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Newseum Field Trip

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On a rainy Saturday morning, GMU SPJ took a trip to the Newseum thanks to our lovely events chair AJ Blomberg! We arrived just on time at around 10am to begin our tour. We had the opportunity to see pieces of the Berlin Wall, the 9/11 exhibit, journalism history and the chance to practice being a reporter. The day was fun filled with lots of laughs and bonding. We all ate lunch together in the Newseum food court and had enjoyable conversations. Even though it was a rainy day, we still had an amazing time. As the school year comes to end, we will all be headed home for summer but we can't wait to return for more fun in the fall!!  

Member Spotlight: Chateau Mangaroo

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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 hel…

Recap: Michael Schmidt

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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.

Recap: Sara Azani & Arash Shirazi

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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!


Signing off,  GMU SPJ

Member Spotlight: AJ Blomberg

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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 …

Recap: Kevin McCarthy

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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

Member Spotlight: Dinanda Pramesti

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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 goo…

Member Spotlight: Nathan Crawford

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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 …

Member Spotlight: Lauryn Cantrell

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This week's member spotlight is our Vice President, Lauryn Cantrell. Lauryn is a sophomore with a double major in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Government and International Politics.

Q:When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined as a Freshman during the Fall of 2015 semester."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "I like the fact that it is a national organization. I like the fact that there are more people out there who are interested in what I am interested in. I like that we deal with the ethics and the history of SPJ.  I'm a huge history buff."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "I am a part of Roosevelt's, which is a Non-Partisan Public Policy group."
Q: Have you had any internships or any cool opportunities?
A: "I was a Congressional Aid before starting college. I was also able to study abroad in Paris."
Q: What are some career goals or aspirations that you have fo…

Member Spotlight: Cody Borden

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This week's member spotlight is Cody Borden! Cody is a freshman Communication major with a concentration in Journalism and a double minor in Sports Communication and Film and Media Studies from Winchester, Virginia.

Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "Last semester."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved with student media?
A: "[In regards to SPJ] I love the networking opportunities that it provides. The trip that we took to see Chuck Todd was a great experience to see behind the scenes and to see the ins and outs. Being a volunteer GMU DJ, a host for Freshman's Corner, and a Daily Update anchor are all hands on experiences that will help prepare me for the next level."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of? 
A: "I am a part of WGMU and Delta Kappa Alpha."
Q: Have you had any internship opportunities or any cool opportunities?
A: "No internships yet. But all the student media opportunities in general are great."
Q: What are…

Member Spotlight: Aurora Pasos

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This week's member spotlight is our Public Relations Chair, Aurora Pasos! Aurora is a senior Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations and a double minor in Dance and Art History.


Q:When did you join SPJ?
A: "My freshman year, 2014"
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "The opportunity to meet industry leaders and gain priceless information about the field I hope to work in. I also love how this chapter continues to grow and we have all grown closer over the years."
Q: What other organizations are you a part of?
A: "I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha and a dancer in Urbanknowlogy 101."
Q: Have you had any internship opportunities or any cool opportunities?
A: "I have interned at Northern Virginia Magazine and the Mason Study Abroad Office for their marketing offices. I am currently interning at the Smithsonian Institution Freer and Sackler Galleries."
Q: What are some career goals or aspirati…

Recap: Lani Furbank

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On February 21st, SPJ welcomed Freelance food and environment writer Lani Furbank.

Lani attended James Madison University and focused on broadcasting during her undergrad years. Eventually she turned to free lance writing and she is continuing to write today. Lani started out working at News Channel 8 and had some great advice for us. She was able to tell us what it was like to work on an entertainment daily show and what actually goes into the production of each episode. We also left the meeting with a new outlook in the world of free lance writing.

Lani had some great advice for us including, "Don't pigeonhole yourself, see where life takes you, and never say no to things that sound fun to you." The meeting came to a close shortly after one of our members asked Lani for recommendations for restaurants in the Greater D.C. area. Just a few of her recommendations were "Smoked and Stacked," "All Purpose Pizza Restaurant," "The Little Red Beet,"…

Member Spotlight: Raven Royal

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This week's Member Spotlight is Raven Royal! Raven is a freshman Communication major with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Government and International Politics.



Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined last semester."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved in student media?
A: "I really enjoy the guest speakers because it is nice to learn from someone who is already in the field and hear their perspective but also be able to ask them questions. For example, last semester getting to hear Byron Edwards speak. You also get to learn about things you may not have been interested in before."
Q: What other organizations are you part of?
A: "Mason Cable Network, Honors College, Black Ambition, and Alpha Lambda Delta."
Q: Have you had any internship opportunities or any cool opportunities?
A: "I haven't been able to do much but I hope to have internship opportunities in the future."
Q: What are some career goals or aspiratio…

Member Spotlight: Manny Viezaga

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This week's Member Spotlight is member Manny Viezaga! Manny is a Communication major concentrating in Media Production and Criticism and plans to graduate Spring 2018.



Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined SPJ last semester, which was Fall 2016."
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved with Student Media?
A: "I think what I love most about SPJ are the opportunities offered to us such as having the chance to meet with professionals in the field and network with them. Also, networking and meeting other students with similar interests and career goals as you is a great experience." 
Q: What other organizations are you apart of?
A: "Aside from SPJ, I’m also part of the Mason Cable Network. I have a show on there called “What’s Up Mason?” where I go around campus talking to students about student life and national topics. It’s definitely a fun experience to be part of and helps me develop my hosting skills."
Q: Have you had any internship opportun…

Member Spotlight: Fareeha Rehman

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Our first member spotlight will focus on Fareeha Rehman, a junior and the President of the SPJ chapter here ate Mason.


Q: When did you join SPJ?
A: "I joined in Fall of 2015 as a sophomore. During my first meeting, the opportunity to become the fundraising chair came up and I took it. I was fundraising chair for a year and then Fernanda [the former President of SPJ] convinced me to become president"
Q: What do you love the most about SPJ/ being involved with Student Media?
A: "People see things like writing or drawing, which is my other hobby, as solitary things but finding SPJ and Student Media has helped me find other people who are interested in the same things as well.  It is very cool to find people who are like you and be able to interact and support each other."
Q: Have you had any internship opportunities?
A: "I was the Digital Communications Associate at Bixal Solutions."
Q: What are some career goals or aspirations that you have for yourself for th…