Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Member Spotlight: Chateau Mangaroo

This week's member spotlight is Chateau Mangaroo. Chateau is majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a double minor in Sport Management and Journalism. She is set to graduate in December 2017.


Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: " I joined Fall 2016."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "I love the networking opportunities and meeting everybody. I also like being able to do things outside of campus and being involved in this group and being able to do things as a team. What I like the most is that I get to showcase my writing. I didn't know how to start that before, but SPJ helped me with that."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "I am a part of PRSSA and I was just elected to the executive board of the Sports Management Society."
Q: Have you had any internships or any cool opportunities?
A: "I just started an internship with the American Heart Association. I'm helping them organize the Lawyers' Have Heart 10K/5K run right now."
Q: What are some career goals/ aspirations that you have for yourself?
A: "Eventually I want to get into sports journalism. I like covering the human interest pieces, not necessarily the games. I've contributed to Inhale Sports, a popular sports blog, before as well."
Q: Any fun facts about yourself?
A: "I ran a 50 mile race in November 2015." 

Flash Questions: 
Pizza or Sushi: Pizza
Broadcast or Print Journalism: Print
Radio or TV: TV
Video or Photography: Photography
Rain or Snow: Snow
Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks: Starbucks
Country or City: City
Politics or Sports: Sports

If you could wear one shoe for the rest of your life, what would it be? Jimmy Choo Pumps

Thank you to Chateau for being this week's member spotlight. Also a huge congratulations to Chateau for being a finalist in the SPJ Mark of Excellence in the online sports category. (Check out her article here: http://washingtondc.current.mlultimate.com/lizzie-bellinger-the-strength-behind-the-d-c-current/ ). Also congratulations to Chateau for having her first article printed in the IV Estate this past week.
See you all on Tuesday for our last meeting of the semester!

Signing off, 
GMU SPJ

*** To see the Press Release from the SPJ Region 2 Mark of Excellence Awards, click: http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1500 



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Recap: Michael Schmidt


On March 21st, SPJ had the honor of hosting New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt. Schmidt has been working with the Washington Bureau of the New York Times for the past five years. He has covered stories from the Pentagon to the FBI to Hillary Clinton’s emails.
            Schmidt started out as a clerk answering the phone after he graduated from Lafayette College and then eventually was able to start free lance writing for the Times. He started out writing about issues within the sports community concerning issues such as doping scandals, legal issues, and concussions. Eventually Schmidt transferred over to covering the Government and Politics, which is what he is still doing today.
            Schmidt gave advice to those in attendance and provided some personal stories. He went on to discuss how he wants to be completely neutral and to avoid bias in his reporting. He also advised everyone not to report on something that may be wrong.
            All in all, SPJ had a wonderful turn out for the meeting.

“The facts will always support you if you have the facts and if they are the right facts.” – Michael Schmidt



Signing off, 
GMU SPJ


Recap: Sara Azani & Arash Shirazi

On March 7th, SPJ had the honor of meeting Sara Azani and Arash Shirazi. Sara is a successful fashion blogger and Arash is the President and CEO of Bullitt Agency.

They came to speak to us about the Importance of Personal Branding and how to increase your social media presence. They taught us the importance of developing your self brand to make yourself more marketable to employers. Something else that we learned was that building relationships with people in whatever industry you are planning on going into is very important while building your brand.
You can follow Sara on Instagram @stylemba. You can also check out Arash's documentary at http://abovegroundlevelfilm.com


Signing off, 
GMU SPJ

Monday, April 10, 2017

Member Spotlight: AJ Blomberg

This week's member spotlight is our Events Coordinator, AJ Blomberg. AJ is a freshman Communication major with a concentration in Journalism from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "I love being around other students who share the same interest in journalism and also being able to meet professionals in the field."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "Just SPJ."
Q: Have you had any internships or any cool opportunities?
A: "I've been to ABC World News in New York three times. I've also been to WABC New York three times as well. I have gone to Good Morning America and Meet the Press. I have also had the opportunity to interview a senator."
Q: What are some career goals/ aspirations that you have for yourself?
A: "I want to do something in media. I'm not entirely sure yet whether it will be on air or behind the scenes. Right now, I am leaning more towards behind the scenes work such as an executive producer."
Q: Any fun facts about yourself?
A: "My life has been a joke since the day I was born (I was born on April Fool's Day)."

