Many of you are working on your resume’s–great. Now’s the time. Here’s a good resume courtesy of my student Daniel Friedman. (Thanks Daniel!!!!) Why do I like this resume so much: 1. Clean, straightforward, easy-to-read format. The red is a … Continue reading
Rose Arce, an award winning journalist, producer and documentary film maker, visited Professor Linda Villarosa’s Intro to Journalism class in early October with a talk about her life in journalism and her new ventures into documentary film making.
The class listened raptly and asked good questions as she shared her experiences. Her tenacity, even as a teenager, won her an interview with a space shuttle astronaut’s wife. She fell in love with the field of journalism, and paid her dues as she learned the craft. Today she is a respected producer and journalist. Now working with Soledad O’Brien at Starfish Media Group, she proudly talks of their newest documentary, The War Comes Home. It debuted on CNN in August and garnered praise for its look at returning veterans and the troubles they face.
Arce gave the class a peek at the documentary, pointing out the use of still photography that captures the moments in these men’s lives that need to move to the forefront. “With documentary you can really capitalize on things you need people to say,” said Arce with her characteristic quick patter. “There are many techniques you can use, and once you get that down, your creativity can come into play.”
She prefers to focus on people’s lives: their trials and hardships. By telling those tales, Arce allows viewers to see more about the world, and gets the audience to think. “It’s allowing us to view what it’s like from his perspective,” she said, referring to one of the vets in the documentary. Showing this angle gives the story a very personal touch and using still photography, combined with interviews conducted by O’Brien and other video footage, helps create an intimate portrait of the lives wrecked by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Arce never stopped talking, even as she took questions from the class. Her bright eyed, fast-paced style serves her well. She spoke about many things: her history in print journalism, her move to TV and video, her passion for the stories she tells.
What’s her key to success? “Research, research, research.” Through laughter the point came across: You have to know what you are talking about. Get the background; the details will come as you tell the story.
With 20 plus years of award-winning journalism behind her and more to come, this suggestion may compel some of the class to tell their own tales in the future.
If you’re ready to get some hands-on, professional media experience, now’s the time to look for an internship. A paid, summer internship OF COURSE is ideal. You should pursue those opportunities, but also keep in mind that at the best … Continue reading
The Media and Communication Arts department, and City College, lost an exceptional member of their community a few weeks ago. Professor Herman Lew, director of the BFA in Film & Video program, passed away on September 20. He suffered from a fatal heart attack. The dreadful news stunned the public. People recognized Professor Lew to always be in good spirit with a smile and joke waiting for you. The MCA department falls with heavy hearts over this loss. His office remains closed with a poster and marker outside for the public to share their condolences. From an academic standpoint, the administration has everything organized after this tragic loss. An active Director of the program has been assigned as well as a professor for his classes for an entire year.
Professor David Davidson, a long time member of the BFA Film & Video department, takes over as the new Director of the BFA Film & Video program. Professor Davidson was a founding director of the MFA program in Media Arts Production. Davidson’s role as the new Director of the BFA program holds a special connection to the MCA department, and to Professor Lew.
“Not only given his talents, his experience at the institution, but in addition to that he went to graduate school with Professor Lew,” Jerry Carlson, Director of the Cinema Studies minor, says. Lew and Davidson were friends outside of being coworkers. “Professor Lew shot a number of Professor Davidson’s documentaries. It’s not only something that has to do with professional qualifications, but there is a personal bond there as well.”
Professor Lew also taught courses in the Film & Video program. The administration has called upon a veteran to the MCA department, and a good friend to Professor Lew, cinematographer Niknaz Tavakolian. She will step in as a substitute professor for Lew’s class this semester. Tavakolian has previously taught cinematography courses and served on the technical staff in the department. “She has actually the perfect candidate,” Carlson says. “There are many cinematographers who have high qualifications but she knows our department, she knows our students, she knows our philosophy of film, and of teaching.”
It becomes difficult to honor a great man with many accomplishments, who had a great impact on countless people across different platforms. Outside of City College, Professor Lew played a significant role with Third World Newsreel, a nonprofit organization in New York. City College and Third World will coordinate together to hold a memorial later in October for Professor Lew. “We have overlapping philosophies and missions,” Carlson says. “It’s only appropriate that we would do it together and that the communities would be able to come together in that way.”
Angela Bronner Helm, a former editor at AOL Black Voices, Essence and other mainstream outlets, stopped by CCNY recently to talk about journalism. My student Keevin Brown wrote this story about her visit: 20 Years at the Helm: How Angela … Continue reading
As Shakespeare once wrote, “brevity is the soul of wit.” And it’s also the soul of good writing. Even before the Twitter age, many of the best writers used words sparingly–keeping each sentence tight, efficient, but still full of meaning. … Continue reading
Chiara de Blasio well understands–in the words of Audre Lorde–that your silence will not protect you. So she told the truth. Today, the daughter of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray released this brave new … Continue reading
I don’t sweat small stuff. But I do have a few nit-picky things that really bother me when I see them in writing. And I don’t mean run-on sentences, misspellings, fragments and grammatical errors we scolds love to point out. … Continue reading
Ready to look for an internship or even a job? Before you even think of beginning the search, make sure you’ve got an online presence. If you don’t, most employers looking to fill positions in journalism, PR, advertising and other … Continue reading
A recent article in the New York Times discussed the skills necessary to help you get and keep an entry level media job. And unlike Andy, Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, entry levels jobs now demand more than … Continue reading