I got to come home and see my family and boyfriend and that end date helped. And I think the way you stay sane when you don’t really have an end date or when it seems indeterminably far away is you have to
outstanding magazine graduate, Alex Hazlett.
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acknowledge your limits. You have to say, ‘I can’t do this any more right now.’ Inc.: I’m a freshman magazine journalism major. What should I be doing to get ready for the real world? Hazlett: There are the abstract things you can do and there are the more complicated things you can do. Journalism-wise... just practice as much as you can. The way I like to think of my internship in Jordan is: the only thing that wasn’t hard was the journalism, because I was practiced in that. I knew how to do that, so that’s what I could fall back on… Learn how to live in the real world on your own, and act like a fully functional adult. That stuff matters more than you could ever know, because if you can’t figure out how to pay your rent on time, you sure as heck aren’t going to be able to figure out how to be a real journalist… I would say, make a website is a more concrete thing so that if someone says, “Do you know how to make a website?” you can say, “Yes.”… I was talking to my boss a couple weeks ago [John Monte of “TheFullMonte.com” in Washington, D.C.] and one of the things that he said, that I thought was very interesting, is that this trend of “backpack journalism” is going to reverse itself. I think he’s
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Inc.: You’re a PR major. What advice do you
have for freshman PR majors? Anastasia Pronin: Get involved, try as many things as you can, but also figure out what you’re most passionate about. The general idea is to come into Scripps and get involved in a lot of things, both in the school of journalism and outside. Inc.: Advice for Sophomores? Pronin: Begin to get experience outside of the classroom and begin to build relationships with students, community members and faculty. Don’t be afraid to start small in terms of internships. Inc.: Juniors? Pronin: Start to seriously pursue internship opportunities, and work at finding a balance in your life. Realize that you have to work hard to accomplish everything you want to, but also find those things outside of your academic life that you enjoy: friends, community service etc… Look beyond the campus and really enjoy this location. Consider studying abroad. Inc.: Seniors? Pronin: Do all the things you haven’t gotten to do in college thus far. Try not to be too anxious about the future but at the same time continue to think about what will make you happy after graduation. Enjoy the time you have left here. Truly experience this unique opportunity for what it is. Try to live in the moment, while at the same time thinking about what you want to do after graduation. Don’t think too much about the future… But, think seriously what want to do after graduation and what will make you happy. Inc.: I’m sure you’ve had time come to terms with being this year’s top graduate by now, and I’m sure it means something different to you than to everyone else. So, what does 2009 Overall Outstanding Graduate mean to you? Pronin: I’m extremely appreciative of this honor. I was honestly shocked to receive it, while at the same time, I know I worked hard and I know I deserve this. But, I know there are also so many other people working hard here. It makes me appreciate my work ethic and the relationships I’ve built with faculty. I have always
the 2009 top graduate, Anastasia Pronin.
believed that if you work hard enough, you can achieve something. Inc.: The market could be better for graduating Journalists right now. Give me your perspective on the job market, as a PR graduate. Pronin: Where I will begin my career is at a financial PR firm. I will be working in the special situation team -- we handle crisis situations like bankruptcy. So, my area of the company will actually be booming… but I do believe we need to have optimism in general. Some of my friends are realizing that. It is very ironic, because I got this internship and the company is actually doing kind of well, knock on wood. Inc.: I’ve noticed tension between PR students and journalism students. Do you think public relations belongs in the journalism school? Pronin: The foundation for public relations is still writing. Having really good writing and critical thinking skills is critical for public relations, and I think that a lot of journalism professionals have made the transition into journalism. For my part, I like the strategic communications end of it… In both PR and journalism you have to learn quickly about a particular subject, and the same skill sets apply. The skills are very transferable. I feel like what is important is to realize, coming from a journalism background, I’ve really learned how the media works. I think that is a really useful thing to have at Scripps, and I’m really glad they put PR in the journalism school. Inc.: What do you see as the essential component of your resume? Pronin: Definitely my internship experience. I completed four internships during my time at OU. I think that put me apart from other students that might not have had as much experience. I really took advantage of my time to do internships… [because] a lot of times, in the public relations industry, agencies want you to prove yourself before they hire you. Inc.: You talked earlier about finding a balance. Could you elaborate on that a little bit? Pronin: I think finding balance is finding happiness… I really do like public relations, but I can’t do that 24/7, and I have to find things that
will make me happy in my personal life as well. Once you have found balance, and you know the importance of finding balance, you become a much happier person. You know how to allocate your time to important things, but you also know that there is more beyond that. I think a lot of times in the journalism school we are very competitive, and they don’t always teach you about finding balance. You have to be a happy person as well as being a hard-working, achieving person.
