6 Tips for the Aspiring Journalist

Photo of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
View from the Front Row: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, Awesome Con. Credit: Pat Cuadros

I moved to Washington, DC, for a great career opportunity recently. Relocating inevitably meant joining other social groups, where I faced the usual inquiry: “What’s your line of work?”

I have a regular office job Monday to Friday. Outside of that time, I’m a freelance writer. I write film and television reviews, and interview actors, and recap festival events. Within the past couple of years, I’ve covered famous actors and directors like Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle, and Wil Wheaton. This month, I attended Awesome Con in DC, where one of the headliners was Peter Capaldi from the BBC hit series Doctor Who.

Instead of resting on vacation, I’m all out with my voice recorder for interviews, my Nikon camera for photo ops, and a notebook to write ideas. Sometimes my older brother (COMM ’97) joins me on these adventures.

The most common reaction that I receive is, “How do you get into that?” That’s a good question. I’ve gotten the sense that people feel uncertain about branching out into new hobbies or skills. Here’s a list of quick tips if you are an aspiring journalist, which apply no matter what fits your topic of interest. Continue reading “6 Tips for the Aspiring Journalist”

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Tom Brokaw Discusses his Memoir, ‘A Lucky Life Interrupted,’ at the National Book Festival

Tom Brokaw is immensely proud that he “got it mostly right” at NBC Nightly News.

Tom Brokaw
Photo by Pat Cuadros

Labor Day weekend kicked off with a strong start at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Now in its 15th year, the festival featured a discussion with Tom Brokaw. The veteran journalist, a longtime host of the NBC Nightly News, was also there to sign copies of his latest book, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope. He spoke at length in a packed convention hall about his difficulties from multiple myeloma or blood cancer, a condition he was diagnosed with back in 2013. Continue reading “Tom Brokaw Discusses his Memoir, ‘A Lucky Life Interrupted,’ at the National Book Festival”

‘Hoos in Media’ Make Their Mark in Charlottesville

How do local Wahoos continue to serve the community as well as national and international clients at large?

Left to right: Professor Hector Amaya, Jenna Dagenhart, and Blake Sirach - Photo: Pat Cuadros
Left to right: Professor Hector Amaya, Jenna Dagenhart, and Blake Sirach discuss the growing impact of media in Charlottesville and at large under the helm of UVa alumni. Photo: Pat Cuadros

Reunions Weekend was in full swing recently as hundreds of alumni descended upon UVa Grounds to reconnect with classmates. It was also a wonderful opportunity to learn about changes that have occurred in the city of Charlottesville, home to Mr. Jefferson’s University. How do local Wahoos continue to serve the community as well as national and international clients at large? Continue reading “‘Hoos in Media’ Make Their Mark in Charlottesville”