Flash Questions:
Pizza or Sushi: Pizza
Broadcast or Print Journalism: Broadcast
Radio or TV: TV
Video or Photography: Video
Rain or Snow: Snow
Dunkin Dounts or Starbucks: Dunkin Donuts
Country or City: City
Politics or Sports: Politics

If you could only speak one language for the rest of your life what would it be? English

Thank you to AJ for being this week's member spotlight. See you all on Tuesday for our weekly meeting.

Signing off,
GMU SPJ


Recap: Kevin McCarthy

On February 28th, SPJ had the privilege of getting to meet and talk to FOX 5 Entertainment Reporter Kevin McCarthy.

Kevin is an alum from George Mason University. He graduated with a degree in Media Production and Criticism. It was such a cool opportunity to get to talk to Kevin and be able to relate to him as a fellow Mason student. Kevin was able to talk to us about what it is like to be able to interview some of the bigger names in Hollywood such as Black Lively and Ryan Reynolds. He was also able to talk to us about what his daily routine is like as an entertainment reporter. Thank you so much to Kevin for coming in and talking to us.

Signing off,
GMU SPJ

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Member Spotlight: Dinanda Pramesti

This week's member spotlight is Dinanda Pramesti. Dinanda is a junior Communication student with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Global Affairs from Falls Church, VA.


Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined during the Fall of 2016 semester."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/being involved in student media?
A: "What I like the most about being in SPJ is that we get to connect and talk to Journalism professionals and those that have been through what we are doing right now. I also like that we get to make new friends in SPJ and in student media in general."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "I'm a part of the Muslim Student Association."
Q: Have you had any internships or any cool opportunities?
A: "I interned at Voice of America last summer for the East Asian Service. We covered news stories about East Asia."
Q: What are some career goals/ aspirations that you have for yourself?
A: "I want to become a good journalist. I want to report on stories that are not typically reported on, like helping out the minority community. I want to be able to report on stories that affect the minority communities. I would love to work for MIC or Mashable."
Q: Any fun facts about yourself?
A: "I can make my tongue into a three leaf clover."

Flash Questions:
Pizza or Sushi: Pizza
Broadcast Journalism or Print: Both
Radio or TV: TV
Video or Photography: Video
Rain or Snow: Rain
Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks: Starbucks 

If you could only speak one language for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love French. I think it is so pretty.

Thank you to Dinanda for being this week's member spotlight. See you all on Tuesday for our weekly meeting.

Signing off,
GMU SPJ

Monday, March 27, 2017

Member Spotlight: Nathan Crawford

This week's member spotlight is Nathan Crawford. Nathan is a freshman Communication student with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Film and Media Studies from Atlanta, Georgia.


Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined in November of 2016."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "I like the networking opportunities. For example, I had already met Kevin McCarthy before he came to our meeting and it was really cool to be able to see him again. He remembered my name and who I was, which was really cool. It is a great way to be able to network and use the connections for internships."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "Mason Ambassadors."
Q: Have you had any internships or any cool opportunities?
A: "I was able to go to the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in 2015. I interned this past Summer for them and I'm going back this July as a Junior Faculty Advisor."
Q: What are some career goals or aspirations that you have for yourself?
A: "I would love to do anything that deals with politics. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be on the morning news. The older I get, the more I follow politics."
Q: Any fun facts about yourself?
A: "I went to Korea for Christmas when I was four."

Flash Questions:
Black Shoes or Brown Shoes: Brown
Spicy or Sweet: Sweet
Music or TV: TV
Iced Tea or Hot Coffee: Sweet Tea
Chicken or Beef: Chicken

If you could visit one place right now, where would it be? England

Thank you to Nathan for being this week's Member Spotlight. See you all on Tuesday for our meeting.

Signing off,
GMU SPJ