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Inc.: How do you feel about receiving such a
distinguished award? Anna Sudar: My adviser asked me for my resume for the journalism banquet, and I knew that they did do these awards for the seniors, but I didn’t really think that I’d be that senior, so I wasn’t sure what he was planning. And then I was at the journalism banquet because I was getting inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, which is the journalism society that you can get inducted into as a senior… We were looking around and we were like, there’s not that many news-editorial people here. Where is everyone? And then of course, it ended up being me. I was surprised, but it kind of all made sense once I found out. Inc.: What journalism organizations have you been involved with at Scripps? Sudar: I did SPJ for two years and I really enjoyed that a lot, but I was an editor at The Post my junior year, and that took up so much of my time that I had to drop SPJ, and I never did pick it back up just because I was writing a lot this year and I never was able to go back. Those were my two main ones. I did Association for Women in Communications my freshman year as well, but things just got more crazy once I got more involved with The Post. Inc.: What was your favorite part of your education at Scripps? Sudar: I think a lot of the things that I’ve learned, that have been the most valuable to me, I’ve learned through The Post, because it’s so much more hands-on. Right now, I’m taking an Advanced Editing class with Bill Reader, and we’re learning how to produce the multimedia aspects of storytelling... That’s been really cool for me. I’ve done so much writing that it’s been really interesting and really helpful to kind of do other aspects of storytelling as well, especially since those are kind of in high demand right now. Employers are looking for people who can do multimedia stuff, so having a class like that has helped a lot. Magazine Feature Writing was always good, because the type of stories that I enjoy writing the most are features... so I enjoyed that. Inc.: How do you feel that your education in
outstanding news-ed. grad, Anna Sudar.
the Scripps program has prepared you for your career? Sudar: I think a lot of it’s just going to be the people I know, that I’ve met through classes and I’ve met through The Post. As much as I know that journalism is kind of going through a transition right now, eventually we’ll all end up with jobs, and we’ll all be able to network with one another and be able to share our job information. I feel like that’s a really positive thing. I guess I’ve gotten a good foundation and I’ve also learned to work hard and... the fact that journalism is so hands-on and you can’t just learn it in the classroom, and you have to apply it, I think it’s really valuable. I think there are some people that don’t really think about the fact that journalism is so hands-on, and they do just take what they have in class and leave it at that. You know, the fact that the faculty here knows that you have to go out and experience it, and the fact that they make internships mandatory because that’s the only way that you can experience journalism. I think if I wasn’t encouraged to do The Post or do another organization, I wouldn’t have. Inc.: What are your plans after graduation? Sudar: I will be interning at The Columbus Dispatch this summer, and I will be applying for jobs as soon as I get settled there, so hopefully when my internship ends, I’ll have something lined up for the fall. It’s an interesting time to be looking for employment right now. Inc.: What advice do you have for current Scripps students? Sudar: Definitely get involved. Your classes can only do so much for you, because journalism is so much more than anything you can learn from class. You have to go out and do it. So work for The Post. If you’re magazine, do Southeast Ohio or Backdrop. I mean whatever fits your sequence, do that, because it’s so helpful to just be able to get the experience that you can get through doing it. And I think also just being open and not limiting yourself to your sequence necessarily, because the way everything’s going right now, being good at writing isn’t good enough anymore, and being good at
talking in front of a camera isn’t good anymore. You have to know how to write, how to produce for the web, you have to know how to do video and audio. So forming relationships with people who do know how to do those things and seeking out ways to learn those things, that’s really important, because you have to find a way to make yourself marketable. And now the way you become marketable, it seems, is just to be multi-faceted. You know, make sure you’re putting a lot of tools in your arsenal.
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Inc.: How did you become interested in OU
and your PR sequence? Taylor Randall: I was actually set on going to Wheaton College in Chicago, which is like a polar opposite of OU. I was not even going to be a journalism major. I came here and saw how passionate the journalism professors were, saw how gorgeous the campus was, and it just changed my mind. I came in as a magazine major. I decided to try PR so that I could advocate for something that I care about, and I just really felt like that was the right place for me. Inc.: What is your dream job? Randall: I have a couple. My major social issues are early childhood development and education reform. I think working for a nonprofit organization that advocates for education reforms and provides educational services is one track. The other track involves me loving museums, which are also non-profits and I think they are incredibly important because they are free. They are usually in cities where there is not a lot of cultural opportunity or education, and having that free place in the community where everyone can come together and learn about art and history is so important. Being the director of an art museum would be great. Inc.: What are some of the most important lessons that you learned at OU? Randall: You have to find the things you care about in order for you to work hard for those things. Work hard where you are, but also really devote yourself to the things that you care about, because that is the stuff that really keeps you motivated. Having that thing that you really care about and pour yourself into is going to give you the energy you need to do the things you are not
outstanding PR graduate, Taylor Randall.
so crazy about. I really found who I am, what I care about and the courage to do all those things. You have to be willing to take risks. Inc.: You achieved this honor in only three years. Is there anything that you would change about your three years here? Randall: I think I would have focused even more on extracurricular activities in and out of Scripps. I don’t regret getting good grades and working hard in classes, but I still feel like I could have done just as well without having to devote so much time to my grades. I am very protective of getting my eight hours of sleep every night. This year I have had to give up the sleep to focus more on friends and free time, and it’s been great. Inc.: How do you balance your academic and social lives? Randall: I live and die by to-do lists. If I need something fun, I really enjoy running and working out at Ping. I go to fitness classes or go running pretty much every day of the week. That’s really important to me because it’s the one hour of the day that I don’t have to think. Even if I don’t have time to socialize, I try to fit in an hour or half hour for myself as a mental break. The other thing is that you have to make a point to spend time with your friends and your family. Inc.: What is one piece of advice that you can give to incoming freshman? Randall: Do a bunch of different things. Get as many experiences as you can. Take a variety of classes. They will all help you in some way, and then you will be able to see what you really care about. You really have to go by trial-and -error to see what it is that you enjoy doing. You can’t be afraid to try new things.
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Whether Kentucky, New York, Chicago, or Denver is your dream internship destination, Summit Business Media is now hiring for summer 2009 interns. Summit Business Media, or SBM, is an outlet that caters to businesses, and consists of several magazines that focus on the insurance, financial and professional services markets, including law and accounting markets. The internship in Erlanger, KY. is a paid, part-time job in which students work 20-25 hours per week and can earn college credit. Students are expected at SBM for anywhere from two to four months. The SBM magazine based in Erlanger is hiring one or two interns for this summer, but the same job is offered at SBM outlets in Chicago, New York, Denver, and Clearwater, Fla. “The internship will introduce the student to publishing and magazines, and will help students learn and better understand the magazine industry,” said Lindsey Harris, hiring manager for SBM in Erlanger. Interns for SBM magazine will be editing stories, reporting on conferences, writing, and managing content on the website. While any journalism internship is good experience, working for a business-to-business media source can be especially beneficial. “While many of our magazine majors dream of working for consumer magazines, most of them end up working for trade publications, which serve the information needs of professional audiences. Gaining hands-on internship experience at one of Summit’s b-to-b publications would allow students to write and edit for audiences who work in a particular industry,” said Ohio University magazine journalism professor Cary Frith, in an e-mail.
OU journalism student Stefanie Toth has also worked for a trade magazine. She said that the b-to-b industry can be quite different. “The difference is that usually with a b-to-b (versus a daily or weekly paper), the day is slower. You have more time to develop story ideas, and you may be writing things three or four months in advance,” said Toth. She added that most of the updates or “breaking news” stories are put on the website, so having internet experience is also important. In addition to general journalism and internet experience, Harris said that it is helpful for an applicant for the SBM internship to be adept at AP style and editing, and have a proactive, “go get ‘em” attitude. Harris said she is impressed by students who send writing samples with their applications before she has to request them, and that a student has a professional cover letter and resume. Another way to stand out is to learn about the industry being applied for, said Frith. “Familiarize yourself with Summit’s titles and read a few back issues. The more you understand the target audience and editorial formula, the more you will stand out from the crowd,” Frith added. While the SBM internship for this summer is only a few months, Harris said that SBM can hire interns more than once. Toth, who was hired as an intern at GEI trade magazine last June, still keeps in close contact with her employer, although the internship has ended. “Always keep a relationship with your employer,” said Toth. “Just talking to them and asking for advice is really important, and because I continued to pitch story ideas to them, they come to me if they need freelancers to write stories for them.” To apply for the SBM internship, visit www.summitbusinessmedia.com to download the application. When mailing the application, remember to include writing samples, and a complete resume and cover letter. Further stages of the application process include a phone interview with Harris, and an in-person interview with the editor of the SBM magazine in Erlanger. The deadline to apply is June 5.
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commentary Evan Millward
For many of you, this year marks the end of your freshman experience – hopefully one that you will remember and cherish for years to come, one that has built a foundation for your continued success at Ohio University and in whatever field you may choose to enter. For others, this year brings graduation and the end of a journey that has prepared you for the dynamic field you are about to enter. Along the way, OU SPJ has been there – a steady hand through a shaky environment. Our chapter has a storied history and I could not be more proud with what we have accomplished this year. We have, as an organization, received huge national recognition for our work with open records and university transparency. Around the state and the nation, students and faculty are opening dialogue about their rights and abilities to serve their audience because of the adversities we have faced as an institution this year. From a Board of Trustees that seeks to silence its members – even those without any voting power – to an administration that fears and abuses the student and local media, we are a hotbed of potential to educate ourselves and the public about rights and the laws. But our work hasn’t ended with legal issues and rights. OU SPJ also exists to serve students and further the world-class education you receive here at Scripps. Our members have won countless awards and been named to leading positions in student and local media outlets. We developed and launched “inc.” to better serve the needs of Scripps students as well as our members. In the winter, we joined forces with the community to give something back in a time of need with our first-ever Spread the Word book drive, which benefited Athens County Children Services. In celebration of our centennial, we focused on our basics and our history but we also planned ahead for the next 100 years of excellence. Throughout the year we provided engaging and unique programming for the students of Scripps and for our paying members. Discussions of ethical questions during a historic presidential debate and economic crisis sparked a forum of ideas and debate. Workshops offered hands-on opportunities to learn the skills necessary in our evolving field, such as InDesign, iMovie and social media. And we have heard from professionals in the field – New York Times’ Andrew Revkin and the Ohio Newspaper Association’s Frank Deaner, to name a few. A trip to Columbus yielded countless networking opportunities and landed some members summer internships. I am honored to have been able to serve in the position of president during this year of growth and change for our chapter. It’s a job that has certainly been bigger and more challenging than I ever expected, but has been more rewarding and fulfilling than I could have asked for. With the help of readers and members such as yourselves, I have seen the future of the chapter, Society and industry and I couldn’t be more excited to call each of you my colleagues. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you and to stand up for the rights that we all so depend upon to do our jobs well – I am so thankful for your trust and dedication throughout this year. The newly elected executive board is a group of talented and dedicated individuals bent on carrying on and growing our tradition of excellence and service to this community and to Ohio University. Please join me in welcoming them and wishing them success. To our seniors – best of luck and always remember your friends here in Athens. To the underclassmen – OU SPJ does not rest during the summer and we’ll see you back on campus in the fall with a great new year ahead and thrilling challenges to face together as the OU SPJ family! Best of luck on finals and keep in touch with your OU SPJ leaders as you embark on a summer of learning and relaxation away from the stresses of college life!
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